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Christian Eby (b. 22 February 1734-14 September 1807), grandson of pioneer Theodorus Eby, son of Christian (1698-1756), settled on his father's Hammer Creek homestead in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and in 1760 married Catharine Bricker, daughter of Peter Bricker and aunt of Samuel Bricker of Ontario. They reared a family of ten children, including Peter, the venerable bishop of Pequea; Benjamin, bishop, schoolteacher, and molder of the Ontario colony; and Hans, the philanthropist who saved Ontario for the Mennonites. He was a large man of athletic type, wore a long beard, and possessed unusual health and vigor until his death. He was a very successful miller and extensive farmer. His home was known for its hospitality. Destitute Revolutionary War soldiers at his home and at the Brickerville church found in him a Good Samaritan. His home was one of the eight used for church services in the district before the building of the first Hammer Creek meetinghouse in 1819. He is the first known deacon in the district. He was buried on the hill overlooking his home.



"Christian Eby." SAGA (Swiss Anabaptist Genealogical Association) Genealogical Website. Accessed 10 August 2007 <>

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Author(s) Ira D Landis
Date Published 1956

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Landis, Ira D. "Eby, Christian (1734-1807)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 31 May 2016.,_Christian_(1734-1807)&oldid=87193.

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