Thompson John Spyker

M, b. September 1860, d. 3 March 1936
Father*Peter Spyker b. 3 Dec 1831, d. 14 Jan 1863
Mother*Margaret T. Hopkins b. 3 Sep 1836, d. 27 Mar 1921
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationThompson John Spyker was also known as Thomas J.
Name VariationThompson John Spyker was also known as John Thomas.
Name VariationThompson John Spyker was also known as John Thompson.
  • Thompson John Spyker was born in September 1860 at Pennsylvania.
  • He was the son of Peter Spyker and Margaret T. Hopkins.
  • As of 1920, Thompson John Spyker was never married.
  • He died on 3 March 1936 at age 75.
  • He was buried after 3 March 1936 at Brookville Cemetery, Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania.
Census DateLocation
17 June 1870Brookville, Jefferson, PennsylvaniaThompson John Spyker was listed in Margaret T. Hopkins's household on the 1870 Census at Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania.1
5 June 1880Brookville, Jefferson, PennsylvaniaThompson John Spyker was listed as a son in Margaret T. Hopkins's household on the 1880 Census at Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania.2
7 June 1900Brookville, Jefferson, PennsylvaniaThompson John Spyker was listed as a son in Margaret T. Hopkins's household on the 1900 Census at Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania.3
20 April 1910Brookville, Jefferson, PennsylvaniaThompson John Spyker was listed as a son in Margaret T. Hopkins's household on the 1910 Census at Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania.4
2 January 1920Brookville, Jefferson, PennsylvaniaThompson John Spyker was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania.5

Citations

  1. [S247] U.S. Federal Census 1870 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, Page 23. Dwelling 142.
  2. [S246] U.S. Federal Census 1880 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, Page 17. ED186. Dwelling 150.
  3. [S245] U.S. Federal Census 1900 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED59. Dwelling 228.
  4. [S244] U.S. Federal Census 1910 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED67. Dwelling 119.
  5. [S243] U.S. Federal Census 1920 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, ED141. Dwelling 16.

George Peter Speaker

M, b. 5 September 1862, d. 25 January 1920
Father*Peter Spyker b. 3 Dec 1831, d. 14 Jan 1863
Mother*Margaret T. Hopkins b. 3 Sep 1836, d. 27 Mar 1921
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationGeorge Peter Speaker was also known as Peter.
Name VariationGeorge Peter Speaker was also known as Spyker.
  • George Peter Speaker was born on 5 September 1862 at Pennsylvania.
  • He was the son of Peter Spyker and Margaret T. Hopkins.
  • George Peter Speaker married Amy F. Baum, daughter of Fred Baum and Susan McCauley, on 31 October 1900.
  • George Peter Speaker died on 25 January 1920 at Died from a fall on the ice. at age 57.
  • He was buried after 25 January 1920 at Brookville Cemetery, Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania.
Census DateLocation
5 June 1880Brookville, Jefferson, PennsylvaniaGeorge Peter Speaker was listed as a son in Margaret T. Hopkins's household on the 1880 Census at Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania.1
29 June 1880Rose, Jefferson, PennsylvaniaGeorge Peter Speaker was listed as a nephew in Mary Wenger's household on the 1880 Census at Rose, Jefferson, Pennsylvania; living next door to John B. Spyker.2
12 January 1920Pittsburgh Ward 13, Allegheny, PennsylvaniaGeorge Peter Speaker was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Pittsburgh Ward 13, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.3

Citations

  1. [S246] U.S. Federal Census 1880 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, Page 17. ED186. Dwelling 150.
  2. [S246] U.S. Federal Census 1880 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, Page 57. ED198. Dwelling 228.
  3. [S243] U.S. Federal Census 1920 U.S. Federal Census, by Ancestry.com, Year: 1920; Census Place: Pittsburgh Ward 13, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1522; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 527; Image: 268.

Catherine Etchberger

F, b. 1744, d. 27 April 1797
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name23 May 1782As of 23 May 1782,her married name was Spyker.

Children of Catherine Etchberger and George Peter Spyker

Peter Spyker

M, b. 27 October 1711, d. 13 July 1789
Revolutionary War Patriot - Peter Spyker, Esquire - DAR # A107915
Peter Spyker signature circa 1783
Father*Johannes Peter Spyker b. c 1685, d. Feb 1762
Mother*unknown (?) b. c 1685
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationPeter Spyker was also known as Spycker.
Name VariationPeter Spyker was also known as John Peter.
  • Peter Spyker was born on 27 October 1711 at Palatines, Germany, also reported as Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
  • He was the son of Johannes Peter Spyker and unknown (?).
  • Peter Spyker married Maria Margaretha Seidel on 2 December 1742.
  • Peter Spyker died on 13 July 1789 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania, at age 77.
  • He was buried after 13 July 1789 at Tulpehocken Trinity UCC Cemetery, Millardsville, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
Census DateLocation
1737PA Early Census, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaPeter Spyker appeared on the census of 1737 at PA Early Census, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, listed as Joh. Peter Spycker.
1786Tulpehocken, Berks, PennsylvaniaHe appeared on the census of 1786 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
1786 census Berks county, PA - Spyker, Peter Esquire, Peter Junior, Henry Esquire, Benjamin Senior
     Peter Spyker was a son of John Peter Spyker. He was born in the Palatinate, and emigrated with his father in 1738, locating in Tulpehocken township shortly after landing at Philadelphia. He carried on farming in that township for many years. He was appointed one of the Judges of the county in 1763, and he continued to officiate by reappointment until his death in 1789, a period of twenty-six years. He was specially appointed as President of the Courts in 1780, though he had officiated as such since 1767. He was the principal judicial officer of the county during the Revolution. He also served as a justice of the peace of the Tulpehocken district from 1777. He died in August, 1789, in the township named, and left to survive him a widow and five children: John, Peter, Benjamin, Henry and Elizabeth (who was married to Philip Gardner), with a considerable estate for distribution among them under a last will.1
History of Berks County in the Revolution 1774-1783 - Spyker, Peter
History of Berks County in the Revolution 1774-1783 - Spyker, Peter - part 2
Excerpt from "The Pennsylvania-German in the Revolutionary War":
Peter Spyker, a brother of Benjamin Spyker, also located in Tulpehocken township of Berks county, shortly after his landing at Philadelphia in 1738. He was a farmer. He was appointed one of the judges of the county in 1763, and continued in that office until his death in August 1789. He was especially appointed as president of the courts in 1780 He was the principal judicial officer of the county during the Revolution, and served as a justice of the peace for the Tulpehocken district, from 1777. Peter Spyker and Johannes Peter Spyker immigrated on 14 September 1737 to Southern Germany to Philadephia, then to, Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania, Another progenitor of the Speicher line is John Spyker Sr. who came to America on the ship St. Andrew on September 4, 1737 to Philadelphia. The Speicher name is thus spelled Speicher, Spicher, Spyker, and Spiker.************* Also reported as 30th of Aug. 1737.
Speicher-Spicker-Spyker family reunion - 10 Aug 1964 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA)
In 1775 Peter Spyker, Esquire, signature.
Peter Spyker, Esquire, signature 1775
On 4 September 1776 Ordinance for the appointment of Justices fo the Peace for the State of Pennsylvania including Peter Spyker for the County of Berks. Signed by Benjamin Franklin, president of Pennsylvania.
Ordinance for the appointment of Justices fo the Peace for the State of Pennsylvania - 04 Sept 1776 The Pennsylvania Gazette
Peter Spyker was a President of the courts of Berks county. in 1780 at Berks, Pennsylvania. He was listed on the tax roll in 1784 at Berks, Pennsylvania, Spyker, Peter Sr + Jr, Henry, Benjamin.
1784 tax rolls - Berks, PA - Spyker, Peter Sr + Jr, Henry, Benjamin
He was listed on the tax roll on 21 March 1787 at Pennsylvania Tax Rolls including Henry Spyker and Peter Spyker.
Tax Rolls including Henry Spyker and Peter Spyker 21 Mar 1787 The Freeman's Journal (Philadelphia, PA)
He left a will in 1789 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania, Will abstract for PETER SPYCKER, Tulpehocken. To son Henry my plantation of 3 contiguous tracts for £1150 to be divided among my 4 sons and son-in-law, viz: Benjamin, Henry, Peter, John and Philip GARDNER. Also to above my share in a tract of land in York County called a copper mine. Mentions grandson Daniel, son of Henry SPYCKER. Executors: Sons Henry and Peter. Wittness: Adam EMRICH, John HARTMAN and Christian FISHER.
Probate of Peter Spyker died 1789 - cover page
Will of Peter Spyker died 1789 - page 766
Will of Peter Spyker died 1789 - page 767
Will of Peter Spyker died 1789 - page 768
Will of Peter Spyker died 1789 - page 769
Will of Peter Spyker died 1789 - page 770
Will of Peter Spyker died 1789 - page 771
On 27 January 1871 Excerpt of Henry Spyker papers including his father Peter Spyker.
Excerpt of Henry Spyker papers incl his father Peter Spyker - 27 Jan 1871 Reading Times (Reading, PA)
On 30 October 1897 Biography of Peter and Maria Seidel Spyker.
Biography of Peter and Maria Seidel Spyker - 30 Oct 1897 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA)

Children of Peter Spyker and Maria Margaretha Seidel

Citations

  1. [S345] Pennsylvania, History of Berks County in the Revolution 1774-83, pages 275-276.

Maria Margaretha Seidel

F, b. 27 March 1721, d. 10 October 1789
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationMaria Margaretha Seidel was also known as Seidle.
Name VariationMaria Margaretha Seidel was also known as Margaret.
Name VariationMaria Margaretha Seidel was also known as Elizabeth.
Married Name2 December 1742As of 2 December 1742,her married name was Spyker.
  • Maria Margaretha Seidel was born on 27 March 1721.
  • She married Peter Spyker, son of Johannes Peter Spyker and unknown (?), on 2 December 1742.
  • Maria Margaretha Seidel died on 10 October 1789 at Lebanon, Pennsylvania, at age 68.
  • She was buried after 10 October 1789 at Tulpehocken Trinity UCC Cemetery, Millardsville, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
     On 30 October 1897 Biography of Peter and Maria Seidel Spyker.
Biography of Peter and Maria Seidel Spyker - 30 Oct 1897 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA)

Children of Maria Margaretha Seidel and Peter Spyker

Philip Baltzer Spyker

M, b. 17 October 1743, d. 25 July 1748
Father*Peter Spyker b. 27 Oct 1711, d. 13 Jul 1789
Mother*Maria Margaretha Seidel b. 27 Mar 1721, d. 10 Oct 1789
  • Philip Baltzer Spyker was born on 17 October 1743 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
  • He was the son of Peter Spyker and Maria Margaretha Seidel.
  • Philip Baltzer Spyker died on 25 July 1748 at Berks, Pennsylvania, at age 4.

John Peter Spyker

M, b. 24 October 1745, d. 30 May 1747
Father*Peter Spyker b. 27 Oct 1711, d. 13 Jul 1789
Mother*Maria Margaretha Seidel b. 27 Mar 1721, d. 10 Oct 1789
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationJohn Peter Spyker was also known as Johan Peter.
  • John Peter Spyker was born on 24 October 1745 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
  • He was the son of Peter Spyker and Maria Margaretha Seidel.
  • John Peter Spyker died on 30 May 1747 at age 1.

Benjamin Spyker

M, b. 16 March 1747, d. circa 1819
Father*Peter Spyker b. 27 Oct 1711, d. 13 Jul 1789
Mother*Maria Margaretha Seidel b. 27 Mar 1721, d. 10 Oct 1789
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationBenjamin Spyker was also known as John Benjamin.
Census DateLocation
1786Tulpehocken, Berks, PennsylvaniaBenjamin Spyker appeared on the census of 1786 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
1786 census Berks county, PA - Spyker, Peter Esquire, Peter Junior, Henry Esquire, Benjamin Senior
     Excerpt from Pennsylvania-German Society Publications, Volume 22:
Another Pennsylvania-German schoolmaster who settled in Maryland and took an active part in affairs was Benjamin Spyker, Jr., a son of Peter Spyker, president judge of the courts of Berks county, Pennsylvania. He was born in Berks county in 1747 and was given an unusually good education for those times. Shortly after reaching his majority he went to Sharpsburg, Maryland, which had been laid out about five years before to become the schoolmaster of the German Reformed congregation of that place. Steps were immediately taken to build a schoolhouse, and in 1769, by means of a lottery, the sum of six hundred dollars was raised for this purpose and for completing the church. The managers for this lottery were George Strecher, Christian Orndorff, Joseph Smith, William Good, Abraham Lingenfelder, John Stull, Michael Fockler, George Dyson, and Benjamin Spyker. At the outbreak of the Revolution Spyker raised a company and served as captain in the Flying Camp and later in the Maryland Line. Captain, First Battalion of the MD "Flying Camp," June-Dec, 1776; Captain, Seventh Regiment, MD Line, Dec 10, 1776; resigned May 12, 1779. Benjamin Spyker was listed on the tax roll in 1784 at Berks, Pennsylvania, Spyker, Peter Sr + Jr, Henry, Benjamin.
1784 tax rolls - Berks, PA - Spyker, Peter Sr + Jr, Henry, Benjamin
He left a will on 13 October 1812 In the Name of God Amen. I BENJAMIN SPYKER of Washington County in the Commonwealth of Virginia being in perfect health & sound mind & memory do hereby make my LWT in manner & form following...My plantation in Washington County aforesaid I give & bequeath unto my loving sons DAVID SPYKER & BENJAMIN SPYKER their heirs and assigns forever to be by them divided...three of the neighbours whose decision on oath shall be final....to the maintenance of my daughter LYDIA in boarding, clothing and all other necessaries in sickness and in health during her natural life, and after her decease to defray her decent funeral expenses...rather live with her sisters ELIZABETH DECHERD or ELEANOR C. SMITH...And further if son BENJAMIN should want to part with his share of the plantation...my son DAVID shall have the refusal thereof...unto my son DAVID my household furniture...residue of my estate either real personal or mixt either in Pennsylvania or Virginia I give & bequeath unto my son JONATHAN SPYKER, ELIZABETH DECKERT, LUCRETIA DECHERD, & ELEANOR C. SMITH my daughters to hold the same share & share alike...appoint Executors...my sons JONATHAN SPYKER and DAVID SPYKER and sons in law MICHAEL DECHERD & JACOB DECHERD with power to the acting or surviving of them to sell all such my estate & transfer the same as I in my lifetime could have...set my hand & seal this thirteen day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twelve /s/ BENJ. SPYKER....Although the aforewritten will and testament be wholly in my own hand writing, yet in order to avoid doubts. I BENJAMIN SPYKER do this first day of May A.D. 1813 request my friends & neighbours ROBERT DAVIS & WILLIAM WILLIAMS to sign their names as witnesses. Attest. ROBERT DAVIS; WILLIAM S. WILLIAMS. At a court held... the 15th day of February 1820. The LWT of BENJAMIN SPYKER deceased was exhibited.... proved... oath of ROBERT DAVIS and WILLIAM S. WILLIAMS the witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.
ABSTRACTS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA WILL BOOK # 4
1812 - 1820. p. 323-324.

Children of Benjamin Spyker and Catharina Lauer

Catherine Spyker

F, b. 20 December 1750, d. 20 March 1758
Father*Peter Spyker b. 27 Oct 1711, d. 13 Jul 1789
Mother*Maria Margaretha Seidel b. 27 Mar 1721, d. 10 Oct 1789
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationCatherine Spyker was also known as Anna Catherine.
  • Catherine Spyker was born on 20 December 1750 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
  • She was the daughter of Peter Spyker and Maria Margaretha Seidel.
  • Catherine Spyker died on 20 March 1758 at age 7.

Maria Barbel Spyker

F, b. 29 December 1752, d. before 1789
Father*Peter Spyker b. 27 Oct 1711, d. 13 Jul 1789
Mother*Maria Margaretha Seidel b. 27 Mar 1721, d. 10 Oct 1789
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name15 February 1772As of 15 February 1772,her married name was Gardner.
  • Maria Barbel Spyker was born on 29 December 1752 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
  • She was the daughter of Peter Spyker and Maria Margaretha Seidel.
  • Maria Barbel Spyker married Jacob Gardner on 15 February 1772 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
  • Maria Barbel Spyker died before 1789.

Colonel John Henry Spyker

M, b. 29 August 1753, d. 1 July 1817
Revolutionary War Patriot - Colonel Henry Spyker - DAR # A107911
Henry Spyker signature (1753-1817)
Father*Peter Spyker b. 27 Oct 1711, d. 13 Jul 1789
Mother*Maria Margaretha Seidel b. 27 Mar 1721, d. 10 Oct 1789
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationColonel John Henry Spyker was also known as Heinrich.
Name VariationColonel John Henry Spyker was also known as Colonel Henry Spyker.
Name VariationColonel John Henry Spyker was also known as John Henrich.
  • Colonel John Henry Spyker was born on 29 August 1753 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
  • He was the son of Peter Spyker and Maria Margaretha Seidel.
  • Colonel John Henry Spyker married Anna Maria Weiser, daughter of John Conrad Weiser and Maria Margaret Batdorf, on 29 October 1774 at First Reformed Congregation, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  • Colonel John Henry Spyker died on 1 July 1817 at Lewisberg, Union, Pennsylvania, at age 63 Henry Spyker, Esquire. His children were: Mrs. Alexander Graham, Jonathan Spyker, &c. He was a son of Peter Spyker, who was president of the courts of Berks county in 1780. The Spykers, Crists, Kadermans, &c., came over with Conrad Weiser to New York, in 1710, from a place called Herrenburg, in Wurtemberg, Germany. In 1729, they all removed together to Tulpehocken, where Henry Spyker was born, 29th August, 1753. He was adjutant, in 1776, of a militia regiment on duty at Arnboy, New Jersey, where he heard the thunder of the battle on the 25th, 26th, and 27th. His manuscript journal is yet in the possession of his granddaughter, Mary Spyker, at Lewisburg, together with many valuable papers, a complete file of almanacs from 1756 down. He was paymaster of the militia from October 1, 1777. to July 27, 1785, during which he disbursed 122,847 pounds, 7s, 6d, and accounted satisfactorily for every cent. He was afterwards member of Assembly for Berks, 1788-90. In 1797, when Jonathan was twelve years old, just the age of Lewisburg, he removed to Lewisburg, where he engaged in store-keeping for a few years; was then appointed a justice, which office he exercised until within a few days of his death.
  • He was buried after 1 July 1817 at Lewisburg Cemetery, Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania.
Census DateLocation
1786Tulpehocken, Berks, PennsylvaniaColonel John Henry Spyker appeared on the census of 1786 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
1786 census Berks county, PA - Spyker, Peter Esquire, Peter Junior, Henry Esquire, Benjamin Senior
     Henry Spyker was a son of Peter Spyker, Judge of the County Courts. He officiated as Paymaster of the Militia of the county from August 1777, to the close of the Revolution. In the Militia Returns of 1777, his name appears as the Colonel of the 6th Battalion, which was composed of companies in the western section of the county, and he continued at the head of the militia for that section until 1783. In the Fall of 1777, he commanded the 5th and 6th classes, numbering 400 men, in the campaign about Chestnut Hill and Germantown. He represented the County in the General Assembly for the years 1785 and 1786. His residence was in Tulpehocken township, where he carried on a general store until 1800, when he removed to Lewistown, Northumberland County.1
History of Berks County in the Revolution 1774-1783 - Spyker, Henry
Excerpt from "Notes and Queries: Historical, Biographical and Genealogical":
Perhaps the best known of any member of the Spyker family was Colonel Henry Spyker of the Revolution He was the sixth child of Judge Peter. At the early age of 23 years he was in 1776 Adjutant of Col Patton's regiment of Pennsylvania militia, and was on duty in New Jersey, when he heard, as he records in his journal thunder, of battle. He was afterwards colonel of the Sixth battalion. On August 26, 1777, he was commissioned paymaster of the Berks county militia, a position which he occupied until July 27, 1785. During this time his services to the State were simply invaluable. Amid the clamoring of the poorly paid troops he was compelled to exhaust every means of procuring the necessary funds, sometimes supplying the money from his own individual resources. His receipt book covering this long period is a model of neatness and correctness. He expended (British Pounds) 122,847 7s 6d (over $614,235) and accounted accurately for every penny. At the close of the Revolution he engaged in the mercantile business in his native place, besides taking a deep interest in public affairs. In 1784 Mr Spyker was elected to the State Legislature, a position which he filled for three successive terms. In 1795 he erected the first brick house in the newly laid out town of Lewisburg. In 1797 he closed out his interests in Berks county and removed to Lewisburg, then in Northumberland, now in Union county, and the county seat, ten miles above Sunlxiry on the Susquehanna River. At Lewisburg he again engaged in the mercantile business. Soon after his removal to this place he was commissioned a justice of the peace in which capacity he did a vast amount of business until the period of his death, which occurred on July 1, 1817. His wife Maria Weiser Spyker born 1754 died October 11, 1829. Both are buried at Lewisburg where their graves may be seen in the cemetery. They left a number of children.
A STAPLETON Lewisburg, Pa. On 19 December 1777 at Berks County Militia, Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania, listed as Colonel Henry Spyker of the 6th Battalion, fighting in the Revolutionary War for American Independence; also listed as Spyker's Militia. Colonel John Henry Spyker was listed on the tax roll in 1784 at Berks, Pennsylvania, Spyker, Peter Sr + Jr, Henry, Benjamin.
1784 tax rolls - Berks, PA - Spyker, Peter Sr + Jr, Henry, Benjamin
He was listed on the tax roll on 21 March 1787 at Pennsylvania Tax Rolls including Henry Spyker and Peter Spyker.
Tax Rolls including Henry Spyker and Peter Spyker 21 Mar 1787 The Freeman's Journal (Philadelphia, PA)
On 27 January 1871 Excerpt of Henry Spyker papers including his father Peter Spyker.
Excerpt of Henry Spyker papers incl his father Peter Spyker - 27 Jan 1871 Reading Times (Reading, PA)
On 27 March 1897 Col. Henry Spyker of Berks County. Henry Spyker was a son of Peter Spyker, who was president of the courts of Berks county in 1780. The Spykers came over with the family of Conrad Weiser to New York in 1710, from Germany. In 1729 they all removed to Tulpehocken and settled. There Henry, the subject of this notice, was born, August 29, 1753. Soon after reaching manhood he became identified with the party which favored the independence of the colonies and in 1776 was appointed adjutant of Lieut. Col. John Patton's Berks county Battalion of foot and in active service in the Jerseys during that year. In 1778 he was colonel of the Sixth Battalion, Berks county militia, and was subsequently until July, 1785, paymaster of the militia, during which time he disbursed 122,647 pounds, 7s, 6d and accounted for every cent. He was afterwards a member of Assembly for Berks county from 1788 to 1790. In 1797 Henry Spyker removed to what is now Lewisburg, Union county, Pa., and engaged in storekeeping for a few years. He was then appointed Justice of the Peace and he filled the office till within a few days of his death, which occurred July 1, 1817. He left several children and their descendants still live at or near Lewisburg. Henry Spyker was a man of careful and methodical business habits and his integrity was of the highest order. He left a manuscript journal containing a record of his life written in German, which is said to be in the possession of a granddaughter - Mary Spyker, of Lewisburg - together with many valuable papers, and a complete file of Almanacs from 1756 to the close of his life. His family Bible, a rare edition, is also said to be in the collection. Those who have examined these ancient papers say they are voluminous and of great value to State and local historians.
Col. Henry Spyker of Berks County - 27 Mar 1897 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA)
On 30 October 1897 Biograph of Peter and Maria Seidel Spyker with details of "Colonel Henry Spyker, of the Revolution."
Biograph of Peter and Maria Seidel Spyker - 30 Oct 1897 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA)

Children of Colonel John Henry Spyker and Anna Maria Weiser

Citations

  1. [S345] Pennsylvania, History of Berks County in the Revolution 1774-83, pages 276-277.

baby boy Spyker

M, b. 30 December 1758, d. 30 December 1758
Father*Peter Spyker b. 27 Oct 1711, d. 13 Jul 1789
Mother*Maria Margaretha Seidel b. 27 Mar 1721, d. 10 Oct 1789
  • Baby boy Spyker died on 30 December 1758 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
  • He was born on 30 December 1758 at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania.
  • He was the son of Peter Spyker and Maria Margaretha Seidel.

John Spyker

M, b. 8 January 1761
Father*Peter Spyker b. 27 Oct 1711, d. 13 Jul 1789
Mother*Maria Margaretha Seidel b. 27 Mar 1721, d. 10 Oct 1789
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationJohn Spyker was also known as Johannes.

Children of John Spyker and Anna Elizabeth Seidel

Catharina Lauer

F, b. circa 1750
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationCatharina Lauer was also known as Lower.
Name VariationCatharina Lauer was also known as Maria Catherine.
Married NameHer married name was Spyker.

Children of Catharina Lauer and Benjamin Spyker

Benjamin Spyker Jr.

M, b. circa 1781
Father*Benjamin Spyker b. 16 Mar 1747, d. c 1819
Mother*Catharina Lauer b. c 1750

Reverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz

M, b. 3 February 1732, d. 27 May 1799
Revolutionary War Patriot - Johan Wilhelm Kurtz - Army private
Father*Johann Georg Kurtz b. 11 Oct 1683, d. 11 Jun 1745
Mother*Anna Katharina Bender b. 1683, d. 1734
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationReverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz was also known as Kurz.
Name VariationReverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz was also known as Johan Wilhelm.
Name VariationReverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz was also known as William.
Name VariationReverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz was also known as John William.
  • Reverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz was born on 3 February 1732 at Lutzellinden, Giessen, Hessen, Germany, also reported as 03 June 1732.
  • He was the son of Johann Georg Kurtz and Anna Katharina Bender.
  • Reverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz married Regina Wittman, daughter of Christian Wittman and Rosina Barbara (?), on 1 November 1759 at Jonestown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  • Reverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz witnessed the baptism of Susan Kurtz on 2 October 1760 at Keller's Lutheran Church, Berks, Pennsylvania; Parents are the sponsors.
  • Reverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz died on 27 May 1799 at Jonestown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at age 67.
  • He was buried after 27 May 1799 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Jonestown, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Inscription: Pastor Zion's Lutheran 1787 - 1792.
    John W Kurtz tombstone
     Reverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz immigrated on 30 September 1754 to from Rotterdam to, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ship Neptune - Captain Ware. Circa 1777 Army private in the Revolutionary War; part of Captain Kerns Company, 1st Battalion.
Department of Military Affairs burial record - Johan Wilhelm Kurtz - Army private in Revolutionary War
In 1786 at Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Rev. Wilhelm Kurtz, from Lebanon, was the senior pastor on attendance at the meeting of the Synod.
Old Salem in Lebanon - page 122 - In 1786 Rev. Wilhelm Kurtz, from Lebanon, was the senior pastor on attendance at the meeting of the Synod

Child of Reverand Johann Wilhelm Kurtz and Regina Wittman

Anna Elizabeth Spyker

F, b. 18 May 1749
Father*Peter Spyker b. 27 Oct 1711, d. 13 Jul 1789
Mother*Maria Margaretha Seidel b. 27 Mar 1721, d. 10 Oct 1789
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationAnna Elizabeth Spyker was also known as Elizabeth.
Married NameHer married name was Gardner.

Philip Gardner

M, b. circa 1748

Jacob Gardner

M, b. circa 1750

Anna Maria Weiser

F, b. 1 April 1754, d. 11 October 1829
Father*John Conrad Weiser b. 29 Sep 1725, d. Sep 1775
Mother*Maria Margaret Batdorf b. 10 Oct 1729, d. 22 Dec 1772
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationAnna Maria Weiser was also known as Maria.
Name VariationAnna Maria Weiser was also known as Mary.
Married Name29 October 1774As of 29 October 1774,her married name was Spyker.
     Excerpt from "Notes and Queries: Historical, Biographical and Genealogical":
Perhaps the best known of any member of the Spyker family was Colonel Henry Spyker of the Revolution He was the sixth child of Judge Peter. At the early age of 23 years he was in 1776 Adjutant of Col Patton's regiment of Pennsylvania militia, and was on duty in New Jersey, when he heard, as he records in his journal thunder, of battle. He was afterwards colonel of the Sixth battalion. On August 26, 1777, he was commissioned paymaster of the Berks county militia, a position which he occupied until July 27, 1785. During this time his services to the State were simply invaluable. Amid the clamoring of the poorly paid troops he was compelled to exhaust every means of procuring the necessary funds, sometimes supplying the money from his own individual resources. His receipt book covering this long period is a model of neatness and correctness. He expended (British Pounds) 122,847 7s 6d (over $614,235) and accounted accurately for every penny. At the close of the Revolution he engaged in the mercantile business in his native place, besides taking a deep interest in public affairs. In 1784 Mr Spyker was elected to the State Legislature, a position which he filled for three successive terms. In 1795 he erected the first brick house in the newly laid out town of Lewisburg. In 1797 he closed out his interests in Berks county and removed to Lewisburg, then in Northumberland, now in Union county, and the county seat, ten miles above Sunlxiry on the Susquehanna River. At Lewisburg he again engaged in the mercantile business. Soon after his removal to this place he was commissioned a justice of the peace in which capacity he did a vast amount of business until the period of his death, which occurred on July 1, 1817. His wife Maria Weiser Spyker born 1754 died October 11, 1829. Both are buried at Lewisburg where their graves may be seen in the cemetery. They left a number of children.
A STAPLETON Lewisburg, Pa.

Children of Anna Maria Weiser and Colonel John Henry Spyker

Anna Elizabeth Seidel

F, b. circa 1761
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Spyker.

Children of Anna Elizabeth Seidel and John Spyker

(?) Spyker

F, b. circa 1784
Father*George Peter Spyker b. 25 Nov 1756, d. 18 Aug 1830
Mother*Catherine Etchberger b. 1744, d. 27 Apr 1797

(?) Spyker

F, b. circa 1786
Father*George Peter Spyker b. 25 Nov 1756, d. 18 Aug 1830
Mother*Catherine Etchberger b. 1744, d. 27 Apr 1797

Henry Spyker

M, b. 1788, d. 4 July 1817
Father*George Peter Spyker b. 25 Nov 1756, d. 18 Aug 1830
Mother*Catherine Etchberger b. 1744, d. 27 Apr 1797
Census DateLocation
1810Lewisburg, Northumberland, PennsylvaniaHenry Spyker was referenced on George Peter Spyker's household in the 1810 Census at Lewisburg, Northumberland, Pennsylvania; Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 1; Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 : 2; Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1; Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1.

(?) Spyker

F, b. circa 1790
Father*George Peter Spyker b. 25 Nov 1756, d. 18 Aug 1830
Mother*Catherine Etchberger b. 1744, d. 27 Apr 1797

(?) Spyker

M, b. circa 1792
Father*George Peter Spyker b. 25 Nov 1756, d. 18 Aug 1830
Mother*Catherine Etchberger b. 1744, d. 27 Apr 1797

(?) Spyker

F, b. circa 1794
Father*George Peter Spyker b. 25 Nov 1756, d. 18 Aug 1830
Mother*Catherine Etchberger b. 1744, d. 27 Apr 1797

George Spyker

M, b. 1795, d. before 1870
Father*George Peter Spyker b. 25 Nov 1756, d. 18 Aug 1830
Mother*Catherine Etchberger b. 1744, d. 27 Apr 1797

Elizabeth (?)

F, b. 1796
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Spyker.

Sarah Spyker

F, b. 1801
Father*George Peter Spyker b. 25 Nov 1756, d. 18 Aug 1830
Mother*Susan Kurtz b. 8 Aug 1760, d. 30 Mar 1855
Census DateLocation
1810Lewisburg, Northumberland, PennsylvaniaSarah Spyker was referenced on George Peter Spyker's household in the 1810 Census at Lewisburg, Northumberland, Pennsylvania; Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 1; Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 : 2; Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1; Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1.