Frederick schneider

Frederick Schneider ~ 1780 - March 31, 1861

My name is Frederick Schneider. I was born in 1780 and passed on March 31, 1861.

My eyes have looked on many landscapes over the course of my lifetime and much of my lifetime was marked by war. My birthplace, Hesse-Darmstadt, was marked by turmoil. Napolean laid claim to the region when I was one year old. My father, a mill owner, went to prison when he refused to provide flour and livestock feed to the army and was only released when he promised to supply those demands.

I was drafted into the French army when I was 29 and served there five years during the Napoleanic wars. I was captured and made a prisoner for five months before being released to return to civilian life. 

I got married and had children and began milling, like my father had before me. My first wife died in 1827 and I remarried in 1834. Four years later, I gave up my mill and came to America with my family to start all over again in my 50s.

We arrived in New York and headed south to York, Pennsylvania. My sons and I heard of work available in Huntingdon, so we decided to settle there. We took laboring jobs, constructing a dam, but I soon turned my attention to farming.

Farming was successful for me and I found peace in it after so many years of fighting in my youth. I continued in that for many years until my death. 
My children followed in my footsteps and established farms of their own in these same valleys.

Riverview Recollections
  1. Introduction
  2. Suzanna Eisenberg ~ August 13, 1783 - May 3, 1822
  3. David McMurtrie ~ January 14, 1764 - November 9, 1843
  4. William Steel ~ 1754 - May 12, 1840
  5. Samuel Steel ~ 1765 - 1850
  6. Reverend John Johnston ~ 1750 - December 16, 1823
  7. Benjamin Elliot ~ 1752 - March 13, 1835
  8. Richard Smith ~ January 25, 1769 - October 1, 1823
  9. Thomas Duncan Smith ~ November 18, 1760 - July 9, 1789
  10. John Simpson ~ January 1744 - February 3, 1807
  11. John Dougherty ~ July 25, 1803 - November 12, 1886
  12. Anne Dorris Chisolm ~ 1863 - 1918
  13. J. Simpson Africa ~ September 15, 1832 - August 8, 1900
  14. Anna Fisher ~ March 6, 1866 - April 2, 1953
  15. Hon. John M. Bailey ~ July 11, 1839 - September 27, 1903
  16. J. C. Blair -Nov. 27, 1847- June 23, 1897, Kate Fisher Blair- July 7, 1848-Sept. 23, 1938
  17. Clara McMurtrie ~ February 7, 1860 - September 16, 1952
  18. Lt. Col. John Blanchard Miles ~ September 20, 1827 - May 10, 1864
  19. John G. Chaplin ~ November 30, 1828 - January 5, 1907
  20. Frederick Schneider ~ 1780 - March 31, 1861