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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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  • Johannes Goodyear (1784 - 1864)
    John was the son of Ludwick Gutjahr & Regina Gruber. He was the husband of Ann Burkholder who he married on Dec. 24, 1805 in Cumberland Co., PA. Their seven children were: David, John "Captain Jack"...
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    Sgt. John M. Kemmerly, Jr. (USA) (1830 - 1907)
    John was my Gr GR Grandfather. Parents-John Kemmerly,Sr and Margabeth Weitzer. John,Jr. was an immigrant from Germany 1851. Served Civil War: October 26,1861-June 12,1865.Sgt.,Co G,9th Cav.,92nd Regt.,...
  • John Boyd, Sr (c.1712 - 1757)
    From BOYD (GEORGE1) was born 1716 in Lancaster Co., PA, and died 1757 in Halifax Co., VA.. He married MARGARET LAWSON.Notes for JOHN BOYD:I believe John to have been one of the First Boyds in Halifax C...
  • James Boyd (1717 - 1781)
    Isabella, wife of Solomon West, was the daughter & one of the heirs of James Boyd, dec'd of Greenville County., NC, who was the uncle of James Boyd, dec'd of Salisbury Township, Lancaster County., Penn...
  • Isabella West (Boyd) (c.1735 - c.1775)
    Isabella, wife of Solomon West, was the daughter & one of the heirs of James Boyd, dec'd of Greenville County., NC.Isabella (Boyd) & Solomon West, Sr. were married c. 1756. Suddath - 10405 Red Mtn. W.,...

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The County of Lancaster is a popular tourist destination, with its Amish community a major attraction. Contrary to popular belief, the word "Dutch" in "Pennsylvania Dutch" is not a mistranslation, but rather a corruption of the Pennsylvania German endonym Deitsch, which means "Pennsylvania Dutch / German" or "German". Ultimately, the terms Deitsch, Dutch, Diets and Deutsch are all cognates of the Proto-Germanic word *þiudiskaz meaning "popular" or "of the people". The continued use of "Dutch" instead of "German" was strengthened by the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 19th century as a way of distinguishing themselves from later (post 1830) waves of German immigrants to the United States, with the Pennsylvania Dutch referring to themselves as Deitsche and to Germans as Deitschlenner (literally "Germany-ers", compare Deutschland-er) whom they saw as a related but distinct group.

The ancestors of the Amish began to immigrate to colonial Pennsylvania in the early 18th century to take advantage of the religious freedom offered by William Penn. They were also attracted by the area's rich soil and mild climate. Also attracted to promises of religious freedom, French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution settled this area in 1710. There were also significant numbers of English, Welsh and Ulster Scots (also known as the Scotch-Irish in the colonies).

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Boroughs

  • Adamstown (part)
  • Akron
  • Christiana
  • Columbia
  • Denver
  • East Petersburg
  • Elizabethtown
  • Ephrata
  • Lancaster (County Seat)
  • Lititz
  • Manheim
  • Marietta
  • Millersville
  • Mount Joy
  • Mountville
  • New Holland
  • Quarryville
  • Strasburg
  • Terre Hill

List of Townships

There are 129 other communities in Lancaster County that are not listed here. Please see Wikipedia for a complete list.


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