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Supplement to Genealogical Record of Reverend Hans Herr by Theodore Herr

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  • The Bishop Hans Herr (1639 - 1725)
    Swiss Mennonite file:///C:/Users/chris/AppData/Local/Temp/3066-2911-1-PB.pdf Project to update Theodore Herr's book and identify descendants of Reverend Hans Herr. Genealogical record of Reverend H...
  • Theodore Witmer Herr (1833 - 1917)
    Birth: Dec. 7, 1833 Lancaster County Pennsylvania, USA Death: Feb. 13, 1917 Denver Jefferson County Colorado, USA Author of the definitive genealogy of the Herr family in America, "Genealogical Recor...
  • Christian B. Herr (c.1810 - 1895)
    Although there were two Christians in the same time period, I can not categorically conclude that the original placement of his children was wrong. I found them attached to Christian B. Herr . There ...
  • Christian B. Herr (1801 - 1843)
    Although there were two Christians in the same time period, I can not categorically conclude that the original placement of three of his children was wrong. I found them attached to this profile, where...
  • Elsbeth Herr (1649 - 1730)


The Herr family listed in the Genealogical Record of Reverend Hans Herr and His Direct Lineal Descendants by Theodore Witmer Herr have all been identified on Geni. There is a personalized placard on each descendent in the book. On the bottom of the placard is the descendant's family number as assigned by the author. This project is intended to supplement Theodore's book by including information on the profiles that he did not record; the addition of profiles born after he completed his book; and the correction of errors in his book. This is meant to show respect for his work by including information that he did not have when he published the book in 1908. He seems to have anticipated that his work would provide the incentive for the collection and recording of updated information. This public domain book is available online (link is above) or for purchase from Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.


Since Theodore Herr included family bibles and interviews in his research, many individuals are identified by nicknames; for example, Fanny for Veronica and Frances, Mary for Maria, Nancy for Anna, Harry for Henry, (more information here). Some surnames of spouses are phonetic spellings. There are some children assigned a number but left blank. There is an addenda of changes in the book that gets updated in newer editions. .


In alignment with the project, it is intended that profiles added be those that indicate major differences from the book; have caused disputes within the tree (for example placement in the tree); are involved in genealogical controversies; or are subjects of our discussions. One particular issue in maintaining an accurate Herr lineage is the repeated use of ancestral names. Attaching the children to the correct Christian, Abraham, or Benjamin Herr requires caution and patience.


Bishop Hans Herr on Geni

Theodore Herr's book (also in Photos and Documents)

Herr Homestead

Hans Herr House

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Lancaster County Historical Society

Reverend Hans Herr on Find a Grave

Lancaster PA Mennonite Vital Records 1750-1940 for Ancestry Members


A copy of the placards (original and supplement) are in the photo section of this project. I use "Paint" with Calibri, 32 to place number on placard. Please keep the placard as the main profile picture until all descendants within book are identified on Geni.

Copy of Placard

Copy of Placard Supplement

  1. Descendants contained in the book are numbered from 1 (Reverend Hans Herr) to 13223 (Henry Miller). Note: Theodore Herr, the author, is number 4865.
  2. Hans Herr's siblings and their families (located in the appendix) are coded with a letter followed by a number A1 to C115.
  3. DESCENDANTS NOT LISTED IN BOOK: Since Theodore Herr's numbering system has very little relative meaning, a new method will be used for additions. New descendants will be numbered using the father or mother's number followed by a letter; ie. 11767A (letter "I" is skipped) is a child of 11767 from Theodore Herr's book. Their children will be assigned a number; ie. 11767A1 is the grandchild of 11767 and the child of 11767A.. These placards include the word "Supplement" at the bottom.
  4. "?" indicates the person is not in the book and needs further research or is possibly misplaced.
  5. Numbers that are blank in the book are assigned a verified name (for assignment, see filled in blanks). I will organize that discussion by the page numbers from the book.


1. Hans Herr's Wife

    Barbel Kendig,
    Elsbeth Loetscher,    
    or Elizabeth Kendig


Herr family descendants that are pioneers in settlements in other areas of the country.

John Herr (431), born September 19, 1794 in Strasburg Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, died May 9, 1869, East Mill Creek, Salt Lake, Utah. Listed as an 1847 Mormon Pioneer.

Col. Benjamin Franklin Eshleman (4218), born Mar. 9, 1830 in Strasburg, Lancaster, PA and died Jul. 9, 1909 in New Orleans. Although born in the North, he joined the confederacy from New Orleans as Captain of the 4th company, the Washington Artillery. He was a leading member of the commercial activities of New Orleans. He was a charter member of the Pickwick and Boston Clubs, and several of the Carnival organizations; president of the Board of Trade, an officer in the National Hardware Association, prominent factor in the New Orleans Progressive Union; and president of the Louisiana Historical Society.

Jim Wile updated 08/02/2018