The earliest Lancaster ancestor is John Lancaster, birthdate unknown, died in about 1838 (9). His wife was Joanna, her surname unknown. It is not known where they lived. It is assumed they were probably farmers. Their children were Mary, Catherine, Eleanor, Bartholomu, Andrew, James, and John.
Their son James was born in 1788 in Maryland and married Christinah Winter, born 1793 in Maryland. This generation was known to have lived on the Lancaster Family Farm (link) in Somerset County, Southhampton Township, Pennsylvania. They were married in 1817 and had thirteen children: John W. Susanna, George, Mary, Anna, Rachel, james, Ellen, Ephriam, Hester, Eli, Noah, and Lydia. As far as known, they all grew up on the Lancaster farm.
Their son John W. Lancaster was born in 1818 in Maryland and was married in 1844 to Christiana Wilhelm, born in 1822. Their children were: Sarah Jane, Samuel P., Solomon D., Luther, Catherine, Catharine, Noah, and Zenias.
Their son Solomon D. Lancaster was born in 1851, and married Eliza Ellen Hostetler in 1875. Their children were: Flora May, Mary Elizabeth, and John William. Daughter Flora May was born in 1877 in Lonaconing, MD. She married Samuel Hodgson Black in 1895, and their children were: Earl, Samuel Kenneth, Irene May, Hazel Ellen, Alvin Lancaster, Hellen Elizabeth, Dorothea L., Duane Ney, Elmer Ray, Erda Ruth, and Zenith (Gene). Daughter Mary Elizabeth married Charles Everett Libengood, and their children were: Helen, Melvin Everette, Howard Charles, Arthur Lancaster, Jonas William, Mildred Ellen, and Uhlman Walter. Son John William was not known to be married, and died at an early age in an accident at U.S. Steel.
Lancaster Family Farm and Grave Pictures
Lancaster Family Ancestry Report
Lancaster Bible Entries
Lancaster Graves at Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg, PA
This line can be traced back to the original settlers, Jacob Hochtetler and his family, who originated from the area of Bern, Switzerland. Much is documented in a book, “The Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler”, and also information is published on the Internet. Jacob Hostetler, born in 1712, arrived in Philadelpia from Switzerland aboard the ship “Charming Nancy” on 11/9/1738. He and his family settled in Bernville, PA. (7) The line can be traced from this family by these descending family members: Jacob, son John, son Jacob, son John, son Jacob, daughter Eliza Ellen Hostetler who married Solomon Lancaster, parents of Flora May Lancaster, who married Samuel Hodgson Black.