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  1. I am also wondering about a possible Hershey connection in my own family tree. My ancestor, Henry Climenhagen, made several people executors of his will–his wife Barbary, his youngest son Moses, his neighbour Christian Shoup, and also Dr. Peter Hershey. Christian as executor makes sense if he was related through marriage to his wife’s family. There is some indication that this may be the case but no real proof yet. I am also wondering if Peter Hershey may be related to Barbary. It is believed that Barbary’s maiden name was Beyer/Byers, and there is some indication that her family originated from Martic, PA and the Byerland area.

    Dr. Peter Hershey was born in 1763 at Hempfield, Lancaster Co., PA and died 20 Jun 1819 at Amherst, Erie Co., NY. He was the son of Andrew Hersche and Mary Catherine ?. He married Maria Kauffman, the daughter of Christian Kauffman and Barbara Gochenauer. They had 10 children with the last 3 being born in Bertie Township, Upper Canada, before they relocated to NY.

    I am wondering about a possible Hershey-Byer family connection. I haven’t been able to find any direct connections yet. Both families were Mennonites. Peter’s grandfather, Christian, was a Mennonite preacher who came to Lancaster (Conestoga) from Switzerland.

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  2. Hi Kris,

    Regarding footnote 15. There were three groups that claim their origins from the River Brethren in Lancaster, PA. Of interest to me are the ‘Tunkers’ or modern day ‘Brethren in Christ’ as the majority of my ancestors were followers. You can read more here: http://devincthomas.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/jacob-engel-day/. Bishop John Winger, who was a follower of the River Brethren in PA, founded the Tunker movement in Canada.

    Martin Boehm was originally a Mennonite preacher, and a most unwilling one at that. Once he became comfortable in his position some of his ideas were not in keeping with the Mennonite faith and he was cast out. He went on to co-found the United Brethren church. The original church is located in Willow Street, PA.

    Two of Martin’s older siblings–Abraham and Anna (Byers) Boehm/Beam relocated to Willoughby Township in Upper Canada in the early to mid 1790s. About 1801 Martin’s son John also relocated to this same area.

    The Wingers, Boehm’s, Siders, Hersheys, Byers, Shoups, Groh’s, Climenhagen’s, etc were all neighbours and friends in PA, and those friendships continued in Upper Canada

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