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judy8forward (View posts)
Posted: 4 Mar 2001 4:20AM GMT
Edited: 23 Jul 2001 7:56AM GMT
Hi. If you're looking for info about YEIZER's who sometimes spell it YEISER, I have some info. This Particular YEIZER branch is the one that went to Chicago, IL at the end of the 19th Century, after a brief stop by some of them in Cincinnati OH.

If the names YEIZER, MORDECAI, EMMERT, PENDLETON, PAYNE mean anything to you, please feel free to e-mail me.

Judy L.


Nina Welsh (View posts)
Posted: 22 Jul 2001 5:21PM GMT
My (7g) grandmother's name was Rosina Yeiser or Yeizer (not sure of spelling.) She married John Pennywitt in the 1740's in Pennsylvania. They then moved to Virginia. Would you possibly have any information on Rosina's line. I have information on John and Rosina's children, but nothing about her side of the family. I can't seem to find anything.

Thank you

Nina Welsh


judy8forward (View posts)
Posted: 23 Jul 2001 6:45AM GMT
Edited: 23 Jul 2001 7:56AM GMT
Surnames: YEIZER

The name Rosina Yeiser seems so familiar to me. But, I just looked through my Yeiser file, and can't find it there. The closest I come, ROSA YEISER, probably won't help, but I'll post it here in case it helps someone.

January 18, 1895
Place: St. James Church, Port Gibson (LA)
Christian Name: Mattie Belle Yeiser
Place & Date of Birth: Near Port Gibson, Obtober 21, 1881
Parents: J G & Rosa E. YEISER
Sponsors: Mary Magruder, Rosa Magruder, R W Magruder
Clergyman: F W Smith

The URL for this is


BJRettke (View posts)
Posted: 1 Dec 2002 9:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 24 Apr 2004 10:48PM GMT
Surnames: Pennywitt Yeiser Hawkins
I am interested in information on the children and descendants of, John and Rosina Yeiser Pennywitt.


ninawelsh1 (View posts)
Posted: 4 Dec 2002 3:50AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 5 Mar 2004 5:18AM GMT
Hi Barbara

This is some information I have on John Pennywitt and his wife, Rosina Yeiser. His birth name was Jean Beneauvent, and he came to New York from France in 1740, along with his two younger brothers. He settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he worked as a millwright for a man named Yeiser. It was his daughter, Rosina, that he married. I don't have any other information on her family, not even her father's first name. John and Rosina eventually moved to the Shenandoah Valley where he started a grist mill on Mill Creek. The information I have is that this is where his last name changed from Beneauvent to Bonovit, then to Bonowitt, and then to Pennywitt.

He and Rosina had four sons and several daughters. His sons were Jacob, twins John and Phillip, and Adam. I descend from the twin John. John, Phillip and Adam moved to a place called Gift Ridge in Ohio in Adams County.

John (twin) married Ann Moore. They had three sons named Mark, John and Tavenor. Mark married Nancy Naylor. One information I have is that they married in March, 1810. I found on the internet a list of marriages from Adams County, Ohio, which showed they were married on February 1, 1810. Their children were John, Margaret, James, Reuben, David, Mark and Samuel. My line extends down through David Pennywitt. He married a woman by the name of Tamor (possibly Tavor) Pixley.

David and his wife had six children, Henry, Sophie, Margaret, Mark, Susan and Ellen. Margaret was my great-great grandmother who married John Henry Prather in Manchester Ohio. He was a Methodist minister (circuit rider).

Margaret and John Prather had 8 children, Olive (my great grandmother), Harry, Eva Mae, Mark, Lily, and Ray. Their daughter Olive Prather married Frank Louderback, who had one son, my grandfather, Harry Louderback. He married my grandmother, Naomi Gearing. They had three daughters, my mother, Rita, and her two sisters, Ruth and Juanita. I did not know my grandmother, Naomi, as she died about 2 months before I was born. I also don't know anything about my great-grandfather, Frank Louderback.

I am still searching for information on Rosina Yeiser, but have come to dead ends. I have found other "relatives" that descend from her as well, but they have no information, either.

I have found some dates of birth, resting places, etc. on other Pennywitt lines through information on the Internet and contacts with new relatives. I hope this helps. Let me know if there is any other information you may need, and I'll check to see if I have it.

I also have a book that I had ordered that had a lot more information on some of the Pennywitt relatives. It is called A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia, by John W. Wayland, who knew some of the Pennywitt children.

Nina Welsh
Houston, TX


Judy (View posts)
Posted: 4 Dec 2002 7:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear Barbara and Nina,
I've checked in a Yeizer Genealogy that my cousin got from the National Archives and couldn't find any Rosina listed. However, since there were several brothers and cousins that came over from Germany prior to or about that time, I thought it might help if I listed them and where the papers say they went. Maybe there will be some clues here to help you.

1736-Jacob Jayser, aged 23. Listed as Palatine who qualified 1 Sept. 1736 at the Courthouse; having arrived from Rotterdam on the ship, "Harle." Ralph Harle, Master.
1748- Friederich Jayser (Frederick Yeiser), aged 20. Listed as Palatine who qualified 7 Oct. 1748; having arrived from Rotterdam on the ship "St. Andrew," Captain Robert Brown.
1750-Engelhart Yeiser - Took Oath at the Courthouse 30 Nov. 1750; having arrived from Rotterdam on ship "Sandwich," Captain Hazelwood.
1752-Johann Georg Jayser - Took Oath at the Courthouse 20 Oct. 1752; having arrived from Rotterdam on ship "Duke of Wirtenburg," Daniel Montpelier, Commander.
1752-Wilhelm Gottliev Jayser - Took Oath at the Courthouse 23 Oct. 1752; having arrived from Rotterdam on the ship "Rawley," Captain John Grove.
1753-Johann Joachim Jayser (John Yohan Yeiser) - Took oath at the Courthouse 27 September 1753; having arrived from Rotterdam on the ship "Windsor," Captain John Goad.

Brothers: Jacob - b. 1713, went to Virginia and never heard of again.
Wilhelm Gottlieb (called Gottlieb) - b. 1714 - d. 1797.

Cousins: Johann Georg
Johann Joachin (called Joachin) - founder of "Lebanon County Yeisers."

I don't know who to give credit to for the compilation of this material, as they were not identified on the packet I received.



ninawelsh1 (View posts)
Posted: 5 Dec 2002 2:48AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 5 Mar 2004 5:18AM GMT

Thanks for the information. I'll save it in case I can connect Rosina to one of them. Her line has me baffled because I can't find a connection to her anywhere. Somebody out there has got to have some knowledge of her, but alas, where to look......

Thanks again

Nina Welsh


Vyletta80 (View posts)
Posted: 26 Mar 2003 10:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Yeiser and related families
I maintain a large database on the Yeiser family: esp. descendants of the four brothers who arrived in America in the mid-1700's. Will be glad to share what I have on this family with other descendants. I'm descended from Englehart Yeiser/Yeizer/Jayser originally from Germany. Please email me privately at
Sally Jo Gibson


amy (View posts)
Posted: 14 Oct 2003 4:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Rosina Yeizer was from Lancaster PA, and her father owned a mill there, which is where John Pennywitt started working. Apparently, Rosina's father was wealthy, according to a family article that I have. I do not have her father's name, but I also have seen spelled Yizer, which was probably not the correct spelling. Rosina and John left PA, and seddled in VA.
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