Schaeffer,  Alexander

Schaeffer, Alexander

Male 1712 - 1786  (74 years)

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  • Name Schaeffer, Alexander  [1
    Born 08 Jan 1712  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Apr 1786  [2, 3
    Buried Schaefferstown Cemetery, Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I1663  Kreider Moyer
    Last Modified 17 May 2018 

    Family Engle, Eva Anna Angelica,   b. 1708,   d. 22 Nov 1772  (Age 64 years) 
    Children 
     1. Schaeffer, Margaret  [natural]
     2. Schaeffer, John,   b. 12 Aug 1739, Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Sep 1783, Funkstown, Washington County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)  [natural]
     3. Schaeffer, Sabina,   b. 1742,   d. 26 Mar 1811  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
     4. Schaeffer, Anna Maria,   b. 19 Feb 1744, Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jan 1823, Campbelltown, Lebanon County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
     5. Schaeffer, Catharine,   b. 17 Oct 1747, Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1825, Millbach, Lebanon County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     6. Schaeffer, Johann Heinrich Henry,   b. 05 Jul 1749, Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1803, Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 17 May 2018 
    Family ID F534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 08 Jan 1712 - Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Schaefferstown Cemetery, Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, PA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Schaefferstown Fountain
    Schaefferstown Fountain
    Schaefferstown, PA

    Documents
    Schaefferstown Cemetery Lebanon County PA headstone photos pdf
    Schaefferstown Cemetery Lebanon County PA headstone photos pdf
    Great‐great‐great grandparents of Mary Elizabeth Moyer Kreider: Alexander Schaeffer (1712‐1786) and Eva Anna Angelica Engle Schaeffer (1708‐1772) are buried in Schaefferstown Cemetery.

    Headstones
    Alexander Schaeffer
    Alexander Schaeffer
    Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, PA
    Shaefferstown Cemetery, Schaefferstown, PA
    Shaefferstown Cemetery, Schaefferstown, PA
    Schaeffer, Alexander
    Schaeffer, Alexander
    Schaefferstown Cemetery, Schaefferstown, PA
    Schaeffer, Eva Anna Angelica (Engle)
    Schaeffer, Eva Anna Angelica (Engle)
    Schaefferstown Cemetery, Schaefferstown, PA
    Schaeffer, Alexander
    Schaeffer, Alexander
    Schaefferstown Cemetery, Schaefferstown, PA

    Albums
    Schaefferstown, PA
    Schaefferstown, PA (7)

  • Notes 
    • Alexander and Eva are buried in the Schaefferstown cemetery, Lebanon County, PA. His monument reads, “Alexander Schaeffer, Founder of Schaefferstown, PA, born in Germany January 8, 1712, migrated to America in 1738, died April 10, 1786. In 1758 Schaeffer and his wife Anna, purchased the land surrounding Schaefferstown (formerly Heidelberg) laid out the town and sold lots to the squatters who already had homes. On July 16, 1763, he sold the land and spring (now Fountain Park) along with the pipes and troughs of the gravity water system to representatives of the People of Market Street. This act created the water company which later became the first chartered water works in the United States.”

      The Schaeffer farm is a historical site with an annual festival. http://hsimuseum.org/.
      The well is now Fountain Park. The Inn is now a restaurant.

      from The Meyer Family Tree compiled by John D. Meyer, Tyrone, PA, October 1937
      Alexander Schaeffer came from Germany in 1740 and settled at Mulbach and was a neighbor of the Meyer family.

      From Wikipedia: Schaefferstown is one of the oldest towns in Lebanon County, being at least a century older than the county itself. It is the main town in Heidelberg Township. Although the exact date of the first settlers is unknown, it is certain that they settled here before 1725. Those first settlers were German Jews. Many of them were skilled craftmen and traders. They disappeared, however, when non-Jewish German settlers started moving into the area. The old burial ground was situated about a fourth mile south of Tower Hill and almost a hundred yards east of South Market Street in Schaefferstown. The Jewish settlement was known as the Lebanon Trading Post.

      Schaefferstown held a Bicentenntial in 1963.
      According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), all of it land.

      It is home to Fountain Park, which is the oldest Chartered Waterworks still in operation in the United States.
      Fountain Park
      The water company in Schaefferstown has the oldest gravitational conveyance system by underground pipes in the United States. The water system was constructed sometime between 1744 and 1750 by the founder of the town, Alexander Schaeffer. The water system, which is located in the area now known as Fountain Park, is still used by the townspeople for potable household water. When the original system was laid out, it ran to two wooden troughs on the Square, which is now the intersection of Main St. and Market St. One trough was since replaced by Matilda Zimmerman in memory of Mary Rex Zimmerman, her mother and great granddaughter of Alexander Schaeffer. This trough is now located on the south face of the historic bank located within the Square.

      Schaefferstown Water Company http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=29306
      One of North America's oldest documented public water systems. Alexander Schaeffer built a hotel on the square in 1744, and construction of the water system began here shortly after. On July 16, 1763, he and his wife Anna Engle deeded this land - today Fountain Park - for the use of the inhabitants of Market Street. the present company was chartered in 1845 as successor to The Fountain Company of Heidelberg.

      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/25853796/alexander-schaeffer
      Alexander, son of Hans Henry and Anna Margaretha (Mayer) Schaeffer, immigrated to Philadelphia from Baden, Germany, in 1738. By the time of his death in 1786 he had laid out the town he named Heidelberg (now Schaefferstown), in Lancaster Co., PA, built the King George Hotel (the present day Franklin House), and created the first gravitational water conveyance system by underground pipes in all the British colonies. In about 1738 he married Anna Engel and together they had 7 children. He was of the German Reformed faith and was a guiding force in establishing that church in Heidelberg.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] The Meyer Family Tree compiled by John D. Meyer, Tyrone, PA, October 1937.

    2. [S2] Genealogy of the Meyer Family, Meyer, Henry, (Name: 1890;).

    3. [S29] Headstone.