Early Baptismal Records of the Sanner Evangelical Lutheran & Reformed Church 1782-1850, Somerset Co, PA
Compiled by Dorothy Yoder Coffman
"Original in German, translated in 1926 by Dr Ezra C Saylor. There is a second list on LDS Microfilm C 12017, #022056."
Datasets in this publication:
Sanner Luthern Reformed Curch Baptisms - p 1
Communicants, New Members 1819-1851, p 57
Sanner Evangelical Baptisms - p 93 <<<<<<<< Vetter records here
Communicants - 1835-1849 p 121
Mull's Church Baptismal Records - p 138
Each data set has separate indexes, and there are separate indexes for sponsors vs children & parents. The preface says the location of the church was "formerly" of Milford, Somerset, Pennsylvania; apparently referring to branching off into different churches after these records were compiled.
ABSTRACTS OF "VETTER" BAPTISMS
From: Sanner Evangelical Baptisms 1795-1830
(ie not from Lutheran Section)
Pg 95, No. 13, John Jacob, son of VETTER, Jacob & Maria, sponsored by parents, born 03/02/1796, bapt 04/03/1796
Pg 95, No. 14, John Solomon, son of VETTER, Jacob & Maria, sponsored by OSSWALD, John, born 02/08/1794, bapt 03/01/1796.
Pg 98, No. 53, Eva Catherine, daughter of VETTER, Jacob & Maria, sponsored by SCHNEIDER, Gerbald (is this Dewalt? Or maybe Gerhardt? There was a Gerhardt, wife of Jacob Schneider elsewhere in these records.) & Clara, born 01/16/1798, bapt 03/18/1798
Note the birth dates above agree with the birth dates for these three at pg 1 of the Jacob Feather Genealogy (which doesn't cite sources).
There are many more references to Dewalt & Clara Schneider and the baptisms of their children and grandchildren in this set of baptisms.
There were several Jacob Fethers in Pennsylvania about this time. The 1800 census in Turkeyfoot Twp (ancestry.com says Berlin - a mistaken reading of the census page where Berlin ended and Turkeyfoot started), Somerset, PA is a perfect fit. The Feather Genealogy indicates the family moved to Preston Co, VA (now WV) in 1804.
A Web Page discussing Places that came from the Old Bedford County:http://www.pa-roots.com/bedford/history/originoftownships.ht...
Who were the Evangelicals vs the Lutherans? Are they the precursor to a current day protestant church? The preface to the book says: "The Lutherans of Sanner's, together with others, formed a new charge after 1971, which is now called St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and is located in Lockwood."
Other works by Ezra Saylor, who is credited above with the translation from German to English; and which appear to offer much more information about Somerset County and environs.http://www.ecsaylor.org/his_work.htm
Ezra Saylor Home Page:http://www.ecsaylor.org/