Abraham LICHTENWALTER15,16,17,18

also known as Abraham LICHTENWALNER

12th Jul 175313,6 - 13th Mar 18142,5,6

Life History

12th Jul 1752


(less likely)

12th Jul 1753

Born in Fogelsville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.1,2,3

(most likely)


Married Eva Catharina SAEGER in Foglesville, near Lehigh, Pennsylvania.7

1st Aug 1777

Birth of son Michael LICHTENWALTER in Fogelsville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.2,7

29th Aug 1779

Birth of son Abraham LICHTENWALTER.2,19,3


Birth of son William LICHTENWALTER.2

2nd Oct 1781

Birth of daughter Anna Barbara LICHTENWALTER in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.2,20

24th Aug 1783

Birth of son John LICHTENWALTER in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.21,2

4th Mar 1787

Birth of son Daniel LICHTENWALTER in Whitehall, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.2,3,14

6th Mar 1789

Birth of son Jacob LICHTENWALTER.2


Emigrated from to York County, Pennsylvania.14

6th Feb 1791

Birth of son George LICHTENWALTER.2

13th Mar 1793

Birth of son Adam LICHTENWALTER in Yorktown, Pennsylvania.2


Resident in York County, Pennsylvania

29th May 1796

Birth of daughter Catherine LICHTENWALTER in York County, Pennsylvania.15,22,23

4th Dec 1797

Birth of son Solomon LICHTENWALTER in Adams County, Pennsylvania.2

18th Dec 1804

Birth of daughter Salome LICHTENWALTER in York County, Pennsylvania.2,24

14th Mar 1813

Emigrated from from PA to Stark County, Ohio.5,11

after 14th Mar 1813

Resident in Stark County, Ohio, on a farm 3 miles east of Canton

13th Mar 1814

Died in Canton, Stark, Ohio.2,5,6

Other facts


Buried in Rowland Cem., Canton, OH; 404735N0812112W.4,5,6,7


Military service in Served Revolutionary War as Pvt. 7th Class, 8th Co., Northampton County Militia, PA, under Capt. Danl. Snyder in the 2nd B n under Col. Geo. Breinig.8,9,10


Religion Lutheran.12


  • "According to the Pennsylvania Archives, Series 5 Vol. 8 Abraham served in the 8th Company Northampton County Militia as Pvt. 7th Class under Capt. Danl. Snyder in the 2nd Bn under Col. Geo. Breinig."
    -Compilation of Genealogy, by Oliver Henry Sweitzer III, p. 24

    We now come to the second generation of the Lichtenwallner family in this country.  The only sons of Johann who left any descendants, so far as we know, are Johann No. 2, the ancestor of all the Pennsylvania Lichtenwallners, and Abraham, the ancestor of the Ohio Lichtenwalters.
    Abraham was born July 12, 1753, in the stone house on the Lichtenwallner homestead, one mile west of Fogelsville, Pa.  There is an entry ofhis birth and baptism in the baptismal record of the Jordan Lutheran Church [near Allentown Pennsylvania], the sponsors being Abraham Knerrand his wife Maria Etta.  Abraham was married to Eva Catharina Seeger, or Saeger, a granddaughter of Johann Nicholas Saeger, who is the ancestor of the Saeger family in this county.  After he had a family of his own, it is believed that he resided on the 300-acre tract of land on Jordan Creek, to which his father Johann had secured a warrant in 1738. What makes us think so is the fact that the assessment for taxes made by the commissioner of Northampton County in 1781, upon record atEaston, shows that Abraham was then a resident of Whitehall township,he being assessed for a small amount.
    Before the close of the year 1791, Abraham and his family moved to York County, this State.  The Orphans' Court record of York County showsthat he was appointed guardian of a certain minor on October 2, 1792.  In the year 1813, he crossed the Alleghenies and settled on a farmthree miles east of Canton, Ohio, where he died the following year.  His son Daniel settled at Canton some years before his father moved there.
    Abraham had twelve children, nine of whom settled around Canton and lived to a ripe old age.  His descendants have held annual reunions ever since the year 1888.  All of them write their name LichtenwalTER, in place of LichtenwalNER.  Jacob B. Lichtenwalter, of Milford, Ind., was grandson of Abraham, was their first Secretary.
    -Lichtenwalner/Lichtenwalter Family History, pp. 25-26.

    The following entry of Abraham's birth and baptism has been found in the first Baptismal Record of the Jordan Lutheran Church on Page 36: "Im Nahmen der Heiligen Dreifaltigkeit.  Seid getauft worden.  1753 Den12 Jul. natus; 19 Aug. Renatq.; Infans Abraham; Dessen Vater und Muter, Johannes Lichtenwallner, u. Barbara, seine Hausfrau.  Tauf Zeugen, Abraham Knerr und seine Hausfrau, Maria Etta."
    Abraham took Oath of Allegiance before Jacob Horner, Justice of the Peace for the County of Northampton, Pa., on June 25, 1778.  Entered inOath of Allegiance Docket, Page 37.
    [During early colonial emigration all immigrant males over sixteen years of age were obliged to take an oath of allegiance to the province and state of Pennsylvania as soon after their arrival as possible.  This provided naturalization and allowed the purchase of land after one year of Pennsylvania residence.  On June 13, 1777, Pennsylvania passeda general militia law requiring the Oath of Allegiance be taken before the justices of individual counties, where all white males above the age of eighteen years would renounce allegiance to Great Britain, support the congress, and report all treasons.]
    Abraham was married in the year 1776 to Eva Catherine Saeger, or Seeger, a grand-daughter of Johann Nicholas Saeger, the ancestor of the large and prominent Saeger family in this and adjoining counties.  Afterhe had a family of his own, Abraham resided on the 300-acre tract of land on Jordan Creek, Whitehall Township, Northampton County, Pa., to which his father Johann had secured a warrant in 1738.  The records atEaston show where he was assessed for taxed in 1781.
    Before the close of the year 1791, Abraham and his family moved to York County, Pa.  The Orphan's Court record of York County shows that hewas appointed guardian of a certain minor on Oct. 2, 1792.  He later moved to Adams County.  A bill of sale, held by Mrs. Charles Young of North Canton, Ohio, reads: "Will be sold at Public Venue on Wed. the 17th day of March, 1813, at the house of the subscriber in Mount Penn, Joy Township, Adams Co., at 10 o'clock A.M. the following articles, towit: Horse, cow, sheep, swine, plow and harrows, grain in the ground by the acre; bed and springs, 4 tin plate stoves with pipe, chairs andtable, and a variety of house-hold and kitchen furniture.  Due attendance and reasonable credit will be given by Abraham Lichtenwalter, 17th day of March, 1813."
    In the year 1813, he moved and settled on a farm three miles east of Canton on the Georgetown Road, Stark County, Ohio, where he died the following year, March 13th, 1814.  He is buried on Rowland Cemetery, Canton, O.
    -Lichtenwalner/Lichtenwalter Family History, pp. 211-212.

    With Abraham's move from PA to Ohio, his line became known as the "Ohio Lichtenwalters."  His brother Johann is the only other sibling withsurviving offspring (according to The Green Book), making Johann the ancestor of the "Pennsylvania Lichtenwalners."
    -Greg Sweitzer



    Canton Repository, Jan 11, 1976
    Following is the Repository's tenth Bicentennial article on Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Stark County.  Basic information was researched by Mrs. Eileen Knipfer, a member of Canton Chapter, Daughters ofthe American Revolution.
    By James Hillibish
    It's no coincidence that mankind's bloodiest, most vicious wars are revolutions against existing governments.  All wars are rooted in dogmatic fervors, be them nationalistic, economic, or the simple desire to control people.  To these factors, revolutions add an even stronger motivation for victory - belief in an ideal.
    In the American Revolution, the ideal was freedom.  Few Continental Army soldiers fought with more vigor than those whose families fled, often at great cost, the political repression of 18th Century Europe. One such fighter was Abraham Lichtenwalter, who is buried in Rowland cemetery in Canton.
    For generations of Lichtenwalters, home was Kolmberg, Germany.  In 1733, Abraham's father, a blacksmith, ended this heritage by gathering his young family and setting off to the new world of North America, which held promise for a life free of war, social instability and rigid class structures.  He and other immigrants knew well the extreme hardships and uncertainties of the trip westward, yet still they came.
    The journey began with an arduous riverboat trip on the Rhine River to the Port of Rotterdam.  The boats were transports, not passenger vessels, and accommodations included straw sleeping mats in crowded cargo holds and communal soup pots.  Along the river, the boats passed 26customs inspections which caused delays of up to five weeks.  Many immigrants ran out of money and food during the delays and were forced to return home.  From Rotterdam, they sailed to a port in England where expensive passage was secured on vessels heading to America.  For up to three months, the passengers, "packed densely like herrings," rode out Atlantic storms, disease and depravity.  There was little food or water. Dysentery, scurvy, typhoid and small pox ran rampant among the weakened travelers.  Children were the first to be attacked, and they died in large numbers.  On one voyage, 32 children died and a captain wrote in his log book, "The young, from one to seven years old, rarely survive."
    When the Lichtenwalter family landed in Philadelphia the new nation seemed a paradise compared to the suffering of the completed migration.Elder Lichtenwalter bought a wagon , loaded his family and their few belongings and followed other settlers to farmland in northeast Pennsylvania.  At $4.35 per acre, a modest farm cost Lichtenwalter most of his remaining savings.
    Land was the key to success.  The family cultivated a large garden while living off the wilds, and the children carefully sowed precious apple seeds they brought from the old country.  When the seedlings were large enough, the Lichtenwalters transplanted them into an orderly orchard, the largest in the Philadelphia vicinity, and as the trees beganto bear fruit, the family erected a distillery to produce apple-jack beer.
    Amid the peaceful backdrop, Abraham Lichtenwalter was born on July 12, 1753.  From his father, Abraham quickly learned reverence for personal liberty, an ideal impressed upon the youth through stories of the near-feudal conditions the family left behind in Germany.  Just as many desire better lives than their parents, the young Lichtenwalter demanded more from the ideal of liberty than his father.
    The obstacle to that reality was the British, whose economic sanctions against Colonial businessmen increased with each year.  As negotiations between the Colonials and the crown yielded no major concessions,violent revolution seemed the only solution.  Abraham Lichtenwalter joined the rag-tail Northampton, Pa., militia soon after the first shots of anger plunged the colonies into revolt.  Throughout the war, he fought in many battles as a private, and experienced many of the same depravities that his family suffered in their journey to America.  As an irregular militiaman, Lichtenwalter determined his own terms of enlistment, with most coming when fighting touched his Pennsylvania colony.
    His wife bore him the first five of their 12 children during the Revolution as the part-time soldier returned home between battles.  A large family meant security.  In 1813, the family moved to a farm three miles east of Canton, near what is today Georgetown Road.  Abraham diedthe next year.  His children became forefathers of many Stark Countians living today.  Among the family names are Young, Baer, Minnich, Sheets, Essig, Hane, Karper, Eyster, and Myers.  Time and air pollution have eroded the gravestones in Rowland cemetery yet the most serious damage has been wrought by vandals.  Although records indicate Abraham Lichtenwalter is buried in the cemetery, his gravestone has not been found.


    Rowland Cemetery, Canton, Ohio - May 3, 1989

    Advance of the Colors - U.S. Marine Color Guard
    Welcome to the guests and descendants by Mrs. Ernst Kaboth, Regent.
    State DAR Historian - Mrs. Charles Curtin
    State Northeast District Director - Mrs. Richard Zanin

    Regent:  Remembering the past is conserving the strength of the future. As we look at history, we know that we need today, not a show of greatness, not a parade of power, not a recital of our capacities, but more a spirit of gratitude, and again and again a consecration of our own selves to the achievement of great ideals.  We are the heirs of high endeavor, ere long, we too, shall belong to the past.

    Chaplain:  It is required of a steward that he be found faithful.

    The council of the Lord standeth fast forever; the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

    Members' Response:  Our fathers trusted in Thee.  They trusted and Thou didst deliver them.

    Regent:  We have heard with our ears, 0 God, our fathers have told uswhat work Thou didst in their days, in the times of old.

    Chaplain:  For they got not the land in possession by their own swords, neither did their own arm save them; but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou was favorable to them.

    Members' Response:  Let the favor of the Lord, our God, be upon us; and establish Thou the work of Thy hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands, establish Thou it.

    Chaplain:  We thank Thee, Lord, for the men and women of other generations who bequeathed to us fruitage of their lives.  Especially, today, we give thanks to Thee for the loyalty and faith, the courage, and the self sacrifice which were the foundation of our nation.  Be a living presence among us, we pray, as we of this generation meet the challenge of today.  Help us not to forget the past; make its lessons servethe present, grant that its teaching safeguard the future, and acceptthe dedication of our lives to the fulfillment of Thy purposes.  Amen.

    Biography of the Revolutionary Soldier ABRAHAM LICHTENWALTER by Mrs. David Cochran

    Placing of Wreath on the grave by Registrar and Descendant Mrs. Paul Myers

    Dedication by the Regent, Mrs. Ernst Kaboth

    Therefore we, the Daughters of the American Revolution of Canton Chapter, now dedicate this marker in grateful recognition of the service of ABRAHAM LICHTENWALTER, soldier of the Revolution.  'In honoring himwe also pay tribute to all the heroic men and women who have served our republic with integrity and devotion.

    Singing of My Country!  'Tis of Thee led by Mrs. James Murphy and Miss TigAnn Savage

    Retirement of Colors

    "LICHTENWALTER, Abraham (12 Jul 1752-13Mar 1814) Pvt. PA.  Wife, Eve Catharine Saeger.  Buried Rowland Cemetery, Canton.  B, C."
    -Cemetery Inscriptions, Stark County, Ohio, vol. 5, Oct. 1, 1984, prepared by Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.


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