1827 - 1910 (82 years)
||Krebill, Peter [1, 2] |
||05 Nov 1827
||Messerschwanderhof, Otterberg, Germany 
||27 Mar 1910
||Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA 
||Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA
||31 Mar 2017 |
||Krebill, Friedrich, b. 03 Feb 1788, Altleiningen, Rheinpfalz, Germany , d. 03 May 1849, Hayesville, Ashland, Ohio, USA (Age 61 years) |
||Risser, Anna, b. 15 Nov 1794, Friedelsheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany , d. 17 Jan 1857, Hayesville, Ashland, Ohio, USA (Age 62 years) |
||16 Dec 1816
||Friedelsheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany 
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||Fuchs, Magdalena, b. 06 Apr 1833, Neiferheim, Germany , d. 08 Mar 1908, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA (Age 74 years) |
||15 Feb 1856
||Hayesville, Ashland, Ohio, USA 
| ||1. Krebill, Samuel S., b. 20 Jan 1866, Franklin, Lee, Iowa, USA , d. 06 Aug 1946, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA (Age 80 years) |
| ||2. Krebill, Magdalena Amalia, b. 15 Feb 1864, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA , d. 24 Feb 1939, Portland, Oregon (Age 75 years) |
| ||3. Krebill, Anna Florence, b. 15 Jan 1856, Hayesville, Ashland, Ohio, USA , d. 27 Mar 1933, Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, USA (Age 77 years) |
| ||4. Krebill, David Johannes, b. 11 May 1859, Franklin, Lee, Iowa, USA , d. 05 Jul 1904, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA (Age 45 years) |
| ||5. Krebill, Margaret Emma, b. 29 Apr 1862, Franklin, Lee, Iowa, USA , d. 10 Jul 1949, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA (Age 87 years) |
| ||6. Krebill, Peter R., b. 28 Dec 1867, Franklin, Lee, Iowa, USA , d. 12 Jan 1945, Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, USA (Age 77 years) |
| ||7. Krebill, John Ernest, b. 23 May 1870, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA , d. 17 Mar 1943, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA (Age 72 years) |
| ||8. Krebill, Edward, b. 05 Feb 1873, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA , d. 22 Feb 1938, Concord, Jackson, Michigan, USA (Age 65 years) |
| ||9. Krebill, Laura Otilia, b. 07 Jul 1875, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA , d. 13 Apr 1949, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA (Age 73 years) |
| ||10. Krebill, Frederick C., b. 09 Mar 1878, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA , d. 23 Aug 1952, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA (Age 74 years) |
| ||11. Krebill, Henry Frederick, b. 10 Nov 1859, Franklin, Lee, Iowa, USA , d. 20 Apr 1894, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA (Age 34 years) |
||31 Mar 2017 21:29:03 |
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|Born - 05 Nov 1827 - Messerschwanderhof, Otterberg, Germany
|Married - 15 Feb 1856 - Hayesville, Ashland, Ohio, USA
|Died - 27 Mar 1910 - Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA
|Buried - - Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, USA
Krebill, Peter, farmer, Section 19; P.O. Franklin Center; owns 190 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre; born Nov 7, 1827, in Bavaria, Germany; parents, Frederick and Anna Krebill, emigrated to what was then Richland Co., Ohio, in 1832, where the father died in March, 1849, and the mother Jan 17, 1856. Mr. Krebill married Magdalena Fox Feb 15, 1856; she was born April 6, 1833, in Bavaria, Germany. In the spring of 1857, they emigrated to Lee Co., Iowa, and located on his present farm. They have eleven children - Anna F., born Jan 15, 1857; David J., born May 11, 1858; Henry F., Nov 10, 1859; Margaret, April 29, 1862; Magdalena, Feb 15, 1864; Samuel, Jan 20, 1866; Peter, Dec 28, 1868; John, May 23, 1870; Edward, Feb 5, 1873; Laura, July 7, 1875; Frederick, March 9, 1878. Mr. Krebill is a member of the Mennonite Church; Democrat.
The History of Lee County, Iowa
Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879
Franklin Township, Page 780
Peter was just a boy about six years of age when the Friedrich Krebills arrived at Hayesville, Ohio early in 1834. The fact that Peter was so much younger than his brothers was to his advantage for he had the opportunity to attend English schools fork a longer period of time.
In addition to growing up on a farm with its many chores for the young, he also learned about operating a farmer's saw-mill.
Early in 1856, about seven years after the father, Friedrich, had died, and about a year before the mother Anna's demise, Peter Krebill and Magdalena Fox (Fuchs) were married. During this summer, Peter and his brother Jacob and their brother-in-law Christian Eymann, decided to move to the Franklin Prairie vicinity near Franklin in Lee County, Iowa.
In the fall of 1856 the brothers Jacob and Peter bought 120 acres of land about three miles due west from the Village of Franklin Center. However, Peter did not move to Iowa until the following spring after their first child, a daughter Anna, had been born. They left Hayesville in April of 1857 and like his brother Jacob and Christian Eymann did on the previous fall, Peter traveled by covered wagon and team. They arrived on the 13th of June and moved into a log cabin which stood on a forty- acre tract, a part of the 120 acres which the brothers had acquired the fall before. About a half mile north from the new Zion Mennonite church, a lane extended eastward to the Peter Krebill's cabin.
The wives of Jacob and Peter were non-mennonites. There seemed to have been some conversation among the church dignitaries to the effect that the wives should be required to be baptised before being accepted as members. However, in view of the fact that both of them had been baptised in protestant faiths, Peter warned the Mennonites that they would prefer to join another church if they insisted that this was mandatory. Fortunately the Mennonites accepted the wives as members without any reservations.
Peter Krebills lived in their log-cabin until they moved into another one when in 1865 Peter purchased about 50 acres of land in the south-west quarter of the adjacent section 19. His home on this newly acquired place stood just one mile west from his brother Jacob's place. In 1867 and 1869 Peter added two more tracts of land next to his first 50 acres. In 1883 he purchased still another piece of .farm-land which gave him title to the entire south-west quarter of section 19.
He also owned two wooded tracts across the road from his farm in Harrison Township which brought his holding up to about 200 acres. Peter followed a diversified type of farming, specialized in horse and cattle breeding and operated a grain threshing rig for many years. At first he used a horse-power and later a steam engine to run the grain separator.
The following pages contain excerpts from letters which Peter Krebill wrote from Lee County, Iowa to his brother John Grabill at Hayesville, Ohio.
These letters were written over a period of years from the time when Peter first arrived in Iowa in 1857 to the time of his brother John's demise in Ohio
The full text of these letters may be found at the Musselman historical library at the Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio.
John S. Grabill, Hayesville, 0. July 5, 1857, Franklin Center, Iowa.
The Jacob Krebill and Agnes Eymann families are all well. We arrived here on June 13th. We moved Agnes into one of Mrs. Strohm's
houses west from the church. I left brother Henry at brother Abraham's place. He said he would be traveling towards Peoria, and would write me when he found
a job. I have not heard yet. I went with Fred Fuchs to Montrose on the sixth. Goodbye
John S. Grabill, Hayesville. September 23, 1857, Franklin Center.
David Risser offered to sell his eighty acre farm to sister Agnes Eymann and take her house at Franklin in trade. He asked $27/00 an acre and offered $672/00 for her house. Agnes bought the land. It is described as the west half of the northeast quarter of section 29 in Franklin township.
I sold my iron gray horse for $170/00 to John Rupp, a brother-in-law of Reinrich Hirschler. Brother Jacob bought the roan mare for $150/00 without an argument. Today was the first day of the three day fair at West Point.
Tell Fred Fox (Fuchs) I will write him before long.
Your brother Peter Kreebill.
John S. Grabill, Hayesville. January 18, 1868, Franklin Center.
The last one of two letters from you came from Philadelphia.
I got first premium on the large horse and second on the colt. Pork is worth $3/50 to $3/75, corn 15$, or 20# at Keokuk. I often think of the time when you took your first trip to the west, when we were all gathered around the table. Mother would say in german, "I wish John would come and eat some now."
Now you are there and the rest of us are scattered from here to Pikes Peak! We had hoped to see Henry last fall but have not seen anything of him yet.
Your brother Peter Krebill.
John S. Grabill, Hayesville. June 1, 1868, Franklin, Iowa.
John Hertzler and wife have been here. After they got back to Burlington he found the garden plow and he took it to their shop. He will send it to us as soon as possible. I still keep their plows here for sale. I sold my stallion to John Haffner, a son of Fred Haffner, for $300/00.
I have 50 acres of small grain and 50 acres of corn. Our Anna had a letter from brother Abraham's little girl.
John S. Grabill, Hayesville. October 2, 1881, Primrose, Iowa.
We did not hear from Henry all summer, if we do hear from him we will let you know right away.
Our Peter was baptized with six others last sunday September the 25th.
John, Edward and Laura are still in school. Little Freddie is only three years old.
John S. Grabill, Hayesville. November 17, 1886, Primrose, Iowa.
I would like to hear that you are feeling better. Perhaps next summer you may feel like visiting us again.
I am feeding 23 steers. Our son Henry will start out for himself next summer. He rented a farm about a mile north from the Dover crossroads. So
by next year there will be four out of our eleven children out on their own. We haven't heard from brother Henry yet.
John S. Grabill, Hayesville. January 1, 1887, Primrose, Iowa.
Happy New Year! As I wrote the date I thought of the time fifty years ago on a new years day how you taught me to write the new date. It was on that big old chest by the old cook-stove.
Henry will marry a daughter of John Lowenberg who lives close to the church, and are preparing for their home by spring-time.
"Nephew Samuel'; Looking at the picture of your four children, that little girl standing by the tree reminds me so much of the little boy I used to see riding the dog around the house!
Tell them to be kind to their grand-pa when he is sick.
John S. Grabill, Hayesville. January 17, 1887, Primrose, Iowa.
I miss your letters so much since you are not able to write.
For the past thirty years we have exchanged letters every year. On the 23rd of this month brother Jacob's daughter Charlotte and Elias Weber are to be married. Then on the 30th our Lena and Emil Leisy are to be married.
"Dear nephew Samuel"; Our Freddie wants to tell your boys Howard and John the little speach he gave in school:
"If older boys can make a speach
we.little boys can too
And though we may not say so much
Yet here's a word for you.
This world's large and full of room
There is a place for all
The rich, the poor, the wise, the good
The large as well as small
So give the little ones a chance
To show off what they know
And shun us not because we're small
For little boys will grow
Your uncle Peter Krebill.
Samuel H. Grabill, Hayesville, 0. March 13, 1887, Primrose, Iowa.
I did not get around to answering your last letter before we received the sad news af your father's death. At the time Laura and Freddie were down with the measles and I could not leave at such a time to attend the funeral. At such a time one wonders "Why didn't I go and see him while he was still alive?" "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, even so saith the spirit, for they rest from their labor."
Emil and Lena Leisy live in Kansas now. Henry and Elise moved on to their farm last Tuesday. Katharine Latschar and Henry Sander are to be married next Sunday the 20th.
Well, Howard; Freddie was delighted to receive your nice letter. Freddie's English school will be out this week and then he will go to German school again. If you were here you could learn to talk and write german letters. Last wednesday was Freddie's birthday and his mother baked a big cake for him.
Does your mother bake one for you on your birthday? When I saw her she was a little girl, I think about two years old.
I wish I could see you all for I like children when they are good and mind their mothers.
Olga A. Krebill Hirschler, The Altleiningen Krebills 1730-1966 (Paul and Olga Hirschler, 020 Lassen Street, Richmond, CA: 1966), Newberry Library, Chicago, also personal collection of Michael Hervey
- [S388] Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;), Database online.
Record for Selma Krebill
- [S326] The Altleiningen Krebills 1730-1966, Olga A. Krebill Hirschler, (Name: Paul and Olga Hirschler, 020 Lassen Street, Richmond, CA: 1966;).