1. Sarah Craley (1788-1872)

History and Biography of Sarah Craley & Frederick Smeltzer

Sarah Craley, the oldest child and daughter of Christian Craley and his wife Catherine Gohn, was born on September 6, 1788 in York County, PA.  She was baptized on October 12, 1788 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (then known as Stehli’s Church) in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  Sometime around 1810, Sarah married Frederick Smeltzer.  Based on census records and tax records, it appears Sarah and Frederick lived very close to her father and brothers in the northern section of Chanceford Township.

According to the estate files of Sarah and Frederick, they were the parents of at least 7 children who reached adulthood.  From oldest to youngest, their names are John, Fanny (wife of Jacob Bitner), Jacob, Henry, Catherine (wife of Christian Brenneman), Elizabeth (wife of Jacob Shenberger) and Sarah (single at the time of parents deaths but later married Joseph Matthews).

Sarah Craley born September 6, 1788 in York County, PA, baptized October 12, 1788 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA, died May 16, 1872 in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  She married Frederick Smeltzer born February 15, 1789 in York County, PA, died August 22, 1859 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.

Children and Grandchildren of Sarah Craley and her husband Frederick Smeltzer:

  1. John Smeltzer born August 8, 1812 in York County, PA, died March 18, 1894 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  He married Lydia Sangrey born May 2, 1825 in York County, PA, died February 5, 1890 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA
    1. Henry Smeltzer born December 7, 1846 in York County, PA, died January 10, 1910 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  He married Cassandra Weiser born May 23, 1851 in MD, died March 10, 1918 in Dauphin County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA
    2. Peter Smeltzer born October 25, 1848 in York County, PA, died February 28, 1888 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  He married Elizabeth Fishel born July 6, 1855 in York County, PA, died April 21, 1927 in York County, PA and buried at Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Shrewsbury, York County, PA.
    3. Susan Smeltzer born about 1849 in York County, PA
    4. Mary Smeltzer born about 1850 in York County, PA
    5. Catherine Smeltzer born about 1852 in York County, PA
    6. John Smeltzer born March 11, 1856 in York County, PA, died August 5, 1914 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA
    7. Elizabeth Smeltzer born September 3, 1858 in York County, PA, died September 26, 1933 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  She married Daniel Kline born November 18, 1862 in PA, died June 11, 1926 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA
    8. Amanda Smeltzer born in 1861 in York County, PA, died in 1904 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  She married Samuel Matthews born August 26, 1857 in York County, PA, died March 4, 1948 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA
    9. Rebecca Smeltzer born about 1863 in York County, PA
    10. Andrew Smeltzer born April 7, 1864 in York County, PA, died June 8, 1942 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  He married Phoebe Rebecca Markle born September 18, 1864 in York County, PA, died September 22, 1940 in York County, PA and buried at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA
    11. Ellen Smeltzer born April 9, 1869 in York County, PA, died May 25, 1938 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  She married George Workinger born November 4, 1859 in York County, PA, died April 28, 1937 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    12. Henry Smeltzer born about 1869 in York County, PA
    13. Lydia Smeltzer born October 6, 1871 in York County, PA, died January 23, 1953 in York County, PA and buried at Shenbergers Cemetery in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  She married Peter Arnold born November 8, 1866 in York County, PA, died November 24, 1946 in York County, PA and buried at Shenbergers Cemetery in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA
  2. Fanny Smeltzer born about 1813 in York County, PA.  She married Jacob Bitner born about 1800 in York County, PA
    1. Jacob Bitner born April 9, 1842 in York County, PA, died March 26, 1923 in Perry County, PA and buried at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Perry County, PA.  He married Annie Rathfon born September 15, 1864 in PA, died December 22, 1908 in Perry County, PA and buried at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Perry County, PA
    2. Albert Bitner born February 1847 in PA and died September 28, 1925 in Dauphin County, PA
  3. Jacob Smeltzer born about 1816 in York County, PA and died about 1854 in York County, PA.  He married Magdalena Herman born June 10, 1824, died April 10, 1909 in York County, PA and buried at Windsor Cemetery in Windsor Twp, York County, PA
    1. Eli Smeltzer born July 2, 1844 in York County, PA, died December 15, 1925 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  He married Susan Harman born September 13, 1848 in York County, PA, died April 12, 1916 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    2. Samuel Smeltzer born March 22, 1848 in York County, PA, died May 23, 1919 in Lancaster County, PA and buried at Henry Eberle Cemetery in Lancaster County, PA.  He married Jane Ellen Smith born June 30, 1854, died July 13, 1937 in Lancaster County, PA and buried at Henry Eberle Cemetery in Lancaster County, PA
    3. Sarah Smeltzer born October 9, 1849 in York County, PA, died November 27, 1900 in York County, PA and buried at Fairview Cemetery in Wrightsville, York County, PA.  She married Henry Nace born October 18, 1849 in PA, died August 19, 1921 in York County, PA and buried at Fairview Cemetery in Wrightsville, York County, PA
    4. Lydia Smeltzer born July 12, 1854 in York County, PA, died January 20, 1926 in York County, PA and buried at Riverview Cemetery in East Prospect, York County, PA.  She married (first) Albert Bayman born August 7, 1844, died June 29, 1882 in York County, PA and buried at Salem Community Cemetery in Lower Windsor Twp, York County, PA.  She then married (second) Wesley Olewiler born about 1858 in York County, PA and died October 2, 1886 in York County, PA.  She then married (third) Michael Olewiler born February 12, 1853 in York County, PA, died May 2, 1914 in York County, PA and buried at Riverview Cemetery in East Prospect, York County, PA
  4. Henry Smeltzer born about 1818 in York County, PA and died after 1880 (most likely in York County, PA)
  5. Catherine Smeltzer born January 10, 1820 in York County, PA, died November 20, 1888 in Lancaster County, PA and buried at Creswell Cemetery in Lancaster County, PA.  She married Christian Brenneman born November 12, 1814 in PA, died October 21, 1896 in Lancaster County, PA and buried at Creswell Cemetery in Lancaster County, PA
    1. John Brenneman born June 25, 1843 in Lancaster County, PA, died October 18, 1874 in Lancaster County, PA and buried at Bethany Evangelical Cemetery in Lancaster County, PA
    2. Fannie Brenneman born November 23, 1844 in PA, died May 17, 1922 in Lancaster County, PA and buried at East Donegal Cemetery in Lancaster County, PA.  She married Joseph Engle born April 2, 1845 in PA, died May 4, 1910 in Lancaster County, PA and buried at East Donegal Cemetery in Lancaster County, PA
    3. Elizabeth Brenneman born about 1846 in PA
    4. Anna Brenneman born May 30, 1848 in Lancaster County, PA, died October 3, 1930 in Blair County, PA and buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blair County, PA.  She married Winslow Jones born January 14, 1844 in PA, died January 27, 1889 in Perry County, PA and buried at Duncannon Union Cemetery in Perry County, PA
    5. Christian Brenneman born November 17, 1849 in Lancaster County, PA, died August 29, 1913 in Lincoln County, WA and buried at Reardan Cemetery in Lincoln County, WA.  He married Eva Jay born about 1857 in PA, died November 21, 1930 in Lincoln County, WA and buried at Reardan Cemetery in Lincoln County, WA
    6. Frederick Brenneman born June 14, 1851 in Lancaster County, PA, died December 5, 1905 in Lincoln County, WA and buried at Reardan Cemetery in Lincoln County, WA
    7. Catharine Brenneman born July 15, 1853 in Lancaster County, PA, died July 2, 1935 in Lancaster County, PA and buried at Creswell Cemetery in Lancaster County, PA.  She married Harry Saylor
    8. Mary Brenneman born October 16, 1855 in Lancaster County, PA, died November 30, 1913 in Cumberland County, PA and buried at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Cumberland County, PA.  She married John Billett born December 26, 1855 in PA, died June 29, 1931 in Cumberland County, PA and buried at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Cumberland County, PA
  6. Elizabeth Smeltzer born December 30, 1821 in York County, PA, died August 17, 1895 in York County, PA and buried at Shenbergers Cemetery in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  She married Jacob Shenberger born January 21, 1820 in York County, PA, died February 27, 1888 in York County, PA and buried at Shenbergers Cemetery in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA
    1. Catharine Shenberger born November 2, 1845 in York County, PA, died August 7, 1922 in York County, PA and buried at Starview Cemetery in East Manchester Twp, York County, PA.  She married William Hartman born August 1, 1838 in York County, PA, died November 5, 1920 in York County, PA and buried at Starview Cemetery in East Manchester Twp, York County, PA
    2. Henry Shenberger born May 20, 1848 in York County, PA, died February 17, 1918 in York County, PA and buried at Mount Zion Cememtery in Springettzbury Twp, York County, PA.  He married Susan Fritz born April 18, 1853 in York County, PA, died January 21, 1946 in York County, PA and buried at Mount Zion Cememtery in Springettzbury Twp, York County, PA
    3. Isabelle Shenberger born May 20, 1850 in York County, PA, died February 10, 1927 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    4. Jacob Shenberger born in 1853 in York County, PA, died in 1887 in York County, PA and buried at Manchester Union Cemetery in Manchester, York County, PA.  He married Sarah Jane Hartman born December 24, 1854 in York County, PA, died April 18, 1929 in York County, PA and buried at Manchester Union Cemetery in Manchester, York County, PA
    5. Samuel Shenberger born June 4, 1855 in York County, PA, died September 13, 1934 in York County, PA and buried at Round Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  He married Agnes Shaull born October 18, 1849 in York County, PA, died March 29, 1925 in York County, PA and buried at Round Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA
    6. Adam Shenberger born June 13, 1857 in York County, PA, died January 6, 1898 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  He married Mary Sprenkle born October 11, 1863 in York County, PA, died November 22, 1941 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    7. Amanda Shenberger born January 5, 1860 in York County, PA, died July 26, 1941 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  She married William Heisler born December 10, 1857 in York County, PA, died February 5, 1940 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    8. Mary Ellen Shenberger born May 27, 1862 in York County, PA, died July 20, 1947 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  She married Benjamin Lebernight born November 28, 1862 in York County, PA, died October 28, 1945 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
  7. Sarah Smeltzer born September 9, 1824 in York County, PA, died February 14, 1912 in York County, PA and buried at Shenbergers Cemetery in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  She married Joseph Matthews born January 26, 1821 in PA, died April 17, 1909 in York County, PA and buried at Shenbergers Cemetery in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA

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