Steve Iman

en*thu*si*asm \in-'th(y)uze-az-em\ n [Gk enthouslamos, fr enthouslazein to be inspired, fr entheos inspired, fr en- + theos god] a 1 : belief in special revelations b : fanaticism 2 a : strong excitement of feeling : FERVOR b : something inspiring zeal or fervor syn see PASSION


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Lancaster Herrs

It's thought that the first Mennonite Bishop to American was Hans Herr. Brought late in life to support the community of believers around Lancaster, the Hans Herr house was constructed by a son for an elderly father. The house still stands as a key landmark and stands as a solid testament to fine craftsmanship of the period. One can visit the house and the museum next door. There are many out buildings on the grounds as well to illustrate the equipment and methods used in agriculture during the period. 

An early Eyman to reach Pennsylvania shores, Ulrich seems to have been affiliated with Mennonites, though his wife Maria Agatha appears repeatedly in records of the more establishment-oriented First Reformed Church in Lancaster. Eymans arrived near 1763, which was about 40 years after the first wave of Swiss Germans who formed a settlement this far out from Philadelphia. Previously a center for Conestoga and Susquehanna tribes, the land was extremely fertile with 20' of rich loam soils. To this day Conestoga is an area of exquisite farms along narrow country roads.

Among the closest family connections of Eymans in those days were those with a Melchior Jr. Brenneman, also a Mennonite Bishop of the period. Most of the Swiss families had known each other for generations and they often originated from the same villages in the hills of Switzerland. Ulrich Eyman had arrived to Philadelphia on a boat with a David Brenneman, and likely migrated to Conestoga with him to settle very near the old Bishop proud of having taken over a British stone house with a carved fireplace.

A Christian Eyman of Conestoga was described as "brother-in-law" of a Christian Hershey Herr "The Sawmiller", a grandson of the Bishop Herr mentioned above.  As early as 1730, Herrs were among the largest owners of land in the Conestoga area. In May of 2009 I was able to spend time at Millersville University going through an archive of Herr financial and legal papers for the period. Records make it clear that Herr's wife was Catherine, a sister of Christian Eyman. While many assume that this Christian was the grandson of an Ulrich Eyman, we really don't know. Some believe that this Eyman was the same chap who migrated to Hardy County of Virginia, though based on thin traces, I doubt it.