In the book " Eighteenth Century Emigrants from German-Speaking Lands to North America," by Annette Kunselman Burgert, lists Matthaus Bender along with wife Catharina; daughter Anna Barbara; daughter Catharina Barbara; son Alexander; and son Johann Georg as immigrating to Pennsylvania between 1713 and 1727.In "The Early History of the Painter-Bender Family," the compiler Ray C. Thomas of Gary, Indiana, writes that Mathias Bender (Painter) b. 1660-1670, and wife Anna Catharine, immigrating to Philadelphia in the 1720's.Mathias Bender's will was recorded June 25, 1743 and probated March 1744 in Philadelphia County, PA.
In Pennsylvania during the early and mid 1700's the surname Beinder and Baender soon became Bender in the public record books.Sources familiar with German dialects and language consider Beinder the Bavarian alternate for Bender.Bender records are found all the way from the West Indies to Nova Scotia, but the earliest concentrations were in Pennsylvania and the Hudson Valley of New York.From these areas the Bender immigrants and descendants migrated to the southern and western frontiers.They used the surname spellings Bander, Banter, Binder, Paynter, Pender, and Pintor, but the one name used most often, especially in Virginia was Painter.
In the book "Thirty Thousand Immigrant Names in PA, 1727-76," by Rupp the following old Philadelphia Mirror newspaper article is found."The Benders areprominent and numerous in Lancaster County and Eastern Pennsylvania.About this time Matthias Bender or Binder a Mennonite minister of Wurtenburg in Germany, was arrested and taken to Stuttgart prison on account of his faith, and later imprisoned in chains.He was examined and threatened by the doctors of theology, the representatives of the Prince and by the abbott.He was then sent to the castle of Hohenwithing and remained two years, when in 1576 the castle was burned to the ground.He was then released because of his brave conduct about the fire.
A George Painter purchased tracts of property from Josh Hite in 1742, 1749, 1750 and 1753.Frederick County land records show he settled west of Edinburg (now in Shenandoah Co., VA). These lands were at the time in Frederick County, Virginia and later became known as Paintersville now located in Shenandoah County.Shenandoah County was originally called Dunmore County and formed from Frederick in 1772. Children listed in the will were: Mathias, Jacob, John, Philip, George, Jr., Elizabeth Good (m. Philip Good), Catherine Rubey (m. Jacob Ruby), Christina Lindaimuth (m. George Lindamood), and Mary Lindaimuth (m. Michael Lindamood).