Hi,I have been looking for any possible connection someone might know of for this family - Michael and Catherine Leader (Lieder, Leider, Lidder, Litter, etc.) to the Schleif-Slife,Schleiff... family. Michael and Catherine Leader were baptising their children at Greensburg Lutheran, Westmoreland, PA starting in 1800 with 5 baptisms, then about 5-6 more through the next 10 years.The sponsors for 1 of the baptisms of Michael and Catherine Leader chlidren ( Anna Maria Leader) wasFrederick and Rebecca Schleif, and for another baptism (of Hanna Leader) was Henrich Schleif and Elizabeth.Other sponsors include George and Rebecca Schaeffer, Frederick Rice (Reiss) and Catherine, Jacob Zimmerman and Magdalena, George Kepple and Anna Maria, Philip and Margaretha? Kuntz.
Michael Leader lived in Hempfield.He bought land from Samuel and Barbara Baer.This Land had been conveyed through The Tract of land was surveyed in pursuance of a warrant dated 17 oct 1785 granted to John Hill whoconveyed to Philip Kuntz on 3 Dec. 1788 who then conveyed to Samuel BeerLand surrounding Michael Leader's land included Frederick Slife (Schleif probably), John Leighty, Frederick Rice.Kuntz land wasn't far from Michael Leader's farm. At the time of his death the land owned next to Michael Leader's included an Abraham Bowman and a Widow Sindorff.(A Peter Zimmerman was the executor for Michael Leader's will until he changes it, at a later date.
I do not know the maiden name of Catherine, wife of Michael Leader, and now wonder if Henry and Frederick Schleif may have been brothers, or a father,to Catherine Leader. She was born about 1770.Michael Leader came from Eastern Pa - York or Franklin.It is believed that Michael and Catherine Leader were already married when they arrived in Westmoreland, but it is not known when or where they married.
Most of the family appears to be buried in Central Cemetery, (Freightner's, or Schaeffers Cemetery also known by) in Hempfield Twp., Westmoreland Pa.
Maybe someone knows of some connection between any of these names. If any one can shed any light, I'd certainly appreciate any clues!!!!Thanks for any help.Chris Morgan