Jacob Landis 1667-1730 and Anna Witmer Landis 1671-1725
Anna was the first born child of Ulrich Witmer (b.1633, d.1685) and Barbara Ebbe (b.1643, d.?). Her parents were an Anti-Baptist family. At the time of her birth this part of Steinsfurt, Germany was actually part of Switzerland. Some records suggest her ancestors used Widmer as their surname. Anna married the Mennonite Jacob Landis about 1688 in Zurich, Switzerland. Jacob knew her family growing up as he lived on a farm in the neighborhood. Jacob’s family immigrated during 1717 and then in 1722 they bought farm land in Lancaster Co., PA and relocated one last time. The rest of Anna & Jacob’s lives were spent on their farm of 200 acres on both sides of what is now know as “The Old Road.” Their son Benjamin was the first Mennonite preacher in the area and where they lived became the center of the Mellinger church activities.