Leas Father of twins Leonard and John Leas
(Abt 1685-)
Mother of twins Leonard and John Leas
(Abt 1685-)
Leonard Leas
Salome Worley

Eleanora "Nalli" Leas


Family Links

1. Dr. Daniel Fannstick

Eleanora "Nalli" Leas 1

  • Born: 3 May 1744, Heidelberg Township, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Marriage (1): Dr. Daniel Fannstick on 18 Dec 1764 in Lower Bermudian Lutheran Church, Latimore, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Died: 22 Sep 1781, York County, Pennsylvania, USA at age 37
  • Buried: Markey Burial Ground, Davidsburg, Washington Township, York County, Pennsylvania, USA

bullet   Other names for Eleanora were Ellen Lais and Nalli Lascht.


bullet  General Notes:

Eleanora (Elleanra) was known as Ellen LAIS on her marriage record which appears in the Lower Bermudian Church, York Co., PA and in the Strayers Lutheran Church, Dover, York Co., PA Her father was called Leonard Lasht on his tombstone record at the Markey Burial Ground in Washington Twp., York Co., PA

On her tombstone it is noted that she was 37 yrs-4 mos-1 day.

She might have married Daniel in Lower Bermudian Union, Adams Co, PA


By Kathryn E. Leas Stuart

Elenora LEAS, daughter of Leonard and Salome "Sarah" Leas was born on 3 May 1744 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where her father had purchased a piece of land from the Penn Proprietors in 1743.

She married Daniel FAHNESTOCK on 18 December 18, 1764 at Lower Bermudian Union Church Adams Co, Pennsylvania. In the church records at Strayer's (Salem)
Reformed Church, near Dover in York County, PA, there is also a record of the
marriage. It records that one Nalli Lascht, daughter of Leonhart Lascht
married Daniel Fahnestock. Daniel was the son of Johann Diedrich FAHNESTOCK
and Anna Margaretha WERTZ or WIRTH, born in 1737 in Amwell, Hunterdon Co, New Jersey.

The Brethren in Colonial America by Durnbaugh, pages 184-185 records that the
"Bermudian congregation began about 1758 in Warrington Twp, York County,
Pennsylvania about 15 miles from the town of York.

The congregation was assisted by Conrad Beissel and were considered the
offspring of the Ephrata church he founded. They observed the 7th day
(Saturday) as the Sabbath and were known as Seventh Day Baptists.

In the membership list are other family names. Along with Daniel Fahnstick &
wife, we find Dietrich Fahnstick & wife, John Cook, wife and son (this is
Eleanora's sister Ursula Leas) and George Neiss & wife (Eleanora's sister Mary).
They would have been at the Bermudian Brethren Meeting House which later became part of the Upper Conewago Congregation. It is not the same as Lower Bermudian which was a Lutheran and Reformed (Union) church building.

On the 1779 Tax List for Warrington twp, York Co, Daniel Fonastock was
assessed on 100 acres of land, 1 horse and 3 head of cattle. His tax was

Daniel was the second of Johan Diedrich and Margaret Wirth Fahnestock's sons
to become a doctor according to the Fahnestock Genealogy.

Five children were born to Eleanora and Daniel in York County; two sons,
William (born April 18, 1766) and Daniel, Jr.(born February 23, 1774) and three
daughters Mary called "Polly" (born 1777), Salome (born 1778, called Sarah
after Eleanor's mother) and Esther (born April 13, 1779).

Eleanora died at the age of 37 on 22 Sep 1781 in York County, Pennsylvania.
While Eleanora and Daniel were not part of the actual Ephrata Cloister
Community, his father and mother were for a time and they all were associated
with the offshoot church we spoke of earlier. Nevertheless, "The Ephrata
Register: Names of those who in the Lord fell asleep" has a brief record:

"Fahnestock, Ellen (Luster), wife of Daniel Fahnestock; died September 22,
(1781)." There is no record of her place of death or burial in this record but
Eleanora Fahnestock was buried at Markey Burial Ground in Washington Township,
York County, Pennsylvania, where just over a year later, her father would be

On June 24, 1790 Dr. Daniel Fahnestock "of Warrington Township" purchased a
plantation called "Sociability" in Tyrone Township, Cumberland County,
Pennsylvania. In December of that year, he acquired a gristmill on Buffalo
Creek in what was then Rye Township (later Juniata Township) in Cumberland
County and he moved the family there. Later, a deed of August, 1797 records
that Daniel Fahnestock, "yeoman of Juniata" bought land on Little Buffalo Creek
in Juniata.

By the time of the 1800 Census Daniel had moved his family westward to Juniata
Twp, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Daniel married Catherine Reiter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Reiter of
Washington Township, York Co, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1757 and died in
1831. Her maternal grandfather was Henry Lehman.

Daniel made his will on December 6, 1800 and it was proved on February 1, 1807
showing that he died somewhere in between. He mentions his wife, Catherine and
children: William, Daniel, Mary, Salome, Esther, Margareth and Barbara and
minor children, Eleanor and Joseph.

Catherine, the second wife is buried in Cocklin Cemetery, Upper Allen Township.
Only the year of her birth and death are recorded on the stone. Where Daniel is
buried is unknown.

Information from the Find a Grave website:

Birth: May, 1744
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 22, 1781
York County
Pennsylvania, USA

Eleanora Leas was the daughter of Leonard Leist (buried Markey) and Salome (last name unknown). She married Dr. Daniel Fahnestock on December 18, 1764; he was the son of Johann Dietrich Fahnestock and wife Margaret Wertz who lived and died at Ephrata on thier own farm. They are buried at the Ephrata Cemetery.

Eleanora and Daniel had children: William, Daniel, Mary, Salome and Esther. After the death of his wife, Dr. Daniel moved farther west in Pennsylvania.

Died age 37 years, 4 months, 1 day.

Family links:
Leonard Leist (1710 - 1782)

Markey Farm Cemetery
York County
Pennsylvania, USA

Maintained by: Kathryn Stuart
Originally Created by: Bob Birmingham
Record added: Nov 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61590051 2


Eleanora married Dr. Daniel Fannstick, son of Johann Diedrich Fahnestock and Anna Margaretha Wirth, on 18 Dec 1764 in Lower Bermudian Lutheran Church, Latimore, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA. (Dr. Daniel Fannstick was born in 1737 in Amwell, Somerset County, New Jersey, USA and died after 1801 in Juniata Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

No Name. 3



1 Notes from David A. Leas and/or the 1950 Leas Family Genealogy.

2 Kathryn E. Leas Stuart, Yahoo Groups, LEAS: Message: Biography of Eleanor Leas and Daniel Fahnestock( : accessed 8 Mar 2011).

3 Jack and Elaine Newkirk.

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