I am researching the ancestry of Paul P. Lauer who was born in 1910 in Dover, PA. I have a brief history of the Lauer family in Pennsylvania.
The name has been traced from the French through Germany, with a succession of minor changes which resulted in the original Lower becoming Lauer, the present spelling.
The first record of a Lauer in Pennsylvania is a Hartman Lauer who arrived on the good ship "Pennsylvania" on September 11, 1732. On the same boat came Adam Lauer either a brother or a cousin, we cannot definitely determine the exact relationship. They took the Oath of Allegiance to Great Britain upon their arrival in Philadelphia, according to the law in the colony which required it of all male passengers over 16 years of age.
Immigrants coming through the ports of New York or Baltimore were not required to take the Oath of Allegiance, and, so, many such immigrants' names are lost to posterity. The name of these two Lauers are to be found in the lists of immigrants to Philadelphia which are preserved in the Division of Archives in the Geneological Library in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The two relatives with their families located for a short time near Baltimore, Maryland, but soon returned to Pennsylvania to settle in the vicinity of York, PA.
At the time of the Revolutionary War, Jacob Lauer, son of Hartman, lived with his family in Dover township, York county, Pennsylvania. His family, in the year 1783, consisted of four sons and four daughters or as the contemporary records phrase it - "four males and four females." Jacob was considered one of the county's well-to-do men, for in those days when there was a scarcity of actual money, a farm of 150 acres was thought to be no mean wealth.
His brother, Matthias, was located in Manheim township. We do not know whether or not Matthias was married. There is no record of his having been and it seems unlikely for he served in the militia of the 7th Battalion throughout the Revolutionary War, up until 1785.
All four of Jacob's sons served in the Revolutionary War - one with the famous Lancaster Company. There is no definite regiment given for the other three.
One son, Christian, married Ann Catarina Sterf. From this union came Michael and Catarina, or Catherine as she later called herself. Catherine married a man much older than herself, one Benjamine Spiker of York, Pennsylvania.
At this point, due perhaps to the disorganization of the national governments and the subsequent chaos of the local govermental units during the period of the forming of the states, the records of the family are vague, confused, and most unfortunately incomplete.
Today, many of the descendants live in the York and Dover, Pennsylvania area.