Monday, June 4, 2012

Jacob Oberdorf 1793/1801-aft 1880

Our Oberdorf Line
Heather's 4th great grandfather , Maternal Line

Jacob Oberdorf 
Son of
Born: 1801 or 1793?  Records conflict
Died: aft 1880
Lived In Union County PA
Catherine Gable 
daughter of Jacob & Suzanna (Mann) Gable
Birth: abt 1800
Death: after 1880

John Christian Oberdorf 1827-1905 M. Sarah Schreffler
Henry Gable Oberdorf 1829-193 M. Sarah Rudy
Susanna Oberdorf  1833-
Rebecca Oberdorf 1834-m. Solomon Derr
Sarah Ann Oberdorf  1836-
George F.Oberdorf   1841-1863
Catherine E. Oberdorf  1840-

Time Line:

1793 or 1801 - Jacob is born
In 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1870 his birthdate is 1801/1802
In 1880, 1793.  I need to find his tombstone - but I'm afraid it doesn't exist.  Cemetery records show it in Mifflinburg Cemetery, but the stone may be missing.

Abt 1800 - Catherine Gable is born
daughter of Jacob & Suzanna (Mann) Gable

1827 - Son John Christian Oberdorf is born
John Christian Oberdorf, who married Sarah Schreffler, is Heather's 3rd great grandfather. Readmore about him here:

John C. Oberdorf 2-3-05
After years of illness from sore rheumatism and other afflictions, much of th etime confined to his bed, Mr John C. Oberdorf passed into rest a the home of his son in law, Mr William Yarger, in Mifflingburg, at about 11' oclock on the last Monday night Jan 30, aged 79 years and 19 days.

Mr Oberdorf was nearly all his life a resident of West Buffalo Twp, A cooper by trade, in which business he was engaged for many years; also did farming, but after the death of his wife, which occurred in March last, he retired from all work and then made his home with his son-in-law above named, where he received the best of care from his daughter, Mrs Yarger, other members of the family.  he was a fine man, a member of the Lutheran Church, and was esteemed and respected by all of his many acquaintances.  

During the war of of the union, he served faithfully in Co.  G. of the Regt Pa Vol being a member of Wm. R Foster Post, GAR, of this place.

The following children survive him: Catherine, wife of Mr. Wim Yarger, Mary E., wife of Mr Abr. Huddlestone, James H and Joseph F. of Mifflinburg, John G of Forest Hill, Susannah wife of Benj. Fetter of Cowan and Sarah Gertrude, wife of Franklin Boyer of Pittsburgh.  Also one brother, Mr H. G. Oberdorf of Milton.

The funeral services were held in the Lutheran Church of Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. Luther McConnel, assisted by Rev. C. Cl Mizener.  Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.  The following conrades were pall bearers: S.B. Hoffman, S. J. Rote, Jac. S. boob, Wm. Reichenbach, M.G. Reed, A. H. Stuck.

1829 - Son Henry Gable Oberdorf is Born
Henry was my link to prove who my Jacob's parents were- proving they were brothers broke that brick wall. You can read all of my research on Henry Gable Oberdorf here:

Note that John is listed as his brother, with a note that they served in the civil war together.

Mr. Henry G. Oberdorf died at his home in this place on wednesday Dec 3, at the great age of 84 years and 1 month.

"Mr. Oberdorf was born in this place - a son ofthe late Jacob and catherine gable Oberdor.  he was married to Sarah A. Rady, by whom he had nine children of whom the following survive him: Catherine Jane, wide of Lees Amelung of Pittsburg: Emma S. wife of Geo. W. Notmur of Philagelphia: Misses Mae C., Blanche I and Sara A wife of Rev. J. W. Yeisley all of Mifflinburg.  his wife died about ten years ago.

Mr Oberdorf was a carpenter by trade, which he followed for many years.  Also dealt in buggies and other vehicles, with more or less success, until unable to travel by reason of lengthened years.

During the Civil war, Mr. Oberdorf served faithfully in Co. G. 210th Regt. Pa. Vol. from Aug 27, 1864 until May 30, 1865 when he was honorably discharged by reason of the expiration of the war.  He took part in five severe batttles.  For over thirty years he was a loyal member of Foster Post No. 247 G.A.R. of this place, always present at hte meetings of the post when able, and likewise yearly an interested participant in the observance of Memorial Day in the town and country.  He filled various offices in the Post with the utmost fidelity and his comrades will surely miss him in the great degree.  His brothers John & George, long since deceased, were also in the Union Army.

The funeral service was helf at the late home on Saturday last, conducted by his pastor, Rev. S. Fox of the M.E. Church, who spoke very appropriately of his soldier life in behalf of his country as being very praiseworthy: also paid tribute to his church membershop as being a good citizen.

The casket was adorned with a choice collection of very beautiful flowers - emblems of love and affection for Father.

The pall bearers were Messrs P. B. Miller, Emanual Crouse, Wm. H. Hurch, Jno. t. Hassenplug, S.W. Johnton and Chas. S. Edleman.  Interment in Woodlawn cemetery. Funeral director I. W. Strunk.

1833 - Daughter Susanna Oberdorf is born
Susanna appears in the 1850 census with her parents, age 17, making her birthdate approximately 1833.

Many online trees list William Rauch as her husband, but I have no source for that.

1840  - Catherine E. Oberdorf is born
She appears in the 1850 census with her parents, age 6, and in the 1860 census with her parents, age16.

1834 - Daughter Rebecca Oberdorf is born
In the 1850 census with her parents

On the 5th inst., by Rev. J. G. Anspach, Mr. Solomon Derr to Miss Rebecca, daughter of Jacob Overdorf, all of Mifflinburg. June 23, 1853.   

Rebecca appears in the 1860 census with Solomon, but I cannot find her after that.  We know she had a son born in 1860.

Rebecca & Solomon had at least 4 children. In 1860 they have 3 in the census, William, Mary, and Amanda. One more is found in the PA Death Certificates - his death certificate lists them as his parents: Levi Franklin Derr Born 1860 Died 13 May 1945 Mifflinburg, Union Soloman Derr,Rebecca Oberdorf Spouse - Laura J Derr

1836 - Sarah Ann Oberdorf is born
Sarah is in the 1850 census with her parents

1840 Residence
Name: Jacob Oberdorf
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Mifflinburg, Union, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 7
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 10
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 10 

Sorted out - 
 1 under 5  - born after 1835 (   George 1842 )
2 between 10 and 15 - born 1825-1830 (Henry G. b 1829 & _John Christian b. 1826_)
1 bet 30 and 40 - that would be Jacob himself, born 1801 he'd be 39
Females - 
 1 under 5 - born after 1835 (Sarah Ann 1836)
2  between 5&10 - born 1830-1835 (Rebecca 1834, Susanna 1833)
1 between 20 & 30 - born 1810 - 1820 (_____________)
1 between 30 & 40 - wife Catherine would have been abt 38, born in 1802

1850 Residence
Name: Jacob Overdorf
Age: 49
Birth Year: abt 1801
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Mifflinburg, Union, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 1606
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Overdorf 49
Catharine Overdorf 48
Henry Overdorf 20
Susannah Overdorf 17
Rebecca Overdorf 16
Sarahan Overdorf 14
George F Overdorf 8
Catharine E Overdorf 6

1860 Residence
Name: Jacob Oberderf
Age in 1860: 58
Birth Year: abt 1802
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Mifflinburg, Union, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Mifflinburg
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Oberderf 58
Catherine Oberderf 56
George F Oberderf 18
Catherine E Oberderf 16
Anna R Rauch 7  (Grandaughter, daughter of Susanna)
Emma C Rauch (Grandaughter, daughter of Susanna)

I'm not sure why two of Susanna's children are with them in 1860 - in 1870 Emma is back with her parents.

1863 - son George Died
Of Consumption.  He returned from the war in January, and died in September.

1870 Residence
Name: Jacob Overdorf
Age in 1870: 68
Birth Year: abt 1802
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Mifflinburg, Union, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Mifflinburg
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Overdorf 68
Catharine Overdorf 64

1880 Residence
Name: Jacob Oberdorf
Age: 87
Birth Year: abt 1793
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Mifflinburg, Union, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Cathrine Oberdorf
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Carpet Weaver
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Oberdorf 87
Cathrine Oberdorf 70

1881 - Jacob is executor for Father In Law Jacob Gable

Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania)16 Dec 1880, Thu

Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania)20 Jan 1881, Thu

Research Notes:
One researcher believes Jacob is from this line:

Johann Georg Oberdorf 1729 – 1777
Catherina Lucretia Ozias 1740 – 1800

Jacob Oberdorf 1769 – 1829
Magdalene Dietrich  1784 – 1830

Others show the Jacob Born in 1802 to this Jacob born in 1768, as having died at age 1.

I was able to spend some time with the book by Karl Oberdorf, Oberdorfs in America, yesterday.

Our Jacob is not in there.  :-(  He does list a Jabob born around the right time, but states that he only had one son, a Simon.  So not our Jacob, unless I can prove Henry & John Christian had a brother named Simon.

He does not list all of Andreas' children, which is why I suppose so many people attribute Jacob to Andreas.

I need to spend some time in Northumberland county, does Andreas have a will?  Where was Jacob married?  Where did Andreas go to church-  can I find Jacob's birth record/baptism?

That's next for that line, no new leads this weekend.  I did copy the article on the ships trip here, not because I know it is our line, but because the story was fascinating.  I will see if I can put it online soon.

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