Sunday, June 3, 2012

John Christian Oberdorf 1826-1905

John Christian Oberdorf
son of John George & Sarah 
Born: 26 Jan 1826
Died:
Married 
Sarah Ann Schreffler
daughter of
Born: Nov 1830
Died:

 Children 
Hannah J Oberdorf 1849 – 
Catharine Allis Oberdorf 1851 – 
Susannah L. Oberdorf 1853 – 
Mary E. Oberdorf 1854 – 
 John George Oberdorf 1856 – 1941
Emma C. Oberdorf 1859 – 
James Oberdorf 1860 – 
 Joseph Oberdorf 1863 – 1923
Lydia M Oberdorf 1866 – 
Sarah G. Oberdorf 1868 – 


Occupation - Cooper (source:1800 census)
1850 Census
Name: John C Oberdorf
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1826
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: West Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 473
Household Members:
Name Age
John C Oberdorf 24
Sarahan Oberdorf 19
Hannah J Oberdorf 1

1860 Census
Name: John Oberdorf
Age in 1860: 34
Birth Year: abt 1826
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: West Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Mifflinburg
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
John Oberdorf 34
Sarah Oberdorf 28
Hannah J Oberdorf 11
Catharine A Oberdorf 8
Susannah Oberdorf 7
Mary E Oberdorf 5
John G Oberdorf 4
Emma C Oberdorf 1
Margaret Honzel 56
Matilda Honzel 28

Who are the Honsels?

1870 Census

Name: John C Oberdorf
Age in 1870: 49
Birth Year: abt 1821
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: West Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Forest Hill
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
John C Oberdorf 49
Sarah A Oberdorf 38
Catharine Oberdorf 19
Mary Oberdorf 16
Lydia Oberdorf 5
John Oberdorf 14
James H Oberdorf 10
Joseph J Oberdorf 7
Sarah G Oberdorf 3

1880 Census
Name: John C. Oberdorf
Age: 54
Birth Year: abt 1826
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: West Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Sarah A. Oberdorf
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Cooper

Household Members:
Name Age
John C. Oberdorf 54
Sarah A. Oberdorf 48
Lydia M. Oberdorf 14
Sarah G. Oberdorf 12

1890 Veterans Schedule
Veteran's name: John C Oberdorf
Home in 1890 (Township, County, State): West Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania
Year enlisted: 1864
Year discharged: 1865
Rank: Private




newspaper dated 9/4/1896


1900 Census
Name: John C Oberdorf
[John Oberdorf] 
Age: 74
Birth Date: Jan 1826
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1900: West Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Sarah A Oberdorf
Marriage Year: 1846
Years Married: 54
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Household Members:
Name Age
John C Oberdorf 74
Sarah A Oberdorf 69


Under Sarah, on the 1900 census, we learn she had 10 children, 
7 are living in 1900
Name: Sarah A Oberdorf
Age: 69
Birth Date: Nov 1830
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1900: West Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: John C Oberdorf
Marriage Year: 1846
Years Married: 54
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother: number of living children: 7
Mother: How many children: 10




American Civil War Soldiers Record 
about John C Oberdorf 
Name: John C Oberdorf ,   
Enlistment Date: 16 September 1864  
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE  
Side Served: Union  
State Served: Pennsylvania  
Unit Numbers: 2219 2219  
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 16 September 1864
Enlisted in Company G, 210th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 16 September 1864.
Mustered out Company G, 210th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 30 May 1865 in Washington, DC 



OBIT
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 thedeath of his wife, which occured in March las, he retired from all work and then made his home with his son-in-law above named, where he received teh best of care from his daughter, Mrs Yarger, aother 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.



Will Of John Christian Oberdorf


I John C. Oberdorf, of the bourough of Mifflinburg, county of union, and state of Pennsylvania, Yeoman, being of sound mind, memory, and understanding to make said publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

And first, I direct that my body be decently interred by the side of my deceased wife in the Mifflinburg Cemetery, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Evangelical Cemetery, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Evangelical Church, and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life.

As to such estate as it hath pleased God to in trust me with, I dispose of the same as follows, Viz: Stern, [my best guess on those two words] Whatever property I made have at the time of my decease, whether real, personal or mixed, I hereby direct shall be sod by my executor hereinafter names, as soon after my decease as can be either public or private sale for he best price that can be gotten for same, And for that purpose, I do hereby authorize and empower my said executor to sign, seal, execute, and acknowledge all such deed or deeds of Conveyance, as may be requisite and necessary  for the granting and assuring of the same to the purchaser or purchasers thereof, in fee simple, and the moneys arising from the such sale together with all the moneys and notes, I may have in my possession on or on deposit it the Mifflinburg Bank at the time of my decease, after my funeral expenses other just debts if any there be, first be paid.,  I give and bequeath unto my seven children, namely Catherine Alice intermarried with William Yarger, Susannah intermarried with Benjamin Fetter, Mary Etah, intermarried with Abraham Huddleston, Sarah Gertrude intermarried with Franklin Boyer, John George Oberdorf, James Henry Oberdorf, and Joseph Franklin Oberdorf, one share each, and to my four grandchildren namely Gertrude Weiser three fourth share Grace Ritter one half share, Carrie Feese one half share, and Amos Weiser one fourth share and to their heirs and assigns forever. 

And lastly, I nominate, constitute, and appoint my said son, John George Oberdorf to be the executor of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof, I John C. Oberdorf, the testators, have to this my will written on one sheet o paper set my hand and seal the third day of November, one thousand nine hundred and four (1904).
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above mentioned John C. Oberdorf as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names at his request as Witness therero in the presence of the said testator and of each other.

John Oberdorf (seal)
AA Aopp
Mifflinburg Pa

W Getger
Mifflinburg Pa

(Scan Probate and inventories, attached to back of will)
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After YEARS of searching for the father of John Christian Oberdorf, today I finally made the connection!  I suspected awhile back and that Henry Gable Oberdorf and John Christian were brothers, suspecting it because they both served in the same regiment in the civil war.  But today when I was transcribing John Christian Oberdorfs obit, there it was - 


John C. Oberdorf OBIT
Note that HG Oberdorf is listed as his brother

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 thedeath of his wife, which occured in March las, he retired from all work and then made his home with his son-in-law above named, where he received teh best of care from his daughter, Mrs Yarger, aother 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.


The only glitch I find is that as far as I can tell, Henry Gable never lived in Milton, only in Mifflinburg.  In 1910 he lived with - C May Oberdorf 43 & Blanch I Oberdorf  36  - two of his daughters.  In 1900 he lived in Mifflinburg with his wife Sarah and his daughter Blanche.  I think it is unlikely he ever moved from his home, his obit seems to confirm that.  HOWEVER, there is NO Henry found in the Milton census in 1900 or 1910 either, so I suspect the obit has a typo, and it should say Mifflingburg instead of Milton.  The copy of the obit I have is taken from the book Civil War Soldiers of Union County..  I'd like to track down a copy of John Christians obit from the actual newspaper.

Obit For Henry Gable Oberdorf
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.

Index to Pension Cards for Henry, John C, & George 





Name: George Oberdorf
Enlistment Date: 29 Aug 1862
Side Served: Union
State Served: Pennsylvania
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 29 August 1862.
Enlisted in Company D, 150th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 29 Aug 1862.
Received a disability discharge from Company D, 150th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 17 Jan 1863.
Sources: 18,281

1840 Census

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 - 
Males-
 1 under 5  - born after 1835 (      )
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 Census
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

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