Sunday, June 3, 2012

John Christian Oberdorf 1827-1905

Heather's 3rd great grandparents, maternal line

John Christian Oberdorf
Born: June 11 1827
Died: January 30 1905
Sarah Ann Schreffler
daughter of 
Born: 1830
Died: 1904

Hannah Jane Oberdorf 1849 –bef 1900  m. Henry Weiser
Catharine Allis Oberdorf 1851 – 1936 m. William Yarger
Susannah Lorena Oberdorf 1853 – 1931 m. Benjamin Fetter
Mary Etah Oberdorf 1854 –1930  m. Abraham Huddlestone (Confederate Soldier)
Emily Clara Oberdorf 1858 –bef 1900  m. Andrew Ritter
James Henry Oberdorf 1861–1926 m. Annie Aumiller
 Joseph Oberdorf 1863 – 1923 m. Margaret Jane Klugh
Lydia M Oberdorf 1866 –1889 m. Feese
Sarah Gertrude Oberdorf 1868 –1955 m. Franklin Boyer

Time Line:

Occupation - Cooper (source:1800 census)
-a maker or repairer of casks and barrels.

1826 - John Christian Oberdorf Born

1830 - Sarah Ann Schreffler Born
maiden name is given in family bible, and death certificates of her children

In 1900 Mary A. Schreffler, born May 1853. Single, and listed as aunt, is living with John & Sarah's daughter Mary Etah (Oberdorf) Huddleson. 

Sarah was born in 1830. To have a sister 23 years younger than her seems unlikely? But not impossible.  It's also possible that Mary is a sister in law to Sarah, not a sister?  Her marital status is "single" in 1900  - but the census is not always accurate, it's possible she was a widow.

There is a Mary A Schreffler that shows up in the census with Godfried Frederick & Catherine (Howerter) Schreffler in 1880 - but this is NOT the same Mary, as his daughter Mary married John Byerly and they have a daughter born in 1872.  

I looked up the will of Godfried Schreffler, in Northumberland County 1870.  It only names his wife Catherine and daughter Hannah, and then "all of my children" - without naming them.  

An ancestry DNA match connects to a possible Schreffler connection.  
Sue Anna Schreffler
Birth 8 Mar 1891 Lykens, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA
Marriage 1908 to Herbert Austin Gunderman Lykens, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Feb 1980
But that is only a POSSIBLE connection at this point

1847  John Christian Oberdorf married Sarah Schreffler
March 16 1847 • Salona, Clinton, Pennsylvania, USA
John Christian Oberdorf and Sarah Ann Scheffler were Married in Salona, Clinton Co. Pennsylvania on the 16th day of March AD 1847

1849 - Daughter Hannah Jane Oberdorf is Born
Hannah Jane Oberdorf was born in 1849 in Union County Pa. She married Henry Fox Weiser.  They had two children, Amos & Gertrude.  Hannah Jane died in 1900, in Union County Pa.

1850 Residence
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

1851- Daughter Catharine Allis Oberdorf is born
Catharine Allis Oberdorf, "Alice", was born September 19 1851.  She married Wiliam Yarger and they had four children: Sarah, John, William & Anna. They moved to Sunbury between 1910 & 1920.  Alice died April 2 1936, and are buried in Mifflinburg cemetery, Union County Pa.

1853 - Daughter Susannah Lorena Oberdorf is born
Susanna Lorenna Oberdorf was born April 28, 1853 in Union County Pa.  She married Benjamin Fetter and they had six children: Mary, Aaron, William, John Clyde, Thomas W, and Margaret E.  Susan died in November 1931, and they are buried in Mifflinburg PA.

1854 - Daughter Mary Etah Oberdorf is born

1856 - Son John George Oberdorf is born
John George Oberdorf was Heather's 2nd great grandfather, read more about him and his wife here:

1858 - Daughter Emily Clara Oberdorf is born
Emily Clara Oberdorf was born August 26 1858 in Union County Pa.  She married Andrew G. Ritter. in 1900 they are in living in Missouri.

Name Emma C Oberdorf
Event Type Marriage
Marriage Date 23 Apr 1878
Marriage Place Mifflinburg, Union, Pennsylvania, USA
Spouse Name Andrew G Ritter
Denomination Methodist
Organization Name United Methodist Church
Household Members
Name Age
Andrew G Ritter
Emma C Oberdorf

1860 Residence
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

1861 - Son James Henry Oberdorf is Born
James Henry Oberdorf  was born June 4 1861 in Union County Pa.  In 1880 he is in Missouri with his sister Emma (Oberdorf) Ritter, but he returns to PA by 1885 to marry Annie E. Aumiller. They had at least one daughter, Verdie Estella Oberdorf. James died April 13 1926 in Williamsport Hospital, and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery.

1863- Son Joseph Oberdorf is born
Joseph Franklin Oberdorf was born March 22 1863 in Union County Pa. In 1880 he is one of several servants living with Rudy Jacob. In 1893 he married Mary Jane Klugh. The 1910 census tells us he was a brick layer. They do not have any children listed in any of the census with them.  Joseph died January 1923, in Union County Pa.

1864-65 -  John Christian Served in Civil War
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 

John's daughter Mary Etta Oberdorf later married a Confederate soldier, Abraham Huddleston,  who is buried in Mifflinburg PA.

1866  - Daughter Lydia M Oberdorf is born
Lydia Minerva Oberdorf was born Mary 17 1865.  She married Charles Edward Feese and had one daughter, Carrie, before her death in 1889.

1868 Daughter Sarah Gertrude Oberdorf is born
Sarah Gertrude Oberdorf was born June 8 1867. She married 1st, Franklin Levi Boyer. They did not have any children.   In 1944 she married a second time, at age 76, to Charles Rudy. Sarah died in 1955, age 88.

1870 Residence
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 Residence
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 Residence
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
All 10 are listed in the family bible.

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

1904 - Sarah Died

John Writes his Will
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 thereto in the presence of the said testator and of each other.

John Oberdorf (seal)
AA Aopp
Mifflinburg Pa

W Getger
Mifflinburg Pa

List of children/Grandchildren from Will:
Catherine Alice m. William Yarger
Susannah Benjamin Fetter
Mary Etah m. Abraham Huddleston
Sarah Gertrude m. Franklin Boyer
John George Oberdrof
James Henry Oberdorf
Joseph Franklin Oberdrof

   Gertrude & Amos Weiser
   Grace Ritter
   Carrie Feese

1905 - John Died

John C. Oberdorf 2-3-05
After years of illness from sore rheumatism and other afflictions, much of the time confined to his bed, Mr John C. Oberdorf passed into rest a the home of his son in law, Mr William Yarger, in Mifflinburg, at about 11' o'clock 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 comrades were pall bearers: S.B. Hoffman, S. J. Rote, Jac. S. boob, Wm. Reichenbach, M.G. Reed, A. H. Stuck.

(Scan Probate and inventories, attached to back of will)



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 

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 - 
 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


Concerning the Children:

Hannah Jane Married Henry Weiser.  Their children, Amos & Gertrude, are mentioned in John C. Oberforf's will, as his grandchildren, in 1904.  Hannah Jane must have died before 1904 when the will was written.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 about Henry F Weiser
Name: Henry F Weiser
Event Type: Marriage
Marriage Date: 14 Jan 1877
Marriage Place: Mifflinburg, Union, Pennsylvania, USA
Spouse Name: Jennie H Oberderx
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: First Lutheran Church

Lydia Married a Feese
This is conjecture.  But there's only one daughter left that we do not know who she married, and John C. has a grandaughter named Carrie Feese in his will, AND There is a Lydia Feese in the records of the United Methodist Church in Mifflinburg...  so it's a pretty safe conjecture.


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