Sunday, January 15, 2012

John George Oberdorf 1856-1941

This photo (from my gram's album) is labeled John G. Oberdorf, but I think it looks an awful lot like John's son John Joseph Oberdorf..  I need to look at the approximate years/ages and see if that tells me anything more to be SURE this is John G.

John George Oberdorf
Died 1941 (age 85)
Married on March 10, 1878
Died 2/12/1940



Children:

James H Oberdorf 1879 – 
Robert Franklin Oberdorf 1880 – 1966
Nora G Oberdorf 1883 – 
Wilbert Oberdorf 1885 – 1905
Sarah "Sallie" Lanina Oberdorf 1887 – 
Jennie Mae Oberdorf 1889 – 1984
John Joseph Oberdorf 1891 – 
Mary Alice Oberdorf 1894 – 1977
Henry Edgar Oberdorf 1896 – 1968
Martha Viola Oberdorf 1898 – 1998
Edward "Dutch" A Oberdorf 1901 – 1952

Occupation - operated a fruit and berry farm on Forrest Hill Rd between Mifflinburg and Forest Hill, Union County PA


1860 Census
Name: John G Oberdorf
Age in 1860: 4
Birth Year: abt 1856
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

1870 Census
Name: John Oberdorf
Age in 1870: 14
Birth Year: abt 1856
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 G. Oberdorf
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1856
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: Christiana Oberdorf
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Laborer
Household Members:
Name Age
John G. Oberdorf 24
Christiana Oberdorf 18
James H. Oberdorf 1
Wife Christina, with son James Harrison Oberdorf

1900 Census
Name: John Oberdorf
Age: 44
Birth Date: Apr 1856
Birthplace: Penna
[Pennsylvania] 
Home in 1900: West Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Christian C Oberdorf
Marriage Year: 1879
Years Married: 21
Father's Birthplace: Penna
Mother's Birthplace: Penna
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
John Oberdorf 44
Christian C Oberdorf 38
James H Oberdorf 21
Robert F Oberdorf 19
Nora G Oberdorf 17
Wilbert Oberdorf 15
Sarah L Oberdorf 12
Jennie M Oberdorf 10
John J Oberdorf 9
Mary A Oberdorf 6
Henry E Oberdorf 4
Martha V Oberdorf 1


1910 Miracode Index
Name: John G Oberdorf
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
State: PA
Age: 54
Color: W
Enumeration District: 0173
Visit: 0103
County: Union
Relation: Head of Household
Other Residents:
Relation Name Age Birth Place
Wife Christina 48 Pennsylvania
Son Joh J 18 Pennsylvania
Daughter Mary A 16 Pennsylvania
Daughter Henry E 14 Pennsylvania
Daughter Maa V 11 Pennsylvania
Son Edward A 08 Pennsylvania

1920 Census
Name: John G Oberdorf
Age: 63
Birth Year: abt 1857
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1920: West Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Christiana Oberdorf
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home Owned: Own
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
John G Oberdorf 63
Christiana Oberdorf 58
Edward Oberdorf 18

1930 Census
Name: John G Oberdorf
Birth Year: abt 1856
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1930: West Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania
View Map
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Christiana Oberdorf
Household Members:
Name Age
John G Oberdorf 74
Christiana Oberdorf 68


At the Hunting Cabin


1931 - Wrote His Will
I JOHN G. OBERDORF, of West Buffalo Township, Union County Pennsylvania, being of sound an disposing mind, memory  and understanding, so make, publish, and declare the following to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made:

FIRST: I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged as soon as many be after my decease.

SECOND: all the rest, residue and remainder of my property, real, personal and mixed of whatsoever nature and wheresoever situate, I give, devise, and bequeath to my wife, Christian C. Oberdorf, for and during the period of her natural life, or son long as she shall remain my widow; but if the income from my estate should not be suffiicient for the comfortable support and maintenance of my said wife, then I direct and hereby authorize her so use such portion or portions of the principal of my estate as she may from time to time need.

THIRD: After the death of my wife, or upon her remarriage, I direct that my estate be distributed and divided in equal shared to and among my ten children, and my grandson, as follows: James H. Oberdorf, Robert F. Oberdorf, Nora G. Noll, Sarah L. Shannon, Jennie M. Frederick, John J. Oberdorf, Mary A. Aikey, Henry E. Oberdorf, Martha Newcomer, Edward Oberdorf & Adrian Oberforf.

FOURTH:  If at any time after my decease my wife and my hereinafter named executor should consider it for the best interest of my estate to sell and any or all of my real estate, I hereby authorize them to sell such real estate and empower them to execute a conveyance or conveyances for the same.

FIFTH:  I direct that a suitable monument be erected on my cemetery lot and that markers be placed at the graves of myself and my wife.

LASTLY: I nominate constitute and appoint my son, James H. Oberdorf to be the executor of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 12th day of August, 1931.


                                                                                     John G. Oberdorf (Seal)

Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the above named John G. Oberdorf as and for this last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

                                                                                      H M Showalter
                                                                                      Katherine Eisley


January 1937 he removes his grandson from his will,and adds Nora as a second executor, along with James.  In 1934 he has 44 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.  He must have had more than one grandson in 1931 when he wrote the will? I am not sure what made him include just Adrian, then change his mind and remove him 6 years later.

The independent inventory and appraisal of his estate was conducted by John G. Mook and Daniel Mook, in 1941.  In 1940, John G. Mook married Mary (Oberdorf) Aikey, daughter of John G. Oberdorf, widow of Paul Aikey.  

The inventory included a cook stove, desk, extension table, clock and wood box, piano, library table, 20 yards Brussels Carpet,  5 rocking chairs and "radio battery", among other items.




1934, April 14 - Celebrated 79th Birthday
1941, Aug 6 - Death






Research: Henry Gable Oberdorf - brother of John George Oberdorf.
Jacob & catherine Gable are their parents.
Note - possible that Christian was John's second wife, he may have first married Sarah A. 1861-1934.  All children were to his second wife.








Sally & Mary



Jennie Mae Oberdorf
1889 – 

 John Joseph Oberdorf


 Mary Alice Oberdorf
1894 – 1977

 Henry Edgar Oberdorf
1896 – 1968
Clay & Martha Newcomer




 Martha Viola Oberdorf
1898 – 1998
 Edward on the Right

 Edward Oberdorf
1901 – 1957


Martha, Henry, & Edward Oberdorf


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