Monday, January 13, 2014

Abraham LaBar Bef. 1747 - Abt. 1814

Son of
Born Before 1747
Died Before Jan 24 1814
Married before 1766
Anna Maria Long
Believed to be the Daughter of John Michael & Barbara (Labar) Long
Born Bef 1850
Died after 1814

Anna Margaret Labar 1766 – 1844 m. Daniel Weidman
Barbara LaBar 1771 – 1857
Joseph LaBar 1774 – 1858
Abraham LaBar 1775 –
John Leonard LaBar 1776 – 1858
Daniel LaBar 1777 – 1853
Anna Maria LaBar 1778 –
Anna Catharine LaBar 1780 – 1844
John William LaBar 1781 – 

??  Abraham Labar Was Born
Unknown, but if we assume that he married Anna Maria in 1765, the year before their first child was born, in 1766, and then assume that he was at least 18 when he got married - that would mean he was born in 1747 or before. (double check the church records for children's birth/baptism dates)

NOT the son of Abraham & Rosina (Fogel) Labar - the tailor in Easton.  See the first paragraph under research notes, at the bottom of this post.  

??  Anna Maria Long is born
Another researcher lists her as the daughter of John Long & Maria Barbara Labar.

John LONG b: 1718 in Northhampton, Pa, 
UsA d: 1786 in Upper Mt. Bethel, Northampton, Pa, USA
+Maria Barbara LABAR b: Abt 1720 m: Abt 1737 in 
Northhampton, Pa, UsA d: Apr-16-1788 in Upper Mt Bethel, Northampton Co, 

1766 - Possible Year Abraham Labar married Anna Maria Long
based on others research notes

1767 - Land Grant

April 30 1767
One Abraham Labar enters an application to the Secretary's Office in Philadelphia for 105 acres of land in Mount Bethel Township. Later, the application and the 150 acres are sold to John Biddle of Reading, Berks County, for the sum of 10 pounds.

1772 Tax List
Abraham LaBar, a laborer residing in Mount Bethel Township, pays 6 shillings, 8 pence in Proprietary taxes.

1779 - Tax List

The name Abraham "Lawver" appears on the Mount Bethel Township Tax List for 1779.

1780 Tax List

The name of Abraham LaBar, a laborer from Mount Bethel Township, is listed on the "Taxable for 1780" list. The amount listed is for 60 pounds.

March 1 1782

A Class Report of Capt. John Long's Company in Mount Bethel for May 1 1782, includes the name Abraham Labar, a private, 7th Class, in the 5th Bn.  (Daniel Weidman is found on this same list)

1786 - Tax List

Abraham Labar is listed as owning 100 acres, 2 horses, and 2 cattle. His tax amount is 5 shillings, 8 pence.

1788 - Tax List

Abraham LaBar, who owns 100 acres of land, 1 horse, and 2 cattle, is assessed 7 shillings in 1788.

1790 United States Federal Census about Abraham Labar

Name: Abraham Labar
[Abraham De Labarre] 
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Upper Mount Bethel, Northampton, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 3
Free White Persons - Females: 7

Number of Household Members: 11

Oct. 4 1796 - Purchases Property

Abraham Labar buys 61 acres, 70 perches of land in Upper Mount Bethel from John Hendershot of Greenwich, Sussex County, New Jersey, for 100 pounds, current money, in Gold and Silver coins.

June 24 1797 - Land Warrant

June 3 1812 - Sells Property
Abraham and Mary sell two tracts of land, totaling 111.5 acres, 70 perches,to John Labar, a farmer from the township, for $4,000.00.

On June 13, 1812, Abraham and Mary Labar sell 2 tracts of land in Upper Mount Bethel Township to John Labar. Tract 1 = 61 acres, 70 perches. This land is the same land that Peter Ealer, High Sheriff of Northampton County, by Deed Poll dated May 3, 1786, granted and confirmed unto John Hendershot who by Deed duly executed on 10/4/1794 granted and conveyed unto Abraham Labar. Tract 2 = 50.5 acres. This is the same land that the Commonwealth of PA by Letter Patent dated 11/9/1797 granted and conveyed unto Abraham Labar. [Deed Book H-3 Northampton County, pp. 237 - 238]

On June 13, 1812, John Labar signs a Bond which begins with the following: "I, John Labar, am held and firmly bound unto Abraham and Mary Labar in the Sum of 1,500 pounds." John then goes on to obligate his heirs, executors, and administrators to pay or deliver unto Abraham and Mary "yearly during their natural lives or to the Survivor of them, 1/3 of all the grain and produce, which means 1/3 bushel of wheat, rye, corn buckwheat, oats and potatoes. Abraham and Mary are also to receive 1/3 of all the meadow hay, cured and delivered into the barn. They will also receive 1/3 of the flax, 1/3 of all apples and cider, and 1/3 of all the garden produce. John also pledges to build or provide a "convenient House" for them to dwell in during their lives. He promises to cut and deliver a sufficient quantity of firewood and deliver it to the door (excepting only the first crop, which John keeps). He also is to pay "after their Decease or after the Decease of the Survivor of them, 450 pounds to their heirs, executors, or administrators. The money is to be equally divided among the heirs. The first year, he will pay 100 pounds. The second year, 50 pounds, etc., until all is paid. Then his obligations become void. However, if he defaults, the obligations remain in full. [Deed Book H-3 Northampton County, p. 238]

Bef, Jan 24 1814

He had to have died before January 24, 1814, since on that date Mary signs the Renunciation papers at the Courthouse in Easton.

24 Jan 1814 - The Renunciation of Mary Labar, Widow, et al.

Mary Labar, the widow and relict of Abraham Labar, along with sons Joseph and John, cede their right to act as Administrators of the Estate of Abraham Labar to Daniel Weitman, intermarried with Anna Margaret [nee Labar], a daughter of the deceased

Jan 24 1814 - Northampton County Courthouse, Easton, Northampton, PA, USA

"Abstracts of Wills, Northampton Co., PA 1752-1840" (in 16 volumes), 1935. Available at Easton Library, Marx Room H929.3 PA NI N869wM
Name: Labar, Abraham Yeoman
Residence: Upper Mt. Bethel Twsp
Wife: Anna Maria (Mary)
Children: Joseph, eldest son, Anna Margaret w. Daniel Weidman
Date of Will:
Inventory: Jan 28, 1814 Conrad Kiser & Owen Owens. Settlement Apr 10, 1815. Book accounts against heirs--Joseph Labar, Abraham Labar, John Labar, Cath. Bartholomew, John Fenner.
Administrators: Jan 24, 1814 Daniel Weidman, yeoman, Joseph Labar and John Labar, yeoman, all of Up. Mt. Bethel.
Miscellaneous Information: Daniel Weidman intermarried with Anna Margaret one of daus. of dec'd. Jan. 24, 1814 widow Mary Labor, and Joseph Labar, eldest son of dec'd. both of Up. Mt. Beth., ren.rt. to admin. in favor of Daniel Weidman.
File No. 2983, Vol. , p. , year: 1814

Adminstrative Bond to the Commonwealth of PA

Daniel Weidman, Joseph Labar, and John Labar sign the Administrative Bond to the Commonwealth of PA and are now held and bound to the state in the sum of $5,000.00.

Administrator Signs the Administrative Bond

Daniel Weidman appears before Nathaniel Michler, Register of Wills, and declares that his father-in-law died intestate. Daniel then vows to "well and truly administer" to the settling of all matters regarding the Estate.

"An Appraisement of the Goods and Chattles of Abraham Labar"

Conrad Riser and Owen Owens conduct the I and A. Items on the list include 1 Bedstead and bedding, 1 Bull, 2 Heffers, 6 Sheep, 9 Hogs, Barrel with Cider, Tea Kettle, Bake Iron, Wall Stove, 11 Spoons, Rifle, 9 Chairs, Numerous Borrowers' Notes, etc.

April 10 1815 -The Final Account Statement

Daniel Weitman, who signs his name with an "X," submits his final account, which shows a balance of $555.99.

Apr 10 1815 - Will

Northampton County Courthouse, Easton, Northampton, PA, USA
File #2983 contains the Renunciation, the Administrative Bonds, the I and A, and the Final Account.

Research Notes:

"Like so many others attempting to research members of their Labar family tree, I assumed, at least initially, that Abraham Labar (the tailor from Easton) and his wife Rosina [nee Fogel]were the parents of the Abraham Labar who fit into my Labar family tree and was married to Anna Maria "Mary" Long, the daughter of John Michael Long, Sr. and Maria Barbara Labar. However, research proved me wrong. Neither the Last Will and Testament of Abraham, the tailor, nor that of his spouse, Rosina Labar Rothrock, mention any children. Church records from the period often show Abraham and Rosina acting as sponsors at the baptisms of the children of their friends in Easton. Yet, never once is there a reference to Abraham and Rosina having any children baptized. Orphan's Court Records make no reference to any children born to Abraham and Rosina. The same holds true with Northampton County Deeds, nary a one record refers to any offspring for Abraham and Rosina. The real clincher came when I discovered an Orphan's Court Record dated August 23, 1813. On that date, a petition was filed with the Court by an Abraham Fogel in regards to the Estate of his uncle, John Fogel, a yeoman from Lower Nazareth Township, now deceased. According to Abraham Fogel, his uncle died leaving no widow, no issue, no parents, no sibling, only children of his deceased brothers. John Fogel had four siblings: Andrew, deceased, the father of the petitioner Abraham Fogel; Leonard, deceased; Frederick, deceased; and Rosina Labar, "only sister, died several years before John, without issue." The statement is quite clear: Rosina Labar did not give birth to any children. So, the search for the actual parents of my Abraham Labar, the one married to Mary Long, continues. [Abstract of Orphan's Court Records, Volumes 6 - 8, p. 403]"

"I have an Anna Mary Long born probably 1746. She was the daughter of John (Johan) Lang (Lange, Long) amd Maria Barbara Labar. This Anna Mary was married to Abraham Labar the son of William Labar and his wife, Dorothy. William's relationship, if any, with Maria Barbara is unknown to me. Anna Mary's brother, John (b 1740 Mt. Bethel) was a captain in the 5th Battalion of the Northampton County Malitia. In 1780 there was an Abraham Labare in John's company. Whether this is the same Abraham who married John's sister I don't know."

"According to county histories, all Labars descend from one of three brothers, Peter, Charles, and Abraham LaBar, who, as French Huguenots, came to America sometime before 1730, probably to escape persecution in their homeland. They reportedly landed in Philadelphia, then made their way up the Delaware River to an uninhabited area which is now Slatington and Mount Bethel Township. There they cleared land and built a cabin, and farmed. They traded with the Native Americans living nearby. When other settlers started moving in, the LaBars relocated north of the Blue mountains. Descendents of the three brothers returned to Mount Bethel Township to live several years later."


(The Abraham Labar that was in the 5th Battalion, Nothampton PA Militia in 1777 is listed by the DAR as being married to Margaret Gordon.)

Abraham: distinguished officer of the Rev. First as Major of the First; Col. of 5th Bat. of Northampton Co. Asso; rendered important services as Commandant of the Guard at Easton Ferry.

About 1775

1777-1779 Military Fine
According to John Chambers, sub-lieutenant of Northampton County, Abraham LaBar is fined 10 pounds "for non-performance of militia duty...or for non-attendance upon days of exercise...."

Page 46: (Ibid) In this section of her book called The LaBar Immigrants there is a paragraph stating Abraham LaBarre was born in the province of Alsace, France. That he served as a colonel of the Fifth Battalion of Northampton County Associators, and as Commandent of the Guard at Easton Ferry during the Revolution. (This was taken from the Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of Pennsylvania and Stapletons Memorials of the Huguenots in America).

The DAR register says that the colonel in the Revolution was the Abraham, son of Daniel, who married Margaret Gordon. It is doubtful that Abraham-II, the immigrant, was the true colonel if the DAR register is correct. Also, Abraham-II, the immigrant, would have been about 75 when the Revolution started. Possibly the colonel was his son, Abraham-III, the Easton tailor, or as Jan Collins emphatically states, it was Abraham-IV who married Anna Maria Lang. However, the latter Abraham would only have been about 25 which is a bit too young to be colonel. In the same vein, the Abraham that married Margaret Gordon would only have been 27 in 1777. Perhaps the following from “The Pennsylvania Militia in 1777” by Hannah Roach can explain about how some colonels in the Revolution could be so young. This is a very well put together treatise and partially clears up several mysteries concerning Col. Abraham LaBar. I have been wondering why there isn’t more information on Pennsylvania Revolution veterans floating around the genealogy libraries in the Chicago area (similair to that on the Rev. War participants in the state of Virginia). Hannah Roach says that much of the Pennsylvania records are non existant because complete records to the militia have not survived. She explains that “the men in each battalion elected their own field officers : colonel, lt. colonel, major, etc.”

This then helps explain how a 25 or 27 year old Abraham LaBar could possibly become a colonel in 1777. He was popular with his peers, particularly if they were also young. There was no mention in this pamphlet of any engagements of Col. Abraham LaBar and his Northampton County Battalion nor any other Northampton Battalion, but there is a footnote to the effect that it is possible that Northampton might not have been called to active duty on April 25, 1777.

Genealogy Research Using Free Internet Resources - A Case Study
By Linda Altman

Using free genealogy resources available on the internet, we will determine that the Abraham Labar married to Ann Marie Lange is not the same individual as Col. Abraham Labar of Revolutionary War fame.

Previous Genealogy Research Performed

The following information has already been determined by prior research. Abraham Labar was born in 1752 and died on 24 January 1814. He was married to Anne Marie Lange and they resided in Upper Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Using this information as Abraham Labar's unique identifiers, we can separate him from other men with the same name in the same location.

The Quest:

According to the information provided, Abraham Labar is the correct age to have been able to serve in the Revolutionary War. In this case study, we did not use any for fee websites. Instead we resorted to online research techniques that include the use of search engines, free genealogy websites that offer transcriptions of records, and websites from state archives.

The first place we looked for Abraham Labar, is in the US census. 1790 is the year we will start searching. This is the first federal census taken in the US. You can expect to find the names of the head of household and a listing of other residents, by gender and age. Our quest for Abraham Labar shows the following 2 records located in 1790 US census, Upper Bethel Township, Northampton County:
  • Abraham Labar household: 3 males aged 16 and over, and 7 females.
  • Margaret Labar household: 3 males aged 16 and older, 3 females. Margaret is probably a widow.

We continue our search to the 1800 census. This census contained the same information as the 1790 census, however the age categories are expanded. We found 1 entry of interest:
  • Located in 1800 US census, Upper Bethel Township, Northampton County, Abraham Labar, aged 45 or older, 1 female aged 45 or older.

This is most likely the same Abraham Labar listed above; at 48 years of age his information fits.

There are other places to look for genealogical records other than the US census. We expanded our search to the Pennsylvania State Archives. Their ARIAS database reveals 5 records of interest:
  • Abrm. Labar, Lieutenancy: Northampton, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Company, Captain Henry Allhouse, 4th Class, 16 May 1780, inactive duty militia.
  • Col. Abraham Labar, 5th Battalion, PA Militia, September 1776 to May 1777.
  • Abraham Labar, no rank specified, 5th Battalion, 4th Company, Captain John Long, 1 May 1782.
  • Col. Abraham Labar, 5th Battalion, 1777-1780.
  • Col. Abraham Labar, accounted for £ 310.10.0, entrusted to him September 1776 for recruiting the flying camp. [Flying camps were a special battalion of PA line troops].

These records show that there are 2 different Abraham Labars, serving from the same area of Pennsylvania. Which one is the man we are looking for?

Our last stop in our research is DAR online lookups. The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) has a record for Col. Abraham Labar that is of great importance.
  • Col. Abraham Labar, born in Delaware before 1750, Colonel from PA, no pension, Died in PA after 1777. His wife is Margaret Gordon.

This Col. Abraham Labar, contained in the DAR records, is most likely the spouse of Margaret Labar, listed in the 1790 census above. In addition this rules out that the Col. Abraham Labar, is not the ancestor of my client. Here is why:

Abraham Labar (1752-1814), married to Anne Maria Lange, would only have been about 24 at the onset of the American Revolution. This is very young to have obtained the rank of Colonel by 1776. Abraham Labar, the subject of our research, is married to Anne Marie Lange, not Margaret Gordon.

There is no way to determine if Lt. Abraham Labar from above is the man we are looking for, however, we can rule out that he is NOT the same individual as Col. Abraham Labar, because he could not serve in 2 separate units, with 2 separate ranks at the time.

These records clearly indicate that there were 2 men named Abraham Labar from Upper Bethel Township. In depth research will completely identify the Abraham Labar of our research as a separate and distinct individual from the Col. Abraham Labar listed in the records above.

© 2008 Linda Altman and Southern Genealogy. All rights reserved.

Linda Altman is a writer and researcher with 10 years of genealogy research experience. Her company Southern Genealogy, http://www.southerngenealogy.comspecializes in Census research, and families of the southeastern US, in particular, North Carolina families. Other areas of expertise include passenger lists, Native American research, and New England family research. This article may be reprinted as long as this entire box and copyright are included with it.

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