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Brick Wall – Jacob Garber/Garver/etc born about 1800 in Pennsylvania

After finding the maiden name and parents of Mary Swavely Dilliplane, I am now down to one 3rd great-grandparent for whom I have not been able to identify either parent. This one is Jacob Garber (aka Gerber, Garver, Carver, Garvey). As you can see, one of the problems is the various spellings of the last name as recorded in various church and civil records for him and his children.

Jacob was born about 1800 in Pennsylvania, probably Berks County. He was married to Ann Campbell in 1825. They had five known daughters and one known son: Mary Ann (b. 1825), Rachael (b. 1827), Elmira (b. 1829),  Catherine (b. 1832), Harriet (b. 1836) and Samuel (b. abt 1842). Jacob was enumerated in the 1850 census in Amity, Berks, PA with daughter Elmira and son Samuel. Ann was not with the family and may have died in March of that year. The 1860 and 1870 census show a Jacob Carver in the area, but I am uncertain if he is my Jacob.

I have more detailed information about this brick wall on my website [link]. Any information is greatly appreciated!


PA Probate Records on FamilySearch — YEAH!

CRASH! BANG! That’s the sound of another brick wall breaking down!  Last evening, after clicking send on an email to two cousins who also descend from Thomas Dilliplane and his wife Mary, I went to my GoogleReader and saw the Genea-Musings post from Randy Seaver on a new database available on the FamilySearch.org website [link]. I was absolutely stunned to see that Pennsylvania Probate Records are now online since the email I had just sent was regarding getting a hold of the Berks County, PA estate file of Adam Swavely. We were suspecting that Mary was a daughter of Adam and were hoping that she would be named as such in the file.

Talk about pay dirt – this was the genealogy equivalent of hitting the lottery! Despite the Probate Records being browse-only, it was fairly easy to locate Adam Swavely’s file – all 25 pages! And yes, we now know that Mary Swavely, daughter of Adam and Esther, was indeed the wife of Thomas Dilliplane. (See my previous post on this topic [here].) And as if that wasn’t enough, since Mary died before her father, we also know the names of all of Mary’s children. There were actually twelve — which was a few more than previously identified.

And the best part is that with these probate records now available online  I am positive that additional brick walls and uncertain linkages will be confirmed and sorted out!

If you also have PA ancestors, you are going to love having these records online! Here’s the [link].

Thank you FamilySearch for hosting these records and thank you Randy Seaver for posting about them the first day they went online!

Wordless Wednesday – George K. Miller

It’s time for another Wordless Wednesday posting – a prompt suggested by members of GeneaBloggers.

George K. Miller - Chester County, PA

Credits: this layout is about one of my brick walls – George K. Miller of Chester County, PA. Scrapkit is A Stitch in Time by Jean Daughtery Designs

A Brickwall Broken Down!

Quite sometime ago, I found an 1825 newspaper marriage announcement for my 3x’s great-parents Jacob and Anna Garber. In the marriage announcement they were recorded as Jacob Gerber and Anna Cummel. Jacob and Anna lived in Berks County, PA, in the area of Amity township. Anna had apparently died before the 1850 census, and I had been unable to find any further information on her. I was also unable to positively identify all of the children of Jacob and Anna  — but that all changed a couple of days ago!! Continue reading

Re-visiting Brick Walls

Sometimes it is really strange how things work out!! More genealogical information is being added to the internet every day. Sometimes we just need a little nudge to go back and re-look at branches of the family we haven’t looked at for a while in order to find that new information.

Back in July of 2007 I posted a query on a genforum message board. It was in regards to the father of my husband’s 2X’s great-grandmother, Emma Jean Miller. From Emma’s 1886 marriage application, I knew that her parents names were Samuel Miller and Catherine Smith. Unfortunately, I could not seem to get anywhere with Samuel. He does not appear with Catherine and Emma on any of the censuses, and so I don’t know if he died, they divorced, or perhaps they never married.  I also couldn’t find any trace of Catherine after she signed a consent form for Emma to marry in 1886. (BTW, she signed the form as Catherine Smith.) Continue reading