When researching the Lepley family in Pennsylvania, I discovered it is good to understand some of the research in the past. This is told in the Lepley Line newsletter. Although it is mainly about the immigrant son Adam and family who settled in Somerset Co (later migrated to Ohio), it does shed some light on those researching the Snyder-Union Counties area.
For many years a Marguerite Cockley, well-known historian and writer of Somerset County, PA was the "guiding hand" in Lepley research. She guessed that Gorg Adam Loble, of the Ship Lydia, in 1749 was the progenator of the major portion of the Lepleys in the US today. Eileen Libke told this same story in "Mine Before Me - the Lepleys" It was the best information known at the time.
All Lepley researchers believed that to be true until Jane Fenton found a marriage record in Frederick Co, MD. It was that of Adam Lebele, son of Michael Lebele, to Barbara Bucherin. This opened up a whole new outlook. Marguerite Cockley knew that she herself was descended from Adam Lebele and Barbara Burger.
Adam Lepley, Jr., son of Adam and Barbara, had handwritten a genealogy of his family on loose sheets and placed it in an old family Bible which originally belonged to Adam, Sr. Here are the first couple paragraphs of that with all the misspelled word:
"The first family of the name LEPLEY in America settled in East part of Pennsylvania, who had three sons and two daughters. The first son's name was Michael who was slayn by the Indians, the second son was Jacob, and the third son was Adam, who came from the old world or Germany, Wurtumburg.
Michael had two sons, one by his first wife and one by his second wife.
Jacob had seven sons and four daughters.
Adam had six sons and two daughters......" From here it goes into detail on Adam's family.
Marguerite Lepley Cockley writes: "In the opening paragraphs the writer refers to his uncles, Michael and Jacob and his father, Adam, and also two aunts but he does not name them. Neither does he name his grandfather. We must assume that the three sons and two daughters came to America with their parents."
So in immigrants we have the father, Michael Lebele, three sons, Michael, Jacob and Adam, and two daughters. Whereas Adam and his descendents settled in Somerset Co, PA, Michael and Jacob and their descendents settled in Snyder County and most seemed to have stayed there for at least several generations.
When Michael (the immigrant son) was slain by the Indian on April 26, 1779, the Abstracts of Orphans Court show children Jacob, Elizabeth, Christiana, John, Mary and Michael all minor children. Michael's wife was Mary Ann.
The probate of Jacob (the immigrant son) will 7/14/1815 shows him living in Center Twp and names his wife as Catherine and his children as Jacob, Henry, Anthony, Margaret KERN, Michael, John, Catherine KERN, Elizabeth, Adam, Christian and Mary.
(all three of the immigrants sons, Adam, Michael and Jacob, had sons named Michael and Jacob and 2 of the 3 had sons named Adam) Talk about confusion!!!
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