Jacob Eby

Male Abt 1698 - 1744  (~ 46 years)

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  • Name Jacob Eby 
    Born Abt 1698  Kraichgau, (Upper Palatinate) Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 04 Jan 1744  Earl, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I519979952  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 16 Aug 2008 

    Father Theodorus or Durst Eby or Aebi, DD,   b. 25 Apr 1663, Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1727, Leacock, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Unknown Unknown,   b. 1664, Probably Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1705  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 1687  Kraichgau, (Upper Palatinate) Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F509225104  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1698 - Kraichgau, (Upper Palatinate) Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 04 Jan 1744 - Earl, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Dieter Eby Newman states the following: (166)(249)

      "Jacob Eby, the fourth son born to Durss Aebi, and his first wife, was probably born circa 1698, in or near the town of Rohrbach, in the Kraichgau, Germany. It is believed that in 1717, at the age of 19, he made the journey to Pennsylvania with his family.

      Documentation for Jacob Eby begins on 20 February 1734, when he signed the indenture granting land in what is now the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Hans Moser. Jacob wa apparently working as a millwright, but did not live at his father's farm, instead he lived at the residence of Martin Grebill. Sometime in 1743 he was taken ill and passed away. It is our belief that Jacob was buried in the family plot on the farm with his father Durss Eby and brother John Eby. A bond for the estate of Jacob Eby was filed on 04, Jan 1745/46, by his friends, Michael Widwar and Michael Grebill.

      The orphans court records on his estate start on 03 Mar 1746/47 and after Michael Grebill was named Administrator of the estate, he immediately asked the court to rule on the matter of Jacob Eby's siblings. He stated that Jacob Eby "Died Without Issue" only leaving three brothers, Peter Eby, Christian Eby and George Eby, and three sisters, Barbara Eby, Elizabeth Eby and Mary Eby. (note there is no mention of a David Eby as brother) The question put before the court referred to the three sisters being born by a second wife, who was not the mother of Jacob Eby nor the three mentioned brothers. The court, however, ruled that since all six siblings had the same father, the estate was to be divided equally six ways.

      From the inventory and "The Accounty" filed by Michael Grebill, we learn that Jacob Eby owned, among other things, a pair of pocket campasses, suggesting he was somewhat well educated, a trait shared by all of Durss' sons. They were all skillful businessmen with an exceptional knowledge of English and German, and could write and sign their names in both languages.

      We also know that Grebill charged Jacob Eby's estate for expenses for one years lodging as well as four weeks allowance for illness and funeral expenses. Monies were also due to his brother Christian Eby, Martin Bear, Adam Diller, George Rodt and to Andrew Seltenreich. Once all of these debts were repaid there remained over 126 pounds to be distributed as "The Orphan Court shall Direct."

      Ezra Eby and other historians have written that this Jacob Eby left two sons named Peter and Christian Eby. To date, we have not found any records of claims against Jacob Eby's estate by a son of either name. The Peter Eby, thought to be a son of this Jacob Eby was really Peter Eby, a son of Jacob Eby, who married Hannah Laeder. The Christian Eby mentioned by Ezra Eby was Christian Eby, son of a newly discovered Andreas Eby."
    • Dawn Quast writes:

      "It is our belief that Jacob Eby/Aebi was the fourth son of Theodorus Eby/Aebi. There have been many discussions over his occupation and it has been decided he must have been involved in mill design. He was present and did sign the indenture dated 20 Feb 1734, granting land to Hans Moser. We believe that shortly after signing this document, he returned to Europe, possibly on business for his father in Germany or even in Switzerland; he may have gone to encourage the migration of other family members.

      His business, whatever it may have been, once completed he returned to Pennsylvania. We believe that he sailed on the ship "Mascliffe Galley" from Rotterdam, which arrived in the port of Philidelphia 22 Dec 1744. He brought with him two good friends Hans George Dewalt and Hans Dewalt Lichty, the latter was to marry the widow of his brother Peter Eby, Barbara Groff.


      Found in Ancestry was the First US Swiss Census taken in 1790. In this census was documentation of a large headstone found in the Eby Cemetery, Monterey, Upper Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. On the front of this headstone it states the following:
      John N Eby, October 7th, 1841-April24th 1908 Clara F, his wife, April 15th, 1877
      J Victor, Their son, Dec 21th 1900-Oct 17th 1918

      On the back of the headstone it states the following:
      John N Eby
      Who was a son of John Eby
      Who was a son of John Eby
      Who was a son of Abraham Eby
      Who was a son of Jacob Eby
      Who was a son of Theodorus
      A Native of Switzerland
      Who Came to America
      And Settled Along Mill Creek
      in 1715

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