1863 - 1955 (91 years)
||Abram H Eby |
||22 Nov 1863
||Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
||17 Feb 1955
||Torrance, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
||Scottdale Cemetery Scottsdale, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
||Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
||24 Aug 2008 |
||Henry S Eby, b. 10 Sep 1832, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 10 Feb 1873, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 40 years) |
||Barbara Herr, b. 09 Dec 1836, Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 12 Mar 1871, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 34 years) |
||Salome Denlinger, b. 15 Mar 1866, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 21 Dec 1949, Scottdale, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania (Age 83 years) |
||16 Apr 1885
||Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
|+||1. Willis Eby, b. 28 Oct 1887, Pennsylvania , d. 26 May 1984, Bath, Northhampton County, Pennsylvania (Age 96 years)|
| ||2. Alta Mae Eby, b. 23 Feb 1891, Downingtown, Chester County, Pennsylvania , d. 24 Jan 1995, Scottdale, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania (Age 103 years)|
|+||3. Harry Elmer Eby, b. 21 Apr 1892, Downingtown, Chester County, Pennsylvania , d. 16 Apr 1974, Pennsylvania (Age 81 years)|
||15 Aug 2008 |
- 1880 Census Salibury, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17 yrs old he is listed as a boarder/miller with the family of Daniel and Martha Helms.
- From the book "The Silent Eby's" written by Winifred Paul:
"What happened to the two orphan Eby's, Abram and Anna? Abram always listed his birthdate as November 22 1863. Byt the time the 1880 census he would have been 17. That census for Salisbury Township shows the above information.."
"This appears to be our Abram Eby because the age is right, and Abram (Abraham) was not a popular name with the Eby's. There are a few Abrams in the Eby books and no other as the great grandson of Peter Eby. Jonas Eby was appointed as guardian of Orphans Henry and Abram in 1873. Neither of them are listed in the Jonas Eby 1880 census of Paradise Twp. The author talked to Jonas' granddaughter who said she had never heard of the orphans. Letters written by Abram in later years would indicate he had schooling."
"Joseph Eby was the designated quardian of Anna. The 1870 census lists his family in Leacock Twp. The 1880 census lists them in Salisbury Twp. The family moved to the mill property, but Anna was not with them. She would have been about 15 at this time. The census reads:
Eby, Joseph 44 Miller
Eby, Susanna 38 Keeping house
Eby, Martin 16 Home
Eby, Samuel 10 Attending School
, Annie 9 Niece on mothers side
Years later Abram told his granddaughter Winifred that he and his sister were told by the Ebys where they should live and he said "No, we're not living with them and I took my little sister by the hand and we went____." We have no official record of where they went.
The orphan children were also Herrs. Their mother, Barbara, was the oldest daughter of the large Henry and Anna Herr family. Henry died in 1868 before Barbara's death. Anna, her mother, died at the age of 69 in 1886 and had at least two unmarried daughters that might have lived with her. Another daughter, Susanna, married Elias Sauder and lived in Cains in Salisbury Twp. The Sauders are buried at Hays Mennonite Meetinghouse Cemetery. They had no chldren. Abram's daughter, Alta, said she knows the children lived at Aunt Susie Sauders sometimes. She described Susie as "the aunt that was so good to my father." Anna's daughter, Grace, remembered hearing that Anna lived with some aunt, but did not know the name. The childhood of the orphans is lost in silence.
- According to his daughter Alta, Abram left his family in 1894 due to "women and drink." Her mother, Salome, moved back to her parents hme in Kinzer's. She was given a room upstairs where she hung a curtain to divide the room. She and Alta slept in the bed and Elmer slept in the trundle bed underneath. Willis slept in a back bedroom with his uncles. Alta felt they led a very serene, happy life with the gentle quidance of a consistant and loving grandfather.
Abram traveled the US doing a variety of things one of which was a detective for the railroad. He paid a visit to his cousin A. Hershey Leaman who was the superintendent of the Chicago Mennonite Mission. While there Abram converted and turned his life over to Jesus Christ. The Mennonite Archives at Goshen, Indiana, has records of the Chicago Mission with a list of members received into the mission. Abram Eby, No. 28, is the first person listed in 1904. We know Abram then spent some time selling books and bibles in the midwest for the Mennonite Publishing Company, Elkhart, Indiana.
In 1906 Abram returned to his family. Alta was 15. When they told her that her father had returned, she was quite surprised and retreated to the attic to think about it. She had not known she had a father. Abraham Denlinger had acted as a loving father to her and apparently the household did not talk about the prodigal father in front of the children.
The Eby's then moved to West King St. in Lancaster where a kind vrother in the Mennonite Church, John Moseman, gave permission for Abram to have a fruit stand on the sidewalk outside his store. Abram's business prosered where eventually he was able to open his own store just south of the Old Opera House on Prince St. The store was on the first floor and the family lived on the second.