Henry Breneman Eby

Male 1833 - 1907  (73 years)


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  • Name Henry Breneman Eby 
    Born 06 May 1833  Derry, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 03 Mar 1907  Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Campbelltown United Christian Church Cemetery Campbelltown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8220417500  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2008 

    Father Peter Eby,   b. 08 Jan 1805, Derry, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Sep 1847, Derry, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Mary Whistler,   b. 11 Apr 1805, Donegal, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Aug 1894, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 1826 
    Family ID F6917130128  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Elizabeth Smith,   b. 27 Nov 1839,   d. 09 Aug 1865, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years) 
    Married 22 May 1860  Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Gertrude Eby,   b. 02 Sep 1860, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Robert Lincoln Eby,   b. 17 Jan 1862, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Feb 1952, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. Grant Smith Eby,   b. 02 Jun 1863, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1951  (Age 87 years)
     4. Elizabeth Eby,   b. 10 Jul 1865, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Died Young Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F7500750110  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Lydia Lehman,   b. 30 Jul 1846, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Sep 1921, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 06 Nov 1866  Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Henry Ellsworth Eby,   b. 22 Apr 1867, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1867, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +2. John Colfax Eby,   b. 18 Jun 1868, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Oct 1952, Audubon, Camden County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Ida Ellen Eby,   b. 05 Feb 1870, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1863
     4. Anna Lora Eby,   b. 02 Aug 1871, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1928, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     5. Louisa Carrie Eby,   b. 07 Jun 1874, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1888, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
     6. Lydia Lillie Eby,   b. 27 Apr 1877, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1953, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     7. Katherine Loreen Eby,   b. 03 Oct 1879, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1959, Campbelltown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     8. Tillie Lencretia Eby,   b. 31 Jul 1881, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jul 1969  (Age 87 years)
     9. George Emerson Eby,   b. 03 Jun 1883, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jun 1962, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     10. William Chester Eby,   b. 30 Apr 1885, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Oct 1966, West Hempfield, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     11. Flora Elsie Eby,   b. 18 Jul 1886, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1895, Campbelltown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 9 years)
     12. Ira Victor Eby,   b. 09 Nov 1888, Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1939, Campbelltown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F7500750111  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 06 May 1833 - Derry, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 May 1860 - Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 06 Nov 1866 - Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 03 Mar 1907 - Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Campbelltown United Christian Church Cemetery Campbelltown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Henry B Eby and Lydia Lehman
    Henry B Eby and Lydia Lehman
    From FAG, Bruce Speck at bspeck3046@comcast.net


  • Notes 
    • EBY, HENRY B., was born on a farm in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., May 6, 1833; son of Peter Eby. The father was born in Derry township, received his education in the district schools of his native township, and grew to manhood on the farm of his father. The ancestors were from Switzerland. The father succeeded to the homestead in Derry township, and was married in Lancaster county, Pa., to Miss Mary Wisler, of that county. He took up his residence on the home farm in Derry township, and lived there until his death in 1844. His wife survived him many years, and died in Lancaster county, aged eighty-nine years. Their children are: Samuel, George, Henry B., Annie, Mary, deceased, and Peter.

      Henry B. acquired his education in the common schools, and worked on the farm until he was fifteen years of age, when his father died, and he started to learn the trade of shoemaking near Churchville, Dauphin county, and served an apprenticeship of two and a half years. When he was nineteen years of age he became a clerk in the store of John Eby, who kept a general store at East Hanover, Lebanon county, where he remained two years, and then clerked for Moses Early, in the same place, for one year, at the end of which time he worked for a while for Mr. Garbuck in that town. He next went through the West prospecting for business, and after a few months sojourn in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, he returned to his brother Samuel's home, at Bismark, Lebanon county. In a short time he got a situation at Colebrook, in Lebanon county, where he remained six months, and then returned to Bismark. In 1855 he embarked in the mercantile business with his brother at Bismark, where he continued until 1864, when he located at Bachmansville, where he opened his present place of business, and conducts a general store. Mr. Eby was married at Bismark, in 1860, to Miss Lizzie Smith, by whom he has four children: Mary, Robert, Grant, and Lizzie, died young. His wife died six or seven years after marriage, and he took for his second wife Miss Lydia Lehman, a native of Lebanon county, by whom he has twelve children: Henry, John, Ida, Anna, Louisa, deceased: Lillie, Katie, Tillie, George, William, Elsie, and Ira. Mr. Eby was originally a Republican, but is now an independent voter, and has never sought any political office. He is not a member of any religious organization.

      Historical Review of Dauphin County

      Transcribed by Robert Demy rdemy@earthlink.net for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project
    • From The Wisher-Schaffer Project:

      Henry Eby prospected for a business in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa to return to brother Samuel O. to work in the mercantile business with him in Bismark, Lebanon County, PA. Bismark was originally called Eby's Corner, then Independence, then Bismark, and then Quentin. In 1864 he opened his own store in Bachmanville, Dauphin County, PA (south of Palmyra) which he operated for over 40 years.

      His general store thrived as it served the needs of the people in the area. He became a leader in his community serving as mentor, counselor and adviser in legal as well as personal problems. Many of his customers who had little education brought him their mail to be read and answered. Busy as he was, he still had time for what he considered his true calling: being spiritual leader for those in the community who had joined a non-denominational religious group, not a traditional church. The members met in homes to worship informally according to their beliefs. Anyone in the group could conduct the service but by common consent H.B. Eby was their leader. This group had no connection with the other "plain people" in the area.

      As time went on, his fame and influence spread far beyond his immediate area (reading in particular) throughout his life he kept up a correspondence with similar groups who sought his advice. Through his letters, he directed them in their spiritual growth as well as in their conduct in relationship with their "brethren."

      Letters written by Henry B. to a brother preacher give an insight into the kind of man he was. In one of them, he talked about the evil of tobacco and he decided not to sell it in his store anymore. One wonders what he thought of his son, Grant, being a cigar maker. Another letter talks of him wrestling with the devil about carrying insurance on his store. That assumed that he did not have enough faith in god.

      When henry Eby's first wife died leaving four small children, he hired Lydia Lehman to care for the children and keep house for him. It was not long after that they married and started a new family. They all lived together in the living quarters attached to the store.

      As the family rapidly increased in numbers, daily living arrangements had to be devised. One interesting custom was that of succession at the dinner table. When a new baby was able to sit at the table, the next older child was moved from the highchair to a seat on a long bench. Each child, seated according to his age, advanced one space closer to the father at the head of the table. When the bench was filled, the oldest one moved from the bench to the first chair on the other side of his father. Luckily, it seemed that by the time the table was filled, an older brother or sister married and left home making room for the new baby.

      The naming of a new baby followed an established rule. The father named all the girls and the mother chose names for the boys. Instead of a middle name, some were given a middle initial L for their mother's maiden name, Lehman. When one was old enough to make a decision, the individual could select any middle name that began with L.

      All the children attended school from the first through the eighth grade in a gray stone one-room schoolhouse a mile or so from their home.

      From his obituary in the Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon County, PA, Monday, March 4, 1907:

      Henry Eby's, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Bachmanville, died early Sunday morning at his home. He was about 74 years of age. Mr. Eby's was for many years storekeeper at Bachmanville, Dauphin County, not far from Campbelltown.

      The deceased was a local preacher for many years in his locality, and also in reading, where he regularly visited on ministerial errands. The deceased was a man of strict integrity and principles, and highly respected in the several communities where he lived or was known.


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