George Henry Harbaugh

George Henry Harbaugh
birth: 1 March 1823 in Waynesboro, Franklin, Pennsylvania to Elias and Mary Magdalene Weaver Harbaugh
death: 22 January 1909 in Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana
burial: St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana

marriage: 13 June 1849 Waynesboro, Franklin, Pennsylvania
Sara Ann Eyster
birth: 22 June 1822 in Union Bridge, Carroll, Maryland to John and Mary Garver Eyster
death: 21 March 1883 in Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana
burial: St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana

Children of Sara Ann Eyster and George Henry Harbaugh:

  • John Elias Harbaugh 1844-1899 Jemima Fair
  • Lincoln Mordecai Harbaugh 1846-1847
  • Mary Alice Harbaugh 1848-1931 Rev. Andrew Melling Rupel
  • Samuel Walter Harbaugh 1851-1916 Lozetta Rose
  • Laura Catherine Harbaugh 1853-1885 Daniel Steele
  • George Frederick Harbaugh 1856-1931Margaret E. “Maggie” Long
  • Ella Harbaugh Circa 1858-died as a child tombstone unreadable
  • Charles Victor Leo Harbaugh, M.D. 1861-1933 1st m. Elizabeth Swartley 2nd m. Frances Elizabeth Athey

Ancestor here lived in:

  • St. Joseph County, Indiana

Other Information:

George Henry Harbaugh was born on 1 March 1823 in Waynesboro, Franklin, Pennsylvania, the second son and child of what would become six children. By 1828, the family had relocated to Washington, Franklin, Pennsylvania. They are found in 1840 in Frederick, Maryland which was the ancestral home of the Harbaughs in the U.S. It is possible the family returned to Maryland as George Henry’s grandfather, Christian Thomas, was in declining health and died in 1836. They likely remained there due to the Panic of 1837. By 1842, the family had returned to Washington, Franklin, Pennsylvania. The following year, George Henry married Sara Ann Esyter in Waynesboro, Franklin, Pennsylvania. The family joined a German-speaking church established at the foot of South Mountain near Pen Mar led by the Reverend Appel. George Henry followed his father’s trade as a wagon maker. By 1850, the young family had relocated back to Frederick, Maryland but they did not stay long; the following year they returned to Franklin, Pennsylvania. Upon their return the family joined the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In 1856, George Henry had expanded his business to include cabinetry; the family was living in Welsh Run, Franklin, Pennsylvania. Based on the 1860 US Federal census, the family had once again relocated to Waynesboro. Deed records show he owed one lot in and one lot out of town. Waynesboro is located just a few miles north of the Mason-Dixon line and the family did find themselves in the midst of the Battle of Washington Township, the only Civil War battle that occurred on both sides of the line. George Henry filed a claim for damages on 26 July 1863 for losses occurring on 24 July. The claim stated that Rebels took 40 pounds of corn, 2 pounds of flour, 20 bushels of oats, 50 pounds of bacon, a set of carriage harnesses, two riding bundles, and a saddle. George Henry was awarded $81.00 on 5 August 1868 after he had character witnesses testify that he did suffer a loss. In 1867, George Henry purchased an additional half lot to house a horse and stable. The following year, the family relocated to St. Joseph County, Indiana close to George Henry’s wife’s sister, Mary Ann. The family readily adapted to their new home; the youngest children were enrolled in school, one of which was a brand new public high school. The family joined the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren which had originated in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. George Henry continued working as a wagon maker, though by 1873 he faced fierce competition when the North Liberty Manufacturing Company opened a large wagon making plant. By 1880, all of George Henry’s living children were married and residing in Liberty Township, however, he was not found in the US Federal census. It is likely, upon close examination of the document, that the enumerator erred and confused George Henry with his son, George Frederick. Fourteen days after George Henry’s wife died in 1883, he sold his land to his son, George Frederick, and began traveling throughout the country, visiting his siblings and returning back to St. Joseph where he rotated living with his adult children. Once he became a grandfather he was called Pap, and was known to be a hard worker when he stayed with family. They recalled him assisting with gardening, making fences, cutting wood, and helping with other chores that needed to be performed. When his sister-in-law, Mary Ann, became a widow, George Henry purchased a cow for $25.00 from one of his son-in-laws and gifted her because her own cow had died. Records show he voted in St. Joseph County and in his spare time, enjoyed reading the Bible. He was baptized into the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren on 12 September 1889. The Panic of 1893 and age contributed to George Henry becoming an arm chair traveler; he shared with family books such as Girdling of the Globe: From the Land of the Midnight Sun to the Golden Gate and A Record of a Tour Around the World. George Henry died at his son, George Frederick’s home, near Teegarden, on 22 January 1909. His funeral was held at the Dunkard Church on 24 January with the Reverend J. Hildebrand officiating. He was buried next to his wife in St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery in Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana.

Please see the following sources for much more information on George Henry and the Harbaugh family:
Lori Samuelson. Perseverance Amidst Adversity: The Ancestry of Three George Harbaughs. Amazon eBook, 2016.
Contact the submitter for a transcription of The Diary of Mary Ann Eyster Orndorf.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson


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