Friday, May 10, 2019

52 Ancestors - Week 277: #454 Johann Leonhard Nachbar (1698-1766) of Germany and Morris County, New Jersey

Johann Leonhard Nachbar (1698-1766) is #454 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married  #455 Maria Margaretha --?-- (1697-1770)  in about 1720 in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #227 Anna Martha Nachbar (1724-1770) married #226 Matthias Trimmer (1722-1793) in 1742.
*  their daughter, #113 Sophia Trimmer (1755-1811) married #112 Johannes Abel (1758-1818), in 1777.
*  their son #56  John Auble (1780-1831), married #57 Anna Row (1797-1860) in 1804.
*  their son #28 David Auble (1817-1894), married #29 Sarah Knapp (1818-1904) in 1844.
*  their son #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916), married #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977), married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
*  their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                     Johann Leonhard Nachbar[1]    
*  Alternate Name:     Leonhard Nachbar[2]
*  Alternate Name:     Leonard Neighbour[3]    
*  Alternate Name:     Leonhard Neighbor[4]    
*  Alternate Name:     Leonard Nochber[5]  

*  Sex:                       Male    

*  Father:                  Thomas Nachbar (1675-    )    
*  Mother:                 Elisabetha Margaretha  --?-- (1678-    )  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                    May 1698, Oberweiler, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[2–3]    
*  Christened:           24 March 1700 (about age 1), Hinzweiler, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1]    

*  Immigration:         11 September 1738 (about age 40), from Rotterdam on the ship "Robert and Oliver", Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States[1,3–4]    

*  Will:                     10 January 1765 (about age 66), will written, German Valley, Morris, New Jersey, United States[5]    

*  Death:                  26 August 1766 (about age 68), German Valley, Morris, New Jersey, United States[1–4]    
*  Burial:                  after 26 August 1766 (after about age 68), Old Stone Union Church Cemetery, Long Valley, Morris, New Jersey, United States[2]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:             Maria Margaretha --?--  (1697-1770)    
*  Marriage 1:          about 1720 (about age 22), Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1,4]    

*  Child 1:               Anna Margaretha Nachbar (1722-1765)    
*  Child 2:               Anna Martha Nachbar (1724-1770)    
*  Child 3:               Maria Elisabetha Nachbar (1728-1766)    
*  Child 4:               Leonhard Nachbar (1741-1806)  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Much of the information on this family was obtained from:

*  The book,  More Palatine Families, by Henry Z. Jones, published in 1991[1].
*  The book Descendants of Leonhard Neighbour, Immigrant to America, 1738 by Lambert Bowman Neighbour, published in 1906[3].
*  The book Early Germans of New Jersey by Chambers[4].  

Johann Leonhard Nachbar was born in about May 1698, probably in Oberweiler, Rheinland-Pfalz, the son of Thomas and Elisabetha Margaretha (--?--) Nachbar[2-3].  He was baptized in the church at Hinzweiler near Oberweiler on 24 March 1700[1].  

He married Maria Margaretha --?-- in about 1720 in Rheinland-Pfalz, and they had four children (the first three born in Rheinland-Pfalz, the last in New Jersey)[1,3-4]:

*  Anna Margaretha Nachbar (1722-1765), married Henrich Schenckel (1721-1769) in about 1749.
*  Anna Martha Nachbar (1724-1770), married Matthias Trimmer (1722-1793) in about 1742.
*  Maria Elisabetha Nachbar (1728-1766), married Johann Wilhelm Welsch (1719-1805) in about 1747.
*  Leonhard Nachbar (1741-1806), married Louisa Elisabeth Wise (1744-1807) in about 1760.

"Leonhard Nachtbar" was a passenger on the ship "Robert and Alice," arriving in Philadelphia in 1738 with the Schenckle, Weiss, Tofort, Terryberry and other families who settled in the German Valley of Morris County, New Jersey[1,3-4].

"Leonard Neighbor" was one of six purchasers of the Logan Tract in German Valley in Morris County, New Jersey in 1749;  he bought the fifth farm of 310 acres for 147 pounds[1,3-4].  Matthias Trimmer (a son-in-law) had the farm adjacent to the south, and Wilhelm Welsch (another son-in-law) had the farm adjacent to the north.  

"Linerd Nagber" signed Weygand's call to the pulpit in the German Valley church in 1749[1].

Leonard Neighbor is entitled to be called the "Father of German Valley" because not only every Neighbor, but every Schenckel and Welsh, and nearly every Trimmer, is descended from him[4].

The will abstract of "Leonard Nochber," dated 10 January 1765, and proved after his death in August 1766, reads[5]:

"Wife, Margreata, all my estate; and after her death, my son, Leonard, to have my lands; but if he die leaving no heir, then the lands to be sold, and money given to my grandchildren.  To children of my oldest daughter, Anna Margreata, late wife of Henry Shankle, 200 pounds.  To the children of my daughter, Anna Martha Trimmer, the wife of Mathias Trimmer, 200 pounds.  To the children of my daughter, Mary Elizabeth Welsh, the wife of William Welsh, 200 pounds."  

The executors were son Leonhard and Roelof Roelofson; the Witnesses were Jacob Graa, Johan Andrew Hansell and Elisabeth Roelofson.

Johann Leonhard Nachber died 26 August 1766 in German Valley, andf was buried at the Old Stone Union Church Cemetery in Long Valley, New Jersey[2].  The epitaph on his gravestone says:

"Here lies the body
of Leonhard Nachbar
who departed this life 
August the 26th 1766
and aged 68 years
and 3 months"


1. Henry Z. Jones, Jr., More Palatine Families, some Immigrants to the Middle Colonies 1717-1776 and their European Origins, Plus New Discoveries on German Families Who Arrived in Colonial New York in 1710, (Rockport, Me. : Picton Press, 1991), Johann Leonard Nachbar sketch, pages 194-195.

2. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Old Stone Union Church Cemetery, Long Valley, N.J., Leonhard Nachbar memorial #18833969.

3. Lambert Bowman Neighbour, Descendants of Leonhard Neighbour, Immigrant to America, 1738  (Dixon, Ill. : 1906), pages 1-2, Leonard Neighbour (1698-1766) sketch.

4. Theodore Frelinghuysen Chambers, The Early Germans of New Jersey: their history, churches, and genealogies (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1982), pages 450-452, Leonhard Neighbor sketch.

5. A. Van Doren Honeyman (editor), Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, First Series, Vol. XXXIII; Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, etc.  Volume IV, 1761-1770 (Somerville, N.J. : Unionist-Gazette Association, Printers, 1928), page 309, Leonard Nochber entry.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2019 to 312 Ancestors in 312 Weeks.

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