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Mathias (Gabhart) Gabbert (1728 - 1798)

Mathias Gabbert formerly Gabhart aka Gebert
Born in Schwaigern, Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germanymap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Lexington Magisterial District, Rockbridge, Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Jan 2015
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Mathias Gabhart (Gabbert) was born on 24 Feb 1728 in Schwaigern, Heilbronn, Wuerttemberg, Germany to Johann Friedrich Gebert and Susanna Catharina Boger.[1] They arrived in American in 1731. Mathias married Christina Kreemer in 1750 in Virginia. Children: Catherine, George, Rebecca, Sally, Christina, Hanna, Rebecca, Elizabeth, John Wesley.

The Whittinghill family book gives his wife's name as Christina, and his birth as ca. 1735 in Germany. His father was probably Johan George Gabhart, who came to Philadelphia from Germany in 1754.

Name Matthias Gebert
Gender männlich
Birth Date 24 Feb 1728
Residence Place Schwaigern, Deutschland
Father Friedrich Gebert
Mother Susanna Katharina Gebert
Relationship Child
City or District Schwaigern
FHL Film Number 1184791
Friedrich Gebert
Anna Barbara Gebert
Peter Gebert
Susanna Katharina Gebert
Sabina Gebert
Johann Friedrich Gebert
Matthias Gebert
Maria Magdalena Gebert
Anna Elisabetha Reiner
Hans Michel Reiner

(Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Family Tables, 1550-1985)

Mathias was only three years old when the family arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Pennsylvania Merchant in 1731. They later moved to Virginia, where Mathias eventually settled in Rockbridge County, and died there in 1798. John Gabbert, son of Mathias and Christina, married Judith Tuley in Rockbridge County in 1792. They came to Mercer County, Kentucky about 1810, and then to Daviess County about 1815.

Mathias Gebert was baptized February 24, 1728 in Schwaigern, Württemberg, third child of Friedrich and Susanna Gebert. He was only three years old when he accompanied his family to America in 1731. By 1750, the family was in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Frederick County survey records from the 1750s and 60s show Gottlieb Gabbord, Frederick Gabbord, Mathias Gabbert, Mathias Gabbord, Michael Gabbert, Mathias Gabart and Jacob Gabert.

About 1755, Mathias married Christina Bumgardner who was born in Shenandoah County. They were among the early settlers six miles below Lexington, in the Great Valley between the Appalachian and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Climatic conditions were favorable for many crops, including the profitable tobacco, and there was slave labor, introduced in 1619 from Africa, to work the fields.

Lexington, Virginia is situated on the banks of the North River which empties into the James River some twelve miles to the south.It is the seat of Rockbridge County. The town was laid out in 1777 and incorporated in 1841. After the early 1770s, records of Mathias, Jacob and Frederick are found in Augusta and Rockbridge County, Virginia but none have been found in Frederick (Shenandoah) County for any Gabbert, Gabart, etc. after that time. Mathias lived the rest of his life in Lexington, Virginia, passing away June 1, 1798. His will was probated 03 Jul 1798 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. -Broderbund Family Archive #354, Ed. 1, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index

Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records

Name: Matthias Gebhard
Event Type: Residence
Residence Date: 13 Sep 1773
Residence Place: New Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran, Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Virginia, Wills and Probate Records

Name: Mathias Gabbert
Probate Place: Rockbridge, Virginia, USA
Inferred Death Place: Virginia, USA
Item Description: Will Books, Vol 2-3, 1797-1813, Will Books, 1778-1902; General Index, 1778-1925; Author: Virginia. County Court (Rockbridge County); Probate Place: Rockbridge, Virginia


  1. Church book Schwaigern, Württemberg: Landeskirchliches Archiv Stuttgart > Dekanat Brackenheim > Schwaigern > Mischbuch 1700-1789 Band 2 [1]
*US Federal Census 1810
  • Germany Select Births and Baptisms
  • US and Canada Passenger and Immigration Lists Index 1500s-1900s
  • Virginia Land, Marriage and Probate Records
  • Wurttemberg Germany Family Tables 1550-1985
  • The Whittinghill Family in America 1770-1970 by Michael Lewis Cook, Unigraphic, 1971
  • Francis Goff Miller

Mathias Gabhart came from Germany, arriving 5 Oct 1737 in Philadelphia on the ship "Belander Townshead". He settled in the Shenandoah Valley.

Judgements, from "Records of Augusta County, Virginia" by Chalkley Circuit Court Bailor vs. Gabhart. O.S. 110 N.S. 38 Bill, 1 Dec 1805 Orator is George Baylor, executor of Jacob Bailer, his father. Jacob bought land of Mathias Gabbart in Augusta. Conveyance was not made. Mathias is dead, testate, but intestate as to his land, leaving children, viz: George, Michael, Peter, John, Hannah, Sally, Catherine since intermarried with Jonathan Intsminger, Peggy since intermarried with Benjamin Hart, Christina since married to Peter Gabhart. Bill in the name of Jacob Baylor says purchase was made in 1780. Jacob was a German, lately removed from Pennsylvania. Jacob Baylor's will is recorded in Staunton District Court. [My notes: The children don't quite agree with Mathias Gabbert's will of 1798. "Peggy" may be the daughter Rebecca; daughter Elizabeth named in Mathias' will was omitted - she was the daughter married to Jonathan Entsminger, Catherine was married to Peter Whitinghill.]

Mathias Gabbert's will is in Rockbridge Co, VA, date 179_, proved in Rockbridge 5 Jun 1798. A Codicil was dated 14 Feb 1798. Wife, Christina. Ten children named. Eight children to divide: Hannah, Michael, Rebecca, Peter, Elizabeth, John, Sarah, Christina; son George & daughter Catherine having received advancements. Affidavit, 23 Mar 1809, that George, Michael, John Gabart and Peter Wittinghill & Catherine his wife, are non-residents.

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Gebert-65 and Gabhart-4 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, different spelling
posted by Mary (Spradley) Morken
Gabbert-105 and Gabhart-4 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, different spellings
posted by Mary (Spradley) Morken

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