Leonhardt Reber

Johann Leonhardt Reber (abt. 1706 - abt. 1778)

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Johann Leonhardt (Leonhardt) Reber
Born about in Württemberg, Deutschlandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Deutschlandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Windsor Twp., Berks County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Profile last modified | Created 2 Nov 2011
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Leonhardt Reber was a Palatine Migrant.
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DNA profiling has established that Leonhardt's roots lie in Württemberg although it is still possible he was not born there. Circa 1735 he married Anna Margaretha Klein somewhere in Germany, and they probably had a child there. Leonhardt immigrated into Philadelphia on 9 Sept 1738 on the snow, 'Two Sisters'. He was educated because he signed his name quite legibly to the Oath of Allegiance, and a facsimile thereof can be viewed in Vol. II of Strassburger and Hinke. He was elected as one of the deacons of Zion Moselem Church in 1740, and he later served as 'treasurer' of Windsor Castle Church indicating his education included basic mathematics. His name appears in various land and tax records of colonial Philadelphia and Berks Counties, and he died testate in the summer of 1778. A copy of his estate file can be obtained from the Registrar of Wills for Berks County, and all his known children are named in it except for Philippina which implies she died young. Because of his age at marriage to Margaretha, it is possible Leonhardt had a previous wife.

The church records for Ravolzhausen, Mittelbuchen, Langenselbold, and Hanau in Hessen have been searched for Leonhardt, and he simply isn't mentioned therein. Nowhere in the PA records is there any indication he was actually identified as Bernhardt; Morris Reber was guilty of sloppy genealogy. DNA analyses show that the descendants of Leonhardt and Bernhardt are completely and indisputably unrelated. Bernhardt never emigrated; he lived, died, and was buried in Langenselbold.

More recently, the Württemberg church archives in Stuttgart were searched for a Johann Leonhardt Reber born ca. 1706 with special attention paid to the one born in Sulzbach in 1705. However, the entry in the church record contains the dreaded sign of the cross indicating that this child was either stillborn or died soon after birth thereby eliminating him as possibly being our forefather.

The Rev. M. Tobias Wagner was godfather for at least five of Leonhardt's and Margaretha's children which was - and still would be - highly unusual. This seems to indicate that a close relationship existed between the Reber and Wagner families, but its nature remains unknown despite extensive research.


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On 13 Dec 2013 at 09:05 GMT Daniel Schewe wrote:

As I am just reviewing the Germany related categories, I came across this profile. I am wondering, why is it categorised under "German History"? I don't see a need for this. As far as I know we are supposed to use the most specific categories. I already changed his categorisation from "German Emigrants" to "German Immigrants" to America", as the latter is a more specific subcategory of the first.

On 21 May 2012 at 01:13 GMT Lindsay (Stough) Tyrie wrote:

immigrated on ship 'Two Sisters', which docked at Philadelphia on 9 Sept 1738.

bought his farm (143 acres) on 21 July 1740 and was elected deacon of the Zion Moselem Church that same year.

He was naturalized on 28 March 1747.

On 20 Feb 2012 at 19:04 GMT Lindsay (Stough) Tyrie wrote:

This profile is a work-in-progress. Under the developing rules on historically-significant ancestors over 300-years-old supervisors are doing expedited merges. We need one manager to take primary responsibility for each profile. Management rights and/or trusted status may be terminated per policy. Please see http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Historically-significant_ancestors for more details. Please feel free to contact me with any questions as well. Thanks!

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