Family of Johannes Gelbach


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This is the information that I have found on my ancestor, Johannes Gelbach. The name has also been found in records as "Kelbach" and "Geltback". I have not researched this family any farther since Johannes's daughter, Catharina Elizabeth married Daniel H. Guldin and the lines continues from there. Feel free to let me know of any corrections or additions to this family. I have placed some of my sources at the end of this page. E-mail to Ginny Deagan (NEW E-MAIL:[email protected])

Johannes Gelbach was born in Germany. In searching for the name in the International Genealogical Index, many Geltbacks were from Prussia, Westfalen, Elsoff but his birth was not found. Johannes "Geltbach" arrived 26 September 1737 on the ship "St. Andrew Galley.

His wife was named Christina. She was born 11 January 1710/11 and died 19 January 1804 in Amity Township, Berks County. Her will was dated 18 August 1794 and proved 4 February 1804. She left 1/3 of her estate to her daughter, Elizabeth, wife of George Kerst, 1/3 to daughter, Magdalina, wife of Christian Hunter and 1/3 to the children of her daughter, Catherine, late wife of Daniel Guldin.

Berks County was formed in 1752 and John Gelbach received Land Warrant #19 in Oley of 25 acres on 4 Jun 1753. He also received Warrant #21 (30 acres) and Warrant #22 (50 acres) on 25 Sep 1753. No records have been found for him before this time when this portion of Berks County was part of Philadelphia County. On 21 January 1756, John "Gilbach of Oley Township, yeoman purchased 272 acres in the township of Amity, part of 561 acres on the Schuylkill River.

John Gelbach died between 17 June 1758 when his will was made and 30 August 1758 when the will was proved. He had a large estate. He left his lands in Oley Township to his son, Jacob, and his lands in Amity Township to his daughter, Magdalena. Jacob was to pay 1/3 of the profits and rents from his land to his mother, Christina. John stated that his daughters, Elizabeth and Catharina should each receive 500 Pounds. They were to have 100 Pounds when they married and the remainder at the birth of their third child. He named his wife, Christina and his friend, Frederick Bartolet, executors of his estate. Children of John and Christina Gelbach:

  1. Magdalina Gelbach , born about 1736. She was christened on 30 Mar 1746 Married Christian Hunter

  2. Jacob Gelbach , born 23 October 1738. Wife was Elizabeth. They apparently had no children since Jacob left a will in Will Book B, page 204, naming his wife, Elizabeth, nephew, Jacob Guldin, son of Daniel Guldin, brother-in-law, George Kerst and children of his sister, Magdalina. He died 19 December 1787.

  3. Elizabeth Gelbach , born 7 March 1740/41. Married George Kerst . St. Gabriel's Churchyard Cemetery records say she died 19 March 1809. (This is also the date given for her husband's death - there may be an error - as there is a record of admistration of the estate of Elizabeth Kerst in 1822).

  4. Catherina Gelbach , born 19 January 1742/43. She was married 5 August 1762 in Oley, Berks County, PA to Daniel H. Guldin . She died 14 Feb 1786 in Oley and is buried in the Schwartzwald Lutheran Cemetery.

For children of Catherina Gelbach and Daniel H. Guldin, see Guldin Ancestors .

  1. Names of Immigrants in Penna. 1727-1776 , by Rupp
  2. Abstracts of Wills of Berks County, PA, Vol. 1, 1752 - 1798
  3. Berks County Land Warrants 1730 - 1868 , by Howell & Paul.
  4. Berks County Tax Lists
  5. Schwartzwald Church Records
  6. FHL Film #822521 New Hanover, Montgomery Co. PA.
  7. Burial Record of Rev. John Wm. Boos.