NameJohann Georg Fehrenbacher
BirthMay 26, 1818, Kappel am Rhein, Baden, Germany
DeathNov 8, 1884
BurialSt. Benedict Church Cemetery, Carrolltown, Pa.
BaptismMay 27, 1818, Kirsche St. Cyprian und Justina, Kappel am Rhein, Baden, Germany
FatherJohann Georg Fehrenbacher (1768-1851)
MotherFranziska Gänshirth (1788-1845)
BirthSep 24, 1831, Bieringen, Württemberg, Germany
DeathJan 15, 1921, Carroll Township, Cambria County, Pa.
BurialSt. Benedict Church Cemetery, Carrolltown, Pa.
FatherFranz Joseph Biller (1806-1888)
MarriageJan 18, 1852, St. Benedict's Church, Carrolltown, Pa.
ChildrenJohn Baptist (1854-)
 Francis Joseph (1855-)
 Anthony (1856-)
 Mary Ann (1858-1937)
 Peter (1861-1942)
 Sylvester (1864-1876)
 Catherine Frances (1867-1961)
 Edward William (1869-1936)
 Sebastian (1872-1949)
 William Edward (1876-1965)
Notes for Johann Georg Fehrenbacher
Johann Georg (George) arrived in the United States sometime after his half-brother Augustin's immigration in 1833 but before his other half-brother Michael's arrival in 1854. According to the Naturalization Record of "George Farabaugh," dated September 8, 1856, George was a native of Baden and had been a resident in the United States at least five years, as sworn by his brother Augustin and a Valentino Sauner. It further states that he declared his intent to naturalize in a New York City court on January 22, 1849. Because at least two years of residency were required before intent to naturalize could be declared, George probably arrived in the U.S. in 1846. He likely immigrated with his full brother Matthias, who has the identical naturalization history. There was a “Jon. Fehrenbach,” age 23, farmer, who immigrated on the “Roscol,” arriving in New York City on September 1, 1847. However, his place of origin is indicated as Bavaria.
"George Fehrnabach" pledged $10.00 for the cost of building of St. Benedict's Church in Carrolltown, Pa., in August of 1851. In January of the following year he married Elizabeth, whose maiden name of Buehler became "Biller." She was the daughter of a Joseph Biller, who emigrated from Aberant Bieringen, located in the German province of Würtemburg, sometime in 1846. The Biller family settled near Loretto, Pa.
On April 9, 1852, George purchased 70 acres in Carroll Township, Cambria County, for $262.50 from "Phebe Hains, widow of the city of Philadephia." The parcel was adjacent to lands owned by George's brother Matthias, a John Cole, and a hickory fence bordering Springer's Land. Descendant Cecelia Farabaugh writes in her 1979 publication, The Farabaughs:

After they bought the land, George and Elizabeth cleared enough land to build a
log cabin and to plant corn and wheat, which enabled them to make a living. As
they prospered, they added additions to the farm. They eventually built a house,
which still stands today. In addition they built the barn in 1868 - the date is
inscribed in the wood - and it is still in use today.

George died in 1884 at the age of 65. . . After his father's death, Peter and his
mother ran the farm while the younger children were growing up.

Cecelia also provides the following anecdote:

When George & Elizabeth were married they obtained some china plates (how
many unknown), probably as a wedding present. They ate their wedding dinner
from these plates. After George died and the children started to leave, Elizabeth
gave each of her six surviving children a plate to keep in their family. . . I have
been able to locate 4 of these plates. I was unable to find out how many plates
there really were for certain or if each one of her six children really did receive
one. The plates are white with a dark blue border encircling a scene of two deer
in dark blue. On the back of the plates are the words Patent Cashmere F.N.C.

George is iisted as a juror for the December 1859 and June 1862 court terms in Ebensburg, Pa. He then appears in the U. S. Census in 1860, when he was was listed as a 42 year old farmer born in Baden, Germany, and living in Carroll Township, Cambria County, Pa., with land worth $1000 and personalty worth $500. His wife Elizabeth is listed as a 28 year old, born in Würtemburg, Germany.
In 1870, George Farabaugh was a 52 year old farmer born in Germany, who could not read or write English, and was living in Carroll Township with land worth $100 and personalty worth $300. Elizabeth was a 40 year old "house keeper" who could not read or write English, and was born in Germany.
In 1880, "Geo. Farenbaugh" was a 61 year old engaged in farming, born in Baden, and living in Carroll Township. Elizabeth was a 49 year old "house keeper" born in Würtemburg.
In 1900, Elizabeth was a 68 year old widow, born in Germany, and living with her son Peter and his family in Carroll Township. She later died of pneumonia at the age of ninety.
It is believed that the first three children of George and Elizabeth died young and were buried near St. Benedict's Church, in Carrolltown, Pa. However, parish records only record their births and baptisms, and no tombstones can be found in the church cemetery. More is known about the death of their son Sylvester, and of the education then available for the surviving children:

Sylvester became ill. The Doctor was sent for. The Doctor tried everything he knew
to help but nothing was working. . . The Doctor had one last hope that might help.
So he mixed some medicine together and gave it to Sylvester; sometime later,
Sylvester died. Later it was guessed that he had [appendicitis]. . .

The school needs of the Farabaugh children [were] taken care of at what was then
the Eckenrode School. (The Eckenrode school probably was named that because
the children from Eckenrode mill went to school there also.) The Farabaugh
children did not have very far to go to school; it was just a short walk up over
the hill from their place. Later, this school was renamed the Weber School. . ..

George’s Will dated August 9, 1884, granted a life estate in the house and farm to his wife Elizabeth to then be sold at her direction. A sum of $50 was to be set aside for Masses in Carrolltown, Peter was to be paid sums owed listed in a “day book,” and a sewing machine was to be given to Catherine. A codicil dated August 23, 1884, changed the Will by directing that after Elizabeth’s death all of the property was be appraised and sold to “one of my Boyes” with the proceeds divided among the children, with a $150 deduction from each daughter’s share and another $24 deducted from Mary’s share.
Notes for Elizabeth (Spouse 1)
Elizabeth emigrated to the United States from Bieringen, Würtemberg, Germany, in 1846. The year is inscribed on the travel chest identifying her father Joseph. As indicated in the 1850 Census, Joseph Biller established a farm in Allegheny Township, Cambria County, Pa. Listed are Joseph Biller, 45, Farmer, with real estate valued at $500, born in Germany, and members Margaret (30), Elizabeth (19), Andrew (17), Bastian (15), Joseph (12), Rose A. (8), Cresence (5) and Mary Biller (3).

Elizabeth died of pneumonia.
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