Descendants of Ludwick, Sr.

Second son of Nicholas & Maria Catharina Ley(en)berger:

Ludwick Lybarger, Sr.

b. @ 1735 in Palatinate, d. 1827 in Bedford County, PA

@ 1760, married

Barbara (@1736-1790)

before 1798, married

Philbena (b.? d. after 1827)

Ludwick owned a farm west of Madley. He also had a tannery, a still, 4 horses, 3 cattle, and 2 sheep. He married twice, had 15 children, and died with good eyesight and all his own teeth. He had a total of 15 children, including:

Andrew Lybarger, b. 1778

By 1758, to Maryland

Lybargers, “frugal farmers and zealous Lutherans,” moved south, into Frederick County, Maryland, to farm.

By 1774

Lybargers moved into Bedford County, Pennsylvania, to farm.

1775-79 – Revolutionary War

Bedford County, PA was at the edge of the frontier of the new nation at the start of the Revolutionary War, Lybarger fathers and sons served in the militia, primarily to protect their farms and families from American Indian attacks.

In 1778

Ludwick Lybarger and his sons and nephews served in Captain Samuel Paxton’s Fourth Company, First Battalion, Bedford County Militia, also known as the Wills Creek Settlement Company.

1790 & 1800 census records

The 1790 census records 28 Lybargers living inBedford County,PA, in 6 households. In 1800, 57 Lybargers lived in 9 households in Londonderry Township of Bedford County, PA.

Andrew Lybarger (1778-1885)

@ 1800 married

Naomi Thompson (1783-1867)

Andrew & Naomi travelled in a covered wagon from Pennsylvania to Coshocton, Ohio in about 1810. Ohio recently became a state and he may have received land there as a Revolutionary War veteran. From 1828 until his death in 1855, he was a tanner in Danville, Ohio. They had nine children, including:

James Thompson Lybarger (1804-1864)

in 1833 married

(2nd wife) Amelia Crum (1813-1902)

James T. had a six-year-old son, Thompson, from his first marriage. Amelia arrived in Ohio in a covered wagon when she was 10. Her father was a Methodist minister. James learned tanning from his father, and also owned a hostelry near Millwood,Ohio.

The younger of their two sons was:

Edwin Lewis Lybarger (1840-1924)

Edwin graduated from Millwood Academy in 1858 or ’59. In Nov. 1861 he enrolled at Champ Chase in a Knox County company that became Company K in the 43rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He saw action from Feb. 1862 until mustering out in July 1865. He rose in rank to 1st Lieutenant and became the quartermaster of his regiment for Sherman’s March to the Sea and the Carolinas campaign. His regiment lost 65 men in battle, including its first colonel, and 191 men to disease. His first wife Sophronia died of typhoid, but he recovered. He named his son with his second wife after his 43rdOhio commander, Col. Wager Swayne. After the war he was in the retail trade, served in the state legislature, was active in the GAR veterans association, founded a bank, and owned a sheep ranch for a time. After the war, he was addressed by all as Captain Lybarger for the rest of his life.

In 1867, Edwin married Sophronia Warren Rogers (1844-1885)

In 1888, he married

Nancy Moore (1844-1931)

Edwin and Nancy had one son:

Harry Swayne Lybarger (1888-1958) 

In 1913, he married

Ethel Finney (1885-1969)

Harry practiced law until the 1920’s, then taught high school history in Coshocton. He and Ethel had 4 children, including:

Davida Margaret Lybarger, b. 1921

in 1944 married (div. 1969)

Richard Walter Wilke (1920-1981)

Richard was a regional engineer for the U.S. Forest Service. Peg received a Master’s in Counseling in 1971 and taught in the Bellingham School District until retiring in 1988. She and Richard had one child:

Jennifer Lynn Wilke, b. 1949

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