Johann Lepley (1745-1831)
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Our grandmother Irene Belle Mankamyer was the daughter of Josiah Mankamyer and Ida Belle Bittner.

Ida's parents were Nathaniel Bittner and Lydia Lepley. But the story doesn't end here. Ida died in 1898, and when Josiah remarried in 1902, our grandmother Irene went to live with Lydia Lepley's sister, Alice Lepley-Blume, who was married to William H. Blume. Then in 1923 William and Alice legally adopted Irene.

Thus began our Mankamyer ~ Bittner, and Lepley ~ Blume relationships.

Johann Adam Lepley (1745-1831)

Johann Adam, Michael, and Jacob were the first representatives of the Lepley Family in America. They came from Diefenbach Wurtemburg Germany. [1] 

Johann Adam Läpple was our line, and became Adam Lebele in America. His brother Johann Michael Läpple became Michael Lebele. Michael belonged to the state militia serving at Fort Freeland, Pa. where he was slain by Indians during a mission to milk cows outside of the fort. In Northumberland County, Pa. records at Sunbury, Pa. we found the original application of Mary Anne, widow of Michael Leipley asking for help because of Michael's death. She states that he was killed by the Indians on April 16th 1779 near Fort Freeland and was aged 41 years.

•    This record is also contained in the Pennsylvania archives. In the Orphan's court records, Sunbury Book 1, page 43, we find that John Ney of Cumberland County was appointed guardian for goods and chattels of Jacob Leipley, Elizabeth Leipley, Christina Leipley, and John Leipley. Also same date and page, Michael Mason was appointed guardian of Michael Leipley and Mary Leipley minor children of Michael Leipley.

Adam Lebele became a pioneer and settled in Somerset County, Pa. (this was still considered the wild open west at that time) He married Barbara Bucherin in Frederick County, Maryland. The marriage record from the Lutheran Church of Frederick, MD reads, "Adam Lebele, the late Michael Lebele's legitimate son, to Barbara Bugherin, Peter Bucher's legitimate single daughter, both of Frederick Co., Maryland, Proc. 3rd , 7th and 14th of March, married March 14th 1773, Oculi Sunday." Note that the Proc. were formal announcements of the impending wedding giving people the opportunity to show cause why the two should not be joined.

This is reported to be the Lepley Family that dates back to 17th centruy germany.

  Johann Adam Lepley was born and christened February 3rd 1748 in Stuttgart, Germany. [2]  He went by the name of Adam.

Adam married Barbara Bucher on March 14th 1773 in a Lutheran Church in Frederick County Maryland. Barbara was born May 29th 1755 to Peter Bucher (Bucherin) in Cumberland County (present day Bedford county). Peter Bucher emigrated on the ship "Loyal Judith" September 3rd 1739 from Strassburger Germany.

The first representative of the Lepley family in America came from Germany, accompanied by three sons: Michael, Jacob and Adam, and settled in Eastern Pennsylvania. Michael was killed by the Indians at Bloody Run, now Everett, in Bedford County, Pa. He had three sons. Jacob, who had seven sons and four daughters, moved to Ohio.  [3] 

Adam and Barbara moved to Knox County Ohio. Adam was 86 years, 6 months, and 20 days old when he died August 26th 1831. Barbara was 87 years, and 19 days old when she died April 17th 1842. Adam and Barbara were both laid to rest in the Bethel Cemetery in Knox County Ohio. [4] 

Adam Lepley and Barbara Bucher had nine children.

i.    Adam Lepley II (1776-1853)

ii.   Peter Lepley was born March 15th 1774. In 1810 he lived in Brothers Valley, Somerset County Pennsylvania

iii.  John Jacob Lepley. In 1810 he lived in Brothers Valley, Somerset County Pennsylvania

iv.   John Michael Lepley

v.    Catherine Lepley.

vi.   Joseph Lepley was born May 8th 1788

vii.  George Lepley

vii. John Lepley

ix.   Elizabeth Lepley was born 1797. She was christened March 15th 1797 at Salt Lick Township, Good Hope Lutheran Church in Fayette County Pennsylvania. Elizabeth married Jacob Baker March 21st 1816

Adam Lepley II (1776 - 1853)

Adam Lepley was born August 5th 1776 to Johann Adam Lepley and Barbara Bucher near Willard's Gap in Larimer Township area of Bedford County Pennsylvania. [5]  In 1790 Adam and his family lived in Bedford County, which in 1795 became Somerset County.

Adam married Elizabeth Horn on August 8th 1798. Elizabeth was born July 26th 1870. The family lived in present day Londonderry and Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania.

Adam became a prominent man in the community, and was appointed Justice of the Peace by the Governor and served in this capacity for twenty-five years. He also was a farmer, blacksmith, and a gunsmith, known for his fine silver inlays.

Adam died March 7th 1853, and Elizabeth died at 82 years old in 1862. They both were laid to rest in the Lepley Cemetery  [6]  in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania. [7] 

Adam and Elizabeth Lepley had eleven children.

i.    Daniel Lepley was born August 12th 1799. He moved to Greenville Township Somerset County. Daniel married Elizabeth Beal. Daniel died March 7th 1892.

ii.   Jacob Lepley was born June 7th 1801

iii.  Valentine Lepley was born April 23rd 1803

iv.   Johannah Lepley was born February 2nd 1805. She married Michael Korns Jr. Johanna died January 8th 1894.

v.    Catherine Lepley was born September 18th 1807. She lived with her mother and never married.

vi.   Susannah Lepley was born June 3rd 1810

vii.  Joseph Lepley was born November 26th 1812. He married Delilah Beal. Joseph died January 18th 1878

viii. Adam Lepley III was born March 5th 1821. He married Sarah. He died in 1903 and was laid to rest in the Lepley Cemetery.  [8] 

ix.   Barbara Lepley was born December 28th 1824.

x.    Harmon Horn Lepley

xi.   Amanda Lepley

Valentine Lepley (1803 - 1894)

Valentine (Felty) Lepley [9]  was born April 3rd 1803 in Wellersburg Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania. He married Lydia Beal, who was born May 20th 1810.  [10] 

The family lived in present day Londonderry and Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania. Valentine died August 8th 1894. He and his wife were laid to rest in the Lepley Cemetery.

Valentine and Lydia Beal had nine children.

i.    Lydia Lepley

ii.   Dennis B. Lepley was born January 6th 1830. He died August 3rd 1831

iii.  Josiah Valentine Lepley was born August 1st 1831. He married Missouri Ohley

iv.   Elizabeth (Betsy) Lepley was born November 23rd 1832. She married Dennis Cook. Elizabeth died May 1st 1900, and was laid to rest at the Cook Cemetery in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania. [11] 

v.    Hannah Lepley was born November 30th 1834

vi.   Susanna Lepley was born August 1st 1836. She married Adam Troutman

vii.  John H. Lepley was born November 5th 1837. He married Susannah Reiber who died December 16th 1919

viii. Jacob Lepley was born May 5th 1839, and died in 1864

ix.   Simon Lepley was born July 29th 1840, and died February 20th 1846

Lydia Beal-Lepley was 30 years, 10 months, and 9 days old when she died March 22nd 1841; shortly after the birth of Simon; most likely from child birth. Lydia was laid to rest in the Lepley Cemetery in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania. Her headstone had this inscription; Valentine "I live & your son lives too"  [12] 

Valentine remarries to Maria Baker, who was born June 23rd 1823 in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania. Maria died at 61 years old when she died March 4th 1884. [13]  Valentine died August 8th 1894 in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania. [14] 

Valentine Lepley and Maria Baker had 13 children.

x.    Lydia Lepley was born November 29th 1844 to Valentine Lepley and Maria Baker. Lydia married Nathaniel Bittner. Lydia died September 14th 1914, and was laid to rest in the White Oak Church Cemetery.

xi.   Daniel Valentine Lepley was born February 10th 1846

xii.  Amos Lepley was born June 14th 1847, and died April 16th 1863

xiii. Lavina Lepley was born May 1848. She married Joe Shoemaker

xiv.  Augustus Lepley was born August 8th 1851. He married Minerva Bittner. Augusts was 37 years, 1 month and 7 days old when he died September 11th 1888. He was laid to rest at the White Oak Cemetery in Larimer Township Somerset County Pennsylvania.  [15] 

xv.  Eleanor Lepley was born June 16th 1853. She married Jesse Kennel who died in March 1908

xvi.  Millard F. Lepley was born August 6th 1856. He married Emma Burkett

xvii. Alice Lepley was born March 29th 1858 to Valentine Lepley and Maria Baker. Alice married William Blume. Alice died December 21st 1932 in York, York County Pennsylvania. She was laid to rest in Lot 10 of the White Oak Church Cemetery in Salisbury Meyersdale Larimer Township Somerset County Pennsylvania.

End Notes

[1.] Lepley Family in America: The information came from “Ancestors of Johannah Lepley Kornss”, Chapter XIII the 1949 book “Geneology of Michael Kornss, Sr. of Somerset County, Pennsylvania”, which relates to Michael Kornss, Jr. who married Johannah Lepley.

[2.] Johann Lepley Birth Place: Another German location was listed as Diefenbach, Enzkreis, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.

[3.] Lepley Family in America: The information came from “Ancestors of Johannah Lepley Kornss”, Chapter XIII the 1949 book “Geneology of Michael Kornss, Sr. of Somerset County, Pennsylvania”, which relates to Michael Kornss, Jr. who married Johannah Lepley.

[4.] The original gravestones for Adam and Barbara had the following inscriptions, as given by Marguerite Lepley Cockley in "The Lepley Family in America"; 1981, Page 3: Adam Lepley, Died August 26, 1831, Aged 86 Years, 6 Months, 20 Days; Barbary, wife of Adam Lepley, Died April 17, 1842, Aged 87 Years and 19 Days

[5.]  Adam Lepley Birth: Willard’s Gap is in present day Somerset County. Bedford County was formed from Cumberland County in 1771, and Somerset County was formed from Bedford in 1795. Pennsylvania. Willard’s Gap is near where the Pennsylvania Rt 76 turnpike crosses the Allegheny Mountains.

[6.] Lepley Cemetery: The Lepley Cemetery is located in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania; about three miles north of Wellersburg on the original Lepley Farm.

[7.] Another Adam Lepley and Wife Elizabeth are recorded at the Lepley Cemetery: Adam Lepley Death Date and Age: Adam Lepley died 1833 at 76 years old; Elizabeth Horn-Lepley died in 1862 at 82 years old, inscription; wife of Adam.

[8.]  Adam Lepley Birth, Death and Burial: The information came from his headstone inscription located at the Lepley Cemetery is located in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania; about three miles north of Wellersburg on the original Lepley Farm.

[9.]  Valentine (Felty) Lepley Name: The name “Felty” is most likely a nickname, and it came from his headstone inscription at the Lepley Cemetery is located in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania; about three miles north of Wellersburg on the original Lepley Farm.

[10.] Lydia Beal Birth: The date came from her headstone at the Lepley Cemetery is located in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania; about three miles north of Wellersburg on the original Lepley Farm.

[11.]  Elizabeth Birth, Daughter of Valentine, Marriage, Death and Burial: The information came from the Cook Cemetery Southampton Township, located Two Miles from Wellersburg. The graves were surveyed under the WPA Project; Graves Surveyed later by John Getz.

[12.] Lydia Beal-Lepley Death, Age, and Inscription: The information came from her headstone located at the Lepley Cemetery in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania; about three miles north of Wellersburg on the original Lepley Farm.

[13.] Maria Baker-Lepley 2nd Wife of Valentine, Her Death, Age, and Burial: The information came from her headstone located at the Lepley Cemetery in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania; about three miles north of Wellersburg on the original Lepley Farm.

[14.] Valentine Lepley Death and Burial: The information came from his headstone inscription at the Lepley Cemetery, which is located in Southampton Township Somerset County Pennsylvania; about three miles north of Wellersburg on the original Lepley Farm.

[15.]  Augustus Lepley Death, Age, and Burial: The information came from his headstone at the White Oak Cemetery in Larimer Township Somerset County Pennsylvania.

Bibliography

1. William S Albright, 9865 Bright Drive, Windham, OH 44288 williamalbright@hotmail.com

2. Gunsmiths and Gun makers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900, by Vaughn E. Wisker

3. The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle, Chapter 8, by Henry Kauffman

4. Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA 1863, 1867 and 1874 tax lists.

5. Bedford, Somerset and Fulton County Gunsmiths, by Wisker and Wisker

6. History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania 1884

7. The Reiber Genealogy and Related Families” by John R. Reiber

8. The Genealogy of Michael Kornss, Sr. of Somerset County, Pennsylvania” by Charles B. Kornss Hardy Land Deed Records.

9. Somerset County deed Book 11, page 462, deeds no. 11 & 12

10. Somerset County deed book 11 page 781 Page 462 deeds 27 and 28 Page 461 deed 16

11. Muzzle-Loading Cap Lock Rifle by Ned H. Roberts, The Granite State Press, Manchester, New Hampshire, 1940

12. 1790 Adam Lepley Census: Bedford, Pennsylvania; Series: M637; Roll: 9; Page: 249; Image: 140; Family History Library Film: 0568149; First Census of the United States, 1790 (NARA microfilm publication M637, 12 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

13. 1800 Adam Lapeley Sr. [Adam Lapeley Senior] Census: Londonderry, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Roll: 43; Page: 558,559; Image: 159; Family History Library Film: 363346; Second Census of the United States, 1800; NARA microfilm publication M32 (52 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

14. 1800 Adam Lapeley Census Londonderry, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Roll: 43; Page: 558,559; Image: 159; Family History Library Film: 363346; Second Census of the United States, 1800; NARA microfilm publication M32 (52 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

15. 1810 Adam Esed Lepley, [Adam, Esq Lepley] Census: Southampton, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Roll: 53; Page: 464; Image: 0193679; Family History Library Film: 00192; Third Census of the United States, 1810; (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls); Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

16. 1810, Peter, Jacob, and Nicholas Lepley Census: Brothers Valley, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Roll: 53; Page: 400; Image: 0193679; Family History Library Film: 00160; Third Census of the United States, 1810; (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls); Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

17. 1820 Adam Lepley Census: Southampton, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Page: 247; NARA Roll: M33_111; Image: 166; Fourth Census of the United States, 1820; (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

18. 1830 Adam and Blentine Lepley [Valentine Lepley] Census: Southampton, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Page: 41; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 161; Family History Film: 0020635; Fifth Census of the United States, 1830; (NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

19. 1840 Adam, Joseph, James, Valentine, and Daniel Lepley Census: Southampton, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Roll: 494; Page: 139; Image: 284; Family History Library Film: 0020558; Sixth Census of the United States, 1840; (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

20. 1850 Adam and Valentine Lepley Census: Southampton, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_828; Page: 210A; Image: 417; Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

21. 1860 Valentine Leply (Lepley) and William Troutman Southampton, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1183; Page: 540; Image: 548; Family History Library Film: 805183; 1860 U.S. census, population schedule; NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls; Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

22. 1860 Elizabeth and Catherine Lepley Census: Southampton, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1183; Page: 540; Image: 548; Family History Library Film: 805183; 1860 U.S. census, population schedule; NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

23. 1870 Valentine Lepley Census: Southampton, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1452; Page: 522A; Image: 625; Family History Library Film: 552951; 1870 U.S. census, population schedules; NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.; Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

24. 1880 Valentine Lepley Census: Southampton, Somerset, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1195; Family History Film: 1255195; Page: 501C; Enumeration District: 025; Image: 0613; Tenth Census of the United States, 1880; (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.