Lepley Family History
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Our mother Jane Alice Hines was born to Paul Daniel Hines and Irene Belle Mankamyer. Irene was born to Josiah Christian Manakmyer and Ida Belle Bittner. Ida's parents were Nathaniel Bittner and Alice Lepley.

This history of the Lepley family comes from numerious researchers,  [1] who have spent a lot of time documenting the Lepley family history.

Lepley Family German Origins

Some of the oldest Lepley's, that we know of to date, before 1600 wer about 100 different Leplins found in about 20 villages. Amoung them were found:

1.  1470, Hanns Läpplin, Zainingen, Oberamt Urach

2.  1474, Conrad Lepplin, Schwaikheim, Oberamt Waiblingen

They lived there 100 years before the French Civil War begun.

Our known first was Hans Leplin born approximately 1520. This was gathered from records aquired by Konrad Läpple. Next in our line was Michael Leplin born 1544. Next was Balthaser Läpplin born 1601 who was a shepherd and soilder. Next was Michael Läpplin who was a shepherd with wife Anna Kalblin.

They had Hans Caspar Läpple or Lepplen from Rietenau, Germany. The name "Lepley" was the Americanized version of Läpple. Hans was baptized May 13th 1671 in Furstenhof, Germany, and we assume he was born a few days before. He married Elisbeth Hockner October 25th 1692. Hans died in Diefenbach, Germany on December 31st 1738. We only have a record on one child to Hans and Elisabeth Hans; Michael Läpple.

We know very little about Hans and Elisabeth except for the church parish records which list their baptismal, marriage, and death dates. There is a possibility that the family may have been French Huguenots who fled France during the french civil war (1560-1789) for religious reformation. Many fled to Germany for refuge a generation before coming to America. (Such a tradition has surfaced during our searching, but not backed with facts. MC)

Their son, Hans Michael Läpple was baptized 1701 in Diefenbach, Württemberg, Germany, a dukedom, later a kingddom in the south-west corner of Germany, and died November 18th 1750 in the same area.

Hans Michael married Margaretha Ursula. Hans Michael died November 18th 1750 in the same area of Diefenbach, Württemberg, Germany.

•    Margaretha Ursula then married Adam Schatzmann August 24th 1751. She and her husband immigrated to America with her childen with Hans Michael Läpple; Dorothea, Agnes Dorothea, Johann Michael, Johann Jacob, Johann Adam, and Maria Barbara. The ship was called Windsor, commanded by Captain James Good. It set sail from Rotterdam via Cowes England, and landed in Philadelphia on September 27th 1753.  [3] 

Hans Michael and Maragretha Ursula had 11 children.

i.    Dorothea Läpple was born Decemebr 12th 1734.

ii.   Agnes Dorothea Läpple was born September 24th 1736.

iii.  Johann Michael Läpple He went by the name Michael. Michael belonged to the Pennsylvania state militia serving at Fort Freeland Pennsylvania. He was slain by Indians during a mission to milk cows outside of the fort.

Northumberland County Pennsylvania records at Sunbury Pennsylvania, Mary Anne, widow of Michael Leipley, applied 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.

In the record, John Ney of Cumberland County was appointed guardian for goods and chattels of Jacob Leipley, Elizabeth Leipley, Christina Leipley, and John Leipley. Michael Mason was appointed guardian of Michael Leipley and Mary Leipley minor children of Michael Leipley.  [4] 

iv.   Johann Jacob Läpple was born December 11th 1742.

v.    Johann Adam Läpple was born February 6th 1745. He was known as Adam Lebele, who was our Colonial Pennsylvania patriarch. Adam became a pioneer and settled in early Cumberland County, which was later, Bedford County and then Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

Adam married Barbara Bucher-in [5]  in Frederick County, Maryland. The marriage record from the Lutheran Church of Frederick, Maryland 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."  [6] 

vi.   Maria Catharina Läpple was born November 24th 1741 and died July 10th 1744 at the age of 3.

vii.  Johann George Läpple was born April 22nd 1744 and died at the age of 8 months.

viii. Margaretha Läpple was born November 23rd 1745 and died as an infant after 3 days.

ix.   Maria Juliane Läpple was born February 20th 1739 and died Jan. 2ndh 1745 at the age of 5.

x.    Euphrosia Catharina Läpple was born October 25th 1740. (records show her dying young)

xi.   Maria Barbara Läpple was born October 26th 1746.

End Notes

[1.] Lepley Researchers include:

•    Marguerite Lepley Cockley, historian, genealogist, curator of the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County Pennsylvania. (where the bible of Adam Lebele - 1776 is stored), and librarian out of Meyersdale, Pa. Currently her records and resources can be found at the Meyersdale, Pennsylvania Public Library Phone (814) 634-0512. (ask for Lepley Family File).

•    Lepley Line, Don & Millie Lepley, genealogists
616 Second St., Conception Junction, MO 64434-7106, email lepleyd@grm.net.

•    Konrad Läpple, genealogist, historian, and researcher in Germany; Stephanienufer 18, 68163 Mannheim, Germany, Phone 06-21/82-2871; See his research and letters at Letters from Konrad Läpple

•    Pennsylvania German Pioneers, by Ralph Beaver Strassberger LL.D. President of Pennsylvania German Society.

•    Other attributors include myself Rodney Lee Gibbons and other family members as indicated under comments (e.g. Attr. MC).

•    Mary Lepley Wahl holder of Samuel and Ida Lepley's family bible.

[2.] Ship's Record: This is recorded on the ship's register out of Diefenbach, Germany before 1900. The ship's register is recorded as; A collection of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727-1778 by Prof. I . Daniel Rupp, Published 1931 by Degener & Co. Leipzig. First edition in America before 1850, know under the name Strassburger ship lists.

[3.] Margaretha Ursula Marriage and Ship Register: This is recorded on the ship's register out of Diefenbach, Germany before 1900. The ship's register is recorded as A collection of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727-1778 by Prof. I . Daniel Rupp, Published 1931 by Degener & Co. Leipzig, First edition in America before 1850, know under the name Strassburger ship lists.

[4.] Mary Anne Läpple Application: This record is also contained in the Pennsylvania archives. In the Orphan's court records, Sunbury Book 1, page 43.

[5.]  The Name Bucher-in: The "in" added to Bucher was to show the feminine form of the last name.

[6.] Adam Lebele married Barbara Bucherin: Note that the Proc. was a formal announcement of an impending wedding giving people the opportunity to show-cause why the two should not be joined.

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