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Virginia Huebner Papers




2012



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Creation: 05.04.2012
Language: English

Title: Virginia Huebner Papers
Quantity: 6 folders
Identification: PP HuVi
Location: 152D; in box with PP BiJ
Language: German

This collection contains the geneological history of three families, Huebner, Friday, and Ysselstein; Last will and testament of John Casper Friday and baptismal records for three of his four children; deed to Niesky Hill cemetery plot for Abraham L. Huebner, souvenir of Abraham L. Huebner's first Communion, and a letter regarding Abraham L. Huebner; Letters received by Virginia Huebner regarding the geneological histories of all three families (especially Ysselstein).


Huebner Family:

- Abraham Ludwig Huebner: born on Mar. 3, 1806 in Bethlehem, a son of Abraham and Anna Rosina, maiden name, Stoll. Abraham was trained as a medical doctor, was a member of the first school board of the borough of Bethlehem in 1863, an editor of "Die Biene," a Professor in the Bethlehem Female Seminary, and held degrees from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Princeton. He was married to Justina Birkby, born on October 12, 1810 in Gnadenhuetten, Pa, a daughter of John Casper and Hannah Fearnley. Abraham died on Oct. 30, 1870 in Bethlehem and Justina died January 16, 1884 in Bethlehem. They were survived by seven children, including Miss Virginia, a teacher for many years in the Moravian Preparatory School; Cornelia Louisa, second wife of Charles W. Rauch; and Ellen N., wife of Levi Shupp.

- Virginia Huebner: born on November 12, 1852 in Bethlehem to Dr. Abraham Ludwig and Justina B. Freitag. She was baptized in the Moravian Church on December 15, 1852. Virginia was active in many church functions but was most devoted to her work as a teacher at the Moravian Preperatory School where she taught for 43 years. She lived at the Sisters House and died there on May 22, 1924 at the age of 71 years, 6 months, and 10 days. She was buried two days later and is the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Friday/Freitag/Freytag Family:

- John Casper Friday/Freitag: born on January 6, 1769 in Brumby, Saxony, now Sachsen-Anhalt (Lower Saxony), Germany to parents Johann Peter Freitag and Rosemunda Leiss. Freitag joined the Moravian Church in Herrnhaag, Hesse, Germany. In 1796 he came to the Moravian settlement at Bethlehem, Northampton Co., PA and taught at the Boys' School at Bethlehem. He was ordained on April 16, 1803 and was married by Lot, first wife proposed by Elders was Salome Dehuf, then Maria Christ, then finally Hannah Fearnley, the niece of James Birkby. They were married on April 28, 1803 in the Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Northampton Co., PA by Reverend George Heinrich Loskiel. Together they had four children Catharine (born: 1 Sep 1805 in Bethlehem, Northampton Co., PA), Maria (born: 2 Apr 1807 in Gnadenhuetten Moravian Church on the Mahoning, Penn Tp., Northampton now Carbon Co. PA), Justina Birkby (born: 12 Oct 1810 in Gnadenhuetten Moravian Church on the Mahoning, Penn Tp., Northampton now Carbon Co. PA), and John Augustus (born: 20 Aug 1812). Freitag's first charge was in Oldman's Creek, Gloucester Co., NJ where on the night of 24 Nov 1755, 10 of 16 Moravians were killed by an Native American invasion. The settlement started again 1770 and "John Caspar Freytag and Hannah (m.n. FEARNLEY) his wife were sent to minister to the remnant of this congregation in November of 1805. A comparatively young man, of bouyant spirits and vigorous health, he entered upon his duties as minister, school-teacher, and husbandman, with zeal and ardor" (see "Publications"). Freitag retired in 1813 and bought a farm in Cherryville in 1815. He died only five years later; 3 Apr 1821 in Cherryville, Lehigh Tp., Northampton Co., PA. Freitag was buried Apr 1821 in the St. Paul's Indianland Evangelical Lutheran / Reformed / UCC, Cherryville, Lehigh Tp., Northampton Co., PA.

Ysselstein Family:

Issac Ysselstein was a Hollander who settled in the Lehigh Valley in 1738 before the Moravians built the Bethlehem settlement. He built a log cabin along the southside of the river. He was married to Rachel Bogart and together they had six children. While Issac was not a member of the Moravian Church he became good friends with the new settlers and upon his death, July 26, 1742, the Moravians buried him on his farm with traditional Moravian rites. Issac's widow, Rachel, and there six daughters moved into Bethlehem and joined the Church. The church bought Issac's farm and Rachel remarried within the Moravian community to Abraham Boemper, a silversmith. Daughter, Cornelia Ysselstein, married Lewis Huebner (grandparents to Abraham L. Huebner).


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