(Michael3, Christian2, Theodorus1), was born
in 1789 in New Castle Co., DE. We believe his father had been born in
The 1850 census for
In the 1850 census, we find Benjamin Eby, 62, and his wife
Elizabeth, 54. Benjamin, a wheelwright,
owns no land at this time but has a large family. Benjamin is listed as born in
PA; his wife in VA. At home are daughter
Sarah, 22, born in PA; and four children born in
Two other Eby families in the area also have daughters named Magdalene. Uncle Andreas has a daughter Magdalene and Cousin Johannes has a daughter Magdalene.
In the 1860 census for Thorn twp, Perry Co., OH, we find Benjamin, 70, and Elizabeth Eby, 54, with their children: Sarah, 33; John, 24, listed as a laborer; and Martha (Magdalene by another name), 21. Abraham, now 26, is married to another Martha and is a blacksmith. Benjamin still listed as born in PA, but occupation is carpenter.
By 1870, the elderly Benjamin Eby has died but we follow his family through his daughter Fanny and her household.
Elizabeth Eby, 79, infirm and blind, is listed in the 1870 census as living in the home of her grandson, Benjamin, now married to Rachel Lowry.
Benjamin and Elizabeth’s descendants were:
A. Frances “Fanny”, born about 1815 (see next section);
B. Sarah, born about 1828;
C. Andrew Jackson, born 18 JUL 1831 at New
Lexington, Perry County, OH; married
Mary Cooperider about 1851; and died 4 JUN 1912 at Chattsworth, Livingston County, IL. Mary was born
5. John Allen,
7. James, and
D. Abraham, born about 1834
E. John, born about 1837
F. Magdalene Martha, born 9 JUL 1839; death
certificate for Martha Eby Hartman indicates Martha Hartman, born 9 JUL 1939 in OH, died
15 JUL 1917 in Monroe Township,
Allen County, OH. Cause of death was
septic carcinoma, duration five years,
with senility as a contributory factor.
She was a widowed housewife. Her father was Benjamin Eby, born in OH,
her mother unknown. Martha was buried 17 JUN (sic) 1917 in Harpster (Cairo