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 George Jacob Hepler

George Jacob Hepler

Birth
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 1808 (aged 63–64)
Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Kepples Corners, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 10467218 · View Source
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He was born George Jacob. He was the son of Johann Casper Hepler and Susannah Schneible of Northampton County Pennsylvania. He immigrated in 1748 with his parents on the ship "Patience" which set harbor in Philadelphia. His father was the seventeenth person to sign the usual forms at Philadelphia Court House on September 16 1748. He married Elisabethe and was the father of Jacob Hepler ,Christopher Stoffel Hepler and grandfather of William Hepler . George Jacob Hepler signed Oath of Allegiance in Northampton County Pennsylvania on January 23rd 1778. He signed his name as Jacob.
He fought in the Revolution along with his brothers.
Jacob at once joined the regiment under Colonel Seigfried at Bethlehem, Pa. This outfit was part of General Israel Putman's Brigade, the man who made famous the saying "Don't shoot till you see the whites of their eyes." Casper joined Colonel Kooken's Company, Second Battalion, Northampton County, Pa. and George Hepler in the Sixth Battalion, under Captain Jacob Peterman.
Again in the Militia Rolls of 1785 appear the names of Casper Hepler, Jacob Hepler and Stoffel Hepler.
Jacob Hepler with his large family and many of his neighbors left Northampton Co. in 1785. They settled for a short time in Luzerne Co, Nescopeck Twp. Among taxables in 1790 were names like Henry, Casper, John and Adam, familar names in Western Pennsylvania, also Jacob,& Henry Hepler, a little later Henry & George Daubenspeck. This confirms the tradition of descendants of Christian Hepler that the Hepler's came to Luzerne Co. A part of Jacob Hepler's large family was recorded in this county in the 1790 census. There were two boys over 16 years old, Christian age 20 & Daniel age 18 years, five under 16 and one girl.

Jacob had evidently traveled ahead to Allegheny Co., bringing with him 2 boys under 16 and 4 girls, making a family of 7 boys and 5 girls. In 1792 Jacob helped in the defense of the frontier against the Indians. In 1796,he began improvement on his tract of land in Buffalo Twp., northeast of the Allegheny river, on April 7, 1797 He began his improvement in July of 1796. He had the land surveyed in 1802, found that James McCoy had a warrent for the same land dated February 23 1794. Do not know how the affair was settled, but Jacob was living on this tract or part of it at the time of his death.
Jacob Hepler lived on this land in Armstrong Co. He perhaps was permitted to keep the part he had improved by 1802. In 1807 Frederick Shoop had 416 acres of James McCoy's land surveyed and encountered the same opposition as Jacob Hepler, but through some arrangement Frederick Shoop sold this land to the Harmons, Lunberrys and Blains Inc., including a portion of land occupied by Jacob Hepler. Buffalo Township became a part of Sugar Creek Township later. Jacob & Elizabeth are buried in the Wilson cemetery below White Oak Cemetery in now Butler County. A new tombstone was erected in 1941. A new Government tombstone thatwas also erected at that time, states that Jacob was a pvt. in the 4th Pa BN PA MIL REV WAR
I am proud to know that he was my fifth great grandfather. My DAR ancestor.
info from Avice Hepler Morgan
From Arthur Hepler :
George Jacob Hepler sailed with his parents (Casper & Susanna Schieble Hoeppler(Hepler) to America from Rotterdam, Holland. He arrived in Philadelphia, PA on Sept. 16, 1748 aboard the Ship ", PATIENCE" along with his father, mother, and younger brother Christopher. He grew up in Northampton Co. about 10 miles South of Allentown, PA Jacob was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He was a private in the 4th Battalion, PA Militia under Colonel Seigfried at Bethlehem, PA, part of General Israel Putman's Brigade. The man who made famous the saying "Don't shoot till you see the whites of their eyes". After the war he sold his portion of the land inherited from his father to his brother. Jacob and Henry Hepler were included in a 1796 list of taxables in Nescopeck Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. About 1797 Jacob with his family moved to the Barren Run Area of South Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA The Direct Tax of 1798 records Jacob Hepler as living in South Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA At that time he was living on a place of 343 acres with a house (17X17) and barn (40X25). 202 acres of this land was owned by Samuel Rule and 141 acres was owned by Thomas Shields. In 1798 Jacob’s neighbors were Henry Hoffman and George Sherbondy. Henry Hoffman died in 1802. Henry Hoffman's Will specified that the sale of his farm was to be used to build a church. A few years later the First Brick Church in Western, PA was built on the Henry Hoffman land patent and dedicated in 1813. The present Hoffman Church, built in 1866 was located not far from this first brick church. Rules’s and Shield’s lands laid some what northeast and southeast of Hoffman’s. This information places our Jacob Hepler in 1798 residing within an eastern 1 mile radius of the present Hoffman Church, most likely along the Barren Run Road. The 1800 census showed Jacob (last name spelled Helper), his wife, three sons, and two daughters living in South Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA, probably at the same 1798 location. About 1802/03 Jacob left his four younger sons in Westmoreland Co. and removed to Sugar Creek Twp., Armstrong Co., PA where his older son Jacob Jr., had settled. Jacob remained in the Sugar Creek Twp. area of Armstrong Co., PA until his death in 1808. Jacob and Elizabeth are buried at Wilson Cemetery, Donegal Twp.. Butler Co., PA The Wilson Cemetery is in the woods behind the White Oak Cemetery which is in Fairview Twp., Butler Co., PA. The township lines cut through the area between the White Oak cemetery and the Wilson cemetery.


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  • Created by: Leanne Keefer Bechdel
  • Added: 13 Feb 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10467218
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Jacob Hepler (29 Jun 1744–1808), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10467218, citing Wilson Cemetery, Kepples Corners, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Leanne Keefer Bechdel (contributor 46601597) .