John Peter Van Bibber

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 17 Mar 1820 (aged 86)
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 112780190 · View Source
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The VanBibber family originated in Germany, on the banks of the Rhine, not far from the ancient city of Matz. John's grandfather Isaac VanBiber was the imigrant. John VanBibber was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania about 1733. He was the son of Peter VanBibber and Anna Gooding. Seeking a suitable place to settle, John had wandered over much of the eastern wilderness from Pennsylvania to Tennessee Through some misadventure, he lost his way & all his possessions including his survive-or-die flintlock rifle. Just about to give up in despair, Van Bibber spotted smoke curling skyward from what could only have been a chimney. Charging through the underbrush, he found a pioneer cabin which was little more than a lean-to. Whooping & hollering, he greeted the inhabitant, who welcomed him only as a lonely, hospitable man could do. The man introduced himself as Dan Boone, who fed & boarded Van Bibber, beginning a friendship lasting for decades.

After staying for a time, Van Bibber felt he must take his leave. Boone loaded him up with light trail food and against his protests, one of Boone's prized flintlocks. It was a beautiful piece, with carved wood stock & fancy brass plating, plus a silver sight made by gunsmith, Michael Kimberlin, of whom research disappointingly fails to turn up any record. John later passed the now-famous Van Bibber rifle to his nephew, through his brother Peter. Mathias, the nephew, who was reputed to have been one of the first sheriffs of Kanawha County, scratched his own monogram in the brass stock plate.

John and his brother Peter were living in Botetourt County, Virginia as early as 1770. John built a cabin on the banks of Crooked Creek at the base of Fisher's Hill. In the pension of James, son of Peter, born 1766, he said they moved to a settlement on Crooked Creek before he could recollect, and lived there many years, until about 1783, then moved to Greenbrier County. John VanBibber and his brothers Peter and Isaac were with General Lewis at Point Pleasant in 1774.

John married Chlorinda (Chloe) Standifer. They had seven children. The eldest, Chloe, married Jesse Boone, son of Danile Boone. Rhoda, the second, was killed by Indians at Point Pleasant. Next was James, who married Lois Reynolds and moved to Catlettsburg, Kentucky where he died. Miriam married John Reynolds, once the high sheriff of Kanawha County. Hannah married Goodrich Slaughter of Culpepper County, moved with him to Missouri in 1827 and died in Palmyra in 1832. Margery married Colonel Andrew Donnally Jr. All these children were born in Botetourt County before John moved to Point Pleasant.

John died in Charleston, Virginia on March 17, 1820. His estate was appraised on November 12, 1821. The estate was divided between his living children, Col. Andrew Donnally, husband of Marjory VanBibber, James VanBibber, Hannah VanBibber Slaughter, representatives of Chloe VanBibber Boone and Miriam VanBibber Reynolds. John's wife Chloe must have died before him, because she didn't share in the estate. The location of John's grave is unknown, but must be in or near Charleston, which is now in West Virginia.


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