Charles August Giebner

Charles August Giebner

Death 26 Nov 1834 (aged 78)
Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Sandy Lake, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 26139668 · View Source
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Charles (aka Carl) was born in Loebitz, Germany to Johann Ernst and Anne Elizabeth Giebner. His father was a Royal and County Forestmaster for Grossosterhausen and died on December 5. 1758 at the age of 36y 7m 3w 2d. Charles was less than three years old at the time.

From John Helmut Mertz (well known historian on Hessians), it was learned "Charles was brought over as a member of the German auxiliary troops of King George III to fight against the American rebels. He was a Corporal in the famous Hessen-Kassel Chasseur Corps (Jaeger), whose leader was Captain Johann Ewald, who wrote a diary which was translated and published in America by the Yale University Press, titled ‘Diary of the American War, a Hessian Journal."

From Mr. Mertz, it was also learned Charles deserted from his unit in June 1781 and that according to the time table the Chasseur Corps was divided up in several locations in June of 1781. Some units were employed in action in Virginia; some others were engaged around New York and it was not stated in his files where Charles escaped. It has been reported that he then fought for George Washington, but have not been able to prove it yet.

In the 1790 census, Charles is listed with a wife and one child in South Huntington Twp., Westmoreland County, PA. He is also listed on the 1798 Direct Tax for Westmoreland Co., PA.

In 1800, he is residing in Mercer County, PA with a wife and four children, where he remained the rest of his life.

Charles and his wife Jane, last name unknown but may be West, had seven children. Two sons, Jacob and John E. were born before 1790 and nothing further is known about them. The family also consisted of Polly (AKA Mary), twins – Augustus and William, Valentine C. and Samuel.

Charles, Augustus and William all fought in the War of 1812. It has been said that Charles returned with Blackrock fever contracted in camp and from which his wife Jane died subsequently on February 20, 1814. Sometime after that, he married Suzanne Wooden. From that marriage, Elizabeth was born in 1819.

Charles died on November 26, 1834 at the age of 78 years. He is buried in Yankee Hill Cemetery as are Jane and Suzanne. Several times this writer visited Yankee Hill Cemetery and was only able to find Jane's monument. One time I was able to find and uncover Charles' monument. The stone is hard to read from the picture, but a rubbing was also done. Unfortunately this cemetery is not being maintained.

The writer in April of 2008 was accepted as a member of the First Families of Western Pennsylvania for Charles August and Augustus Giebner.

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Charles A. Giebner came about 1804, and located on a farm about a mile from where his son, William Giebner, now lives. Mr. Giebner brought his family from Westmoreland county, and had seven children with him, all of whom were born previous to 1800, except the youngest, Samuel, who was born August 13th, 1800. His sons were William, Jacob, John, and Samuel. The family came on horseback from Westmoreland county, carrying all their goods and provisions on pack saddles, and putting the children in sacks and slinging them across the horses, with a child in each end of the sack. Carriages and wagons were unknown to them, and the only roads were blazed paths through the wilderness. Coupled with these disadvantages, was a constant fear of wild beasts, and possibly some prowling band of savages, as occasionally, in remote districts, the latter made inroads, and committed great depredations. However, the family arrived safely at its destination and prospered in its new home. Of the children, William and Augustus are twins, and the latter-named gentleman is now living in Worth township. These two and their father were out in the War of 1812.

William Giebner bought fifty acres of land of his father, and put up a cabin, and afterward sold it to a Mr. Fowler. He subsequently bought the place, where he now lives, of Henry Baldwin and Stephen Barlow, who were agents for the State, and held titles to a great portion of the land in Mercer and adjoining counties.

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Charles A. Giebner
d Nov 26, 1834
age 78y

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