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 John Grabeel

John Grabeel

Stadtkreis Brandenburg an der Havel, Brandenburg, Germany
Death 18 Dec 1820 (aged 69)
Lee County, Virginia, USA
Burial Rose Hill, Lee County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 93365903 · View Source
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5/19/17 This first source is in question as to whether or not Catherine Gochenour is the correct connection.
Source "History of The Decsendants of Jacob Gochenour," by Robert Evans & Dolores Carlson: In the Will of JACOB GOCHENOUR, JR.: ..."My daughter Catherine wife of John Crabill..." "Jacob Jr was born in Shenandoah County, VA, near Woodstock. He married ELIZABETH RHOADS/RHOADES, whose family lived near Luray, {Va} and in which half was massacred by Indians." Jacob and Elizabeth had the following children: Mary [m. George Fisher]; Elizabeth, the wife of George Howbert; Barbara, the wife of Phillip Bare; Ann, the wife of Jacob Fisher; Esther, the wife of David Stover; John; Catherine, the wife of JOHN CRABILL; Jacob; Magdalene, the wife of John Stover; Daniel; Rebecca, the wife of Henry Jordan; Joseph; and Shem/Shen/ Samuel. The will was made 13 Oct 1809, probated 13 Nov 1809. Jacob Gochenour/Cochenour/Caughenhour died 27 Oct 1809, Shenandoah Co., VA. 1785 Census: lived in an area from North Mountain to Massanutten including Mt. Olive, Toms Brook & adjacent portions of river.
1. Mary, m. John Ingle, [1807--aft 1880];
2. Elizabeth, m. Henry Fortner, [1782-1839];
3. Jacob, [1m. Mary Burkhardt, 2m. Jane Morton. 1784-1861];
4. John, m. Elizabeth, [1785-1850], & bought father's land;
5. Isaac, m. Nancy, [1788-?]
6. George, m. Elizabeth, [1789-?]
7. Catherine "Katie" J., m. John M. McCloud,[1792-1852];
8. Susan, m. John Thomas, likely a son of Joseph [1794-1850].

Land and legal transactions traced backwards:
Hagan on Trading Creek, Lee County, VA: Catherine Graybill, assignee of Joseph Thomas, entered corner 20 acres of land 15 Dec 1820. Husband John Graybill died after 18 July 1818 (his last land transaction). (His children began selling their portions on 1 August 1820). 18 July 1818 (DBK 3-387): John Graybeel sold 165 acres on west side of Trading Creek to his son Jacob Graybeel of Knox Co., KY for $250. 23 April 1810 (OBK 1 197): John Graybill exempted from paying poll tax & county levy due to age & bodily infirmities. 29 March 1809 (OBK 1): John Graybill appointed Overseer of road from his branch to Joshua Ewing's branch & to receive a list of tithables from Matthew Campbell (courtroom of Matthew Campbell).

1807 Charlotte Co., VA was the birth year and place given for (and by) daughter Mary in the 1870 us Census.

7 Oct 1807 (DBK 2 130): John Graybill of Hawkins Co., TN, purchased 246 acres in Lee Co., VA on Trading Creek from Samuel Slaughter of Knox Co., KY. 9 Aug 1807 (DBK 10 69): John Graybeal of Hawkins Co., TN, conveyed 90 acres to George Kairnes of Hawkins Co. for $300.

26 Sept 1803 (DBK 4-45): John Graybeal of Patrick Co., VA purchased land in Hawkins Co., TN from John Harrison for $225. John Graybeal lived in Hawkins Co., TN from 1803-1807. John Greybeal of Patrick County, VA: "Lovills/Loving Creek (Now in Carroll County) USGS Mount Airy North 102, 197, 260, 305, 351 405, 562, 583, 595, 636, 670. Neighbors: George AILSWORTH; Hugh ARMSTRONG; Daniel BARNET; Mary, Dederick/Tederick EWES/YEWS; YOAST; John GREYBEAL; James HARRINGTON; William HICKINBOTTOM; Joseph JACKSON; Joseph Rea JOHNSON; Joseph JOHNSTON; Thomas MACE; Michael MCDEARMON; Eliphaz SHELTON; Merady SMITH; Thomas SUMNER; Jacob TABBERT/ TABBOTT; John WALTER/WALTERS; John YEATES/YATES alias SMITH."
Source: Places named in Deed Book 1 1791-1801 Compiled by Charles Leon Harris from Abstracts of Virginia Deed Book No. 1, 1791-1801 published by T.L.C. Genealogy

---Possibly, the following information belongs to "our" John, but needs to be proven: John Graybill in Montgomery County, VA: Land Grants 186 acres and 220 acres on back creek from William Ward; purchased 330 acres on Bradshaw's Creek.

(1784-5: Jacob Grabeel, son of John and Catherine, gave place of birth as Pennsylvania 1850 & 1860 Censuses; but LEE COUNTY DEATH RECORDS has Jacob Grabeel's place of birth as Botetourt Co., VA, which could put John, Catherine, and family in the following event: 12 May 1797: Botetourt County, Virginia John Graybill was granted a license to keep an ordinary at his house.

John Graybill's name appeared in Philadelphia spelled this way in 1765 and in early Lee County, Virginia land records. (Lee co. was formed in 1793).

"Botetourt County, Virginia" covered a very large area in 1770, which included western edge & tip of Virginia, the entire state we know as Kentucky, the southern almost half of West Virginia, 1/3 of Ohio, 3/4 of Indiana and nearly all of Illinois. (Research Botetourt County Descendant Counties for dates of formation and lineage).

"The following record appears in GERMAN PIONEERS by Strassburger, Vol I, page 708: List 256-At the Court House at Philadelphia Saturday the 21st day of September 1765. Present: Jacob Duche, Esq. The Foreigners whose names are underwritten imported in the SHIP MYRTILLA. Capt. James Caton, from London did this day take and subscribe the usual Qualifications. In the LIST 40 persons. Whole Freights about 70. Number of souls in all 81. (Consigned to Samuel Howell) pd 31 October 1765." "Johannes Krebiell" is named on the list."
Source: Early Settlers Lee County, VA,1977, Vol II, Chapter XXVIII, GRABEEL-KING-EAGER, p. 706.

Private John Grabeel fought in the American Revolutionary War and was paid in land grants and British pounds.

Legend: John Krehbiell was from an area or farm translated as "Crow's Hill" in Germany. When he settled in Virginia, he called it "Crow's Hill", but the English-speaking people around him called it "Rose Hill", dropping the heavy "K" sound at the beginning, as they did with his last name. Perhaps they thought Rose Hill was appropriate for the area due to the wild roses.--as told by Fitzhugh Grabeel in about 1990.

One descendant provided the following information, [I have not proven this, but connects(4) John of this memorial]: "Jost Krayenbuhl, died in prison because of Ana Baptist beliefs... Jost [Krayenbuhl was a] brother of (1.) Michael Krehbiel who m. Anna Wehl; (2) Jakob Krehbiel; (3) Christian Graybeel; (4) John Hannes Grabeel-d. Lee Co., VA; (5) Jacob Grabeel-d. Lee Co., VA.; (6) Andrew J. Graybill; (7) Sarah Nancy 'Nannie" Grabill..."

THANKS to "Jennifer" for the information on Oct 2, 2015: "I do have 18 Dec 1820 Lee County, Virginia as his date of death but not a firm birth date, which is roughly 1750 in Germany. I have his name as two different spellings. In Royal Peerage he is listed at John Grabeel Grabill and his Father was Christian Grabeel." "I have John's name on his birth certificate as Johann Christian Grebel b. 10 Mar 1751 in Bradenburg, Bradenburg, Preuben, Germany to Christian Grabel and Dorothea Elisabeth Schultzin. FHL microfilm 492,695 from the "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database.

"His spouse was Catherine Gouchenour, her father was Jacob Gouchenour and mother Elizabeth Rhodes. His first spouse was Hannah, don't have a last name, but they did not have children." POSSIBLE NEW INFORMATION. THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN THE NEAR FUTURE, DUE TO DNA TESTING. 8/7/2016.

Factual information with sources and family legends are welcome. Updated 2 Oct 2015

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