March 24, 1914 – Tuesday – Reading Eagle – CIVIL WAR MAN WRITES HIS OWN OBITUARY – George W. Reber Left Information in Letter to be Opened on the Day of His Death.
George W. Reber, a veteran of the Civil War died of old age and debility at his residence 639 South 18 ½ Street, late Monday afternoon written shortly before he became blind several years ago, which when opened proved to be his obituary notice. The letter states:
East Reading April 4, 1914 - “I George W. Reber wrote this for future reference. I was born in Orwigsburg July 11, 1835 the son of George and Mary Reber. I was married to Annetta Auchenbach December 4, 1854 and had with her 10 children in 20 years and 8 months, five of whom are in heaven. The remaining are Rev. John E. Reber Morrisville, Bucks County, Mrs. John M. Brown Schuylkill Haven, George W. New York, Lillie Murray Conshocken, Harry A. Reber Schuylkill Haven. I was married again to Lillie K. Bentz, a soldier’s widow October 14, 1882 at Reading, Pennsylvania. My occupation was a boat builder and house carpenter and became a member of the Evangelical Church in 1848.
George W. Reber
George W. Reber is son of George & Maria/Mary Ruchy Reber; grandson of George & Elizabeth Miller; great grandson of Johannes & Catharina Smith; great great grandson of Johanna Leonhardt & Anna Margaretha Klein Reber.
Submitted by Cheryl A. Wiscount - Schuylkill Co., PA a Schuylkill Co. Reber descendant