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I think I solved the MYSTERY

I think I solved the MYSTERY

Jaylene Lineberry (View posts)
Posted: 1117938111000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1125499674000
Surnames: Lineberry
Ok well now that I have your attention I hope to help you and I put the pieces together. Over the past 5 years I have been attempting to link my family into the Lineberry Lineage. At first I figured that I had to some how been connected to this 1750's Jacob that came from Germany. However I could barely link grandfather Sherman Lineberry into the mix.

After some years from my very amateur post in 2000 I received some help from a distant cousin named Steve Gillett. He gave me the boost I needed at least to start the puzzle. As it seemed at this point of my research there was a man named Abram/Abraham that lead a wagon train from North Carolina thru migration paths in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. The myth which I found in story form in a Cumberland County History book on him and a family chart complied in1972 by a Rogene Lineberry. It again stated that the name was changed and that it was from Germany also that Abram and most of the family too was from North Carolina.

Now that the door at least going back this far was open I could try to link it to the infamous "JACOB". Wrong! Nothing is what I found. Except for some very incomplete and partial guess charts online Abram seemed to of hatched. I continue with my research and was able to at least start to support that this migration did take place however almost another 3 years have passed with no luck.

Even with traveling to Illinois, and visiting the Toledo Archives I was unable to prove anything but the fact that this man did die and he had the tombstone to prove it but that there was even more questions forming. The idea of Jacob Sr coming from Germany bothered me. It seemed without thoroughly researching everyone’s work that there was lost of confusion on these NC, Jacobs and who was who let alone which one was the oldest and if he was the first to arrive. I started to match up dates of all Lineberry that were known around my "Abram's" age. Again it was looking as if this man if connected should connect and rather easily, expect ally if this "MYTH" of wagon trail etc was true.

Now to just fill you in on some of the facts / idea that at this time was floating in my head. I figured that this NC Jacob was not the first to arrive or if he was that he had come with a brother or other family maybe another male. Now I couldn't prove or disprove it but the thought of a plantation and a wagon train across west terriority and these myths seemed to well thought out to not have a hint of some truth. (Oh Plantation you ask?... Yes another one of the facts/myths was that he was heir to a plantation with brothers and possible due to the civil war and family disputes gave up his rights and got out of dodge if you know what I mean) Now the incomplete charts stated that Abram/Abraham's father was a John Lineberry m. to a possible Molly Lineberry and folks that was it!

Now a little upgrade on my history these last few years. I currently work for the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library as a Genealogist/Librarian. This pasted week I just finished attending NGS 2005 GENTECH in Nashville. Which for those that aren't familiar, these is the National Genealogical Society's Genealogist Conference for the United States. Here scholars and professional gather to teach everyone how to research etc.

Well I believe I DID LEARN SOMETHING! :)

At lunch I decided to stop into the States Archives and Library and poke around a bit before the conference was over and I had to return home. I live other 45 mins away from the Nashville Library but you know the closer it is the less likely you are to actually visit. Well...... (Catches her breath) Now that I have talked your ear off I am going to explain in detail what I found and why I think that I might with definitely more research solve the Mystery of All LINEBERRY'S.

Now where to start… Ok first let me explain how I found what I believe to be the jewel of all jewels. Now I was walking thru the family history isle and found myself a bit lost. I happened to start shelf-reading the books and saw that I was in a very large collection of books on Virginia. Now something caught my eye. It was a 1780-90 something tax list/census book on heads of households in Virginia. Since this was claiming to be an early census prior to the Federal 1790 and a tax list I couldn’t help but seek a peek in the index. And to my surprise I found two men Peter and John with lots of livestock living at ripe old ages. Now the catch was that the name was not Lineberry but Lionberger. This didn’t stop me however from poking about some more. As researchers we all know and or have seen Lineberry spelt many different and very wrong ways. Now the idea of a John with a similar last name and wealth not to far from North Carolina keep my attention. A valuable piece of information stated in the book was that they lived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

So I searched the racks more and more till I found that portion of their collection and two hours later and a pile of books in the walk way with my nose stuck deep in them I found family records and history’s that you wouldn’t believe. Including a brother “Jacob” and parents going back to Germany. The wonderful thing was this John did have a child named Abraham and he owned a PLANTATION. My story came together but I believe that all the raw data I am still reading and shifting through will help many many connect and correct there stories too. Now something to keep in mind if you attempt to search as I did and find more cause I will be honest once you see some of what I found you will want to look more; keep in mind that in the early 18th century and 19th century states and counties were forming and changing. Something I learned was that records usually created in one spot aren’t always in the place you think of. Such as this Shenandoah Valley was called many different things over the years that our ancestors lived there. Keep in mind this and try to as I am now doing study the land and time and history as I found the area I speak of is now considered to be Page/Orange/a few other county lines.

Well enough of me lecturing, sorry it’s my job coming out of me. I am going to create a new reply off of my own with replication of the details and stories, one in particular that I think will put all this in to light.

John W. Wayland, Ph.D "A History of Shenandoah County Virginia,1927

Jaylene Lineberry (View posts)
Posted: 1117939158000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Lineberry, Lineberger, Lionberger, Leyenberger, Stover, Kauffman, Boyer, Huffman, Printz, Almond, Broaddus, Botts, Hite, Herschberger, Long, Hockman, Grove, Edge, Mauck, Brubaker, Wolfensberger, Skidnow, Yates
A History of Shenandoah County Virginia , by John W. Wayland, Ph. D. ,1927

Page 706 Top of the page Title “SKETCH of The Lineberger Family

(Originally spelled Leyenberger, but now spelled by one branch of the family as Lineberger and by others as Lionberger).
Upon request of relatives and friends, I will try to write a sketch of the Lineberger family, the facts that I will give being based on information I have at hand, together with my own personal knowledge of the family.
My great-grandfather, John Lineberger, lived in the Hawks Bill Valley, known as Shenandoah County, Virginia, now as Page County. His father Jean Leyenberger (he changed the spelling of the name soon after arriving) came to Virginia from Alsace-Lorraine early in the eighteenth century, with other colonist from the same section, and took up all the land from Grove’s Mill to the Graves’ land, then a veritable wilderness. The Indians were so hostile that the family had to abandon their newly acquired lands for awhile. It is believed that they went to North Carolina, and returned later. John’s brothers, Peter and Louis are supposed to have remained in North Carolina, this supposition being based on the fact that there are a similarly (Lineberger). There were two sisters, Barbara, who married a Stover, and Mary, who married a Kauffman.
The Lineberger family is of Alsatian or Lorraine descent, a mixture of French and German blood sometimes referred to at the time the family came to America as Palatines, but of then French nationality. John Lineberger was American born, or came to this country when quite young. He became lost with a friend, once when a boy, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and they were compelled to stay out all night. In wandering during the night they came upon ground that glittered brilliantly; each secured a specimen, which proved to be nuggets of silver. All efforts to afterwards locate this spot were futile. He was married three times and became the father of seventeen children. He died in 1815. His first wife was Barbara Boyer, to which union were born two children, David and Barbara. David lived on the Hawks Bill at what is known as the Joseph Huffman farm, now owned by his son, W. D. Huffman. David because the father of six children His two sons Isaac and John, lived in Luray, Virginia. John Lineberger, whose name sometimes appears as “Lionberger,” conducted a large mercantile business in the large brick building on West Main Street, now owned by ex-sheriff Rosser. He was in my boyhood well remembered by many of the older citizens of Page County. The building in which this business was conducted was erected by John and Isaac. Later John went to Booneville, Missouri where some of his descendants are now living. He had four daughters, Nancy Lincoln, the mother of Angeline Printz, wife of Lorenzo Printz, also Josephine Stover; Barbara Almond, the wife of Emanuel Almond, of Luray, who is well remembered by our middle-citizens; Isabel Broaddus, wife of Rev. Andrew Broaddus, the father of the later lamented A. Broaddus of Luray; and Sally Botts, of whom we have lost trace.

Page 707

John Lineberger’s second wife was Barbara Stover , a descendant of Jacob Stover of Stove’s Town, now named Strasburg—after his birthplace, to which union was born three children, John, Peter and Susanne. This family all went west early in the eighteenth century and their descendants are scattered throughout the western states, particularly Tennessee, and some as far west as Texas, so I have heard. Susanne lived in Ohio and married a man by the name of Hite, a descendant of Baron Joist Hite, the Pioneer and first settler of the Shenandoah Valley.
John’s third wife was Barbara Herschberger, the result of this union being eleven children; four sons and three daughters lived to an old age and reared large families. The remainder of the eleven children died when quite young. Samuel Lineberger, or Lionberger, as the name began to be spelled in Virginia, was the oldest of the family and lived on the adjoining farm to the southward, known as the Rev. John Huffman farm, now owned by his son Charles S. Huffman. Abram lived to the westward just across the creek on the farm now owned by the late Rev. Samuel Spitler’s widow. Joseph lived on the adjoining farm to the northward of Abraham’s place; know as the Reuben Long place, now owned by his son, W.J. Long. Samuel Lionberger (or Lineberger) was born in 1790; died 1868. He married Susan Hockman near Kimball, Page County, Virginia, who died about the year 1850. To this union five sons and four daughters were born, whom I will mention later.
Abraham, the second son of John Lineberger, married Anna Koontz. He was the father of eight children, tow sons and six daughters. He left this country and went to Hancock County, Illinois, in 1838 and later to California, where he died in 1868. His wife died in 1860.
Joseph, the third son, was born in 1794. His wife was Esther Bruner. To this union were born five sons and three daughters. Joseph Lionberger—as this branch of the family had now changed the spelling of the name—with his eight children and son-in-law, Jacob Grove, brother of the later Joseph Grove, left this country for the wild west in a covered wagon in the year 1835. They landed in Hancock County, Illinois, after many long weeks travel, and were among the early settlers of that country. He died in 1868; his wife in 1865. Rebecca Grove, daughter of Joseph, is the only one of the family now living, and who should be credited with the greater part of this information. Her brother John W. Lionberger, grew up with that country and became a very noted man. He was correspondent for the county paper for nearly a quarter of a century; he contributed to its columns under the nom de plume of “Plow-Boy.” He held the office of justice of the peace for over twenty-five years; he was also supervisor and taught school for a while. He wrote a partial history of his life, and died at his home in La. Crosse, Illinois, February 10th, 1902.

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The fourth son, Jacob Lionberger, was united in marriage to Elizabeth Edge, to which union two sons and four daughters were born, He, also, with his family, went west and died in 1887; his wife died in 1864. He has one son living, whose name is Silas. The four brothers’ sisters were Mary Grove, Polly Mauck and Leah Brubaker. Mary Grove was the mother of John Grove, father of J.P. Grove, now living on the Hawks Bill. Polly Mauck was the mother of our venerable Robert Mauck; Leah Brubaker lived in Ohio.
We now go back to Samuel Lionberger’s children. His oldest son John, went to Crawford County, Illinois, and married Susanne Hite’s daughter, a cousin of his, for his first wife (his second wife’s name is not known) and reared a large family. David married Emily Skidnow, of West Virginia; to which union were born tow sons and three daughters. In his early life he lived in this country, three miles north of Luray, near what is now known as Sandy Hook; later he went to Champaign, Illinois, where his descendants are now living. Jacob went to Weatherford, Texas and married a wealthy lady by the name of Wolfensberger. He was a school teacher. He has one son living, whose name is John M. Lionberger and who is married and living in Weatherford. William also went west and married a lady by the name of Graves; later he went to Fort Worth, Texas, where he died in 1897. He has one son living whose name is Melville. Samuel J. Lionberger, the youngest, lived on the old homestead, which remains in the family to this day. He was united in marriage to Susan H. Huffman, who is now living at the age of 66 years, in the year 1850, to which union was born three sons and eight daughters. Six members of this family live within a radius of three miles of the old pre-revolutionary homestead; one son in Greensboro, N.C., two daughters in Cooper County, Missouri, and tow daughters are dead.
The four daughters of Samuel Lionberger are Nancy Huffman, wife of Rev. John Huffman, Susan Yates, now living, wife of Slaughter Yates, of Culpeper, Va., Sarah Hite, now living, wife of Jacob R. Hite, of Marksville, this county, and Mary Anne, who died when young.
With all the generations of Lionbergers born in Virginia, there are but two families now living in the state that are known by this name.

Luray, Va., Feb. 27th 1905

The foregoing sketch was supplied for this work by Hon. Walter F. Lineberger, M. C., who represents the 9th district of California. The latter’s wife was Florence Elizabeth Hite, great-great-great-granddaughter of Joist Hite, and a great-granddaughter of Major Isaac Hite of Belle Grove.
Hon. And Mrs. Lineberger were married at Los Angeles, June 16, 1909. They have four children: Elizabeth, born 1911; Walter Franklin, Jr., born 1913; Janet Hite,

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born 1918; and Anne Lorraine, 1920. The families of Lineberger and Hite have intermarried for many generations in the Valley of Virginia. It is also a remarkable coincidence that they immigrated to America from the same locality in Alsace, about 200 years ago.

End Sketch


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John Lionberger, Senior's Will Abstract (Linking Abraham)

Jaylene Lineberry (View posts)
Posted: 1117939719000
Classification: Will
Surnames: Lineberry, Lineberger, Lionberger, Leyenberger
Virginia Deed Books I, K, L 1792-1799 in Shenandoah County by, Amelia C. Gilreath 1989

Page 135 second abstract down

Will Book I - page 416

JOHN LIONBERGER, SENIOR, Shenandoah County. Wife: Barbara. Four sons: Samuel: Abraham; Joseph and Jacob - the plantation whereon I now live equally divided amongst them after Jacob arrives of lawful age. Daus: Mary; Leak; Magdalene; Barbara; Susannah; Rebecca. Mentions: David and Peter, heirs of son, John. Also, leaves his Black Smith tooks to his four sons.
Exors: William Marye and William Almond
Wit: Ambrose Booten, John Whiting and William Mourer
Dated 15 Jan. 1813 Proved 11 Sept. 1815

Re: John W. Wayland, Ph.D "A History of Shenandoah County Virginia,1927

Posted: 1197004180000
Classification: Query
AH hah, MY Little deary but how wrong you are.I am from a line of lineberry's that have kept a very detailed history of our family roots all the way back the the rhine river in Germany
in the year 1292 ( but your clue of the day is_?

The lineberry's that settled at the base of pilot mountain in North Carolina holds the key for what you seek. Other clues to show that your way is true are, 5 brothers in all,a set of twins,will verify a sign. WWII came before then, and a tale from wars that they fought before then. And when you reach a place across the sea the "wine" on the Rhine will tell you this is he

Re: John W. Wayland, Ph.D "A History of Shenandoah County Virginia,1927

Posted: 1241366649000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Lineberry
I am researching my husband's g.g.grandfather Daniel G. Lineberry b.1801 in Wadesboro, NC married to Mary Jane James. I cannot find who his parents are or where he was born. Can you help me or point me in the right direction.

Re: John W. Wayland, Ph.D "A History of Shenandoah County Virginia,1927

Posted: 1268773198000
Classification: Query
Your response to Jalene's wild speculations are correct. Her Abram (and mine) is the grandson of Jacob and Catherine Elizabeth Lineberry. If you have data on Jacob Lineberry's ancestry back in Germany, I would like to visit with you. Also, I'm looking for clarification on Catherine Elizabeth's indian heritage.

Give me a shout at


Re: John W. Wayland, Ph.D "A History of Shenandoah County Virginia,1927

Posted: 1307570746000
Classification: Query
Did you find any information on Catherine Elizabeth's Indian heritage? Thanks. A 5th or 6th generation descendent! Joyce

Re: I think this monkey wrench doesn't help your theory

Posted: 1382408854000
Classification: Query
This is a little from Jacobs great,great,great,grandson that throws a monkey wrench into your theory. Okay, we'll start then, in 1752. Jacob Lineberry and his wife and two children, William and Jacob Jr, settled in Randolph County, North Carolina. They were farmers and I suppose that was about the only industry going then was farming support themselves. And of course, like every children, grew up. This Jacob married and raised a large family. I have in some of my papers the names of his children. This Jacob Jr eventually was an old Revolutionary War Veteran. At one time he was at home and saw this detachment of British soldiers led by some infamous British officer that was known for his murderous acts and, of course, Jacob Jr saw him coming and ran on an hid. His wife had baked for a large cake of corn bread and it was hot and very odorous, pleasant to the masculine appetite. She wrapped it in some clothing of some kind and hid it in the chest. The officer came in...through it and they got it and they ate it themselves. Of course, they could find no men folk there and they went on. But Jacob Jr could have easily killed this British officer but knew that he would massacre the whole family had he chosen to do so. (see page 3-4 of W.S. Lineberry's book The Lineberry Family for story where Leonard probably originally heard of this incident).
Of course after the war settled and people began to go on about their business because this old man made his will, I have a copy of it in my papers, in I believe it was 1821 and the name was different than what we have it as today. It was kind of a jaw breaker in German and this is what they come out with, Lineberry. And, of course, that's been the family name since. Many, many Lineberry families started to North Carolina and various other states in the United States and it is all one, all one family.
This Jacob had a son that was born about 1780 and around in this section of North Carolina there was quite a number, quite a large German settlement in there. And they still had in Winston Salem a whole, well guess you'd like it like a national museum consisting of the old houses and premises of those early dwellers dating to early 1800 and earlier. The old finishings and everything in there and beautiful furniture and other furnishings...even their ... and various things like old blacksmith shops and this and that and the other. Woodworking shops...
Well this Jacob Lineberry III married Elizabeth Fanning. She was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Fanning and no doubt they were from Randolph, North Carolina too and he was, he had gone to the end of the edge of Virginia in what was then Grayson County. Grayson County had just recently been cut off in Montgomery County in the year, I believe, 1796. The same year 1796 Jacob Fanning got up there and got a grant of land. You could go up there and buy all the land you wanted for 25 or 50 cents an acre. Rather than handle it, they had agents looking after their business in these locations and they lured to sell the land to get settlers in there, get their names on the actuaries. They would give them a land grant on a parchment about like a sheep skin. These parchment land grants were signed by the governor and dated and I'm sure this date was 1796.
Perhaps maybe that year or a year later, I'll say 1800 give or take and I'd think it'd be a year prior to 1800 this Jacob who married Elizabeth Fanning and no doubt after Jacob Fanning and his wife had both accompanied them up to Grayson County had come back to Randolph County, North Carolina and of course, Jacob Lineberry III and Elizabeth Fanning were married then and went back into Virginia probably 75 miles or maybe a little more up there into the edge of Virginia.

Re: I think I solved the MYSTERY

Posted: 1403593070000
Classification: Immigration
Edited: 1403593218000
Surnames: Layenberger, Leyenberger
Hello Jaylene. In researching my Lineberry roots I've been working from the following record of immigrants: or @U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Have you investigated this list which shows the father, Frantz Layenberger and Wife Layenberger, Elisabeth Quarter; Child Layenberger, Joh. Conrad; Child Layenberger, Maria Elisabetha; Child Layenberger, Joh. Georg; Child Layenberger, Maria Susanna; Child Layenberger, Nikolaus; Child Layenberger, Moritz; Child Layenberger, Joh. Jacob from Alsace arriving in Pennsylvania in 1739? As well as Johannes Leyenberger in 1739 from Alsace or @U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s?
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