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We are researching Jacob Ebersole, who named daughter Mary, spouse of Shristian Stoner, in his 1828 will in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County. There were potentially four Jacob Ebersole families living in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at the same time, so their notes might be incorrectly mixed together below. Deeds often identify adjacent landowners, which helps to identify specific pieces of land. Census and tax records are difficult to distinguish, although neighboring families can sometimes be inferred from census listings. The four likely residents of Donegal Twp in 1785 were: father Jacob (1724-1785) with wife Frances Veronica and son Jacob Ebersole (1756-1828) with wife Fronica Melllinger and also father Jacob Ebersole (1715-1790) and son Jacob (1753-?) with wife Barbara Good.

c 1756 Conoy Twp, which is adjacent to Donegal Twp, was listed as Jacob Ebersole's place of birth, circa 1756, by some genealogy researchers. If Jacob Ebersole is the freeman on the 1773 tax list, below, then he might have been age 21 at that time, suggesting that he might have been born about 1752. Article 3 of the Pennsylvania Constitution gave voting rights to freemen over the age of 21, if they had paid taxes for two years prior. [1][2][3]

1757-59 Fronica Mellinger's birthdate has been reported as 9 October 1757 or as 15 January 1759. [4][5]

c 1760 Jacob Ebersole was born about this time in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. [6]

1771 Jacob [Ebersole] Eversaal Jr was taxed in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County for 150 acres, 3 horses, and 2 cattle. Jacob Eversole was taxed for 140 acres, 2 horses, and 3 cattle. [7]

1772 Jacob [Ebersole] Eversole Jr was taxed in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County for 150 acres, 3 horses, and 2 cattle. Jacob Eversole was taxed for 140 acres, 2 horses, and 3 cattle. [8]

1773 Jacob [Ebersole] Eversol Jr was taxed in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County for 300 acres, 3 horses, and 4 cattle. Jacob Eavisser was taxed for 100 acres, 2 horses, and 3 cattle. Jacob Ebersole was taxed as a freeman. [9][10]

1774 Abraham Stauffer sold land to Jacob Ebersole, of Donegal. [11]

1779 Jacob Eversold was listed three times, once over John crossed out, on the Pennsylvania septennial census for Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. [12]

1779 The name Jacob Ebersole [Eversole] appeared three times on the tax list in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for 100, 200, and 100 acres. There were two listings for John Eversole as a freeman. [13]

1782 The name Jacob Ebersole [Eversole] appeared three times on the tax list of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County. An entry with 183 acres has the notation "bigg", an entry with 80 acres has the notation "smith" and the third entry with 267 acres has no modifier. John Eversole with 236 acres was also listed. [14]

1785 Jacob Ebersole, perhaps this one at age about 25-30, was listed in the muster roll of Captain John Bishop's Company in Lancaster County in the spring of 1785. The name appeared twice, as fifth class and as seventh class. [15]

c1785 Jacob Ebersole and Veronica Mellinger were married, perhaps about this time. [16][17]

1786 John Ebersole, Jacob Ebersole Junior, Martin Ebersole, Jacob Ebersole (smith), John Ebersole, Jacob Ebersole, and Christian Ebersole were listed in the Pennsylvania Septennial census of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. [18]

1786 Three adjacent tracts of land, labeled on this map by the original warranters named Samuel Black and David Gilson and by a symbol of three concentric circles, which was called "Black Oak Ridge", were owned by Jacob Ebersole. The will of Jacob, born 1724 suggests that he owned two of them, at least, before he died. Abraham Stoner settled on the Susquehanna River (next to the letters NN) south of the tracts owned by Jacob Ebersole's family. Their daughter Mary Ebersole came to marry Abraham Stoner's son, Christian Stoner, sometime before 1810. Photocopy,  Map of landowners near Abraham Stoner's warrant in Donegal (Conoy), Lancaster County.

1787 On 9 March, Jacob Ebersole's brothers settled their father Jacob's estate in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, according to intestate law. John Ebersole and Elizabeth his wife, Christian Ebersole and Magdalena his wife, Martin Ebersole and Barbara his wife, and Daniel Ebersole sold their shares of the estate to Jacob Ebersole, all of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The land had been patented to their father Jacob, deceased, by Thomas and Richard Penn, proprieters of Pennsylvania. Two tracts were described: 285 acres on 1 June 1761 [19] and 76 acres on 25 Sept 1770 [20]. [21]

1790 Three Jacob Ebersole [Eversole] households were listed in Donegal Twp by the US census. One had 1 male over age 16, 1 male under age 16, and 2 females with adjacent listings for Martin, John, and Christian Eversole and John Kauffman. Other nearby listings included Christian Good and Jacob Mumma, which names appear in the 1800 census listing for Maytown. [22]

1790 Three Jacob Ebersole [Eversole] households were listed in Donegal Twp by the US census. One had 1 male over age 16, 3 males under age 16, and 3 female with adjacent listings for John and Christian Longnecker, Jacob Bassler, Martin and Timothy Winter, David and John Coble, and widow and Zachariah Moore. [23]

1790 Three Jacob Ebersole [Eversole] households were listed in Donegal Twp by the US census. One had 2 males over age 16, 1 male under age 16, and 1 female with adjacent listings for John Bowman, Jacob Schimpf, Henry Derr and John Bardebach. [24]

Jacob Ebersole was a deacon in the Mennonite Church [25] in the area of the Good Church before Good's church was erected [26].

1792 Land of Jacob Eaversol [Ebersole] was shown adjacent to land of Jacob Palmer, Peter Rhoot, and the heirs of Martin Haisley on a survey made on 1 November. [27]

1793 Daniel Ebersole, John Ebersole, Jacob Ebersole Senior, Martin Ebersole, Jacob Ebersole (smith), Jacob Ebersole, and Christian Ebersole were listed in the Pennsylvania Septennial census of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. [28]

1795 Benedict Mellinger's will in Manor Twp, Lancaster County was dated 17 Sep 1794 and named daughter Fronica wife of Jacob Ebersole. [29]

1798 Jacob, Daniel, Martin, Christian, John, and Benjamin Eversoal [Ebersole] each appeared once on the US direct tax list for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Jacob's one story stone dwelling, valued at $450, was 30 by 28 feet and had 4 windows with 12 lights on a 1/2 acre lot. Jacob Ebersole had a log barn, 40 by 20 feet, on 145 acres, valued at $1891.50. The tax was on a list for Donegal. [30][31]

1800 Widow Anna Ebersole lived in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Nearby listings included Christian Nisley, Martin Lindemuth, John Longnecker, Jacob Bosler, Henry Ebersole, Samuel Cooke, John Musselman, Christian Grove, Abraham Stouffer, Thomas Bailey. [32]

1800 Widow Anna Good lived in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Nearby listings included John and Christian Good, Laughlin Ferrer (see Jacob Ebersole 1801), Christian Bowman, Christian and John Ebersole, George Hogenberger (see Jacob Ebersole 1801), Christian Sherrer, John Brubaker, John Page, John Etter, Michael Brenneman, Henry and George Kipp, and Christian Newcomer. [33]

1800 Jacob Ebersole lived in Maytown, Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with males 2 age 10-15 (David and Jacob), 1 age 26-44 (himself) and females 2 age 0-10 (Elizabeth and Fannie), 1 age 10-15 (Mary) and 1 age 26-44 (wife Veronica)[34]. This census reported ages consistent with the reported birthdates given by other reserarchers. Mary's birthdate, which was unreported elsewhere, is assumed here to correspond to the female age 10-15. Jacob's likely brother, Martin Ebersole, was listed nearby as was John Kauffman. Brothers Christian and John were listed on the prior page. Abraham Stoner, attributed here as daughter Mary's future father-in-law, was listed nearby in the same township. Other nearby listings included Henry Tarr, John Stoutler, Martin Sweigart, Christopher Weaver, Henry Kendig, Adam Weyant, Jacob Brubaker, Michael and Jacob Bosler, and John McClure.

1800 Jacob Ebersole, John Ebersole, Martin Ebersole, Christian Ebersole, and Benjamin Ebersole were listed in the Pennsylvania Septennial census of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. [35]

1801 On 1 June, Jacob Ebersole of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County purchased land from Frederick Killbaugh [Gelbauch]. The land was adjacent to land of John Sharp deceased, Laughlin Ferree (see widow Good 1800 census), John Kauffman, Haughenberger (see widow Good 1800 census), Henry Derr, and John Jamison. [36]

1810 Several Ebersole [Eversol] families lived in Donegal Twp, Lancaster County with nearly adjacent listings: Jacob Ebersole with 0 male 0-10, 0 male 10-15, 1 male 16-25 (David or Jacob), 0 male 26-44, two males 45+ (Jacob and ?), 1 female 0-10 (Elizabeth), 0 female 10-15, 1 female 16-25 (Fannie), and 1 female 26-44 (Fronica?). John Ebersole with 1 male 0-10, 1 male 10-15, 0 male 16-25, 0 male 26-44, 1 male 45+; 2 female 0-10, 0 female 10-15, 1 female 16-25, 0 female 26-44, 0 female age 45+. David Ebersole with 0 male 0-10, 0 male 10-15, 1 male 16-25, 0 male 26-44, 0 male 45+; 1 female 0-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 16-25, 0 female 26-44, 0 female age 45+. Jacob Ebersole with 1 male 0-10, 0 male 10-15, 2 male 16-25, 0 male 26-44, 0 male 45+; 1 female 0-10, 0 female 10-15, 1 female 16-25, 0 female 26-44, 0 female age 45+. Jacob Ebersole with 0 male 0-10, 0 male 10-15, 1 male 16-25, 0 male 26-44, 1 male 45+; 0 female 0-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 16-25, 0 female 26-44, 1 female age 45+. [37]

1814 Jacob Ebersole (the elder) and his wife Frances (unclear if this is Jacob and Fronica or son-in-law Jacob and Fannie) of Donegal Twp sold land to Christian Stoner, perhaps Jacob's son-in-law. The 35 acres of land was next to land intended to be coveyed to Jacob Ebersole Jr and land of Jacob Weaver, Abraham Stoner, Bowman, and John Kauffman. Jacob Ebersole purchased the land from Frederick and Elizabeth Gelbaugh in 1801. [38][39]

1814 On 15 March, Jacob Ebersole (the elder) and his wife Frances of Donegal Twp sold land to Jacob Ebersole Jr. The land was next to land intended to be conveyed to David Ebersole and land of Henry B Grub, Jacob Weaver, Christian Stoner, Henry Derr, and John Kauffman. Jacob Ebersole jad purchased the land from Frederick and Elizabeth Gelbaugh in 1801. [40][41]

1814 On 15 March, Jacob Ebersole (the elder) and his wife Frances of Donegal Twp sold land to his son David Ebersole. Jacob Ebersol purchased the land from Frederick and Elizabeth Gelbaugh in 1801. [42][43]

1815 Jacob Ebersole Jr. was "deacon and trustee of the Mennonist Society when the first church house was built of logs in 1815." [44] Melchior Brenneman and wife Susanna, of Donegal Twp, sold land to Jacob Ebersole and Joseph Shenk, who were managers and trustees of the Menonist Society appointed to build a house of worship. [45][46]

1819 Jacob Ebersole [Ebersohl] witnessed the will of Abraham Martin in Donegal Twp. [47]

1820 Jacob Ebersole [Eversole] Senior lived in Donegal Twp with 2 males and 1 female age 45+. Eight others lived in the household. Two other Jacob Eversole families (possibly son and son-in-law) were listed on the same page but neither were over age 45. [48]

1822 Fronica Mellinger died. [49][50]

1827 On 8 December, Jacob Ebersole and Ephraim Shenk witnessed the will of Jacob Weaver, of Donegal Twp. [51]

1828 On 6 January, Jacob Ebersohl, of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County dated his will. The will named grand-daughter Veronica Etter (age under age 21, money to be paid by son Jacob Ebersohl) and his four living children: David Ebersohl, Jacob Ebersohl, Maria (the wife of C. Stoner), and Veronica (the wife of Jacob Ebersohl). Sons Daniel and Jacob were named as executors. Witnessed by Joseph Shenk, Jacob Shenk, and Eph[raim] Shenk. [52]

1828 On 1 [53] or 21 [54] February, Jacob Ebersole died at the age of 69 years.

Jacob and Fronica Ebersol were reported to be buried at the Stauffer Menonite Church Cemetery or in Rutherford Cemetery in Conoy Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania [55].

Footnotes:

[1] M. Carey and J. Bioren, Laws of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania Vol. 3 (1803), 395, [HathiTrust].

[2] M. Carey and J. Bioren, Laws of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania Vol. 6 (1803), 70, [HathiTrust].

[3] Robert A. Heilman, Jacob Ebersoll the Immigrant of 1763 and his Descendants (2008 Heritage Books), 2, [Google Book].

[4] Scott A. Mellinger and Philip T. Mellinger, "The Mollingers/Mellingers of the Cocalico Valley" Journal of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley 33 (2008), 11, person C142.

[5] Notes, "Mellinger," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 15 (January, 1992), 38.

[6] Charles E. Ebersol, The Ebersol families in America, 1727-1937 (1937), 25, person 3b, [HathiTrust], [Google Book].

[7] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 17 (Lancaster Taxables) (1897), 87, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[8] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 17 (Lancaster Taxables) (1897), 186, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[9] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 17 (Lancaster Taxables) (1897), 425, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[10] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 17 (Lancaster Taxables) (1897), 428, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[11] Meredith B. Colket, "The Stauffer-Stouffer (Stover) Family of Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 15 (1947), 216-258, at 254.

[12] Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863, 1779, Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, [Search Ancestry.com].

[13] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 17 (Lancaster Taxables) (1897), 518, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[14] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 17 (Lancaster Taxables) (1897), 857, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[15] Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume 3 (Muster Rolls Bedford-York) (1907), 622, [Google Book].

[16] Charles E. Ebersol, The Ebersol families in America, 1727-1937 (1937), 25, [HathiTrust], [Google Book].

[17] C. Mervin Mellinger, Some of the Descendants of Benedict Mellinger (1982), xviii, [Google Book].

[18] Pennsylvania Septennial census of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, [Ancestry_Image].

[19] Pennsylvania Land Patent, AA1-285, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[20] Pennsylvania Land Patent, AA11-414, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[21] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed S3-206. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[22] US census, 1790, Pennsylvania, Donegal, p 229

[23] US census, 1790, Pennsylvania, Donegal, p 226

[24] US census, 1790, Pennsylvania, Donegal, p 225

[25] Martin G. Weaver, Mennonites of Lancaster Conference (1931), 216.

[26] C. Mervin Mellinger, Some of the Descendants of Benedict Mellinger (1982), 21, [Google Book].

[27] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, A27-134, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[28] Pennsylvania Septennial census of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, [Ancestry_Image].

[29] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Will G-397, [USGenWeb].

[30] United States Direct Tax of 1798: Pennsylvania. Film M372. IRS, Record Group 58. NARA, ancestry.com.

[31] Robert S. Kreider, David Smucker, Roy H. Umble, An Ebersol Story (1996), 17.

[32] US census, 1800, Pennsylvania, Lancaster, Donegal, p 6

[33] US census, 1800, Pennsylvania, Lancaster, Donegal, p 10,7

[34] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1800, page 12, line 11, Ebersole, [FamilySearch_Record].

[35] Pennsylvania Septennial census of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, [Ancestry_Image].

[36] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed S3-211. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[37] US census, 1810, Pennsylvania, Lancaster, Donegal, p 375

[38] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed S3-211. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[39] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed 11-73. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[40] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed S3-211. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[41] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed 13-101. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[42] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed S3-211. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[43] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed 13-103. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[44] Martin G. Weaver, Mennonites of Lancaster Conference (1931), 220.

[45] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed 12-378. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[46] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed DD-466. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[47] Lancaster County Pennsylvania Will N-282, FHL film 21360, image 148, [FamilySearch_Image].

[48] US census, 1820

[49] C. Mervin Mellinger, Some of the Descendants of Benedict Mellinger (1982), 19, [Google Book].

[50] Willis Wolf Eisenhart, Ancestry of the John Franklin Eisenhart Family (1951), 2.

[51] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Will P-125, FHL film 21360, image 556, [FamilySearch_Image].

[52] Lancaster County Pennsylvania Will P-156, [FamilySearch_Image].

[53] Martin G. Weaver, Mennonites of Lancaster Conference (1931), 216.

[54] Robert A. Heilman, Jacob Ebersoll the Immigrant of 1763 and his Descendants (2008 Heritage Books), 2, [Google Book].

[55] C. Mervin Mellinger, Some of the Descendants of Benedict Mellinger (1982), xviii, [Google Book].


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