MaryAbt 1730 - Bef 1815 (~ 84 years)
Name Mary Born Abt 1730 Gender Female Died Bef 1815 Johnsville, Frederick, Maryland, United States Person ID I3803 Petersen-de Lanskoy Last Modified 10 Oct 2015
Family John or Peter Graybill, b. 16 Oct 1727, , , Germany or Switzerland , d. Bef 11 Mar 1811, Johnsville, Frederick, Maryland, United States (Age < 83 years) Married Bef 1754 Children 1. Elizabeth Graybill, b. Abt 1754, of, , Pennsylvania, United States 2. John Graybill, b. 13 Nov 1758, of, , Pennsylvania, United States , d. 13 Feb 1844, Johnsville, Frederick, Maryland, United States (Age 85 years) 3. Sarah Graybill, b. Abt 1760, of , Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States + 4. John Peter Graybill, b. 3 Oct 1762, York, York, Pennsylvania, United States , d. 11 May 1842, , Jackson, Ohio, United States (Age 79 years) 5. Frances Graybill, b. Abt 1765, of , Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States , d. Abt 1838, of Randolph Township, Montgomery, Ohio, United States (Age ~ 73 years) 6. Joseph Graybill, b. From 1766 to 1770, , Frederick, Maryland, United States , d. From 17 Jun 1843 to 11 Apr 1844, West Bethlehem Township, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States (Age ~ 77 years) Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 Family ID F998 Group Sheet | Family Chart
1. Mary is believed to be the wife of "Old Peter" Graybill. My placing her here assumes that Old Peter was indeed the father of John Peter Graybill who married Christina Wampler. See further discussion on this issue in the notes accompanying the husband of this Mary.
2. The book "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. "Gene" Pitt, 1996, FHL book 929.273 P658pn:
pp. 3-6: "The first two generations below, namely John and Christian are presented with some trepidation and should not be considered absolutely valid.
John Graybill: b. probably in Switzerland; md. to ___. He emigrated to the German Palatinate, probably about 1690. Their children may have included Christian.
Christian Graybill [son of John above]: b. abt 1690, probably in Switzerland or the German Palatinate; md. to Mary ___. He and John Graybill emigrated to America in 1727 aboard the ship 'Friendship' which sailed from Rotterdam. Their children may have included John(?) Peter, aka 'Old' Peter by some current family researchers who still are trying to unravel 'Old' Peter's ancestry. Possibly John(?) following, is 'Old' Peter's brother instead of 'Old' Peter's first name. This mystery is left to future researchers to resolve.
John(?) 'Old' Peter Graybill [possible son to Christian above]: b. 16 Oct 1727, probably Switzerland or Germany; d. bef 11 Mar 1811, Johnsville, Frederick Co., MD; md. abt 1750 to Mary ___. She was b. abt 1730; d. bef 1815, Johnsville, Frederick Co., MD. Peter apparently lived Friendship, York Co., PA and Lancaster Co., PA before moving to Johnsville, Frederick Co., MD. Their children included Elizabeth, John, Saree, John Peter, Francy and Joseph. Some of the children may have taken the names Grabel, Grabill, Graybeal, and Grable... The records of Old Peter and his children, other than Michael Peter, are courtesy of Paul Phipps, a descendant of Henry Graybeal and Celia Henson, who acquired them from various sources. [Children:]
a. Elizabeth Grabel, b. abt 1754, probably PA; md. to Joseph Eller. He was b. abt 1754, probably Lancaster Co., PA.
b. John Grabill, b. 13 Mar 1758, probably Lancaster Co., PA; d. 13 Feb 1844, Johnsville, Frederick Co., MD; md. to Anna Garber. She was b. abt 1764; d. aft 1829, Johnsville, Frederick Co., MD. Their children were Christina, Magdalin, Abraham, Susanna, Charlotte, Hannah, and Peter [see book for more detailed downline].
c. Sara "Saree" Grabel, b. abt 1760, probably Lancaster Co., PA; md. 17 Feb 1811 to Adam Smith. He was b. abt 1760.
d. John Peter Graybill, b. 3 Oct 1762, probably in Lancaster or York Co., PA... [see his notes for more information; also note there is no actual documentation given in the book definitely tying this individual to the other siblings or noted father].
e. Francy Grabel, b. abt 1765, probably Lancaster Co., PA; d. abt 1838, probably Randolph Twp., Montgomery Co., OH; md. abt 1783, Frederick Co., MD to Henry Eller, Jr. He was b. abt 1760, probably Lancaster Co., PA; d. 1832, Randolph Twp., Montgomery Co., OH. Their children were a daughter name unknown, Daniel, Christina, Mary, Abraham, Frances, Henry, Sarah, Elizabeth, Anna, and Joseph. [See book for more on these children and their descendants.]
f. Joseph Grable, Sr., b. abt 1770, Frederick Co., MD; d. 1844, Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA; md. abt 1792, Frederick Co., MD to Barbara Garber. She was b. 1771, Frederick Co., MD; d. 1851 West Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA. Their children were Nancy, Daniel, Samuel, Susanna, Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Joseph. [See book for more on these children and their downlines.]"
pp. 8-9: Transcription of "Old" Peter Graybill's Last Will and Testament follows: "I Peter Grabill of Frederick County and State of Maryland being weak in Body but of sound and disposing memory and understanding do therefore make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following after just debts and funeral charges are paid it is my will and I order that my beloved wife shall hold one third of my money now by me and what is owing to me and it is my will and I order that my Executor hereafter named shall pay my daughter Saree fifteen pounds yearly for taking care of her mother and then fifteen pounds which is to be paid to my Daughter Sara shall be taken out of my estate before the money is Divided and after it is my will and I order that my Executor shall Divide the remainder of my cash now by me and make my children all Equal share and Share alike unto my son Peter one share unto my son John one Share unto my Daughter Elizabeth one share unto my Daughter Francy one share unto my son Joseph one share my Daughter Francy one share unto my son Joseph one share my Daughter Francy has received one hundred pounds more than the rest of my children and them hundred pounds shall be in part of her share and my son Joseph had fifty pounds more than the rest and that shall be in part of his share and Daughter Elizabeth had received fifteen pounds more and that shall be part of her share. And it is my will and I order that my wife shall hold all my Household and kitchen furniture and cows and every thing about the House and Barn during her life and after her Decease my Executor shall sell my property and the money Equaly to be Divided among my parcel of children - And Lastly I do hereby constitute and Appoint my son John Grabill to be the sole Executor of this my last will and Testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and one other to be my last will and Testament - Whereof I have unto my hand and fixed my seal this Eleventh Day of March in the year one thousand Eight Hundred and Eleven. His Peter X mark. Signed Sealed and Delivered by Peter Grabill the above named Testator as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of and who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witness thereto. Johannes Wampler, Martin Garbor."
"Frederick County to wit on the 2 day of November 1812 then came John Grabill and solemnly and sincerely affirmed and declared that the foregoing instrument of writing is the true whole will and Testamont of Pete Grabill lat of Frederick County Deceased that hath come to his hands and possession and that he dothe not know of an other. Signed, Dick Butler. "
"Frederick County to wit on the 2 day of November 1812 then came Martin Garber one of the subscribing witness to the signing last will and testament of Peter Grabill late of Frederick County Deceased and Solemnly and Sincerely Affirmed and Declared that he did see the Testator therein named sign and seal this will he heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament that at the time of his signing he was to the best of his apprehension of a sound and disposing mind and memory and understanding that he subscribed his name as a witness to this will in the presence and at the request of the Testator and that he did also see John Wampler the other subscribing witnesses sign his name as a witness to said will in the presence and at the request of the Testator and all in the presence of each other. Dick Butler, Sign."
[Note: if Old Peter Graybill turns out to be the correct ancestry, then review the following website which has much information on Old Peter's children and their descendants: Rootsweb.com Worldconnect database ":480580".]
3. From the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT in an article entitled "Our Grable History." This portion deals with Mary. See notes for John Peter Graybill for a full transcription of the article:
"We are told in several places that our Grable and Garber ancestors were German speaking Swiss or Germans from the Palatinate. The Palatinates today are the states of Bavaria (Upper Palatinate) and Rhineland-Palatinate (Lower Palatinate). The Ellers and Wamplers that we will say something of are of the same general background. We suspect but do not know those we are concerned with immigrated to America around 1750.
To date our earliest Grable ancestor we find is the Peter Craple of the Will RB 1-327, March 1, 1811, Frederick County, Maryland. He is found in Frederick County buying property in a tract of land called "Hammond's Strife" as early as 1769. This is in tax District No. 1, Unity and Burt House Wood Hundreds (do not have this located on map yet). Peter could easily be an immigrant but it is fairly unlikely that we will be able to identify him further. There is a suggestion (will cover later) that Peter came to Frederick County from Virginia.
Peter's wife's name was Mary. The Will names Daughters Saree, Elizabeth and Francey and sons Peter, John and Joseph. Saree in the Will is to be paid for the care of her mother. The Administrative Account does not mention Saree. This after the Will states that the children would get equal shares. We do not know where Peter and Mary are buried but it is likely in a farm cemetery close to where Peter probably lived when he died, on Molasses Road just East of Johnsville where son John's descendent Reno (and Mary) Grabill now live. It is possible that Peter and Mary are buried with son John on the upper McCullar farm (only John's grave is marked) farther East on Molasses Road. Going East from Johnsville on Molasses Road we come to Reno Grabills, the Dotterer farm, then just across Beaver Dam Creek is the lower McCullar farm and then the Upper McCullar farm all on the right side going East and the farthest point (at Fountain School Road) is only 2-1/4 miles from Johnsville. These properties are in the tracts "Ivy Church" and "Hammond's Strife." On the Isaac Bond map, 1858, Abraham Grabill, John's son owned the Reno Grabill place, the Dotterer farm and a farm East of the Dotterer and South of Greene Valley Road (Turnpike to Union Bridge). Abraham also owned a house and lot on Green Valley Road just out of Johnsville before one gets to the Methodist Church. On the Bond map Daniel Saylor (John Grabill's daughter married a Saylor) owned the Upper McCullar farm and S. Saylor lived on the lower farm. Not pinned down completely yet that John owned the upper McCullar farm when he died in 1844.
(Handwritten on bottom of page: "Received 6/12/71 from Joseph H. Piatt 49 Crystal Drive Oakmont, Pa 15139. Located copy in the Frederick County Historical Library.")
Martin Garber of Samuel by Deed WR-15-519, August 8, 1797 purchased 40 acres of land "Part of Ivy Church" from Richard Coale. This was an item in Samuel Carver's Will. August 8, 1797, by Deed WR 15-519, Peter Grabill's son Joseph bought this 40 acres of land from Martin Garber of Samuel. In 1805 Joseph (wife Barbara) sold this tract of land to his father Peter by Deed WR 27-554. This 40 acres is the "Part of Ivy Church" on Molasses Road where Reno and Mary Grabill now live. Joseph is found in the Tax List in West Bethlehem Township Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1806. This 40 acres is sold in 1811 to Joseph's brother John. In John's Will, GME 319, recorded February 13, 1844, he leaves this property (where David Garber now lives) to his widowed daughter Susannah Nail. Susannah almost immediately sells to her brother Abraham, who executed John's Will. This property then went to Samuel Grabill, Abraham's son, then to Abraham Webster Grabill, Samuel's son and finally to Reno Grabill, Abraham Webster's son.
The 1800 Maryland Census lists in Libertytown District on consecutive lines, John Grebel, Peter Grebel, Joseph Grebel, Samuel Garber Jr., Christian Garber, Jacob Garber and Martin Garber of Samuel. This is on page 988. On page 986, same district, we find Martin Garber Jr. and Sr. The Grabels here are Peter Sr. and his sons John and Joseph. The Garbers on page 988 are sons of Samuel Garber Sr. who died in 1793, Will GM 2-463.
Peter Grabill Jr. is not in the 1800 or 1810 Maryland Census. From Wampler material we find that Christina Wampler, daughter of Hans Peter and Mari Barbara Brenessee Sneither Wampler married Peter Grabill. Hans Peter's son John m. Magdalina Garber, daughter of Martin Garber Sr. John Wampler is next to Peter Grabill in the 1810 Maryland Census. He witnessed Peter's Will along with a Martin Garber (probably Martin of Samuel) but did not appear with Martin to confirm the Will after Peter's death..."