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An American Family History

Henry Kibler and Mary Amelia Pierce

Frederick then Dunmore then Shenandoah (now Page County), Virginia

Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693 – 1781) inherited a vast area granted by Charles II in colonial Virginia. This Northern Neck Proprietary was bounded by the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.

Henry Kibler and Mary Amelia Pierce were married in Germany.

According to a biography of their grandson, they emigrated to America about 1764. The voyage lasted more than 6 months. They settled in what is now Page County, Virginia on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Their children were named in estate documents. Magdalene (Molly) Kibler Baker was born about 1760. Barbara Kibler Pence was born about 1762. Adam Kibler was born about 1764. John Kibler was born in 1765. Philip Kibler was born about 1768. Martin Kibler was born on June 24, 1772. 

During the Revolution, the family donated mutton and money to the cause.

In 1777 Henry purchased land on Pass Run in the Shenandoah Valley from William Nail and Michael Conn. Thomas Lord Fairfax granted Henry Kibler land in Virginia on December 29, 1780. On August 29, 1782, he signed an indenture to Michael Conn for 24 pounds for 24 acres of land. 

Three of the children married three of Jacob and Barbara Pence's children. Lewis married Barbara in 1782, Barbara married Adam in about 1784, and John married Eve in 1793.

Henry died on September 9, 1796. Mary died on June 12, 1799. On October 8, 1799, Philip received two tracts of land that had been his father’s for one dollar from his father’s other heirs. On June 9, 1800, he received an additional tract and Adam also received a tract of land for one dollar from his father’s other heirs. Molly and Barbara moved to Clark County, Ohio. Philip stayed in Virginia.

In 1831 Page County, Virginia was created from Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties. Originally it was part of Frederick County.

An indenture is a legal contract for labor or land. Two copies on the same sheet were separated with a jagged edge so that the two parts could be refitted to confirm authenticity. An indentured servant worked without wages for a specified time to pay a debt and was bound to the employer. In the 17th century, nearly two-thirds of settlers came as indentured servants to pay for their passage.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
 

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European and indiginous American fought fierce battles as the Europeans expanded their territory.

from Life, Character, Death Dr. Benjamin Henry Kibler

. . . [The Kibler family] emigrated about the year 1764.

His grandfather, Henry Kibler, was a distinguished house-carpenter, who settled with his family, on the western slope of the Blue Ridge in what was then Shenandoah county, Virginia.

His expenditures during his voyage upon the ocean, which lasted more than six months, and additional expenses incurred in moving his family to their new home, so reduced his funds that he was at once obligated to leave home in search of employment.

The country being newly colonized, great political excitement prevailed. The celebrated stamp act had just passed the British Parliament, and had excited in the hearts of the American people the most bitter indignation, and called forth the most urgent appeals of a Patrick Henry, and others for redress.

The native Indians, too, were lurking in ambush, eager to be avenged of the wrongs done them by the Colonists' and many were the old man's hair-breadth escapes from the gory hands and ripping tomahawks of the red man, as he traversed the country in search of employment. . .

Shenandoah County, Virginia was established in 1772. It was originally Dunmore County.

In 1607 the London Company established Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony.

 
 
 

Book Z, p. 528, August 8, 1819
Between Peter Nail and Elizabeth his wife of the first part and Joseph Evans of the second part and Henry Kibler of the third part...Whereas said Peter Nail is justly indebted to Said Henry Kibler in the sum of three hundred thirty six dollars...Now this Indenture for and in consideration of one dollar paid by said Joseph Evans...all that tract of Land lying and being in County of Shenandoah containing one hundred acres more or less adjoining to Lewis Pence, Benjamin Blackford, Adam Kibler dec'd, John Hockman and John Kibler...recorded March 15, 1820

 
 
 
     

In 1831 Page County, Virginia was created from Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties. Originally it was part of Frederick County.

Deed Book M, p. 87 - October 8, 1799.

Between Mary Kibler widow and relick of Henry Caviler deceased
Adam Kibler and Barbara his wife
John Kibler and Eve his wife
Jacob Baker and Molly his wife
Martin Kibler and Mary his wife
Lewis Pence and Barbara his wife
legatees of Henry Kibler dec'd. all of Shenandoah County [to] Philip Kibler of same place ... consideration of one dollar ... two tracts of land the one lying on the west branch of Pass run which was granted to Martin Kivelor by deed the 22nd June 1773 from Martin Shank and Carolina Dorothea his wife ... contained 130 acres and three quarters ... the other tract containing seven acres which was granted to Henry Kivelor by Patent the 12th Aug. 1794 lying on the east branch of Pass run ...

Many settlers in the Shenandoah Valley were Germans from Pennsylvania called the "Shenandoah Deitsch."
 
 
 

[Volume 4, 75] Deed Book M, Page 183 - June 9, 1800.
Between Mary Kibler widow and relick of Henry Kibler dec'd.
Adam Kibler and Barbara his wife
John Kibler and Eve his wife
Martin Kibler and Molly his wife
John Baker and Molly his wife
Lewis Pence and Barbara his wife
which said Adam John Martin Molly and Barbara are children and heirs at Law of Henry Kibler dec'd. [to] Philip Kibler ... consideration of one dollar ... tract of land lying and being on both sides of the big spring branch a drain of Pass run a drain of the South river of Shenandoah ... Containing one hundred and four acres be the same granted to said Henry Kibler dec'd. by a deed from the late Thomas Lord Fairfax the 29th Dec. 1780.

 
 
 
 

Volume 4, 76 Deed Book M, Page 185 - 9 June 1800.
Between Mary Kibler widow and relick of Henry Kibler dec'd.
Jacob Baker & Molly his wife
Lewis Pence and Barbara his wife
John Kibler and Eve his wife
Martin Kibler and Molly his wife
Philip Kibler and Catharine his wife
which said Molly, Barbara, John, Martin and Philip are children and heirs at law of Henry Kibler dec'd. [to] Adam Kibler ... consideration of one dollar ... tract of land adjoining Archibald McNeal, Abraham Hite, Jacob Winkle and Jacob Kipster ... containing one hundred acres which was granted to the said Henry Kibler dec'd. by Patent the 13th August 1789 ...

 

 

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