Budingen, Germany to Philadelphia, PA
The American history of the Johann
Reinhart Laubach family began on 16
September 1738, with the arrival in Philadelphia, PA of
Johann Reinhart Laubach and his son, Johann Christian, and family on the
ship Queen Elizabeth from Budingen, Hessen,
Germany. The family settled in what is now Lower Saucon
Township in Northampton Co., PA. Johann Reinhart Laubach is believed to
have died shortly after their arrival. His son, Johann
and his wife, SusannaCatharina
Zimler, had five children born in Germany and two in America. Five of these
children married and raised families of their own, continuing the Laubach
name in the new world.
The children of Christian and Suzanna were:
1. Johann Georg Laubach, Born 1726 in Budingen, died 1802, married Margaretha
Jansen. Issue 12 children.
2. Johann Reinhart Laubach, born and died 1730 in Budingen.
3. Johanna Elizabeth Laubach, born 1731 in Budingen, died 1814, married
Adam Kuchert. No issue.
4. Johann Reinhart Laubach, born 1733 in Budingen, died 1785, married Anna
Margaretha Bayer (Boyer). Issue six children.
5. Johann Peter Laubach, born 1736 in Budingen, died after 1810, married
Christina Birkenstock. Issue six children.
6. Christian Conrad Laubach, born 1737\1738, died 1813, married Catharine
Hauck. Issue 10 children.
7. Johann Friederich Laubach, born 1744, died 1797, married Catharine Bitting.
Issue seven children.
On 29 August 1755 Johann
Christian Laubach was appointed captain of a militia unit
known as the "Saucon Rangers". This unit played an active role in protecting
settlers during the French and Indian War until it was disbanded in 1761-1762.
five sons of Johann Christian and Susanna Catharina Laubach,
and a number of their grandchildren, later served at various times in the
Northampton County Militia during the Revolutionary War. A number of Laubach
descendants currently hold membership in the DAR, SAR, Society of Colonial
Wars, etc. based on this service.
Over the years many Laubach family reunions
were held to celebrate the 1738
arrival of the immigrant ancestors and renew bonds of kinship among descendants.
From newspaper accounts in the 1900s, annual gatherings of descendants
of local Laubach families began as early as 1913 when the descendants of
Thomas and Amanda (Bliem) Laubach met at Howertown, PA. The first reunion
of all descendants of Johann Reinhart Laubach occurred in August of 1916.
By 1927, reunions were being held on an annual basis and officers had been
elected to continue the family tradition. Recent reunions have taken place
celebrating the 250th year anniversary
the family's arrival in America. The most recent reunion was in 1993, celebrating
the 255th anniversary, with the next one
planned for the year 2000. In
addition, regional reunions of smaller family groups are still held at
Published History of the Family
In 1993 a genealogical "History
of the Johann Reinhart Family, the First Five Generations
in America" was formally published. There is also a current "Supplement"
to the History showing the names of descendants in generations 4 to 12.
Appendix B of the History is entitled "Unidentified Laubachs" and lists
several Laubach families whose names cannot be immediately related to,
or identified with, the lineage of Johann Reinhart Laubach. Genealogical
research is continuing to provide the linkage of these and other present-day
The Book is $35
and the supplement is $7
See Below Information
Laubach Family Association
The Laubach Family Association (LFA) is governed
by an Executive Board consisting of elected officers and directors. The
following people are the current
(August 1998) of the
The executive board
meets formally twice a year, in the fall and spring, to conduct the business
of the LFA. It is actively planning for the year 2000 reunion as well as
continually updating the family genealogy with additional descendants.
Additionally, a summer family picnic is held the last Saturday in July,
to renew acquaintances and have fun, as well as to nominate and elect officers
and directors for the ensuing year.
Membership in the LFA is open to any Laubach descendants.
Yearly dues are $10.00
which includes the LFA quarterly
The Laubach Genealogy Book is available For
The 1ST Five Generations of Reinhardt Laubach
Mail $35 to
L. Schmidt 3300 Darby Road.#5312 Haverford, Pa. 19041
Pages are available for $7
For Further Information or Questions:
If you already know that you are a Laubach descendant, or even
suspect that you might be, the LFA
would be very interested to hear from you.
Dale E. Burger
1301 Bradford Rd. Oreland, PA. 19075
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