Welcome to the web site for our family name in America. On
September 25, 1754, Johannes Philip Liebrich and his family set foot on land at
the Port of Philadelphia. Having passed their medical examination, they were
marched up to City Hall, where they pledged their allegiance to the British
crown. They then were dismissed to begin their new life of freedom in the
Family tradition and some early US documentation described the
family as being from Manheim, Germany. This is consistent with the ship
"Adventure" documentation, which describes the passengers as being from the
duchy of Franconia. But, no one has ever found records in Manheim indicating the
presence of the family there.
Our trip to Philadelphia in the fall of
2004 helped to answer that question. Using some recent information from the
Internet, we went to Manheim, Pennsylvania and were able to locate the grave
stone of Johan Philip Nicholas Liebrich, the only son of our immigrant ancestor.
Oblique lighting and photographic enhancement techniques revealed that Nicholas
was actually born in Butzbach
Germany, not Manheim. Butzbach was located within the duchy of Franconia,
and so this location is also consistent with the ship manifest.
this birthplace, I turned to the research of Winfred Liebrich. There is a link
to his pages further down on this page. There I found a Nicholas Philip Liebrich
born on the date inscribed on this stone. The father of this Nicholas is given
as a Johannes who was born on the date given on Nicholas' father's gravestone in
Manheim. His mother is given there as Catherine and he has sisters identifeid as
Apollonia and Johannette, which also match what we know of the Manheim,
Pennsylvania family. So, I believe that we have finally made the connection to
the German Liebrich family tree. There are still some details to clean up, but
this looks pretty solid to me.
Between 1830 and 1870, at least eight
more Liebrich families arrived from Germany. Those families settled in Ohio,
Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. Most of those families have kept the German
spelling of the name. Like the original family, they have moved all over the
This October 2012 update is a general update of the database. It
also makes use of a new databases search engine and some new research aides.
This information is a combination of my own research and what others have shared
with me. I'm always willing to share with others, so email me if you have
different information than I do.
No database is ever error free or
complete, including this one. If you have corrections or additions, please email
me at the address below. The guestbook has quite a number of comments in it now.
It may have a note from someone researching your specific line.