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Barbara (Muehlfeld) Goebel

Barbara MUEHLFELD was born 1 May 1839 at 11 o'clock in the evening in Wahlen, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany. She was the sixth child and second daughter of Johann Peter MÜHLFELD, farmer and citizen in Wahlen, and his wife Anna Maria nee KEIL. She was baptized the following day, 2 May 1839 at 3 o'clock in the afternoon at the Catholic Church in Wald Michelbach, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany with the name Anna Maria MÜHLFELD. Her godmother was Anna Barbara KEIL, wife of Johann KEIL, farmer from Fürth and brother of the baby's mother. Because her godmother's name was Anna Barbara, and other records refer to her as Anna B. or Barbara, it is possible that her name was recorded incorrectly in the baptism record. And while almost every other source records 1840 as her birth year, these baptism records were written in chronological order and so there is little chance that the recorded year of the baptism is incorrect.1

In March of 1855 and shortly before her 16th birthday, Barbara left Wahlen for London along with her 23 year old brother Georg Peter and 18 year old sister Gertraud according to emigration records from the Hessen Darmstadt Archives. They traveled from London aboard the S.S. Sir Robert Peel and arrived in New York on April 28, 1855. This information is derived from the Manifest of Passengers from the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, where it shows Barbara NUHLFELD, age 16, from Germany, sister to George.

Barbara was married to John V. GOEBEL on 4 Feb 1858 in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio. John's obituary indicates that they were married at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield. However the marriage record from the Probate Court in Springfield states that the marriage was performed by James W. Ward, Justice of the Peace. 2 Also, St. Raphael's has no record of the marriage.
Barbara's sister, Gertrude, was married to Christian WALTER on this same date and also in Clark County, Ohio, so they very probably had a double wedding.

John V. GOEBEL was born 5 Feb 1828 in Coblentz (Koblenz), Nassau, Germany, the son of Martin GABLE, according to GOEBEL family records. He came to the United States, arriving in New York, in July 1853 according to his obituary. His obituary also tells us that he first settled in Pottsville, PA moving to Springfield, OH in 1855. Found in the Clark County, Ohio court records is a declaration of intention dated 05 Nov 1857 for John Gable, age 27 and from Nassau.3 This same John Gabel filed his final papers and was declared a U.S. citizen on 25 Sep 1860. 4 While there is no way to be absolutely sure, these particular records very likely pertain to John Goebel who married Barbara Muehlfeld, because no other possible records were found.

Barbara and John lived in Springfield Twp., Clark Co., OH until 1867 (or possibly 1869). This is where their first 7 children were born. John was a farmer most of his life, but the 1860 U.S. Federal Census shows his occupation as "Cooper".5 A cooper was a maker and repairer of barrels and casks.

GOEBEL family records indicate that in 1867 when their twin sons were 6 weeks old, they moved to Florence Twp., Williams Co., OH which is where their remaining 4 children were born. Some sources indicate that they may have had a child, named Anthony, before the move to Florence Township, but we have not been able to confirm that. We find the family on the same page in the 1870 Census as Barbara's brother Valentine, so they were neighbors for a while.6 Sometime between 1875 and 1880, the family moved to a farm east of Edgerton and now lived in Center Township, Williams County, OH. Census records from 1880, 1900, and 1910 finds the family in this location.7, 8, 9, After her husband died, Barbara lived among her children. We find her living with her son Joseph at the time of the 1920 Census.10,

Barbara and John had 11 children together:
  • Peter GOEBEL, 1858-1957
  • John Valentine GOEBEL, 1860-1937
  • Anna Marie (GOEBEL) THIEL, 1862-1941
  • Baby Girl (or possibly Anthony as mentioned previously) GOEBEL, 1863-1863
  • Kathryn GOEBEL, 1865-1883
  • George GOEBEL, 1867-1948
  • Martin GOEBEL, 1867-1951
  • Joseph GOEBEL, 1869-1961
  • Valentine GOEBEL, 1872-1880
  • Lawrence GOEBEL, 1874-1950
  • Adam Francis GOEBEL, 1875-1944

John died 4 Feb 1916 in Center Township, Williams County, Ohio at the age of 87. Barbara died 28 Sep 1926 in Williams County, Ohio also at the age of 87.


Mrs. Barbara A. (Muehlfeld) Goebel was born in Germany, May 1, 1840, died Tuesday afternoon, September 28, 1926, aged 86 years, 4 months, 27 days.
She emigrated to America in girlhood and was married at Springfield, Ohio, to John Goebel, February 4, 1858. They resided near Springfield several years, finally coming to Williams county and settling on a farm near Blakeslee. In time, however, they located east of Edgerton, residing on their farm there until the death of her husband in 1916, since which time the deceased has been living among her children.
Eleven children were born to them, eight of whom are living, all in this vicinity. They are Peter, John, George, Martin, Joseph, Annie Thiel, Lawrence and Adam. Besides these she leaves 48 grandchildren and a goodly number of great grandchildren. A half sister Mrs. Lizzie Eisenhour, lives in Michigan.
Mrs. Goebel's life was one of hard labor. No work seemed to be too much for her to undertake, in the years gone by, if it was for the good of her family and home.
As a neighbor she was always ready to lend a helping hand.
The funeral mass was held from St. Mary's church on Friday, October 1, at 9:30 a.m. Services were conducted by her grandson, Rev. Rupert C. Goebel, of Mansfield, assisted by Fathers Miller, of Blakeslee and Danilak, of Bryan. Interment in St. Mary's cemetery.

John Goebel was born in Nassan, Germany, Feb. 5, 1828. After a voyage of sixty-one days he, with fourteen relatives, landed in New York in July 1853. He first settled in Pottsville, Pa., where he resided for two years. In 1855 he removed to Springfield, O. During the Civil War he inlisted but never saw active service. In 1867, he bought a farm near Blakeslee, Ohio, which, however, he soon sold and purchased the present homestead where he died, February 4.
He was united in marriage to Barbara Murhlfred in St. Raphael's Catholic church, Springfield, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1827. To this happy union were born eleven children, eight of whom survive him.
John Goebel was one of the pioneers of this part of the state. He was among the number of those sturdy early settlers who aided in the establishment of the Catholic church in this section.
The Solemn Mass in St. Mary's church at Edgerton, Ohio, was sung by his grandson, the Rev. R.C. Goebel, of Toledo, assisted by the Rev. F.C. Schmuck, pastor of St. Mary's, as deacon, and the Rev. J.S. Elder, of Swanton, as subdeacon. The funeral sermon was preached by Father Schmuck.
Mr. Goebel was a man who loved his home and his friends. His death is mourned by his widow, eight children, numerous grandchildren and a host of friends.
Both Barbara and John are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Edgerton, Williams Co., OH next to their children Katie and Valentine. John's gravestone is inscribed "JOHN GOEBEL, 1828-1916, FATHER". Barbara's gravestone is inscribed "BARBARA GOEBEL, 1840-1926, MOTHER".

1. LDS Family History Library, Film Number 996665, Katholische Kirche Wald Michelbach, Taufen 1808-1847, p. 428.
2. Clark County, Ohio, Probate Court at Springfield, Marriages, Volume 4, p.498.
3. Clark County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas in Springfield, Volume 2, p.47.
4. Clark County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas in Springfield, Volume 1, p.347.
5. 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Clark County, Springfield Township, p. 180.
6. 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Williams County, Florence Township, p.30.
7. 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Williams County, Center Township, p.16.
8. 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Williams County, Center Township, ED#103, Sheet 8B.
9. 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Williams County, Center Township, ED#119, Sheet 6A.
10. 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Williams County, Center Township, ED#151, Sheet 6A.

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