Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township

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The Eboch Family

Contributed by Gene Kerrick | January 2012

It is believed that the Eboch family can be traced back to Peter Ibach, born in Germany in 1369. The earliest ancestors who have definitely been linked to the Ibach family in America are Johann Ibach (born circa 1600) and his wife, Mary Luder Petbrand in Germany.

(The last name has been spelled various ways over the years, including Ibach, Ebach, Eboch, Ebaugh and even Eba.)

Their first descendant to set foot in America came during the French Revolution. Frederick Wilhelm Ibach left Germany with his entire family on October 17, 1792 and arrived in Philadelphia on April 19, 1796. In the same year on June 4, he moved to Birdsboro in Berks County.

His son Ferdinand married Susan Burkhart, together having two children. About 1817 he moved his family to Monroe County, but survived only a year. His second son, William Ferdinand, was very young when his father died.

We lose track of William until he settled in Tobyhanna Township as early as 1850. His wife, Eunice, was born in Hamilton Township in Monroe County. There is conflicting information about her last name. It is listed as Bond, Flick, Fleet or van Fleet.

There is a stained glass window in the Blakeslee United Methodist Church in honor of William and Eunice which spells the last their name Eboch.

The Ebochs had several children, some of whom died in infancy and are buried in Stoddartsville Cemetery. Their oldest daughter married Jackson Stine and was the only one to remain here when the family moved to Philipsburg, Pa., in 1866.

As far as one can determine, the family moved because one of their daughters apparently gave birth to an illegitimate child. In the 1880 census that child had one name and was listed as their grandchild. In the next census he was listed as an Eboch. He never admitted to being other than an Eboch.

William and Eunice are buried in an unmarked plot in Philipsburg even though one of their descendants there was a funeral director. Eunice died on a visit to her daughter in Blakeslee in 1898.

While in Tobyhanna Township William was a farmer, but he is listed as a teamster in one of the census in Philipsburg.

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