Sorber / Sarver / Sarber
John Jacob SORBER born Germany, died 1774 Plainfield Northampton PA
Spouse: Mary Engle DOLL/Dull born 9/15/1717 Urtzweller/Erzweiler Germany, died 1785 Monroe Co. PA
Children: Johan Christian born 9/9/1753 in Upper Saucon Twp Northampton Co. married Sarah Surfass/Serfass; John Jacob born circa1750 died 1843 Northampton County died 1814 married Anna Hahn; Sarah born 1745 Northampton Co. married George Engel; Abraham born 1744 in Plainfield Twp; John Adam born 1740 Northampton County married Susanna Frantz; Elizabeth Margaret born 3/20/1760 Plainfield Twp died 1817, married George Hahn; George 8/24/1755 Northampton Co died 1849
Abraham SORBER born circa 1740, lived Northhampton Co PA moved to Hanover circa 1783, died 9/1804 Hanover Twp Luzerne PA
Spouse: Elizabeth ROEBER 1747 - 1801
Children: Elizabeth born 1767 in Northampton Co., PA baptized St. Peter's Church, Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co., PA married John Croop; Adam born 8/30/1770 in Northampton Co., baptized St. Peter's Church, Plainfield Twp.; Anna Maria born 7 FEB 1774 Northampton, baptized St. Peter's Church; George born 1778 in Northampton Co. died 1860; Elizabeth born 2 JUN 1783 in Nortrnhampton Co., baptized Dryland Church, Hecktown, Lower Nazareth Twp., Northampton Co., PA., married John Croop Johann Heinrich born 8 SEP 1787 in Northampton Co, baptized 9/10/1787 in Schoeneck Moravian Church, Shoeneck, Northampton Co.; John born Northampton Co. removed to Butler Co. married Betsey Sleppy; Jacob born Northampton Co.married ___ Cease
George SORBER born 1778 Hanover Twp Luzerne PA, died 1860 Hanover; came to Hanover 1783
Spouse: Elizabeth Ehra born circa 1779, died before 1850
Children: Mary/Polly born 1801 Hanover Twp, died 1880, married John Duffy; John born 1803, married Rose Ann Rinehimer; Adam born 1807, died 11/1/1879, married Sally Ann Hawk ; Susan born circa 1820, married Abraham Shoemaker; George born circa 1823, died circa 1880, married Caroline Stairl; Isaac born 1824 married Catharine Hawk; Sarah went West
Isaac SARVER born 1824 Hanover Twp, PA, laborer; 1880 lived Nanticoke Luzerne Co. PA
Spouse: Catherine / Catharine HAWK born 1826 Chestnuthill Twp Northhampton (now Monroe) PA, parents born PA
Children: Francis H. born 4/9/1846 Plymouth Luzerne PA, died Nanticoke 1/5/1922, married Josiah Petty; Nora M. born 1849 probably died before 1860; Margaret born Plymouth PA; Isaac born 1859 Plymouth PA, died 12/18/1885, coal miner, died & buried in coal mine; Catherine born 1/18/1861 married __ Duffy; John H. born 1864 Plymouth PA, breaker boy 1880, died 12/18/1885, died & buried in coal mine, unmarried
Catherine SARVER, born 1/18/1861 Plymouth Lazerne Co PA, died 4/10/1900
Spouse: John HOWELL born PA 8/4/1857, died 1/4/1930, had sister Hameda born PA born 1/1874; lived 1900 at Newport, Luzerne PA
Children: Alfred born PA 4/1881 , William D. born Newport Twp. PA 9/1884 died age 17, Arthur S. born Newport Twp PA 8/1886 died 1962 married Anna Crowell; Isaac born Newport Twp PA 1/1888 married Lena Grotowski; Henry W. born Newport Twp. PA 9/1889 married Bessie Gould; John born Newport Twp PA died age 2; Edith M or A. born Newport Twp PA 3/1892 married Roy Evans; Francis Pearl born Newport Twp PA 5/1896 married Frank Spade
Abraham Sorber, tax and exoneration 1772, Plainfield, Northampton PA; same 1781; same 1786
1820 Census Union, Luzerne PA: George Sarver, 4 males under 10, 1 male 26 - 44; 2 females under 10; 1 female 10 - 15; 1 female 26 - 44; total free white persons 9.
1850 Census Newport Luzerne PA: Isaac Sarber age 24, born 1826 PA. Catherine Sarver, age 23, born 1827. Francis Gruver 5 years born 1845. Nora M. age 1 born 1849. Sarah Kane 12 years born 1838. Sarah Hawk, age 17 born 1833.
1860 Census Newport Luzerne PA: Isaac Sorber age 46, laborer, white, male, value of personal estate $80, born PA; Cath'n age 34, born PA; Frances, female age 16; Lucy, female age 3; Isaac, male age 1 all born PA
1880 Census Nanticoke Luzerne PA: Isaac Sarver born 1824 PA, age 56, head, white, male, married, Laborer. Catherine age 56, female, white, married, born PA. Isaac born 1859 PA, age 21, male, white, coal miner. Catherine born 1862 PA, age 18, female, white, female, at home. John H. born 1864 PA age 16, white, male, breaker boy.
1886 Plymouth PA City Directory: Sarber, Isaac, watchman, h. 172 Hanover
History of Hanover Township: including Sugar Notch, Ashley, and Nanticoke ...: Abraham Sorber 1 of German descent came to Hanover from Northampton County about 1783, brought a family of grown up children, lived on the Middle Road, owned the Bobb place, sold to Bobb, died in Hanover. They had: John Sorber removed to Butler township; George Sorber b 1778 d 1860 m Elizabeth Ehra; Jacob Sorber m Cease; Henry Sorber removed to Butler township; Elizabeth Sorber m John Croop; John Sorber2 Abraham1 was born in Northampton County, came to Hanover with his father, married Betsey Sleppy, removed to Butler township. They had Jacob Sorber, Elizabeth Sorber; George Sorber2 Abraham1 was born in Northampton County in 1778, came to Hanover with his father in 1783, always lived in Hanover, died in 1860, married Elizabeth Ehra. They had Polly Sorber b 1801 d 1880 m John Duffy; John Sorber b 1 803 m Rose Ann Rinehimer; Adam Sorber b 1807 m Sally Ann Hawk; George Sorber m Caroline Stairl Isaac Sorber m Catharine Hawk; Sarah Sorber went West; Susan Sorber m Abram Shoemaker. /P/1774-1775 - Forty-eight acres at the river was certified to Frederick CRISMAN, fifty-seven acres to James STEWART, and the part from near the Middle Road southwards to Abraham SORBER, John BOBB afterwards owned the SORBER part, then HOLLAND, and now the D. L. and W. Company [in 1885]. The CRISMAN and STEWART parts belonged to George KOCHER and the ROBINS, and now by the D. L. and W. Company [in 1885]. /P/The first white man who lived in Lake township was Matthew Scouten who was employed by the owners of the land to look after the property as early as 1792. He cleared a small tract where Jacob Sorber afterward settled and set out a few apple trees. /P/ All the early settlers lived in log houses except Otis Allen and Jacob Sorber who built block houses. /P/ About 1815 Joseph Keller, Peter Snyder, George Snyder, Stephen Devens, Leonard Devens, a Mr Cooper and one Howard settled northeast of the village around the location of the Boston mines. The settlement of that part of Plymouth lying between Jackson and Hunlock townships was not begun until 1827 when Henry Cease, George Sorber and Jacob Sorber moved into the woods and began clearing land, They all sold out and moved farther into the woods. /P/ The first mill was erected in 1837 by Lewis Hoyt, Frederick Hartman builder on Harvey's creek. George Sorber built one this year which was purchased by Jameson Harvey in 1840. This was burned in 1876 and Mr Harvey built the present mill on the site. /P/ 1830 Tax Assessment for Hanover: George Sorber, John Sorber. As of 1885 only 4 of the persons still lived within the old boundaries of Hanover, ie. John A Carey (Ashley), Daniel Frederick (Newtown), Charles Garringer (Nanticoke), and John Sorber (South District -Hogback). Most of the rest had either died or moved to other places. /P/ List of Hanover men serving any length of time in the US Army during the Civil War: Andrew Sorber 178th PA Infantry.
Official Minutes and Year Book 1894, Wyoming Annual Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church, Scranton PA. West Nanticoke, John Sorber 1 00. West Nanticoke Clark Callender, P. John Sorber 50.
The Historical Record of Wyoming Valley: Sergts John Sorber and William Lape, who were captured at the battle of Spring Hill, TN and held by the enemy for months, were distinguished members of Company D from Luzerne.
History of PA Volunteers: 92nd Regt, 9th Calvary, Co. D Recruited in Luzerne Co. 3 Years John Sorber Q. M. Sr. Oct 15 '61; Daniel Sorber Private Sep 8 '62. Nathan Sorber Private Sep 8 '62.
History of Luzerne Co. PA Vol. 1: Mr. Plumb gives the names of the inhabitants of Hanover 1830 as they appear on the assessor's roll: John Sorber. /P/ Of these there are living. John Sorber. /P/ The first white man who lived in Lake township was Matthew Scouten who was employed by the owners of the land to look after the property as early as 1792. He cleared a small tract where Jacob Sorber afterward settled and set out a few apple trees. Daniel Lee settled at the head of Pike's creek in 1806 and the marsh is called Lee's pond from him. He was employed by the farmers of Plymouth to care for cattle which were driven here to graze during the summer. Otis Allen came from Jackson township in 1836 and began clearing in the vicinity of Lee's pond. He brought his family in the spring of 1838. During this year Josiah Nathan and Stephen Kocher brothers moved into the township from Hunlock township and John Jackson, Andrew Freeman, Thomas Lewis, and Ephraim King arrived. In 1839 Jonah Roberts, Elon Davenport, Daniel Casebear, David Moss, and John Fosnot came, and in 1840 Moses C Perrigo, Jacob Sorber, Jonah Bronson, and Jonathan Williams. Previous to 1845 Clarke Wolfe Jesse Kitchen, George P Shupp, James Hawley, and Edward Ide became residents. /P/ About 1815 Joseph Keller, Peter Snyder, George Snyder, Stephen Devens, Leonard Devens, a Mr Cooper and one Howard settled northeast of the village around the location of the Boston mines. The settlement of that part of Plymouth lying between Jackson and Hunlock townships was not begun until 1827 when Henry Cease, George Sorber, and Jacob Sorber moved into the woods and began clearing land. They all sold out and moved farther into the woods. /P/ All the early settlers lived in log houses except Otis Allen and Jacob Sorber who built block houses. The first frame dwelling was erected by Josiah Kocher in 1841. The Kocher brothers were carpenters as were the sons of Otis Allen. The Aliens were also millwrights. Stephen Kocher was the first blacksmith in Lake township. The first store was kept by Hollenback & Urquhart for the benefit of the men in their employ from about 1850 until I860 FN Ruggles established a store near the southeast corner of the towuphip in 1872 and sold out in 1874 to his brother CW Ruggles. James Sorber kept a store at Booth's Corners in 1863-5. Ruggles & Shonk had a store in connection with their tannery. Simeon Lewis kept store since 1871. /P/ . The first mill was erected in 1837 by Lewis Hoyt, Frederick Hartman builder, on Harvey's creek. George Sorber built one this year which was purchased by Jameson Harvey in 1840. This was burned in 1876 and Mr Harvey built the present mill on the site.
8/27/1733 Palatines imported, ship Eliza of London, Edward Lee, master from Rotterdam, last of Dover: Jacob Server, Jacob Serber Jr.,
Pennsylvania Archives: A MUSTER ROAL OF CAPTAIN HEYDRICH COMPANY OF MILLITIA IN SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP COMMANDED BY COLONEL JOHN MOOR ESSQUIRE COMMANDER OF THE SECOND BATALLION OF MILLITIA PHIL COUNTY 1778 (c): Capt. Balsor Heydrich. Ensign Jacob Sorber. Drummer John Sorber
Report of the Department of Mines PA: TIME AND EFFECT OF THE DISASTER The deplorable disaster referred to in the preceding communications took place at about ten o clock Friday morning, December 18 1885 in the Ross vein workings of the No 1 slope one of a number of coal mines owned and operated by the Susquehanna Coal Company at Nanticoke, Pa. Suddenly and very unexpectedly a large body of quick sand saturated with water to such an extent that it flowed like liquid broke into the mine at the face of the inner counter gangway and rushed through the workings filling the main passages so rapidly that twentyry six persons failed to escape and were caught and perhaps killed before they had time to leave their working places. It was one of the most unfortunate calamities and perhaps the most distressing in its effects that has ever occurred in the coal mines of this region. The friends and relatives of the deceased persons were led to believe for the first four days that probably they had only been closed in at an open space where the quick sand had failed to reach them and that possibly they might be living. Upon finding the correct location of the cave in all hopes of their being living were instantly dispelled, for to those who were familiar with the mine it became evident that a space of sufficient are as would maintain the lives of so many persons for any length of time after the debris broke upon them was almost impossible. Those who were eye witnesses of this terrible flood state that it ceased running in about one hour after it broke into the mine. In this remarkably short time the lower portions of the workings were literally packed full of sand for a distance of more than three thousand feet from the source of the stream. It filled the chambers at some points to a height of two hundred feet from the gangway on a rising grade of eighteen degrees. Mixed with the sand a large number of stone boulders were found, some almost as large as a common flour barrel thrown up to the chambers to the same height as the sand. The sand after the water drained out was pressed almost as hard as a brick and the main gangway filled from floor to root all the way to the entrance of the tunnel. A thickness of from three to four feet extended all the way down the slope and into the lower channel a distance of over five thousand feet from the point where it broke into the mine. The quantity of water was so small that it drained off in a short time and the increase at the pumps was hardly noticeable. When tidings of the flood which were immediately sent by the officers reached the ears of the workmen below in other lifts they all fled out as speedily as possible. The inhabitants of the town were also shocked by the startling intelligence that a great calamity was taking place beneath them in ts he mines and naturally the excitement caused thereby was intense. The following persons were found to be missing after a careful inquiry shortly after the accident. List of the Entombed Persons: Oliver Kivler, miner, age thirty two years, wife and three children; William Kivler, laborer, age eighteen years, single; Frank Kivler, miner, age thirty years, wife and three children. These were brothers. John W Shutt, laborer, age twenty eight years, wife and three children; August Matule, miner, age forty five years, wife and three children; Isaac Sarver, miner, age twenty six years, single; John Sarver, laborer, age twenty years, single; Andrew Low, miner, age twenty six years, single; John Hawk, laborer, age twenty six years, single; Vincent Luke, miner, age twenty three years, single; Vadislaus Jeloshinski, laborer, age twenty four years, single; Peter Motulewickm, laborer, age twenty five years, single; John Norwack, miner, age twenty six years, single; Adam Rubinski, laborer, age, twenty six years, single; John Drajna, miner, age thirty five years, wife and three children; John Slotf, laborer, age twenty seven years, wife and two children; Joseph McCarty, miner, age twenty five years, wife, no children; Abram Lewis, miner, age thirty five years, wife and two children; Edward Mathews, laborer age twenty years, single; Thomas Williams, laborer, age twenty two years, single; Edward Hargraves, miner, age twenty two years, single; Michael Adomchick, laborer, age twenty four years, single; William Elkie, runner, age seventeen years, single; Max Longoski, driver age sixteen years, single; William Danahay, driver, age fifteen years; Thomas Clifford, door boy, age fourteen years. In all twenty six persons, eight of whom were married leaving eight widows and nineteen children. The gangway has been re opened since a distance of more than two thousand feet but not one of the bodies has as yet been recovered. No efforts to that effect have been made since April 21, the officials of the company being as they say afraid to risk the lives of the workmen and the safety of their property to proceed further with the work. It is their opinion that the bodies cannot be reached and that the lives of the work men would be jeopardized to an unwarrantable extent by continuing the excavation of the mine. In all the calamaties that took place in the mines of this coal field since the one that occurred at the No 1 drift at Carbondale January l2, 1846 the bodies of the victims have invariably been restored to their bereaved friends. In some cases it has been done at great expense and peril but the difficulties were such as could have been surmounted with fair assurance of safety and therefore it was done. In the disaster referred to at Carbondale, Pa about fifty acres of ground caved in suddenly while all the men were at work in the mine and fourteen persons were buried under it. The company kept men working constantly for a period of six weeks trying to recover their bodies and succeeded in finding eight. The other six were never found and they are there still. During the forty years which have passed since so far as I know the character of the mine calamities has been such that it has proven practicable to recover the bodies within a few days at most after that which caused their death occurred but in the case of the Nanticoke disaster of December 18, 1885, seven months have passed and not one body has been recovered. Every one connected with the coal mine is pained with the thought of abandoning them and would be greatly gratitied if they could be found. It was a singular occurrence nothing like it has ever caused such a calamity in this region heretofore and before censuring any one all the circumstances should be well considered and treated justly and without prejudice.