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William Daniel Gobrecht 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 6 Dec 1799, Hanover, York, PA 4 5
  • Christened: 1 Jan 1800, Hanover: Emmanuel's Reformed Church, York, PA 4
  • Marriage (1): Amanda Miller on 15 Aug 1850 1
  • Died: 31 May 1859, , Adams, PA at age 59 6
  • Buried: Arendtsville: Old Reformed & Lutheran Graveyard, Adams, PA 6

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Newspaper: Gettysburg Compiler: "Printing Office For Sale" by W. D. Gobrecht, 23 Jun 1829, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 7 The Office of the "Hanoverian," comprising all of its materials an furniture is offered for Sale either with or without a variery and considerable quantity of ornamental and fancy Job type, borders, ornaments, &c. &c. seldom found in a county Printing Office. The Press is pronounced excellent by all judges -- is sufficiently large to print a Super royal sheet.
W. D. Gobrecht, Hanover, Pa.

2. He appeared on the census in 1850 in Hanover, York, PA. 8 The 1850 census recorded Wm. D. Gobrecht, farmer, 50, living on a farm valued at $5000 with Abdiel Gobrecht, 19; and Amanda Miller, 18. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

3. He had an estate probated on 13 Jun 1859 in , Adams, PA.

4. Book: HIstory of York County: "W. D. Gobrecht,who published a local newspaper, began the practice of law at Hanover about 1840.", 1907. 9

5. Obituary: Altoona Mirror: obituary of Neander A. Gobrecht on 1 Sep 1925 in Altoona, Blair, PA. 10 NEANDER A. GOBRECHT, A well known clerk at the Altoona car shops and resident of the Tenth ward, died in his home, 114 East Crawford Avenue, at 9:05 o'clock yesterday morning of complication of diseases. He had been in failing health for
some time and had been confined to his bed for the past eighteen weeks.

Deceased was born at Arendtsville, Pa. on Sept. 7, 1851. He was reared in that vicinity but came to this city when youth about 14 years of age. On attaining young manhood he entered the service, of the Pennsylvania Railroad company and at the time of taking ill was employed as a clerk in the car shop offices.

He was a member of Salem Reformed church and the Knights of Malta and the College of Ancients, an auxiliary of that order.

He is survived by his wife, four sons and one daughter, George N., Edwin and Mrs. Irene Shaw, of Altoona and Samuel B. and John C. of Pittsburgh.

The funeral will take place Thursday afternoon with services at Salem Reformed church at 2 o'clock. Interment in Rose Hill cemetery.

6. Book: History of the John Christopher Gobrecht Family in America, 1977. 11
William D. Gobrecht, who was bom December 6, 1799, was baptized by his grandfather, Rev. John Christopher, January 1, 1800 and was confirmed in June 1815 by Rev. Jacob H. Weisling, pastor of the Reformed church in Hanover, Pa.

William assisted his father, Daniel, in the family drug store until his 27th birthday when he became the editor of the Hanoverian during the years of 1827-1828. He vvas admitted to the bar in York and Adams counties and followed the legal profession until 1842. During the next eight years he lived in a retired state doing some farming on small tracts of land which he owned. In 1850 he purchased 559 acres of timber land from Peter Fehl. This land was located in the "Narrows" of Adams County, Pa. Here he operated a saw mill and remained in the lumber business for six years. In April 1856, William D. Gobrecht and family moved to a little town called Mummasburg, Adams County, Pa. He lived there until his death on May 31, 1859. He was buried in the church graveyard at Arendtsville, Pa.

William married Amanda Miller on 15 Aug 1850.1 (Amanda Miller was born on 11 Oct 1832 in Hanover, York, PA,5 12 13 14 died on 26 Nov 1928 in Altoona, Blair, PA 13 14 and was buried on 28 Nov 1928 in Altoona: Fairview Cemetery, Blair, PA 13 14.)


1 Wilbur J. Gobrecht, History of the John Christopher Gobrecht family in America, 1763-1977 (Gobrecht Clan Book Committee, 1977 - 363 pages. Available online books), Pages 3, 17, 19.

2, Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950, M. D. Gobrecht in entry for Neander Augustus Gobrecht, 19 May 1853. Father M. D. Gobrecht, mother Amanda.

3 Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 ( Operations Inc), Amanda Miller b.1832 and William D. Gobrecht b.1799.

4 Emanuel Reformed Church, Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania,

5 Wilbur J. Gobrecht, History of the John Christopher Gobrecht family in America, 1763-1977 (Gobrecht Clan Book Committee, 1977 - 363 pages. Available online books).

6 Find A Grave,

7 Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania.), 23 Jan 1829, page 3.

8 1850 United States Census, Wm D Gobrecht, Hanover borough, York, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 116.

9 Prowell, George, History of York County, Pennsylvania (Historical Society of York County, PA. 1907. 3 volumes.), Vol. 1, page 843.

10 Altoona Mirror (Altoona, PA) (Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania), 1 Sep 1925, obituary of Neander A. Gobrecht.

11 Wilbur J. Gobrecht, History of the John Christopher Gobrecht family in America, 1763-1977 (Gobrecht Clan Book Committee, 1977 - 363 pages. Available online books), Page 20.

12 1860 United States Census, Year: 1860; Census Place: Franklin, Adams, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1057; Page: 104; Image: 108; Family History Library Film: 805057.

13 Find A Grave,

14, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 106786. Amanda Thomas. Father John Frederick. Mother ____ Iron. Spouse Geo. S. Thomas.

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