Patriot Ancestor: Philip Jacob Schreiber

Patriot Ancestor / Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Philip Jacob Schreiber (went by his middle name Jacob)            SAR # P-339175, DAR # A101133

His tombstone inscription is “PVT 4 CO PA MILITIA REVOLUTIONARY WAR.”  He served in the 4th Company as a private (under Capt. Adam Serfoos) – see also PA HIST & MUS COMM, RG 4.61, ROLL #331.  He paid supply tax in Whitehall Township, 1781.  As shown in the Pennsylvania Archives, 5th Series, Volume 8, pp 108-110, he served in the 2nd Battalion of Northampton County, under Col. Stephen Balliet and Captain John Morritz.

Apart from his service in the PA militia, he was a farmer in Whitehall township, Lehigh Co., PA.  A brief biosketch:

“Philip Jacob Schreiber, eldest son of John Jacob, was born in Skippack township, Montgomery county, June 13, 1735, and was baptized on June 15th.  The death of his father in middle age left him at the head of the family and responsibilities were early thrust upon him, which he readily met.  He became one of the most prosperous farmers in Whitehall, and added to the holdings of the family.  In 1764 he was assessed £10 on 250 acres of land and in 1768 he was taxed on 90 acres of cleared land and 310 acres of uncleared land, with three horses and three cows.  He was a man of medium height, proportionately built, with auburn hair.  A man of considerable energy, he possessed more than ordinary intelligence, and some of his account books still in existence show that he wrote a very neat hand both in English and German.  He was an elder and trustee of the Egypt Reformed congregation and in 1785 was a member of the building committee which erected the church, to which he contributed £20.  In 1799, he erected a fine stone mansion on his property, which still stands.  He died April 5, 1813, and is buried at Egypt.  He married May 1, 1759, Catharine Elizabeth Kern, daughter of George Kern, also of Whitehall township.  … They had 11 children … .”  

Citation: History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, and a Genealogical and Biographical Record of its Families, vol. 03, ed. Charles Rhoads Roberts, Rev. John Baer Stoudt, Rev. Thomas H. Krick, and William J. Dietrich, published 1914 by Allentown, PA: Lehigh Valley Publishing Company, Ltd, Allentown, PA, page 1170. 

Another reference: findagrave memorial # 12230285,