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In a recent photograph of the property, the barn and house of the 1912 photograph can clearly be seen.

2002 photograph of the site of the Johannes Weyerbacher farm

In the late 1960s, Warren W. Wirebach, Weyerbacher family historian and 1st cousin 4 times removed to Catharine Elizabeth, began a quest to find information about her following her 1781 capture. This effort was to continue for more than 20 years with some success and some disappointment. This is the story of Warren’s search for Catharine Elizabeth.

There are many accounts of similar raids and abductions by Indians in and around this part of Pennsylvania and New York during the American Revolution. At the time of the capture of Catharine Elizabeth and her sister, John Shively, who owned a farm about a mile away, was also “captured and carried away by the Indians and was never heard from afterwards.” As a historical note, John Shively’s farm was later owned by Richard V. B. Lincoln, who was a 3rd cousin of President Abraham Lincoln, as evidenced by the President’s letter to him.

Springfield, Ill. Apr. 6 1860

Richard V. B. Lincoln Esq.

My Dear Sir,--Owing to absence from home, yours of March 19th was not received till yesterday. You are a little mistaken. My grandfather did not go from Berks County, Pa, as I learn, his ancestors did, some time before his birth. He was born in Rockingham County, Va; went from there to Kentucky, and was killed by Indians about 1784. That the family originally came from Berks county I learned a dozen years ago, by letter, from one of them, then residing at Sparta, Rockingham County, Va. His name was David Lincoln. I remember, long ago, seeing Austin Lincoln and Davis Lincoln, said to be sons of Ananiah or Hananiah Lincoln, who was said to have been a cousin of my grandfather. I have no doubt you and I are distantly related. I should think, from what you say, that your and my fathers were second cousins. I shall be very glad to hear from you at any time. Yours very truly,

"A. Lincoln"


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