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widower, Adam Henig is listed. Each of the eight siblings (in Anna’s case, her children) received a 1/8 share, or $601. This release conveyed the farm to Nicholas. That deed was recorded 30 January 1811. In a release recorded 21 May 1811, the siblings relinquished their share of the estate to Nicolas.

These documents list the three children of the deceased daughter Anna Henig: Catherine and her husband Daniel Williams, Adam Henig and Peter Henig.

John and son Nicholas Weierback owned this land during the Revolution and until May 17, 1811 when Nicholas sold the farm to Christian Braucher, who in 1810 came from Northampton County (now Lehigh). The farm remained in the hands of the Braucher relationship for a full century until 1911 when it was sold at public sale to George W. Wagenseller. The above farm photo was taken about a year after this sale.

Sometime after the sale of the farm, Nicholas moved to Ohio, where he died in Carroll County in 1846. The lineage of his son John, who spelled his name “Wirebaugh,” is traced in a book by Rachel Saul Tefft published in 1997, available from www.higginsonbooks.com.

Warren Wirebach’s search for Elizabeth uncovered the above information covering the period from John’s death in 1790 to Elizabeth’s final release in 1811. Subsequently, Warren continued to search for evidence of Elizabeth after 1811. Over a period of more than 20 years, he wrote many letters and made many visits to Canada to find some evidence of a “Leef” line that might include Elizabeth. He considered numerous variations of the name “Leef,” including “Leaf,” “Lees,” and “Leas,” reasoning that the letter “f” might actually be a script “s.”

Warren did find some “Leefs” during his search, but none of them indicated any possible connection to Elizabeth. Several questions remain:

  • Did Elizabeth marry an Indian named Leef? If so was he of mixed parentage, thus the English (or

German) name.

  • Did Elizabeth marry a white man named Leef?

In 2002, with the help of local residents, Warren was able to identify the site of the original farm.

Other Stories Although Warren was unable to find any evidence of Elizabeth or any of her descendants after 1811, his extraordinary efforts did not go totally unrewarded. Through communication with various authorities and Weyerbacher cousins he did uncover numerous stories and other family relationships.

One such story explains the death of John’s daughter Anna, who died in 1794 at about age 27, while married to Adam Henig. In a 1990 letter from Sonia S. Coulton, a descendant of Adam Henig and his second wife Barbara Vonada, Ms. Coulton relates the following two stories from several Henig sources:

  • Anna and infant daughter Anna drowned in a creek when a horse slipped. Adam was carrying the twin

brother Adam, Jr. and was unable to save his wife and daughter.


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