Sunday, February 17, 2008

Siberts, Lollars, and Wakefields in Indiana

From a book compiled by the Bartholomew County Genealogical Society about Bartholomew County, Indiana history the following was found amongst the county's family histories:

PETER SIBERT - Peter Sibert was b. 10 November 1808, Washington Co., Kentucky, the eldest child of John and Sarah (Barlow) Sibert. The Sibert family came to Bartholomew Co. about 1822. Peter m. 24 September 1829 Rebecca Lollar (1811 - 1903), believed to be the daughter of Thomas Lollar and Mary "Polly" Wakefield. The Wakefields and Lawler/Lollar families came from North and South Carolina to Franklin Co., Indiana, in the early 1800s.

Peter Sibert d. 2 September 1849, during a cholera epidemic, and is presumed to be buried in an unmarked grave at Harmony Cementary in Sandcreek Twp. He and Rebecca had 7 children: John H., Mary Jane, Sarah, Mable Ann and triplets Benjamin F., Nancy and (possibly) Martha.

Peter's widow Rebecca m. second Joel "Tad" Williams, 16 December 1849. They had a daughter, Amanda E. Williams, b. c. 1853. Rebecca m. third Robert Robertson, 26 November 1868, and moved to Jasper Co., Illinois.

John Herod Sibert, first child of Peter and Rebecca, was b. c 1830 in Bartholomew Co. He m. 18 August 1853, Jane Lane.

Mary Jane Sibert, b. 1833, m. 16 December 1847, Samuel Hubbel. Only 14 when she married, she d. 1 October 1848, probably in childbirth. Her infant son Benjamin is buried beside her, age 11 mos, 21 days. Samuel Hubbel, b. 1823, d. 3 September 1849, likely of cholera.

Sarah "Sally" Catharine Sibert, b. c. 1836, m. 9 October 1851 William Tyner Wakefield. They moved to Appanoose Co., Iowa.

Mabel Ann Sibert (10 December 1838-19 November 1899) m. 9 June 1853, Marion Jones. See their seperate biography.

Benjamin Franklin Sibert, one of the three triplets was b. 15 July 1844 d. 23 May 1934, buried at Hickory Hill (Durnal) Cemetery in Brown Co., Indiana. After his service in the Civil War, Co. A., 93rd Reg., Benjamin m. (1) Susan V. Coffman, 21 March 1867. They had 4 children before her death. The children were Mary (Mrs. George Rockwell, of Clifford); Mrs. Bertha Sherman, of Dugger, Indiana; and sons John and Charlie Sibert, both of Floyd, Iowa. Benjamin m. (2) Annis Bradley 13 November 1877, in Brown Co. They has one child, possibly Robert Sibert, who died in Los Angeles, December 1930. Benjamin m. (3) on 13 April 1886, Sarah Bradley (1850-1943), in Bartholomew Co. They had one son, Forest. Sarah also had a daughter, Josephine (1882-1965), who took the name Sibert. Nancy Sibert, triplet, n. 15 July 1844, died young, probably buried in unmarked grave at Harmony Cemetery. Submitted by Newton A. Wilson, St. Petersburg, FL.

[Interpretation: William Tyner Wakefield is the son of William Wakefield and Polly Shirley. Mary "Polly" Wakefield is William's sister, William Tyner Wakefield's Aunt, and the daughter of Abel Wakefield that married Mary Ann Branson. Sarah "Sally" Catherine Sibert is Mary "Polly" Wakefield's granddaughter. Not quite first cousins but pretty close.

Abel Wakefield, who was born in SC and died a Revolutionary War Veteran in Lawrence County, TN, is a brother of William and Mary "Polly".

Additionally, take notice of the devasting effects cholera had on the family in the September of 1849.]


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