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Herbert Apgar

Male 1731 - 1800  (68 years)


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  • Name Herbert Apgar 
    Born 14 September 1731  Niederdreis, (Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened
    • as ‘Johannes Herbertus’ at the parish Reformed church in Puderbach
    Gender Male 
    Died Summer 1800  Cokesbury, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I000022  Apgar Family | Herbert
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2011 

    Father Friedrich Epgert 
    Mother Anna Julianna Haag 
    Family ID F00003  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Anne …,   b. 21 July 1732, Cokesbury, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 March 1771, Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Ann Apgar,   b. 1756, Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 June 1840, Clinton Township, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Peter A. Apgar, Sr.,   b. 1 May 1758, Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 April 1846, Cokesbury, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +3. Margaret Apgar,   b. 15 May 1761, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 July 1841, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +4. George Apgar,   b. 29 September 1762, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 July 1846, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +5. John Apgar,   b. 25 November 1764, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 July 1852, Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +6. William C. Apgar,   b. About 1767, Cokesbury, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1830, Cokesbury, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Catherine Apgar,   b. 24 April 1769, Cokesbury, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 July 1857, Lebanon, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +8. Herbert Apgar, Jr.,   b. 1770, Cokesbury, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 August 1854, Cokesbury, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F00011  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Anna Eick,   b. Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Paul Apgar,   b. 1772, Cokesbury, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 December 1855, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Eva Apgar,   b. 20 May 1776, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Mary Apgar,   b. 17 October 1783, Cokesbury, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 December 1862, Hunterdon County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Family ID F00012  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Herbert was the second son of Fritz Epgert and Anna Juliana Haag. He was the oldest child to survive infancy and migrated to America with his father, stepmother and younger brother in 1740.

      Herbert stayed on the homestead farm. Since most of his brothers and sisters were still at home when Herbert married, it is quite likely that the second stone house was built at this time. In time it was filled with eleven children of his own. His first wife, Anne, surname unknown, died shortly after Herbert, Jr. was born. As you have probably noted, these early German-Americans usually named their first born son after his paternal grandfather, and the youngest son after his father. Of course, Herbert did not expect to remarry, so he thought at the time that Herbert Jr. was his youngest and last son.

      Herbert's children, starting in 24 May 1769 with Catharina, were baptized in the Lebanon Reformed Church. His name is recorded as Herbert Ebcher and wife Ana, as the parents. Eva was baptized 20 May 1776, with parent as Herbert Ebcher and wife Anna. These records were all written in the German language until the 1790's and Ebcher became Apgard/Apgar. We are sure that not all names of baptisms were recorded or found as many different men served as pastors, some only preaching for a day/month and moving on to another church. Services were irregular and often only once a year.

      His first wife, Anne, died shortly after Herbert, Jr. was born. Anne was buried in the Lebanon Reformed Church Cemetery. The plot beside hers was probably intended for her husband, Herbert's, burial plot. However, his second marriage changed those plans. Perhaps his parents were still living in 1771 and they might have persuaded him to be buried beside them on the home farm. The deed for Herbert's property includes the following: "Excepting out of the premises above described one square rood where Harbert Apgar, deceased, is buried." His parents, father Fritz and step-mother Anna, were probably already buried there. Mr. Dave Mills, the current property owner and the Apgar Family Association spent a number of years searching for this rod until it is was located. A ground penetration test was performed and identified three graves. The vacant plot was sold or given to Conrad Apgar, the Revolutionary War veteran.

      When the Revolutionary War was over, and the Allen-Turner holdings were being sold, Herbert bought from Stephen Johnson, Evert and Jane Van Winkle, of Middlesex, two hundred acres of his homestead on 14 August 1787. Herbert paid five hundred pounds for this land [recorded in Deed Book 6, page 24, of the records of the Hunterdon County Hall of Records, Flemington, NJ].

      On 12 June 1797, Herbert bought from Jacob Nitzer, another lot, containing 50.17 acres, said lot abutting the road to the meeting house in Lebanon. This road can still be seen near Bissell Road; then called Apgars Corners. For this land, Herbert paid one hundred twenty-six pounds, fifteen shillings. When the "Great Road leading to Potterstown" was built, Herbert realized he had no access to this highway. Accordingly he bought a third lot which gave him a long frontage on this road, now called Cokesbury Road. For this lot he paid John Alpock thirty-nine pounds, five shillings, plus "tuppence and a hapenny". This new road had cut through John Alpock's farm, leaving this lot across the road from his house, so, it was an advantage to both farmers to transfer ownership. The sale was completed on 8 November 1797.

      When Herbert died in midsummer of 1800, executors were his sons, Peter and George Apgar, and his son-in-law, Jacob Eicke. Witnesses to his will were John Haas, John Wickoff, and Herbert Rodenbaugh. One of Herbert's last official acts took place in July of 1800. Herbert was at that time present for the signing over of two twenty-five acre lots to his sons, Herbert, Jr., and Paul, (a/k/a as Powell). This was witnessed in July, and his will was probated in August.

      Herbert's will was probated 6 August 1800 in Flemington, NJ and made provision that if it was decided that it would be advantageous at any future time to sell the plantation farm, the proceeds were to be divided amongst the heirs. The farm was put up for auction by the executors on 18 October 1829. The highest bidder was Herbert Jr. who paid $2449.40 for 233 1/2 acres.


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