Barbara Meisberger came to the United States with her family in 1855, when she was five years old. She was born 3 January 1850 in Steinbach, Rhineland, Prussia (today Germany). Barbara is the youngest daughter of Michael Meisberger and Margaret (Bettinger) Meisberger and she is my 3rd great-aunt.
Her siblings were Theobald Meisberger (my 2nd great-grandfather), Michael Meisberger (Jr.), John Meisberger, Elizabeth Meisberger, Eva Meisberger, and Magdalena Meisberger Shuda.
Barbara is mentioned in a short biographical sketch extracted from the Book of Biographies of the Seventeenth Congressional District, published by Biographical Publishing Company of Chicago, Ill. and Buffalo, NY (1899). The sketch was for William F. Haley, the son of Patrick Haley and Barbara (Meisberger) Haley, who was a leading merchant in Locust Gap, Northumberland County (Co.), Pennsylvania (PA) and proprietor of one of the largest grocery stores. The author does not provide a marriage date for Patrick and Barbara but does mention that Barbara’s parents were among the earliest settlers of Coal Township, Northumberland Co., PA.
The author writes that Patrick Haley was born 22 February, 1835, at Mount Laffer, Schuylkill Co., PA and lost his life in the mines on 20 August 1884. Together Barbara and Patrick had eight children–William F.; Mary, who was the wife of Peter Duppy of Locust Gap; Michael, who was killed in the mines at the age of almost twenty-two; Margaret, the wife of Walter Bosine; Elizabeth, the wife of Frank Brecker; Eugene; Victoria and Patrick, who died at the age of three.
Barbara died 20 March 1925 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland Co., PA and was buried in St. Edward’s cemetery in Coal Township.
Week 37 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.