Welcome to the web site for our family name in America. On
September 25, 1754, Johannes Philip Liebrich and his family set foot on land at
the Port of Philadelphia. Having passed their medical examination, they were
marched up to City Hall, where they pledged their allegiance to the British
crown. They then were dismissed to begin their new life of freedom in Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania. The family changed their name to Leebrick in the 1820s. The
story of this Liebrich, now Leebrick, family is told in my book "900 Years: A
Liebrich/ Leebrick Family History". It was published by Outlook Press and is available on
Amazon and can be ordered from most book stores. Family tradition and some early US documentation described the
family as being from Manheim, Germany. This is consistent with the ship
"Adventure" documentation, which describes the passengers as being from the
duchy of Franconia. But, no one has ever found records in Manheim indicating the
presence of the family there.
Our trip to Philadelphia in the fall of
2004 helped to answer that question. Using some recent information from the
Internet, we went to Manheim, Pennsylvania and were able to locate the grave
stone of Johan Philip Nicholas Liebrich, the only son of our immigrant ancestor.
Oblique lighting and photographic enhancement techniques revealed that Nicholas
was actually born in Butzbach
Germany, not Manheim. Butzbach was located within the duchy of Franconia,
and so this location is also consistent with the ship manifest.
Having this birthplace, I turned to the research of Winfred Liebrich.
There I found a Nicholas Philip Liebrich
born on the date inscribed on this stone. The father of this Nicholas is given
as a Johannes who was born on the date given on Nicholas' father's gravestone in
Manheim. His mother is given there as Catherine and he has sisters identifeid as
Apollonia and Johannette, which also match what we know of the Manheim,
Pennsylvania family. These relationships were then confirmed by Butzbach church
records, putting our German roots on very firm grounds.
Over the next 150 years, at least twelve
more Liebrich families and 42 individuals arrived from Germany. Those families
have produced nearly as many Liebrich families as Leebrick families in this database.
Those later arrivals have nearly all elected to keep the German spelling of the name,
although there are numerous variants in spelling. Liebreich, Leibrich, Lieberich,
Loebrich and Liebisch are among the many variants. Many of them, particularly those
with the Liebrich spelling, descend from the same Butzbach family as my direct
ancestor.In the years between Johannes Philip leaving Butzbach and the later arrivals,
many had moved to other towns in central Germany, Sippersfeld being among the more
common home towns. A graphic showing these connections and all the immigrants
that I have been able to trace is shown here .
Those later families settled in Butler county Ohio, Providence county Rhode Island
as well as South Dakota and Pennsylvania. Most of those
families have kept the German spelling of the name.
RESEARCH NOTE: Recently there was an exhaustive statistical study done of how families
migrated across the United States after they arrived there. My research shows that the
Leebrick/Leibrick/Liebrich families pretty much followed the paths they identified, You
might find Figure 3 of their work especially interesting.
This January 2024 update contains significantly more complete information on
Liebrich families. It also includes data from the 1950 US Census, which was released
this year. You will also find expanded obituary information in the notes for each
person, based on articles in Newspaper.com. There are still dozens of Leebrick and
Liebrich individuals that I can't place in our tree yet, so if you know someone that
is missing, please let me know!
This information is a combination of my own research and what others have shared
with me. I'm always willing to share with others, so email me if you have
different information than I do. Here's a heads up that my book is now out of print.
If you can't find a copy online, drop me a line because I have a few copies available.
Just send me an email and I'll make arrangements to drop a copy of the book to you in the mail.
No database is ever error free or complete, including this one. If you have corrections or additions, please email
me at the address below.