History and Biography of Ludwig Flinchbaugh
Ludwig Flinchbaugh, the third son of Melchior Flinchbaugh and Sophia Catharina Rembold, was born on January 30, 1745 in Grossgartach, Germany and baptized on January 31, 1745 according to his baptismal record. At the age of 8, he made the journey with his parents and other siblings on the ship “Brothers” in 1753 and arrived in his new country on September 26, 1753 in Philadelphia. When his father and family moved from Lancaster County to York County in the mid 1760’s, Ludwig presumably moved here with them.
Ludwig was married to Elizabeth Blymire and together they had one daughter named Elizabeth born May 18, 1773 and baptized May 23, 1773 at Blymire’s Church in York Township, York County, PA. Sponsors for the birth were Martin and Elizabeth Blymire, probably either the grandparents of the baby or aunt/uncle. Orphans Court records verify the maiden name of Ludwig’s wife to be Blymire.
Unfortunately, Ludwig did not live a long life, as estate records show up in February 1776 stating that he is deceased and the administrator of his estate is Elizabeth Flinchbaugh, his widow. Orphans Court records in 1792 show auditors were appointed to settle the administration account of Christian Geesey and his wife Elizabeth, administrators of Ludwig Flinchbaugh. On March 25, 1783, Ludwig’s widow Elizabeth married Christian Geesey at Christ Lutheran Church in York, York County, PA.
In regards to Ludwig’s only child, it is unknown what happened to her. Orphans Court records indicate that when she turned 15 she had John Koller named as her guardian. This is the last record that is known about Elizabeth.
Ludwig Flinchbaugh born January 30, 1745 in Grossgartach, Germany, baptized January 31, 1745 in Grossgartach, Germany and died about 1776 in York County, PA. He married Elizabeth Blymire.
Children of Ludwig Flinchbaugh and his wife Elizabeth Blymire:
- Elizabeth Flinchbaugh born May 18, 1773 in York County, PA, baptized May 23, 1773 in York County, PA died unknown