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Fairbaugh / Farbach
Posted by: Van Doren (ID *****4034) Date: September 25, 2002 at 13:45:36
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Hello... I started this forum in an attempt to connect all those who have the name of Fairbaugh somewhere in their line.

There are not many Fairbaughs in the world. It seems that most every Fairbaugh had their origin in Ohio or Pennsylvania. Fairbaugh comes from German folks who once carried the name Farbach, Fahrenbach or a similar spelling of this German name. (I have found my ancestor Solomon's name spelled Ferrenbaugh, Farback, Ferronbach, Faubaugh, among others... very frustrating!)

My grandfather, Solomon Fairbaugh, married Josephine Pifer in the 1860's. Their children were: Albert (from a previous marriage), John Steven, Joseph Anthony, William, Mary, Catherine and possibly another. (I'll be back with more details in a following post).

I'm desperately trying to find more about my Solomon... especially his birthplace and family!

Josephine, his wife, was born in Wurtemberg aroun 1838, is said to have come from Ohio to Pennsylvania. I suspect Solomon was in Ohio before living in PA, as were some of his apparent relatives.

About some others who have the Fairbaugh spelling... there is Peter Fairbaugh, Ross Co. Ohio in 1850 and was in Pittsburgh, PA by 1860. There is a Phillip Fairbaugh (PA 1870) associated with Peter, also. (I think I found the two of them in the 2001 immigration index listed as Farbach or Farbacher... and I'm looking into that.) I think the Peter mentioned above and my Solomon Farbach were closely related.

Solomon was buried as Farbach or Farback in Pittsburgh, but then at least three of his children began using the Fairbaugh spelling.

Someone told me that they heard Solomon's name was John Solomon, but I have only found him listed as Solomon (without a 'John') in the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census, in the death index, at the cemetery, and possibly in the declaration for intention to be a citizen (Harrisburgh State Archives for Allegheny Co. 1851, where with Phillip, he uses the spelling Ferrenbaugh).

Does anyone out there have information on the origin of Peter Fairbaugh from Ross Co? His obituary (died Sept 12, 1897 in PA) uses the spelling Farbacher for his surname.

There was another Peter Ferenbaugh in Knox Co., OH in 1850.
There was also a Peter Ferenbaugh in Cumberland Co. PA in 1850...
and an entry for Peter Ferrenbaugh in Cumberland Co. PA in 1840.

Just in case someone finds this message while researching for a Peter Farbacher, here is a bit more information on Peters which I have found, though no connection to my family has been made:
Petrus Farbacher Christened 25 Sep 1870 Roemisch-Katholische, Dahn, Pfalz, Bayern
John Peter Farbacher Birth: 14 Oct 1864 Allegheny, PA
Peter C Farbacher 1985 Cuyahoga County, OH Birthdate 11 May 1911
Peter Forbeck Cook Co, IL 1850 and 1880
Peter Fehrenbach of Christian and Magdalena Fehrenbach in Knox Co, OH

There are two other Solomons with similar last names... one in Philadelphia (listed as Forebaugh and Fehrenbach from around 1820... before my Solomon's Baden birth) and another Solomon Fehrenbach in IL, born in Baden, c.1825. My Solomon was born c. 1833. Seems the Fehrenbach/Farbachs sure liked to travel!

If you are researching Fairbaughs, please contact me or post! Thanks!

Sally Van Doren

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