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Robb DNA Project & Raub/Robb lines in early PA
Posted by: John Harrison (ID *****9655) Date: August 01, 2009 at 22:33:22
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The Robb (and variants like Raub, Robe, Rapp, Raup, Rabb, etc.) DNA Project is now up to 27 members, and we have identified 12 different Robb lines. The project is located at:

Most of the lines we have identified so far are from Scotland and/or Ireland. We invite you to visit the website and see if your Robb family is listed there. Please feel free to e-mail me off-list at if you find any errors, or if you have additional families you’d like to share. We include information on families from the oldest known Robb/Raub/Rabb… down to about 1900 to keep personal information from living people off the net. Our results, particularly in lineage group 2, have tied together some of the old colonial Pennsylvania Robb families. The nice thing about DNA is that when you test the son of a son of a son… of a Robb, and his DNA matches another Robb descendant, they’re related. If not, they don’t share a common Robb ancestor. This is a great tool for sorting out “who belongs to whom,” especially since so many of our Robb ancestors had the same first names—whether they were related or not—and “to which family does THIS Robb belong” is something we’ve probably all wondered at one time or another.

The Robb DNA Project is also looking for Robbs, Raubs, Rabbs, etc, who are of German origin to join the project and get tested. We have only a few of the German Robb families tested, and it would be great to begin to figure out how those Robbs who came from Germany to Pennsylvania in the 1700s connect (if at all). Testing is easy, just a cheek swab, and the results can help establish how our Robb lines connect. In order to work for surname projects like this one, the person tested needs to be a male Robb/Rabb/Raub… who is a direct male descendant of a Robb ancestor. Y-DNA is passed directly from father to son, and every male child gets all of his Y-DNA from his father, and he from his father, and so on back. The Y-DNA changes very slowly, so a male Robb walking around today has almost exactly the same Y-DNA as his great-great… grandfather Robb had in Europe 300 years ago. It’s very cool to test two people whose ancestors were brothers in the mid-1700s, and see the almost identical Y-DNA they share despite the families being separated for over 250 years.

I’m including a couple lines below in the hope that someone out there knows of a male descendant from one of these lines. Again, it needs to be a male Robb in order to test. If you are descended from the Robbs, but are not a direct male descendant, that’s not a problem… you can get a male Robb cousin, brother, father, or uncle to test for you. That’s exactly what I did myself. My grandmother was a Robb, and a second-cousin graciously tested for me. People do that all the time in DNA projects. There are a number of Scottish and Irish Robb lines on the project’s Patriarch Page.

The Robb DNA Project has several people who have volunteered to cover the testing for a Raub/Robb descended from families of German origin. From time to time we have people looking for descendants of Scottish or Irish lines, too. Please take a look at the lines below, and e-mail me at if you have questions, know a Robb/Raub… who is descended from them, or are descended from them yourself.

Hans Jerg, or Henry George Raub came to America on the ship "Loyal Judith" from Germany via Rotterdam, and arrived in Philadelphia in 1732.

Hans Jurg Raub b. c1705 Germany, d. abt Jan 1781 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA, m. Maria Barbara Eckert
- Andrew Raub b. 25 Apr 1734 Bucks Co., PA, d. 19 Jun 1809 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA
--- Michael Raub b. c1759 PA, d. 1833 Knowlton, Sussex Co., NJ, m. Anna Kuhl
--- Andrew Raub b. 1766 PA, d. 1826, m. Susannah Nyce
--- Jacob Raub b. 29 Jan 1768, d. 9 Mar 1832, m. Catharine Vought
- Leonard Raub b. c1736 Bucks Co., PA, d. Jun 1820 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA, m. Anna Christina
--- George Leonard Raup b. c1760 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA, d. c1835 Catawissa Twp, Columbia Co., PA, m. Susanne Kressler
--- Philip Raub b. 16 Apr 1766 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA, d. 3 May 1862 Turbotville, Northumberland Co., PA
--- Ludwig Lewis Raub b. 21 May 1772 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA, d. 1 Jun 1858 PA
--- Johann Bernhardt Raub b. 1 Apr 1772 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA
--- Johann Jacob Raub b. 12 Apr 1774 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA
- George Wilhelm Raub b. 10 Feb 1741 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA, d. 1815 Easton, Northampton Co., PA
- Jacob Raub b. 2 May 1747 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA, d. abt. 1772
- Johannes Raub b. 16 Mar 1750 Williams Twp., Northampton Co., PA

Philip Raub may (or may not) have been the father of some of the Raubs, Raups, etc. who accompanied him on the "Loyal Judith" from Germany to Philadelphia. While at this time the relationships are not clear, DNA testing should be able to sort this out.

Philip Raub b. c1680 Karlsruhe, Harsfeld, Germany, d. Dec 1753 Bucks Co., PA, m. Maria Sarah Schoffel
- Andrew Raub b. abt 1700
- Peter Raub b. abt 1705 (possibly the Peter listed below)

Peter Raub may have been a son of Philip Raub, who came over from Germany in 1732 on the ship, "Loyal Judith." We need to get a descendant on this line DNA tested so we can ascertain if there was, in fact, a connection.

Peter Raub b. c1710 Germany, d. 13 Jun 1740 PA
- Michael Raub b. 17 Apr 1733, d. 1816, m. Maria Elizabeth Mayer
--- Christopher Raub b. 1755, d. 1820, m. Elizabeth Schneider
--- Peter Raub b. 10 Jan 1759, d. 22 Sep 1840, m. Maria Elizabeth
--- Jacob Raub b. 10 Jan 1759, d. bef 1850, m. Susanna Raub
- John Jacob Raub b. c1735

Thanks, and we look forward to finding and connecting more of our Robb families!

John Harrison
Robb DNA Project Administrator

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