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Sarah Smyser > 1798-1864 > York PA
Posted by: Bradley Baer Nickey Date: July 06, 2001 at 16:01:10
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Who are the parents of Sarah Smyser who was married to GEORGE BARE on 22 May 1828? What year was SARAH SMYSER born? SARAH SMYSER is my gg-grandmother. Unfortunately, my research data indicates that SARAH’s parents and her year of birth are murky.


The Parent Problem:

The Records in the Christ Lutheran Church, York, York, Pennsylvania, Births or Christenings (1733 – 1875), Batch No. C50686-1, and Page 718, within the LDS Printout Call No. 1002621 indicated that JACOB SMYSER and MARIA had a daughter, SARAH, born on 4 Jan. 1798.

However, the “History of the Smyser Family in America”, 200 Year Anniversary Edition, by Amanda Lida Locks-Xanders, Vol. 4, Copyrighted Sept. 1931, page 27, has a section titled “Sarah Smyser, 5th Child of Peter and Barbara”; it is as follows:

“5. SARAH SMYSER (of Peter 1st)
1798 – 1863, Nov. 17.
Lived York Valley or Spring Garden Twp. m – May 22, 1828
George Bare (Bear, Baer, the last the present selling)….”

Thus, is SARAH SMYSER’s parents JACOB SMYSER and MARIA or are they PETER SMYSER and BARBARA?

The Birth Year Problem:

Unfortunately, I have an IGI Individual Record that gives SARAH SMYSER’s birth year as: “1805 Of York Co., Pennsylvania”, Film No. 446022, and GEORGE BARR as her spouse. I’m aware that an IGI Individual Record submitted by an individual can be in error, however someone thought it was correct.

The 1850 Census of Spring Garden Township, York County, Pennsylvania contains a GEORGE BEAR, age 46; SARAH, 45; and three children: EMANUEL, LOUISA, and ELIJAH. The age information appears to be appropriate for GEORGE but indicates that SARAH was born much later than 1798.

I’m in somewhat of a quandary and I could use your help. What is the right birth year for SARAH SMYSER?

All information or comments would be appreciated. My e-mail address is


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