The Lobach Coat of Arms


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Seeking information on descendants of PETER LOBACH (b: 1-19-1720 in Germany; m: HELENA PALLIO 8-27-1743 in Philadelphia Co., PA; m: SUSANNAH SCHAFFER BETZ; d: 11-11-1785 in Lobachsville, PA) and their children:
    1. Peter Lobach (b: 12-27-1744 in Lobachsville, PA)
    2. Abraham Lobach (b: 2-6-1746 in Lobachsville, PA; m: Mary Seidel in 1775; d: 1808 Armstrong Co., PA)
    3. John Lobach (b: 6-26-1747 in Lobachsville, PA; m: Julia Ann Hoffman)
    4. Daniel Lobach (b: 10-6-1748 in Lobachsville, PA)
    5. Samuel Lobach (b: 1-21-1750 in Lobachsville, PA; m: Magdalena Shultz 5-10-1785; d: 12-21-1827 in Berks Co., PA)
    6. Andrew Lobach (b: 11-30-1751 in Lobachsville, PA; m: Eve Knisley in 1775; d: 7-29-1818 in Adams Co., PA)
    7. Maria Lobach (b: 10-15-1753 in Lobachsville, PA; m: Joseph Sigfreid; d: 1805 in Northampton Co., PA)
    8. Susannah Lobach (b: 9-5-1755 in Lobachsville, PA; m: Adam Reeder; d: 1817)
    9. Esther Lobach (b: 9-30-1757 in Lobachsville, PA; m: Casper Miller; d: 1845 in Lehigh Co., PA)
    10. Rebecca Lobach (b: 4-11-1759 in Lobachsville, PA; m: Nicholas Heist 5-21-1799; d: 1819)
    11. Magdalena Lobach (b: 11-20-1760 in Lobachsville, PA; m: Christian Weiser; d: 4-15-1812 in Lobachsville, PA)
    12. David Lobach (b: 8-7-1762 in Lobachsville, PA)
    13. Infant Lobach (b: 6-14-1764 in Lobachsville, PA; d: 6-14-1764 in Lobachsville, PA) - both mother and child died in childbirth
    14. Friedrich Lobach (b: 1767 in Lobachsville, PA; m: Anna Catharina Diener)
    15. Hannah Lobach (b: 1769 in Lobachsville, PA)
From a "Genealogy of the Family of Lobach" written by J. J. Lobaugh, grandson of Andrew Lobach, comes the following information:

"Together with the Ancient Coat of Arms, taken from the collection of European Coats of Arms, and the Genealogies in the Library of Vienna.

Copied from documents in the possession of David Lobach of Lobachsville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, and translated from the German for Dr. John J. Lobaugh (Lobach) of Elmwood, Peoria County, Illinois, by Professor Schmidt, Professor of Ancient and Modern Languages in Lombard University at Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, June 10, 1868.

The Generation of Lobach (or as it is spelled, Lohbach, in the oldest and most general way of spelling said name in Germany) is a very old and respectable race, which has counted among the free sovereign Counts in the Genealogies of the Nobility of Vienna in olden times and originated in Steyermark in Austria.About the year 513, there lived in the mountains of Steyermark a Walo of Lohbach, who was called Duke of Lohbach (Loh meaning low, and bach meaning stream or brook, hence Lohbach in English is Lowbrook).

The signs of his shield were two heads of an eagle, the symbols of watchfulness, strength, power and perseverance; and two battle axes, the symbols for desire for contest and strife. On his helmet he had a crown as an emblem of his dominion over a very extended territory. Above this he had an iron-coated arm holding a flag, as a sign that he had been a victorious leader in many battles. Such a shield and the signs of his helmet became afterward the Coat of Arms of this Race.

Walo had for a wife a certain Baldwin Marziville, of a Bohemian noble race, who died about the year A.D. 547. He had several sons, the successors of whom were still known in the year A.D. 800, and prospered at the time of the Emperor Charles the Great. One of them, Alberich of Lobach, was expelled (it is not known why) from his native country and took refuge with said Emperor, who gave him a real estate in Breisgau, where Alberich married Kunigunde of Furstenberg, and left at his death in the year A.D. 854 three sons, named Waldemar, Brunn and Habert. Their successors perished partly in the many skirmishes of the country in those times and a still greater part in the Crusades. And in the time of the German Emperor Frederick Second, we find but one of this race, who was called Hugo of Lohbach, and was in possession of several castles in Breisgau. He was at the foundation of the Confederation of the Rheinish Cities as one of the delegates from the City of Freiburg. He had a certain Anna of Pappenheim for his wife. He enlarged and improved his possessions very much by prudent economy and died in the year A.D. 1275, in great wealth and honored by the Emperor and Empire. The Emperor Frederick Second renewed for him his old title of nobility and his Coat of Arms by a special document dated A.D. 1262, made out in writing and ratified for all his posterity.

He left two sons, Gerold and Wolfgang. Gerold soon went into a convent and died as a deacon of the Cathedral of Mayence (Mainz). His brother Wolfgang, on the contrary, had quite a different disposition. He liked to extort from the lazy monks (as he called the priests) their money, their wine and the like, saying their chests and cellars were too full. His wife was a certain Dorothea of Dagstul, from a noble Rheinish race, and he met his death in the year A.D. 1312 in a combat with a knight of Bingstingen in Alsace. He had only one son, whose name was Gunther.

This one, having become a young man, could not agree with his savage father. He therefore moved to Italy where he studied architecture and the art of building fortifications. He lived in Venice and became very distinguished in his profession. He married a certain Olympia De Corsini, of a noble and wealthy Venetian family and settled himself there. He was accepted in Venice into the rank of the highest nobility and never went back to Germany again. In the middle of the last century, his race still prospered in Venice, by the name of Loborio.

But one of his sons, named Jordanns, after the death of his grandfather (Wolfgang), went to Germany and took possession of his grandfather's estate. He married a Brigitta of Sterneck. He was of mild and gentle disposition and when he died at a great age in A.D. 1371, he was generally lamented.

His race prospered at the beginning of the Thirty Years' War of 1618 when the name was represented by three noble knights, Carl, Anton and Rudolph, of Lohbach, who lived in different parts of Breisgau and were very rich noblemen. But in this terrible war, which lasted from A.D. 1618 to 1648, nearly the whole race entirely perished. A son of the above-named Anton, named Joachim Lohbach, moved to Under of Lower Schwabia (Schwaben), where he lived as a simple peasant near the City of Heilbrowe, on a farm which he bought with what property he had saved. He had a certain Maria Dietrich for his wife. The race of the other Lobachs is entirely extinct. Joachim died in A.D. 1687 and left several sons who came to Hessen and Franken (Franconia).


It will be observed that in the foregoing history, the last date mentioned is 1687, when Joachim Lohbach died. The next we read of the family is that Peter Lobach was born in 1720. The name of his father is not recorded, but it is fair to infer that he was a very near descendant of Joachim, for Peter was born only 33 years after the death of Joachim, and probably was his grandson. We learn that Peter's father died soon after the birth of his son and that the mother subsequently married Mr. William Pott, with whom she emigrated to America. (Name of ship - St. Andrew, sailed from Rotterdam September 13, 1734.)

When Peter was nearly grown, he was bound to a cutler to learn the trade (as the record says, he was to learn to make knife tools). His mother arranged to go to America and Peter, being an only son, left his trade to go with her. The account says they started from Germany in Holland, but probably this means only that they embarked from some port in Holland. In what year they emigrated I do not know, but it is fair to infer that Peter was 15 to 20 years of age, which would make the time from 1735 to 1740, as Peter was born in 1720, in the month of January. (I have since learned they arrived in America in 1734. Another account says in 1744 -- January 27, 1884. J.J. Lobaugh.) They settled in what was then Rockland Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The township has since been divided and where they settled is now Pike Township. Lobachsville is the precise location, being some 14 miles northeast of the City of Reading.

In 1744, when he was 24 years of age, Peter Lobach was married to Helena Pallio, a French woman, with whom he lived 20 years, 9 months and 17 days, she dying on the 14th of June, 1764. By her he had 12 children. After she died, he married a widow named Susannah Betz, by whom he had two children.

Peter Lobach died November 11, 1785, aged 65 years and 45 weeks, and was buried in the St. Paul's churchyard, adjacent and a little south of Lobachsville."

Peter Lobach was my great-great-great-great-great grandfather. The original spelling was gradually changed to L-o-b-a-u-g-h beginning in the 1800s, although some of the descendants who went to Northampton Co., PA, adopted the L-a-u-b-a-c-h spelling (and I am sure some of the others also kept the L-o-b-a-c-h spelling). I have concentrated my efforts so far just on the L-o-b-a-u-g-h spelling and currently have over 9700 Lobaughs identified and tied together as descendants of Peter Lobach. My ultimate goal is to obtain as complete as possible a descending history from Peter Lobach and his 15 children current to date.

PLEASE, If you are a Lobaugh or a Lobaugh descendant, send me your family history so that I can get you and yours identified and put into the history.

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