Liebrich/Leebrick Families in America
Welcome to the web site for our family name in America. On September 25, 1754, Johannes
Philip Liebrich and his family set foot on land at the Port of Philadelphia. Having
passed their medical examination, they were marched up to City Hall, where they pledged
their allegiance to the British crown. They then were dismissed to begin their new life
of freedom in the colonies.
Family tradition and some early US documentation described the family as being from
Manheim, Germany. This is consistent with the ship "Adventure" documentation, which describes
the passengers as being from the duchy of Franconia. But, no one has ever found records
in Manheim indicating the presence of the family there.
Our trip to Philadelphia in the fall of 2004 helped to answer
that question. Using some recent information from the Internet, we went to Manheim,
Pennsylvania and were able to locate the grave stone of Johan Philip Nicholas Liebrich, the
only son of our immigrant ancestor. Oblique lighting and photographic enhancement techniques
revealed that Nicholas was actually born in Butzbach Germany, not Manheim. Butzbach was
located within the duchy of Franconia, and so this location is also consistent with the
Having this birthplace, I turned to the research of Winfred Liebrich. There is a link
to his pages further down on this page. There I found a Nicholas Philip Liebrich born on
the date inscribed on this stone. The father of this Nicholas is given as a Johannes who
was born on the date given on Nicholas' father's gravestone in Manheim. His mother is given
there as Catherine and he has sisters identifeid as Apollonia and Johannette, which also
match what we know of the Manheim, Pennsylvania family. So, I believe that we have finally
made the connection to the German Liebrich family tree. There are still some details to
clean up, but this looks pretty solid to me.
Between 1830 and 1870, at least eight more Liebrich families
arrived from Germany.
Those families settled in Ohio, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. Most of those families
have kept the German speeling of the name. Like the original family, they have moved all
over the United States.
This June 2006 update expands the German resources for our family. Relying on information
compiled by Dr. Winfred Liebrich and translated by Reinhard Zell and myself, it extends the
family tree of John Philip Liebrich back to the 1100s. This information is a combination
of my own research and what others have
shared with me. I'm always willing to share with others, so email me if you have different
information than I do.
No database is ever error free or
complete, including this one. If you have corrections or additions, please email
me at the address below. The guestbook has quite a number of comments in it now. It may
have a note from someone researching your specific line.
Table of Contents
Complete Surname List
Leebrick Art, Gizmos and Patents
Old Photos: People and Places
The Leebrick Saga - The First Generation
The Leebrick Saga - The Second Generation
German Web Sites, Translated Documents and Maps
Who to Contact for More Information
Send E-mail to
Send mail to:
David Hartzell Leebrick
9031 Pelot Place
Mechanicsville, Va 23116
This site was updated 6 August 2006.