Submitted by Stevie Hughes





George and Catherine Lingenfelter Kerbaugh along with most of their twelve children left Rockingham County, Virginia and arrived in Greene County, Tennessee, by 1803.  On November 3, 1803, George purchased 150 acres of land from James Miller.  The land was on the Little Chucky, adjacent to the land of Samuel Vance and Charles Lowery near the Old Knoxville Road.  Today, this area is near Pruitt Road located in the western edge of Greeneville, before arriving in the town of Mosheim.  Many families of German heritage settled in this area.

George and Catherine were of Germanic descent.  George Kerbaugh’s ancestors lived in or near Niederwambach Germany which is near Dierdorf.  The Germanic spelling of the surname is “Korbach” or “Kirbach”.  The literal translation of the surname is Basket (“Kor”) Maker by a Small Creek (“Bach”).

Two immigrant brothers, Johannes Christian (born 1706) and Georg Wilhelm (born 1717), sons of Johann Georg  and Maria Catharina Marts Kirbach, arrived in Pennsylvania with their wives and children on  Ship Samuel and Elizabeth in 1740.  The Ship’s manifest uses the spelling of “Keerback”, one of many spelling variations of this German surname.  On September 30, 1740, Johannes Christian and Georg Wilhelm “Kirbach” took the Oath of Abjuration in Philadelphia.

The immigrant George Wilhelm “Kirbach” and his wife, Anna Eva Trapper, were married in the small German village of Ratzert in 1736. They made the voyage to the colonies with two young sons.  After their arrival in Pennsylvania, six more children were born.  One of the American-born sons was George “Kerbaugh” who was baptized on 5-28-1749.  The family settled in Berwick Township in York County, PA.  It is believe that George Kerbaugh, born in 1749, married Catherine Lingenfelter in Pennsylvania before their migration into Virginia.

From Pennsylvania, George and Catherine Lingenfelter Kerbaugh went to Augusta and Rockingham Counties in Virginia.  In 1803, George and Catherine, along with most of their children, came to Greene County.  The children of George and Catherine Kerbaugh are documented when George’s land was partitioned among his heirs in 1831.  The children of George and Catherine Kerbaugh were:

(1) Christian.  He is believed to be the oldest son.  Christian came to Greene County, Tennessee. In 1805, he was the co-administrator, along with his Mother, of the Estate of his father, George Kerbaugh.  Christian returned to Virginia sometime thereafter.  He never appears in a Greene County Tax List.

(2) Elizabeth, whose married name was Slusser.  This family did not come to Tennessee.

 (3) Eve (wife of Jacob Apply).  This family did not come to Tennessee.

 (4) John.  John married Peggy Morrison in Greene County on 10-1-1808.  After her death, he married Elizabeth “Betsy” Wampler on 3-25-1821.  John and his Family are enumerated in the 1830, 1840 and 1850 census.   For further information on this family, please refer to the John Kerbaugh Family of Greene County.    

(5) Polly.   She married Frederick Myers on 11-22-1810 in Greene County, Tennessee.

(6) Jacob.  Jacob married Margaret “Moyers” (Myers) on 10-12-1820 in Greene County, Tennessee.  Jacob and his Family are enumerated in the 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860 census.  In 1851, Jacob Kerbaugh deeded one acre of the original 1803 farm to be used as a public cemetery.  This cemetery is known today as the Trobaugh-Myers Cemetery.  The cemetery is in the western part of Greene County between the towns of Mosheim and Greeneville, south of the Old Knoxville Highway near Pruitt Road.  Several of Jacob’s children migrated to Illinois and several stayed in Greene County, Tennessee.

(7) Sally.  She married Daniel “Farmer” (Farner) on 8-8-1816 in Greene County, Tennessee.

(8) Caty.  She married John Myers on 3-5-1808 in Greene County, Tennessee.   Both Caty and John were deceased by 1831when her Father’s land was divided among the heirs. It appears likely that the old Kerbaugh Cemetery, that is now called the Trobaugh-Myers Cemetery, derives its present name from the association with the descendants of John and Caty Kerbaugh Myers and/or her sister, Nancy Kerbaugh Trobaugh (child #10).

(9) Margaret.  She married James Vance.

(10) Nancy.  She married Jacob Trobaugh on 4-15-1811 in Greene County, Tennessee.

(11) Daniel.  Daniel is in the 1830 Greene County census, however, he is not in the marriage records.  He is no longer in Greene County by 1840.

(12) George Junior.  He married Rebeka Gibbs on 8-27-1829 in Greene County, Tennessee.  They had left Greene County before the 1850 Census.

The oldest three children, Christian Kerbaugh, Elizabeth Kerbaugh Slusser, and Eve Kerbaugh Apply, are enumerated in the 1810 census of Rockingham County, Virginia.   All of the other children lived in Greene County where they were married and/or enumerated in a census.  The sons, Daniel and George Jr., had left Greene County before the 1850 Census.    The “Americanized” German surname is found in the various records as  “Carbough”, “Kerbaugh/Kerbough” and several other spelling variations.

George Kerbaugh Senior died intestate in Greene County in 1805.  Catherine Lingenfelter Kerbaugh died sometime before the 1830 Census.  In April of 1831, their son, John, filed a petition with the Greene County Courts to partition their Father’s land among the heirs.   It is from this document that we know the names of Catherine and George Kerbaugh’s twelve children.

The only sons who remained in Greene County were John and Jacob Kerbaugh.  They continued to farm the original land purchased in 1803.  On August 8, 1851, the son, Jacob Kerbaugh, deeded one acre of this land to be used as a public cemetery.  This cemetery is known today as the Trobaugh-Myers Cemetery.  It is believed George (died 1805) and Catherine Lingenfelter Kerbaugh (died c. 1830) were both buried on this land long before the cemetery was actually deeded.

George and Catherine Kerbaugh’s son, John, died in Greene County in late 1855 to early 1856.  He, too, is most probably buried in the family cemetery.  All of John’s family left Greene County before 1860.  Only George and Caterine Kerbaugh’s son, Jacob, remained in Greene County. 

Jacob Kerbaugh is in the 1860 Census with his family.  He died in Greene County after 1863, and he is surely buried in the family cemetery.  Three of Jacob’s sons served in the Civil War, all in the 4th Regiment Tennessee Infantry, Company D.  Jacob’s son, Thomas F. Kerbaugh, is known to be buried in the Kerbaugh  (Trobaugh-Myers) Cemetery.  Jacob’s son, William P. Kerbaugh, who apparently did not marry, is buried at the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery in Greeneville.  Jacob’s son, Samuel, is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Greeneville.  A daughter, Margaret Caroline Kerbaugh Wampler died in Greeneville, and may be buried in the Kerbaugh Cemetery.  Only the descendants of Jacob Kerbaugh remained in Greene County, Tennessee.  Following the Civil War, some of his descendants appear to have migrated to Illinois for a short period of time, but later returned to Greeneville, Tennessee.  These descendants continued to live in Greeneville into the late 20th Century.

For more information on this Kerbaugh Family and the intermarried Johnson Family, please visit the website,




John Kerbaugh was the son of George and Catherine Lingenfelter Kerbaugh.  John was born in Virginia about 1785.  By 1803, John and his parents and most of his siblings arrived in Greene County where they lived on the Little Chuckey.  John’s father, George Kerbaugh, died in 1805.  John was one of the oldest sons.   He acted as the Bondsman for many of his sisters’ weddings between 1808 and 1816.

John Kerbaugh first married Peggy Morrison on 10-1-1808.  Two, possibly three children were born to John and Peggy.   Peggy died sometime before 1821.  On 3-25-1821, John remarried to Betsy Wampler.   In the 1830 Census, John has two males in his household.  One was born between 1811 and 1814 , and the other was born between 1801 and 1809.  Also in the household was a female, born between 1816 and 1820.  All three of these minors in John’s 1830 household could  possibly be his children; however, it is also possible one of the males is John’s brother, George Jr. who had only recently married in 1829.  In John’s 1855 Will he named only two sons.  One was John M., who was John (Sr.)’s oldest son with Peggy Morrison.  The second son was William, who was John (Sr.)’s son by his second wife, Betsy Wampler 

On July 25, 1813, John Kerbaugh, enlisted in the 24th Regiment of Lt. David Guinn.  He marched to Ft. Niagra where his unit became part of General Harrison’s army.  They engaged the British on 12-19-1813.  John was taken as a prisoner of war during the engagement.  The next morning the captured prisoners were marched to Fort George in Canada.  During the march John was assaulted so severely by a British soldier that he was crippled for the remainder of his life.  He spent many months in a British hospital, and was released in a prisoner exchange.  After his exchange, “….with much pain….and by the assistance of wagoners and other benevolent and kind hearted travelers”, John reached his home in Greene County after six weeks of travel.  John filed for an invalid’s pension in 1845, and with the assistance of Congressman Andrew Johnson, he received a pension of $5.33 per month for the remainder of his life.

John’s children with his first wife, Peggy Morrison, were: 

(1)  John M.   He was no longer in Greene County by 1850, and there is no marriage in the Greene County records for him.  In the 1880 census, John M. “Kerbough”, and his wife, Nancy L., are in Lauderdale, Tennessee.  John M. is age 69 (born 1811).  Five children are in John M.’s household.  Three are his children and two are his grandchildren.  John’s daughters are Susan A. and Frances.  His son is John T.   All were born in North Carolina.  The two grandchildren are Albert, born 1872 in North Carolina, and Mary M., born 1877 in Tennessee.   

(2) Mary. She married Charles Lowery in Greene County on 11-23-1837.  Mary and Charles Lowery are in the 1850 Greene County census.  Mary’s age is given as 29 (born 1821).  The children in Charles and Mary Lowery’s household were:  John W., Margaret E., Zelpha J., James H., William McC., and Daniel T.  No further information is known about this family.

After John’s first wife died, he remarried to Betsy Wampler Kerbaugh.  Their family is discussed in the following article on the John and Elizabeth Wampler Kerbaugh Family of Greene County, Tennessee.

John Kerbaugh signed his Will on 11-25-1855.  The witnesses were Charles Gass and John’s brother, Jacob.   It is believed John Kerbaugh is buried in the old Kerbaugh Cemetery now known as the Trobaugh-Myers Cemetery off of Pruitt Road.   Research into land deeds and cartography of the farms shows this cemetery was on the land originally purchased in 1803 by John’s father, George Kerbaugh. 

The final resting place of John Kerbaugh’s first wife, Peggy Morrison, who died before 1821, is not known; however, she is also probably buried in the old Kerbaugh Cemetery in Greene County.  

Please refer to Appendix 5, “MAPS”, for the Kerbaugh land and Cemetery.




Co-written with Barbara Hall Ross and Carleen Johnson Schmidt

John Kerbaugh was the son of George and Catherine Lingenfelter Kerbaugh.  He was born in Virginia about 1785.   John first married Peggy Morrison on 10-1-1808.  Two, possibly three children were born to John and Peggy.   Peggy died sometime before 1821.  On 3-25-1821, John remarried to Elizabeth “Betsy” Wampler.   Betsy  was the daughter of Michael and Susanna Wampler, who came from Wythe (previously Montgomery) County, Virginia to Greene County about 1810/11.  The census information is conflicting for  Betsy.  The 1850 Greene County census gives her year of birth as 1802; however, the 1860 Hamilton County, Illinois census gives Betsy’s year of birth as 1795.  Although both censuses state her place of birth as Tennessee, it is probable she was born in Virginia.

John Kerbaugh was a disabled soldier in the War of 1812 by the time he married his second wife, Betsy Wampler.  In his several letters to obtain a pension, he states he could work very seldom and was frequently unable to walk.  In 1845, John received an “invalids” pension of $5.33 per month.  John and his second wife, Betsy Wampler Kerbaugh, had only four children.  John’s disability, no doubt, is the reason for such a small family, when in the early 1800’s families of ten or more were not uncommon. 

John Kerbaugh signed his Will on 11-25-1855.    At the time of his death, John was well aware his family was planning to migrate elsewhere.  John instructed the land was not to be sold unless all of his heirs agreed to the relocation.  Poignantly, John made a specific request for the disposition of his property.   If the family was to relocate and all of the property was to be sold, the “little wagon” was not to be sold, but was to be the property of his two sons.  After the passing of 150 years, the significance of this “little wagon” is not known.  One has to wonder, if when a young man, John pulled this “little wagon” from Virginia to Tennessee when has family made the long trek to settle in their new home in Greene County.

John’s wife, Elizabeth, was named by the Greene County Courts in 1857 as the custodian of the two minor children, Eusebia and William.  By 1860, Elizabeth Wampler Kerbaugh had migrated with her two younger children to Hamilton County, Illinois where the oldest daughter, Kathryn Kerbaugh Johnson lived. 

Elizabeth Wampler Kerbaugh died sometime after May 1866.  After the death of her daughter, Eusebia in 1865,  Elizabeth signed an affidavit for the application of a civil war pension for her orphaned grandchildren.   Elizabeth Wampler Kerbaugh is not found in the 1870 Census.

It is believed John Kerbaugh is buried in the old Kerbaugh Cemetery, now known as the Trobaugh-Myers Cemetery off of Pruitt Road in Greeneville, Tennessee.  Elizabeth Wampler Kerbaugh most probably died in Illinois.  Her final resting place is not known, although it is very likely she is buried in an unmarked grave at the Methodist Church Cemetery in Macedonia, Illinois.

John and Betsy Wampler Kerbaugh’s children were:

1.  Kathryn, born c. 1822.  On 12-31-1840, Kathryn married Christopher Cooper Johnson, a son of Phebe (Cooper) and Zopher Johnston Junior.  After their marriage, Kathryn and Christopher lived on her father’s land on the Little Chuckey in District 8.  Kathryn and Christopher Johnson had six children:  (1) Elizabeth Jane; (2)  James A.; (3)  Zopher Alexander; (4) Phebe Adeline; (5) Sarah Ann; and  (6) Ellsworth.  The first four children were born in Greene County.  The family migrated into Hamilton County, Illinois in 1853.  Kathryn, Christopher and their baby Ellsworth all died in Memphis, Tennessee in the Fall of 1862 while Christopher was serving with the Illinois 40th, Company A.  Christopher is buried at the National Cemetery in Memphis.  It is not known where in Memphis  Kathryn is buried, but she and the baby, Ellsworth, were most probably interred in the old Winchester Cemetery that no longer exists. The family of Christopher and Kathryn Kerbaugh Johnson, who are the great-great grandparents of the author of this book, are covered extensively in a separate chapter.   For further information, please refer to the Family of Christopher Cooper and Kathryn Kerbaugh Johnson Family of Greene County, Tennessee.

2.  Sarah, born on 12-7-1834.  She married Joshua Campbell on 5-23-1853.  Sarah and Joshua had 13 children, including:  (1) Elizabeth Emaline; (2) Andrew Jackson; (3) William Franklin; (4) Mary B.; (5) Rosie Isabell; (6) George Marion; (7) Sarah Jane; (8) Frances Ellen; (9) Martha; (10) Harriet; (11) Margaret; (12) Alfred Newton, and (13) Louis Benjamin.  The family migrated first to Pulaski County, Missouri and from there, they went to Washington State.  

Sarah Kerbaugh Campbell died on 7-20-1885.  She is buried in the Colton City cemetery in Whitman County, Washington.

3.  Eusebia, born about 1837.  She married Solomon Page on 12-26-1858 in Hamilton County, Illinois.  Solomon died on 2-10-1864 of chronic dysentery contracted during his military service with the Illinois 40th  Infantry, Company A.   Solomon died at home in Macedonia, Illinois, while on furlough.  Eusebia and Solomon Page had two children:  (1) Thyrsa/Thursey E., born on 10-10-1859, who apparently died about 1870; and  (2) Sarah E., born on 1-1-1862, who married Thomas Logan Braden on 1-31-1878 in Hamilton County, Illinois.  Sarah and Thomas Braden had one known son:  (i) James Oscar Braden (1880-1946, buried at the Methodist Church Cemetery in Macedonia, Illinois).  About 1908, James Oscar Braden married Una L. (1887-1977), surname not known.  They had several children including Elmer, Gerald, Eudene, Clifford and Ruth Braden.  Their daughter Ruth married Carlton Miller.  As of this writing, Ruth Braden Miller is in her 90’s and lives in Springfield, Illinois.

Eusebia Kerbaugh Page died on 11-4-1865.  Her two orphaned daughters were placed into the custody of their paternal grandfather, Sanford R. Page.  Eusebia’s mother, Elizabeth Wampler Kerbaugh, gave a deposition on behalf of her orphaned grandchildren in May of 1866.  The two orphans were granted a Civil War Pension of $8.00 per month, with an additional $2.00 per child.  They lived in their grandfather’s 1870 household in Hamilton County, Illinois.  

The burial place of Eusebia Kerbaugh Page has not been located; however, it is almost certain she is buried in an unmarked grave at the Methodist Church Cemetery in Macedonia, Illinois where her husband is buried.   Selected documents from the Civil War pension file of Solomon Page, 40th Illinois Infantry Company A for his widow, Eusebia Kerbaugh Page, and subsequently their two orphaned daughters are included at the conclusion of this article.

4.  William W. (Wesley),  born on 8-22-1839.  William enlisted with the Illinois 41st Infantry, Company E in 1861.  William’s description on his enlistment papers describes him as five foot seven inches tall, with blue eyes and light hair and complexion.  After William’s discharge in 1864, he first married Martha E. Pope.  After Martha’s death in 1882, William remarried to Mahala Sinks King.  All of William’s children were by his first wife.  These children were:  (1) William E., who died unmarried as a young man;           (2) Minnie(3) Martha(4) Nancy; (5) Sarah(6) Amanda, and (7) a child who died in infancy.  

William W. Kerbaugh died in 1912.  He is buried in the Bethel Cemetery in Franklin County, Illinois.

Upon the deaths of her daughters in 1862 (Kathryn Kerbaugh Johnson) and in 1865 (Eusebia Kerbaugh Page), it can only be presumed that Elizabeth Wampler Kerbaugh lived out her remaining years with her only surviving child in Illinois, William W. Kerbaugh.  We do not know when Elizabeth died.  The last written record for her was in May of 1866 when she gave a signed affidavit for her deceased daughter, Eusebia’s, children.  Elizabeth is not found in the 1870 census. 

The Kerbaugh Family made numerous sacrifices on behalf of their Country.  Selected Pension Affidavits and the 1855 Will of John Kerbaugh are transcribed on the following pages.




WAR OF 1812


Transcribed by Stevie Hughes
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“State of Tennessee  Greene County


This day personally appeared before me Charles Gafs (“Gass”) one of the acting Justices of the Peace for said County Jacob Trobaugh and made oath in due form of law that he was well acquainted with John Kerbaugh of said county and that he enlisted in the year 1813 in the summer of that year in the 24th Regiment of the United States army in Lieutenant Stewarts company during the war.  And that he knew nothing more of said Kerbaugh until the fall of 1814 when the said Kerbaugh as he told me was taken prisoner by the Brittish at Fort Niagra on the 19th December 1813 and when he came into our neighborhood after he was exchanged he got as far as my house one mile west of Greeneville and appeared so much cripled and in so much misery that he was unable to get home and I took a horse and carried him home and he then said Kerbaugh told me that he was cripled in his hip and foot by a Brittish soldier who thrue him against the boat gunwell whilst a prisoner and so disabled him and altho his time of service had not expired he was not able to go to meet his regiment that was then in the south west and while he was at home one Doctor Chitester (?) attended on him and Christain Dyche  wrote on to the Board of War stating his situation and further the said Trobaugh states that he has been well acquainted with the said Kerbaugh ever since and that he has been cripled ever since in his hip and foot and appears to be getting worse and is not now able half the time to do any thing owing to the misery as aforesaid.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 16th day of January 1845.

                                                                                                                Jacob “X” Trobaugh “his mark”

Charles Gafs (“Gass”) Justice of the Peace”

Transcriber’s Comment:
Jacob Trobaugh was the brother-in-law of John Kerbaugh. 

“State of Tennefsee  Greene County

This day personally appeared before me Charles Gafs one of the Acting Justices of the Peace for said county George Kerbaugh and made oaths in due form of law that he was well acquainted with John Kerbaugh of said state and county and that he enlisted in the year 1813 in the 24th Regiment of the United States army during the War.  And that he came home in the year 1814 after as he told me he was exchanged as a prisoner of war and he the said John Kerbaugh was so disabled in his hip and foot and as he told me was done by a Brittish soldier throwing him against a boat gunwell whilst a prisoner of war and that I was with him many times after he came home and went several times for the doctor to attend on him the said Kerbaugh and that I have been well acquainted with him ever since and the same disease has followed him ever since and at this time has become so helplefs (helpless) that at times he is scarcely able to get up or down.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 16th January 1845.

                                                                                                                George Kerbaugh

Charles Gafs (Gass) Justice of the Peace”

Transcriber’s Comment:

George Kerbaugh was the brother of John Kerbaugh.

“State of Tennefsee                                                            January 30th, 1845

Greene County


We certify that we have investigated the state of health of John Kerbaugh a citizen of said state and county and an applicant for a pension that the disease of which he complains (judging from his own history and account of it, the external indication, not furnishing satisfactory evidence) is probably, sciatica, and general rheumatism, of the chronic or sub-acute variety  - and we further certify that we believe the injury stated by him to have been received , may have laid the foundation of the sciatic affection, and that exposure to the inclemencies of a northern winter may have been the cause of the general rheumatic affection with which he states he is afflicted – and we further certify that we consider him two thirds disabled from obtaining a living by manual labors.

                                                                                                F. M. Compton
                                                                                                Geo. W. Forte

State of Tennefsee
Greene County

Personally came before me Mordecai Lincoln, an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the county aforesaid, the above named Franklin M. Compton and George W. Forte, and made oath in due form, that the foregoing certificate is true to the best of their knowledge and beliefs – and I further certify that said F. M. Compton and G. W. Forte are practicing physicians and reputable in their profession.

Given under my hand and seal the 31st day of January 1845.

                                                                                                                Mordecai Lincoln
                                                                                                                Justice of the Peace” 

“State of Tennefsee
Greene County
     January 1845

Declaration to obtain a pension under the various acts of Congrefs (“Congress”) of the  U. S. allowing pensions to persons who were wounded or disabled while in the service of the United States during the War of 1812 with Great Britton. 

This day personally appeared John Kerbaugh the declarant before me Charles Gafs (“Gass”) Esquire an acting justice of the peace for the county of Greene aforesaid who being first duly sworn upon the holy evangelists of almighty God deposes and states as follows to wit:

That to the best of his recollection he enlisted in the army of the U. S. in the town of Greeneville in the state of Tennefsee about the 25 day of July 1813 under Lieutenant David Guinn.  That he was marched immediately to Knoxville where he was mustered into the service of the U. S. under Col. Anderson of the 24 Regiment light infantry and remained there about one month, thence we took up our line of march for the Canady (Canada) frontier by way of Cumberland Gap,  Sixinyton (?) Chilacothe, and the mouth of Carrion river to Ft. Malden, and Detroit where we met Gen. Harrison’s army just after they had whipped Procter and had captured his army.  From Detroit we went with Harrison down to Bufalo and Black-rock, and to Ft. Niagari, where this declarant with others were stationed by Gen. Harrison under Capt. Leonard to guard that fort.  We remained there about two weeks when the fort was taken by the British and this declarant with others was taken prisoner by the British.  And on next morning they were taken by the British acrofs (across) to Fort George on the Canady (Canadian) side.  The weather was severly cold and when they went to shove off the boat it was found to be frozen to the banks.    This declarant was ordered to

shove it off.  He made several efforts but could not do it.  He was then knocked down by a non commifsioned (commissioned) officer or soldier and fell against the gunwall of the boat and mashed and injured his hip very much.  The commanding officer happening to see it, stepped up and appeared to be very angry and drew his sword and said to the man that had struck this affiant “if he ever saw him so treat a prisoner of war again he would split him down”. The weather was so sever that this affiant caught cold in his hip and wound and was compelled to lie in the hospital from that time until he was exchanged which was about five months.  He was hauled to the river in a ship as after he was exchanged, and when he reached Plattsburge he lay in the hospital six weeks under the care and supervielance of Doctor Grove.  He then got so he could walk a little, and obtained a furlough and started home, and after a long time, and with frequent stops; some times as long as six weeks at a time, and with much pain he reached home, by the afsistance (assistance) of waggoners and other benevolent and kind hearted travellers. 

And after this affiant got home he was confined for two months or something like it before he was able to meet the troops again, and before this affiant was able and fit for service peace was made, and he having enlisted for and during the war only, before the news of peace reaching his county his officers discharged him.  He was then however wholy unable to do duty.  This affiant was wholy unfit for any kind of businefs (business) for a long time.  He did finally so far recover however, as to be able to do a little common plantation work, but suffered much pain, and at times was unable to do any thing.  And as he grows older he gets worse.  He is now 62 years of age and is almost totally disabled from doing any thing for a support.  He is with all quite poor and needs much the afsistance (assistance) of his Country.

                                                                                                                John Kerbaugh

Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 25th day of Jan. 1845.

                Charles Gafs” (Gass)

“State of Tennefsee
Greene County

This day personally appeared before the subscriber an acting Justice of the Peace for said County Jacob Kerbaugh and made oath as the law directs.  That when John Kerbaugh came home from the army he was brought home on horse back and that his feet was badly frosted and he lost the nails off some of his toes in consequence of them being frosted.  And that he has been well acquainted with he the said John Kerbaugh ever since and has always said that he was cripled when he was taken prisoner by the enemy throwing him down against some lumber and hurt him in the hip and that he has been at times so bad with it that he was hardly able to walk and it appears he gets worse and he has always said that it was by the hurt he received when he was taken prisoner.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th Jan. 1847.

                                                                                                                Jacob Kerbaugh

Chas. Gafs
Justice of the Peace”

Transcriber’s comment:
Jacob Kerbaugh was the brother of John Kerbaugh.

Correspondence between John Kerbaugh and Congressman Andrew Johnson then ensued and was included among the pension file affidavits:

“Col. Edward Will please make his reply to Andrew Johnson House of Reps.   Yours, Etc. A. Johnson January the 13th 1847”


“Greeneville TN

Feb. 28th 1848

My Dear Friend Johnson,

Your last favour was duly received.  You say my papers cannot be sent back me.  I am advised a petition cannot be drawn understandingly without the whole of the papers.  I therefore pray you draw my petition for ______(?) according to the facts as sworn to by myself and witnefs (“witness”).   I am advised that it will be proper for you to do so and I hereby authorise you to draw it and to sign my name to it.  Go for the whole.  Go for a pension and for arrearage of pay etc.etc.  Do your best for me.  I am in great need of the money.  In much haste(?) your friend and ob’t (“obedient”?) serv’t (“servent”?).

                                                                                                John Kerbaugh”


“House of Reps

March the 6, 1848

Col. Edwards

Will please send me the papers of Jno (“John”) Kerbaugh for the purpose above and  retain this as a receipt for the same.

A.      Johnson”







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“In the name of God, Amen.

I John Kerbaugh being weak of body but of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former Wills by me made at any time.

First.  Knowing that man is born to die I wish to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discressing (?) of my Executor.

Second.  My will is that all of my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible by my Executor out of the property and money that is coming to me without any publick sale of my property that I may die seized (?) and possessed of if it can be done if not for my Executor to sell so much of the property as will be sufficient to pay my funeral expenses and just debts and no more.

Third.  I will unto my beloved wife Elizabeth all the ballance of my property of every kind whatever and to have the use of all the plantation rents and isues for to support herself and the family but not to sell the land for their support as long as she lives or remains my widow.  And should my beloved wife Elizabeth marry again then for her to leave the house and plantation with all the property that may be left belonging to my Estate.

Fourthly.  Should my beloved wife Elizabeth with the consent of all my heirs wish to remove to some other part of the county than this then my Executor to sell the plantation with all the personal property that may be on hand with the exception of the little waggon and to not be sold and when they arrive at their journey end the waggon to be my sons John M. Kerbaugh and William W. Kerbaugh and should they all consent  that is in this county to move and the property and land to be sold the procedes of the sale to be equally divided amongst my wife Elizabeth and all the ballance of my lawful heirs making my beloved wife and all my heirs equal  in the money,

Fifthly.  I nominate and appoint James Davis Esquire  my Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

In testimony whereof I have thereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 25th Day of November 1855.

                                                                                Signed By:  John “X” Kerbaugh  “his mark”

Charles Gafs
Jacob Kerbaugh”



Transcribed by Stevie Hughes

Spelling and punctuation unchanged.  The copy of the deed book page has been cutoff on the right margin, and the missing words are indicated as “???????”.



Whereas I Jacob Carbough have set-off, and allotted the following herein after described Lot, or parcel of land, for the use and purpose of a public burying ground and being desirous to secure and make certain the use and occupation of the same to the public for the purposes aforesaid – I the said Jacob Carbaugh, do hereby give transfer and convey, to John M. Hull and James L. Greenlee, and their Succefsors who may hereafter, at their death, or at the death of either of them, be appointed by the Court of Greene County to fill the place or places as the case may be of either or both of the aforesaid John M. Hull and James L. Greenlee, a certain lot or parcel of land in Greene County Tennessee district number 8 containing one acre more or less bounded as follows – Beginning at a sassafras in a line of Jacob Carbough’s, thence North one degree East, thirteen poles to a locust, thence North eighty nine degrees West twelve and three tenth poles to a stake, and red oak, South one degree West thirteen poles to a Stake ????? said Carboughs line, thence with the same, South eighty nine degrees East twelve and three tenth poles to the beginning.  To have and to hold same to the said John M. Hull and James L. Greenlee, and their successors forever, I do covenant with the said John M. Hull and James L. Greenlee and their succefsors that I am lawfully seized of said land, have a good right to convey it, and that the same is unencumbered, I do further covenant and bind myself my heirs and representatives to warrant and forever defend the title to the said land, and every part thereof to the said John M. Hull and James L. Greenlee, and their Succefsors appointed aforesaid against the lawful claim of all ??????? whatsoever  that is to say I am desirous to secure and make certain the use and occupation of the aforesaid lot or parcel of land to the public as a burying ground – Now if the said John M. Hull and James L. Greenlee and their succefsors appointed as aforesaid after them, shall as Trustees hold and faithfully appropriate the aforesaid land to the use and trusts aforesaid, then this deed shall be and remain in full force and effect -   But, if the said John M. Hull and James L. Greenlee, and their succesfors, trustees as aforesaid, shall fail to apply said lot or parcel of land to the uses and trusts aforesaid, or whenever the said lot or parcel of land shall cease to be used and appropriated as a public burying ground, then in this or either of the aforesaid last mentioned events, this deed to be null and void; and the title herein conveyed in trust to the said John M. Hull and James L. Greenlee, and their succesfors appointed as aforesaid shall revert to me and my heirs forever.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto Subscribed my name, and set my seal – This 8th day of August 1851.

                                                                                                Jacob Kerbough SEAL

Executed and delivered in presence of us, this 8th day of August 1851

James Davis”

(Comment:  ????? The name of the second witness is cut-off)

The greatest tragedies to impact the Kerbaugh Family was that of the Great Civil War.  The Civil War Pension affidavits of the daughter, Eusebia Kerbaugh Page and her orphaned children, follow.  The Civil War Pension affidavits of the daughter, Kathryn Kerbaugh Johnson and her orphaned children, may be found in the separate article on the Christopher Cooper and Kathryn Kerbaugh Johnson Family.

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