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  • ID: I15
  • Name: Peter SENSENBAUGH Jr
  • Surname: Sensenbaugh
  • Given Name: Peter
  • Suffix: Jr
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1773 in Frederick County, Md
  • Death: 30 Apr 1808 in Morrisons Cove, Woodbury Township, Bedford County, Pa
  • Note:
    First proven link to family.


    A History of the Sensenbaughs as it came to us through folklore and written records

    The beginning of our record is with Peter Sensenbaugh who married Magdalene Smeltzer February 12th, 1798 which record is found in the court house at Frederick, Maryland. These people were of German origin and used that language to the 3rd generation when English took its place.

    To this union were born Jacob, John, Joseph, Catharine and Magdalene. Some of these children, if not all, were born in Frederick County, Maryland. At some time they moved to Morrison's Cove, a large valley in Pennsylvania. They probably lived near Bedford, P.A.

    While on a hunting trip, Peter Sensenbaugh was killed, reported to be accidentally shot. The widow, being unable to support her family in that place, was brought by her people back to Frederick County, and placed on a small place about 2 miles north of Wolfsville, near what was formerly the Sensenbaugh School House. Here this family became weavers and to them, people brought wool to be woven into cloth or blankets. The mother of this family lived to the age of 93 years, passing away in 1861 a few months after the death of her daughter, Magdalene.

    Jacob made his home in Ohio, northwest of Dayton, where his family name may still be found.

    Catharine married a Smith and moved to northern Indiana.

    Joseph bought the home place and lived there until 1877 when he passed out of this life. To his credit may be added that he bought an acre of ground for $15.00 and gave it for a site for the Sensenbaugh School House.

    The father of the Clan or Tribe with which we are mostly concerned was John, born Jan. 8, 1802, in Frederick County, Maryland and was named Johannes (German) from written records in the possession of the writer. He took for a wife Magdalene Toms born in 1812 near Mt. Bethel (the Chestnut Church), near Foxville in Frederick County, Maryland. He bought the place adjoining that on which he was raised, which place has remained the Sensenbaugh place for three generations. On this place he raised a family of eleven children. He lived to the age of 59 years and was survived by his widow for 20 years who passed away in 1882, at the age of 70. She was crippled by rheumatism to such an extent that she was unable to walk during these 20 years. We know little of the history of the Tomses. They used the German language in those days but now are English and a goodly number of them live in the region mentioned.

    The children of this union were: Elizabeth, Malinda, Peter, George, Ellen, John W., Ann, Sabilla, James, Catharine and Franklin. During this generation the language changed from German to English. They were somewhat classed as Pennsylvania Dutch, but to the writer there seems nothing to justify this name. From these eleven has come this reunion in Maryland as well as the one in northern Indiana.

    In the Lutheran burying ground may be found the graves of Magdalene, the first mother known, of the 2nd generation. John and his wife, Joseph and Magdalene, in the 3rd, S. Peter and wife, James and wife, John W. and wife, Catharine (Pryor) and husband in the 4th and 5th generations, children of John W., children and grandchildren of both James and Catharine (Pryor).
    In the U. B. buryingground is also Sabilla Sensenbaugh Craver. These are near Wolfsville.
    At this time September 1937, only Ellen of the eleven remain and she began this life in February 1840.

    The original ending of the name was "bach" in German, now "baugh".

    Written by: Alvin E. Sensenbaugh

    *Notes for a talk given by Alvin E. Sensenbaugh at the Sensenbaugh Reunion in the City Park, Hagerstown, Maryland, September 1937.
  • Change Date: 8 Dec 2001 at 19:29:33

    Father: Peter SENSEBACH Sr b: ABT 1750

    Marriage 1 Ottilia Maria Magdalene "Maggie" SCHMELTZER b: 12 Jul 1769 in Frederick County, Md
    • Married: 20 Feb 1798 in The Lutheran Congregation of Zion in Middletown, Frederick County, Md
    • Marriage License: 12 Feb 1798 in Frederick County, Md
    1. Has Children Jacob Smeltzer SENSENBAUGH b: 2 Jan 1799 in Middletown, Frederick County, Md
    2. Has Children Catherine SENSENBAUGH b: 10 Jul 1800 in Middletown, Frederick County, Md
    3. Has Children Johannes SENSENBAUGH b: 8 Jan 1802 in Middletown, Frederick County, Md
    4. Has No Children Josph SENSENBAUGH b: 23 May 1804 in Morrison's Cove, Woodbury Township, Bedford County, Pa
    5. Has No Children Magdalene SENSENBAUGH b: 17 Oct 1806 in Morrison's Cove, Woodbury Township, Bedford County, Pa
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