Sarah: thanks for the information and clarification. I have been, for nearly two years, attempting to make a connection between my great, great, grandfather, Barnard Sybert and the Seyberts in Columbia county, Pa. I know that my gggrandfather was born January 10, 1807. He married Effie Long. Effie was born in 1816, I believe.Effie Long was the daughter of Joseph Long and Margaret Detrick. I have traced Joseph's linage back a ways but I haven't been able to find out who Margaret's parents were. Information concerning Barney indicates that his father was Elias.Nowhere have I come across an Elias Seybert or Sybert or Seibert.However, I have come across Elias' in both the Long and Dietrich families, which leads me to believe that, perhaps, Barnard may have been raised by either an Elias Long or an Elias Dietrich. If this is the case, he could have been the an illegitimate child of some female fathered by someone named Seybert, or he could have been a legitmate child of a Seybert where the birth father died and the mother remarried, perhaps either an Elias Long or an Elias Dietrich. Have you ever come across anything in church baptismal records anywhere about illegitimate children being christened where the birth father's name is listed. My Barnard apparently worked as a canal boat captain or worker before he left PA. His oldest son, William, also worked with him. He left Columbia county about 1852 and moved to Ohio. I believe he and Effie were married about 1836 but I haven't found any records in any church records listed on the internet. I'm at a dead end on this. Any ideas? Oh, I forgot, I did find a Barnard Seybert in the 1850 census for Columbia County, Bloom Township and I found a Bernard Sybert in the 1840 census for Luzerne county. I believe there was also a Mary Seybert in the 1850 census for Columbia county, Bloom Twp. Don't know if there is any connection.
If you know of any other people who could help me with this, please forward my note to them.