Transcription/translation of the Nebbe/Sylvius Bible in the collection of the Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
First Page: Heading on the page says Family Register, column headings say Marriages.
John NEBBE was married on the 17th day of February in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ 1833 with Miss Elisabeth SYLVIUS, legitimate single daughter of Mr. Jacob Sylvius, and Maria Sylvius, born PFEIL, of Berks County,(left blank) Township, State of Pennsylvania in North America.Were married by the Honorable Mr. Heinrich Hoffmeyer, Reformed Pastor in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in North America.
Note: Translated from German.Probably written by John Nebbe.
Second Page: Heading on the page says Family Register, column headings say Births.
Out of this marriage was born: 1.) Heinrich S. NEEB, was born the eleventh day of the month of November, in the morning in the 2nd hour on Martin Luther’s Day in E. Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, State of Pennsylvania in North America, under the zodiac sign of the scorpion, in Maneten Marb, in the year after the merciful kingdom bringing birth of Jesus Christ of 1833.
Note:Translated fromGerman with the exception of the location beginning with E. Hempfield… until …America, which was all in English and non-Gothic script so it may have been added at a later date by a different individual.There is a mark in front of the E. in East Hempfield which may have been the start of the letter W. – Hempfield was already divided into East and West and there may have been some indecision as to in which township the birth occurred.Middle name initial "S" probably stands for Sylvius.11th of November is the date of Martin Luther’s baptism, thus Martin Luther’s day.Unable to translate Maneten Marb, not sure if these are archaic or dialectical terms or badly misspelled.The entries on the first and second page, with the exception of the English portion, seem to have been written by the same individual.
Third Page: Heading on the page says Family Register, column headings say Deaths.
Memory of My Mother, died on thursday june the fouth (sic), in year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five.
Memory of Anna Lizabeth NEEB, died on tuesday April the third in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred fifty five in the seventy third year of her age.
Note:Column headings literally mean “those cut down in death”.Although written in English, the writing is in Gothic script. It appears to be written by a different individual than the first two pages. Unsure who the first entry refers to, but possibly refers to Elisabeth Sylvius Nebbe since there are no more children recorded for this marriage.1835 would have been 2 years after the birth of her first child, a normal span for a second child’s birth.Anna Lizabeth Neeb would have been born in 1782.This would make her old enough to be a grandmother to Heinrich Neeb and mother to John Nebbe.Could Heinrich have been the person who made these entries? Since they are in English it seems unlikely that they were written by John Nebbe or at least not in the same time frame.Possibly both were written much later, possibly when Anna died in 1855.
I have much information on the Silvius family, but little on the Nebbe/Neeb family.If anyone is interested in exchanging information or would like an electronic copy of the original three Bible pages, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.