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John Jacob Mickley (b. April 13, 1766, d. April 01, 1857)
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John Jacob Mickley (son of John Jacob Mickley and Susanne Miller) was born April 13, 1766 in Probably at the Homestead, Mickleys, PA, and died April 01, 1857 in The Homestead, Mickleys, PA.He married Eva Catherine Schrieber, daughter of Jacob Schrieber.
Notes for John Jacob Mickley:
Around September 16 or 17 to the 24, 1777, John Mickley rode on the wagon bearing the Liberty Bell at the age of 11 while his father helped transport and hide the Liberty Bell in Allentown, either by providing and driving one of the wagons that bore the bell, or by commanding the caravan of wagons in a military capacity out of Philadelphia.There is substantial evidence that Frederick Loeser (Liser in the 1790 Census), a farmer in Lynn Township, Northampton County, PA, played primary role in transporting the Liberty Bell to its hiding place in Allentown.A Historical Marker at Loeser Lake in upper Lehigh County,disputes the idea that the Mickley wagon was ever pressed into service during the transporting of the bell.It is very possible that both wagons were used, as the second wagon was pressed into use when the first wagon broke down in Bethlehem, PA.The part of the narrative presented by the Loeser family that doesn't seem credible is that 1) There is no evidence that John Jacob Mickley was acting in a military capacity and, if he was, then why was he accompanied on his military assignment by his 11 year old boy.2) It could have been possible that he was pressed into service while taking a wagonload of goods to Philadelphia, but, who then drove his wagon back and why would John Jacob, the son, document in his later years that he rode the wagon with the Liberty Bell.3)John Jacob's descendent, John Jacob, was honored at the 100th Anniversary visit of the Liberty Bell to Allentown by riding on the wagon bearing the Liberty Bell during the parade.Surely, if this had been an inaccurate presentation of history, there would have been serious protests from old timers who were only one or two generations removed from the participants.4)Lastly, Frederick Loeser's wagon and team would not have been the only farmer's rig suitable for the trip.Many of the farmers of the day were involved in the transport of alcoholic beverages, moonshine, applejack, whatever you would call it, and these were concealed from the British to avoid taxes.Mickley family tradition was that John Jacob's wagon was reinforced for this purpose of carring this heavy load and it had a recessed bottom so the barrels of beverage could be well hidden under the hay and produce for market.For the return trip, manure had to be removed from the city and these farmers were the best option because they could put it to good use in their fields.Concealing the Liberty Bell under a load of manure is a strong possibility because it would have prevented the British from poking around with their clean bayonettes.
More About John Jacob Mickley:
Burial: Unknown, Mickleys Church Cemetery, Mickleys, PA.
Fact 1 (2): September 24, 1777, Road on the wagon that transported the Liberty Bell out of Philadelphia to it hiding place in the Zion Reformed Church, Allentown, PA.
Military service: 1794, Served as a soldier in the Wiskey Rebellion of Pennsylvania..
Children of John Jacob Mickley and Eva Catherine Schrieber are:
- +John Jacob Mickley, b. March 27, 1794, Mickleys, PA110, d. June 02, 1888110.
- Mary Magdalena Mickley, b. 1789, d. date unknown.
- Sarah Mickley, b. December 05, 1790, d. May 20, 1817.
- Anna Mickley, b. March 04, 1797, d. September 28, 1890.
- Joseph Mickley, b. March 24, 1799, d. February 15, 1878, 903 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.