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Elizabeth Barbara Burkhalter (b. Abt. 1717, d. August 18, 1769)Elizabeth Barbara Burkhalter (daughter of Ulrich Burkhalter and Anna Barbara Shearer) was born Abt. 1717 in Switzerland Abt. 50 when children killed by indians, and died August 18, 1769 in Egypt, Whitehall, PA of Cholera due to Drought.She married John Jacob Mickley on Aft. 1733 in Before 1737, Probably in Whitehall, PA, son of Louis Michelet and Suzanne Mangeot.
Notes for Elizabeth Barbara Burkhalter:
Elizabeth Barbara and her husband, John Jacob, both died on the same day in August 18, 1769.I always wondered why they died and how unusual that it was on the same day.My suspicions were that they had never recovered from the loss of their children in the Indian Massacre of 1763.My theory was proved wrong when today, Oct 8, 2005, I was reading "The Journals and Papers of David Shultze, Vol II" Translated and Edited by Andrew S. Berky.It is a wonderful diary of a promonent Bucks County surveyor of the time and full of daily entries depicting life during the mid to late 1700s.On page 46 for Mid-August, 1769, he notes, "In the Irish settlement on the dry lands in Egypt or Whitehall and on the Shuylkill many people died from dysentery."A following note states, "Extra dry this month without example before."
Due to the drought, Mr. Shultze makes many entries in July and August of having to fetch water from the Perkiomon, a stream near his home, because his wells had gone dry.This was probably also the case at the Mickley log house in Egypt where the water would have been fetched from Spring Creek or even the Lehigh River.This water could have been contaminated by animal and human waste, thus, causing the Dysentery.
How the surviving family member felt about the loss of both parents might have been complicated by the sighting of the "Great Comet of 1769" which many feared was a sign of the end of the world.A note in Mr. Shultze Journals (Vol. II) made by Mr. Berky on page 45 gives a hint to the fear people felt at the time.This "Great Comet of 1769" caused much anxiety and trepidation among the unsophisticated peoples of that age.For one thing, the phenomenon appeared to be on a collision course with the sun and secondly, superstition had always suggested that the end of the world would be heralded by majestic marvels.David's casual notes on the comet during succeeding months are admirably restrained and they fail to provide an honest indication of his real interest in the matter.In 1796, almost thirty years later, David copied a poem dedicated to the "Comet Star of August and September Anno 1769" which contained no less than 220 verses.Indeed, there is some justifictation for assuming that David composed the poem himself in 1772.
More About Elizabeth Barbara Burkhalter:
Burial 1: 1769, Mickleys Cemetary, MacCarthus Road, Whitehall, PA.
Burial 2: Mickleys Cemetary, MacCarthus Road, Whitehall, PA.
Burial 3: 1864, Re-interred in the Mickleys' Church Cemetery, Mickleys, PA - probably from the Egypt Reformed Church..18
Died 2: August 1769
Immigration: Abt. 1733, Elizabeth Barbara Burkhalter was possibly the sister of Ulrich Burkhalter who immigrated with his wife, Anna Barbara Burkhalter, and only son, Peter when Peter at age of 21 months (Peter was born in 1731)..
More About Elizabeth Barbara Burkhalter and John Jacob Mickley:
Marriage: Aft. 1733, Before 1737, Probably in Whitehall, PA.
Children of Elizabeth Barbara Burkhalter and John Jacob Mickley are:
- +John Jacob Mickley, b. December 17, 1737, d. December 12, 1808, Homestead, Mickleys, PA (possibly Egypt?).
- +John Martin Mickley, b. March 03, 1744/45, d. March 11, 1828, Adams County, PA.
- John Peter Mickley, b. 1752, d. date unknown.
- Henry Mickley, b. 1754, d. October 08, 1763, Egypt, PA.
- Barbara Mickley, b. 1756, d. October 09, 1763, Killed by Indians - Mickley Farm, Egypt - buried under the Chestnut Tree.
- Magdalena Mickley, b. March 30, 1745, d. date unknown.
- +Susanne Mickley, d. date unknown.
- Magdalena Mickley, b. August 31, 1746, d. February 03, 1833.