The Harbaughs that came from Germany to America
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Origins of this family are conflictual but significant research has been done. The best estimate is that they were mennonites that left the Netherlands for the Palantate in the 1600's. They converted to the German Reformed Church but moved on to America. Oral history from the Yost Herbach line states that they were of Swiss-German. Genealogical researchers in Germany doubt this, however, as the name does not appear from Switzerland. Probably it is a folktale based on the use of the word Swiss as an adjective in German as well as a nationality.
(surmission based on "The Harbaugh Family,Part 1,Part2, and Part 3 European Origins" by William Harbaugh.) Some of the descendants used variations of the last name. Known variations include Herbach, Herbeck, Harbaugh.In German Families, it was common for all Sons to have the first name Johann and all Daughters to have the first name Anna or Maria. The children were known by their second names.
HARBAUGH VALLEY IS LOCATED IN MARYLAND it got its name from three of the Harbaugh brothers
THREE OF THE HARBAUGH IMMIGRANTS WERE THE FIRST SETTLERS IN HARBAUGH VALLEY
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