Here are some of the more notable people included in this site.
- Conrad Seibel Conrad Seibel was born on November 25, 1747 in Rheindurkheim, Hessen, Germany. He was the son of Johan Conrad Seybel and his wife Anna Eva Kublinger. Johan Conrad, Conrad’s father, was a schoolteacher and son of Matthais and Margaretha. Conrad was baptized in the German Reformed Church in Rheindurkheim on November 30, 1747.
In May, 1749 Conrad, his parents and two sisters Susanna and Margaretha left Rheindurkheim for America. They arrived in Philadelphia on the ship St Andrew on September 9, 1749. The family settled in Franconia Township, Philadelphia County.
Conrad married Maria Catharina Scheib in 1772. Maria Catharina was the daughter of another German immigrant. Both families attended the Christ Reformed Church at Indian Creek. When the Revolutionary War began, Conrad and his brothers joined the Franconia Township militia. In May 1777, Conrad mustered as a First Lieutenant, Second Company of the First Battalion, Philadelphia Militia. He participated as a First Lieutenant in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown when the British threatened and eventually captured Philadelphia. Conrad later served with the Worcester Township militia until the war’s end.
By 1794, Conrad had moved his family to the Easton area. The last two of Conrad and Maria Catharina’s 12 children were baptized at the First Reformed Church in Easton. Conrad continued his work as a shoemaker in Easton until his death on November 1813. On November 18, 1813, he was buried in the Old German Reformed Cemetery in Easton. Maria Catharina Seibel died two years later and was buried near her husband.
- Paul Allman Siple Paul Allman Siple, a fourth-great-grandson of Johan Conrad Seybel, was the Boy Scout chosen by Admiral Byrd to accompany him on the first Antarctic Expedition in 1929. During World War II he was a Lieutenant Colonel and served as Special Assistant to Admiral Byrd. He also is credited as being the person most responsible for the development of the "wind chill" factor, and spent more time in the Antarctic than any other man. Paul Siple also authored several books detailing his experiences, including: A Boy Scout With Byrd (1931); Exploring at Home (1932); and, 90 Degrees South--The Story Of The American South Pole Conquest (1959). You can see pictures of Paul Siple in the MORE PICTURES section of this website.