The La Barre Family
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





The first Le Barre came to this country from France in the year 1730. He was a French Huguenot, and came over with others during the reign of Louis XIV. He lived to be one hundred and five years old. As he settled near Philadelphia, his children married mostly among the Germans and Hollanders. He had one son and one grandson who lived to be over one hundred years old. One of his descendants, George LaBarre, married one Catherine Bloom, who moved from Pennsylvania to Tompkins county with a family of six boys and one girl. After living here several years he returned, with all of his family except two (Abraham and John) to the vicinity of Williamsport, Pa. Abraham, who married (before coming to this county) one Anna Christina Stribi, left seven boys and three girls, of whom there are four living in the town of Lansing at the present time, viz., Jesse, Henry and James Le Barre, and Catherine Le Barre-Fish. Of his grandchildren and great grandchildren there are seventy five: nearly all residing in this county. John married Jane McGowan and left one son, Wm. Le Barre, who still resides in Lansing. Caleb B. was born in Lansing August 15, 1839, the son of Elijah, of Lansing, born in 1809, who was the son of Abraham Le Barre, the first settler by that name in Lansing. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. Elijah married Amanda, daughter of Richard and Lydia Manning, of Ithaca. They reared six children: Ira, who died while young; Caleb B., Johanna, wife of Warren Miller, of Farmer, Seneca county; Amy, deceased wife of Charles Price, of Ithaca; Richard V., Lydia, wife of Theron Manning, of Ithaca. Our subject was reared to farm life, and attended the district schools until the age of fifteen, then entered the Ithaca Academy. About 1867 he, with his brother Richard, bought a farm in Dryden, which they traded some time later, and finally our subject bought the place where he now resides, and is engaged in mixed farming and dairying, having for nine years sold milk at retail in Ithaca, selling now at wholesale. May 31, 1859, he married Helen, daughter of Joseph and Letitia Bedell, of Jacksonville, N. Y., born March 6, 1838. Mr. and Mrs. Le Barre have had two children: Allen E., born July 28, 1860; and Myron, born January 4, 1868. Our subject and wife are members of the Grange at Ithaca, and Mr. Le Barre is a Democrat in politics. Allen E. married Laura Welch, by whom he has two children: Nellie and Herbert; Myron married Susan Bennett, by whom he has two children, Harry and Willie.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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