George E. LaBar (1763 - 1874)

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Birthplace: Mt Bethel twp, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Analomink, Monroe, Pa, USA
Cause of death: old age
Managed by: Willard M. Bush Sr.
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George Labar who lived to be nearly 113 years of age was born in Upper Mt. Bethel Township in 1763 when Indians staged their last drive against the whites. His birthplace was a log cabin, about midway between what is now Slateford and Portland, and a half mile from the road overlooking the Delaware river. His grandfather, Peter Labar, came to this country from France, about the year 1730, on account of religious persecution.

   In the year of George Labar's birth (1763), the Indians made the last desperate attempt to drive the white settlers from the valley below the Blue mountains; and from the Delaware Water Gap to Bethlehem, many families were killed by the savages pouring over the mountains from the North. They were led by the Indian Chief Teedyuscung.       George grew up a robust lad, skillful with his gun, or with oxen and wooden plow. The rude shanty, first built by his grandfather, had been replaced by a house comparatively modern, and contentment bloomed upon a home quite as happy as the most refined today.

The schoolmaster had not entered this part of Pennsylvania. The labor of the field was his employment, and the gun and fishing rod his amusements, which were turned to good account in furnishing supplies for the table of wooden plates and spoons.

Some of his descendants still tell the story he often told of the day his father and he were splitting rails. A stranger, in citizen's dress came to them and said he was a spy from the British army and asked to stay all night. His father said he never turned anybody away who wanted a night's lodging. It was near night, and they went to the house. Soon after entering the pretended British spy looking through a crack of the door, said the Yankees were after him, and asked where he should go. The father answered "up stairs"; George's mother said, "No! get out of the door, and be off." A moment more and a half dozen Yankee soldiers, in uniform, came in; the spy had played his game, and Labar was pronounced a Tory. He was at once arrested and taken that night to Easton. George's mother was greatly troubled that night, and he, to comfort her, told her he would follow in the morning, and offer to take his father's place. But she knew his generous offer would not be accepted, nor would such a substitute afford her the desired relief. Early the next morning, Mrs. Labar set out, on horseback, for Easton whither she supposed her husband had been taken.

  Arriving there, she found he had been bailed by Squire Levis and Abraham Labar, a cousin who soon after was a colonel in the Revolutionary army. He was allowed to return home, to the joy of the woman and the satisfaction of the children. Later he took the oath of allegiance and became a full-fledged patriot.
   In his long and useful life, George Labar had been sick only three times--once with yellow fever, the camp fever, and once typhoid. He was always a good eater, denying himself nothing at any time. He chewed tobacco and smoked, but he was never intoxicated.
  He took daily exercise and when long past the century mark, felled trees and peeled with his own hands, three wagon loads of bark. He was fond of hunting bees in the woods, and enjoyed teaching the younger generation how to catch rock-fish in the Delaware river.
   He loved nothing better than to tell the story of being in Easton one day when General Washington was expected to visit that place. so he resolved to wait and see the Father of his Country. As the expected hour drew near, every flag in the place was flung to the breeze; all the military of that region assembled to do honor to the man; the cannons were loaded and primed, ready for a salute; the fifes and drums that had marshaled some of the same soldiers on the battlefields of the Revolution, were waiting to strike joyful notes of welcome. At length the little company of horsemen was seen coming in the distance. The cannons belched forth their harmless wads, and shook the earth. The fife and drum kept silence no longer, while the glad populace ring out cheer after cheer.

They entered the town, and joy and gladness was unbounded. It was no difficult matter to distinguish the loved and honored guest. Tall, commanding, majestic, he sat on his white charger, "the noblest work of God."

  Following him on a black horse, was his black servant, whose life was so wrapped up in a faithful service to his master that, in studying to anticipate his wants, he barely noticed what was going on around him. George Washington dismounted and after the soldiers, the citizens took him by the hand. George Labar shared the privilege of touching the great and good man, and was satisfied as he turned to his team and was soon on his way home.
 "Such is the narrative as he gave it to his friend, A. B. Burrell".

In the village of Wooddale, is a little white church in the wildwood. Adjoining the church is the burial grounds, containing many graves, most of which have neat head-stones. The most elaborate is the granite Labar monument, about five feet by six feet, erected 12 years ago by the descendants of the Monroe County Centenarian, George Labar. The west side inscription thereon is handsomely carved and reads:

"George Labar--1763--1875. Aged 112 years, 9 months, 24 days. Also his wife, Mary E. Labar."

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George E Labar's Timeline

1763
February 4, 1763
Mt Bethel twp, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
1788
1788
Age 24
Price Twp, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
1791
1791
Age 27
Pennsylvania, United States
1792
September 9, 1792
Age 29
Upper Mt. Bethel twp, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
1797
April 6, 1797
Age 34
Pennsylvania, United States
1799
1799
Age 35
Pennsylvania, United States
1802
March 2, 1802
Age 39
Woodale, Lower Smithfield Twp, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
1807
February 27, 1807
Age 44
United States
1810
August 13, 1810
Age 47
Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
1813
May 13, 1813
Age 50
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States