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~ Our Van Bibber Family From Indiana~

~Early Family History & Events~
~Descendants of Jacob Van Bibber & Unknown~
~Indiana Van Bibber Census Records~
~Van Bibber-Sutton Divorce Papers~
~Selected Van Bibber Profiles~
~Van Bibber -Boone Connection~
~The West Virginia Hills~
~The Van Bibber-Kirves Connection~
~The Van Bibber-Tafel Connection~
~The Van Bibber Yoakum Connection~
~The Van Bibber -Sutton Connection~
~The Van Bibber-Bounds Connection~
~The Van Bibber-Up Den Graeff Connection~
~Van Bibber-Schumacher Connection~
Artie Marie~Our Lost Child
~Van Bibber Military Page~
~Wagon Trains West~
~Selected Family Obituaries~
~These Are a Few of My Favorite Things~
Contact Me....Please
Family Photo Album
~Olive Van Bibber ~Indenture Agreement~
Indenture Agreement~Raymond Van Bibber
~Olive Van Bibber Indenture~
~Martha "Mattie" Van Bibber-Indenture Agreement~
~A Letter From George Luther Boone~


Hello and welcome to our Van Bibber site.

Much has been researched and written about the Van Bibbers and although I will include their distant history, this page will concentrate on our Van Bibbers from Indiana. I want to tell their stories, the tragic events that molded who they became, their marriages, families, children and deaths.

I had a lot of help gathering this information from wonderful people who assisted me in amazing ways. Virginia Aldridge and Gary Hawpe are at the top of my list for people to thank and throughout these pages I will try to give credit to those who furnished the information. Thank you all.........

Thanks to Virginia Aldridge, I have copies of the original indenture agreements for the five Van Bibber children sent to the Warrick County Orphan's Home. To read them is heart breaking. Children in these orphanages were rarely if ever  formally adopted but indentured out........anyone could come in off the street and sign an agreement which gave them total control over the chosen child until they outlived their usefulness or became old enough to leave and go out on their own. Anyone looking for free labor which was the case in most instances could take their pick of children. They were asked only to feed, clothe and educate the children and to supply medical care if needed. Families were broken, children separated from their siblings to hopefully unite later in life as did our Van Bibber children. It was a common practice in the late 1800's for parents with too many mouths to feed or with other unfortunate circumstances to use the Orphanages as a way of lightening their burden. Thousands of children passed through the doors of these institutions yearly.

I will attempt to add documentation  whenever possible to these pages as well as the source information.

Thank you for visiting. I would appreciate any additional information anyone can give me and all comments and suggestions are welcome. Also needed are additional Indiana Van Bibber obituaries and additions to this page would be greatly appreciated.

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If and when new information becomes available I will post it here and tell on which page it can be found...

Olive Van Bibber Tafel

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Dedicated to  the Memory of Olive Van Bibber Tafel