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History of Cambria County, V.2

494 HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.
settled in Amsterdam, at which place one of the family performed signal service for the city as burgomaster. The ancestor of the American branch (whose name was here changed to Dibert) settled first in New York. Thence removing to Chester county, Pennsylvania, his descendants dispersed to the west and central parts of that province. His name was probably David.
    His son David, who moved from Adams county to Bedford county, thence to Cambria county, was a farmer. He married Elizabeth Fickes, of English ancestry, daughter of Isaac and Rachel Fickes. Isaac Fickes held a commission as acting justice of the peace under George III.
    John Dibert, son of David and Elizabeth Dibert, farmer and mill-owner, resided in Davidsville, Somerset county. He moved to Johnstown in 1845, and bought a farm of one hundred acres, which afterwards became the Sixth ward of the city. Here he built what was afterwards known as Dibert Place, corner of Dibert and Franklin streets. John Dibert married Rachel Blanch, of Stanton's Mills. Of this union the following eight children were born: 1. David, married Lydia Griffith. 2. Jacob, unmarried, died in 1849. 3. John, married Martha McLain. 4. Sarah, married Dr. Henry Yeagley. 5. Mary, married Rev. John D. Knox. 6. Samuel, married Mary Wilson; Samuel Dibert died in 1904. 7. Elizabeth, married W. Mahlon Keim. 8. Abraham Charles, married Mary Augusta McCue. The father of this family died in 1849, the mother survived until 1878.
    David Dibert, eldest son of John and Rachel Dibert, was born in Dibertsville, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, September 24, 1826. He was reared on the paternal farm and educated in the district schools. On attaining his majority he married and went into the tanning business at Shade, Somerset county. He lived here three years, and about 1851 moved to Johnstown. There his large abilities found a fruitful field. He now entered upon a career of honor and usefulness, which left an impress upon the community at large. He was one of the organizers and original trustees of the Johnstown Savings Bank, besides promoting other important business and financial enterprises. He took a deep and intelligent interest in educational affairs, serving on the school board for a number of years. For a few years David Dibert conducted a tannery in the Fifth ward, and later opened a general store, both of which proved prosperous enterprises. He was owner of three productive farms near Johnstown, and owned valuable property in Greenwood county, Kansas. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. For many years he was a trustee of the church and was a member of the committee having in charge the erection of the church now standing at the corner of Locust and Franklin streets. In politics he was a Republican, but was never an aspirant to office. He passed his later years in pleasant retirement, never


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