1765 – 1879 Inclusive date(s)
Brian C. Kissler
Administrative/Biographical HistoryJacob Karch (1743-1819)
was born in Germany and emigrated to America in 1764. He began work as a bookbinder in Lancaster County by 1765 and resided in the town of Lebanon prior to 1770. Karch was appointed the first postmaster of Lebanon in 1792-1793 and served as treasurer of the Salem Lutheran Church.
After the death of Jacob Karch, Sr. on August 19, 1819, his son Jacob Karch (1779-1834)
was appointed to fill the vacant postmaster position. Jacob Karch died in 1834 and his widow, Catherine Karch
, then became postmaster until 1845.
Joseph Karch (1808-1880)
, son of Jacob and Catherine Karch, also served as postmaster in Lebanon, operated a merchantile business, and worked as a teller for the Lebanon Bank and cashier for the Valley National Bank. He also served as county treasurer for Lebanon County for several years in the early 1850s.
Scope and Content
This collection contain business, financial, legal and a small number of personal papers of three generations of the Karch family in Lebanon, PA.
Correspondence consists of two letters from Christoph Saur (1721-1784) to Jacob Karch concerning printing and bookbinding practices. The first letter describes Saur's formula for creating red ink; the second advises Karch on the method of heating paper to make it foldable and plyable.
Estate papers contain the inventories, receipts, and releases concerning the estates of Jacob Karch (1743-1819) and his son Jacob (1779-1834) as well as additional documents relating to the estate of John George and the guardianship of Isaac Mees.
Financial papers contain two bonds, a lease agreement, receipts, bank checks and four account books. Many of the receipts relate to successive members of the family serving as postmaster. Notable is an account book for Jacob's work as a bookbinder from 1765-1801. A small account book kept by Joseph Karch has few entries for 1844-1845. Two receipt books spanning 1800-1835 contain personal accounts entered by Jacob Karch (1743-1819) with later entries made by his son, Jacob in the first volume and receipts pertaining to Jacob Karch (1779-1834) as an administartor for the estates of his father and Michael Schloderbeck in the second volume.
Miscellaneous papers include a brief genealogy dating from 1819 with additional entries made in 1834 and 1856 and a deed conveying an 80 acre tract of land in Lebanon Township from John Light to Frederick and Catherine Hoffman in 1795.