New Hanover Lutheran Church
On Sunday, Aug. 10, 2002, I visited New Hanover Lutheran Church and cemetery in Gilbertsville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The surname Bible was originally spelled in Germany as Biebel. Most of the Bible descendants can trace their lineage back to a Johannes (Hans) Adam Biebel, who was born in Goersdorf, Alsace (which was at one time part of the German Palatinate). He arrived at the Port of Philadelphia on November 30, 1750 aboard the Ship Sandwich. After 1756, but before 1773 Hans Adam moved his family to the Rockingham County area of Virginia. From there this family has migrated across the United States.

In the New Hanover Lutheran Church KB, Montgomery Co., PA, it shows that Adam Biebel and wife Eva had the following children:

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For more information on the Biebel/Bible family, click here. To contact me about Bible family genealogy, e-mail

—Matthew T. Patton