My line of Labars is from Upper and Lower Mount Bethel townships in Northampton and Lehigh County, PA.

My Line

….George Royal Labar m. Mary Long
…….Jesse Labar (1835-1913) m. Permila Sherisky (1838-1913)
……….Laura LaBarre (1858-1925) m. David Walter Straub (1856-1922)
…………..Mabel LaBarre Straub (1878-1944) m. Edward Franklin Farquhar (1883-1960)
………………Bruce Straub Farquhar (1910-1973) m. Katherine LeBlond (1910-2002)

So far I cannot connect my line of Labars to any of the three emigrant brothers, Peter, Charles, and Abraham.

About the name

I have seen it spelled La Bar, LaBar, Labar, and LaBarre. On these web pages, I have stuck to the way the individual in question most often spelled it or the way it was spelled in the record from which I extracted it. Don’t get hung up on spelling, however, as it was done phonetically through the 19th century.

Where did they come from?

According to county histories, all Labars descend from one of three brothers, Peter, Charles, and Abraham LaBar, who, as French Huguenots, came to America sometime before 1730, probably to escape persecution in their homeland. They reportedly landed in Philadelphia, then made their way up the Delaware River to an uninhabited area which is now Slatington and Mount Bethel Township. There they cleared land and built a cabin, and farmed. They traded with the Native Americans living nearby. When other settlers started moving in, the LaBars relocated north of the Blue mountains. Descendents of the three brothers returned to Mount Bethel Township to live several years later.

{Read the messages at the LaBarre Descendents email group at, for a discussion of the parents of the three immigrant brothers, Abraham, Peter, and Charles. Are they Daniel La Barre and Judith Rossignol?}



J. Depue LaBar

LaBars in Records:

Labars in Birth Records
Labars in Census Records
Labars in Cemeteries
Labars in Church Records
La Bars in Wills and Administration Records

Miscellaneous Records:

A John Labar was killed in a storm in 1896 in St. Louis, Missouri. He is listed in the following book, available in the special collections section of the St. Louis Public Library: The Great Cyclone at St. Louis and East St. Louis, May 27, 1896, written by Julian Curzon. This book was originally published in 1896 and was reprinted by Southern Illinois University Press in 1997. Call Number 977.86503. Non-Circulating. This link takes you to the listing of this book:

Labars in the Military