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  Also spelled Dannehauer, Danenhour, Donnahower, etc.


Surname: The German spelling, Dannenhauer, means cutter of fir trees.   

The last name can be spelled in a variety of ways.

Dane, Dene, Done, Danne, Denne, Donne, Danen, Dinen,
Donen, Dannen, Dinnen, Donnen, Daven, Dauen, Dannin,
Dinnin, Donnin

Hower, Hour, Hauer, Houer, Houser, Hauser, Haurer,

Because of the wide variance in spellings of names, those listed here do not follow a specific form.

Danenhour Places Names

William F. Dannenhouer Bridge (between Norristown and Bridgeport)

Danenhower's Lane, May's Landing, N.J.


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“Names of Foreigners who took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1776. With the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808,” ed William Henry Egle, M.D., Baltimore, 1976. 

p. 141. List of Foreigners Imported in the Ship “Charming Nancy” of London. Chas. Stedman, master, From Rotterdam. Qualified Oct. 1737.            Men: Hans Georg Dannahawer, Abraham Dannahawer;                          p. 144. Women and Children’s Names: Urcilla Dannahower, Anna Maria Dannahower, Abraham Dannahower, Maria Dorthea Dannahower

The Historical Society of Montgomery County Scrapbook         

     This appears to consist of old newspaper clippings.  One of these is a story titled "The Old Danehower House," concerning a dwelling near North Wales that was owned by various Danehowers through the 1800s.  That article notes, "In [1762], on the 11th of December, one David Cumming, yeoman, and his wife Sarah, then owner, sold [the property] to Abraham Danehower (spelled Donehower).  It then consisted of two contiguous tracts of land, one containing 92 acres and 40 perches, and the other 49-1/2 acres, except 5 acres conveyed by Cumming to John Beaver.  The earliest mention of the Danehower name among the transfers of land recorded in Philadelphia is of the date 1756, when we find this same Abraham Danehower mentioned in connection with a tract near the Schuylkill. Abraham Danehower died leaving four sons and three daughters, viz:  Abraham, Jr., Henry, John, George, Catherine married to Jacob Snyder, Elizabeth married to Philip Hurst, and Sarah married to Philip Fetterman.  These granted a release to Henry Danehower, June 18th, 1798, for 135 acres and 140 perches, for which he paid 360 pounds. ...

"The Danehower family are doubtless of German origin. This
Abraham 'Danehauer' (as it was spelled in that language), was
born September 27th, 1722, in Germany, and was the ancestor of
the family of that name in this county.  He came to America
between 1740 and 1755, and lies buried at St. John's Lutheran
Church, of Whitpain.  He died May 9th, 1789, in the 67th year of
his age.  His wife Catharine lies beside him, who was born May
17th, 1724, and died April 22d, 1798, in her 74th year.  One of
his sons, George Danehower, also lies in the same yard, who but
shortly survived his father, dying July 1st, 1793, in his 45th
year.  Another of his sons, Abraham Jr., bought a farm in
eastern Gwynedd of Samuel Evans, just 100 years ago, situated on
the Bethlehem road, north of the Spring House.  This contained
83 acres, part of an original grant of 578 acres from Penn to John Humphrey." --- submitted by Frank O'Donnell, descendant of Heinrich Danenhower.

Abraham Danehower, born 27 Sep 1722 in Germany, died 9 May 1789 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, buried in St. John's Lutheran Church, Whitpain, PA. Abraham was progenitor of a number of Dan(n)e(n)hower/hauer families in Montgomery Co, PA. My line is as follows: Abraham Danehower 1722-1789 m. Catherine ----- b. 1724 Heinrich Dannehaur d. abt 1831-1838 m. Elizabeth -----    
             John S. Danehower 1802-1870 m. Sarah Kneedler 1807-1882             Amanda Kneedler Danehower 1834-1913 m. Franklin E.G. Baker 1826-1910                                                                                   Frank O'Donnell South Pasadena, CA current email:

Descendants of Abraham I Dannenhauer

 Generation No. 1

 1.  ABRAHAM I1 DANNENHAUER1 was born in Germany.  He married URCILLA GUESS.  She was born in Germany.

        Children of ABRAHAM DANNENHAUER and URCILLA GUESS are:

2.                i.       GEORGE2 DANENHAUER, b. Abt. 1725, Germany; d. 1795, Philadelphia.

3.               ii.       ABRAHAM II DANENHAUER, b. September 27, 1722, GermanY; d. May 09, 1789.

                 iii.       MARIA DOROTHEA DANENHAUER.

                 iv.       ANNA MARIA DANENHAUER.

                  v.       JACOB DANENHAUER.

                 vi.       WILLIAM DANENHAUER. 

Generation No. 2

2.  GEORGE2 DANENHAUER (ABRAHAM I1 DANNENHAUER) was born Abt. 1725 in Germany, and died 1795 in Philadelphia.  He married MARIA ELIZABETH UNKNOWN Bef. 1744.   


Burial: Hood Cemetery?       


                   i.       CATHERINE3 DANENHAUER, b. 1744.

                  ii.       ABRAHAM DANENHAUER, b. 1746.

                 iii.       ANNA MARIA DANENHAUER, b. 1749.

4.              iv.       JOHN DANENHAUER, b. Abt. 1751, Philadelphia.

                  v.       CHARLES TWIN DANENHAUER, b. Abt. 1752.

                 vi.       GEORGE REV. TWIN DANENHAUER, b. 1752.

                vii.       MARIA DOROTHEA DANENHAUER, b. 1753. 

3.  ABRAHAM II2 DANENHAUER (ABRAHAM I1 DANNENHAUER)2 was born September 27, 1722 in GermanY, and died May 09, 1789.  He married CATHERINE ERDMANN.  She was born Abt. 1734, and died 1798.       


                   i.       JACOB3 DANMONT.

                  ii.       JOHANN DANMONT.

                 iii.       CATHERINE DANMONT, b. 1747.

                 iv.       GEORGE DANMONT, b. 1748.

                  v.       ELIZABETH DANMONT, b. 1750.

                 vi.       JOHN DANMONT, b. Abt. 1751.

                vii.       ABRAHAM III DANMONT, b. 1754.

               viii.       EVA DOROTHEA DANMONT, b. Abt. 1760.

                  ix.       SARAH MARIA DANMONT, b. Abt. 1760.

                   x.       HENRY DANMOUNT, b. 1763. 

Generation No. 3

4.  JOHN3 DANENHAUER (GEORGE2, ABRAHAM I1 DANNENHAUER)3,4 was born Abt. 1751 in Philadelphia.  He married EVA RITER.   


Burial: Germantown Hood Cemetery?       

Children of JOHN DANENHAUER and EVA RITER are:

                   i.       JOHANN GEORGE4 DANMILLER, b. Abt. 1775.

                  ii.       JOHANNES DANMILLER, b. Abt. 1776.

                 iii.       CHARLES DANMILLER, b. 1782; d. 1845; m. RACHEL WEAVER, 1808; d. 1826.

                 iv.       ELIZABETH DANMILLER. 


1.  Came to U.S. in 1737 aboard Charming Nancy.

2.  DAR Patriot Index, Part I, p. 755, 1. Patriot Index, DAR2. came to U.S. in 1746 aboard the Ann Galley.

3.  DAR Patriot Index, part I, page 755, Pvt, PA.

4.  nATL sOC OF dar, vOL i PAGE 197, John Danenhower was a private in Captl. Peter Frailey's 7th o., Philadelphia County Militia. He was born 1751, Philadelphia; died in Germantown, Pa. 

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