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Appendix G of TDB
Moved from PA to OH
Dreisbach Book, 1998, p. 31, section 6d:
According to descendants, Jacob Dresback was born in Pennsylvania in 1779, and moved to Ohio at an unknown time in the early 1800's. He settled first in Fairfield County. Jacob and his wife, whose name is not known, had six children. In 1835 Jacob moved to Logan County with four of his children, where he died in 1857. Records of Logan County land transactions between Jacob and his sons William and Barnard Dresback are dated 1845 and 1851. Descendants of Jacob Dresback are still living in Ohio. Jacob Dresback does not seem to be connected to the many Dresbach and Dreisbach descendants of Martin Dreisbach living in Ohio.
It is possible that he is the John Dreisbach (actually John Jacob Dreisbach) mentioned by Rev. John Dreisbach in his text, A Short History of Another Branch of Dreisbachs. This text contains a number of half-truths, calling Simon and Martin first cousins (they are now known to have been third cousins), and confusing the sons of Simon Sr. with those of Simon Jr. However, Rev. John makes clear mention of three brothers of the Simon line: Abraham, who settled in Ohio, and Yost and John who both lived on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River "above Berwick." John, the youngest of the three, was born like his brothers in Northampton County, and was baptized John Jacob at Zion Stone Church in 1779. The name and year agree, but it remains to be seen if John Jacob Dreisbach left the shores of the Susquehanna to settle in Ohio as Jacob Dresback.
Appendix J of TDB
aka "Mysterious Henry" and "Northampton Co. Henry"
Shoemaker, parents unknown
Dreisbach Book, 1998, p. 32, section 6c:
Henry Dreisbach lived his long life, from 1800 to 1890, in what might be called the heart of Northampton County's Dreisbach country, Kreidersville. Henry and his wife, Elizabeth Solt (1802-1881) were members of Zion Stone Church, Kreidersville, and are buried in its cemetery, as are a number of their children. Henry's grandson, Ammon, was the founder of the Dreisbach Family Association and organizer of the family reunions. Not only did Ammon have access to local Dreisbach traditions and lore, he lived part of his life with Henry on his farm. Nevertheless, information on Henry's forebears is so totally absent from publications concerning Dreisbachs that one suspects his origins were intentionally kept out of print.
Most of Henry's descendants remained in eastern Pennsylvania. Son Daniel, a shoemaker, went to Illinois in the 1850's to work in a shoe factory. He sent for his family, and while they were staying at a hotel, waiting for their house to be ready, Abraham Lincoln came to stay there too, while campaigning. During the Civil War Daniel joined the Illinois infantry and died of illness soon afterwards. At the end of the war his wife took her family back to Kreidersville, to Henry's farm.
Was there a conspiracy of silence? Two theories seem to imply this. It is almost certain that Henry was connected to the Simon Dreisbach line. One local historian proposes that Henry was the illegitimate son of a Henry Dreisbach who found it awkward to stay in the area, and who moved his family (but not little Henry) to Sparta, New York. Another local historian, a descendant of Simon, Jr, has intimated that there was a tradition in his family that Henry was the offspring (grandson?) of Jost Dreisbach and one of the female Mohawk slaves that Jost mentions in his will.
In any event, as a result of the initiatives begun
early in this century by Henry's grandson Ammon, North American Dreisbachs
were able to reconnect with Wittgenstein, and to receive valuable information
in the 1920's from Wittgenstein Archivist Canstein.
Henry was born on 17 Nov 1800 (place not known): died 14 March 1890, probably near Kreidersville. There is a slight discrepancy regarding his date of death. The Kreidersville church records, and Roberts, Stoudt, etc, say he died on 14 March, whereas Laura M. Helman says 10 March. 14 March is to be preferred.
Henry lived to be almost 90. It is not known where he lived after his wife and his daughter Rebecca died, but he may have stayed near Kreidersville, where he was buried.
Though we have surprisingly little information
on Henry, there is a photograph of him at a somewhat advanced age on page
26 of Laura M. Helman's book, "History of the Dreisbach Family", which
was published in Allentown in 1924.
"Henry Dreisbach was born Nov. 17, 1800 and died March 14, 1890. He married Elizabeth Solt, who was born Feb. 12, 1802 and died Sept. 9, 1881. They are buried at Kreidersville Church".
It is not surprising that some have interpreted this to mean that Henry belonged to Jacob's line, even though the usual qualification, "son of ..." is missing.
Records of the baptisms at the Kreidersville Stone Church have been microfilmed. They show that Jacob and Magdalena had a number of children, including a Sarah, born 4 Feb. 1801 and christened 22 March 1801 (sponsors: Peter Dresibach (sic) and his wife Anna.) Since there is no reason to doubt the date of birth on Henry's tombstone, and since Henry could not possibly have been born into a family where another child was born only 2 1/2 months later, the search for Henry's parents will have to continue.
Appendix M of TDB
Born in U.S., parents unknown
Dreisbach Book, 1998, p. 32, section 6f:
George Tricebock was not an immigrant, but was born in Philadelphia on 3 August 1826. His parents have not been identified. He married Margaret Campbell, and the couple set up housekeeping in Philadelphia. They died in 1893 and 1907 respectively, and are buried in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.
Two children are known, both born in Philadelphia: John B. Tricebock, born 3 December 1848, who later married Margaret Jane Johnson, and Sarah (Sallie) Tricebock, born 31 October 1850, who married Charles Burk. John B. and Margaret Jane Tricebock had ten children, of which three sons and five daughters are married. To date, only one descendant, great-granddaughter Jean Elva Earling, nee Coffren, is known.
The name Tricebock is obviously an anglicized form of Dreisbach. Such a spelling change can have taken place at any time in the early generations of the family.
In 1806, two Dreisbach families from Wittgenstein arrived in Philadelphia, headed by Georg Dreysbach and Georg Heinrich Dreysbach. They had a number of sons, any one of which might have been the father of this George, giving him the grandfather's name. There is no proof of connection, however, and further details on these families are lacking.
Appendix P of TDB
Ancestors of Oliver Dreisbach 1881
|Appendix P of TDB listed an Oliver Dreisbach
of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, a county that had not been extensively
researched at the time of publication. Oliver turns out to be "the
tip of the iceburg". Since that time, many family members (identified
as well as unidentified) have come to light. The earliest Dreisbach
known appeared in Schuylkill Co. in 1810. His name was Simon, and
his parents are unknown (although it seems likely that he would come from
the Simon line.)
Although some of these relationships are unproven, here is a preliminary construction of a tree for the Schuylkill branch of the family:
Simon DREISBACH b: Bef. 1775
in PA Residence: Bet. 1810 - 1830 Shuylkill twp, Berks
Co, PA (later Schuylkill Co) d: Aft. 1830 in prob West Penn twp,
Schuylkill Co, PA
- father of Oliver
Supplement Section A
|Buried in the Newport
Cemetery, Luzerne Co, PA, is a very mysterious John Dreisbach whom
we've been unable to link to any family so far (along with a Wilhelm who
is probably related to him in some way.) His descendants settled
in Kosciusko Co, Indiana. Perhaps his family moved there after his
death in 1843.
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