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The "Why" of the Dreisbach Reunions
The Dreisbach Family Journal, Vol 1, No. 1, October 1913, pp. 7-8
by Ammon Peter Dreisbach, President of the Dreisbach Family Association in 1913

Several years ago, while attending the funeral of a relative, the writer of this article was introduced to some persons whom he had never met before, and re-introduced to others whom he happened to meet only upon such sad occasions.  The thought occurred to him, "Why not come together upon other than such sorrowful occasions; why not meet under conditions where joy and happiness reign supreme and when the ties of kinship and friendship may be established and strengthened?"  This in turn suggested the idea of a family reunion once a year, with believing it to be the simplest way of becoming acquainted with one another.

Happy as a boy with his first knife, we did what the women always do,-- we mentioned this matter to others, who not only agreed with us, but at once named a time when a meeting could be held for the purpose of making arrangements for A Family Reunion.  Our present secretary, Frank S. Dreisbach, called the meeting, which was held at our home in Allentown.  We have forgotten the date,-- a sign of advancing age.  At that meeting the following persons were present: Messrs. George Dreisbach, of Mauch Chunk; Charles Weitknecht, of Beersville; Mr. and Mrs. Mertz, nee Dreisbach, of Weissport; Frank S. Dreisbach, of Allentown, the writer, and several others, whose names I cannot recall,-- additional proof of advancing age.  The writer was chosen as chairman and F.S. Dreisbach, as secretary.  Many matters were discussed, plans were suggested, and some progress was made; but for some reason or other we could not bring about the much desired results.  At this juncture our drooping spirits were quickly revived when we were informed that the Rev. S.A. Bridges Stopp, who has since become our efficient historian, was deeply interested in this whole matter, having made a well-nigh exhaustive research in his efforts to gather the data of the Dreisbach Family.  Accordingly another attempt was made, the royal edict announcing the First Reunion of the Dreisbach Family, at Central Park, Sept. 3rd, 1910.  Although there was a grand "tea-party" that day,-- Jupiter Pluvius doing the pouring,-- there was nothing that could dampen the ardor of those who gathered there, for when they realized how inadequate the accomodations were, they adjourned to meet in regular session at the home of the Rev. Mr. Stopp, in Allentown.  The formal organization was effected by the election of officers all of whom have been continued in office ever since by reason of their ability and willingness to assist in so praiseworthy an undertaking (the President is too modest to include himself.)

In addition to those named, we remember the names of William and Miss Bertha Dreisbach, of Philadelphia; M.L., John J. and Alvin M. Dreisbach, Mrs. F. L. Snyder and Miss Adele Dreisbach Snyder, of Easton; W.F. Dreisbach, of White Deer, Pa.; G.P. Dreisbach, of Mountain Grove, Pa.; Col. C.R. Lilly, of Muncy, Pa.; Ed. W. Dreisbach, of Weissport; John L. and Miss Jennie Dreisbach, of Siegfried; Miss Elda Dreisbach, Mr. and Mrs. John Stopp, O.D. Knauss, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Dech, Mrs. F. L. Robbins and daughter, Margaret, of Allentown.  If any names have been omitted, kindly pardon the writer, and at some convenient time call his attention to it so that proper credit may be given.  That which gave impetus to this movement was the interesting paper entitled "The Early History of the Dreisbach Family in America," prepared and presented by the Rev. Mr. Stopp.  The appreciation and enthusiasm manifested were just the kind needed, and at once the formation and maintenance of The Dreisbach Family Reunion became a reality.  Col. Lilly exhibited some very interesting relics, among which were an embroidered wedding apron in gay colors, 276 years old, and a beautifully embroidered colored leaf on a piece of bolting cloth from John Dreisbach's mill, near Bloomsburg, Pa.

Such, then, has been "The Why" of the Dreisbach Family Reunion.  Judged by the reunions which have been held annually ever since each of which has witnessed a larger attendance and a more intelligent and wide-spread interest, we believe that our labor of love has been crowned with success, that the results thus far attained have more than justified all the expenditure of time and toil, and that with your continued co-operation we may accomplish to a greater degree the laudable purpose for which we have organized.

ESTO PERPETUA.



Family Members Active in the First Dreisbach Family Association
from the Dreisbach Family Association database


"Mysterious Henry" Dreisbach
1800-1890
The first DFA President and the man most instrumental in organizing the Family Reunions was Ammon Peter Dreisbach, a descendant of "Mysterious Henry" or "Northampton County Henry" Dreisbach.  Many of the original members of the DFA were descended from this line, whose origins are obscure (not all descendants shown in tree:)

Henry DREISBACH b: Nov 17, 1800 PA  d: Abt. Mar 14, 1890 in Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA
.  +Elizabeth SOLT b: Feb 12, 1802 PA m: Mar 06, 1821 d: Aug 09, 1881 in prob Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA

.... 2   Julian DREISBACH b: Jun 23, 1822  d: Dec 08, 1902 in Kreidersville, Northampton Co, PA
........  +George Adam WEITKNECHT b: May 23, 1817 Kimdelsheim, Baden, Germany m: 1843 d: Apr 30, 1908 in Kreidersville, Northampton Co, PA
........... 3   George Washington WEITKNECHT b: Feb 22, 1844  d: Jul 02, 1922 in Northampton Co, PA
...............  +Anna Savilla BACHMAN b: Oct 31, 1846  d: Apr 09, 1932 in Northampton Co, PA
........... 3   Charles Henry WEITKNECHT b: Oct 18, 1863  d: Nov 23, 1960 in Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA
...............  +Ellen A. REYER b: Jun 15, 1872 m: Nov 24, 1888 d: Dec 28, 1970 in Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA

.... 2   Catharine DREISBACH b: Feb 04, 1824 PA  d: Apr 07, 1888 in Northampton Co, PA
........  +Henry J. COLE b: Jan 12, 1817  d: Mar 13, 1912 in Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA
........... 3   Ellen COLE b: Jul 23, 1852  d: Sep 28, 1853
........... 3   Milton H. COLE b: Jul 15, 1858  d: Dec 21, 1951 in Northampton Co., PA
...............  +Mary A. TRINE b: Sep 25, 1862  d: May 20, 1938 in Northampton Co., PA

.... 2   Daniel DREISBACH b: Nov 04, 1827 Kreidersville, Northampton Co, PA  d: Mar 12, 1863 in Memphis, TN, in Civil War
........  +Christiann KRATZER b: Sep 23, 1833 Treichlers, Northampton Co. PA m: Abt. 1850 d: Aug 04, 1914 in prob Allentown, Lehigh, PA
........... 3   Ammon Peter DREISBACH b: Dec 12, 1850 Pennsville, PA  d: Sep 11, 1935 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA
...............  +Flora Anna DORWARD b: Mar 16, 1856 prob near Slatington PA m: Aug 01, 1873 in Indianland Church d: Feb 22, 1908 in PA
...........  *2nd Wife of Ammon Peter DREISBACH:
...............  +Mary Alice SENSINGER b: Oct 03, 1867 m: Nov 29, 1909 d: May 26, 1935
........... 3   George H. DREISBACH b: Feb 23, 1852  d: Jan 14, 1945 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA
...............  +Amanda E. WEILL b: Mar 31, 1856  d: Nov 02, 1931 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA

.... 2   George DREISBACH b: Aug 30, 1831 PA  d: Apr 15, 1889 in Northampton Co, PA
........  +Christina BEIL b: Sep 10, 1831  d: Jul 14, 1901 in Northampton Co, PA
........... 3   Franklin Sylvester DREISBACH b: Aug 02, 1864  d: Dec 23, 1929 in Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA
...............  +Adina R. KLEPPINGER b: Jan 05, 1866 m: Oct 09, 1891 d: Sep 20, 1947 in Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA
.................. 4   Elda Christiana DREISBACH b: May 14, 1896  d: Aug 1975 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA
......................  +Paul C. BREINIG b: Aug 30, 1897 Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA m: Aft. 1913 d: Dec 09, 1992 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA
........... 3   William Henry DREISBACH b: Mar 21, 1866  d: Oct 04, 1952
...............  +Ellen HOFFMAN b: Jul 27, 1866 m: Aug 26, 1893 d: Jun 23, 1908
.................. 4   Jennie C. DREISBACH b: Apr 02, 1894
......................  +Guy FREY  m: Jun 19, 1915
.................. 4   John L. DREISBACH b: Jan 11, 1896  d: May 1976 in Allentown, Lehigh Co., PA
......................  +Mabel DEIBERT b: Jun 01, 1896 Walnutport, PA  d: Mar 19, 1985 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA

..... 2    Samuel Harrison DREISBACH    b: March 08, 1839 in PA      d: Aft. 1900 in prob Northampton Co, PA         
.........       +Susanna NOLF    b: 1839                             m: October 08, 1868 in Shoenersville, Christ Lutheran Church congregation            d: Aft. 1920 in prob Northampton Co, PA
.............     3      John W. DREISBACH    b: March 1877 in Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA                                    Residence: 1910 Lehigh, Allentown, PA        d: Aft. 1920 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA 
.................     +Cora L. ?    b: abt 1877 in PA    d: Aft. 1920 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA      
.....................    4       Kenneth E. DREISBACH    b: July 17, 1901 in PA   d: March 31, 1971 in Los Angeles, CA 
.........................     +Dorothy F. ?  b: Abt. 1903 in CA                                  m: Abt. 1928              d: Aft. 1930     
.....................    4      Bessie M. DREISBACH    b: 1902 in Lehigh Co, PA
.....................      4    Marie M. DREISBACH      b: September 1908 in Lehigh Co, PA    



Ammon P. Dreisbach, DFA President 1909-1923 AMMON PETER DREISBACH < (DANIEL< HENRY) was born Dec 12, 1850 in Pennsville (Near Kreidersville), PA, and died Sep 11, 1935 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA. 

He married (1) FLORA ANNA DORWARD Aug 01, 1873 in Indianland Church. 
She was born Mar 16, 1856 in near Slatington PA ?, and died Feb 22, 1908 in PA. 

He married (2) MARY ALICE SENSINGER Nov 29, 1909. 
She was born Oct 03, 1867, and died May 26, 1935.

Young Ammon, eldest of Daniel's six orphaned children, left school at 16, worked on the farm for 3 years, was next a miller for 10 years, during which time he married Flora Dorward, who seems to have come from near Slatington.  It is curious that the date of the marriage is given as 1874 in one printed source (where the information was probably provided by Ammon himself), while his first son Robert was born in 1872.   Ammon next became a locomotive fireman on the Lehigh Valley RR, first fireman of the Allentown Steam Heat and Power Co., engineer for E.J. Schneck and Sons, then for Atlas Portland Cement, and in 1906 chief engineer of Trexler Lumber Co. until they converted from steam to electricity, finally working as stationary engineer at the Balliet Cigar Box Factory until he retired.  His 5 sons and 5 daughters produced at least 27 grandchildren.  The Dreisbach Family Association was founded in Ammon's home in about 1909/1910.  He was elected its president in 1910 as was still active (as its V.P.) in 1923.

More About AMMON PETER DREISBACH:
Burial: Greenwood Cem. Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA
Fact: Bet. 1909-1923, DFA President
Occupation: Repairman at the City Water Works.
Religion: Lutheran
Residence: Bet. 1913 - 1915, 1344 Liberty St, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA

More About FLORA ANNA DORWARD:
Burial: Greenwood Cem. Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA

Marriage Notes for AMMON DREISBACH and FLORA DORWARD:
Flora married Ammon Dreisbach in August 1874.  Ammon was working as a miller ca. 1870-1880, but it is not known where.

Children of AMMON DREISBACH and FLORA DORWARD are:
i. ROBERT DANIEL DREISBACH, b. Jul 15, 1872, Laurys, PA; d. Jun 17, 1942, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.
ii. JENNY C. DREISBACH, b. Apr 27, 1876, South Easton, PA; d. Mar 21, 1951, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.
iii. MARY ALICE DREISBACH, b. Aug 03, 1879, South Easton, Northampton Co, PA; d. Nov 24, 1963.
 iv. WILLIAM WINFIELD DREISBACH, b. 1880, South Easton, PA; d. Mar 29, 1885.
 v. MABEL J. DREISBACH, b. 1883, Easton, PA; d. Aug 13, 1976, Meyerstown, Lebanon Co. PA; m. JAMES B. COLE.
vi. CHARLES F. DREISBACH, b. Aug 1884; d. 1941, Allentown, Lehigh Co., PA.
vii. RUSSELL DREISBACH, b. Oct 1886.
viii. ADA A. DREISBACH, b. Feb 23, 1890, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA; d. Dec 06, 1943, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.
ix. EDWARD G. DREISBACH, b. Feb 1891.
 x. HALPIN DREISBACH, b. Feb 1895, PA; d. Feb 05, 1952, prob California; m. HATTIE OPLINGER, Aft. 1920, California.


CHARLES HENRY WEITKNECHT<  (JULIAN DREISBACH< HENRY ) was born Oct 18, 1863, and died Nov 23, 1960 in Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA.  He married ELLEN A. REYER Nov 24, 1888.  She was born Jun 15, 1872, and died Dec 28, 1970 in Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA.
More About CHARLES HENRY WEITKNECHT:
Burial: Zion Stone Church, Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA

More About ELLEN A. REYER:
Burial: Zion Stone Church, Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA

Children of CHARLES WEITKNECHT and ELLEN REYER are:
 i. LENA MAY WEITKNECHT, b. May 30, 1889; d. Oct 05, 1960.
ii. ANNA LONA WEITKNECHT, b. Mar 1891; d. Feb 03, 1985, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.
iii. STANLEY O. WEITKNECHT, b. Nov 27, 1893; d. Jan 21, 1926, Kreidersville, Northampton Co, PA.
iv. WALTER S. WEITKNECHT, b. Jun 07, 1901; d. Feb 26, 1903, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA.
v. MABEL R. WEITKNECHT, b. Mar 16, 1903.
vi. MARY J. WEITKNECHT, b. Nov 18, 1907.
MILTON H. COLE (CATHARINE DREISBACH< HENRY) was born Jul 15, 1858, and died Dec 21, 1951 in Northampton Co., PA.  He married MARY A. TRINE.  She was born Sep 25, 1862, and died May 20, 1938 in Northampton Co., PA.
More About MILTON H. COLE:
Burial: Zion Stone Church, Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, DFA Board member
Residence: Bet. 1913 - 1915, R.F.D. No. 1, Siegfried, PA

More About MARY A. TRINE:
Burial: Zion Stone Church, Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA

 Children of MILTON COLE and MARY TRINE are:
 i. CLINTON E. COLE, b. Jan 29, 1883; d. Jan 29, 1949, Kreidersville, Northampton Co, PA; m. (1) REATHIE POLLOCK; b. Nov 14, 1884; d. Mar 01, 1934, Kreidersville, Northampton Co, PA; m. (2) MAUDEL ?. Burial: Zion Stone Church, Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA
ii. JENNIE L. COLE, b. Apr 17, 1884; d. Feb 09, 1962.
 iii. ANNA C. COLE, b. Apr 01, 1895; d. Nov 22, 1982, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA; m. IRVIN H. SOLT; b. Feb 07, 1895; d. Nov 13, 1968, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA.  Burial: Zion Stone Church, Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA


Frank S. Dreisbach FRANKLIN SYLVESTER DREISBACH<  (GEORGE< HENRY) was born Aug 02, 1864, and died Dec 23, 1929 in Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA.  He married ADINA R. KLEPPINGER Oct 09, 1891.  She was born Jan 05, 1866, and died Sep 20, 1947 in Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA.
More About FRANKLIN SYLVESTER DREISBACH:
Burial: Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, DFA Secretary, res. 450 N. 7th St, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA

More About ADINA R. KLEPPINGER:
Burial: Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA

Children of FRANKLIN DREISBACH and ADINA KLEPPINGER are:
i. MARK SYLVESTER DREISBACH, b. Jan 11, 1893; d. Dec 1973; m. SARAH DICKINSON.
ii. ELDA CHRISTIANA DREISBACH, b. May 14, 1896; d. Aug 1975, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.
iii. GEORGE DAVID DREISBACH, b. Sep 14, 1901; d. Feb 26, 1902, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA.
Burial: Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA
iv. NAOMI LOUISA DREISBACH, b. Apr 14, 1903, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA; d. Mar 30, 1985, Doylestown, PA.
Burial: Zion Stone Church, Kreidersville, Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA
v. PAUL FRANKLIN DREISBACH, b. Oct 22, 1910, Allentown, PA; d. May 03, 1997, Allentown, PA; m. CHRISTINE E. BAKER, Nov 23, 1939; b. Apr 14, 1908, Somerville, N.J.; d. May 30, 1991, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.


ELDA CHRISTIANA DREISBACH  (FRANKLIN SYLVESTER< GEORGE< HENRY) was born May 14, 1896, and died Aug 1975 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.  She married PAUL C. BREINIG, son of CLAUDE BREINIG and DAISY GLOSE.  He was born Aug 30, 1897 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA, and died Dec 09, 1992 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.

Children of ELDA DREISBACH and PAUL BREINIG are:
 i. RICHARD D. BREINIG.
 ii. DORIS L. BREINIG.
 iii. BEATRICE M. BREINIG, m. ? ALMEIDA.
 iv. JOAN C. BREINIG.
 v. SHIRLEY F. BREINIG, m. ? BAXTER.



JOHN L. DREISBACH  (WILLIAM HENRY< GEORGE< HENRY) was born Jan 11, 1896, and died May 1976 in Allentown, Lehigh Co., PA.  He married MABEL DEIBERT, daughter of ROBERT DEIBERT and SARAH KELLER.  She was born Jun 01, 1896 in Walnutport, PA, and died Mar 19, 1985 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.
Notes for JOHN L. DREISBACH:
Residence: 1913, Siegfried, PA
Children of JOHN DREISBACH and MABEL DEIBERT are:
 i. WILLIAM HENRY DREISBACH II
 ii. RUTH M. DREISBACH
 iii. JEAN L. DREISBACH
 iv. JOHN P. DREISBACH
JENNIE C. DREISBACH
< (WILLIAM HENRY< GEORGE< HENRY) was born Apr 02, 1894.  She married GUY FREY Jun 19, 1915.
Notes for JENNIE C. DREISBACH:
Residence: 1913, Siegfried, PA
Children of JENNIE DREISBACH and GUY FREY are:
 i. DOROTHY FREY
 ii. ELWOOD FREY

GEORGE D. DREISBACH< (JAMES MONROE< SOLOMAN< MICHAEL< JOST< SIMON) was born Abt. 1871 in PA.  He married ISABELLA YODER.  She was born 1873 in PA.
More About GEORGE DREISBACH:
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, DFA Board Member
Occupation: 1913, Treasurer and Secretary of the Mauch Chunk Trust Co, Carbon Co
Residence: 1910, Mauch Chunk, Carbon Co, PA


ELIZABETH DREISBACH<  (DANIEL< JOST< JOHN< SIMON) was born Feb 26, 1829 in Towamensing, Palmerton, Carbon Co, PA, and died Oct 03, 1914.  She married HENRY MERTZ.  He was born Abt. 1828.
More About ELIZABETH DREISBACH:
Baptism: May 16, 1829, Towamensing Church, Palmerton, Carbon Co, PA
Residence: 1900, Franklin twp, Carbon Co, PA
Sponsor: Peter Driesbach and Eva Sold
Child of ELIZABETH DREISBACH and HENRY MERTZ is:
 i. ANNIE MERTZ, b. Abt. 1862, Franklin twp, Carbon Co, PA.

GEORGE P. DREISBACH  (ISAAC< JACOB< JOST WILLIAM< JOHN GEORGE< SIMON< SIMON) was born Jul 1866 in PA, and died 1951 in Luzerne Co, PA.  He married M. ETTA ?.  She was born 1872, and died 1929 in Luzerne Co, PA.


EDWIN W. DREISBACH<  (LEWIS< DANIEL< JOST< JOHN< SIMON) was born Sep 21, 1858 in Franklin, Carbon Co. PA.  He married SARAH E. PFIEFER Bet. 1880 - 1885.  She was born 1855 in PA.
More About EDWIN W. DREISBACH:
Residence: 1910, Carbon Co, PA
Children of EDWIN DREISBACH and SARAH PFIEFER are:
 i. BESSIE I. DREISBACH, b. 1885, Carbon Co, PA.
 ii. HATTIE A. DREISBACH, b. 1888, Carbon Co, PA.
 iii. JACOB L. DREISBACH, b. 1889, Carbon Co, PA.
 iv. WALTER E. DREISBACH, b. 1895, Carbon Co, PA.
 v. MARIAN B. DREISBACH, b. Jun 12, 1897, Weissport, Carbon Co, PA; d. Nov 01, 1989, St. Petersburg, FL.

MARY ALICE UHLER< (HANNA MATILDA MARSH< ELIZA CECILIA VON STEUBEN< HANNAH DREISBACH< SIMON< JOHN PETER< SIMON< SIMON) , b. Nazareth, PA; m. (1) HARVEY JACOB REIFF, Bef. 1921; m. (2) CHARLES R. ROBERTS, Nov 25, 1925.
Notes for MARY ALICE UHLER:
DAR ID Number: 76782

More About MARY ALICE UHLER:
Fact: 1921, DFA Vice President
Residence: 1921, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA


Laura M. Helman LAURA M. HELMAN  (ABRAHAM< MARIA CATHERINE DREISBACH< JACOB< SIMON< SIMON) was born Bef. 1871 in White Haven, PA, and died Aft. 1915 in prob Catasauqua, PA.
More About LAURA M. HELMAN:
DAR ID Number: 50097 through Simon Dreisbach etc
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, DFA Asst. Secretary
Author of History and Genealogy of the Dreisbach Family (1924) and its Supplement (1927)
Residence: Bet. 1913 - 1915, 428 Walnut St., Catasauqua, PA
 

Dr. A. O. Kisner DR. ALLEN OSCAR KISNER<  (CAROLINE E. BALLIET<  CATHERINE DREISBACH< DANIEL< JOHN PETER< SIMON< SIMON) was born between 1864 and 1865 in PA.
More About DR. A. O. KISNER:
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, DFA Board member
Occupation: Medical doctor
Residence: Bet. 1913 - 1915, 139 Broad St, Bethlehem, Northampton Co, PA


Martin L. Dreisbach MARTIN L. DREISBACH  (MARTIN< MARTIN< MARTIN) was born Sep 06, 1843, and died 1916 in prob Easton, Northampton Co, PA.  He married SUSAN BUTZ HORN Apr 21, 1874, daughter of MELCHIOR HORN and MATILDA HELLER.  She was born Sep 15, 1846 in Catasauqua, PA, and died Feb 20, 1916.
More About MARTIN L. DREISBACH:
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, DFA Vice President
Military service: Bet. Sep 11 - 25, 1862, Civil War - Pvt, Co B, 3rd PA Inf
Residence: 1913, Easton, Northampton Co, PA

Notes for SUSAN BUTZ HORN:
DAR ID Number: 53956

Children of MARTIN DREISBACH and SUSAN HORN are:
i. MATILDA DREISBACH, b. Jul 04, 1875, Easton, PA.
ii. JOHN MARTIN DREISBACH, b. Nov 26, 1878; m. LAURA CLAIRE DORTT, Jun 24, 1904; b. Mar 04, 1881.


OSCAR DANIEL KNAUSS<  (AMANDA DREISBACH< FREDERICK DRIESBACK< JOHN PETER DREISBACH< SIMON< SIMON)  was born in Lehigh County, PA on October 02, 1858, and died Aft. 1915 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.  He married SARAH E. ACKER February 19, 1898.  She was born May 15, 1871.
More About O. D. KNAUSS:
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, DFA Board member
Residence: Bet. 1913 - 1915, 1125 Turner St, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.  Lived in CO, NE, WY, IL and MS for 10 years before moving back to Allentown.
Children of OSCAR KNAUSS and SARAH ACKER are:
 i. PAUL H. KNAUSS. b. June 25, 1898; m. MIRIAM M. SOLT, April 22, 1922; b. 1904; d. October 31, 1997, Cedarbrook, S. Whitehall twp, Lehigh Co, PA. Marriage: April 22, 1922
 ii. ESTHER A. KNAUSS. b. January 25, 1900; d. February 08, 1995, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA; m. BYRON G. V. BRELSFORD; b. November 20, 1896; d. September 17, 1964, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.
 iii. JAMES D. KNAUSS. b. September 30, 1902; m. ELSIE H. RAUB; b. Abt. 1902.
 iv. MARGARET C. KNAUSS. b. October 07, 1906; m. HOWARD O. PARKER; b. 1907, Seattle, King Co, WA.   1 child, died young.

Matilda Magdalena (Dreisbach) Dech was one Dreisbach ancestor whose children and grandchildren worked very hard to establish the reisbach Family Association.   Her husband owned several farms in Northampton county, and a hotel in Catasauqua, and was a grain merchant in New York.  With his family he moved to Allentown, Lehigh Co, Pennsylvania, in 1868, and he and his wife became active workers in St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  Those of us who enjoy the benefit of all the hard work of the early members of the DFA owe them a debt of gratitude.

Solomon DECH b: Sep 19, 1818 Lehigh Co, PA Baptism: Oct 26, 1818 Schoenersville Church, Lehigh County, PA Sponsor: Joseph Heller and Margaret  d: 1871
.  +Matilda Magdalena DREISBACH b: 1820   m: 1840 d: 1888  Father: Jacob DREISBACH, Jr. Mother: Magdalena BLIEM

.... 2   Amanda C. DECH
........  +Rudolph BABP
....  *2nd Husband of Amanda C. DECH:
........  +George M. LAZARUS b: May 26, 1839 Schoenersville, Lehigh County, PA   m: 1860
........... 3   Jacob W. LAZARUS
........... 3   Newton C. LAZARUS
........... 3   George F. LAZARUS
........... 3   Luther Dech LAZARUS b: Bef. 1890    d: Aft. 1915 in prob Bethlehem, Northampton Co, PA
........... 3   Elizabeth A. LAZARUS

.... 2   Commodore Wilson DECH b: May 04, 1848 East Allen Township, Northampton County, PA    d: Feb 16, 1931 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA
........  +Anna E. KICHLINE b: Abt. 1849 Salisbury Township, Lehigh County, PA   m: Abt. 1869 d: 1916  Father: Edmund Jacob KICHLINE Mother: Eliza ENGLEMAN
........... 3   William Solomon DECH b: Aft. 1869
........... 3   Lloyd K. DECH b: Aft. 1870
........... 3   Eva Edith DECH b: Aft. 1871
...............  +Warren W. SHALL
........... 3   Harvey K. DECH b: Aft. 1872

.... 2   Ella Clotilda Magdalene DECH b: Mar 27, 1851 Northampton Co, PA Baptism: Aug 10, 1851 Christ Reformed Church, Schoenersville, Lehigh, PA Sponsor: Henry Beitler and Elizabeth
........  +John STOPP b: 1844 Springtown   m: 1874 d: Jul 21, 1911
........... 3   Joseph Herbert STOPP b: Jan 30, 1877
...............  +Maude Evelyn KURTZ    m: 1889
........... 3   Samuel A. Bridges STOPP b: Bef. 1890 prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA    d: Aft. 1915 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA
....  *2nd Husband of Ella Clotilda Magdalene DECH:
........  +Joseph GUINYON    m: Aft. 1911 



REV. JACOB W. LAZARUS< (AMANDA C. DECH<  MATILDA MAGDALENA DREISBACH< JACOB< JACOB< SIMON< SIMON)
More About The REV. JACOB W. LAZARUS:
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, Wrote several articles for the Dreisbach Family Journal, listed as Editor.

REV. LUTHER DECH LAZARUS< (AMANDA C. DECH<  MATILDA MAGDALENA DREISBACH< JACOB< JACOB< SIMON< SIMON) was born Bef. 1890, and died Aft. 1915 in prob Bethlehem, Northampton Co, PA.
More About The REV. LUTHER DECH LAZARUS:
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, DFA Board member, editor of Dreisbach Family Journal
Residence: Bet. 1913 - 1915, 134 3rd Ave, Bethlehem, Northampton Co, PA


COMMODORE WILSON DECH<  (MATILDA MAGDALENA DREISBACH< JACOB< JACOB< SIMON< SIMON) was born May 04, 1848 in East Allen Township, Northampton County, PA, and died Feb 16, 1931 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.  He married ANNA E. KICHLINE Abt. 1869, daughter of EDMUND KICHLINE and ELIZA ENGLEMAN.  She was born Abt. 1849 in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County, PA, and died 1916.
Notes for COMMODORE WILSON DECH:
He was educated in the public schools and Muhlenberg college, leaving the latter when a sophomore to read law with the Hon. J. H. Oliver, then a prominent attorney and citizen of Lehigh county, but who died after a successful canvass for the nomination of congressman, from the immediate efects of typhoid fever.  The death of the preceptor of Mr. Dech caused him to change is career after having read law one and one half years.  His father having also died in the mean time, leaving a large estate, Mr. Dech took hold of it as one of the administrators, operating his three large farms.  One farm of one hundred acres was located in Whitehall township, Lehigh county, and the other two farms were situated in Northampton county.

At this time, Mr. Dech was appointed assistant postmaster of Allentown under the administration of President Benjamin Harrison and he served the office four years.  In 1896 he became a brick manufacturer in the Twelfth Ward, under the name of Kichline Brick Co.  This firm employed about 25 people, and continued in business until 1907.  After that time Mr. Dech lived retired at his residence, No. 213 Lehigh Street.  He had charge of the Kichline properties, in the Twelfth Ward.

He was a Republican and took an active interest in his party since he is of age.  In 1875 he represented the Third Ward in the city council; was for twelve years chairman of the second ward executive committee; and was a prominent candidate for the office of county commissioner on three different occasions, having lacked 125 votes only at the general election in 1902.  He was a member of the P. O. S. of A.

More About COMMODORE WILSON DECH:
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, DFA Treasurer

 Children of COMMODORE DECH and ANNA KICHLINE are:
 i. WILLIAM SOLOMON DECH.
ii. LLOYD K DECH.
 iii. EVA EDITH DECH, m. WARREN W SHALL.
 iv. HARVEY K DECH.


ELLA CLOTILDA MAGDALENE DECH<  (MATILDA MAGDALENA DREISBACH< JACOB< JACOB< SIMON< SIMON) was born Mar 27, 1851 in Northampton Co, PA.  She married (1) JOHN STOPP 1874.  He was born 1844 in Springtown, and died Jul 21, 1911.  She married (2) JOSEPH GUINYON Aft. 1911.
Notes for ELLA CLOTILDA MAGDALENE DECH:
Mrs. Ella C. Dech Guinyon.
DAR ID Number: 105757

More About ELLA CLOTILDA MAGDALENE DECH:
Baptism: Aug 10, 1851, Christ Reformed Church, Schoenersville, Lehigh, PA
Sponsor: Henry Beitler and Elizabeth

More About JOHN STOPP:
Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Children of ELLA DECH and JOHN STOPP are:
 i. JOSEPH HERBERT STOPP, b. Jan 30, 1877; m. MAUDE EVELYN KURTZ, 1889.
 ii. REV. SAMUEL A. BRIDGES STOPP, b. Bef. 1890, prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA; d. Aft. 1915, prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.

Rev. S. A. Bridges Stopp, DFA Historian at the time of his death, 1917 REV. SAMUEL A. BRIDGES STOPP<  (ELLA CLOTILDA MAGDALENE DECH< MATILDA MAGDALENA DREISBACH< JACOB< JACOB< SIMON< SIMON)  was born Bef. 1890 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA, and died 1917 in Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.
More About REV. SAMUEL A. BRIDGES STOPP:
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1917, DFA Historian
Residence: 1913, 34 N. 5th St, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA

History and Genealogy of the Dreisbach Family, Helman, p. 40:
Rev. Bridges Stopp was born in 1875 and died in 1917.  He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1896.  He then took up a post-graduate course at Princeton and received his master's degree in 1897.  He entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Mt. Airy and was graduated in 1901 and was ordained as a minister at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Allentown, Pa.  He served as a minister for eight years, when ill health prevented him from carrying on the work.  He belonged to the Sons of the Revolution, and was Historian of the Dreisbach reunion.  He was loved by all who knew him.


COL. C. R. LILLY< (MARY DREISBACH< JOHN< JOST< SIMON) was born Abt. 1839 of Mauch Chunk and Muncy, PA, and died Jun 16, 1920 in Mauch Chunk, PA at the age of 81.  Before his death he gave an old Dreisbach Bible to George W. Driesbach, 3d, of Milton, Pa.

CHRISTINE GILLETTE< (SALLY HELMAN< EDWARD HELMAN< MARIA CATHARINE DREISBACH< JACOB< SIMON< SIMON) was born Bef. 1895 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA, and died Aft. 1915 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.  She married ROBERT LEH Aft. 1915.
More About CHRISTINE GILLETTE:
Fact: Bet. 1913 - 1915, DFA Board member
Residence: Bet. 1913 - 1915, 216 N. 4th St, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA
Child of CHRISTINE GILLETTE and ROBERT LEH is:
 i. ROBERT LEH, JR., b. Bef. 1924.

JOHN D. WEAVER< (WILLIAM THOMAS WEAVER< SARAH ANN BOYER< MAGDALENA DREISBACH< JACOB< SIMON< SIMON) was born Oct 27, 1861 in Weaversville, PA, and died Aft. 1923 in prob New York City.  He married CORA E. BOGERT.
More About JOHN D. WEAVER:
DFA: Bet. 1910 - 1923, DFA Vice President
Occupation: New York Sun
Residence: Bet. 1910 - 1923, New York


EDWARD E. DREISBACH<  (JOEL FREDERICK< JACOB< GEORGE PETER< ADAM<SIMON ) was born Aft. 1865 in Northampton Co, PA, and died Aft. 1924.  He married GERTRUDE LIGHTCAP.

More About EDWARD E. DREISBACH:
Fact: 1924, Secretary of DFA


CARRIE B. DREISBACH  <(ELI LAFAYETTE<GEORGE W.<JOST WILLIAM <JOHN GEORGE<SIMON<SIMON) was born Abt. 1873 in PA, and died Aft. 1924. 
She married GEORGE MILLER 1923 in Bethlehem, PA.  He was born Abt. 1900.
 
More About CARRIE B. DREISBACH:
DFA: September 12, 1921, VP - residence Bethlehem
Residence 1: 1880, Bloomingdale, Mauch Chunk twp, Carbon Co, PA
Residence 2: Bet. 1924 - 1927, Bethlehem, Northampton Co, PA

More About GEORGE MILLER and CARRIE DREISBACH:
Marriage: 1923, Bethlehem, PA
       
Child of CARRIE DREISBACH and GEORGE MILLER is:
        i.        WINIFRED MILLER, b. Bet. 1923 - 1927.        

ELIZABETH KLEIM<SUSANNAH VON STEUBEN m.JAMES M. KLEIM < HANNAH DREISBACH m. AUGUSTUS VON STEUBEN<SIMON<JOHN PETER<SIMON<SIMON)  She married LEWIS F. HUTHMACHER

More About LEWIS F. HUTHMACHER:

DFA: Early DFA Vice President       

Children of ELIZABETH KLEIM and LEWIS HUTHMACHER are:

       i.       MILDRED HUTHMACHER.
       ii.       CAROLYN HUTHMACHER.
       iii.       ROBERT HUTHMACHER.


JOHN W. DREISBACH<SAMUEL HARRISON< HENRY) was born March 1877 in Allen twp, Northampton Co, PA, and died Aft. 1920 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.  He married CORA L. ?.  She was born 1876 in PA, and died Aft. 1920 in prob Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA.

More About JOHN W. DREISBACH:

DFA: Vice President
Occupation: 1920, Travelling saleman
Religion: 1937, Zion Reformed Church, Allentown, PA 

Children of JOHN DREISBACH and CORA ? are:
 i.       KENNETH E. DREISBACH, b. July 17, 1901, PA; d. March 31, 1971, Los Angeles, CA; m. DOROTHY F. ?, Abt. 1928; b. Abt. 1903, CA; d. Aft. 1930.
Occupation: 1930, Civil engineer, cement plant
Religion: 1937, Perfect attendance award, Zion Reformed Church, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA
Residence: 1930, San Juan, San Benito, CA 
ii.       BESSIE M. DREISBACH, b. 1902, Lehigh Co, PA
Religion: 1937, Perfect attendance award, Zion Reformed Church, Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA
        iii.   MARIE M. DREISBACH, b. September 1908, Lehigh Co, PA.


As yet unidentified:
Mrs. F.L. Snyder and Miss Adele Dreisbach Snyder, of Easton; Mrs. F[rank?] L. Robbins and daughter, Margaret, of Allentown; W.F. Dreisbach, of White Deer, [Union Co?] Pa.; John J. and Alvin M. Dreisbach; William and Miss Bertha Dreisbach, of Philadelphia.

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