Henry Driesbach

Henry Driesbach

Male 1790 - 1872  (81 years)

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  • Name Henry Driesbach  [1
    Born 03 Apr 1790  Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Mar 1872  Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Greenmount Cemetery, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Henry Driesbach (1790-1872)
    Henry Driesbach (1790-1872)
    Plot: Driesbach
    Notes 
    • From the History of Livingston County, by James H. Smith, 1881 is the
      following biography: Henry Driesbach, Sr., was one of the pioneers
      and one of the advance guard of those emigrants who, turning their
      backs to the home of their youth and the comforts and luxuries of the
      older States, moved to a country covered with forests to make it the
      home of civilization, and to displace the wigwam of the Indian for the
      school-house, the church, and the comfortable dwelling. They were
      conquerors, not by sword and musket, but by proper and rugged tools
      moved by stalwart arms, strong native intelligence and by the
      immutable truths of the Bible and that religion which teaches an
      intelligent and heartfelt devotion to the God of their fathers. No
      one among their number is more worthy a place in this History of
      Livingston County than Henry Driesbach, Sr., for he was one whose
      strong arm, brave heart, and unwearied industry aided in making her
      foremost among the agricultural counties of the State. It is with
      peculiar pleasure that we record the name of such men on the pages of
      this History. He was born in Pennsylvania, April 3, 1790. In the
      year 1806 he removed to Sparta with his father's family.
      When old enough he purchased a piece of land containing seventy acres.
      One day a land agent called at his father's and proposed to sell Henry
      this piece of land . He replied that he had no money with which to
      purchase it. The agent informed him that he would trust him for it and
      give him all the time needed in which to pay, provided he pay the
      cost of making out the contracts which was $1.50. This was another
      poser to the young man for he saw no means by which to raise the
      required sum. But his mother came to the rescue and said,
      "Henry, if you really wish to take up that land I'll pay for the
      contract." Accordingly she paid the agent the money, papers were
      made out and Henry became the possessor of the seventy acres of land.
      At this time the land was valued at ten shillings per acre, and here
      was a debt od $87.50 for Henry to pay. Soon the sound of his ax
      began to resound through the forest. In short time he made a small
      clearing and then commenced building him a house, working at it at
      odd times until he enclosed it and finished off one room. THis done,
      like Jacob of old, he looked around for a wife, a companion who would
      share with him the comforts of his home. He soon found one in the
      person of Lydia, daughter of Harmon Hartman, of Dansville, whom he
      married in 1819. She was in every sense of the word worthy of her
      husband, and their life was a happy one.
      He used to relate in a pleasing manner how ardently he struggled to
      pay for his first seventy acres of land. The land office from which
      he purchased was at Geneva, fifty or more miles distant for his home,
      and nothing but a foot path marked by blazed trees to guide him there.
      He says, "I remember on one occasion when there was ten dollars due
      the office, by the hardest kind of scarping I got the money together
      and with a gun on my shoulder, I started on foot for Geneva. In due
      time reaching there, I paid my money an started for home."
      "In those days deer and bears were plenty in the country and often,
      too, a panther was to be seen prowling about. I saw but little game
      until nearly home and then espied a noble deer some rods for me. I
      raised my gun, fired, and the deer giving one jump dropped dead. With
      my hunting knife I skinned it, cut out the hind quarters, strung them
      over my shoulders and marched home with my venison." This took place
      near what is now called Reeds Corners.
      Another time, when on his way home, as he reached a dense part of the
      forest, he heard a strange noise which came from a large tree.
      Looking up he saw a huge panther glaring down at him. Bringing his
      gun to bear on the frightful beast he fired. The bullet entered its
      throat just under its mouth, inflicting a fatal wound. The panther
      fell to the ground, snapping his teeth at him in the most ferocious
      manner. He fired again and this time the ball entered his brain,
      causing instant death, Mr. D. sold the skin for eight dollars,
      thereby receiving nearly enough to pay the next installment on his
      contract.
      At length having paid for his seventy acres he gradually took up land
      and paid for it till many years before his death he owned six hundred
      acres of land, the most valuable in the county. Mr. Driesbach was
      successful as a mechanic as well as an excellent farmer. At an early
      age he united with the Lutheran Reformed Church at Dansville, and
      during the remainder of his life was a devoted and prayerful member of
      that church. He was always a Democrat but never troubled others with
      his politics. He died at the advanced age of eighty-two, honored and
      respected by all who knew him. Although he had gone to his final
      rest, his widow still lived in the very house to which her husband
      took her when a bride.
      Mr. and Mrs. Driesbach were the parents of eight children, four of
      whom died in childhood.
    Person ID I3036  OurNorthernRoots | Andrew Burdett Ancestry
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2011 

    Father Henry Driesbach,   b. 30 Oct 1762, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1841, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Maria Catherine Hecker,   b. 20 Oct 1763, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1837, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 30 Mar 1784 
    Family ID F1815  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia Hartman,   b. 22 Jul 1799, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1885, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 1819 
    Children 
    +1. Elias Driesbach,   b. 17 Feb 1822, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1896, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Henry Driesbach, Jr.,   b. 9 May 1824, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1869, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    +3. Catherine Driesbach,   b. 24 Nov 1827, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1920  (Age 93 years)
    +4. Lydia Driesbach,   b. 12 Feb 1833, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1899, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Family ID F809  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 03 Apr 1790 - Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Mar 1872 - Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Greenmount Cemetery, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S43] Eaton, Dreisbach Descendants, Doris Pettibone Eaton, (Fayetteville,NY: Doris Eaton, June 1997).