Henry Driesbach, Jr.

Henry Driesbach, Jr.

Male 1824 - 1869  (45 years)

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  • Name Henry Driesbach 
    Henry Driesbach Jr.
    Henry Driesbach Jr.
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 9 May 1824  Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Oct 1869  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, Jr. (1824-1869)
    Henry Driesbach, Jr. (1824-1869)
    Plot: Driesbach
    Notes 
    • In 1860 Henry was living in Sparta with Emmeline Osborn(ae.38), Andrew
      Osborn(ae.13), Benjamin Miller(ae.24), and Samuel Barker(ae.20).
      Henry was the head of the household and had a farm with a real estate
      value of $10,000 and his personal property value was $1,865.
      From the History of Livingston County, New York, 1881, by James H.
      Smith the following biography is written.
      "Henry Driesbach, Jr., was another son of Henry Driesbach, Sr., whose
      biography appears in the pages of this work. He was a farmer, and in
      the truest sense realized and appreciated the duties, trials and
      embarrassments of all agricultural life. It is said by those in
      the great book of human nature that all men are born with natural
      proclivities for certain business occupations or science. Hence, one
      man is a chemist, another an anatomist, another an astronomer, some
      are intuitively mechanics and some musicians. Conceding this to be
      true, then, we unhesitatingly say that Henry Driesbach was intuitively
      a farmer. To him the farm was as natural as the native heath of the
      McGregors to Roderick Dhu.
      One of the distinguishing features of Livingston county is the
      success of its farmers in raising stock. Into this Mr. Driesbach
      entered enthusiastically. His judgment in this department was second
      to no man's in the county young as he was during the active period
      of his business life.
      He was born at Sparta, Livingston county, May 9, 1824. He lived
      with his father until he was twenty-eight years old. Having attained
      that age he decided to commence business for himself. Being of an
      independent, self-reliant turn of mind, and determined to be indebted
      to no one for whatever success awaited him, he declined to ask his
      father for any pecuniary assistance. Trusting to his own intelligence
      and business capacity, he purchased on his own account the farm
      just north of the village of Dansville called the "Shepard farm."
      Without a dollar in the world he entered into speculation. His
      self-reliance gave him success, and within a comparatively brief
      period of time he stocked his farm, paid for it and brought it to a
      very high state of cultivation. As an evidence of his perseverance we
      relate the following:
      A portion of his farm extended to the bottom of the Canaseraga, and
      was accordingly so damp and boggy that it was a common thing to see
      cattle almost hopelessly mired in the bogs.
      Mr. Driesbach conceived the idea of draining those lands. He
      accordingly commenced a system of drainage by underground cause ways
      with such success that he soon made the lands perfectly dry, fertile
      and productive. Henry Driesbach was a man of uncommon good sense,
      thoughtful, candid, honest and direct. He had no platitudes. One
      always knew exactly how to take him, and if he gae his word he carried
      it out to the letter, as of to the time, place, and everything. He
      was a man of very few words, but when he spoke it was to the point.
      He was retiring but firm in his convictions, to an extent little
      removed from stubbornness. In the midst of activity and usefulness he
      was seized by an incurable malady which ended his days while he was in
      the prime of manhood, and in the midst of his financial success and
      usefulness, he died October 28, 1868, aged 45 years. His knowledge of
      the value of farming land was almost unequalled an assessor of the
      town of Sparta for a considerable period of time. In politics he was
      a Democrat, honest and true to his convictions, but modest and
      unassuming in declaring them. He early united with the Lutheran
      Reformed Church at Dansville and was in every sense a worthy,
      consistent Christian man, observant of all duties and ordinance of the
      Church such was Henry Driesbach, Jr., in every sense a man who
      commanded the respect and esteem of all who knew him."
    Person ID I3037  OurNorthernRoots | Andrew Burdett Ancestry
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2011 

    Father Henry Driesbach,   b. 03 Apr 1790, Macungie, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1872, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F809  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 May 1824 - Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Oct 1869 - 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. .
      1860 census Sparta, #270 (Henry Driesbach Jr.), "Henry Driesbach Jr.,
      ae.36"

    2. [S43] Eaton, Dreisbach Descendants, Doris Pettibone Eaton, (Fayetteville,NY: Doris Eaton, June 1997).