Monroe A. Driesbach

Male 1845 - 1919  (73 years)

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  1. 1.  Monroe A. Driesbach was born on 18 Apr 1845 in Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA; died on 25 Feb 1919 in Duluth, St.Louis Co., Minnesota, USA; was buried in South Sparta Cemetery, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA.


    DREISBACH, Monroe A. – Monroe A. Dreisbach died at Duluth, Minnesota from a shock on February 25 at the home of his son, Carl Dreisbach. Deceased was 67 years old and he was a resident of Westfield for 14 years. He was a member of Jemison Lodge, I.O.O.F. of Westfield, and a member of the Rodgersville Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, of South Dansville, N.Y. Mr. Dreisbach was a graduate of Mount Union College of Alliance, Ohio, and received the degrees of A.B. and LL.D. In his young manhood he practiced law in Nevada and was District Attorney of Carson City, Nevada. He was affected by a sunstroke that undermined his health to such an extent that he was obliged to quit the practice of law and he devoted the remaining years of his life to agricultural pursuits. He was a man of broad education and was familiar with six different languages besides history and science. He was an active Odd Fellow and had many warm friends in that order as well as throughout the town. He is survived by one son with whom he was living at the time of his death. He also has twelve grandchildren.
    (Free Press. Wellsboro Agitator 5 March 1919)

  2. MONROE A. DRIESBACH, son of Peter and Hannah (Zerfars) Driesbach, is a native of New York State, born in the town of Sparta, Livingston County, April 18, 1845. His parents were of German descent, but the date of the arrival of his ancestors in America takes us back before the days of the American Revolution.
    His grandfather, Henry Driesbach, emigrated from Pennsylvania in 1804, and settled in the wilds of New York, in what in now called Genesee Valley, purchasing a large tract of land, some of which still remains in the possession of his descendants. Both the father and grandfather of the subject of this sketch, fought in the defense of their country, one, in the Revolution, for American Independence, and the other, in the war of 1812, and was in the memorable battle of Lundy's Lane. Monroe, our present subject, was brought up on a farm, as the "best man," his mother being a widow for many years. After reaching his majority, he, to satisfy his ambition for learning entered Alliance College, afterward transferred to Mount Vernon College in Ohio, from which he graduated. He then entered the Albany Law School, and graduated with high honors. He was married September 23, 1874, to Helen A. McNair, at Danville, New York. Mr. Driesbach was in the employ of Messrs. A. W. Cootes & Co., Alliance, Ohio, manufacturers of farming implements, as book-keeper, until his departure for Nevada in the spring of 1877. He was elected District Attorney of Ormsby County, Nevada, in 1878. Mr. Driesbach is a resident of Carson City, and is a man much respected by his fellow-townsmen.
    (Thompson and West 1881 History of Nevada, page 544 (this is also where the illustration is from))

  3. The (modern day) Carson city DA's office election history for 1878 shows Monroe defeated Trenmor Coffin (also on page 544 of T&W) as a Citizen's Party candidate. Trenmor ran as a Republican. Monroe received 534 votes to Trenmor's 435. Trenmor later became a well known politician in NV. Monroe did not run for reelection in 1880. Republican Horace Bartine was elected over Democrat N. Soderberg. - Clyde Underwood

  4. Monroe and his wife Helen Ann separated while they were in Nevada. Helen Ann returned to NY. Monroe stayed in NV. Their young son Clarence died in 1883 and Helen Ann died in 1884. Their children Carl and Margaret were raised by Helen Ann's brother Hugh McNair and his wife Ida. Note that the obit says Monroe is buried in South Sparta, but he does not appear to be indexed in fag's index for South Sparta - Clyde Underwood
  5. Monroe married Helen Ann McNair on 23 Sep 1874. Helen was born on 1 Aug 1847 in Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA; died on 22 Oct 1884 in Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA; was buried in Greenmount Cemetery, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. 2. Clarence I. Driesbach  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 18 Dec 1880; died on 11 Jan 1883.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Clarence I. Driesbach Descendancy chart to this point (1.Monroe1) was born on 18 Dec 1880; died on 11 Jan 1883.