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Pickaway County, Ohio Families. page 193. Defenbaugh Families Submitted by Lois D. Jones. Johann Adam Dieffenbach (1711-1777) son of Johann Conrad and Maria Barbara, married Sybilla Kobel in 1734 after the family moved down the Susquehanna River to Tulpehocken, Berks County, Pennsylvania. He served in the French and Indian War. Their children were Michael, Catherine, George, Jacob, Magdelena, and Peter. All four sons served in the Revolutionary War.
Rootsweb.com WorldConnect Valerie, firstname.lastname@example.org Johann Adam Dieffenbach served as a trustee fr thirty years, until his death in 1777, of Tulpehocken Trinity Reformed Church.
Rootsweb.com WorldConnect Isabel Defenbaugh, Isadefenbaugh@hotmail.com The Defenbaugh Reunion News - dated August 17, 1930:Volume 1 - Streator, Illinois"The earliest record of the family found in America is from the year 1723, when John Adam Tieffenbach took up 300 acres of land along the Tulpehocken creek bordering what is now the Berks-Lebanon County line in PA."
ww.defenbaugh.com/FamilyGenealogy/FamilyGenealogy.html John Adam Tieffenbach (1712 - 1777) John Adam helped to organize the Trinity Reformed Church of Tulpehocken, and served as trustee for many years. He had four sons, and all fought in the Revolutionary War. He signed his will as Adam Diefenbach.
http://web.mac.com/charness1/Michael_Ernst_Harness,_Sr./Tulpehocken.html 1723, Palatine emigrants from New York, fed up with the way they had been treated there, negotiated with Governor William Keith of the Pennsylvania Colony to move to an area along Tulpehocken Creek at the foot of the Blue Mountains in Pennsylvania’s eastern Chester (later Berks County), Thirty-three families were in the first group to arrive there in 1723 and they were followed by others within the next few years, and soon the Tulpehocken settlement was a thriving place. The Palatines did not experience the restrictions and animosities they had faced in New York and that was probably due, in part, to the fact that Pennsylvania was a proprietary colony, presented by the Royal Crown to William Penn, a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) to pay a debt owed to Penn’s father. Penn admired the Palatines and their work ethic. .....and to the west , on the tract identified as # 7, is the 170 acre tract owned by Harness’ brother-in-law, Adam Defenbach (Dieffenbach). Adam’s father, Johann Conrad Dieffenbach, had bequeathed the tract to his son in 1737, a year or so before Johann Conrad’s death. Both the Ernst (Harness) and Dieffenbach tracts abutted Tulpehocken Creek.
http://cousinsall.com/uploads/DESCENDANTS_LIST.doc Dieffenbach Cousins Website . Johann Adam worked as a miller and a farmer. He possibly learned the miller’s trade from his father-in-law. During the French and Indian War Johann Adam was a Captain in the local militia in charge of a company of men at Fort Henry, north of Bethel. In March 1733 Johann Adam signed a petition for a road from Schuylkill River into “Ye Road that goeth from Oley to Philadelphia.” On 12 May 1743, the cornerstone of the Trinity Reformed Church in Tulpenhocken was laid. Sealed in cornerstone was a list of 165 subscribers. Adam was among those on the list. On 27 March 1744, a letter from the Tulpenhocken congregation to Reverend John Phillip Boehm, was signed by Adam (an elder), a position that he held for the rest of his life. On 1 May 1747, he purchased 100 acres in Heidelberg Township “adjoining his other land” from proprieter George Thomas to whom he agreed to pay “for his own use the sum of 15 pounds, 10 schillings current money of the province for said 100 acres and the yearly quit rent of one half penny Sterling for every acre thereof. On 16 November 1755, Peter Spycher, writing from Tulpenhocken to Conrad Wieser, then in Philidelphia on business - related the bloody details of an Indian massacre at Deitrich Six’s, “I have the above mentioned account from Adam Diefenbach.” On 19 November 1755, Conrad Weiser, now in Tulpehocken, reported to Govenor Morris of Pennsylvania, - “I got the Indians with much ado to the house where I treated them with a small dram, and separated with love and friendship. Capt. Diefenbach (with 5 other men) undertook to conduct them to Susquehanah.” Note - “house” here probably refers to a blockhouse where the Indians (a party of Christians of the Moravian Denomination) who had been to petition the Governor at Philadelphia, were taken to safety. Capt. Diefenbach was to conduct them to Paxtang on the Susquehanah River, a distance of about 40 miles through the lines of settlers, who because of recent massacres were extremely hostile to all Indians, Christian or otherwise. Johann Adam died in 1777, date unknown, in Tulpehocken, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. (Will and Estate Appraisal available.)
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