An American Family History

Apollonia Dreisbach Neuhard

Dreisbach is also spelled Dresbach, Dresback, Driesbach, Driesbaugh, Dreisback, and Treisbach.

Apollonia Dreisbach Neuhard was born February 1, 1749/50 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. She was baptized at Egypt Union Church, Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Her father was Colonel Johann Jost Dreisbach.

She married John Frederick Neuhard (Neuhardt, Newhard). John was born April 20, 1748. His parents were Johann Michael Neuhard and Maria Barbara Jaggi.

John was a private during the Revolutionary War. He was in the company commanded by Captain John Morritz. He was in service on May 14, 1778 in the 7th class, 4th company, 2nd bat.

She died on June 16, 1822 and John died March 24, 1823. They were buried at Egypt Union Church Cemetery.

Pennsylvania German families took an active role in the American Revolution in Northampton County.

Children of Johann Jost Dreisbach
  • Appolonia Dreisbach Neuhard
  • Catharine Dreisbach Bauman
  • Elizabeth Dreisbach
  • John Jost Dreisbach
  • Simon Dreisbach
  • John Adam Dreisbach
  • Magdalen Dreisbach
  • Susanna Dreisbach Shafer
  • Mary Gertrude Dreisbach
  • John Dreisbach
  • Philip Dreisbach
  • Michael Dreisbach
  • Northampton County, Pennsylvania is on the eastern border of the state in the Lehigh Valley. It was formed in 1752 from parts of Bucks County. Easton is the county seat.


    Lehigh County, Pennsylvania was first settled about 1730 and officially constituted in 1812 with the division of Northampton County.

    Proceedings and Papers Read before the Lehigh County Historical Society

    Frederick Newhard and his brothers Michael [Newhard] and George arrived at Philadelphia September 26, 1737. They were natives of Zweibruecken, where the Newhard or Neihart family had owned estates since the year 1140. Frederick Newhard purchased a tract of 203 acres adjoining the Kohler and Burghalter tracts, but on account of the scarcity of spring water and the abundance of heavy timber, sold it on February 1, 1742, to Adam Deshler, and purchased a tract of 250 acres immediately north of William Allen's land, adjoining the city of Allentown on the north. A part of this is still owned by one of his descendants, Francis J. Newhard. Frederick Newhard was born in 1700, and died November 29, 1765. He was one of the first persons buried in the old cemetery at Allentown.

    Michael Newhard settled in the vicinity of what is now Laury's Station. He was born in 1713 and died in 1793. He had fifteen children, and at the time of his death there survived him 124 grandchildren and 71 great-grandchildren.

    In the Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic of 1793, 5000 or more people died between August 1 and November 9.

    The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.





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