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Philip Dreisbach

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Philip Dreisbach was born on in the same year as the Boston Tea Party on February 3, 1773 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. He was baptised on May 3, 1773 at Zion Stone Church. His father was Colonel Johann Jost Dreisbach.

Philip moved to Albany, New York about 1790.

He married Elizabeth Schneider (Snyder) in 1792 in Schoharie County, New York. They married at the High and Low Dutch Reformed Congregation in Schoharie (now The Reformed Church).

Elizabeth was the daughter of Ludwig and Sara Schneider from Schoharie.

In 1793 Philip was a mechanic, although he later became a farmer.

Philip and Elizabeth had one child; Elizabeth (Betsy) Dreisbach Lawyer (August 31, 1794, married Jacob L. Lawyer).

Philip's wife, Elizabeth, probably died before 1796, because Philip’s wife after that date was Maria Schneider.

Philip and Maria had two children:
Adam Dreisbach (April 19, 1798, married Caty Sagendorf and Rebecca Sternburg) and
Catharina Dreisbach Haverly (1801, married John Joost Haverly).

Philip died on December 2, 1857, at the age of eighty-four.

The Pennsyvania Gazette
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
  • Zion Stone Church is a Lutheran church near Kreidersville, Pennsylvania. It was dedicated on June 18, 1772.
    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.


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

    The Boston Tea Party was on December 16, 1773. The Sons of Liberty destroyed an entire shipment of the East India Company's tea by throwing it into the harbor.

    Last Will and Testament of Philip Dreisbach
    submitted by Jeanne Finley

    The last will and Testament of Philip Dresisbach of the Town and County of Schoharie. I Philip Dreisbach in view of the uncertainty of life, and being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and Testament, in the manner following that is to say.

    First. I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsy, the wife of Jacob L. Lawyer and to her heirs and assigns, the sum of one Hundred Dollars, to be paid within three month after my decease, and I hereby order that the payment thereof shall be a charge on the real estate hereinafter devised to my Grand Son, Jacob Lawyer Dreisbach.

    Second. I give, devise and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Rebecca Dreisbach, the Daughter of my son, Adam Dreisbach, and to her heirs and assigns Forever, one acre of land, on the south side of the Schoharie road, on which the House and stable stand, where Abraham Ellis now lives, and to be bounded as follows, Northerly by the old Schoharie road, Easterly by the land of Peter Mann, Westerly by the land and so far Southerly, as to make an acre of land.

    Third. To my Grand son, Jacob Lawyer Dreisbach, and to his heirs and assigns I give devise and bequeath, all my real and personal estate (Except as herein before devised to my Grand Daughter Rebecca) whereso, the same may be. Subject however to the legacy hereinbefore bequeathed and the payment, of all my just debts, and subject however to the comfortable support, and maintainance of my son Adam Dreisbach, and his wife Rebeca, for and during their natural lives, such support and maintainence, to be furnished and provided by, for them, out of my said Estate, as shall or may be required for their comfortable subsistence, wich said support and maintainence, together with all proper care, and Medical attendance for them, I hereby expressly order and declare, shall be a charge and lien, on the Real estate, herein devised to my Grand son Jacob Lawyer Dreisbach, but in case the said Rebeca, the wife of my son Adam, shall survive her, said husband then, and in such case, the provision herein made for her support and maintainance is to continue no longer as she shall remain his widdow; and no longer, and in case of her mariage then and in such case the said provision is to cease.

    Fourth. It is my will and order, that if my Grand daughter Rebecca, should get married, then she is to have a decent out set, of House furniture, and if in case, she should remain single, then she is to have her maintainance and support out of my said Estate, as long as she remains unmarried and no longer.

    Fifth I hereby constitute and appoint my said Grand son, Jacob Lawyer Dreisbach, Executor of this my last will and Testament hereby Revoking all former wills and Testaments by me heretofore made, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty-third day of June one thousand Eight-Hundred and forty-nine.

    Philip Dreisbach, S.S.

    Signed, sealed, published and declared by the Testator to be his last will and Testament, in the presence of us who have at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of Each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses.
    John Enders of the town of Schoharie
    Harmanus Vroman of the Town Schoharie

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    Seals were used to authenticate documents and men were expected to have a personal die. Records in deed books are copies and signatures are usually in the clerk’s handwriting. The clerk drew a circle around the word “seal” to indicate that the original document was sealed.





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