Friday, February 10, 2012

Dieffenbacher Line to Patsy Ann Smith

Stefan Dieffenbacher 1632 – 1708
Regina Zorn 1632 – 1676

Hans Ludwig Dieffenbacher 1655 – 1696

Johann Ludwig Dieffenbacher 1689 – 1737
Juliana Wilhelmina Schellerwald 1690 – 1750

Johann Leonhard Dieffenbacher 1714 – 1794
Eva Margaretha Reimold 1717 – 1756

Conrad Dieffenbacher 1743 – 1813
Catherine Betz 1749 – 1800

Philip Dieffenbacher 1778 – 1840
Rosina Mauser 1782 – 1869

Benjamin Dieffenbacher 1812-1900
Maria Sophia Troxel 1823-1876

Ellen Dieffenbacher
David Smith 1844 - 1923

Benjamin Franklin Smith 1875-1941
Susan Bertha Syder

Lloyd William Smith 1908-1991

Patsy Ann Smith
Charles Frederick Truckenmiller

Daniel Truckenmiller
Heather Sulouff


Letter from Floyd Dieffenbach about his genealogy:

Dear Sir:
Your letteraddressed to my son Jamed at W.... Ohio has been refereed to me for answer.
My Ancestors on my fathers side comefrom Eppinger of ..... Germany.   
The direct Ancestor was Conrad Dieffenbcher who came to this country in 1764 at the age of 21 and settles in the Faulkner Swamp settlement, Pennsylvania.
He later moved to the Limmerick Township, Phila. county (Now Montgomery County) Pa
His name appears on the ...... tax list for 1780 to 1782.  His record also states he owned 150 acres of land in 1785. 
About the year 1800 he moved to ....  is now Montour County near Washingtonville Pa where he took up land and became a farmer.  He died in 1813 and wasburied in the Strawberry Ridge Cemembery in Montour County Pa.

Military record - American Revolution Capt Josiah David Commanded by Liet. Colonel Anton B...... of the 4th battillion. The company was called into service OCt 1781.  
I am the fifth direct generations decendant.  My father was born on a farm near Washingtonville Montour County Pa in 1847 came to Ohio as a young man married my mother at He...ville a small village near Fremont in 1874. I was born at Harsville in 1883. Sometime along the line of these five generations the name as been changed around by various relatives.  Some of my cousins still use Dieffenbcher others Deffenbacher, 
also Dieffenbagh.  it is possible your mothers family has had the same difference in spelling. From your information their doesn't  appear to be my connection betwween your ancestors and mine in this country.  However way back in Germany they may come together.  We have ....  a complete family tree which was compiled by oneof my cousins which enabled me to give you the above information.  I hope you are successful in ....... .... a family tree of your ancestors
Sincerely Yours
Floyd F. Deffenbaugh

More Connections:
Elizabeth Truckenmiller 1815-1908, daughter of Solomon Truckenmiller, married David Dieffenbacher

Charles Truckenmiller, son of Solomon, was born Sept. 20, 1813, and
lived in Delaware township, where he followed farming.  He had an
eighty-acre property near McEwensville.  His wife, Susanna
(Dieffenbacher), born Sept. 20, 1820, died May 2, 1892. Mr.
Truckenmiller died Feb. 13, 1893. 

Two of Solomon Truckemiller's Children married  Children of Henry  & Susannah (Hill) Dieffenbacher
Susannah Dieffenbacher 1820-1892 daughter of Henry Dieffenbacher & Susanna Hill, Henry is the son of Conrad Dieffenbacher

David Dieffenbacher son of Henry Dieffenbacher & Susanna Hill, Henry is the son of Conrad Dieffenbacher


Historical and Biographical Annals OF  Columbia and Montour Counties 
DieflFenbach Family 833 
Dicffenbach, Hervey E 833 
Dieffenbacher, Benjamin S...1116 
Dieffenbacher, Daniel N 545 
Dieflfenbacher Families . . 545, 1116 

ER, present superintendent of the public 
schools at Danville, has been engaged in pub- 
lic school work here since i8c^, as teacher 
and superintendent. He was bom Jan. 28, 
1863, at Washingtonville, Montour county, 
son of Benjamin S. Dieffenbacher and grand- 
son of Conrad Dieflfenbacher. The great- 
great-grandfather, Conrad, was a native of 
Germany, bom March i, 1745, ^^^ on com- 
ing to this country took up land at Wash- 
ingtonville, near Strawberry Ridge; he was 
a farmer by occupation. His death occurred 
Aug. 6, 1813. His wife, Catherine, whom he 
married Jan. 30, 1769, died Jan. 3, 1809. 

Philip Dieffenbacher, son of Conrad, died 
March 25, 1840, aged sixty-two years, one 
month, twenty-two days. His wife, Rosanna, 
bom Oct. 13, .1782, died Sept. 16, 1869. 

Conrad Dieffenbacher, son of Philip, died 
Oct. II, 1884, aged seventy-eight years, seven 
months, ten days. His wife, Catherine, died 
March 19, 1866, aged fifty-three years, eight 
months, eleven days. 

Benjamin S. EHeffenbacher, son of Con- 
rad, was bom in Montour county. He leamed 
the trade of wheelwright, which he followed 
for fifteen years, thereafter engaging in farm- 
ing to the close of his active life. He is now 
living retired. Mr. Dieffenbacher has been a 
useful citizen and has served his fellow men 
efficiently in various capacities, holding the 
office of road supervisor for eight years, and 
also serving as member of the town council 
and school board of Washingtonville. His 
wife, Margaret E. (Berger), was also a native 
of Montour county. She died in 1900, and is 
buried at Strawberry Ridge. Mrs. Dieffen- 
bacher, like her husband, belonged to the Re- 
formed Church, which he has served as elder 
and deacon; in politics he is a Republican. 
They had children as follows besides Daniel 
N.: William C, Lettie, Cora, Margaret, 
Laura, Carrie, David and Irma. 

Daniel Norman Dieffenbacher received his 
early education in the public schools of the 
home locality, later taking a course at the 
Millville Seminary, which he finished in 1884. 
After teaching several years in country 
school, he came to Danville in 1890 to take the 
position of principal of the Second ward 
grammar school, where he was engaged until 
1901. At the same time he pursu^ a course 
of study at the Bloomsburg State normal 
school, completing same in 1898. He then 
did some post-graduate work at that insti- 
tution and subsequently did special work at 
Grove City College. In 1901 he was elected 
professor of science and mathematics in the 
Danville high school. He held that position 
until 1907, in which year he was elected super- 
intendent of the Danville public schools, and 
assumed the duties of that office, which he has 
held continuously since. He is a member of 
the Pennsylvania State Educational Associa- 
tion, the East Central Pennsylvania Round 
Table Conference, chairman of the examining 
board for permanent State certificates in the 
Eighteenth district, and his efficient work in 
every capacity has won him the confidence 
and cooperation of all concerned in the wel- 
fare of public education in this locality. Fra- 
temally he is a member of Mahoning Lodge, 
No. 516, F. & A. M., and an Odd Fellow. 

On June 10, 1800, Mr. Dieffenbacher mar- 
ried Mary Kaufman, of Lewisburg, Pa., 
daughter of Robert and Arminta Kaufman, 
farming people. She died Sept, 8, 1892, the 
mother of one child, Gordon Leslie, bora June 
27, 1892. On Aug. 29, 1894, Mr. Dieflfen- 
bacher married Margaret A. Phillips, of Dan- 
ville, daughter of Joseph Reese and Mary 
(Alle^er) Phillips, the former a boss in the 
puddlmg mill of the Reading Iron Works; 
Mr. Phillips was also a justice of the peace, 
serving in that capacity many years. Two 
children have been bom to Mr. and Mrs. 
Dieflfenbacher: Thelma Viola, Oct. 25, 1900, 
apd Paul Nevin, Sept. 27, 1906. 

Mr. and Mrs. EHeflfenbacher are active mem- 
bers of Shiloh Reformed Cljurch, of which 
he has been deacon for the last fourteen 
years. He served as church organist for eight 
years, and has been superintendent of the 
Sunday school for a number of years. All his 
life he has been deeply interested in church 
work and the furtherance of religious pro- 
jects, and his labors in that line since com- 
ing to Danville have been greatly appreciated. 
His success as an educator and in his pres- 
ent position as superintendent has brought 
him in contact with citizens of all classes in 
the community, and he is universally re- 
spected. Politically he gives his support to 
the Democratic party. 
by Thomas Pealer Printed for Distribution to Family and Friends 1947
CONRAD DIEFFENBACHER, son of Leinhart Dieffenbacher, the first of the family in America, was born in Baden, Germany and landed at Philadelphia when he was 23 years of agePennsylvania German Pioneers [Volume No. 1, by Strassberger and Hinke, pages 695-696] shows Conrad Dieffenbacher on passenger list (247C) of the ship Richmond (Charles Younghusband, Captain) arriving at Philadelphia from Rotterdam, November 29, 1766.
CONRAD DIEFFENBACHER (g-g-g-grandfather) Son of Leinhart
Conrad Dieffenbacher born March 1, 1743; died Aug. 6, 1813
Married Catherine Betz. She died January 3, 1809.
Abraham, born November 16, 1769 John, born July 13, 1771 Frederick, born May 4, 1773 Jacob (g-g-grandfather) born November 19, 1775 Philip, born February 3, 1778 Henry, born January 31, 1780 Elizabeth, born May 11, 1782 Conrad, born February 15, 1785 Catherine, born May 2, 1787 Davis, born June 17, 1789 Susannah, born August 31, 1791
CONRAD settled in the Faulkner Swanp Settlement, Pennsylvania shortly after his arrival in America. He afterwards moved to Limerick Township, Philadelphia County, now Montgomery County. His name is found on the supply tax list there for 1780 and 1782. In 1783 he owned 150 acres of land, two horses, three cows and three sheep. Military Record: American Revolution, Captain Isaiah Davis Company, commanded by Lieut. Colonel Anton Biting, 3rd class of the 4th battalion. The company, made up of 1-2-3-4 classes, called into service October 1781. Also, Henry Boyer, 6th Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Class. [Reference: Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume 1, pages 778-794] Montgomery County Militia, 1785, commanded by Matthew Brook. [Reference: Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth series, Volume 3, page 662] About the year 1800, he moved to what is now Columbia County, where he died August 6, 1813.
JACOB DIEFFENBACHER (great-great-grandfather) Son of Conrad
Jacob Dieffenbacher born November 19, 1775; died October 30, 1840
Married Christina Gardner. She was born Feb. 15, 1774; died December 21, 1858
JACOB DIEFFENBACHER, the third son of Conrad, the Revolutionary War Veteran, was born in Montgomery County, near Philadelphia, where his father then resided, moved with his parents to Columbia County about the year 1800, where he married Christina Gardner of Lycoming County and became the father of eleven children.
Susan, married Jacob Fulmer Daniel Elizabeth, married Christol Springer Sarah, married William Kisner Charles of Overton John (great-grandfather)-see record Hannah, married Adam Thrasher Mary, married Anthony Weaver Jacob of Cherry Henry of Colley Rebecca, married Amos Reeser
In 1829, he moved to Dushore, Sulivan County. Jacob was a miller by trade, operating grist mills in Columbia and Sullivan Counties. Jacob Dieffenbacher and Christina Gardner Dieffenbacher are both buried in Thrasher's Cemetery near Dushore.
JOHN DIEFFENBACHER (great-grandfather) son of Jacob
John Dieffenbacher born March 29, 1813; died August 22, 1903
Married 1st Elizabeth Hoffa. She was born April 10, 1819; died November 11, 1886.
Married 2nd Caroline Hoffa Suber born April 18, 1827.
In 1835, John Dieffenbacher married Elizabeth Hoffa, the daugher of Catherine Schwalm Hoffa of Schuykill County. Some time after her death in 1886, he maried her sister, Mrs. Caroline Suber.
Children of John & Elizabeth Dieffenbacher:
HANNAH (grandmother) born Jan. 4, 1836; died Jan. 30, 1874. Jacob born November 26, 1837; died Oct. 1, 1840 Daniel E. born Oct. 11, 1839; died June 7, 1919 John S. born Oct. 29, 1841; died Oct. 11, 1862 Henry born Dec. 15, 1843; died Feb. 6, 1871 Catherine Angie born March 19, 1846; died May 16, 1918 Clinton, born July 20, 1850; died June 7, 1933 George F. born June 6, 1858; died March 20, 1923 Elizabeth L. born Oct. 29, 1864; died Dec. 30, 1942
JOHN DIEFFENBACHER, the sixth child of Jacob, was born in Columbia County, Pennsylvania and at the age of 16 migrated to Sullivan County with his parents. There until 1840, he assisted his father in the construction and operation of grist mills. At that time he acquired a mill of his own and for ten years wass actively engaged in this business. Then he purchased a farm one-and-one half miles east of Dushore, where he lived for the remainder of his life. During this time he was engaged in farming, design and construction of grist mills and saw mills. He also designed and erected covered highway bridges, noteworthy among which was the Tar Bridge, across the Lopez Creek on the Lee Settlement Road and the following bridges across the Loyal Sock Creek: The Seaman Bridge, near the terminus of the Red Rock Turnpike, the Ringdale Bridge at Ringdale, the Forksville Bridge at Forksville.
In 1857, he was chosen County Commissioner of Sullivan County and served in that capacity for two terms. John Dieffenbacher and Elizabeth Hoffa Dieffenbache are buried in Thrasher's Cemetery, near Dushore.
HANNAH (grandmother)-see Lawrence Record
DANIEL E (Uncle Emanuel), maried Loretta Zaner. He lived on a farm in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, adjoining the John H. Lawrence farm on the north.
JOHN S., Veteran, Civil War. Lieutenant, Company D., 141st regiment, P.V.I. died in the army, October 11, 1862.
HENRY was also a veteran of the Civil War.
CATHERINE ANGIE married Julius Vogel. At one time they had a small store at Mildred, Sullivan County; afterwards, they moved to Sayre. They had no children.
CLINTON maried Caroline Kinsley. He was a farmer in Cherry Township, near Dushore. They had four children; Morgan, William, Mary, and John.
GEORGE F. was a contractor and builder, Columbia County. Fist wife: Ada Behr (two children: John and Fred); Second wife; Gertrude Strong; third wife, Minnie Schwinn.
ELIZABETH L. married George Heverly. Two children: Ford E. and Angie E.
Credit for the foregoing historical data on the Dieffenbacher Family is due to the help of Angie Heverly of Sayre, Pennsylvania, daugher of Elizabeth Dieffenbacher Heverly.
Sullivan-Lycoming County PA Archives Biographies.....Dieffenbach, Daniel Emanuel 1839 -
Author: Thomas J. Ingham (1899)
  DANIEL EMANUEL DIEFFENBACH. - The subject of this sketch is the representative
  of one of the most prominent families of Sullivan county, typifying those
  sterling qualities which in that county, as well as in any locality, must bring
  to their fortunate possessors the successes of life. The history of the family
  in America dates back four generation.
      His great-great-grandfather was Conrad Dieffenbacher (as the name was then
  spelled), who was the son of Leinhart Dieffenbacher and was born at Eppingen, in
  Grait Herzogthum, Baden, March 1, 1743. In the autumn of 1764 Conrad emigrated
  to America and settled at Faulkner Swamp, Pennsylvania. There he was married
  January 30, 1769, to Catherine Betz, a native of Faulkner Swamp. Afterward he
  moved to Limerick township, now Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. He had eleven
  children, as follows: Abraham, born November 16, 1769; John, July 13, 1771;
  Frederick, May 4, 1773; Jacob, grandfather of our subject, November 17, 1775;
  Philip, February 3, 1778; Henry, January 31, 1780; Elizabeth, May 11, 1782;
  Conrad, February 15, 1785; Catherine, May 2, 1787; David, June 17, 1789; and
  Susannah, August 31, 1791. Conrad Dieffenbacher moved with his family to Derry
  township, Northumberland county, in April, 1793. There his wife died June 3,
  1809, aged about sixty years and he married as his second wife Catherine Hass, a
  widow, of Selins Grove. Conrad died in Derry township, Northumberland county,
  August 6, 1813, at the age of seventy-one years.
      Jacob Dieffenbach, grandfather of our subject, was a farmer and miller of
  Lycoming county. He married Christina Gardner, who was born in Lycoming county,
  February 14, 1784, and to them were born these children: Susan, who was the wife
  of Jacob Fullmer; Daniel; Elizabeth, wife of Christol Springer; Sarah, wife of
  William Kessner; Charles; John, father of our subject; Hannah, wife of Adam
  Thrasher; Mary, wife of Anthony Weaver; Jacob; Henry; and Rebecca, who married
  Amos Reeser. Jacob Dieffenbach, in 1829, removed to what is now Sullivan
  county.He remained a lifelong farmer and died October 30, 1840, aged sixty-four
  years; his widow died December 21, 1859, aged seventy-five years.
      John Dieffenbach, father of our subject, was born in Columbia county,
  Pennsylvania, March 29, 1813. In 1829 he came with his parents to Sullivan
  county and at Dushore from 1840 to 1850 he operated a mill, having at the age of
  twenty years served an apprenticeship at that trade. He also engaged extensively
  at farming and became a prominent citizen of the county. In Lycoming county he
  served as constable and in Sullivan county he was a county commissioner. He
  married Miss Elizabeth Hoffa, who was born at Mahatonga, Schuylkill county,
  Pennsylvania, April 10, 1819, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Swallow) Hoffa,
  who moved from Schuylkill county to Dushore April 1, 1827, where he engaged in
  farming. Jacob Hoffa was a very prominent citizen. He was county commissioner
  and served as justice of peace for many years. To John and Elizabeth Dieffenbach
  these children were born: Hannah C., born January 4, 1836, married John Lawrence
  and is now deceased; Jacob, born November 26, 1837, died October 1, 1840; Daniel
  E., the subject of this sketch, born October 11, 1839; John S., born October 29,
  1841, was lieutenant in Company D, One Hundred and Forty-First Regiment
  Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and died in the army, October 11, 1862; Henry
  S., born December 15, 1843, served in the United States Army during the Civil
  war and died February 6, 1871; Catherine A., born March 19, 1846, became wife of
  Julius Vogel, a merchant of Mildred, this state; Clinton A., born July 20, 1850,
  is a farmer and carpenter of Cherry township, who married Caroline Kingsley;
  George F., born June 6, 1857, married Gertrude Strong, of Wyalusing, Bradford
  county; Elizabeth, born October 29, 1864, became the wife of George Heverley, a
  traveling salesman of New Albany. Mrs. Elizabeth Dieffenbach died November 11,
  1886, and was buried in Thrasher's cemetery.
      For his second wife John Dieffenbach married Mrs. Caroline (Hoffa) Suber, a
  sister to his first wife. She was born in Cherry township, Sullivan county,
  April 18, 1827, and her first husband was Benjamin Suber. John Dieffenbach is a
  member of Christ church, and is a Democrat in politics. He now lives a retired
  life at Dushore, enjoying the comforts which he has won from the world by a life
  of industry and business prosperity.
      D. Emanuel Dieffenbach, the subject proper of this sketch, was born October
  11, 1839, on the homestead farm, now also his property, which adjoins his home
  farm; it was then in Lycoming county, but is now a part of Cherry township,
  Sullivan county. He was reared a farmer and remained at home until his marriage
  at the age of twenty-three years, to Miss Loretta C. Zaner, daughter of one of
  the most prominent residents of the county. She was born in Cherry township,
  Sullivan county (then Lycoming), November 17, 1837. Her father, Lewis Zaner, was
  born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania, October 2, 1804. He married Miss Eve
  Chrisher, and in the spring of 1828 the young couple emigrated to what is now
  Cherry township, Sullivan county. Here he settled in almost an unbroken
  wilderness, upon a farm now owned and occupied by his grandsons, Lewis and
  Nelson Zaner. In this forbidding environment, single-handed and alone, he began
  the struggle for life. By his exercise of patience, perseverance and economy,
  his struggle ended happily. Fortune favored him with winning smiles. He soon
  attained prominence in the affairs of the county. He became the first sheriff of
  Sullivan county and for many years was actively influential in the
  administration of the new county's affairs. His life partner passed away August
  20, 1883, aged eighty-one years, four months and twenty-four days. After her
  death he removed to Muncy, Pennsylvania, where he purchased a handsome home and
  surrounded himself with all the luxuries of life, which his fancy dictated and
  which his wealth made obtainable. Though living in ease at Muncy, his attachment
  to his old home remained, and family ties drew him in frequent visitations to
  the homes of his children in Cherry township. His sturdy and erect figure was a
  familiar and cheering sight on the streets of Dushore. Only one week before his
  death, which occurred October 27, 1887, he had visited the old home. His remains
  were borne to the grave in Bahr's cemetery, Cherry township, and laid beside
  those of his wife, by C. W. Garey, James Thompson, Hon. F. B. Pomeroy, Hon. D.
  H. Fairchild and B. M. Sylvara, of Dushore, and Peter Yonkin, Sr., of Cherry
  township. To Lewis and Eve Zaner were born four sons and five daughters, among
  them Adam H.; Levi, who married Christia Ann Crawford; Rebecca, who married
  Henry Whitmire; Hannah, wife of Amos Cox; Loretta C., wife of our subject; and
  Elizabeth, the oldest, who married Jonathan Colley.
      The family of D. Emanuel and Loretta C. Dieffenbach consists of the
  following children: Sylvellin A., who married Eudora Brown, and is a miner at
  Mildred, Pennsylvania; Alverna M., wife of S. H. O'Brien, a farmer of Columbia
  county, this state; Charles M., who married Mary Kinsley, and is a farmer of
  Cherry township; Harry L., a contractor and builder at Cleveland, Ohio, who
  married Anna Bushy; and Cora E., wife of F. J. Grover, agent for the Union Tea
  Company, at Dushore. After his marriage our subject for eleven years was engaged
  in farming "on shares" on his father's farm. He then purchased the farm of one
  hundred acres which he now owns and occupies, and about ten years ago he bought
  the old homestead of ninety-five acres, which adjoins his present home.
      Mr. Dieffenbach is a member of the Reformed church and in politics is a
  Democrat. He is one of the foremost farmers in the county, and in Cherry
  township has frequently been called to fill local office, serving from time to
  time as treasurer, school director and collector. He is a progressive
  agriculturist and a good business man. Financial success has crowned his labors,
  and in the community he is held as a man of sterling character and worth,
  possessing excellent business judgment and in every sense a substantial and
  representative citizen.
Immigration: 1764 on the Richmond from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, qualified 29 Oct 1764 
!Military: Military record: American Revolution, Captain Isaiah Davis Company, commanded by Lieut. Colonel Anton Biting, 3rd class of the 4th battalion. The company, made up of 1-2-3-4 classes, called into service October 1781. Also, Henry Boyer 6th Company, 4th Battalion 3rd Class. Reference: PA Archives, Sixth Series, Vol 1, pges. 778-794. Montgomery County Militia, 1785, commanded by Matthew Brook, Reference: PA Archives, Sixth Series, Vol 3, pg. 662. 
!Burial: Strawberry Ridge 
!Family: HERVEY EDMUND DIEFFENBACH, the largest dealer in natural ice in Bloomsburg, Pa., was born in that town Oct. 18, 1865, and is a son of Jacob Dieffenbacher, The family is descended from Conrad Dieffenbacher, one of the earliest of the sturdy Germans to settle in Columbia county. 

Leonhard Dieffenbacher, a native of Eppingen, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, was the ancestor of the family in Columbia county. He and his wife, Anna Martha, had several children, of whom Conrad was one. The name has been altered by his descendants in America, who have dropped the terminal Ser.T 

Conrad Dieffenbacher was born in Eppingen, March 1, 1743, and after the completion of his education came to America on the ship SRichmond,T landing at Philadelphia Oct. 20, 1764. He settled in the Fulhomer (Faulkner) Swamp, in Limerick township, in what is now Montogomery county, Pa., where he married Catherine Betz on Jan. 30, 1769, and their children were: Abraham, born Nov.16, 1769; John, July 13, 1771; Fredrick, May 4, 1773; Jacob, Nov. 19, 1775; Philip, Feb. 3, 1778; Henry, Jan. 31, 1780; Elizabeth, May 11, 1782; Conrad, Feb. 15, 1785; Catherine, May 20, 1787; David, June 17, 1789; and Susannah, Aug. 31, 1791. He moved to Derry township, Northumberland county, in April, 1809. Later he moved to Washingtonville, and there married Catherine Haas. He died Aug. 6, 1813. 

Henry Dieffenbacher, son of Conrad, born in Montgomery county Jam. 31, 1780, died June 1, 1870. He was a farmer, and resided in Washingtonville, then in Northumberland county. He married Susannah, daughter of Jacob and Mary C. (Gortner) Hill, the former a soldier in the Revolution and later promoted to captain. Her children were: David, who married Elizabeth Truckenmiller; Solomon; Christina, wife of John Springer; Sarah, wife of Abraham Cooper; Hannah, wife of John Moyer; Elizabeth, wife of Christopher Raupp; Jacob who married Martha A. Funston; Leah, wife of John Sidler; Susannah, wife of Charles Truckenmiller; Aaron, who married Jane Daw; and Henry, who married Sarah E. Hagenbuch. 

Jacob Dieffenbach, father of Hervey E., was born August 27, 1818, near Washingtonville, Northumberland county, and died in Bloomsburg May 4, 1898. He was a farmer and resided on the State road, between Jerseytown and White Hall, and in 1854 moved to Bloomsburg and bought what is now the Dieffenbach Addition. He Moved into the addition in 1860. He married Martha A. Funston, who was born at Jerseytown, Jan. 19, 1827, daughter of Thomas A. and Hannah (Schooley) Funston and died in Bloomsburg Dec. 29,1902. Their children were: Sarah Adeline, born Oct. 16,1847, married Charles A. Knorr; Susan Blanche, born May 3, 1850, died Sept. 21, 1852; Alvin Hill, borrn May 7, 1853, died July 22, 1859; Emma Jane born Jan. 13, 1856, March 2, 1856; Clara Adelia was born April 4, 1860, died May 4, 1896; Henry Funston, born Oct. 25, 1862 married Laura B. Dieterich; Hevery Edmund is mentioned below; Harriet Hannah born Dec. 4, 1869, married O. T. Weidman. 

Hervey E. Dieffenbach attended the SPort NobleT school at Bloomsburg, then went to the old Academy, later to the Fifth street school, to the Normal school and finally to the West Third street school. He then went to live on his fatherus farm and assisted him in the manufacture of brooms, his father being the largest maker of brooms in the county. After this he was engaged in selling tea for about five years, when he sold the business. On July 1, 1891, he married Jennie C. Rhoads, daughter of George W. and Mary Anna (Long) Rhoads, of Harrisburg, and they had these children: George Edmund, born Sept. 19, 1892; Oliver Hill, born Sept. 21, 1894; Mary Anna, May 29, 1895; Harriet Jennie, July 20, 1900; Clyde Marcus, Dec. 22, 1902; Jacob Grier, July 28, 1905; Martha Claire, Feb. 4, 1908; and Frederick Carroll B., May 26, 1910. 

In July, 1891, Mr. Dieffenbach went to Sunbury to work in the planing mill of Witmer Driesbach & Rhodes, and then changed to the Herndon Manufacturing Companyus planing mill, at Herndon. In 1897 he returned to Bloomsburg and entered the ice business with his brother, Henry F., under the firm name of Dieffenbach Brothers. For six years they continued the partnership, and then Hervey E. assumed entire control. In 1897 they bought five acres of land between Eleventh and Fourteenth streets, which is flooded by means of springs, thus guranteeing a constant supply of pure ice in the winter for packing in their storehouses. Generally the supply of natural ice is sufficient for their trade, but of late years it has been found necessary to import Mount Pocono natural ice to keep up with the rapidly growing patronage. 

Mr. Dieffenbach is a Dempcrat in political affilation, but has not sought or held office. He was reared under the discipline of the Reformed Church, but now attends the United Evangelical. He is a charter member of Theta Castle, No. 276, Knights of the Golden Eagle, of Bloomsburg. 

George Edmund Dieffenbach, son of Hervey E., graduated from the Bloomsburg high school and then took a thorough business course in Garnerus business college, Harrisburg, Pa. Since graduation he has been employed in the office of the superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, at Harrisburg. 

Mrs. Jennie C. (Rhoads) Dieffenbach was born in Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 19, 1869, and obtained her education at the Harris Park school. She remained at home until her marriage. 

Lewis Rhoads, grandfather of Mrs. Dieffenbach, was born Feb. 19, 1820, in Newville, Cumberland Co., Pa. His father, Lewis Rhoads, was a native of Reading, Pa., anda well-to-do contractor, having built numerous houses in that city. His wife was an Obersheim. Lewis Jr., received a common school education and learned the trade of carpenter. He also worked in sawmills. Moving to New Cumberland, Cumberland county, he engaged in contracting until his death in December, 1879. He married Catherine Dock, who died June 1, 1888, and their children were: George Wilson, mentioned below; Edward Obersheim, who died young and is buried at Newville; William D. living in Harrisburg; Charles B., residing in Sanford, Fla.; Hannah May living in Newmarket, York county; and Eva, living in Cumberland, Pa. Mrs. Rhoads was a daughter of Jacob Dock, of Philadelphia, and Eliza Bricker, of Newville. 

George Wilson Rhoads, father of Mrs. Dieffenbach, was born Aug. 1, 1845, in Newville, Cumberland county, and attended the public schools of that town. At the beginning of the Civil was he enlised in Company I, 28th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, under General Geary, and at the end of his short term reenlisted in the same company, Jan. 24, 1864, serving until the close of the war. On his return he took up the trade of carpenter, finally entering the planing mill of Pancake, Trullinger & Co., where he was made foreman. He remained in Harrisburg from 1872 to 1888, during that time serving on the board of school control, of which he was president in 1884. In 1888 he came to Bloomsburg and took the position of superintendent of desk work for the Bloomsburg School Furnishing Company. In 1891 he was made superintendent of the mill of Witmer, Driesbach & Rhoads, at Sunbury. He served in the State Legislature as representative from Northumberland county for two terms, and is now in the office of the secretary of internal affairs at Harrisburg. 

Mr. Rhoads married Mary Anna Long, who was born Sept. 1, 1846, daughter of Herman and mary Anna (Parthermore) Long, of Middleton, Pa. They have had children as follows: Jennie C., born Feb. 19, 1869, wife of Hervey E. Dieffenbach; and Edgar M., born June 5, 1871, who died March 12. 1872. Mr. Rhodes is a Republican and very active in the party. He is a member of the Evangelical Church, of which he is steward, and is connected with the Masonic lodge at Harrisburg; he has passed the thirty-second degree. 

Harriet Hannah Dieffenbach, sister of Hervey E., was married Oct. 1, 1890 to Oliver T. Weidman, and is now a resident of Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Weidman is manager of the catalogue and advertising department of the Janney-Semple-Hill Company, hardware dealers, and of the Ideal Sales Company, both of Minneapolis. Mr. and Mrs. Weidman have four children: Martha Estelle, born Aug. 30, 1891, and Margaret Elsie, born Nove. 2, 1803. Both trained nurses; Allen LeRoy, born June 14, 1895, who is buried at Minneapolis; and Ruth Funston, born Sept. 6, 1903, at home. 

Source: COLUMBIA AND MONTOUR COUNTIES pages 833, 834 ans 835.


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