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Dekalb family Bellsylvania, PA
Posted by: Roberta Terry (ID *****7693) Date: November 21, 2002 at 14:16:53
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Does anyone have information on this family.

John Leonard Dekalb b.1800, Alsace Loraine, Germany
d. 1867 Bellsylvania, PA. wigh Gertrude Topp

He was a relative of Baron Dekalb, of Germany. He received an excellent education in his native country, being a graduate of Heidelberg University of Germany. As a young man he came to the U.S. and for a number of years was a traveling representative of a mercantile house in Philadelphia. He then returned to Europe and was married in Amsterdam, Holland to Miss Gertrude Topp. She was from a well known and prominent family of that country. He brought his bride to the U.S. and became identified with mercantile interests in Philadelphia. He was a man of fine address and of scholarly attainments and could speak four languages. He possessed splendid business ability, keen discernment and marked enterprise. He manifested a strong attachment for the land he had adopted, taught his children lessons of patriotism and love for the old flag. His political allegiance was given to the democracy as set forth by Andrew Jackson, He was a Mason. Subsequently he moved his family to Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, where he secured a farm and was connected with agricultural interests up to the time of his death. He died in 1867, at the age of 67 in Bellasylvia, Pennsylvania. Bellasylvia is now called Lopez. WI widow died 1876 in Pennsylvania at the age of 67. She was a lady of culture and refinement. To Mr. and Mrs DeKalb were born eight children.

1850 census-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-North Liberty twp. Film No. 444779, Ward 5, Page 339, Sched. I "Free inhabitants in the 5th ward in the County of Philadelphia, Pa. enumerated on 21 August 1850.

NAME              AGE       OCCUPATION       BIRTHPLACE
Dekalb, John       50       White Tailor       Germany
Dekalb, Charlot       40               Germany
Dekalb,Christina       18                     
Dekalb,Caroline       16
Dekalb, Susan       11
Dekalb, John        9
Dekalb, Thomas        6
Dekalb, Caroline        4
Dekalb, Lewis        1

Page 99 of Mc Elroy's Philadelphia Directory for 1851 showed the following: Fiche 6052903 in Tucson Mar 1, 1995

Dekalb, John              Dealer              263 St. John

1860 Census-Sullivan County, Pennsylvania-Culley twp, Dushore Post Office, Pg, 9 (729) 19 June 1860 Line 16 805184

Kalb, John(S or L)       60-M       Farmer              Bavaria       $300 Real Estate $100 Personal Property       
,Charline (sp.?)       50                     Holland
,Caroline              14                     Penn.
,Thomas               7                     Penn.
,Franklin               7                     Penn.
, ______ (M)         5                      Penn.                     
[the line above is our Thomas Jefferson DeKalb]
1850        Census       5th Ward Philadelphia, PA.       enumerated 21st Aug. 1850

DeKalb       John       50       tailor       b. Germany
[Topp}       Charlotte       40              b. Germany
DeKalb       Christina       18              b. Germany
DeKalb       Caroline       16              b. Germany
DeKalb       Susan       11              b. Germany
Dekalb       John        9              b. Germany
DeKalb       Thomas        6              b.
DeKalb       Caroline        4              b.
DeKalb       Lewis        1              b.
Occupation:       Mercantile business/farmer
graduate:              Heidelberg University
comment:              a mason/ political allegiance/ Democrat as set forth by Andrew Jackson
Following information:

Dekalb       John       b. 1800       Alsace Germany or possibly France       d. 1867       Bellasylvia, PA.
[Topp]       Charlotte Gertrude       b. 1809       Germany or poss. France       d. 1876       Bellasylvia, PA.
              m. about 1833       Amsterdam Holland
DeKalb       Christina       b. 1832
DeKalb       Caroline       b. 1834
DeKalb       Geroge       b. 1834              d. 1852
DeKalb       Chester       b. 1836
DeKalb       Susan       b. 1839
DeKalb       John Jr.       b. 1841
DeKalb       Frand       b. 1843
DeKalb       Thomas Jefferson b. 4/2/1845 Philadelphia, PA.       d. 8/3/1925 Alexandria, NE.
DeKalb       Caroline       b. 1846
DeKalb       Cornelia Van Campen b. 11/5/1846 Bellasylvia,Sullivan Co., PA. d. 2/8/1917 same place
Dekalb,        Lewis       b. 1849

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