Check out, and download, the DERR (the Dreisbach Emigration Research Report)
a newsletter about events in Germany before
the Dreisbachs immigrated to Pennsylvania in the mid-1700's.
Please consider joining the Dreisbach/Dresbach Family Association.
It doesn't matter how many or how few Dreisbach or Dresbach genes you have.
The DFA is made up of people with common interests in our heritage and
we invite you to become part of our community.
Meet our DFA President, Bob Kendrick
with his wife, Patti Kendrick
Bob and Patti Kendrick
DFA President, Bob Kendrick: Thinking about my heritage, I’m reminded how lucky I am to be part of such an interesting family. I was born in Allentown, PA. and I have 2 younger sisters. I well remember Saturdays at the Allentown farmers market and waiting for that late-summer Fair Week to arrive. I live in St. Charles, IL, near Chicago, with my wife and college sweetheart, Patti. We enjoy being outside, reading, travel, golf – we have fun.
I can trace my ancestry to Simon Dreisbach Jr. Here is the story:
Simon Jr’s daughter, Mary Catharine Dreisbach, married George Butz. (See DFA Newsletter 2015 - Taverns and Inn Keepers – thank you Marcia and Ardis). Their daughter, Lydia, married Joseph Keller. They had a son Samuel Stokes who served in the Civil War as a Captain commanding Co. H, 176th Regiment, Penna. Samuel married Mary Ann Dech. They had a daughter Clara, who married the Hon. Marcus C. L. Kline, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania 13th District, 1903-07. They had 2 children, Edwin and Althea Lucille. Althea Lucille married Claude Grim Shankweiler and they had 2 children, Kathryn Kline and Lewis Kline. Kathryn Kline Shankweiler married Melvin Leroy Heydt. They had 2 children, Sally Ann and Patricia Ann.
I am Sally Ann’s son.
Bob and Patti aboard the Mighty Mo
And meet our 2019 DFA Reunion Co-ordinator:
Sharon Clark Driscoll
Sharon Clark Driscoll
DFA 2019 Reunion Coordinator: My name is Sharon Clark Driscoll. I've been happily married to Kurt Driscoll for 43 years. We have 3 children- Sean, Erin and Lisa with 2 fantastic granddaughters Amelia and Camilla. Kurt and I were born in Ohio, but have lived in Florida for 28 years. I still love Ohio and will always consider it my home. I love to travel (we own a camper), and have owned horses for about 40 years. I'm a Realtor to help finance my travels. I've traveled to London, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Alaska, and most of the Caribbean. I enjoy researching my family tree on Ancestry.com and am a member of Daughters of the American Revolution. My Patriot through DAR is Jacob Dreisbach (1750-1804), the oldest surviving son of 1751 immigrant, Martin Dreisbach/Dresbach.
The third picture (below left) is Sanford & Son's General Store in Hallsville, OH. My greatgrandfather, Sanford Clark (1870-1930), married Chloris Dresbach (1870-1963). In 1890, Sanford and Chloris bought the store which also served as an inn. The store was built in 1855 and Sanford and Chloris lived there for 73 years. Sanford's son, Josephus Hanson Clark, took over the store and he lived there until late 1950s. His son, Paul Frederick Clark (my Dad) was supposed to take over the store, but the main highway was moved so the store was no longer productive and it was sold. The store had been in the Dresbach family for about 104 years when it was sold. "IF" I had more money than I know what to do with, I'd buy back the store for the Dresbach family and turn it into a museum run by the Hallsville Heritage Society to honor all the pioneer families of Hallsville.