Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Dilbeck side of family

Have had a couple of distant cousins email me through the Ancestry.com with questions of family members.  I have over 3,000 family names and they just keep coming! That might not sound like a lot to some, but I have been working on this for over 30 years off and on.  Just the last few years, I have really concentrated on doing my family history and am amazed everyday what is out there online. I know I have mentioned this before, but it still amazes me.
One distant relative has asked about her mother's family and I found some answers for her. It is on the Dilbeck side.
My grandmother's, mother is a Dilbeck. As I researched and found these answers, I came across 3-4 different articles that I have and was surprised at how different names were given for the same people. I really need to do some extra research and get this corrected. Some skipped a generation and added a brother as a father. Sometimes doing genealogy gets confusing, so please re-research before you think you have everything correct.
I try to go by census and family Bibles. Whoever writes in the census usually spells the names as they hear them and not by how the family may have spelled them. The family Bibles, I think are correct as the mother of the family should know how she wants her child's name to be spelled.
I love when people write their stories and are able to pass them down, these are precious to me.
In my family the Dilbeck's and Riggs' are close first cousins and "3 of the cousins, just before 1920's were riding a bareback together on an old horse. The old horse had been eating grass and had a bad case of flatulence. When they kicked him into a trot, he began to expel gas every time his feet hit the ground. This got the girls so tickled that they couldn't hold on and all three fell off the horse." This story brought laugher to all three girls even after 50 years. This story I received from a cousin and now as silly as this must have been then, I have it to pass down to my children. (Poor horse.) I like how he said the girls were 'tickled'. You don't hear of that word used that way anymore. The cousin that I received this from also sent me a CD with many generations back and 32 pictures of relatives I have never met, pretty cool.

Ok, back to the Dilbeck's story, as told by John C. Montgomery:
It looks like the Dibeck's line entered the USA in August of 1683 when Isaac Dilbeeck and his wife Marieke landed in Philadelphia in the ship, "America". They may have had two boys with them, Jacob and Abraham, according to Samuel W. Pennypacker in his book, "The Settlement of Germantown." They apparently were hired as indentured servants by a wealthy German writer and colonizer, Francis Daniel Pastorius, while the "America" was docked at Deal, England in June 1683. Because he was a writer, there is a wealth of infomation availabe about Pastorius and the early days of Philadelphia, so we are able to deduce much about what life was like for this ancestor. In addition, Pastorius mentions Isaac and Marieke by name (or as servant) several times; he tells us that Dilbeck was a "Dutchman", a "Hollander", a weaver, and was of the Calvinist religion.

This story goes on to explain how the Dilbecks' went to Georgia and came to Oklahoma. I need to ask if I can print the rest. As one can see there is a lot of work for each side of your family. 
Here are a couple of pictures of my great,great-grandparents:
David Nuel Dilbeck and his wife, Amanda Matilda Allen (Dilbeck)                    
 

6 comments:

Zabeena said...

Hi 'scraps',
in England, we still use the term 'it really tickled me'(and similar expressions)on a regular basis. You might want to try to re-introduce it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog some time earlier.
Obviously, I can come to you for advice if I'm stuck with a material or wool based project!
Cyber greetings and good luck with your research!

scraps said...

Thanks Zabeena, maybe I should start 'tickled' again.

nick said...

I also used "tickled" on a regular basis, but usually in a sarcastic way like, "I was just tickled when I found out I had to go into work on Sunday."

I wish I had this kind of information on my family. I always wanted to ask my 96 year old grandmother and never really got the chance and now she is losing it a bit - as expected.

Aren't oldie-time photographs so funny? Everyone looks just "tickled" in them. I guess smiling wasn't in fashion.

scraps said...

Nick,
Thanks for your comments. It is said that people didn't smile then because they had lost most of their teeth. David lived until he was 80 and Amanda lived until she was almost 90. I do enjoy finding my ancestors. "It tickles my fancy."

Natashya said...

Amazing that you can track that far back!
I worked with a guy named Brine, a family name stemming from census misspellings!

scraps said...

Natashya,
Thanks for your comment. Isn't fun to work on family names? Good luck on your ancestors names!