An American Family History

Anna Catharina Dreisbach Ulrich

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Dreisbach is also spelled Dresbach, Dresback, Driesbach, Driesbaugh, Dreisback, and Treisbach.
Lutherans are Protestants who follow Martin Luther's religious teachings, especially the doctrine of justification by faith alone.

Anna Catharina Dreisbach Ulrich was born in Oberndorf, Germany and her christening was recorded at the Evangelical Lutheran church in Feudingen on May 4, 1737. Her parents were Johann Simon Dreisbach and Maria Katharina Keller.

She came to America with her family on the ship Lydia which departed Rotterdam and arrived in Philadelphia on September 20, 1743. 

When she was 17, on October 29, 1755 Anna Catharina married Henry Ulrich. 

Henry and Catharina's children included:
Elizabeth Ulrich Ault (1757, married Mathias Ault),
Catherine Ulrich Benfield (1759, married Johannes Benfield),
Magdalene Ulrich (1761, died young), and
Marie Ulrich (1763, died young)

The two youngest both died in April, 1764 and were buried in the cemetery near Jost Dreisbach's. 

In April, 1771 Henry Ulrich sold his land.

Oberndorf is a village in northwest Germany and part of the city of Bad Laasphe. It was in the feudal country of Wittgenstein in the 18th century.
Children of Johann Simon Dreisbach
& Maria Katharina Keller
  • Johann Jost Dreisbach
  • Johann Adam Dreisbach
  • Alexander Dreisbach
  • Maria Catharina Dreisbach
  • Anna Elizabeth Dreisbach
  • Simon Dreisbach
  • Georg Wilhelm Dreisbach
  • Johannes Dreisbach
  • Anna Catharina Dreisbach Ulrich
  • Feudingen is a village in the city of Bad Laasphe and its 13th century church ministered to the entire surrounding area. The church has been Protestant since 1555.

    17th and 18th century Germans often gave children two names at baptism. The first was a saint's name. The second a secular name which is what the child was called. The saint's name was usually given to all the children of that family of the same gender. Johannes was rarely a saint's name, but Johann was.
    The Palatinate is a region in south-western Germany. Many thousands of Palatine immigrants were driven out of Germany by war, famine, despotic rule and disease. They were attracted to Pennsylvania by the first settlers who sent back favorable reports.
    Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.

    Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.



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