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 1860Line 16805184
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 Jeffersonb. 4/2/1845Philadelphia, PA. d. 8/3/1925Alexandria, 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