Jacob Dively, Patriarch

Submitted by Donna Ferguson

Jacob Dively and his brother Martin came to American in 1763 settling first near Hagerstown, Washington County, MD.  In 1770, Martin moved to a section of Pennsylvania which is now near Berlin in Somerset County, PA.  Jacob moved to Bedford County about 1778.  He was also a Revolutionary War soldier.  (This information is from Thomas Imler who received this information from an elderly Dively who was descended from Martin.) 

Jack S. Schell of Merced, CA reports a record in Washington County, MD of Jacob Debelly marrying Barbara Leganfelder on December 9, 1799.

Jacob and Barbara settled near Sproul, PA.  They gave the land for a church and cemetery located at Greenfield between Sproul and Queen.  There is a deed granting the property to the “Trustees of the Prispetarian and Lutheran Congregations” dated December 26, 1814.  Neither Jacob nor Barbara could read or write, as both signed with their mark.  The witnesses to this were George Lingenfelter and Martin Glob.

Jacob Dively b. Unknown d. 1822, married Barbara Lingenfelter b. Unknown, d. Unknown (father:  Abraham Lingenfelder).  Children were:

1.      Abraham b. 1780 d. 1815

2.      George b. 1785 d. abt 1845  married Julia Bucher

3.      Barbara b. 1787 d. 1870 married 1.  David “King” Burket  2.  Jacob Stone (5.11.1805 to 6.5.1881)

4.      Jacob A. b. 1792 d. 1865 married Christina Bucher (7.28.1792 to 4.1865)

5.      Martin b. 1793 d. 1882 married 1.  Margaret Moorehead (? to 1824) 2.  Susanne (1794 to 1870) buried in Greenfield Cemetery

6.      Daughter, died in infancy

7.      Daughter, died in infancy

8.      Michael (b. 1800 d. 1870) married Elizabeth Fickes (1814 to 1888), daughter of Valentine Fickes.  Buried in Greenfield Cemetery

9.      Margaret (b. 10.24.1802 d. 7.24.1865) married Abraham Imler (1.10.1794 to 7.24.1865)

Two records that may be for one of these Dively’s is:

  Record of May 10, 1815:  Inspection by George Dearth, 2nd Brigade, 13th Division, Captain Valentine Giesey’s Company:  Jacob Dively, Drummer, commencement of service, November 8, 1814.

  June 20, 1812, Inspection Roll of the Berlin, PA Rifle Co, attached to First Battalion, 109th Regiment, PA Militia, Captain Casper Keller’s Company:  First Sergeant:  Michael Dively, Private:  Jacob Dively