Person Sheet

Name Maria Elisabetha DIEFFENBACH
Birth 7 Aug 1705, probably Wiesloch, Baden Germany
Death Hampshire County, Virginia
Burial prob. late 1796, Hardy County, VA
Father Johann Conrad DIEFFENBACH (1659-1738)
Mother Maria Barbara CHRISTLER (~1670-~1737)
1 Michael ERNST (Harness)
Birth 2 Jan 1701, Unteröwisheim, Baden Germany
Death prob. March 1785, Hampshire County, Virginia
Burial possibly Ft. Harness, VA
Occupation farmer
Father Joachim Ernst Kraft HÖRNER (~1660-1710)
Mother Apollonia UNKNOWN (<1670-1710)
Marriage early 1720's, New York or Pennsylvania
Children Michael, Jr. (~1725-1763)
Elizabeth (~1727-~1804)
Conrad (~1728-~1758)
Barbara Rebecca (1732-1820)
Jacob (~1734-1758)
John (~1735-~1806)
Adam (~1737-1758)
Leonard (~1738-~1808)
Dorothy (Dolly) (~1741-~1796)
Peter (~1742-~1825)
George (~1743-~1823)
Margaretha (1749-~1827)
Jacob (~1758-~1836)
Notes for Maria Elisabetha DIEFFENBACH
Elizabeth Dieffenbach
left Germany, via Rotterdam and London for America with her family on May 15, 1709. She was one of three children. She was about 10 years of age when the family arrived in New York in 1710.

NOTE: According to a reconstructed passenger list from the ship "Fame", which arrived in New York harbor on June 14, 1710, Elizabeth and her family were aboard that ship, the same one that the man who would later become her husband, Michael Ernst (Harness, Sr.) and his family were

In 1716 she is recorded as living with her family at the Palatine village of Neu-Ansberg on the Hudson River in New York State. Elizabeth, her mother and 2 siblings were with her father for a few years in settlements along the Schoharie River in New York. About 1724 they made their way to the Tulpehocken Creek Settlement in what was then Chester County, PA.

She and Michael Ernst Hörner (later known as Michael Harness, Sr.) are believed to have married beween 1720 and 1725 either at the Schoharie river settlement, or more likely, at the Tulpehocken Creek Settlement in Pennsylvania, according to researcher John L.Tevebaugh who has extensively researched the Dieffenbach (over the years Americanized to Tevebaugh) family.

Michael and Elizabeth had 13 children (9 sons and 4 daughters.)

NOTE: Some researchers believe that Michael's wife, Elizabeth Dieffenbach, died around 1753 and that Michael shortly thereafter married another woman who also had the first name of Elizabeth , an Elizabeth Westfall. Other researchers disagree and say that Michael's wife, Elizabeth Dieffenbach, lived a decade or so after her husband's death and that he never had a second wife. Later research may resolve the matter. For the present, the best available information would seem to indicate that Elizabeth Dieffenbach was Michael's only wife.

In his will Michael left his wife 2 slaves, one-third of his property and one-third of "other effects and moveables" along with one third of the money. A 'Widow Harness" (apparently Elizabeth Dieffenbach) is listed in the 1785 tax list of Hampshire County (the year after Michael's will was proved) as possessing 2 slaves, 4 horses and 19 head of cattle. In 1786 "Widow Harness" was taxed as owning 83 acres of land in what had now become Hardy County, WVA. That tax listing continued under the name 'Elizabeth Harness" through 1796, according to researcher Tevebaugh, leading him to conclude that she died sometime in the latter half of that year.
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