THE HIMEBAUGHS -- NINE GENERATIONS AND TWO-HUNDRED, FIFTY YEARS IN AMERICA
SEVENTH GENERATION


64. Daniel HIMEBAUGH was born in 1793 in Pennsylvania.(212) He died in 1850 in Bronson Twp., Branch County, MI. (213) He was a Farmer. He was married to Catherine LAZERUS in Hemlock Twp., Columbia County, PA.

(This information was taken from the first printed record of the family, compiled by Emanuel Himebaugh, following a Himebaugh picnic at Honey Lake, August 18, 1883. He had the Brief Historyof the Family printed in 1884. Included here are excerpts of an account of Daniel Himebaugh written by Preston Hinebaugh, October 1, 1954.)

In the southwest corner of Branch County is a little community, which for more than a hundred years has been called the Dutch Settlement because of the ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’ families who established themselves there. Six families traveled by wagon train from Columbia County, Pennsylvania, and made their home in what are now Bronson and Noble Townships, Branch County, Micigan, in late 1836. The heads of these families were Jacob Faust, Daniel Himebaugh and his cousin Daniel II, Henry Kroushore, Thomas Shane, and Henry Shickel.

Daniel Himebaugh, the second son of Michael Heimbach, was born in 1793 in Pennsylvania and died in Bronson Township, Branch County, Michigan in the year 1850. In the 1820 census Daniel is located in Hemlock Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania as head of a family with two children. Daniel had first married Catherine Lazarus who was the mother of his four older children. She died in Pennsylvania in either 1825 or 1826. Shortly after her death he married on February 23, 1826, Mary Fry (usually called Polly) who moved with him to New York and Michigan. They had eight more children.

About 1830 Daniel and his older brother, Plillip 1788, moved their families to New York State where Daniel remained until 1836 when he moved again, this time to Branch County, Michigan, where they arrived in October after a six weeks journey in wagons drawn by oxen. However, upon his return to New York there was some delay getting started on the road as Daniel (1836) was born and was pretty young for so arduous a trip.

The father fixed up a baby bed or hammock in the top of the covered wagon for his youngest, but the slow motion of the oxen and the swaying of the wagon made the young traveler sick. Finally the baby rolled out of the hammock and slid down among the goods and supplies in the wagon, making it necessary to partially unload the wagon in order to regain the baby. After that incident Polly Fry Himebaugh, the mother carried the baby in her arms, walking beside the wagon much of the way. There had been much rainfall and the wagon-rutted trail through the sand and mud officially called the "Chicago Pike" (later U.S. 112, now U.S. 12) was nearly impassable in places. Some days they were able to proceed but a mile or two. Finally the travelers were cheered by the thought that they would get there the next day. However, when they reached the causeway where the "Pike" crosses the Prairie River west of Bronson the mud was so very deep they had to camp out one more night although only a mile or two from their goal.

The next day, by doubling up the oxen teams several to a wagon, the wagons of the six families were all across by 4 o’clock in the afternoon. They stopped for the night at the new home site of Daniel (1793) on the northeast corner of the Branch-St. Joseph County line and U.S. 12, where their stove had been set up and the women were frying potatoes for supper. "And we children were so hungry we tried to fry potatoes on the side of the stove," quote from Harriet Shane, one of the children in the Thomas Shane family. This stove a combination oven, heating, and cook stove, had been brought from New York State in one of the wagons and set down on the ground every night to cook upon. Bernice Deno, a granddaughter of Daniel (1793), living in Burr Oak has this stove in her possession. (In 1993 the stove was still being stored at the farm of Esther Willis, a great-granddaughter of Daniel (1793), in White Pigeon, Michigan.)

The story is told by one of his descendants that the next morning as the families were separating to inspect their new farms someone said to Henry Krausauer "well Henry, you are on your land now." Henry said, "I am? Well right here is where I’ll build my cabin. I’ll not walk one step farther." This probably accounts for the fact that the Krausauer cabin was located some 20 rods back from the half-section line instead of, as usually was the case, close to the place where the roads eventually were made.

Immediately all pitched in to help build cabins for each family. However only the Himebaugh cabin was ready for use by winter and the others had to wait until the following spring. The five families camped out for the winter in a barn they had passed on their way. They fashioned some shelter for their livestock in a dense locust thicket near the barn and thus lived through their "first winter in Michigan".

This particular area, which soon became known as Dutch Settlement, was not as heavily wooded as some other sections. There were large White Oak trees growing here and there at intervals, and the land between was covered with small growth, 8 or 10 feet high. These were called "Oak Openings" as contrasted with "Timberland" and some "Prairies".

Daniel was quite a good blacksmith and fashioned a giant plow to be pulled by six or eight yoke of oxen which would plow out these small grubs, leaving only the large trees to be felled and used for building cabins and stables. All the neighbors came with their oxen and "changed work" plowing for each other.

Daniel died in 1850, 16 years after he and his older sons had begun clearing the land and developing the rich soil. His wife Polly lived on the homestead where Daniel had moved his family in December of 1836, until her death in 1898.

65. Catherine LAZERUS was born in 1794 in Pennsylvania.(214) She died in 1825/26.(215) Children were:

child32 i. Michael HIMEBAUGH.
child ii. Sarah HIMEBAUGH was born in 1819 in Pennsylvania. (216) She died in 1903.(217) Sarah and David had eight children. David was a person who did not like to remain in one place and so their married life knew many movings. After their marriage they lived in Huyck's Lake near Kinderhook, Michigan, and returned to this place later after moving to Boone, Iowa and back again several times.
child iii. Emanuel HIMEBAUGH was born in 1822 in Pennsylvania. (218) He died in 1904.(219) He was a Farmer, Cattle breeder. Emanuel was a farmer and breeder of Norman draft horses in Nobel Township, Branch County, Michigan. He was a life-long Democrat and was elected to the state legislature in 1883 for a two year term. He and Harriet had nine children, eight of whom reached adulthood.
child iv. Maria Magdalena HIMEBAUGH was born on 20 Dec 1823. (220) Died young at unknown date.
child v. Polly HIMEBAUGH was born in 1824 in Pennsylvania. (221) She died in 1906 in Washington. (222) After her marriage to James Miller, they settled in the 'Dutch Settlement' in Nobel Township. They had five children; one son and four girls. Following the death of her husband, she lived as a widow for 18 years. She spent her latter few years living on the west coast with children, then died in the state of Washington at the home of her son Aaron.

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