Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Harshbarger line: Henry Duliban

This will be a short post, because so far I don't know a lot about Henry Duliban or Tulepan or any of at least a dozen other spellings.  I'm using the Duliban spelling because that is how he is listed in at least one military record, and because it is more or less in the middle of other spellings. 

He was born in Pennsylvania in about 1762.  His parents were Leonard Tulepan and Margareth.  The family was likely French, and possibly of Huguenot descent, meaning they would have lived "on the border" between France and Germany, and went to Germany at some point after the Huguenot persecutions began. (Huguenot is the word used to describe French Protestants in a French Catholic world. Thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of Protestants were killed and the lucky escaped to what was, for most, a life of poverty in Germany, or England. It is not a pretty period in human history.) Leonard's father, Frantz Tulipan, had arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752, apparently with at least some of his children.   Leonard and Margareth began their life here probably about 1760, but so far I have not found marriage records.  My guess is that Leonard probably served a period as an indentured servant, to pay for his passage, and married when that time of service was up. 

Leonard and Margareth had at least 7 children.  The first child we know about was Henry, who was born in 1762.  The first evidence I have of his existence was that he was listed in a "return" of the first company, 6th Battalion of the Lancaster County Militias in 1783, when he would have been about 21.  As a member of the militia, he would probably have served at least 2 months active duty as that was a requirement at the time.  I don't know whether this would have counted as "Revolutionary War Service" or not. Henry is also shown in the 1793 Septennial census of Pennsylvania.

Shortly after Henry's youngest brother, Christian, was born in 1787,  Henry started a new generation when he married Catherine Laber, daughter of Martin Laber and Anna Catherina Enck, on April 8, 1788 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  The 1790 census shows that there was a male in the family who was under 16 years of age.  By 1800, under the spelling of Dullibahn, he and Catherine had one male aged 10-15, one male under the age of 10, and four females under the age of 10.  Catherine must have been a very busy lady!  One more child, a boy, was born about 1804.  Elizabeth Duliban was born about 1800, and she is our link to this family.

So far as I can tell, no one has uncovered a will for Henry.  He died sometime after 1800. I haven't located a census for him after the 1800 census, but with all the spellings of his name, I could have missed him.  Some of his family was Lutheran, so it is possible that is the religion he practiced also. 
We don't know his occupation. Lancaster County is still a largely rural community, so he likely farmed. With such a large family, he may have had a "winter occupation" also, such as weaving or shoemaking. This is just speculation, but it is based on research into how other families lived at this time and near this location. 

I would love to find church records, a death date and burial location, an indication of his occupation, and other facts about this man.  If you can help, please let me know!

Our line of descent is:

Henry Duliban-Catherine Laber
Elizabeth Tullepan-Conrad Mentzer
Lewis Harshbarger-Catherine Mentzer
Emmanuel Harshbarger-Clara Harter
Grover Harshbarger-Goldie Withers
Cleveland Harshbarger-Mary Margaret Beeks
Children, grand children, and great grandchildren