Biography of Stephen Dillenbeck
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Dillenbeck, Stephen, was born in the town of Stark, Herkimer county. March 2, 1830. Jonas M., his grandfather, a farmer, whose parents were from Holland, reared six Sons and four daughters: Isaac, Jacob, Abraham, Jonas, Moses and Solomon, Betsey, Mary, Susan, and Laura. Isaac, his father, was born in Herkimer county, and came to the town of Wheeler in 1841, where he purchased a partly cleared farm, on which he lived the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Lutheran church. He married Anna, daughter of Peter House, who was a soldier in the Revolution, and their children were Alexander, Mary, Aaron, Peter, Stephen, Catherine, Lana Ann, Cornelius and Isaac. He died in 1880, aged eighty two, and his wife, in 1866, aged sixty Six years. Stephen engaged in farm work when eighteen years old, which he followed for several years, and in 1860 he purchased his present farm of eighty acres, which at that time was thickly covered with heavy timber, but which he has since cleared and cultivated. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Co. I, 161st New York Vols., and served until the close of the war, having participated in the battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and Cane River, and several minor engagements, and during the siege of Port Hudson he was doing detail duty at Baton Rouge. He lay sick with the typhoid fever in the United States hospital at New York for three months, and suffered with other ailments while in the South. After his return from the war he devoted his attention to farming, and since 1886 has raised many fine grade Jersey cattle. He is a member of Marcy G. A. R. Post, at Avoca, of which he has been chaplain six years. He is now a member of the Avoca Methodist church, but for thirty years or more has been an official member of Wheeler church. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Henry J. Eckles, a native of Herkimer county January 22, 1856, and their children arc George F., who was a teacher in the country and village school but is now a farmer; Rose Ellen; Henry I., a widower, having one son and two daughters; Bertha J.; Charles G. and John C. Mrs. Dillenbeek is also an active member of the Methodist church.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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