|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1717, Germany|
|Death: ||Aug. 27, 1794|
Johann Jacob Holbein (Holben) was born in Odenwald, Germany, an area between Frankfurt and Heidelberg, also known as Schwabia.
At the age of 24 on September 21, 1742, he arrived in Philadelphia, PA, having crossed the Atlantic on the ship "Francis & Elizabeth" from Rotterdam via Deal, England. (George North was master.) Upon landing that day, he qualified by signing the "Oath of Fidelity and Abjuration" at the Philadelphia courthouse. Johann may have followed relatives Silvestor and Conrad Holbein who croseed together in 1737 aboard the sailing ship "Billinder Townshead" from Amsterdam via Cowes, England.
Johann Jacob built a log cabin in Weisenberg, Lehigh Co., PA, and it is believed this is the one which still stands in the area today. It is dated as having been built in 1743 and is part of a historical tour of Weisenberg. Grandson Solomon once lived in this house. Johann Jacob secured a warrant on September 1750 for fifty acres. The area was soon known as "Holbens Valley" and is recorded thus on early maps. There is a Holben Creek at Weisenberg.
Johann Jacob was one of the first elders in the Weisenberg Union Church. By 1754, the Weisenburg Congregation had the first church, and a one-room school and was over the hill from the Holben homestead. Several Holbens helped to start the Lowhill Church, Lowhill Congregation. The building stands near the northwestern boundary of Lowhill Township, Lehigh County.
In 1762, Johann Jacob was assessed 10 pounds for taxes, He secured additional land and in 1768 was taxed for 50 acres of cleared land, 300 acres of woodland, 3 horses and 3 cows.
He served as a private in CO 6 BATT, PA Militia during the Revolutionary War.
Johann Jacob and his wife Catherine were the parents of these known children:
Anna Margaret md. Jost Gorg
Theobald md. Sara Gerber
Jacob md. Catharina Moresin
Lorentz md Eva Catherina Kramlich
Wendel md. Maria Magdalena Gerber
Anna Catheraine md. Jost Gorg
Catharina Weiss Holben (1720 - 1756)
Theobald Holben (1746 - 1837)*
Lorentz Holben (1750 - 1842)*
Weisenberg Church Cemetery
Created by: Judy Llamas
Record added: Feb 07, 2007
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