The DeHaven Family

Also known as "The DeHavens of Blue Bell"

First Generation: It begins with Evert ten Heuven (Edward DeHaven) and his wife Elizabeth Shipbower who came to America in 1698 from Mülheim on the Rühr, Germany with their 7 children, including one of their sons Peter (1686-1768). They resided in Germantown that same year, then moved out to Whitpain Township along Skippack Road (Pike). From there, Evert and Elizabeth deeded their 100 acre tract to Peter in 1728/29.

Second Generation: Peter DeHaven married in 1711 to Sidonia Levering, and had 10 children. 4 of their children returned to America between 1750-1760 from France, and became possessed with considerable wealth: Edward, Peter, Samuel, and Jacob. 3 of them were involved in the Revolutionary War.

Peter DeHaven's Family Tree

Peter DeHaven (1722-1816):

  • Born in Philadelphia

  • Owned a plantation close to Valley Forge

  • Furnished supplies to the Continental Army; owned tanneries who provided shoes for the Army (cordwainer)

  • Operated 3 gun factories in and near Philadelphia: One on 3rd and Cherry St, second on the French Creek, and third in Hummelstown. One was captured by the British; another was moved to avoid capture

  • Had one son: Hugh DeHaven, who assisted his father with the gun factories

"Conducted the public gun factories and powder mills of Pennsylvania, and in 1776 was ordered by the Council of Safety to make public the process of boring gun barrels. He declined to be agent for forfeited estates but aided the army by purchasing hay for winter quarters."

Samuel DeHaven (1724-1815):

  • Born in Whitpain Township

  • Was a private

  • Served 1st Class under Captain Abraham Wentz of the 6th Battalion, 2nd Company

  • Served in the Philadelphia Co. Militia, 1st Battalion, 5th Company

  • Contributed his fortune ($17,000) for the sufferers at Valley Forge

  • Father to John and Moses DeHaven, who also fought in the Revolutionary War

Jacob DeHaven (1730-1812):

  • Born in Germantown

  • Most distinguished of the brothers

  • Married to Marcy VanPelt with no children; considered a bachelor

  • Aided George Washington and his troops with money in Valley Forge

  • Lived with his brother William until his death in 1784, then with his brother Samuel, until Jacob's death in 1812

"He lent the Government $50,000 in gold and what his descendants estimate to be another $400,000 in supplies. The Continental Army survived the winter at Valley Forge, and when the war was over, Jacob DeHaven apparently tried several times to collect what was owed to him. He died penniless in 1812... He did leave behind his story, and it was handed from one generation to the next. Every decade or two there have been attempts by someone in the growing clan to collect the debt, worth over $100 billion in today’s dollars. But the courts have ruled that the statute of limitations has expired."

Third Generation: The grandchildren, and great-grandchild, of Peter and Sidonia joined their fathers to fight for America's independence.

Edward DeHaven, the eldest son of Peter and Sidonia, and one of the 4 brothers who possessed wealth, migrated to Kentucky with his family after the war.

Edward DeHaven's Family Tree

Edward DeHaven (1757-1849):

  • Born in Montgomery County, PA

  • Served in the Revolutionary War as a Private under Captain Samuel Miller and Col. Morgan’s Rifle Regt. in the 8th Pennsylvania Regt.

The sons and grandson of William and Hannah DeHaven:

William DeHaven's Family Tree

Peter DeHaven (1741-1822):

  • Born in Whitpain Township

  • Served in the Revolutionary War under Captain Philip Hahn, 6th Battalion, 4th Company of New Hanover Township in 1777; Lt. Col. Anthony Bitting

  • Served in the 4th Pennsylvania Battalion as private with his son Isaac

  • Part of the 3rd Battalion in 1780 under... 1st Company Captains Alexander Quarrier from West Mulberry Township, Andrew Burkhalder, and Isaiah Davis; Lt. Col. William Will as one of the commanding officers in 1777 and 1780; Captains John Campbell, Maj Nichola, the City Guards

  • Father of Isaac DeHaven, who served in the Revolutionary War with his father in the 4th Pennsylvania Battalion as a private

"Abigail's father, Isaac DeHaven went to war to keep his father, Peter, from going in". A record of Peter's oath of allegiance passed the 13th day of June 1777, with his seal or signature and signed by W. Knogliser.

Andrew DeHaven (1745-1788):

  • Born in Whitpain Township

  • Fought in the Revolutionary War under Captain Andrew Norry, Lt. Col. Robert Curry of the 6th Battalion, 1st Company

  • Part of the Philadelphia Co. Milita

  • Was a private of the war

Jesse DeHaven (1748-1785):

  • Born in Montgomery County, PA

Samuel DeHaven (1752-1821):

  • Born in Montgomery County, PA

  • Was a private of the Revolutionary War under Captain David Marpole’s Company of Horsham Township of 5th/6th Company, 1st Battalion; Lt. Cols. George Smith and Benjamin McVeagh

  • Part of the Philadelphia Co. Militia

Son of John and Elizabeth DeHaven:

John DeHaven's Family Tree

David DeHaven (1748-1815):

  • Born in Whitpain Township

  • Served in the Revolutionary War as a Private under Captain Abraham Wentz

  • Part of the Philadelphia Co. Militia

  • His son David owned a property right across from Blue Bell Inn (1871 map)

Sons of Samuel and Susanna DeHaven:

Samuel DeHaven's Family Tree

John DeHaven (1752-1823):

  • Born in Upper Merion Township

  • Was a Private, 4th Class in Captain Abraham Wentz's 2nd Company, 6th Battalion

Moses DeHaven (1765-1812):

  • Born in Philadelphia

  • Was a Private, 1st Class in Captain Abraham Wentz's 2nd Company, 6th Battalion

  • Part of the Philadelphia Co. Militia


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