1762-1848 — Germany; Pennsylvania and Bethania, Surry County, NC
(Original research has not uncovered a document that definitively links Susannah Helsebeck Doub as the daughter of Jacob and Eva Marie Helsebeck. Circumstantial evidence as well as secondary sources suggests that she is their daughter.) Jacob HELSEBECK was the son of Frederich and Catharina HILSABECK. His parents migrated to America from Germany in 1753 and Jacob was born June 9, 1762 in Pennsylvania. Jacob and his family moved to Bethania in Surry County, North Carolina by 1774 when his father first appears on the county tax lists.
Eva Marie FISCUS was the daughter of Johann Friedrich and Eva Marie FISCUS and was born sometime around 1760. Her father migrated to Pennsylvania from Germany in 1743 and married her mother Eva Marie who was his second wife. The family lived in Pennsylvania for a while before moving to Surry County, North Carolina. Eva Marie’s brother Adam was born in Pennsylvania and it is possible that she was born there also. The Fiscus family had moved to Surry County by 1763 when Johann Friedrich was first mentioned in the Moravian minutes.
Jacob HELSEBECK married Eva Marie FISCUS before 1781 in Bethania in Stokes County. Secondary sources list Jacob and Eva Marie as having ten children: Elizabeth (1782), Maria Catharina (1784), Susannah (1788), John (1791), Jacob, Jr. (1793), Joseph (1795), Adam (1797), David (1801), Gertrude (1803) and Rebecca (1806). Adam and David may have died as children.
During the Revolutionary War, Jacob enlisted in the military in Surry County and served with the North Carolina Line. In 1832, he applied for a government pension based on this service. Jacob is also listed twice in the Revolutionary War Army Accounts and received a Revolutionary War Pay Voucher.
Jacob appears on the Surry County tax lists with 200 acres of land in 1784, 1785, 1786, and 1789. When Jacob was 34 in 1796, he received a land grant for 25 acres of land “in Stokes County on the waters of Nation Creek”. This new land adjoined “his own line, Phillip Shouse’s lines and Charles Vest’s line running towards Frederick Shouse’s for compliment”.
The Moravian Records from May 1783 suggest that Eva Marie’s mother, also named Eva Marie may have lived with the young couple for some amount of time after her husband died in 1772.“Br. Philip Schaus came with three horses, and we rode with him to his plantation, stopping at the younger Hilsebecks, where only the wife and her mother, old Mrs. Fiscuss, were at home. At their parents’ (Br. And Sr. Hilsebeck) we were received with much joy. Br. And Sr. Philip Schaus were very glad to have us in their house again”. Mother Eva died three years later in 1786.
Inexplicably there are two Jacob Helsebeck’s on the 1790 Stokes County federal census. This is the only indication that may have been another Jacob and it could be a mistake. If the dates of Jacob’s children’s births are correct, only one of the two men has enough girls in his household in 1790 to be the correct Jacob. He also has two boys in the house. It is not known if these are his children. Secondary sources do not indicate that Jacob had two boys of this age.
On the 1800 census all of Jacob’s children are accounted for and there is an older woman living in the house. This is probably Jacob’s widowed mother Catharina. Jacob’s age is wrong, however, and he is listed as being older than 45 when he would actually have been 38. The two boys who appeared in the household in 1790 are still in the household in 1800 aged 10-15. Secondary sources do not address these two boys at all. They could be Jacob’s children who have gone unnoticed or they could be the children of a relative or friend that Jacob is raising. Both boys are missing from Jacob’s 1810 census when they would have been 20-25. There are no unaccounted for men of this age with the last name Helsebeck on the census in 1810 which suggests that they were not his sons.
On the 1810 census, everyone is accounted for except Adam and David. Secondary sources suggest that these two boys died in childhood. This is supported by the fact that neither Adam nor David show up on the census later on their own. On both the 1820 and the 1830 censuses, Jacob and Eva are living with their two youngest daughters, Gertrude and Rebecca.  On the 1830 census, there is also a couple in their thirties with five children living in the house. This is probably Joseph and his wife who married in 1820.
In 1840, Jacob was living with his son Joseph and his family. Eva is missing from this census and she must have died between 1830 and 1840. Jacob died October 11, 1848. The Bethania Diary of the Moravian Records recorded the event; "Attended the funeral of the aged Jac. Helsabeck by request. (He died the day before yesterday at the age of about 85 year).Footnotes for Jacob and Eva Marie (#24)