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#24 (Jacob HELSEBECK) and (Eva Marie FISCUS)
(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).
- Germany; Pennsylvania and Bethania, Surry County, NC
#47 Jurg Frederich HILSABECK and Catharina (BERTSCH)
Secondary sources suggest, “Jurg Frederick Hilsabeck was born in 1730 in Heidelberg, Germany, and immigrated on the Beulah in 1753. He married Catharina Bertsch in Pennsylvania in 1755, and moved with her to North Carolina…. She was born in Scherze, Pfigsten, Germany about 1734”. The only part of this information that has been confirmed is that Friedrich and his family sailed aboard the ship Beulah to America in 1753. They traveled from Rotterdam by way of Cowes. The ship arrived in Philadelphia and the male passengers were qualified September 10th. Of the 87 male passengers, 8 were Catholic and the rest were Lutheran so it is likely that Friedrich and his family were of the Lutheran faith.
Frederich and Catharina had seven children: Mary Magdalene, Frederich, Jacob (1762), Catharine, Elizabeth, Henry* and Susannah. The family was still living in Pennsylvania when their son Jacob was born in 1762. Sometime before 1774, the family moved south to the Bethania community in Surry County, North Carolina. The family owned land on both sides of Parker’s Creek.
Frederich appears on the Surry County tax lists in 1774, in 1785 with 250 acres of land, in 1786 with 200 acres of land, and in 1789 with 250 acres of land. Frederich received two Surry County land grants. The first grant was issued on December 10, 1778 for 250 acres “on Parker’s Creek, beginning at a post oak in Jacob Lashe’s line, thence running west crossing the creek, fifty chains to a red oak, thence east fifty chains, thence north crossing the creek afore said fifty chains to a white oak, thence east fifty chains crossing two branches, to a small post oak, thence south fifty chains to the beginning”.
Frederich’s second land grant was for 100 acres “on the north fork of Parker’s Creek, beginning at a post oak and red oak in his own line, running thence west thirty-one and a half chains to a red oak thence north thirty-one and three quarters chains to two red oaks, thence east thirty-one and a half chains, crossing the creek, to a small post oak and pointers, thence south crossing the creek to the beginning”.
Frederich does not appear to have fought in the Revolutionary War, but he received a War Pay Voucher and is listed twice in the Revolutionary War Army accounts for receiving payment for patriotic service. Frederich’s son Jacob did serve with the Continental Line.
Although they probably had been Lutheran, Frederich and his family became members of the Moravian religious community. The minutes of the Salem Board of December 1782 record that “Hilsebeck’s request to be received into the congregation led to the decision that it would be well to organize a Society in connection with Bethania.”
The first federal census, taken in 1790, shows Frederick as living with four females and another adult male. The adult male was probably his son Henry who was not yet married and does not show up on the census by himself. The year before, this area of Surry County had been formed into Stokes County.
The Bethania Diary of February 1792 records a sad event in the lives of Frederich and Catharina. “We heard the sad news that yesterday Br. Hilsebeck’s dwelling and outhouses burned, with most of what was in them, and the Brother and his family were thereby plunged into poverty. On the other hand it was good to see how Brethren and neighbors came to their help in the building of a new dwelling and in other ways”.
Frederich wrote a will on August 9th, 1799 in Stokes County. Frederich refers to himself as a “Yeoman, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory”. Frederich bequeathed to “Catharina, my dearly beloved wife, all my moveable estate as long as she lives and then the said to be equally divided amongst my children and my land to be sold and the money equally divided to my children Jacob, Henry, Mary Magdalene, Catharina, Elisabeth and Susannah”. Frederich chose Henry Hilsebeck and Daniel Shouse as executors of his will. Frederich’s will was probated in September 1799. Frederich’s will does not mention his son Frederich, Jr. and it is probable that he had died between 1790 when he was listed on the federal census and 1799 when his father’s will was written.
September 2, 1799, the Moravian minister recorded Frederich’s death in the Bethania Diary. “At the request of his children and relatives I held the funeral of Freidrich Hilsebeck on his farm. He formerly belonged to us, but a number of years ago severed his connection with us. He died on the 1st.”
Frederich’s estate went to auction October 4, 1799. Items in the sale included; 1 butcher’s steel, scythe, anvil, hammer, auger, curry comb, bushel of onions, earthen dishes, ax, shovel, plough, grindstone, bridle, churn, table, iron pot, cutting box, jug, hoes, sundry old irons, mattock, pan, pair breeches, steer, brier scythe, knives, forks, horse collar, cow, heifer, riddle, iron wedge, hatterchain, bull collar, barrel, pitcher, sieve, mare, bells, spoons, grater, old spurs, pitchfork, bucket, crocks, coat, log chain, wetstone, great coat, fat hog, steer, cow chains, sow and shoats, and a mare colt. The items not sold and delivered to the widow were “1 chest, 1 bed and furniture, 1 flax wheel, 1 dutch oven, 1 barrel, 1 chair, 1 pail, 1 pewter plate”. The estate also includes the sale of 100 acres of woodland to James Boderight for 100 pounds and “the old tract of land” to Daniel Boderight for 170 pounds.
Catharina survived her husband, but not much is known of what happened to her after his death. It appears from the 1800 census that Catharina went to live with her son Jacob. She appears to still be in the household on the 1810 census. Since she is missing from the 1820 census, it is assumed that Catharina died between 1810 and 1820.
- Heidelberg and Scherze, Germany; PA and Surry County, NC