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Abraham Dehart (1755 - abt. 1834)

Abraham Dehart
Born in Middlesex NJmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died about in Monroe, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Profile last modified | Created 12 Feb 2009 | Last significant change: 10 Apr 2022
08:50: Gina Meyers edited the Biography and Status Indicators for Abraham Dehart (1755-abt.1834). (Adding sources. Formatting for readability. Adding notes to discussion of wife's unproven name (Christina Ensminger)) [Thank Gina for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Note: Please do not change the county category to West Virginia. In 1834, Monroe county was Virginia as the state of West Virginia was not formed until 1863.
Abraham Dehart participated in the American Revolution


Abraham and Sophia are listed on a death record for Samuel Dehart in 1882. Samuel died in Monroe County, West Virginia after the state was formed but his birth certificate lists his birth place as Maryland so this may be where Abraham is from. I'm still looking for sources.(Shannon-1438 13:06, 7 August 2015 (EDT))

His wife is named as Sophia in several sources including census records and children's death records.

David Fridley has done extensive research and documents each fact. Below is his summation of what is known of Abraham, along with a discussion of which of several men named Abraham is likely to be this Abraham.

Facts :
  • ca 1755- ca 1758 Born PA Pension affidavit, June 1818, age "about 60", Pension affidavit, June 1820, age "65", War veterans census, 1834, age 79
  • 1775 Enlisted in Army Berks Co, PA Pension application S 39426
  • 1775-1781 Service as Private, 3rd PA Regiment of Musketry PA, NJ, VA
  • Pension application S 39426
  • 1781 Discharged from Army Philadelphia, PA Pension application S 39426
  • 15 May 1792 Received land warrant of 100a for war service PA Pension application S 39426; warrant no. 9245.
  • date unknown Married Sophia unknown Monroe Co, WV Deeds, 1821; Biography of Naomi Dehart King, 1889; Summers Co, WV Deaths, 1896
  • unknown Worked as weaver VA Pension application S 39426
  • 1801 Patented land 100a US Military Reserve, Ohio (now Franklin Co.) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office, Patent OH2100__.350
  • 1810 Enumerated Monroe Co., VA US Census
  • 1814 Served on sheriff's panel Monroe Co., VA Monroe Co, VA Deeds, Bk C, 1814.
  • 1818 Applied for pension Monroe Co., VA Pension application S 39426
  • 1820 Enumerated Monroe Co., VA US Census
  • 1820 Applied for pension Monroe Co., VA Pension application S 39426
  • 1821 Grantor in bond to Brice Miller Monroe Co, VA Monroe Co., WV Deeds, Bk G, p. 606
  • 1823 Mortgage to James Shanklin Tr Monroe Co, VA Monroe Co, WV Deeds, Bk G, p. 603
  • 1824 Mortgage to John Hutchinson Jr Tr Monroe Co, VA Monroe Co, WV Deeds, Bk H, p. 166
  • 1824 Deed of Trust released from Alexander & Co. Monroe Co, VA Monroe Co, WV Deeds, Bk H, p. 185
  • 1830 Enumerated Monroe Co., VA US Census
  • 1834 Enumerated Monroe Co., VA Revolutionary War veterans census
  • unknown Died Monroe Co., VA
  • Agreement between Brice Miller and Abraham Dehart, Monroe Co, VA, 1821, indicating Abraham's wife as Sophia.

1. Abraham Dehart of Berks Co, PA

Facts :
  • parentage : Cornelius and Maria Catherine Dehart
  • married Barbara
  • resided in Berks Co, PA
Discussion : It is not known what happened to this Abraham. I have no original documentation on Abraham's parentage, birth and marriage. A son, Christian, is attributed to this Abraham because Christian's birth record (3 June 1789, Berks Co, Schwartzwald Reformed Church), names his mother as Barbara (father not named); this is assumed to be Barbara, wife of Abraham. As the only Abraham Dehart identified in Berks Co, PA in the late 1700s, this Abraham may possibly be Abraham of Monroe Co, VA.

2. Abraham Dehart of Middlesex Co, NJ

  • parentage : Cornelius and Maaike (Mayke) Dehart (baptismal record)
  • 4 June 1759, baptized at Six Mile Run, Somerset Co, NJ (baptismal record)
  • married Sarah Van Cleef (Vorhees "Franklin Twp Historical Notes, 1874-1876," in Somerset Co. Historical Quarterly, vol. 5, 1916)
  • 21 August 1832, died in Middlesex Co., NJ (Vorhees, "Franklin Twp Historical Notes, 1874-1876")
Discussion : No evidence exists to link this Abraham with Abraham of Monroe Co., VA, and his birth, residence, and death in New Jersey contradicts known facts about Abraham of Monroe.

3. Abraham Dehart of Easton, Northampton Co, PA

Facts :
  • parentage unknown
  • date of birth unknown, probably 1755-65; first child born 1785
  • served in Revolutionary War as Sergeant, 3rd Regiment
  • 1781, received pay adjustment at Easton, Northampton Co, PA (Accounts of Auditors of Depreciation Accounts, Bk A, p. 32)
  • married Christina (named as wife in 1787 deed)
  • 1787, with wife Christina, deed with Peter Shire, Easton, Northampton Co, PA
  • 1830, enumerated in Northampton Co, PA (US Census; son Abraham also listed)
  • died in Easton, Northampton Co, PA
  • buried at Easton Cemetery, Easton, Northampton Co, PA (Easton cemetery office, Lot G18; no headstone visible)
Discussion : This Abraham is likely the source of the misidentification of the wife of Abraham of Monroe as Christina. Both Abrahams served in the Revolutionary War, one as private and this one as sergeant, in the same regiment; Morton, in his History of Monroe Co., WV (1916), noted that "Thomas Dehart [i.e. Abraham] married Christina and was a Sergeant in the Revolutionary War". Abraham lived and died in Easton, PA and cannot be identified with Abraham of Monroe; no primary evidence exists either connecting Abraham of Monroe with a wife Christina.
Marriage of Abraham Dehart & Christina Ensminger : The earliest (and only) citation of this I have found so far is the DAR application of Edna Hoffman, Wall, SD, descendant of Abraham Dehart of Monroe, dated 1945. (DAR Patriot Index, Vol. 1, p. 185, 1967) The sources used in the application were other DAR applications, and indirect reference is made to Morton's 1916 history (on the question of "Thomas" Dehart). Mrs. Hoffman writes that Abraham married Christina Ensminger "approx. 1783". In this same application however, the DAR accepted her ancestors service as "Abraham De Hart came from France with La Fayette during Revolutionary War" and says he was born in France in 1755, none of which is substantiated and is now largely disproven. This Christina Ensminger was identified as having been baptised in York C., PA in 1753, the daughter of David Ensminger, but no evidence exists to connect her to Abraham of Monroe Co. It is likely that the question is compounded by confusion with Christina, wife of Abraham of Easton, Northampton Co, PA.
The marriage of Abraham Dehart and Christina Ensminger is also recorded in numerous online trees, citing Ancestry's dubious and unsourced "US and International Marriages" database.[1] Elsewhere, Christina is identified as the wife of John Trimmer. Clearly she existed, since there is a baptism record, but there appears to be very little evidence to confirm that she married either John or Abraham.

4. Abraham Dehart of Westmoreland Co, PA

Facts :
  • parentage unknown
  • date of birth unknown, probably 1755-62
  • married unknown, perhaps ca. 1780 (3 children assumed in 1790 census)
  • 1790, enumerated in Unity Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA (US census: 1 wm over 16, 1 wm under 16, 3 females)
  • 13 Dec 1795, son John christened at St. John's Lutheran & Reformed Church, Mt. Pleasant Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA
Discussion : Nothing further is known about this Abraham. He may be related to John Dehart of Westmoreland Co, PA (1790), who emigrated to Louisiana in 1797, and had a son Abraham (see #5 below).

5. Abraham Dehart of Louisiana

  • parentage : John Dehart
  • ca. 1783, birth (1797 age 14)
  • 1797, immigrated to Louisiana with father (Filby & Meyer, Passenger and Immigration List Index, Vol. I, p. 443; age 14)
  • 1805, received land conveyance in Ouachita parish (State Land Papers, 1821, p. 602)
  • 1812, claimed land in Ouachita parish, LA (State Land Papers, 1813, p. 766)
  • 1816, claimed land in Ouachita parish, LA (State Land Papers, 1816, p. 230)
  • 1821, land claim acknowledged, Ouachita parish, LA (State Land Papers, 1821, p. 602)
  • 1824, resided in Louisiana
Discussion : Parentage known; too young; was in Louisiana when Abraham was recorded in Monroe Co.


  1. Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. (Source number: 5843.005; Source type: Family group sheet, FGSE, listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1)

See also :

  • "Soldiery of West Virginia", WV Heritage Encyclopedia, Suppl Vol. 9, Jim Comstock, Ed., 1974, p. 80: Reprinting of 1834 census of pensioners. Statement of Monroe County, West Virginia. Abraham Dehart, private, $96 annual allowance, $1,508.23 received to date, served in Pennsylvania line, placed on pension 29 Jan 1819, pension commenced 19 June 1818,


  • WikiTree profile Dehart-76 created through the import of AustinMoserJohnsonStover Tree.ged on Oct 16, 2011 by Ken Austin. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Ken and others.

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Dehart-498 and Dehart-598 appear to represent the same person because: Hi just cleaning up the line..
posted by Lesli Wall
Samuel DeHart was married to Sophia Spade. His father was A. Dehart. no listing for a mother . Wife is listed at death as Sopha Dehart


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posted by Lesli Wall
Dehart-498 and Dehart-2 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate
posted by K. Bloom
Dehart-76 and Dehart-2 appear to represent the same person because: what little data there is, is the same
posted by Robin Lee

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