The Eighteenth Century
The family first came to the United States in 1710. Jorg Martin
Dällenbach, the first arrival to the new country, was born about 1690
in "Lauperswil." This small Swiss village is in the Alps mountains a few miles
northeast of Bern, Switzerland.
At least two variations of the Dillenbeck name can be found in Switzerland:
Dällenbach and Tällenbach. That this is still true today
is evidenced by cross-references found in the Bern telephone directory.
More information about Jorg Martin and his early days in the United States is available in
the book The DÄLLENBACHS in America
The Nineteenth Century
Around 1810, two brothers named Christian and Jacob left Switzerland to come to America;
Christian came from Nidanberg and Jacob from Safneren. These fairly
well-to-do gentlemen had lived in the vicinity of Lake of Bienne in Canton Bern.
Christian, after some thought of settling in New York, finally decided to settle in
North Georgetown, Ohio. In Switzerland, he had been a prosperous cheese manufacturer,
an enterprise he continued in Ohio. He died and was buried in North Georgetown
Christian's brother Jacob, who had been a vintner and owner of a large
vineyard in the old country, left Switzerland about the same time, but settled in
Allegheny City. He moved to his new homeland alone, expecting to move the
rest of his family later. However, his first wife Elizabeth (nee Hausey), refused
to come to America. Eventually, they divorced and both husband and wife remarried.
There is a lot of information about both of these brothers and their lives in Switzerland and
the United States in the book The DÄLLENBACHS in America
1935-1979 beginning at page 401.