Dreibelbis Family Cemetery - Fleetwood, PA
Updated: Nov 2, 2021
We visited the Dreibelbis Family cemetery in March and July of 2021. The Dreibelbis Family cemetery is located in Fleetwood, Berks County, PA.
In 1934, the cemetery was reclaimed by the Dreibelbis 200th Anniversary Committee. The cemetery was mowed, a fence was built around it, and a monument was placed there in honor of the 200th anniversary of John Jacob Dreibelbis’ arrival in America.
John Jacob Dreibelbis immigrated from Germany in 1732. The ship was called “Mary,” which docked in Philadelphia PA. He resided in Berks County, PA.
The following names are on the monument honoring his arrival:
John Jacob Dreibelbis (1714-1761) Records have indicated his birth year is incorrect and that he was born in 1709.
John’s first wife - Mary (1720-1785). This is noted to be incorrect.
John’s second wife - Barbara Burkhart Dreibelbis (1720-1785)
John’s son: Abraham B. Dreibelbis (1749-1803)
Abraham’s wife: Anna (1751-1806)
Abraham’s son: Daniel R. Dreibelbis (1768-1843)
Abraham’s son: Joseph Dreibelbis is (1780-1842)
Joseph’s wife: Mary (1782-1838)
Daniel’s wife: Magalena nee Kieffer (1774-1829)
Daniel’s son: Martin Dreibelbis (1844-1846)
There are three original headstones that the Anniversary Committee placed behind the monument on the ground. The headstones belong to: Daniel, Magdalena and Martin.
It is most likely that other Dreibelbis family members are buried in the cemetery, but no other headstones have been found. It has also been said that 1 slave and 11 Native Americans are also buried at the cemetery.
Source for the above: “John Jacob Dreibelbis Family of America 1732-1990” by Harvey C. Dreibelbis; Harrowwood Books; 1991.
Also, visit the USGenWeb page on the Dreibelbis Cemetery at: http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/berksp/tsimages/dreibelbis-fleetwood.htm