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Genealogical and Personal History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1912

John Philip DeHass Biography

John Philip De Hass died in Bald Eagle township, Sept. 23, 1826. His father, Gen. Jon Philip De Haas, had been major in Lieut.-Col. Francis battalion under Col. Bouquet in 1764,and for his services drew a tract of land containing eight hundred and nine acres on Bald Eagle Creek, a half-mile below the mouth of Beech Creek.

He also purchased of his brother officers several tracts: Capt. William Piper's allotment at the mouth of Beech Creek, five hundred and fifty-three acres, which De Haas called after his daughter "Henrietta;" the Capt. Conrad Bucher tract, which includes the mouth of Beech Creek, five hundred and seventy acres; the Lieut. James Foster tract, two tracts westward of Capt. Bucher's, etc.

Maj. De Haas became colonel during the Revolution, and commanded the First Pennsylvania Battalion in Canada in 1776, to which his son, John Philip, the subject of this notice, was appointed an ensign by Gen. Gates, Aug. 6,1776.

John Philip, Jr., was a boy at school, and did not join the regiment. He was promoted to second lieutenant o1 Second Pennsylvania of the Continental Line, but probably did not join his regiment.

His father was promoted to brigadier-general, but served but a short time; settled in Philadelphia, and died there June 3, 1786.

Gen. De Haas left a widow (Eleanor) and two children, John Philip and his sister Henrietta, who married William Craig and a very large estate.

John Philip, the son, married Ann Shippen, of Philadelphia, and removed with his family to Bald Eagle in 1806. They came in their coach from Philadelphia, their daughter Eliza, who is still living in Bellefonte, being then but three months old.

Mr. De Haas left the following family : John P De Hass; Eleanor, married to Thomas Stevenson William; Harriet, still living at Mrs. Benner's, it Bellefonte; Edward, living in Curtin township; Ann married to Joshua Roan; and Eliza.

Mrs. Henrietta Craig had but one child, John P De Haas Craig, who died before her.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883

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