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DEHAVEN, JEHU, retired builder of Harrisburg, Pa., was born in Montgomery county, Pa., April 15, 1814. He is a son of Nathan and Diana (Waltz) DeHaven, both of French descent. Mr. Nathan DeHaven was for many years a stone mason. He had six children, of whom John is the only survivor; the deceased children are: William, Henry, Ulrich, Henrietta, and Eliza. Mr. and Mrs. DeHaven both died in Montgomery county.

Jehu DeHaven enjoyed only the educational advantages of the private schools of his native county. At the age of seventeen he began to learn the stone mason’s trade, serving an apprenticeship of two years. He worked for some time as a journeyman, and was in this business altogether about thirty years. After this, he came to Harrisburg, and began taking large contracts. His work in this line was done for the most part in Pennsylvania. He built four miles of the Union canal, and two miles of the Reading railroad. He was also a contractor for bridge work. He built the large Soldier’s monument which stands at the foot of State street, Harrisburg, and the postoffice in that city, which he finished in 1873. In 1870 he built the Presbyterian church on Third street. About the same year, Mr. DeHaven built his large and fine residence, which he has occupied twenty-two years. After completing the postoffice building, he retired from active business

Jehu DeHaven was married, in Dauphin county, October 3, 1837, to Esther, daughter of John and Catherine (Conrad) Kline. Of their ten children, seven are living: William, Eliza, wife of Jacob Fackler, of New York City, Jehu, Jr., Emily, Widow of Edward Jones, Esther, widow of Albert Bricker, Isabella, Frederick, a prominent hardware merchant, Harrisburg, Pa.; and the deceased children are: Matilda, died at the age of nine months, and George. Mrs. DeHaven died in 1885, at the age of seventy years. Mr. DeHaven has been an active member of Lodge No. 70, I. O. O. F., for forty years. He is a Republican. He is a congregational member of the Presbyterian church, of which his wife was a consistent member.

Mrs. DeHaven was born in 1815. Her parents were both natives of Montgomery county. Mr. Kline was engaged in the shoe business. They had six children: Esther, Leah, Catherine, Frederick, and William. The family belonged to the Presbyterian church. Both parents died at their home in Montgomery county.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Donna Whipple for \the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –

Date of Transcription: 14 Jan 2001

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