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  Also spelled Dannehauer, Danenhour, Donnahower, etc.


Surname: The German spelling, Dannenhauer, means cutter of fir trees.   

The last name can be spelled in a variety of ways.

Dane, Dene, Done, Danne, Denne, Donne, Danen, Dinen,
Donen, Dannen, Dinnen, Donnen, Daven, Dauen, Dannin,
Dinnin, Donnin

Hower, Hour, Hauer, Houer, Houser, Hauser, Haurer,

Because of the wide variance in spellings of names, those listed here do not follow a specific form.

Danenhour Places Names

William F. Dannenhouer Bridge (between Norristown and Bridgeport)

Danenhower's Lane, May's Landing, N.J.


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Surnames: Arets, Beth, Biddis, Branson, Bright, Bockius, Bringhouse, Conrad, cumming, Eckstein, Elliott, End, Ditter, Fetterman, Fisher, Garber, Godfryd, Haas, Harlacher, Hause, Harper, Hoppier, Hunter, Hurst, Kain, Keurlis, Keyser, Kraft, Kunders, Lehman, Lensen, Marewine, Markham, Miller, Reis, Reistein, Reser, Roberts, Scull, Shoemaker, Sintern, Streper, Thomas, Tyson, Wagner, Wilgus

Danenhower references in books, annals, etc.

From "History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania"
edited by Theodore W. Bean, 1884.
p. 857:
Abraham Danehower, the ancestor of extensive
land-holding family, came from Germany before 1755,
and purchased 136 acres in 1762 of David and Sarah
Cumming. He died in 1789, aged 67 years, and his wife,
Catharine, in 1796, aged 74 years. His children were
George, Abraham, Henry, John, Catharine, Elizabeth and
Sarah. George died in 1798, aged 45 years. Abraham
resided on a farm he purchased from Samuel Evans on
the west side of the Bethlehem Road, above the Spring
House. Cathrine married Jacob Snyder; Elizabeth,
Phillip Hurst; and Sarah, Phillip Fetterman. 

“Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Montgomery County, Pa.," edited by Samuel T. Wiley, Phildelphia, Biographical Publishing Co., 1895                                                                There were three brothers of the name (Dannehower) who came over together and settled in different parts of Pennsylvania, from whom have descended all of the Dannehowers of America, as far as known. For several generations a branch of the family has been resident in the county of Montgomery, in the northern part of which John, was born and reared.

“Urban Village,” by Stephanie Grauman Wolf, Population,
Community and Family structure in Germantown, PA
 p. 318
Footnote: Information of this nature can be found in
the final estate accounts, which occasionally
accompany the inventory and the original copy of the
will on file in the city Hall Registry of Wills,
Philadelphia. Those cited are indexed as follows: John
Frederick Ax, Accounts, 1766 #155; George Danenhower,
Accounts, 1795, #128; Christiana Hause, Accounts,
1758, #59.
 p. 229
Footnote: For example, the Dannenhower family was
fully registered in St. Michael’s for over 50 years,
with the exception of the burial of widow Maria
Elizabetta, who is found in the Reformed Church burial
register, Jan. 17, 1799. As her husband was buried
five years earlier by the pastor of St. Michael’s (St.
M.Rec.burial: vol iii, Feb 4, 1793), it is unlikely
that anything but an emergency would have caused such
a change. The family, therefore, really belongs in the
faithful affiliation category.
Part II Vol II - Watson's Annals of Philadelphia And
Pennsylvania, 1857

 ...  The most of the conflict was on the north-eastern
side of Germantown. That part of our troops which
encountered the Hessians and British, near the
junction of the Wissahiccon with the Schuylkill, had
defiled for that purpose, after they arrived at
Chestnut hill, going thence, as led by two guides, of
whom Geo. Danenhower, lately alive, was one…..  
Everyname Index to W. W. Munsell's, 1881: History of
Schuylkill County, PA:
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA with Illustrations and
Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and
Pioneers. New York: W. W. Munsell & Co., 36 Vesey
Street, 1881 Press of George MacNamara, 36 Vesey
Street, N.Y.
 NAME ----- PAGE
                                                            DANENHOWER, Dr. J. W. ----- 166
DANENHOWER, Dr. J. W. ----- 171 
DANENHOWER, J. W. ----- 166 
DANENHOWER, J. W. ----- 167
 DANENHOWER, J. W. ----- 170
The Friends' Meeting-house is situated about half a
mile northwest of Jarrettown, and was built in 1814 on
a lot of ground presented for the purpose by Phebe
Shoemaker. It is a one-story stone building,
thirty-six by forty feet in dimensions. From its
elevated position a fine prospect is afforded, towards
the south of Edge Hill, for some distance, and the
intervening country. The ground attached covers about
two acres, on which are also erected several sheds for
the accommodation of horses. About twenty yards front
the front-door is a horse-block, of stone, consisting
of five steps to the top, four and a half feet from
the ground and three and a half feet wide, now so rare
as to become an object of interest to the antiquary.
The graveyard covers nearly an acre, and seldom among
Friends is one seen having so many white marble
tombstones, though rarely over a foot high and with
brief inscriptions. The surnames found are ...Danenhower
JENKINTOWN, was constituted November 28, 1873. The
present officers and Past High Priests are: 
Comp. Elwood Wilgus,
 High Priest William Elliott,   
                                                          K. J. Howard Danenhower,
 Scr. Charles Harper, Treasurer 
Edward Bright, Secretary.
 BEAN'S HISTORY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA     WEST POINT STEAM SAW-MILL. - 0n the turnpike road from West Point to North Wales, in Upper Gwynedd, stands West Point Steam Saw-Mill, Alan Thomas, proprietor. Everything about this old place supports its claim to antiquity, for tradition gives the date as 1717. It has been frequently repaired and partially rebuilt, and still bears all the marks of great, but sound and healthy, old age. The mill property formerly belonged to the Dannehower estate and was operated for several years by Jonathan Lukens, previous to becoming the property of the present proprietor. The power is furnished by a fifteen-horse engine, and with two saws the old mill still produces ten thousand feet a week of sawn timber, oak and hickory, principally grown in Gwynedd Township.
 Index to Sixth Series
p. 692
Danahower, Mary 6th S., IX,  333, 431, 528
Danahower, Philip, 6th S., IX, 333
Danehower, Abram, 6th S., I., 636
Danehower, Henry, 6th S., III, 709
p. 694
Dannaher, George, 6th S., V, 547
Dannanhower, Charles, 6th S., VII, 837; VII, 654
Dannehour, Abraham, 6th S., I., 941
Dannehour, John, 6th S., I, 940
Dannehower, Ab’m, 6th S. VII, 155p. 695
Dannenhower, Cath, 6th S., IX, 330, 423, 525
Dannenhoweeer, Chas., 6th S., IX 330
Dannerhower, Chas., 6th S. VII, 658.
p. 795
Donehover, Henry, 6th S. III, 722
Donehower, Abm, 6th S., III, 710
Donehower, Abraham, 6th S., VIII, 742
p. 796
Donhower, George, 6th S., I., 725, 731, 741
Donnahouer, Abraham, 6th S., I., 672
Donnahour, Charles, 6th S. I., 928, 952
Donnahour, George, 6th S., I, 928, 952
General Index
PA vols 11-26, Co-JU
Third series, vol 28.
Danenhower, Jacob, xvii, 604
Danehower, Geo., xvi, 124
Danehower, A., xvi, 569
Danehower, Abraham, xv, 413; xvi, 149, 552, 569
Danehower, Alex., Jr., xvi, 149
Danehower, Geo., xvi 567
Dannahour, Abraham Jr., xv, 45
Dannehauer, John, siv, 603; xv, 42
Dannehawer, Abr’m, xv, 414Dannehawer, Geo. Xvi, 536
Dannenhauer, Abr’m, xv, 402
Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd
Series, Vol 16, p. 124
Bristol Township Effective Supply Tax; County of
Philadelphia, 1782
John Hoffman, valuation 130, tax 19.10 for George
Danehower’s estate, 150. 1.3County of Philadephia 1783
---Abraham Danehower -------(no assets?)
---John Danehower, 2 horses
Gwyneth 1783
---A. Danehower & P. Hurst, 133 acres
---A. Jr., 82 acres
Third Series, vol. 15
p. 44 George Donnahaur, p.h.’d, tax 1.10        
Charles                    “ “ “       “  1.10p. 45
            Ab. Dannhour Sr., 4.0
            Ab. Donahour Ju’r, p.h’d, 110 Second
Series Vol. 13, p. 50
Revolutionary Soldiers
Danehovier, Abram
Dowhower, Jacob
PA Sixth Series, vol 1
p. 725
Return of the classes that were order’d out on their
tour August 16th, 17803rd class, George Donhower
p. 731 A Class Roll for the Kingsessing Co., 1781, 3rd
class George Donhower
p. 741, Associations and Militia, 7th Company, Capt.
Charles Justice, 3rd class George Donhower
p. 928, 7th Company, ensign George Donnahour
p. 952, Seventh Battalion, Lt. Colo. Matthew Holgais,
Maj. John Beth …Ensign George Donnahour
PA Vol 16
 p. 536 Bristol township, Co. of Phil. 1783, George
est. 17 acres
Germantown Co. of Phil 1779 George Donnehauer, p.h’d.
vol 14, p.Georg Donnehover, 1769, mill, 15 acres, 5
horses, 4 cattle ---servants, tax. 30.9.4
County of Philadelphia, Germantown, vol 14, p. 90
“Germantown 1688-1988,” Edward W. Hocker, p. 80 Lottery
held on June 24, 1754, George Dannehower was one of
those in charge.
p. 197. Germantown’s last Revolutionary soldier,
Goerge Danenhower died Aug. 1, 1843, at age 91.

 . . . .  making the following abstract: Germantown
was surveyed and laid out by the surveyor-general, 2d
of February, 1684, and it is probable that at this
period the three acres were distributed to the twelve
original householders, as described in Pastorius's
letters. It was resurveyed in 1687; and on the 3d of 
April, 1689, a patent was issued by William Markham,
for Penn, of 5,700 acres. 1,375 acres of this was
distributed in amounts of 50 acres each to the
fifty-five settlers there, and was drawn by lot April 
4 of that year. The limits of the original
Germanopolis were, on the southern side, towards
Philadelphia, Danenhower's Mill Road; on the north,
Keyser's Lane, which was a road leading from
Roxborough to Abington, and now called Washington
Street; on the western side were included Bowman's,
now Indian Queen Lane, Bensell's Lane, Rittenhousen
Mill Road, and Johnson's Lane; on the east, Pickes's
or Bristol Lane, Kunnerd Weaver's Mill Road, and
Danenhower's Mill Road. This land was divided into
twenty-seven and a half lots on either side of the
main street, giving a width of forty-eight feet in
front, and extending back fourteen perches; thus
forming a long and narrow section of land, and
bringing the houses near enough together to make a
compact street. This fact is mentioned in a petition
of the Corporation of Germantown to their dear
Governor, William Penn:
          "That seventeen years before they had laid
out the township in lots and more compact settlements
than had been done elsewhere." Forty-nine persons took
up these lots numbered fifty-five, but some contained
one and a half and some two and two and a half of the
amount of perches and feet given above; those taking
more land in the town received less in the side lots,
which were laid out both above and below the town. For
instance, Peter Keurlis drew lot No. 1; his land was
the first lot in the town, lying nearest to
Philadelphia, and doubtless the most desirable for
that reason; it contained fifteen acres. It was
situated a square or two above ...
From "The Pennsylvania Magazine" Vol XV, 1891.
"List of the Inhabitants of Germantown and Chestnut
Hill in 1809"
..."At this period the streets at right angles to
Germantown Avenue were few in number, having been laid
out with the view of reaching an objective point,
rather than for residences, though incidentally a few
houses were built on them. They were Fisher's Lane,
which went to the Fisher estate; Danenhower's Mill
Road, now Duy's Lane, leading to Danenhower's mill,
located on the Wingohocking Creek ..."
GERMANTOWN (taxes levied and paid)
George Dannenhower 470, 30, 30 paid, 1.42
Charles Dannenhower ---, 30, 30 paid, 2.65
Footnote: George and Charles Danenhower (sic) had a
mill on the Wingohocking Creek, above Duy's Lane,
which in later years was down as Armstrong's, though
much enlarged. Danenhower's dam at this spot is
remembered by the older generation. They lived on
Duy's Lane where Mill's dye-works are.
Charles Dannenhower ---, 25, 25 paid, 25
The tax was 50 cents "in every hundred dollars on the
real estate, and a personal tax from Three Dollars to
fifteen cents on the freeholders and inhabitants
within the township of Germantown...., PA
 "History of Old Germantown" With a description of its settlement and some account of its important persons, buildings and places connected with its development By Dr. Naaman H. Keyser, C. Henry Kain, John Palmer Garber, Horace F. McCann (Horace F. McCann, Publisher, Germantown Philadelphia, 1907).

 p. 37.  "Germantown Town Lots Toward Bristol (East side of Main Street) Lot. No. Original Owner, Owner in 1714 Owner in 1766. 1C Peter Keurlis * Peter Kerling * Adam Haas, Geo. Reis, George Hoppie and others. 2. Tunis Kunders * Tunis Conrad * John Weiss Jr., George Dannenhour and others 3. John Lensen *. John Lensen * Wm Biddis's Heirs and Godfrey Bockius. 4. Leonard Arets * Leonard Arets * Christian, Elizabeth and Barbara Eckstein and others. 5. Reynier Tysen * Isaac von Sintern * Michael Branson, John Bringhurst and others (more).

 p. 169. Lower Buying Ground.  This old cemetery, in which lie the remains of many who were prominent in the affairs of Germantown its earlier days, is situated at the northeast corner of Fisher's Lane (East Logan Street) and Germantown Avenue. It is upon "side land lot No. 4, towards Bristol," which was drawn in the name of Leonard Arets in 1689. It has been generally believed that the land for this ground was given (presented ) to the Borough or Corporation of Germantown by Jan Streper, of Holland. Townsend Ward makes this statement in his papers on "Germantown Road and its Associations," as does also Christian Lehman, on a draft which he made at the time he surveyed it, February 4th, 1744-5. Lehman's endorsement on the draft is as follows: "A plan of the Lower German Town burying Ground containing one-half an acre and one pirch of land antiently given by Leonard Arents and before him by John Streper in Germany unto Germantown for a Burying Ground, the Limits and Dimensions of which said Burying Ground were at the Request and in the presence of Sundry of the Lower German Town Inhabitants on the four day of February, Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and forty-four-five, properly surveyed, fixed, ascertained and confirmed to be and thus remain the same forever. Survey and Laid out at the Request and in the Presence aforesaid. The same day and year afs'd by me, Christian Lehman. German Town inhabitants present as afs'd. John Reser, sen'r Bernard Reser Peter Miller, sen'r Theobald End John Ditter Jacob Miller Jno. Kraft Riestein George Dannehouer Balltes Reser Adam Hinter John Zachary Godfryd Harlacher Philip Marewine George Ries" (more) *.

 p. 177 East Clapier Street East from No. 4937. This was originally called Mechlin Street. It was opened through the Wagner property and was probably named Mechlin after William Wagner's mother, who was a Mechlin. The old house that stood on this site was built by George Danenhower about 1745. In 1753, he sold it to Thomas Roberts and it was occupied by four generations of the Roberts family. It was afterward sold to William Wagner.

 * P. 192 Wister Street East from No. 5100. This used to be called "Duy's Lane, and before that Danenhower's Lane, as it led to Danenhower's Mill on the Wingohocking Creek between Duy's Lane and Shoemaker's Lane. This mill was afterward owned by James Armstrong, and it was then called Armstrong's Mill. It was destroyed by fire Dec. 14, 1866. Peberdy's extensive mills are now situated upon the site. On a map made by Nicholas Scull, Surveyor General, in April 1751, this street is designated "Road leading to the township Line, commonly called Reazer's Road.

"History of Early Chestnut Hill," John J. MacFarlane, (Philadelphia, City History Society of Philadelphia, 1927.) p. 79

“While there was no great battle at Chestnut Hill during the Revolution, its location made it an important factor in the Battles of Germantown, of Whitemarsh or Edge Hill, and of Barren Hill … A third (column of soldiers) under General Armstrong with the Pennsylvania Militia marched down Bethlehem Pike, and, guided by George Danenhower, a German of the locality, reached Ridge Road in order to take the British left in the rear.”

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