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Birth: 10 Jan 1727/1728, Culpeper Co, VA (or 18 Jan 1725, Germanna, Spotsylvania Co, VA)
Death: 2 Jan 1801, Jefferson Co, KY- age 72
Father: John Nicholas Blankenbaker
Mother: Appelonia Kaefer
1st Spouse: Barbara UTZ
Father: George Utz
Marriage: 1753, Virginia
2nd Spouse: Mary Barbara THOMAS
Birth: 1733/1737, Robinson River, Orange Co, VA
Death: 1785, Culpeper Co, VA, or Robinson River, Orange Co, VA- age about 50
Father: John (or Johan) Wendel Thomas (1712-1782)
Mother: Mary (or Anna Maria) Tanner
CHILDREN: Jacob Blankenbaker and his 2nd wife Mary Barbara Thomas, had the following children:
03----FRANK (or Frankie) BLANKENBAKER, recorded in Hebron records;
03----ELIZABETH BLANKENBAKER [b. 1852, listed below], m. Ambrose S GARRIOTT;
03----SAMUEL BLANKENBAKER [b. 31 Jul 1754; d. 11 Oct 1827, Middletown, Jefferson Co, KY- age 73, bur. Blankenbaker Cemetery- cemetery dates differ], communed at Hebron 1775-1778, m. Amy (Anna) YAGER [b. 12 Jul 1762; d. 23 Jun 1785- age 23] about 1779, Culpeper Co, VA;
03----HENRY (John) BLANKENBAKER [b. 25 Jun 1756, Culpeper Co, VA; d. 8 Oct 1821, Jefferson Co, KY- age 65, bur. Blankenbaker Cemetery], m. Phoebe YAGER [b. 25 Feb 1760, Culpeper Co, VA; d. 15 July 1812, Jefferson Co, KY- age 52, bur. Blankenbaker Cemetery], communed at Hebron 1775-1778, in 1780, VA, had three sons:
04----HENRY JR BLANKENBAKER (from will);
04----JACOB BLANKENBAKER (from will);
04----DAVID BLANKENBAKER (from will);
03----ABRAHAM BLANKENBAKER [b. 6 Oct 1758, VA], recorded in Hebron records;
03----NICHOLAS JACOB BLANKENBAKER [b. 6 Oct 1758, Culpeper Co, VA; d. 17 Jul 1849, Finchville, Shelby Co, KY- age 90], communed at Hebron 1777; m. Frances "Fanny" WILHOIT [b. 1 Apr 1764, Culpeper Co, VA; d. 1844- age 80] about 1782, Hebron Lutheran Church, Madison Co, VA, had son: [Swann Family Tree- ancestry.com]
04----JOHN FIELDING BLANKENBAKER [b. 20 Dec 1800; d. 11 Mar 1864- age 63], m. Marlevia GARR, had four children:
05----CASSANDRA A BLANKENBAKER;
05----MARY ELIZABETH BLANKENBAKER [b. 3 Jun 1838, KY; d. 1908- age 70], m. William Morris SWANN [b. 3 Jun 1839, KY; d. 23 Apr 1920, Jefferson Co, KY- age 78] on 11 Nov 1862, Jefferson Co, KY, had five children:
06----SARAH SWANN [b. 2 Apr 1864], m. Charley FREDERICK [b. 3 Jun 1861; d. 1952- age 91], had two children:
07----LUCY MAUD FREDERICK [26 Jul 1885; d. 1979- age 94]; and
07----EDWARD RAYMOND FREDERICK [b. 1 Apr 1888; d. 1978- age 90];
06----EDWARD WILLIAM SWANN [b. 31 Mar 1867, KY; d. 31 May 1950- age 83], m. Alta May REEL [b. 15 Nov 1867; d. 5 Feb 1960- age 92], daughter of Jacob Luther Reel (1839-1913) and Martha Melvina Durr (1843-1911) in 1889, KY, had four children:
07----OSCAR M SWANN [b. 7 Dec 1890, KY; d. 1939- age 49], m. Elizabeth ___, had five children;
07----GERTRUDE SWANN [b. Jan 1895, KY];
07----MARVIN RAY SWANN [b. Oct 1899, KY; d. 6 Jun 1944- age 44], m. Tabitha E SLAUGHTER [b. 8 Mar 1901; d. 13 Jan 1990- age 88], daughter of William Richard Slaughter (1872-1956) and Marth Pearl Durr (1875-1970), had four children;
07----MANNIE R SWANN;
06----CLARENCE HENRY SWANN [b. Feb 1869];
06----WALTER JAMES SWANN [b. 23 Oct 1872; d. 12 Sep 1941, Jefferson Co, KY- age 68], m. Bettie Alice REEL about 1899, had son:
07----MAURICE SWANN [b. 1906; d. 4 Nov 1995, Jefferson Co, KY- age 89];
06----EVELENA SWANN [b. 22 Mar 1877];
05----HENRY ALLEN BLANKENBAKER [b. 1840]; and
05----JOHN THOMAS BLANKENBAKER [b. 1842; d. 1919- age 77];
03----THOMAS BLANKENBAKER [b. 2 Jan 1762, Culpeper or Madison Co, VA; d. 13 Oct 1835, Jefferson Co, KY- age 73], m. Jemima CRISLER in 1790, Culpeper Co, VA.
Marriage: 1 Feb 1791, St Mark's Parish, Culpeper Co, VA, by Lutheran Minister William Carpenter
3rd Spouse: Hannah WEAVER
Birth: 15 Aug 1757, Culpeper Co, VA [Knorr, pg 8]
Death: ca 1856, Jefferson Co, KY [Fitzpatrick]
CHILDREN: Jacob Blankenbaker and his third wife Hannah WEAVER had four children:
03----JEREMIAH BLANKENBAKER [b. 13 Jun 1794; d. 7 Dec 1868, Jefferson Co, KY], m. Margaret CAIN on 22 May 1817, Jefferson Co, KY;
03----PHILEMON BLANKENBAKER [b. 14 Sep 1796, Jefferson Co, KY; d. 22 Jan 1872- age 75], m. Susannah BARR on 22 Apr 1824, Jefferson Co, KY;
03----MARIA [MARY] BARBARA BLANKENBAKER [b. 27 May 1798], m. Absolum (Ambrose in will) TYLER; and
03----JOHN BLANKENBAKER [b. 20 Dec 1800, Jefferson Co, KY; d. 11 Mar 1864, Jefferson Co, KY- age 63], m. Malevia GARR on 9 Jun 1836, Jefferson Co, KY.
1880 Middletown, Jefferson Co, KY census: has (all b. KY) William Swan 40, Farmer; Mary Swan 40, Keeping House; Sarah B Swan 16; William E Swan 13; Henry C Swan 11; James W Swan 8; and Evelena Swan 3.
Next door on this census page were William W Blankenbaker and James Blankenbaker, both 26, Brothers and Farmers.
1900 Middletown, Jefferson Co, KY census: has (all b. KY) Wm M Swann 60, Farmer; Mary E Swann 61 (2 children-2 living); Clarence H Swann 31, Farmer; Walter J Swann 27; and Bettie A Swann 24 (D-in-Law).
1717 GERMANNA COLONY: The Blankenbaker (or Blenkenbeuchler) family was documented after arriving in this country in 1717 as being part of the famous Germanna Colony of Orange County, VA. Then Governor Spotswood, who had found minerals in Virginia's back county, made huge land claims and set about developing his holdings. He sent an agent to Europe to bring over artisans, miners, and farmers. The first group arrived in 1714, mainly from Nassau-Siegen. A harsh government in this Germanic state led twelve families, totaling 44 persons, to leave for freedom and the frontier. The Blankenbakers were of the second group, those who came in 1717, this time mainly from Alsace and the Palatine. Planning to go to Pennsylvania, some twenty Protestant families left for misadventure. In London their captain was jailed for weeks, their supplies were exhausted. Many died of hunger on the voyage. They landed in Virginia instead of Pennsylvania and the captain sold them as indentured servants to Governor Spotswood for transportation. [the genealogical research of descendant of Sandy Laurie Spandorf]
1763 PROPERTY DEEDED: [Culpeper Co, VA Deed Bk, dated 15 Dec 1763] Jacob Blankenbeker and Mary Barbara his wife deeded property to Jacob Medley.
1781 LIST OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR CLASSES: Culpeper Co, VA for Jan 1781 for recruiting this states quota of troops in Continental Army: Reuben, Thomas, James, Jonathan, Moses and Ambrose Garriott. Also listed is Jacob Blankenbaker, Junr was recorded in List of Classes of Culpeper Co, VA Minutemen cadets for January 1781, No. 73. Jacob was listed as supporting the war effort by providing nine gallons of brandy to the Militia. [VA taxpayers, 1784, Fothergill, pg 47] This information is not considered proof of Revolutionary War service by DAR. [Source: Early Kentucky Settlers-Records of Jefferson Co, KY from the Filson Club History Quarterly]
1788-1800 MOVE TO KENTUCKY: Jacob Blankenbaker, Elizabeth, and her four brothers moved to Kentucky prior to her father's death in 1801. No mention is made of Elizabeth's mother Mary Barbara Thomas or Hannah.
1801 DEATH: Jacob Blankenbaker died in Jefferson County, KY on 2 Jan 1801 and left a will written in German, filed in the Louisville Courthouse. In the Filson Club Historical Quarterly, Vol 8/108, his estate was divided in 1822. Ambrose and Elizabeth had already moved to Washington Co, IN.
1822 ESTATE SETTLEMENT: Jacob Blankenbaker estate: At January Court, 1822, on motion of Samuel Blankenbaker, it was ordered that James Brown, John Howard, Samuel Lawrence and Robert Thompkins divide nine slaves of the estate of Jacob Blankenbaker, deceased, among: Ambrose Garret and Elizabeth his wife, Samuel Blankenbaker, Henry Jacob and David Blankenbaker, administrators of Henry Blankenbaker, deceased; Nichols, Thomas, Jeremiah, Philemon, John Blankenbaker and Ambrose Tyler and Mary his wife.
On February 14, 1822, Howard, Lawrence and Tompkins qualified before James Brown, J.P.J.C. Each received one slave and certain money. Recorded April 8, 1822. This couple was give a parcel of land by her father, John Thomas as per this note from John Blankenbaker: The six hundred and twenty-sixth note in a series on the Germanna Colonies. John Thomas, the son who came as a small boy in 1717, sold land to John Railsback who had married Elizabeth, gave land for love and affections to Jacob Holtzclaw who had married Susanna Thomas, gave land for love and affections to Joseph Holtzclaw who had married Mary Thomas, and gave land for love and affection to Jacob Blankenbaker who had married Barbara Thomas. [Early Kentucky Settlers-Records of Jefferson Co, KY from the Filson Club History Quarterly]
JOHN THOMAS HISTORY: [John Blankenbaker <firstname.lastname@example.org>] The six hundred and twenty-sixth note in a series on the Germanna Colonies:
John Thomas, the son who came as a small boy in 1717, sold land to John Railsback who had married Elizabeth, gave land for love and affections to Jacob Holtzclaw who had married Susanna Thomas, gave land for love and affections to Joseph Holtzclaw who had married Mary Thomas, and gave land for love and affection to Jacob Blankenbaker who had married Barbara Thomas. John Railsback had twice as much land as the other men but he paid something also. [John Blankenbaker <email@example.com>]
From this set of circumstances, it appears that John Thomas had five parcels of land, all approximately of the same size and was preparing to give these five tracts to his children. In the midst of doing this, one of the tracts became surplus. This extra, or fifth tract, was sold to John Railsback. There is some reason to believe that this fifth tract was to go to a son, Michael, who instead of remaining in Virginia, moved to North Carolina. For the present, let us make Michael the fifth child of John Thomas but with a big question mark.
By land deeds, the first wife of John Thomas is said to be Mary ____. If she were the mother of the children, then their children are believed to be: Elizabeth, (m. John Railsback), Susanna, (m. Jacob Holtzclaw), Mary, (m. Joseph Holtzclaw), Barbara, (m. Jacob Blankenbaker), and Michael, unproven son but some circumstantial evidence supports the idea.