|Vol. 4, No. 4 - December 2006
Joseph F. Buchanan
The next day we went north to Lexington. In town, we saw a sign for Ashland, Henry Clay's estate, so we went there and took the tour. It was a very interesting place. I read somewhere in family records that John Buchanan was supposed to have lived near there when they lived in Lexington. I asked the curator at the museum but the knew of no reference to John Buchanan. Later in the day we stopped in Lexington where I visited a little with Patricia Bach, a recent widow of a man named Harmon Bach. I found his name in a phone book a few days before and it obviously caught my eye. I made a note to myself to visit her. She gave me a copy of a page from her family bible. Back at the hotel, I looked up her information to see where they fit in. Her husband's ancestry comes through the brother of Harmon Bach, Jr..:
Hermann Bach (1708-1799) - also known as Harmon Bach
Henry Bach -- brother of -- Harmon Bach (Jr..)
John Back -- cousin of -- Nancy Ann Bach (who married John Buchanan)
Joseph Back -- 2nd cousin of -- Archibald W. O. Buchanan
Hiram Bach -- 3rd cousin of -- Archie Earl Buchanan
James Sanders Bach -- 4th cousin of -- Forrest, Maxine, Deane, etc.
Madison T. Bach -- 5th cousin of -- ( fill in blank here )
Harmon Bach -- 6th cousin of -- etc.
I met Patricia, the wife of the late Harmon Bach, and their son. Harmon's father Madison wrote a book about their family which Patricia showed me. She said that there is a copy of that book in the local Historical library. It did not seem to contribute anything new to our family research, mainly focusing on the descendants of the family in the area.
The next day, we travelled towards the east. The road went pretty well until we got into the Boone National Forest where it wound back a forth a lot through the mountains. It was a beautiful area and people lived all along the way in pretty corners and small towns. We arrived in Jackson and went on to an area named Quicksand where we went up the canyon road until we found the Bach Cemetery. I had read about this cemetery and the Bach family church near it. It seems that a lot of the Bach family moved in to this area, leaving the Lexington and Garrard County areas. The road to the cemetery was a narrow dirt road, but travelled well. The cemetery was well kept. I got a number of pictures of the stones and later traced many names who were distant cousins of ours. We went back to Jackson and found the cafe where the Bach/Back family group met for lunch, as they were leaving. I introduced myself and talked with them about where they were going next. I learned that the local Bach family organization was having their annual reunion that day and the next so I wanted to get together some with the people. That is how I knew they would be in Jackson for lunch. We drove up to Cannel City and a little beyond to a place called Memory Hill where the family group met. We took a tour of the place, given by Hazel Back Clark, who lived there and built up the place. It was mainly a museum for the area and showed a lot of the local people and their lives, including this particular family. I talked with a couple of people there about family history and made some good contacts for future communication. After the tour, we left and went back to Jackson where we filled up the tank. The prices there were the lowest we had seen, $1.97 per gallon. We drove on down to Hazard and I found the Hazard Community College and inquired about Hugo (John) Back, a man who had contacted me a few months ago about Bach family history, and was told that he was at the Technology campus at a faculty meeting. We eventually found the Technology campus of HCC on the other end of town. I managed to find the faculty meeting and waited for it to conclude. Somehow I missed meeting with Hugo, but ended up talking with another teacher there, a Jesse Campbell, also a Back relative.
Our overall experience in Kentucky taught me a few things. First, there is no shortage of Bach or Back cousins there. In fact, there is a book that was put together some years ago, published by organization. Back in the 1980s, I communicated with Custer Back (now deceased) and gave him a copy of a lot of the research my father and I did. The book, as published, mainly focused on the descendants of the Kentucky Back family. The preface of the book states:
"This family history is a voluminous document spanning a time period from the mid-sixteenth century in Germany to the present time in the United States. It is a record of the progressive genealogy of a Back/Bach family line over that period of time. It is not just a listing of names, relations and dates; rather, it is a living history of a people during the changing periods of time it covers.
The early Bach ancestors were pure Germanic, but in a few short years, after living in the melting pot of America, this changed. Today the Bach/Back descendants are pure American, with their inherited genes and customs mixed with those of other nationalities sharing in the molding of their character. As the history unfolds, their adaptability to the changing growth of America be comes clear. They participated in the settling of the frontiers, the early agricultural developments, the mechanical age of transportation and industrial manufacturing, the development and harnessing of electrical power, the impact of the combustion engine, air and space science, and last but not least, the development of electronics and its many applications. Many of the Bach/Back descendants have made significant contributions to the fields of public service, education, industry and finance, medicine, religion, legal practice, and many others.
One outstanding characteristic of the Bach/Back descendants that has been handed down through the generations is their strong attachment to family and home. May this never change."
The Bach/Back group recently published CD copies of the book as well as an update CD. One purpose I had for meeting with the group was to purchase these, but unfortunately, they were not available at that time, but I have since purchased them. One interesting thing that is published in the book, which incidentally is also available from their web site, is the will of Hermann Bach:
"Last Will and Testament of Harman Back
In the name of God Amen.
I, Harman Back of the County of Mercer and state of caintuck being at this time in perfect sense and sound memory and calling to mind the mentallity of my body do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament; I bequeath my Soul to Almighty God who gave it to me and my body to the dust from whence it was take to be buried in Christian Manner after myne decease; and as for my worldly goods that it has pleased God to bless me with, my will and desire is should be distributed in the following manner. Item 1 I give and bequeath to my son Joseph the Land and plantation whereon we now live to him and his heirs forever. and as for the rest of my estate I give to my beloved Wife Catrine Back during her natural life, and then my will and desire it should be equally divided among all my children that is then living. And I do appoint William Hogan and Charles Spillman Executor and executrix to execute this my Last Will and Testament. and revoking all other Wills heretofore made by me I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament. sined sealed and acknowledged this thirty first day of december one thousand seven hundred and ninety fore in the presence of
William Hogan "
One interesting thing about this is that Hermann's wife was Anna Hausmann, so he must have remarried. I hope to do some research to get some more information about the family. The son, Joseph mentioned here could be a Joseph Bach born 9 Apr. 1756 in Virginia who married Winneford Nail on 19 Jan. 1786 (she born 16 Nov. 1766) having at least one child: Nancy Back born 22 Apr. 1787, who married James Back about 1810 in Kentucky. Hermann's son, Harmon (our ancestor) also had a son named Joseph, just a year or two younger than our Nancy Ann Bache. I gathered the following from the census records, which may identify both of these men named Joseph Bach in the area:
1810 Fayette Co. Census shows Harmon Bach with one son 16-26.
1830 Fayette Co. Census shows a Joseph Bach with 3 sons, one under 5, one 5-10 and one 10-15. Also Male 30-40 and female 30-40.
If both of these match, then it would put Joseph between 1794 and 1800 as a birth year. The 1810 census shows no other sons. This would make Joseph 19-25 years old at his marriage.
There is a Joseph Back in Garrard County, but the Census ages of family members would indicate that it is a different person, considerably older than this Joseph Bach.
I hope to study more of the information concerning both of these men named Joseph Bach because I have very little about them and in the process may find out more about Nancy Ann Bache's mother.
From The Roundy Family in America by Everett E. Roundy, pp 215-219
Note: This chapter of the book, called "Westward, Ho!", credits "Dr. Milton R. Hunter as contributing largely to the chapter through research in the Latter Day Saints Church records."
"At the time of the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Shadrach and Uriah [Shadrach's brother] were prominent members in the Free Will Baptist Church in the town of Spafford [New York], which was presided over by Elder John Gould. This society erected a church building on the hill east of Spafford Corners, on premises conveyed by Captain Asahel Roundy [an older brother of Shadrach] in 1828. The Board of Trustees consisted of Shadrach Roundy and three other members. This was the only church in that portion of town, and it had a large membership. In the year 1831 it was struck by the proselyting wave of the newly established Mormon religion, and a large share of its members, led by their pastor, Elder Gould, was carried from the fold of the church into the embraces of the new faith. Among those who accepted the teachings of Joseph Smith were Shadrach and Uriah Roundy and their wives and children. ...
"Shadrach, in the winter of 1830-31, after hearing of Mormonism, left his home and travelled on horseback to see the Prophet Joseph Smith, who then resided at Fayette, New York. Shortly thereafter he was baptised and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Soon after this he moved his family to Pennsylvania and later followed the Mormon leader to Ohio, where his wife and children became members of the Church. Uriah did likewise but was never as active in the Church as Shadrach.
[Note: Shadrach and his family actually lived in Willoughby which is a few miles northwest of Kirtland.]
"From the day they met, Shadrach Roundy and Joseph Smith were the dearest of friends and closest of associates...
"Brother Roundy, as he was affectionately called by the Saints, contributed generously of his earthly substance toward the construction of the Kirtland temple and toward every other enterprise engaged in by the Saints...
... [ continuing the story of the Latter-day Saints, after the Saints were forced out of Jackson County...]"After much tribulation, they established themselves in the unsettled portion of Caldwell County, Missouri, and named their new location Far West. Here in 1838 they were joined by Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, ... and the other faithful members who had recently left Kirtland, Ohio. Among the number were Shadrach Roundy and his family....
"Shadrach Roundy played a very important part as an assistant to Brigham Young in the removal of the Saints from Missouri."... [those more fortunate than others] "made a covenant to assist those in need. Quoting from a meeting helped in Far West on January 29, 1839:
"On motion of President Brigham Young, it was resolved that we this day enter into a covenant to stand by and assist each other to the utmost of our abilities in removing from this State, and that we will never desert the poor who are worthy, till they shall be out of the reach of the exterminating order ..."
... " Shadrach Roundy was the ninth [of 380 stalwarts] to attach his signature."
There is a lot more to the history. This is just a sample.
There are a number of pictures on a CD I received when I got the Roundy book. Above is a picture of Betsy and Shadrach Roundy found in that collection. I will be adding a lot of them to the web site in the next few weeks.