Do you have ancestors with the last name of Bach, or Back, who came from southeastern Kentucky?
Or, do you have ancestors with the last name of Back, Beck, or Peck, who came from southwestern Virginia?
Strangely, all of these last names are used, within this family!
Your family originally came from Thuringia, Germany: Thuringia is one of the sixteen states in Germany, and it is located practically in the middle of the country.
Hundreds of years ago, back in Thuringia, everyone in the family spelled their last name as Bach.
But when three members of the family sailed to America, in 1740, their last names were written down as Beck, on the passenger list. This happened because they spoke German, and the person writing down their names was obviously not German, and so he wrote down their last names as he heard them, phonetically.
Two of these men later migrated to southwestern Virginia, around 1772. One of them settled in what later became Russell County, and he used the last name of Back. His children also used the last name of Back. The other man settled in what later became Smyth County. He used the last name of Beck, as well as Peck. It is suspected that his German accent caused people to think that he said Peck, and so he was known as Peck. His children also used the last name of Peck.
The third man remained in central Virginia, in Culpeper County, and he used the last name of Back. His children also used the last name of Back. After he died, his youngest son migrated to southeastern Kentucky, in 1791. About one hundred years later, some of his descendants went back to using the original spelling of Bach. There are tens of thousands of descendants in this line.
Nowadays, the majority of the people in the family spell their last name as Back, but there are quite a few who spell it as Bach. There are probably a few people who spell it as Peck, but the spelling of Beck seems to have disappeared.
The genealogy of your family: Your genealogy is incredibly interesting! You can learn all about it, by getting a copy of a new book titled, Genealogy of the Bach (Back) Family from Southeastern Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia. It was written by Dr. William H. Bach.
For more than two decades, Dr. Bach meticulously researched your ancestors. The result is this fascinating and easy-to-read book. He has documented the genealogy of your family, in great detail, starting back in the 1500's, in Germany, and then continuing down to the 1900's, in America. He has presented fifteen generations of your family, very clearly, and with particular emphasis on the three immigrants in your family.
The book contains more than 2,000 names, complete with dates of birth, dates of marriage, and dates of death. Dr. Bach has also included the names of the spouses, the names of the children, and the names of the cemeteries where these people were buried. The extensive Index makes it easy to find a specific ancestor.
Dr. Bach conducted his research in strict accordance with the Genealogical Proof Standard, which was developed by The Board for Certification of Genealogists. His research was also confirmed by two Board-Certified Genealogists, and an expert from the Kentucky Historical Society. You can be confident that the genealogy in his book is accurate.
You and your family are going to love this book!
Published by Books Books USA     ISBN #9780989168779
You may also enjoy these other genealogical resources for this family:
The Bach Family Bible
Research of Dr. Wilgus Bach