Your family originally came from Thuringia, Germany: Thuringia is one of the sixteen states in Germany, and it is located near the middle of the country (see the map below).PLEASE NOTE: Your family did NOT come from Freudenberg, Germany, and so you are NOT related to Harman Back (aka Hermann Bach), who settled in Little Fork, Virginia. That ridiculous story was created out of thin air, in 1994, just to sell a fraudulent genealogy, and there is not one piece of evidence to support it.
Hundreds of years ago, back in Thuringia, everyone in your family spelled their last name as "Bach."
But when several members of your family (including two brothers and their cousin) 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 who wrote down their names on that list was obviously not German, and so he wrote down their names as he heard them, phonetically.
These three men (one of whom was your direct ancestor) first settled on some land along Crooked Creek (also known as Meander Run), which is in the far southern part of what was then Orange County, Virginia. That land became Culpeper County, in 1749; and it became Madison County, in 1792. They lived near where the creek flowed into the Robinson River.
Around 1772, two of these men migrated to southwestern Virginia. One of them settled in what later became Russell County, and he used the last name of "Back." His descendants also used the last name of "Back." The other man settled in what later became Smyth County. He first used the last name of "Beck," but he later used the last name of "Peck." It is suspected that his strong German accent caused people to think that he said "Peck," and so he was known as "Peck." His descendants also used the last name of "Peck."
The third man remained in Culpeper County, and he used the last name of "Back." His descendants also used the last name of "Back." After he died, his son Joseph Back, who was then about 46 years old, (and his wife and children) migrated to southeastern Kentucky, in 1791. About one hundred years later, some of Joseph Back's descendants started reverting back to using the original spelling of their last name ("Bach").
Nowadays, there are tens of thousands of "Back" and "Bach" descendants living in America, along with some "Peck" and "Beck" descendants. If you think one of your ancestors came from southwestern Virginia, or southeastern Kentucky, they probably descend from one of these three men.
The genealogy of your family: You can learn all about the genealogy of your family 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, who is a direct descendant of one of the three immigrants. For more than two decades, he diligently researched your family. The result is this fascinating and easy-to-read book.
Dr. Bach has documented the genealogy of fifteen generations of your family, starting back in the 1500's, in Germany. He provides extensive information on your family's voyage across the ocean, and their lives in early America. He then presents information on their descendants, all the way down to the mid-1900's.
The book contains more than 2,000 names, and it includes their dates of birth, their dates of marriage, and their dates of death. It also includes the names of their spouses and the names of their children, with their dates of birth and death. It also includes the names of the cemeteries where the people were buried.
The index makes it very easy to find a specific person, and the professional format makes it very easy to trace your specific ancestral line.
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, which guarantees that the genealogy in this book is accurate.
How to order a copy of your family's genealogy: You can either order a BOOK, or you can order a DVD that contains the book in a PDF format.
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