Jacob G. Blough, Sr.

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Jacob G. Blough (Blauch), Sr.

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Berne, Bern District, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Death: September 3, 1810 (74)
Quemahoning, Somerset, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of Burial: white paling fence graveyard between Holsopple and Jerome, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Christian Blaugh, I; Christian Blough, I; Elizabeth Gastelli Blough and Elizabeth Blough
Husband of Anna Marie Blough
Father of Christian Blough, Sr; John Blough; Anna Keim; Rev. Jacob Blough, Jr.; Elizabeth Barbara Saylor and 4 others
Brother of Elizabeth Berkey; Christian "Little Christ" Blough, II; Anna Catherine Blough; Veronica "Frena" Schneider; John Blough and 4 others
Half brother of Christian Blough, II; Catherine Shrags; Abraham Blough; Christiana Wilhelm and Veronica Miller

Occupation: First preacher of Mennonite faith in Conemaugh Twp
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About Jacob G. Blough, Sr.

  • BLOUGH, JACOB, DAR Ancestor #: A011484
  • Birth: 1736 SWITZERLAND
  • Service Source: PA ARCH, 5TH SER, VOL 7, PP 552, 867, 951
  • Service Description: 1) CAPT HAYES, 2) COL RODGERS

Was the son of Henry a captain in the Civil War


Conemaugh—This settlement, located at the northern end of Somerset County, originally included part of the site of the city of Johnstown at its northern end. It appears to have been developed largely by settlers from the Glades settlement near Berlin. Possibly the first land warrant issued to the Amish or Mennonites was to Jacob Blough in 1793.

The first minister ordained by the Mennonite Church (MC) in this district was Jacob Blough, Jr., in 1803-1804. His father was the first landholder noted above. Ordained bishop in 1814, he was the lone minister here until 1830, when he ordained Jacob Blough of another family as minister. In 1842 Samuel Blough was ordained minister and after the death of Bishop Jacob Blough in 1849, Samuel was ordained bishop in 1850. By 1884 the Mennonites had three meetinghouses in Somerset County and one in Cambria County in this district with a total membership of 240. Their membership has increased and today this is the strongest area in the Allegheny Mennonite Conference. The area is generally known as the Johnstown District. A membership of 900 meets for worship in seven meeting houses, three of them in Cambria County.

"Jacob Blough, one of the first settlers of Conemaugh township, came from Germany when young, and purchased of Thomas Vickroy, of Bedford County, a farm about two miles from Davidsville." Ref: History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, page 525.

"Jacob was expelled from the Amish church for sitting on the women's side of the church when the men's side was full. He refused to acknowledge his error before the church authorities. He then joined the Mennonite Church."

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Jacob G. Blough, Sr.'s Timeline

Berne, Bern District, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
September 9, 1757
Age 21
Brothers Valley, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Age 26
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA
March 7, 1773
Age 37
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA
August 10, 1775
Age 39
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States
July 17, 1778
Age 42
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 42
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States
June 2, 1782
Age 46
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania