Jacob G. Blough, Sr.

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Jacob G. Blough (Blauch), Sr.

Birthplace: Berne, Bern District, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Death: September 03, 1810 (73-74)
Quemahoning Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: white paling fence graveyard between Holsopple and Jerome, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hans Christian Blaugh, I and Elizabeth Blough
Husband of Anna Marie Blough
Father of Christian Blough, Sr; John Blough; Anna Keim; Reverend Jacob G.? Blough, Jr.; Elizabeth Saylor and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Berkey; John Blauch; Christian "Little Christ" Blough, II; Anna Catherine Blough and Barbara Blough
Half brother of Catherine Schrock; Abraham Blough; Christiana Wilhelm; Veronica Fanny Miller; Veronica "Frena" Schneider and 2 others

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." Jacob came to Philadelphia in 1750 on the ship Brotherhood with his father, brother Christian and sisters Elizabeth and Freena. Jacob served in the Revolutioary War from 1778-1782 as a private, serving for Pennsylvania. On May 6, 1772, he received a warrant for 60 acres in Lancaster Co., PA. In 1782 he paid tax on 150 acres. On January 29, 1788 he purchased 100 acres from Thomas Vickery of Bedford County, PA in what is now Quemahoning Twp., Somerset County. Jacob Blough's descendents are known as the Quemahoning branch of the family. This distinguishes them from the Berlin branch who descended from his brother, Christian Blough. Jacob was a large man at 6 feet tall and weighed over 300 pounds.

[Bio by Marc Fisher, posted by Arigeni]* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Jun 18 2020, 17:36:34 UTC

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Jacob G. Blough, Sr.'s Timeline

Berne, Bern District, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
September 9, 1757
Brothers Valley, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA
March 7, 1773
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA
August 10, 1775
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
February 2, 1777
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States
July 17, 1778
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States