Bach (Back) Family Genealogy
Do you have ancestors who came from Breathitt County, Kentucky, or anywhere in southeastern Kentucky, with the last name of Bach, or Back?
Then you certainly want to know more about them!
However, back in 1994, a genealogy was published about this family which was incorrect. It was published by some people who gave themselves the official-sounding name of "The Back-Bach Genealogical Society," even though none of them were genealogists. All of the ancestry which they have in their book, before John Back Sr. (1774-1854), is absolutely incorrect.
They claim that the parents of John Back Sr. (1774-1854) were Henry Back and Elizabeth Hoffman Back. They also claim that, after Henry died, in 1808, his widow Elizabeth Hoffman Back moved to southeastern Kentucky and founded the Bach (Back) family there. They further claim that Henry Back's father was the immigrant Hermann Bach, who was from Freudenberg, Germany. But this is all wrong.
The parents of John Back Sr. (1774-1854) were actually Joseph Back and Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard Back, and they were the people who actually founded the Bach (Back) family in southeastern Kentucky. And Joseph Back's father was the immigrant Johann Heinrich Bach, who was from Thuringia, Germany, and who was related to the famous musician and composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.
Johann Heinrich Bach sailed to America in 1740, and he settled in Culpeper County, Virginia. He and his wife had four children: Joseph (who married Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard); John (who married Margaret Hoffman, the daughter of John Hoffman and Maria Sabina Folg); Henry (who married Margaret Hoffman's sister Elizabeth); and a daughter whose name was probably Anna (who married Benjamin Strother).
Now, Henry Back, who was one of the sons of Johann Heinrich Bach, did die in Virginia, in 1808. His widow, Elizabeth Hoffman Back, then moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, with her son Aaron and her two daughters. She moved there, to live near her sister Margaret, who was also a widow. (Her husband John, who was Henry's brother, had died in 1794.) Elizabeth Hoffman Back was seen in the 1810 Census Report, living in Rockingham County, with her son Aaron and her two daughters. She and Aaron were also listed together on all of the tax lists in Rockingham County, from 1810 through 1815. Elizabeth died in Rockingham County, in 1815. The following year, her son Aaron and his wife moved to Ohio. Elizabeth Hoffman Back, the wife of Henry Back, never went to Kentucky. (You can easily research this yourself.)
It was Henry's brother Joseph Back, and his wife Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard Back, who went to Kentucky and founded the Bach (Back) family there.
Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard was the daughter of Nicholaus Hoffman and Barbara Elisabetha Koestnerin. But her parents died when she was a young girl. She was adopted by Samuel Maggard and his wife Catherine, which was how her name became Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard.
Joseph Back, and his wife Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard Back, migrated to southeastern Kentucky in the spring of 1791, and they founded the Bach (Back) family there. Joseph and Elizabeth had at least four children: Joseph Back Jr. (1773-1802); John Back Sr. (1774-1854); Mary Back (1777-1807); and Henry Back (1785-1871).
Their son Joseph Back Jr. got married, but the name of his wife is not known. They had at least one child (Joseph). Their son John Back Sr. married Catherine Robertson, and they had at least eight children (Mary, Catherine, Joseph Susannah, Lewis, John Jr., Solomon, and Isaac). Their daughter Mary Back had a child out of wedlock (Alfred Back), and then she died a few weeks later. Their son Henry Back married Susannah Maggard, and they had at least eleven children (John, Samuel, Elizabeth, Henry, Rebecca, Mary, Susannah, Lewis, David, Sarah, and James).
Joseph Back died in 1819. His wife Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard Back died in 1826, and she was buried in the Maggard Cemetery. Shockingly, in 1988, members of "The Back-Bach Genealogical Society" actually pulled up her gravestone from the ground and threw it over the hill. Then they replaced it with a gravestone that described Elizabeth Hoffman Back, who was the wife of Henry Back. Ever since then, they point to that new gravestone as being their "proof" that Elizabeth Hoffman Back, the wife of Henry Back, founded the family in southeastern Kentucky. It is so disgraceful and so wrong.
Members of "The Back-Bach Genealogical Society" have done so many terrible things, to try to convince people that their genealogy is valid. Around 1969, they even took a razor blade and cut out a handwritten statement from the old Bach Family Bile that had been written back in 1762. It said, "We Came from Thuringia." They did that because they claim the family came from Freudenberg. (This old book is now on display at the Breathitt County Library.)
Around 1970, they went to the Kentucky Historical Society and got hold of a manuscript written by Dr. Wilgus Bach, back in the early 1900s. He had extensively researched the family and had proven that Joseph Back and his wife Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard Back had founded the family in southeastern Kentucky, and that Joseph was the son of Johann Heinrich Bach. They took an ink pen, and wherever Dr. Bach had written the name "Joseph Back," they crossed it out and wrote in "Henry Back." They also removed pages from his manuscript, and even inserted pages of their false genealogy into it. Ever since then, they claim that their genealogy is based upon the research that was done by Dr. Bach!
They also went to libraries all across the state and did the same thing to any books they found about the genealogy of the family (crossing out Joseph and writing in Henry). But they could not change the microfilm of the old newspapers, which reported on the Bach family reunions that have been held since 1933. Those newspaper articles stated that the genealogy of the family was discussed at the reunions, and that it was Joseph Back and his wife Elizabeth who came to southeastern Kentucky and founded the family there, and that Joseph's father was Johann Heinrich Bach, who was a successful millwright in Culpeper County, Virginia, and was related to the famous musician, Johann Sebastian Bach. (You can also easily research this yourself.)
A few years ago, they even claimed they had DNA evidence that proved Hermann Bach's descendants founded the Bach (Back) family in southeastern Kentucky! But their so-called "evidence" did not prove that at all. It only showed that, hundreds of years ago, before 1500, back in Germany, the two families may have shared a "common ancestor." That would be expected, since both families were from Germany.
The accurate genealogy of the Bach (Back) family in southeastern Kentucky has been completely documented in a new book titled, We Came from Thuringia: Genealogy of the Bach Family in Breathitt County, Kentucky. It is over 300 pages long, it has more than 200 pictures, and it includes thousands of names. It also features copies of the pages from the old Bach Family Bible, on which our ancestors wrote down information about the family! All of the research for this book was done according to the strict research methodology of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and so you know that it is correct. You will be impressed by the documentation, and you will be fascinated by all of the pictures. It truly is a remarkable book.
You can order this book directly from the publisher: Dakota Summerhill, Inc.
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