We Came from Thuringia: Genealogy of the Bach Family in Breathitt County, Kentucky
by T. Bach

We Came from Thuringia: Genealogy of the Bach Family in Breathitt County, Kentucky

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The Bach (Back) family originated in Thuringia, Germany, which is in the central part of the country. This was the birthplace of the famous musical composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. And yes, the Bach (Back) family from southeastern Kentucky is definitely related to Johann Sebastian Bach. The documented proof of this is included in this exceptional book.

The family originally spelled their last name as "Bach." But when they immigrated to America in 1740, they changed the spelling to "Back," so that other people could more easily pronounce it and spell it. The spelling remained as "Back" for several generations. In the early 1900s, some members of the family began changing the spelling back to "Bach," because they knew the genealogy of their family, and they knew that they were related to Johann Sebastian Bach. That is why both spellings are used within this family.

The genealogy in this book begins in 1520, in Thuringia. And then it documents each generation, in a separate chapter, down through the years, to nearly the present-day. You will easily be able to find your ancestors in this book.

The first family members to settle in southeastern Kentucky were Joseph Back and his wife Elizabeth. They arrived in 1791, and they first lived along Quicksand Creek, in Breathitt County. As the years went by, the family spread out to several nearby counties, including Harlan County and Letcher County. This is the genealogy that has been passed down, through the family, generation after generation.

The book follows each of the four children of Joseph Back and his wife Elizabeth: (1) Joseph Jr., who was born about 1773, but was murdered in 1802; (2) John, who was born on November 19, 1774, and married Catherine Robertson; (3) Mary, who was born on November 1, 1777, gave birth to a son she named Alfred, but then she died, a few weeks later; and (4) Henry, who was born on February 6, 1785, and married Susannah Maggard. 

Joseph died in 1819, and his wife Elizabeth died in 1826. She was the first person to be buried in the Maggard Cemetery, in Letcher County.

This book includes dozens of source documents that provide proof of the genealogy, and information about thousands of people.

It also includes copies of the pages from the old Bach Family Bible that have handwriting on them, which help document the lineage. That old book is now on display at the Breathitt County Library. But you can see the copies of all of those pages from the old Bach Family Bible, in this remarkable book.

The book also contains information about the family's relatives who migrated to Wayne County, Kentucky and Washington County, Virginia. They went by the last name of Back, Beck, and Peck.

The author spent over a decade, researching and writing this book. You will certainly be impressed by the extraordinary amount of research that has been done. If you have a Bach (or Back) ancestor from southeastern Kentucky, you will really enjoy this book. 

Due to increased demand, we are now offering the Fourth Edition of this popular book. This new expanded edition has over 600 pages, and nearly 800 pictures.

Copyright © 2012 by T. Bach

ISBN10: #0-615-75270-5   ISBN13: #978-0-615-75270-9