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Notes on Jeremiah Bacon

written by Janell Morrow Walker Warden, and used with permission.

Jeremiah Bacon (1720 Gloucester Co, MJ - abt 1810 new Philadelphia, PA)

Notes written by Bacon and Keebler researcher Janell Morrow Walker Warden

(Used with permission and lightly edited by Robin Richmond)

See more of her Bacon notes on Rootsweb ☍)

  1. Jeremiah was most likely born in Pennsylvania and lived with his mother and the Yoder family in an Amish-Mennonite home. A Samuel Yoder was born 1730 and dna shows he may be stepbrother to Jeremiah. I feel his sons brought many Amish-Mennonite ways to Tennessee.
  2. When the government of Oley Township (Berks County, PA) was established in 1740, over 50 families had acquired land parcels taking up a large portion of the township's land. Oley's major iron works, Oley Forge and Oley Furnace. Jeremiah's family may have been near Oley at the time.
  3. Jeremiah married Fronica Iselmyn in about 1747, probably in Oley. They may have met as neighbors in Oley. Jeremiah & Fronica move west to Boyertown, Colebrookdale, District, Earl, Oley and Maidencreek. No marriage record for them has been found in Chester, Philadelphia or Berks.
  4. Jeremiah Bacon was the father of the Bacon boys who came to Tennessee
  5. Updates from Robert Wells in 2009:
    • Old Jeremiah Bacon never moved to Tennessee, nor did his brothers Jeremiah Jr. and Thomas.
    • He is shown in Berks Co., Pennsylvania in the 1790 census and in a 1796 deed also in Berks Co. Jeremiah deeds his four tracts of land (all originating at different times - I've managed to follow all of these pieces up) to his son Henry Bacon. Deed Book 15, page 348.
    • The wonderful tax lists for Berks Co., PA show Jeremiah Bacon living adjacent to each of his many sons as each of them turned 21, helping to establish approximate ages for each of them.
    • In 1800 Jeremiah was in Henry's household (Berks Co., Maiden Creek Township p.626), but had evidently died by 1810.
  6. Interesting sources for Bacons in Berks Co PA: Schwartzwald Church, Exeter Twp., Berks Co. PA:
    • SCHWARTZWALD: These Lutheran and Reformed congregations located in Exeter Twp. probably date from the early 1740s, but early historical information is scarce. The church is not mentioned by early pastors whose writings have survived, and there is no early register. The earliest mention of Schwartzwald in the Reformed coetus or the Lutheran ministerium is in 1793. Its existence in the early 1740s is known from a diary entry in 1745 and from a 1754 letter by H. M. Muhlenberg who states that he dedicated this union church in the first years of his service in Pennsylvania. A communion tankard dated 1744 in the church supports Muhlenberg's statement about the dedication date. A sturdy building served the two congregations until 1811 when a new building was erected. A register begun by Rev. William Boos in 1781 survives. It contains some 3600 baptisms and 2000 marriages performed between 1781 and 1811. It appears that during much of the time between its founding and 1793 pastors from Reading served Schwartzwald. The union arrangement was dissolved in 1954, with the Lutherans continuing to use the name Schwartzwald Church located 5 miles east of Reading on Rt. 562. The Reformed are known as Schwartzwald Church of Christ, Jacksonwald.
    • 1767 BERKS CO PA TAX LIST for Jeremiah Bacon
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