Jacob Blessing of the Duchy of Wurttemburg
Jacob Blessing was born in 1728 in the Duchy of Wurttemburg. Conditions in the lands which would become Germany forced these ethnic Germans out of their homes and on the dangerous path to America. [Palatinate Immigration].
On 9/30/1754 Jacob immigrated aboard the Richard and Mary to Philadelphia. In about 1756 in Berks Co PA, Jacob married Elizabeth Ritschart b. 8/24/1738 Oberhoffen, Bern, Switzerland.
Jacob and family migrated before 1767 to Berks Co PA where Jacob is enumerated in the tax roll for Cumru Twp.
By the time of the Revolutionary War, Jacob and family migrated to Shenandoah Co VA where Jacob was listed as a soldier. In 12/1782, Jacob and family were living in Shenandoah Co VA at the time of daughter Barbara's wedding. [Blessing Migration Map]
Jacob wrote his will on 2/25/1790 in Shenandoah Co VA. He died in 1790 in Shenandoah Co VA.
Born 1728 in the Duchy of Wurttemburg
Immigrated 9/30/1754 aboard the Richard and Mary to Philadelphia
|Ship Richard and Mary
John Moore-Master from Rotterdam, last from Cowes.
Inhabitants from dukedom of Wirtemberg - 6 Roman Catholics- 230 passengers.
Married c. 1756 in Berks Co PA to Elizabeth Ritschart b. 8/24/1738 Oberhoffen, Bern, Switzerland
1767 Berks Co PA Tax List:
1767 CUMRU TOWNSHIP, BERKS CO PA: NAME ACRES HORSES CATTLE SHEEP TAX Jacob Blessing 50 1 0 0 1
Migrated c. 1775 to Shenandoah Co VA
1776 - 1783 Served in the Revolutionary War from Virginia
1789 Shenandoah Co VA Personal Tax List (B)
|Blaising, Jacob Senr., Jacob, & Lewis|
|# White males tithable||3|
|# Black males over 16||0|
|# Black males 12 - 16||0|
Will dated 2/25/1790 Shenandoah Co VA
|Will Extract Shenandoah Co VA:
Jacob Blessing, yeoman and Wife, Elizabeth
Sons: Jacob; Lewis; John: Henry: Abraham
Daus: Elizabeth; Barbara; Magdalene; Catharine; and Christina.
Exors: Sons, Jacob and Lewis.
Wit: Sebation Stigeler, George Weaver, Sen and John Stigeler.
Dated: 25 Feb 1790 and Proved: 5 April 1790.
Died 1790 Shenandoah Co VA
1. Jacob Blessing
Born 1756 Berks Co PA
Married before 1784 in Shenandoah Co VA to Elizabeth Blessing b. c. 1760 Shenandoah Co VA
Died after 7/1804 Washington Co VA
2. Elizabeth Blessing b. c. 1758 Berks Co PA
3. Lewis Blessing
Born c. 1759 Berks Co PA
1810 Shenandoah Co VA Census: Lewis Blessing
1820 Shenandoah Co VA Census: Lewis Blessing
Died 9/1825 Green Co OH
4. Magdalene Blessing b. c. 1761 Berks Co PA
5. John Blessing
Born c. 1763 Berks Co PA
Died 9/20/1828 Shenandoah Co VA
6. Barbara Blessing b. c. 1764 Berks Co PA
7. Henry Blessing b. c. 1766 Berks Co PA
8. Catharine Blessing b. c. 1767 Berks Co PA
9. Abraham Blessing
10. Christina Blessing b. c. 1770 Berks Co PA