Traditionally, Jacob Deckard, Sr. has been shown to have 12 children. But later research shows that he probably had 13, including Elizabeth, born in 1794. The first four children of Jacob Deckard, Sr. traditionally are listed as follows:
(1) Michael, born in 1781;
(2) Mary, born on an unknown date;
(3) Jacob, Jr., born in 1791 (my gr,gr, grandfather);
(4) John, born about 1794.
However, later research shows that Mary was born in 1804 and given the baptismal name, Ann Marie. Marie is German for Mary, and according to the customs of German-speaking people, she would have been called by her middle name - Mary.
The records of Zion Church of Cripple Creek, VA, show that Jacob Deckard, Sr, and his wife Elizabeth had six children baptised at Zion Church, beginning with John, who was given the baptismal name, Johannes, but was called John in everyday life. There are no records to identify the mother of Jacob Deckard, Senior's children born before John.
The Virginia State Archives has only a copy of the original Zion Church records, entered by the Rev. Johannes Stanger in his native German handwriting, which I can read. The birth and baptismal records have five headings going across the page horizontally from left to right. I will list them here verically from top to bottom in German, filling in with English. I also will use Johannes (John) as an example and will use upper and lower case as used in the records:
Nahman (name of child) - Johannes
gebohren (date child was born) - 3 Feb. 1793
Eltern (child's parents) - Jacob Deckert and Elizabeth
getauft (date child baptised) - 7 May 1793
Tauf-Zeugen (child's baptismal witnesses) - Johannes Stanger
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