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Re: Heritage of Smyth co Virginia
Posted by: Irene W. Owens (ID *****5549) Date: August 12, 2005 at 06:27:35
In Reply to: Re: Heritage of Smyth co Virginia by Cindy Widner of 575

From "Heritage of Smyth Co., VA 1832-1997, p.2, art.#5:


My ancestor, Zachariah Blankenbecker (1752-1824) was on the South Fork of the Holston in the area of Montgomery County which became Wythe County, later Smyth County,as early as 5 Apr 1781 when the Militia List of Capt. Love's Co. was made. He cme with his brother Michael (no issue) and several neighbors from Germanna, the earliest German settlement in Virginia in what is now Culpeper County.

His father, the first Zachariah Blankenbeckler (1714-ca.1794) was born in Baden (now Germany) and has naturalization records. His grandfather, Hans (John) Nicholas Blankenbeckler was also born in Baden. They were still using the German spelling of Plankenpick(l)er when they lived in Montgomery and Wythe County, as several of the tax lists and marriage records that were written by German pastors have that spelling. They received their name from the Farm Plankenpickle in Gresten, Austria where the family lived in the 1500s. The Plankenpickle farm house stands today under the same name. This photo from my 1991 trip to Greston shows the exterior. Unfortunately, it does not show the interior entryway ceiling bearing the date 1584 when the house was built.

Death records show that Zachariah's wife name was Elizabeth, but her maiden name is unknown. She predeceased him before 1810, as he does not have a wife in the 1810 census of Wyth County. I suspect that she was Welsh, possibly a Williams, because so many of his children married from among the Welsh mining families along the South Fork.

Zachariah took an oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1779 and his is lsited the DAR patriot Books as Private in Virginia.

Zachariah left a will in Wythe County (Smyth County was not yet formed) in 1824 in which he names nine children. His children are below. Aaron (1784-1870), married Elizabeth Williams and Amanda Dunford, lived his entire life in Wythe/Smyth County. Jesse (ca 1785-187) married Rhoda Odle/Odell went to Scott County and later died in Hawkins County, TN. George (1785-1873) married Sarah Williams ( possibly also Sarah James), lived in Smyth County and is buried at the Morgan Cemetery.

Elizabeth "Betsy" (1795-ca 1871) married Thomas Quillen and stayed in Smyth Co. Nancy married Robert Johnson in 1808 and predeceased her father. I have been unable to trace her family. Leah (1791-1875) married John Griffitts, Jr. and died in Smyth Co. Sallie (ca 1795-?)married Samuel Cloud in 1814 and left the area. Polly (dates unknown)married Jacob Kettering/Catron in 1825, and I have been unable to trace her family. John (1799-1879) married Sallie Cole, eventually went to Carter Co., KY and is buried in Grayson, KY. I would like to hear from all descendants.

Submitted by: Hallie Price Garner, 8923 Woodshore Drive, Dallas, TX 75243.

Sources: Hebron Church Register;Court records;Tax records;Deeds, Vital records;Cemetery books for Smyth,Wythe,Washingotn and Montgomery Counties, VA and Hawkins, Blount Co.,TN."

Page 33, art. # 90:

Jacob Smothers, 2nd m. NANCY QUILLEN, b. 1845, Smyth Co., VA, d/o E. QUILLEN and Nancy Sheets. Nancy died prior to Oct. 10, 1884 when Jacob married third wife.Children of Nancy and Jacob Smothers were 1. STEVEN E. SMOTHERS, b. 1879/80, VA;2.JOSEPH SMOTHERS, b 1884, Smyth Co., VA, d. 1884, age 7 months.

Page 40/41, art. # 115:

RICHARD WILLIAMS (d.1835) was s/o Jenkin Williams of Rye Valley, Smyth Co.,VA (Note Rye Valley is where Sugar Grove is located). Richard married KEZZIAH COLE, d/o Sampson and Kezziah (Cole) Cole. They were early and active Baptist. Kezziah was a descendant of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins through her father Sampson Cole.

Richard and Kezziah were parents of at least 8 daughters. She mentions that she has 8 daughters in her will in Smyth Co., in 1845, but names only LUCINDA QUILLEN and Sally Williams.These 8 daughters are named in the will of her eldest daughter "Patsy" who died childless. As there are so many Williams families in Smyth County, Patsy's willis invaluble in helping determine Richard and Kezziah's daughters. (Note: the will shows - LUCINDA (1813-9 Apr 1857 Smyth Co.), married WASHINGTON QUILLEN, a nephew of Aaron Blankenbeckler, had ten children. NOT NAMED.

I hope this is helpful in your research.

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