Jacob Conrad I 1
- Born: 1705, Bern, Verwaltungskreis Bern-Mittelland Bern, Switzerland
- Marriage (1): Frena Sven Lauk in 1740 in Attiswele (Attiswil), Bropp, Canton, Berne, Switzerland
- Died: 7 Dec 1775, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA at age 70
- Buried: Conrad Cemetery, Ruddle, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA 2
Jacob came to America from Switzerland. He settled in South Branch in 1763. He had at least one son, Jacob Jr. SPOUSE: Frena Svena Lauk 1719 \endash 1749, Married 1740 to Jacob Conrad.
Notes on photograph of Jacob Conrad home:
(From the webpage, https://orlandostonesoup.blogspot.com/2007/01/immigrant-jacob-conrads-home.html)
This picture is interesting to Orlando area folks for two reasons. First, it is of the South Branch of the Potomac, which provided many of Lewis County's and Braxton County's earliest settlers. Most of us have descendents who came to central WV via the South Branch. Second, Daniel Conrad's grandfather built the house to the left in the picture and Daniel Conrad and his wife Margaret (Shields) were among the very early settlers of Braxton County. They are ancestors of not only the Conrads of the Oil Creek watershed but, through their daughter Phebe, the Skinners too.
The house to the left in the picture was built 1n 1763 by Daniel Conrad's grandfather, the immigrant Jacob Conrad/Coonrod, Sr. when he settled on the South Branch of the Potomac River, just south of the town of Ruddle, (This is now Pendleton County, WV, it was then Augusta Co, VA.) According to MyFamily.com, "Jacob Sr. built a home of limestone there and was a blacksmith by trade.2" The house was torn down in 1890's.
Widower Jacob Conrad Sr. was part of the Palatine migration. He had come into the Port of Philadelphia from the Canton of Bern in Switzerland in 1750, aboard the ship "Patience" from Rotterdam. Jacob Sr. had brought with him his three daughters and one son. His son, Jacob Conrad Jr. would marry Hannah Bogard and they would have ten children. (Jacob Jr. would also fight in the Revolutionary War and they would become land wealthy.)
One of their ten children, Daniel Conrad, married Margaret Shields and then they moved to Braxton County. Daniel and Margaret had only four children. Those of us in the Orlando area who carry the family name of Conrad are mostly descended through Chrisman Conrad who married Elizabeth Wine and settled just over the hill from the Clover Fork of Oil Creek, near Bulltown. From there their kids would marry into the families of the original settlers of Oil Creek. Daniel and Margaret's only daughter Phoebe3 married Alexander Skinner and became an original settler of Oil Creek and grandmother of all the Skinners of Oil Creek. Thus, the Skinners of Oil Creek also share the ancestry of the old immigrant Jacob Conrad.
Conrads and Skinners who moved into the area in the 1900s may or may not share this particular ancestry. If you are curious about how your ancestry fits in, please contact me, Donna G. at email@example.com.
The following is from "A History of Pendleton County, West Virginia":
Conrad. Jacob came from Canton Berne, Switzerland, in
1750, and settled here 1763. He was a widower when he left
Europe. B. 1705, d. Dec. 1, 1775, Ch.- 1. Barbara (Charles
Hedriek). 2. Elizabeth (George Fisher). 3. Mary. 4. Jacob
(Hannah Bogard- Barbara Propst)- b. May 11, 1744, d. Jan.
26, 1829- blacksmith- home.
Line of Jacob :\emdash 1. Sabina (John Colaw)\emdash b. Oct. 25, 1767.
2. Frances (Andrew Kile). 3. Barbara (Adam Harper, Jr.)
\emdash b. Mar. 13, 1770. 4. Jacob (Magdalena Hedriek)\emdash b. April
12, 1772, d. 1829\emdash miller\emdash U. D. 5. Benjamin (Barbara Hed-
rick)\emdash Braxton. 6. Mary (George Kile). 7. Peter\emdash Rph. 8.
Phoebe (Samuel Kile)\emdash b. June 18, 1776. d. Mar. 10, 1808.
9. Daniel (Margaret Shields)\emdash Braxton, 1806. 10. Annie.
11. John (Sarah Davis)\emdash Braxton. 12. Ulrich (Sarah Cur-
rence, Rph.)\emdash Aug. 21, 1786, d. Dec. 10, 1867.
Br. of Jacob :\emdash 1. Adam\emdash b. 1802. 2. Catharine (Joshua
Harper). 3. girl (Jesse Vance). 4. girl (John Dice). 5. Mag-
dalena (Isaac Teter)\emdash m. 1825. 6. Phoebe (Moses Harper).
6. Barbara (Jacob Bouse).
Br. of Ulrich: \emdash 1. Samson (Catharine Hammer) \emdash b. Dec,
24, 1809, d. 1852. 2. Deniza (Isaac Davis). 3. Delilah (Eli
Hammer). 4. Asenath (John Davis). 5. Laban B. (Rachel
Bible)\emdash b. Oct. 15. 1817, d. April 1, 1893. 6. Timnah (Jacob
Hammer). 7. Iscah J. (George Payne).
Ch, of Samson \emdash 1. Lorenzo D. (Adelaide Hess) \emdash b. 1836,
d. 3876. 2. Mary A. (William Cowger, Nicholas Bodkin). 3.
Jacob H. (Mary E. Gilkeson.)
C. of Lorenzo D. \emdash 1. John W. (Belle Hall)~n. Columbus,
P. 1. Joseph E. (Jane Eye)\emdash Mo. 3. Lorenzo D. (Clara Eye)
C. of Jacob H.\emdash 1. Mary C. (twice m. in Rkm)\emdash Cal. 2.
James W. (Mary M. Eye)\emdash c\emdash William H., Ruth E., Paul
F., Jasper H. 3. Virginia F. 4. Albert T. (Elizabeth J.
Propst).- c\emdash Mary G. (dy), John E. Annie M. James E.,
EllaG. 5. Sarah E. (dy).
Ch. of Laban B.\emdash 1. John (dy). 2. Samson M. (Phoebe
J. Ruddle)\emdash c.\emdash Omer (Eulah Harper), Arthur (dy), Frances,
Lynn. 3. Urbana F. (Isaac T. Hammer) .
Samson settled n. Ft. S., where Jas. W. and Albert T. re-
It is said that when Jacob Sr. came to the South Branch,
he found on his land a "squaw patch" of about one acre,
which formed the nucleus of his cleared land, and that there
was also a cabin that he temporarily made use of. 2
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Blacksmith. 3
• Immigration: He had come into the Port of Philadelphia from the Canton of Bern in Switzerland in 1750, aboard the ship "Patience" from Rotterdam, 1749, Pennsylvania, USA. EGLE, WILLIAM HENRY, editor Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775, with the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808. (Pennsylvania Archives, ser. 2, vol. 17.) Harrisburg [PA]: E.K. Meyers, 1890. 787p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1967.
Jacob married Frena Sven Lauk, daughter of Durs Lauk and Barbara Pfister, in 1740 in Attiswele (Attiswil), Bropp, Canton, Berne, Switzerland. (Frena Sven Lauk was born in 1719 in Attiswele Attiswil, Bropp, Canton, Berne, Switzerland 4 and died on 19 Apr 1749 in Attiswil, Bern, Switzerland / Ruddle, Pendleton Co, (West) Virginia.)