Blankenbüchler, Blankenbeckler, Blankenbecker, or Blankenbaker? Take your pick.

Oh my goodness, did Grandpop Blankenbaker ever love genealogy and family history!  So did Grandmother Blankenbaker, but today’s post is about some research by Ocea Earl Blankenbaker (Grandpop)’s distant relative, William P. Blankenbeckler in 1941. Here is Grandpop in later years, looking his jolly and mischievous self.

1970's photo of man in 'wild' tie

Ocea Earl Blankenbaker of Kirkwood, Missouri. (Born in Indiana, grew up in Louisiana.)


The Dutch-German Colon of 1683

William Penn was granted Pennsylvania, March 4, 1681, for the purpose of settling members of the Society of Friends or Quakers who were at the time being heavily persecuted in the European countries.  Penn wrote members of the Society in England and other European countries, and invited them to settle in America where they would not be persecuted.

Penn came to America in 1682.  The next year emigrants of Dutch-German descent from Wurtemburg, Renish Bavaria, Baden, Darmstadt, Alsace, and German Switzerland arrived, October 6, 1683, and settled at Germantown, now the 22nd Ward of Philadelphia, PA.  There were Blankenbakers or Blankenbeckers among these settlers.

Many of these settlers migrated to Virginia, settling in Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties.  (Check of 1963 telephone directories in these two counties failed to reveal the name of but one Blankenbaker.) Blankenbaker or Blankenbecker, who were among these early settlers, are still common to Pennsylvania, and it is probable that some of this line may have settled in Virginia.

That’s the beginning of many pages of copying and interpreting of books that Ocea did in the 1960’s from his home in Kirkwood; anything he could find referring to Blankenbüchlers, Blankenbecklers, Blankenbeckers, and Blankenbakers in America.