228. Documentation for John Adam Link I
(13 October 1721 to 24 April 1805)
father of John Adam Link II
(31 December 1756 to 28 September 1835)



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John Adam Link I was born 13 October 1721 in Grossgartach, Germany.(1) He was the first child of John Jacob Link and Anna Magdalena Neuwirth.(2)

John Jacob Link, with Anna Magdalena (Ana Madlena), his wife, and their four children, landed at Philadelphia on 28 August 1733. They came from Grossgartach, Germany, by way of Rotterdam, aboard the ship "Hope." The ship's master was Daniel Reid.
(3) John Jacob Link and Anna Magdalena Neuwirth were ancestors of General and United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower through their sixth and last child, John Matthias Link.(4)

John Adam Link I bought 55 acres of adjoining land on the north side of property owned by his father, Jacob.
(5) John Adam Link I married Maria Elizabeth Miller on 31 January 1748 according to Augustus Lutheran Church records.(6) Maria Elizabeth Miller was a daughter of John Jacob Miller and Maria Magdalene Gerber.(7) She was born 17 May 1728.(8)

John Adam Link I was a member of the Oley Hill Church of Berks County, a church of the Lutheran faith.
(9) This church also was known as St. Joseph's.

John Adam Link I and Maria Elizabeth Miller were the parents of ten children:

1.
John Link was born 15 November 1748.(10) He was murdered sometime after the American Revolution a few miles from Harper's Ferry, Virginia. He was not mentioned in his father's will.

2.
Maria Madgalene Link was 30 January 1750.(11) She married Jacob Crabill on 03 January 1778. She was not mentioned in her father's will.

3.
Elizabeth Link was born 07 January 1752.(12) She first married Henry Stoner. She was mentioned in her father's will.

4.
John George Link was born 21 September 1754.(13) He was baptized 20 October 1754 in the Oley Hill or St. Joseph's Church.(14) John George died at an early age and a later son was given the same name. This first John George Link was not mentioned in his father's will.

5.
John Adam Link II was born 31 December 1756 in Oley Hill, Pennsylvania.(15) He married Jane Ogle in Frederick County, Maryland, on 14 April 1783.(16) John Adam Link II and Jane Ogle were the parents of seven children.(17) John Adam Link II died 28 September 1835 in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia).(18) Jane (Ogle) Link died 07 October 1836 in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia).(19) John Adam Link II was mentioned in his father's will.

6.
Anna Catherine Link was born 07 October 1759.(20) She married Jacob Boyer on 25 July 1779. Catherine died at an early age. She was mentioned in her father's will as the wife of Jacob Boyer and the mother of four children listed in the will.

7.
John Jacob Link was born 05 December 1760.(21) He married Elizabeth Creager on 20 April 1788. She was born 25 February 1768 and died 16 September 1831. John Jacob Link died 15 February 1846.(22) He and Elizabeth are buried in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Jacob was listed in his father's will.

8.
Thomas Link was born 20 November 1763.(23) He married Anna Maria Fout on 22 March 1790. Thomas died on 17 October 1849. Thomas was listed in his father's will.

9.
John George Link was born 23 October 1768.(24) The second son of the same name. On 03 January 1809 he married Martha Link, a daughter of his brother John Adam Link II and his wife Jane Ogle. George was listed in his father's will.

10.
Daniel Link was born 16 August 1772.(25) He married Catherine Creager on 14 February 1801. She was born in 1778 and she died 10 October 1833. Daniel died 05 June 1857. Daniel was listed in his father's will.

John Adam Link I was a patriot of the American Revolution. He supplied bacon to William Beatty, an agent for the purchase of provisions for the Army, on 22 May 1778.
(26) William Beatty was the Sheriff of Frederick County, Maryland, in 1776 and an Agent for purchase of provisions for the army effective 25 March 1778.(27) In June of 1779 or 1780, John Adam Link I loaned $800 to the state of Maryland for the war effort.(28)

John Adam Link I died 24 April 1805 in Frederick, Maryland. He was buried at the Frederick Lutheran Church.
(29)

Children (
Link):

i. John, born 15 November 1748
ii. Maria Madgalena, born 30 January 1750
iii. Elizabeth, born 07 January 1752
iv. John George, born 21 September 1754
v. John Adam, born 31 December 1756
vi. Anna Catherine, born 07 October 1759 in Frederick County, Maryland
vii. John Jacob, born 05 December 1760
viii. Thomas, born 20 November 1763
ix. John George, born 23 October 1768
x. Daniel, born 16 August 1772


ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
JOHN ADAM LINK I and his son JOHN ADAM LINK II


1) The Link Family; antecedants and descendants of John Jacob Link, 1417-1951, with much history about the Stoner, Crowell, Demory, Remsburg, Thraves, Ropp, Boyer, Fuchs (Fox), Beard (Bart), Miller, Filler, Hanger, Wayland, Osbourn, Hendricks, Reinhart, Stone, Burrier, Root, Houff, Stover, Turner, LaGrange, Smith, Kneiple, Shank, Grove, Cale, Palmer, Lewis, Woodward, Burnett, McChesney, Baylor, Freer, Garrett, Girdner, Creager, Burckhardt, and Eisenhower families. (Paris, Ill.) 1951. xiv. 872 p. illus., ports., maps. 24 cm. 53-22402. CS71.L7563 1951

2) John Adam Link I married Maria Elizabeth Miller on 31 January 1748, according to Augustus Lutheran Church records. The Hill Church record gives the date as "Second Sunday after Epiphany" in 1748. Augustus Lutheran Church, Montgomery County, 717 Main Street, Trappe, on U. S. Route 422, north of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Collegeville is a short distance northwest of Philadelphia and a very short distance north of Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Church Records:
Augustus Evangelical Lutheran Church (Trappe, Pennsylvania). Kirchen-Matricul: der Evangelisch Lutherischen Gemeinde in Neu Providenz, Pennsylvania (August Ev. Luth. Congregation, Trappe, Pa.). Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania German Society, 1896-1896.

3) Church record of the Oley Hill Church (St. Joseph's), Pike Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1754-1799, revised by William John Hinke. This book contains various records of the John Adam Link I family.

4) Will of John Adam Link I, Maryland Register of Will Records, Frederick County, 1803-1809, Volume 1, page 120-122. Also see pages 777 and 778 of The Link Family by Paxson Link.

5) Daughters of the American Revolution, Ancestor: John Adam Link I, Ancestor #A070680, various member application records through his son, John Adam Link II.

6) Pennsylvania Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, Hans Adam Linck, State - Pennsylvania, County - Philadelphia County, Township – Philadelphia, Year – 1733, Database – PA Early Census Index.

7) U.S. and Canada Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, Hans Adam Linck, Birth Year – abt 1722, Arrival Year – 1733, Arrival Place – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Age -11, Source Bibliography – Strassburger, Ralph Beaver. Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808, Page – 118.

8) U.S. and Canada Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, Johann Adam Linck, Birth Year – abt 1722, Arrival Year – 1733, Arrival Place – Pennsylvania, Age – 11, Source Bibliography – Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Grossgartach, Wuerttemberg, to Pennsylvania: Some Early Colonial German Immigrants. Myerstown, PA:AKB Publications, 1999. 119p.

9) Pennsylvania Church Records – Adams, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, 1729-1881, Name – Johann Adam Linck, Event – Baptism, Baptism Date – 16 Jan 1757, Baptism Place – Berks Co., Church – Oley Hill Church of Berks County, Role – Baptized, Remark – Philip Mattheis, single, Household Members: Catharine Hauck – Sponsor, Stephan Hauck – Sponsor's Father, Johann Adam Linck – Born, Johann Adam Linck – Baptized, John Adam Linck – Father, Maria Elizabeth Linck – Mother, Jacob Mattheis – Sponsor's Father, Philip Mattheis – Sponsor.

10) Pennsylvania Church Records – Adams, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, 1729-1881, Name – Johann Adam Linck, Event – Baptism, Residence Date – 20 Oct 1754, Residence Place – Berks Co., Church – Oley Hill Church of Berks County, Role – Father, Remark – Christinia Muller, single, Household Members – John George Kirch - Sponsor, Johann Adam Linck - Father, Maria Elizabeth Linck - Mother, Johann George Linck - Baptized, Johann George Linck - Born, Jacob Mueler – Sponsor's Father, Christina Mueler - Sponsor.

11) Receipt for bacon from William Beatty, Agent, 22 May 1778, Maryland State Papers, Series A, MdHR 4586-15 1/6/4/18, Adam Link. William Beatty was the Sheriff of Frederick County, Maryland, in 1776 and an Agent for purchase of provisions for the army effective 25 March 1778.

12) Maryland Archives, Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, 1779-1780, Volume 21, page 124, "Adam Link three pounds ten shillings."

13) Maryland Archives, Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, 1779-1780, Volume 43, page 520. A list of money lent George Scott for the use of the State of Maryland – Mr. Adam Link . . . $800.

14) 1790 U. S. Census for Frederick County, Maryland, Adam Link, 2 males under 16, 3 males 16 and over, females – 1, number of slaves – 2, Number of Household Members – 8.

15) 1800 U. S. Census for Liberty, Frederick, Maryland, Addam Link, males 16 thru 25 – 1, males 45 and over – 1, slaves – 3, number of household members over 25 – 1, number of household members – 5.

16) Index to Marriage Licenses, Frederick County, 1778-1810, John Adam Link II and Jane Ogle, married 14 April 1783.

17) John Adam Link II grew up at his parent’s home on Israel’s Creek in Frederick County, Maryland. The Link Family, page 78.

18) John Adam Link II was confirmed in the Lutheran Church of Frederick, Maryland, on 25 May 1775. The Link Family, pages 78 and 79.

19) John Adam Link II was commissioned on 29 June 1782 as an Ensign in Captain Peter Barrick's Company, the Catoctin Battalion, Militia of Frederick County, Maryland. The Link Family, page 79.

20) John Adam Link II, his wife Jane Ogle, and their first child, Elizabeth Ann Link, moved across the Potomac River in 1784 to take possession of Jane’s inheritance. The Link Family, page 81.

21) 1810 U. S. Census for Virginia, Jefferson County, Township Not Stated, Roll M252_69, page 85, John Adam Link II household.

REFERENCES


1) The Link Family. Author: Paxson Link. Call Number: R929.2 L756. A record of the antecedents and descendants of John Jacob Link and allied families, from 1417 to 1951. Bibliographic Information: Link, Paxson. The Link Family. N.p, 1951, page 78, birth record is from St. Lorenz Church in Grossgartach, Germany; in 1970, the municipality of Grossgartach merged with the municipality of Schluchtern and became the municipality of Leingarten, which is in the district of Heilbronn, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. – Wikipedia.

2) The Link Family, page 78.

3) Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Pennsylvania German Society, Norristown, Pennsylvania 1934: page 117, Ship Hope, Daniel Reid, Master, from Rotterdam. Qualified 28 August 1733; page 117, Mens Names - Jacobes Linck, sick, age 50; page 117, Womens Names – Ana Madlena Linck, age 40; page 118, Childrens Names – Hans Adam Linck, age 11; Resina Linck, age 7.

4) The Link Family, various pages including 26, 72, 284, 192, 374, 543, chapter on Dwight D. Eisenhower; letter from Dwight D. Eisenhower, then President of Columbia University, to Paxson Link dated 10 October 1950 as shown at the front the The Link Family.

i. John Jacob Link and his wife, Anna Magdalena Neuwirth, were the parents of John Matthias Link.

ii. John Matthias Link and Anna Mary Christina Schmit had 10 children, one of which was Peter Link, who was born in Frederick County, Maryland, 26 May 1765.

iii. Peter Link had a son, William Link, born 24 October 1795, in Augusta County, Virginia.

iv. William Link had a daughter, Elizabeth Ida (Juda) Link, who married Simon P. Stover.

v. Simon P. Stover and Elizabeth Ida (Juda) Link had a daughter, Ida Elizabeth Stover, who married David Jacob Eisenhower.

vi. David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover were the parents of Dwight David Eisenhower.

5) The Link Family, page 43; 654, Volume No. 3, Patent Books, in Harrisburg, Pa.

6) The Link Family, page 43. The Hill Church record gives the date as "Second Sunday after Epiphany" in 1748; Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 Main Street, Trappe, Pennsylvania, on U. S. Route 422, north of Collegeville, Pennsylvania; See Church Records: Augustus Evangelical Lutheran Church (Trappe, Pennsylvania). Kirchen-Matricul: der Evangelisch Lutherischen Gemeinde in Neu Providenz, Pennsylvania (August Ev. Luth. Congregation, Trappe, Pa.). Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania German Society, 1896-1896; also, Church record of the Oley Hill Church (St. Joseph's), Pike Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1754-1799, revised by William John Hinke, Salt Lake City, Utah, Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980.

7) The Link Family, page 43.

8) The Link Family, page 43.

9) Church record of the Oley Hill Church (St. Joseph's), Pike Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1754-1799, revised by William John Hinke.

10) The Link Family, page 44.

11) The Link Family, page 44.

12) The Link Family, page 44.

13) The Link Family, page 45.

14) Pennsylvania Church Records – Adams, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, 1729-1881, Name – Johann Adam Linck, Event – Baptism, Residence Date – 20 Oct 1754, Residence Place – Berks Co., Church – Oley Hill Church of Berks County, Role – Father, Remark – Christinia Muller, single, Household Members – John George Kirch - Sponsor, Johann Adam Linck - Father, Maria Elizabeth Linck - Mother, Johann George Linck - Baptized, Johann George Linck - Born, Jacob Mueler – Sponsor's Father, Christina Mueler - Sponsor.

15) The Link Family, page 45.

16) Index to Marriage Licenses, Frederick County, 1778-1810, John Adam Link II and Jane Ogle, married 14 April 1783.

17) The Link Family, pages 81 to 84.

18) The Link Family, page 85.

19) The Link Family, page 85.

20) The Link Family, page 48.

21) The Link Family, page 48.

22) The Link Family, page 49.

23) The Link Family, page 49.

24) The Link Family, page 49.

25) The Link Family, page 50.

26) Receipt for bacon from William Beatty, Agent, 22 May 1778, Maryland State Papers, Series A, MdHR 4586-15 1/6/4/18, Adam Link.

27) Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 10, page 302.

28) Maryland Archives, Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, 1779-1780, Volume 43, page 520. "A list of money lent George Scott for the use of the State of Maryland – Mr. Adam Link . . . $800"

American Archives, Documents of the American Revolutionary Period, 1774-1776, Volume 1, page 986, "At a meeting of the inhabitants of Frederick County, Maryland, on 18 November 1774, a George Scott was appointed to a Committee to represent Frederick County to carry into execution the Association agreed on by the American Continental Congress, and that any five have power to act."

Wikipedia – "The
Continental Association was a system created by the First Continental Congress in 1774 for implementing a trade boycott with Great Britain."

29)
The Link Family, page 52.


APPENDIX A

Will of John Adam Link I

Maryland Register of Will Records, Frederick County, 1803-1809,
Volume 1, page 120-122

Also see pages 777 and 778 of The Link Family by Paxson Link.


In the Name of God Amen I
Adam Link, Senior, of Frederick County & State of Maryland, being in perfect Health of Body & of Disposing mind & Memory considering the uncertainly of life's duration, the certainty of Death & the great propriety of a seasonable arrangement of our concerns temporal & Eternal Do make and publish this my last will & Testament in manner & form following Vizt:

Imprimis I Earnestly recommend my Soul to the mercy of Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be Decently buried at the discretion of my Exectr, hereinafter named & after my Funeral charges & Debts are paid I devise & Bequeath as follows Vizt:

2ndly. To
my Daughter Elizabeth I give & bequeath the Sum of Thirty pounds lent by me to her first Husband (Henry Stoner Deceased) on the Twentyeth day of March Anno - - Seventeen Hundred and Seventy one together with the Interest thereon & Sundry Other Articles received by her as her full portion A& in full of her claim of Inheritance from me.

Item to
my son Thomas Link I give and bequeath Twenty five acres of Land part of the tract called the four friends to be laid off across the roads to Annapolis and Baltimore from Frederick Town.

Item to
my son George I Give and bequeath the like quantity of Twenty five Acres of Land of said tract to be laid off in manner aforesaid. Item my wish & Desire is that the remainder of the Tract aforesaid fifty Acres more or less be considered as appertaining to the Home Place on Israels Creek & sold or retained therewith but of the Two twenty five Acre Lotts aforesaid my Son Thomas is to have the first Choice.

Item To
my Grand Daughter Elizabeth Boyer I give and Bequeath Thirty Six pounds specie which I lent her Father in November Seventeen Hundred & Eighty Six to be paid to her when she shall arrive at her Sixteenth year on the payment whereof I acquit & release said Jacob Boyer her Father of the Interest thereof & the Sum of Four Pounds the price of a Cow sold to him & the Furniture received by my Daughter Catherine when first married.

Item to
my youngest Son Daniel I Give & Bequeath my Father Bed Bedstead, curtains, Sheets, Blanketts & all appendages to it.

Item After my Decease I order my Execrs, hereinafter mentioned to sell and dispose of all my real & personal property not already Devised or bequeathted Vizt:
my Plantation on Israels Creek also the remainder of my Tract of Land called ye Four friends herein before mentioned together with my Lott in The Addition to George Town lately in the Tenure & Possession of George Murdock, Esqu.

Item to
my four Grand Children Adam Boyer, Elizabeth Boyer, Ferdinand Boyer and Rebecca Boyer I give and bequeath the sum of One Hundred pounds by equal shares but if any of them die without Issue their portion shall be equally Divided among the Survivors of them.

Item to
my son Jacob I give and bequeath one Hundred pounds Specie to be paid by my Executor as soon as possible after the Sale of my Estate as aforementioned. And I will and desire that the remainder of my Estate be equally shared among my Four Sons Adam, Thomas, George & Daniel. And Lastly I do constitute & appoint my Sons Daniel & Thomas Joint Execrs of this my last will and Testament which alone I do ratify and confirm as such hereby revoking & Disannullling all my other former Wills Legacies and Bequests by me heretofore in any wise made left or bequeathed.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this ___ day of ___ in the Year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and three.

Signed Sealed Published & Declared by the Testator to be his last Will & Testament in our presence who signed the same at his request & in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other.

Abraham Haff, Senr. Before Signing or Sealing the within mentioned Will &
Edw. Salmon testament I have added the following Codicil or Schedule
Saml. Cock. Vizt: That
my oldest negro Boy Harry shall become the sole property of my son Daniel, the second eldest Davy the property of my son George & the youngest Ben the property of my son Thomas. In confirmation whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this Twenty Sixth day of July in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & three. Adam Link (Seal)
Probated May 25, 1805


APPENDIX B

West Virginia bridge named for Revolutionary War soldier

26 August 1997


By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Until recently, it was just known as Bridge No. 19-3405B. Earlier this year, however, the U.S. 340 bridge over the W.Va. 9 bypass near Charles Town was named the John Adam Link Bridge in honor of an early settler and Revolutionary War soldier.

That made
the Link family reunion at the Uvilla Lutheran Church a bit more special this year. More than 60 members of the family gathered Sunday beneath a pavilion dedicated to John Jacob Link, the first Link to come to America.

In getting a bridge named after a member of one's family, it doesn't hurt to have a politician in the family. Kanawha County Del. Ron Walters said he sponsored the bill that the West Virginia House of Delegates passed in April. Jefferson County's two delegates, John Doyle and Dale Manuel, co-sponsored the resolution. Walters, a third-term Republican, grew up in Charles Town. A number of Links and other branches of the family tree remain rooted in Jefferson and Berkeley counties, as well as Maryland and Virginia. The church cemetery is the final resting place for many Link descendants.

Some of those buried at the Uvilla church were Civil War veterans. Walters said the conflict split the family, with about equal numbers serving both sides. Jefferson County's last veteran of that war, Confederate soldier John Allen Link, died in 1935.

John Adam Link II was the grandson of John Jacob Link, who came to this country in 1733 to avoid the frequent wars that were devastating central Europe during the 18th century. Born on New Year's Eve 1756 in Berks Co., Pa., he and his family moved to Israel's Creek in Frederick County about three years later, according to a book on the family history.

In
1782 he was commissioned an ensign in Capt. Peter Barrick's Company of the Catoctin Battalion of the Frederick County Militia. The next year Link married Jane Ogle and they moved to land her father had owned near Shepherdstown. The quarry stone house John Link built in the early 19th century is still owned by a member of the family.

Before Link died in 1835, he and Jane had seven children.
He is buried at St. Peters Old Lutheran Church in Shepherdstown.

Patsy Currier of Shepherdstown now serves as the family historian and her records showed there have been about 9,000 people over 11 generations who could trace their roots to John Jacob Link. Four of those generations were represented Sunday.

Also at the reunion was a display of family artifacts from more than 200 years, including John Adam Link's Revolutionary War mess kit and folding spoon and knife.