History of John Jacob Baum
John Jacob Baum and Elizabeth Amerlong (Emelong) came from Germany sometime before the Revolutionary War. They settled somewhere on the banks of the Brandywine in Chester County, Pennsylvania. From temple records it appears that he and his family lived at both Denisboro and Alexander in Westmoreland County. He also lived in Chester County.
He enlisted in the Revolutionary War and served part of his time at Fort McHenry Baltimore. He was a soldier under General George Washington. When he was taken captive by the British, rather than surrender his sword he broke it between two rocks and gave his captor the handle.
After his service in the war he was so poor that it was necessary to "bound out" his son, John C., to help support his family. John C. was not re-bought until he was 21 years of age, when his brother, Jacob, bought him back.
The Baums attended the Methodist, Baptist and Reformed Lutheran churches, but were commonly known as Pennsylvania Quakers. Some of them used the "thees and thous" in their speech. Jacob never felt satisfied with any religion, and is said to have said to his son:
Jacob, my boy, the churches all have truth, but the true church of God is not now on the earth. I shall not live to see it, but you shall, and when you hear it I want you to accept it.
As he said, he never lived to hear the Gospel, but when Elder Lorenzo Barnes came to his sons Jacob and John, they accepted it.
John Jacob and his wife were blessed with eight children. They were:
- Sarah Selina
- John C.
- Mary (Polly) Ann
John died in October of 1824
Information obtained from Flora Beane Horne and written by Bessie Keetch, a great great great granddaughter.