Blauch Family
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By Henry Wilson Storey with Genealogical Memoirs
The Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1907
Volume III, Pages 66-70
DAVID D. BLAUCH a resident for many years of Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, and prominently identified with the commercial, civic and military interests of that section of the state of Pennsylvania, represents a respected family of that state which traces its descent to Swiss ancestry.
Christian Blauch (1), the great-grandfather of D. D. Blauch, with John (Hans) Blauch, his brother, and their families, came from the canton of Berne, Switzerland, to this country, landing at Philadelphia, November 3, 1750. He settled in Lancaster county, and in 1761, bought a farm in Lebanon township of the same county from the Penn brothers. Two sons of Christian, Christian and Jacob, who were born in Switzerland and came to America with their father, located in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, between 1765 and 1790.
Christian (2), the elder son, was one of the first settlers in the county and located near Berlin. His farm has remained in the family and is now owned by J. J. Blauch, a great-great-grandson. Christian (2) died in 1777, aged thirty-four, and left eight children.
Jacob, a younger son of Christian (1), came to Somerset county with his family in 1790, locating near the junction of the Quemahoning and Stonycreek. He had nine children, namely: Jacob, Christian, Henry, John, Elizabeth, who married John Saylor; Mary, who married Henry Hershberger; Anna, who married Samuel Kline; Veronica, who married Mr. Berkey and moved to Canada; and David.

A story is related that when Jacob was a young man in Berks county, during the Revolution, the British made an effort to impress him into the service. He hid in a hay-mow, and at times the points of their bayonets touched him, but he remained concealed till they had gone. It may be mentioned here that the early Blauchs were Mennonites, and although they are like the Quakers, opposed to fighting, two Blauchs, John and Abraham, took part in the Revolution, belonging to the Lancaster county militia. Later on Jacob's daughter. Veronica, who had moved to Canada before the war of 1812, was forced during that war to cook for British soldiers, on account of her sympathy with the states.

Jacob (2) was the first bishop of the Mennonite church in the Johnstown district, and was the head of a family which has always been prominent in religious circles. He was a very powerful speaker as well as being very powerful physically. Christian, his brother, was the grandfather of Mrs. Rachel Dibert, one of the pioneers of Johnstown.

David Blauch, the youngest son, father of D. D. Blauch, was born in Berks county, July 8, 1789, and died in Somerset county, March 21, 1872. He worked in Johnstown while the old state canal was being built, but subsequently located on a farm near Foustwell, Somerset county, where D. D. Blauch was born. He was married four times. His first wife was Mattie Lehman, by whom he had children as follows: Jacob, Marie, who married Rev. Tobias Blauch, a descendant of Christian of Berlin; Anna, married Peter Speicher; Martha, married John Rummell. His second wife was Mattie Mishler, and had children: 1. Franie, born August 19, 1823, married John Thomas. 2. Katrina, born November 27, 1825, deceased. 3. Rachel, born May 23, 1828, married John 0. Griffith. His third wife was Barbara Livingston, and had children: 1 and 2. John and Joseph (twins), born July 23, 1834; the former married Rachel Berkey, the latter died in infancy. 3. Eve, born October 25, 1836, married Joseph Myers. 4. Barbara, born January 17, 1839, married Samuel Blauch. 5. Susanne, born February 27, 1842, married Harrison Lohr. His fourth wife was Mrs. Barbara Fyock Replogle. She was a daughter of John Fyock, born about 1770, died 1852, who is said to have been the first settler in Paint township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and a granddaughter of Jacob Fyock or Veock, who came from Swabia to America in 1726, and settled near Holsopple, Pennsylvania. John Fyock married Susanna Messerbaugh, and had children: Catherine, Elizabeth (Growden), Frances (Shoemaker), John. Peter, Mary, Barbara (Blauch), Samuel, Daniel, Jacob, David, and Sally (died young).

Jacob Fyock, John's father, was a young man when he came to America, and married after he came here. He had children: John. David, Elizabeth, married to Berger, Catherine, married to Charles Hoke. Susan, single.

Barbara was first married to John Replogle, and had children: Susan, born 1828, married John Lehman : Jacob, born 1830; Mary, born 1832, married Jacob Spangler; Elizabeth, born 1834, died while young; Daniel, born 1836; John, born 1840. Jacob is the only survivor of this family. He lives at Hawthorne, Florida, and was a former resident of Johnstown. Daniel died during service in Civil war. Barbara was born in Paint township, July 5, 1808, and died in Johnstown, October 1, 1884. She and David Blauch were married March 10, 1845, and had two children: Hannah, born October 12, 1846, single; D. D. Blauch, born June 11, 1849. Of David Blauch's children only Frani, Henry, Hannah, and David D. survive.
David D. Blauch was born in Paint township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, June 11, 1849. His education was acquired in the common schools of Paint township, and he came to Johnstown at the age of sixteen and engaged as a clerk in the store of Replogle & Howard, but later became an apprentice of Jacob Fyock and learned the carpenter trade. At the time, puddling being a very good paying trade, he engaged as a helper in the Cambria puddling mill, and worked with George Studeny, but owing to an injury became incapacitated from following this line of work. He worked at odd jobs after a long siege of illness, and finally drifted into Indiana county and bought a saw mill, but being unable to follow the work on account of his injury he again came to Johnstown, where he entered the employ of the Cambria Steel Company as an engineer, in which capacity he was employed for a number of years, until he entered the roofing department, where he was employed as a driller, riveter, etc., until he took charge of the time-keeping and clerical department. At the time of the Johnstown flood he was in the employ of the Cambria Iron and Steel Company as time keeper and department clerk of the roofing department. In 1890 he left the roofing department, and engaged in contracting with J. W. Mack and J. D. McCrory.
In 1894 he entered the real estate firm of Jacob Replogle and Co., becoming the junior member of said firm. He subsequently bought out the interests of Jacob Replogle, the senior member, and the firm was changed to Fearl & Blauch. Upon the retiring of T. J. Fearl he became the sole owner of the real estate firm and continued in the name of D. D. Blauch until July, 1906, when the present firm of Blauch & Benshoff was formed by the taking in of Harry M. Benshoff as the junior member. Up to this time the business was exclusively real estate, but has since taken up fire insurance along with it.

Mr. Blauch became first connected with secret societies in 1875, when he became a charter member of Independent Castle No. 57, A.0.K., of the M.C. He was an officer in this order for nearly twenty years, and became a past commander, and for a number of years was an active member of the Select Castle of Pennsylvania, having filled the position of select marshal one year, and was presented with a gold medal for organizing the largest number of castles in Pennsylvania in 1885. In 1885 he organized Pride of Cambria Castle No. 52, Knights of the Golden Eagle, and was appointed D. G. C. of Cambria county, by G. C. George W. Couch, and in this capacity he served in the grand castle of Pennsylvania, till 1889, when he was elected grand sir herald, and became the grand chief of Pennsylvania in 1891, and represented the state of Pennsylvania in the supreme castle in 1893, since which time he has held his membership in the supreme castle, having been on several occasions a representative from this state. During his service as D. G. C. he instituted perhaps more new castles than any other member of the order in the western part of the state, having had the honor of introducing the first castles in six counties, beside many others. During his term as grand chief he instituted thirty-nine new castles, and increased the membership in the state one thousand, eight hundred and seventy-two. He became connected with the military branch of the order, and served as captain of Eagle Commandery No. 34, of Johnstown, when he was promoted to the rank of colonel, by lieutenant-General James P. O'Neill, which position he held for a mirnber of years under General O'Neill, General Stiltz, and General Reinecke. He was elected and had charge of the Seventh regiment for three years, and was colonel of the Sixth regiment for two years. In the spring of 1906 he was elected brigadier-general of the First Brigade of Pennsylvania, which position he still holds.

Mr. Blauch is also a past chancellor of Johnstown Lodge, K. of P., of which he was a charter member, and past commander of Agla Commandery No. 218. K. of M., of which he was a charter member, and its first connnander.

He became a member of Johnstown Lodge No. 538, Ancient, and Accepted Masons; Portage Chapter No. 195, R. A. M. ; Cambria Council No. 32, R. and S. M.;; Oriental Commandery No. 61, K. T.; Pennsylvania Consistory S. P. P. S., 32°; Syria Temple A. A. 0. N. M. S. of Pittsburg. He is also a member and P. C. in Monarch Temple No. 2, L. of K. G. E. of Washington. D. C., and P. C. of Progressive Castle No. 15, A. 0. K. of M. C., of Pittsburg. Pennsylvania.

Politically Mr. Blauch is a staunch Republican, but an independent voter. He served his ward in the common council for two years. He has been a life-long member of the Methodist church.

Mr. Blauch was married, November 10, 1874, to Emily Campbell of near Armagh, Pennsylvania. Two children were born: Jessie May, born June 23, 1876, died January 11, 1879; and Eva B., born June 12, 1881, at home.
Mrs. Blauch was born May 10, 1848, and died June 14, 1906. She was a daughter of Christopher Campbell and Jane (Murphy) Campbell.
Christopher Campbell was a son of James Campbell, who died January 29, 1829, and Jane (Barr) Campbell, who died January 30, 1832. He was born in Ballynahinch, Ireland, in 1798, and came to America with his parents three years later, settling on a farm near Armagh. He died November 16, 1878. He married Jane Murphy, a daughter of John Murphy and Mary (Armitage) Murphy. She died August 9, 1873. They had children: Mary Jane, born June 20, 1830, married David McCrory, died May 11, 1901; Elizabeth, bcrn March 5, 1832, married Joshua McCracken, died March 2, 1883; Annie, born February 15, 1834, married William Walker; James M., born September 9, 1836. died November 26, 1861 ; Margaret, born September 29, 1838, died September 19, 1861; John M., born October 1, 1840, married Martha Mack, died in Salisbury prison November 5, 1864 (was captured by Confederates, and died of fever). Lettica, born August 25, 1842, died in infancy; Christopher J., born March 16, 1846, married Emma Lynn, died April 7, 1886: Emily, born May 10, 1848, married D. D. Blauch, died June 14, 1906; William, born September 29, 1850, married Anzonetta Wilson.

John Murphy, grandfather of Mrs. Blauch, was the son of James Murphy of Belfast, Ireland. He died March 17, 1837, and buried in America. His wife Mary Armitage, who died March 7, 1860, was a daughter of John (or Geor. ) Armitage of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and (Davis) Armitage.

JACOB BLAUCH. Bishop Jacob Blauch married Catherine Saylor; he died in 1849, aged seventy-five years. He had ten children: Rev. Jacob Blauch, who was born in 1801, died 1879, was married to Sarah Blauch, and was the father of Rev. Henry Blauch; Rev. Jonas Blauch, who died a short time ago; Abram of this city, and Jacob the father of Mr. Blauch, the Pittsburg correspondent and baseball secretary - Joseph, who died some years ago in Johnstown; and two unmarried daughters.

John Blauch, the second son of Rev. Jacob, was married to Frani Blauch. They had nine children: nearly all dying young, except Samuel Blauch, who was married to Susan Lehman. He became a prominent minister and was made a bishop; he died some years ago. He was the father of seven children: John and Henry, of Krings Station; Elias, of Johnstown, and Mrs. Daniel Crawford; the rest of the children are all living in Cambria and Somerset counties.

The other children of Rev. Jacob's were: Henry, who married Frani Hershberger, and they had eight children, among them being Christian, who married Polly Ream and they had twelve children; Abraham Blauch married Sarah Lehman and had a number of children; Peter of this city, and Rev. Levi of Somerset county.

Christian Blauch, the second son of Jacob, the first better known as "Big Christ." married Susan Cable, they had nine children: first, Jacob, who married Kate Bowman, and had eleven children; Benjamin, who married Martha Baker, they had twelve children, two of whom are still living, namely, Abram of Iowa, and Mrs. Noah Short, of Somerset county. The descendants of Christian are very numerous throughout the west.

The third, John, married Frani Short; they had nine children, among them being Christian of Friedens, aged eighty-two, who is still living.

Joseph, the fourth son of Big Christ, married Sarah Barnhart, and they had three children: Henry, the father of Dr. Blauch of Chicago, Illinois; Mrs. George Gordon, and Mrs. Dr. Beechley, of Iowa.

The daughters of Big Christ were Mrs. George Specht, Mrs. David Kupp, Mrs. John Zimmerman, Mrs. Soloman Horner, Mrs. David Specht, and Mrs. John Dibert, the mother of David, John, and Samuel Dibert, prominent in the history of Johnstown.

John, the third son of Jacob the first, died young, leaving one child, a daughter.

Henry, the fourth son of Jacob the first, married and had two daughters: Mrs. Jonas Weaver, and Mrs. Eash. He lived to the ripe age of ninety-four, and is buried at Bethel.

The daughters of Jacob (1) were Annie, who married Samuel Kline; Elizabeth, who married John Saylor; Mary, who married Henry Hershberger, and Franica, who married ___ Berkey, and moved to Canada in 1806, where there are now over five hundred descendants of hers.

David, the youngest son of Jacob, married Mattie Lehman, she died young, and was the mother of three children. He married a second time to Mattie Mishler, and to this union there were born three children.

His third wife was Barbara Livingston, and she was the mother of five children: John, who died a short time ago at Holsopple, being a twin. His twin brother died at the age of twenty-two.

His fourth wife was Barbara Fyock Eeplogle, the mother of D. D. Blauch.

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