Balthaser Bordner
(-Abt 1747)
Johann Jacob Bordner
(1721-1792)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Sarah Balt

Johann Jacob Bordner 1

  • Born: 10 Aug 1721, Oberhochstadt, , Rheinland-Pfalz, DEU
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Balt
  • Died: 22 Feb 1792, Bethel Twp., Berks, PA at age 70 1 2
  • Buried: Bethel: Salem Reformed Church Cemetery, Berks, PA 1

   Other names for Johann were Jacob Bordner,3 Jacob Bordtner,4 Jacob Bortner 2 5 and Johann Jacob Bortner.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Relatives To Research: http://archive.org/details/bordnerburtnerfa00bord
Book by Howard W. Bordner

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bobwolfe/gen/mn/m1265x6286.htm

http://archive.org/stream/bordnerburtnerfa00bord/bordnerburtnerfa00bord_djvu.txt

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/t/u/r/Anne--Turner/GENE11-0013.html

http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image/download?urn=urn:proquest:US;glhbooks;Genealogy-glh17238386

son jacob's baptism:
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2VQ-3KQ

2. He was naturalized on 10 Apr 1761 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 2

3. He signed a will on 22 Feb 1792 in , Berks, PA. In the name of God amen. This tenth day of December anno domini one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine. I Jacob Bortner of Bethel Township in the County of Berks and State of Pennsylvania, yoeman, being at present sick and weak in body, nevertheless of sound mind, memory and understanding thanks be to God. Calling unto mind the mortality of my body and honoring that, it is appointed for all men, one to dye, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say prinsipally and first of all recommend my soul into the hand of God who gave it and my body, recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the direction of my Executor herein after named and as touching such worthy estate where with it hath pleased God to help me in this life. I give, divide and dispose of the same in the following manner and from Imprimis, it is my will, and I do order in the first place, that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid of and satisfied as soon as convieniently may be after my decease. I give and bequeath unto my elder son Jacob Bortner and to his heirs and asigns all my certain plantation and tract of land whereon I now live. Situate in Bethel Township aforesaid, adjoining land of Jacob Schneider, Daniel Schneider & Leonard Miller and others. Containing one hundred and eighty six acres. Be the same more or less to be holden by him my said son Jacob Bortner his heirs ans asigns forever, for which plantation or tract of land he shall pay the sum of six hundred and sixty pounds, in gold or silver money in yearly payments. In one year after my decease, he shall pay the sum of thirty pounds and so yearly until the aforesaid sum of six hundred and sixty pounds be fully paid and satisfied. The first payment shall be paid unto my son John, the second to my son William, the third payment again to John, and the fourth to William. The fifth payment to Daniel, the sixth to Peter, the Seventh to my daughter Mary, intermarried to Nicholas Schneider and then to begin again at John and then William, then Daniel, then Peter, then Mary and so on by rank as said above mentioned, until each of them hath received the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds, and the said two payments shall be paid unto the heirs of my daughter Barbara, deceased, and it is further my will and do hereby order that all my personal estate my executor herein after named, shall sell at suitable vender, and the money shall be distibuted in following manner.The one half thereof shall be in the hands of my beloved wife Sarah during her life, and the other half shall be equally divided to and among all my children and to the heirs of my daughter Barbara, deceased. Share and Share alike, excepting to my son Jacob, I give and bequeath the sum of five shillings, over and above his equall share for his birthright and it is further my will and do hereby order that the money I have heretofore advanced to some of my children, shall be deducted out of their part so that they may be made equal in share with each other. And it is further my will and I do hereby order that my son Jacob, shall give and deliver yearly and every year unto my beloved wife Sarah, the following enumerated articles, ten bushels of good wheat, five bushels of good rye taken to mill and the grist & bran home again, one fat hog to wey one hundred pound, thirty pound of good beaf, three pound of good wool, ten pound of hatcheted flax of the same quantity of toe, six pound tallach, one pair of shoes, firewood as much as she stands. To live in the house with my son and to have liberty in the kitchen & seller. And my son Jacob shall keep for her one good summer and winter as his own. One barrell of good syder and apels as much as she stands in need of. Fourth part of the garden potatos and cabige for her use and the fourth part of the hens. It is my will and do order that in case one oe either of my children dye without such part or share of the one dying, shall be equally divided to and among all my children aforesaid. I do hereby order that the one half of the money owing from the sale of my personal estate which I have bequeathed unto my beloved wife aforesaid, shall not come into her hands, but it shall be and remain in the hands of my executor. And he shall pay of that money unto her as she shall stand in need of or shall want. And after her decease, that money, if any yet left, shall be divided in equal shares among all of my children and the heirs of my daughter Barbaram deceased. It is my will that the above legacy given and bequeathed unto my beloved wife Sarah, shall be in full for her. I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved son Jacob Bortner to be my executor of this my Last Will and Teastament, hereby revoking and making void all former and other will and wills and executors by me tofore made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.

Jacob (JB) Bortner (his mark)

4. Book: 1967. 2
From "The Bordner and Burtner Families and their Bortner Ancestors in America," by Howard W. Bortner, published in 1967 (see source):

Jacob, the oldest son of Balser, and his descendants

Before 1740 Jacob received a Warrant from the Proprietors to buy 160 acres of land in Earle Township, Lancaster County, for about 25 pounds. He probably occupied this land as a tenant on a rental basis while he undertook to pay for it, as was the usual custom. In 1743 a Patent (Deed) for this property was given to somebody else, probably because Jacob had not made the required payments to obtain title for himself. These facts are found in the Bureau of Land Records of The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. In one of these records Jacob's name was misspelled "Burtner", but in another place the correct spelling was shown.

Not long thereafter on July 14, 1746, Jacob voluntarily enlisted in a force of 400 men raised in the Pennsylvania Colony to be employed, with troops from other colonies and British Regulars, to invade Canada. This was during King George's War, one of several French and Indian Wars that finally resulted in conquering Canada for the British in 1760. We learn from history that this Pennsylvania force was raised by the Colonial Governor over the objection of his pacifist-minded, Quaker-dominated legislature. The Pennsylvania troops went into Winter quarters in Albany in 1746. They were discharged in October, 1747, the expedition having been laid aside, although the War continued another year.

One of the muster-roles for this force in the Pennsylvania Archives, listed "Jacob Bordner", age 26, in 1746. Whether or not for the reason of that misepelling, or possibly because of an accumulation of such misspellings by English-speaking officials, Jacob changed the spelling of his family name to "Bordner", and that spelling has been used by all of his descendants who carry the family name. Later some of his nephews and grand-nephews also adopted that spelling. Incidentally we also find from the muster-role that Jacob was about two years older than stated in the "Adventure's" passenger-list - not unusual when it meant a savings in fare for his ocean passage.

Jacob was released from military service just about the time that his father died. Probably he assumed responsibility for his brothers until they became old enough to support themselves. His oldest sister, Anna Maria Barbara, married a man from York County in 1748 and went there to live. It is believed that she took her two sisters with her, as stated later in the narrative relating to their brother, George, who also went to York County in the late 1750's.

Jacob married Sarah Balt, according to records of certain of his Berk County descendants. This was doubtless in the early 1750's, because their child, a son, Jacob, was born October 23, 1754.

On April 10, 1761 Jacob was naturalized as a British citizen by the Colonial Supreme Court in Philadelphia. Their records showed his name to be "Jacob Bordner", and his residence in Berks County.

Shortly thereafter, on June 20, 1761, Jacob acquired land in Bethel Towship, Berks County, by Patent (Deed) from the Proprietors, Richard and Thomas Penn, - on default by the person 'who held the Warrant. That property is just North and East of the present Village of Bethel; it lies on both aides of the Harrisonburg-Allentown Road (U.S. Route 22). It is said to be good "limestone" land, which was prized by the Pennsylvania Dutch. It is fairly level land, although the Blue Mountain lies within sight about five miles North.

In the 1760's Jacob's Bethel farm was on the Pennsylvania frontier. Occasionally settlers in that area were killed by the Indians. During the "French and Indian Wars (for which a final peace treaty was not signed until 1763), the French incited the Indians to attack the English Colonial frontier settlements. There was a line of forts along the Blue Mountain for protection of the settlers. One such fort was within sight of Jacob's house.

Jacob was too old for service in the Pennsylvania militia during the Revolutionary War, but three of his sons, Jacob Jr., John, and William, were in the militia. Although the record shows that Jacob Jr. was fined for skipping militia drills during the latter part of the war, it appears that he must have had some active service, because he was voted a pension of $40 per month in 1836 by the Pennsylvania Legislature for his war service (only about one year before he died). His name is recorded on one of the placques to the memory of Revolutionary War soldiers in the DAR Chapel at Valley Forge. After the war, Jacob Jr. held the rank of Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania militia.

When Jacob Sr. died in 1792, he Willed his 186 acre farm to Jacob Jr., but he made a settlement with his other children by requiring Jacob Jr. to make payments to them over a period of years. That was a normal pattern of handling estates in those days. Jacob Sr. was survived by five sons and one daughter, Anna Maria Schneider. Another daughter, Barbara, had died young.

Jacob' s fourth son, Daniel, remained in Bethel Township, but his three other sons, John, William, and Peter, went to Lykens Valley in the Upper end of Dauphin County to the West. All of them were farmers.

Jacob's farm in Bethel Township was passed on from father to son, generation after generation. At one point it was divided betwen two sons. One part remained in the possession of descendants for four generations until 1944, when the last Bordner owner died, leaving no children.


Johann married Sarah Balt. (Sarah Balt was born in 1730,6 died in 1800 in , Berks, PA 6 and was buried in Bethel: Salem Reformed Church Cemetery, Berks, PA 6.)


Sources


1 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22945301.

2 Bordner, Howard W, The Bordner and Burtner families and their Bortner ancestors in America (Washington D.C. 1967 368pp. Online at Heritage Quest database available through most library websites and also at http://archive.org/details/bordnerburtnerfa00bord), Online at Heritage Quest database available through most library websites.

3 Bordner, Howard W, The Bordner and Burtner families and their Bortner ancestors in America (Washington D.C. 1967 368pp. Online at Heritage Quest database available through most library websites and also at http://archive.org/details/bordnerburtnerfa00bord).

4 Weiser, Frederick S. (translated and edited by), Records of Pastoral Acts at Christ Lutheran Church, Stouchsburg, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Part II (Birdsboro, PA: The Pennsylvania German Society, 1990
Note: Part II: Baptisms 1820-1835; Marriages 1744-45, 1748-52, 1771-1851; Burials 1748-54, 1771-73, 1811-1851; Confirmations and Communicants, 1743-1789, Other records, 1743-1758).

5 Weiser, Frederick S. (translated and edited by), Records of Pastoral Acts at Christ Lutheran Church, Stouchsburg, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Part II (Birdsboro, PA: The Pennsylvania German Society, 1990
Note: Part II: Baptisms 1820-1835; Marriages 1744-45, 1748-52, 1771-1851; Burials 1748-54, 1771-73, 1811-1851; Confirmations and Communicants, 1743-1789, Other records, 1743-1758), Page 44.

6 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22945311.



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