52 Ancestors #01 Johann Jacob Nay

On her website ‘No Story Too Small’ Amy Johnson Crow has issued a challenge.  52 Ancestors in 52 weeks.

A large wave of German immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania between 1725 and 1775. Among them was Johann Jacob NAY (NOCH) arriving in 1734 as an infant with his parents from Klafeld, Hassau-Siegen (Germany).  His parents, Johannes NὂH (‘NOEH’, ‘NOHE’) and Maria Clara OTTERBACH sailed from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands aboard the ‘Hope’.

The Nay’s created a great deal of confusion for a genealogist.  Johann’s father was Johannes.  Johann Jacob later used his middle name and went by Jacob.  However, his son was named Jacob as well as more than one grandson.  Keeping them straight was quite a feat.

Johann Jacob NAY was born in 1731.  At the time of their arrival the lives of these pioneers were tough and harsh.  Most of them were of the German Reform and German Lutheran faith.  They migrated to Virginia and settled in the Culpeper, VA area.  He was probably married in 1745 as his first son was born in 1746.  A young father, indeed.  His wife’s name was Mary.  No last name has been revealed in my research.

Occupying small farms, they built communities with churches, mills, and schools.  The fertile Shenandoah Valley is next to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and proved to be a bountiful place to settle.

The first time the name of (Johannes) Jacob NAY appeared in print was 1752, when he was given 146 acres of land in Culpeper County, Virginia, near Germantown, by Thomas Lord Fairfax.  (Northern Neck Grants, Book H-page 176, Land Grant Office, Richmond VA)  This land was later sold to a John JACOBS in 1786. (Deed 1786 – Book N – pp. 144, Culpeper, VA)

(Johann) Jacob NAY was also given a lease made from the MARSHALL family of 500 acres of pine land for a period of 100 years on the east bank of the Rappahannock River near Amissville, Virginia.  For many years it was referred to as ‘The Nay Pines’.

It was at this location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains that, on his 146 acre farm, (Johann) Jacob NAY raised his family. There is a cemetery on one of the highest hills and many Nays are buried there. 

The Fauquier county personal tax list of June 7, 1788 lists Jacob NAY and Jacob NAY, Jr.  Jacob NAY is listed as having one tithable male, Joseph NAY, and in 1789 the tax list includes Jacob NAY, Jacob NAY, Jr., John NAY and Joseph NAY.

In 1804 he moved to Marion and Harrison counties in West Virginia.  The younger sons had already journeyed to Kentucky and settled in Jefferson and Oldham counties.  He spent the remaining years of his life in West Virginia and it was said that he was near 100 years old when he died in 1828.  He was the first to be buried in the Mason cemetery at Joetown near Mannington, West Virginia.  A sandstone headstone which marked his grave has been replaced by a granite stone.

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