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History of Cambria County, V.3

66 HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.
torate of the late Rev. William Lynch, and has been a member of its official board for over forty years. In 1873 a bell was purchased for the Methodist Episcopal Church of Johnstown and the names of the nine trustees were cast on the inside of the bell, this being done without the knowledge of the officers thus honored. Out of the nine trustees Mr. Canan is the only one living.
    He married, February 16, 1854, Mary Elizabeth Davis, born April 2, 1831, daughter of Amos B. and Martha (Wakefield) Davis, and their children were: 1. Martha I., married Samuel M. Miller. 2. Charles M., died in infancy. 3. Moses H., married Frances Custer. 4. William D., married Sarah Oppy. 5. Mary C., unmarried.

    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 Blanch (1), the great-grandfather of D. D. Blanch, with John (Hans) Blanch, 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. Blanch, 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 Blanch, the youngest son, father of D. D. Blanch, 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


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