If so, then you want the accurate and documented genealogy of your family
Your ancestors came from Thuringia, Germany, which is one of the sixteen states in the country. The earliest member of your family who can be documented was a man named Hans Bach. He was born around 1520, in the little town of Gotha. Hans' great, great, great grandson was the famous musician and composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.
In the summer of 1740, Hans' great, great, great, great grandson, Johann Heinrich Bach, sailed to America with his wife and their 2-year-old son John. Also onboard were his brother (Johann Wilhelm Bach) and his cousin (Johann Jacob Bach). They settled in Culpeper County, Virginia, and they changed the spelling of their last name to Back. (Many immigrants changed the spelling of their name so that English-speaking people could more easily pronounce it.)
In 1789, Johann Heinrich's youngest son, Joseph Back, left home and he migrated towards southeastern Kentucky with his wife, Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard Back, and their children. A 16-year-old boy named Samuel Maggard went along with them. He was the best friend of Joseph and Elizabeth's son John, and he was also the grandson of Samuel Maggard (1716-1778), who had adopted and raised Elizabeth Hoffman, after her parents had died. (That was how her last name became Hoffman-Maggard.)
Joseph Back and his wife settled in southeastern Kentucky in 1791, and they established the Bach (Back) family there. If your ancestors are from southeastern Kentucky, you descend from one of their four children: Joseph Jr. (1773-1802); John (1774-1854); Mary (1777-1807); or Henry (1785-1871).
If you would like to have the complete, accurate, and documented genealogy of this family, from 1520, down to the present-day, you can order one of the excellent books offered on this website.
Unfortunately, an incorrect genealogy of the Bach (Back) family was published in 1994 by some people who called themselves "The Back-Bach Genealogical Society," even though they were not professional genealogists, and their genealogy was not documented at all. They claimed that the family descended from a man named Hermann Bach, who was from Freudenberg, Germany. But this is absolutely incorrect.
In fact, every aspect of the genealogy from "The Back-Bach Genealogical Society," prior to John Back (1774-1854), is incorrect. Just click on The Incorrect Genealogypage above, for more information.
Our Bach (Back) ancestors came from
not Freudenberg, Germany.
We do not descend from Hermann Bach (Harman Back).
This website offers books
that document the accurate genealogy of our Bach (Back) family.