Jacob ARNEY, died in Lincoln County, NC, in 1784.
Jacob Arney, previosly lived in the area of Yorktown, York County, PA, at least between 1750-1767.
1st Wife: Anna Ursula Kron, 2nd Wife: Elizabeth (surname/maiden name, unconfirmed)
They had at least 4 "known" children, born in the area of Yorktown, York County, PA
Christian "Christy" Arney, Sr. (1750-1834), Adam "Lawrence" Arney (1751-1802), Johann Heinrich "Henry" Arney, Sr. (1755-1830), Anna Elisabeth Arney-Setzer/Setser (1761-1849).
Jacob Arney, is believed to have moved his family from the area, around 1767, moving to the area of Tryon County, NC, where he purchased 200 acres of land, on the south side of the South Fork of the Catawba River, in 1772.
Once in Tryon County, NC, it's believed that Jacob Arney had at least 2 more children, Peter Arney (1772-1845) and Catherine Arney-Edleman (1774-????)
This Jacob Arney, has been incorrectly tied or connected to a Frederick Ernigh, who arrived in the USA in 1732. Frederick Arney died in 1771, in Colebrookdale Twp, Berks County, PA. Frederick settled in the areas of Colebrookdale Twp (Berks County, PA) & Douglass Twp (Philadelphia County, PA), again where he died in 1771. This Frederick, did have a son named Jacob, but this Jacob died in 1776, in PA, leaving behind a Widow, Barbara, and yet to be born son, Frederick. Jacob's Widow, Barbara, remarried an Adam Luckhard, and they moved to Ohio around 1800.
Virtually all genealogical leads, about Jacob Arney, unfortunately lead back to this incorrect information, that the Jacob Arney who died in Lincoln County, NC, was the son of this Frederick Ernigh.
My goal, is to find out, who the true parents of my Jacob Arney were, who were his siblings, and where were they born. This is the only way, I will ever be able to convince others, who our Jacob Arney's true parents & siblings were.
I have found very few records, so far, about York County, PA.
I have looked through the PSAS (Pennsylvania State Archives Series), and found lots of information on the "other family" (i.e. Frederick & family), but none on mine.
Other than finding a Jacob ERNEY, on the Court of Pleas docket, once in 1760, and 3 times in 1761, in York COunty, PA, all seemingly dealing with the same issue, not much.
Also, it was shared with me, by an ancestor of a store keeper, that Jacob Arney's name appears on a ledger, in 1758, in York County, PA. A son was doing an inventory of his father's estate, Christian Croll, and in the ledger under Book of Debts, is Jacob Arney's name.
I have tried the York County, PA website, looking for anything on Jacob Arney, but to no avail so far.
Jacob Arney's original Will, still exists today, and is held at the North Carolina State Archives, in Raleigh, NC. Unfortunately, the ink has faded over the years, and only the lower 1/3-1/2 is still readable (the rest has faded just enough, that you can't read it). The only useful information, still readable, is that he notes his Wife's name is Elisabeth.
Christian "Christy" Arney, Sr., served several tours for the North Carolina Militia (known as the "South Fork Boys"), during the American Revolutionary War. He applied for a pension in 1832, and was denied, but reapplied in 1833, and it was granted. In his 2nd deposition, he was asked where was he born, and he stated "Yorktown, PA"
If I can break this "brick wall", it would be like finding this branch of the Arney's true "holy grail".
One of the early researchers, of the 1950's, who began research on this family surname, Dr. Tom Rider, was one of those who (self admittedly) made the initial incorrect connection with Frederick Ernigh. He is the one, who pointed out, with documentation to back him up, that this was in fact an error. I double checked his documentation for myself, and came to the same conclusion, however, this presented a new problem. If our Jacob Arney was not the son of Frederick Ernigh, who was he the son of? Dr. Rider, has resided himself, in the fact, that we may never know, but I haven't given up hope, yet.
Thank you, for your time, consideration, and cooperatioin, I truly appreciate it.