Volume I was published in 1976 with 42,000 names. Volume II was published in 1985 with 49,000 names. The latter is not a revision of Volume I but all new information that came in after Volume I went to the printers. The original spelling of the name in Switzerland was EGGER and evolved into Ecker in Alsace and remained such as long as family members signed in German. When the family started signing in English in NC it became EAKER.

At the time these books were written only two sons had been traced and the exact origins and much pertinent data was not known. More recent research has disclosed that Peter, Sr. had married 12 Jan 1714 at Reichenbach, Switzerland to Verena Gilmann and there were five children. Another son Johannes and daughter Barbara are still unaccounted for. It has been proven that daughter Catherine married Jacob Mani/Mauney, Jr. in Alsace and they also appear in NC by 1763. A detailed Mauney sketch for the years 1763-1800 is included on pages 998-1011 of Volume II.

Further research has also disclosed that the Egger family originated at Adleboden and Frutigen in Canton Bern, Switzerland and left there before 1720 for Alsace where they remained for at least 21 years before arriving at Philadelphia on Ship Lydia on 29 September 1741. The families were listed at Muddy Creek in Lancaster Co. Peter, Sr. and the Mani family seemed to have remained in PA until about 1762 before moving to NC. It is now proven that Eaker sons Christian and Peter, Jr. arrived west of the Catawba River in what is now Lincoln Co., NC about 1751-52. The large Mani/Mauney family arrived on the same ship with them and was also from Canton Bern.

For more detailed information on the origins of the Egger and Mani families and their trek across Europe refer to "German Speaking People West Of The Catawba River In NC 1750-1800"

Volume I (1040 pages, 42.000 names) has "Zelpha's Journal" which records the family in SE MO., "Grandma's Little Black Book" kept by a descendant in NC, and several sketches on the families who intermarried with the Eakers in the early generations. More extensive sketches on the Hahn, Crites and other families in SE MO. Available in 3rd edition for $55.00, postage pd.

Volume II (1145 pages, 49,000 names) is all new material that came in after Volume I was published and contains more research on the family. It also includes Casper Shell's Journal of the 1830-1840s in MO, extensive sketches on Fish/Snider, Moyer/Myers, Mull, Perkins, Mani/Mauney and Hiltebrand along with some short sketches of other families originating in Lincoln Co., NC. Available in first edition for $42.00, postage pd.

The early generations of progeny and the pages they are listed on in these two volumes follow.

(l). Christian Eaker bp 1724 Alsace, d. 1777 NC m. in NC to Eve Whisenant; they had 5 children. She later m. John Huffstutler and had a son Henry). Vol. I; 44-253. Vol.II,18-202

a. Barbara m.(l) Logan Co, KY John Huffstutler, (Jr. ?) m. (2) Logan Co., KY William McMahon. She had one base born son William who went by various spellings of the Eaker (Acor/Agor/Acre) name.

b Catherine Eaker m. prior to 1794 Lincoln Co., NC Enoch Parker. They had at least 9 children and moved to Carroll Co., GA about 1825 where they appear on the 1830 census. Recent contact with some of these has been made, but I still do not have details on the family

c. Peter Eaker b. 1765 NC m, (l) and had children? (2) 6 Sept 1792 Jean/Jane Kiser and they had eleven children, all of which seem to have remained in NC.

d. Christian/Christopher Eaker, Jr. b. 1768, NC d. 1839 Cape Girardeau (now Bollinger) Co., MO. m. NC ca 1789 Jane Wilson and they moved with their 9 children to MO 1817. One son John was widowered in MO; left his 5 children there in Stoddard Co.; returned to NC where he remarried to Ann Catherine Baker and moved to Gordon Co., GA. There he reared a second family of 7 children.

e. Daniel Eaker b.1773 NC d.1853 NC m. (1) 1802 Sarah McCarty who died 1807. They had two sons. m. (2) Frances Carpenter and had one son. All three sons reared families in Lincoln/ Gaston County NC area.

(2). Peter Eaker, Jr. bp. 7 June 1720 in Alsace (new data) d. between Nov 1797 and August 1799 Lincoln Co., NC m.cal747 probably Lancaster or Lebanon Co. PA. Anna Barbara b. ca 1730 d. after 16 June 1800.

The three eldest children: Johannes bp. Oct. 1748, Anna Barbara bp. 23 Dec. 1749 and Peter bp 25 Feb 1751 .(later proven to be Hans Peter and commonly called John Peter) have baptismal records at Mulbach Reformed Church in Lebanon Co., PA . These baptismal records not found until about 1993. Information on this family found on pages 254-724 of Volume I and pages 203-760 of Volume II.

a Anna Barbara Eaker bp23 Dec 1749, Lebanon Co., PA d. after 1800 Lincoln Co., NC m (l) in NC ca 1770 Johann Nicholas Warlick b. in PA Before 1750 d. 20 June 1780 at Battle of Ramsour's Mill, Lincolnton, NC; had four daughters and one son. The son and 3 daughters married and remained in NC. Daughter Susannah married Joseph Francis and lived around Marion Co., TN. m. (2) between 17 July and 30 Oct 1781 to John Helterbrand She and John, with their five children and her unmarried Warlick daughters moved to Knox Co., TN 1794. Domestic dispute developed and suits and counter-suits were filed in the courts. Barbara took her Warrick daughters and returned to Lincoln Co. John kept their five children, all of which intermarried with the Cherokee Nation. Son Michael's Indian wife died and he remarried to a white woman and was permitted to remain in Polk Co., TN; one son died in an Indian skirmish in GA and the other two sons and daughter Sarah with their families along with John an4 his 2nd wife, also Cherokee, were on the Trail Of Tears and died in Oklahoma. There is a Helterbrand Sketch in Vol. II pages 994-7. and a more extensive report in "German Speaking People West Of The Catawba River In NC 1750-1800".

b. Johannes (John) Eaker bp. Oct 1748 PA d. ca 1782 Lincoln Co., NC. m.1770- 75 NC to Mary_____. She remarried to Thomas Roberts and they moved with her three children to Christian Co., KY in 1800. Son Michael married Polly Armstrong and had a large family in Graves Co., KY. Some of these spread out over TN, TX, NM, CA, OK, OR, etc.; Son Peter's first wife died in Christian Co. and he remarried to Elizabeth Boiling and moved to Madison Co., TN where he had several children and d. ca 1840: Daughter Elizabeth m. Asa Estes 1801 and had died before Sep 1804 when he remarried to Charlotte Cooper. No known progeny.

c. Christian Eaker b. ca 1753 d. 30 Aug 1829, Lincoln Co., NC m. Sarah Hager b. 1752 d, 26 Dec 1834. They had no children, but Christian willed to various nieces and nephews, which effectively put the family together.

d. Michael Eaker b. ca 1755 NC d. 17 Jan - Apr 1816 Lincoln Co., NC. m. 2 Jan 1787 Ruth Kuykendall b. ca 1760 d ca 1819 Lincoln Co., NC . They had 8 children All remained in NC except Affee m. Russell Duty and lived GA and EN before moving to Cohoma Co. MS before 1840: Mary m. Henry Weathers and lived TN & AR before moving to Cohoma Co., MS before 1840. The two couples were apparently deceased before 1850 as several of their children were living in a combined household on the 1850 MS census.

e. Catherine Eaker 1753 NC d. 2 Nov. -18 Dec 1826 Allen Co., KY. m. before 1770 Samuel Zimmerman/Carpenter b. Before 1750 PA d.30 Mar-May 1811 Barren Co., KY. He was son ofand Margaret Eberly Zimmerman of Lancaster Co., PA and proof is in Volume II page324-335. They were the parents of 7 children all born in NC, but only one daughter remained there. Sarah m. Daniel Lattimore and lived near Polkville, NC; Susannah m. John Lattimore, Jr. and lived McMinn Co., TN; Barbara m. Peter Shytle/Shickles and died Allen Co., KY. (Several of the Shickle children/grandchildren) moved to Cole and Moniteau Co., MO); Margaret m. John Orr and lived Marshall Co., TN; Elizabeth m. Lanman Short and lived Cole Co., MO. Samuel Eaker Carpenter (only son) m.(l) Sarah Gray Downing and lived Allen Co., KY, They had 11 children; Frances Green Carpenter b. 1798 before the family moved to KY 1800, m. Enoch Enloe and moved to Moniteau Co., MO. She was named for her Aunt Frances Eaker Green; m.(2) Sarah Jane Harlan. One child died young.

f.. Susannah Eaker b.1759 d. 27 Oct 1825 Rutherford Co., NC m. 11 Apr 1786 Joseph Zimmerman/Carpenter, brother to Samuel above.. They had four children, three of which remained in Rutherford Co., NC. Son Peter m. Margaret Ramsey and lived Marshall Co., TN.

g. Elizabeth Eaker b. ca 1767 m. Phillip Morris. Only mention of them anywhere is in her father's will and the estate settlement They did not purchase at her father's estate sale or at any of the neighbors. However they did obtain her share of the estate in 1800 without aid of a Power of Attorney. They must have been somewhere in the vicinity. No progeny has been found.

h. Mary Eaker 1772 d. 15 Nov 1832 York Co., SC m.3 Nov 1887 Frederick Hambright, Jr. b. 1766 d. 1844 York Co., SC. (10 ch.) John m. Sarah Sandlin and their children in Upshur Co., TX and around Lonoke, AR area; James m. Anne Eaker, his first cousin and lived York, Co., SC (4 ch.); Benjamin m. (1) Dixon, (1 ch b. in Paducah, KY but reared in NC apparently by her Dixon Relatives) m.(2) Deborah and they lived Paducah, KY, Montgomery Co., IL, Jackson Co., MO, Grayson Co., TX, Tulare Co., CA and he died in Omaha, NE. They had several children scattered about: Christopher Eaker Hambright m. Anna Williams and lived Fallston, NC (4 ch); Michael A. Hambright rn. twice, (6 ch.); Peter Hambright b. 1790 York Co., SC d. 1838 Mc Minn Co., TN m. Mary Hair (9 ch.); Sarah Ellen Hambright b. 1801 SC d. 1891 m. ca 1825 Vachel Dillingham d. York Co., SC (6 ch). Family in AZ, CA, NM, SC. TX & UT: Jefferson Hambright m. Sallie Mannon (4 ch); Charlotte Hambright m. Henry Carpenter and lived Tippah Co., MS; Madison Hambright m. (1) Elizabeth Mannon m. (2) Faithie Houser (9 ch) two youngest sons moved toTX.

i. Frances Sarah Eaker (This family used the ACRE and AKER spelling) b. 1770 NC d. St Clair Co., AL m.1787 Lincoln Co., NC Jacob Green b.1767 d. after 1840, St. Clair Co., AL. They moved from NC/SC 1818 to St. Clair Co., AL (9 ch): Joseph b. SC d. AL or TX m.. Margaret Graham (13 ch). Most of these lived around Waco & San Saba Co., TX; Samuel m. Sallie Robards in NC and lived Calhoun Co., AL and Bastrop Co., TX (8ch); Nancy m John Anderson Dill, lived Greensport, AL (1 ch); Polly/Mary m. James P. Wood and remained in NC/SC area. No known progeny; Christopher Acre (used this spelling of the Eaker name) Green m. Mary Lawson and lived Ripley and Tippah Counties, MS (11 ch); Abraham B. b. 1803 NC d. St. Clair Co., AL m. Amoretta Dill (8 ch) lived St Clair Co., AL; Susan b. 1805 SC d.1878 Talladega, AL m. 1821 George Wood (bro to James) (11 ch). Family in GA, AL & TX; Lucressa b. 1807 SC m.1824 William Whisenant b. 1795 d. 1870, lived St. Clair Co., AL (7 ch); Jacob R. b. 1810 m. Elizabeth Journey Boyd, lived Calhoun Co., AL (6 ch). Family mostly in AL.

j. Hans/John Peter Eaker bp. 25 Feb 1751 in what is now Lebanon Co., PA d. before Oct 1819. Cape Girardeau Co., MO. m. (1) ca 1788 in Lincoln Co., NC 5 ch), m.(2) 14 Nov 1798 Lincoln Co., NC Sarah Hambright, b. ca 1768 Lincoln Co., NC d. 1826 Cape Girardeau Co., MO. (4 ch). They moved to MO 1817 with two 1st Marriage sons, John who had married Barbara Kiser (10 ch) and Henry who married Elizabeth Settlemire (2 ch), and their 4 2nd marriage children: Frederick m. Elizabeth Perkins (6 ch), Michael m. Elizabeth Hahn (6 ch), Sarah m. David Shell (9 ch), and Susannah m. Joel Crites (7 ch). The three children they left behind in NC were: Catherine n. Samuel Hullett (5 ch); Barbara m. John Lucas (5), and Peter m. Catherine McClerg (5 ch).

LINCOLN COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSN. Receives Lorena Eaker Genealogical Collection

The LCHA now has hard copies of ONE WISE MAN-A Genealogy of FREDERICK WISE by Lorena Eaker. We are also excited to be the home of Lorena's extensive genealogical collection. Currently, we have less than half of the collection in house, and we hope to have the remaining portion by the end of 2012. Brittany Dismuke, Belmont Abbey College student and LCHA intern, is now inventorying the collection, and we hope to have the finding aid available by the end of January 2012. Let us know if there are any families that you are currently researching, and we will make every effort to determine if there are files for these families in the material that we have from Eaker's Collection.

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