Name: Jacob Laymon
Birth: 15 APR 1778 in VA
Death: 5 JAN 1858 in Clinton,OH
NOTES: Jacob Layman was a German Baptist preacher, who was active in Clinton, Brown, Highland and Clermont Counties in Ohio. He came from Tennessee to Ohio. Documentation comes from Clinton County, OH records and Layman family Bible.
Change Date: 25 JUN 2004 at 12:19:30
One theory about Jacob's origin is that he was grandson of Benjamin Layman, who died in the Shenandoah Valley in 1786. A son of Benjamin, named Isaac, was in Highland County, OH by 1805.
Another possibility for the parents of Jacob is Joseph and Anna Laymon, who lived in Rockingham County, VA from 1773 to 1779, and then moved to Botetourt County, where they lived until 1786. This couple finally settled in Sevier County, Tennessee, and are officially listed as among the "first families" of that state. It seems pretty certain that Jacob was in Tennessee at some point, and his first one or two children were likely born there.
Jacob Layman is listed in Clark Township, Clinton County, OH in the census for 1820 and 1840. A Layman Family Bible, in the possession of Jim Laymon of , which belonged to Jacob's son Tavener, gives the dates of birth and death of this family
NOTES: Clara Laymon says she remembers a family story that Jacob or his generation came to Ohio as a traveling preacher during a great revival in KY sometime before Ohio became a state in 1805
NOTES: Highland County Census, Dodson Township, shows Jacob Laymon, age 70, as a Farmer; born in VA., wife: Mary, age 58, also born in VA
NOTES: Wills, Administrations, Guardianships, and Adoptions of Highland County, Ohio (1805-1880) McBride, 1981: Pg 63. Jacob, Layman Date July 27, 1852. Wife: Mary. To: The sons of his wife Mary's first marriage to Harmon K. West, to-wit: Isaac F West, Lewis West, Josiah West, children: "my son Amos Layman." Witnesses: N.W. Cummins, James M Thompson. Codicil: Dated July 23, 1857. Guardian of "my son Silas Layman": Amos Layman. Executor: N.W. Cummins. Witnesses: W.C. Woodrow, C. Bishir. Proven Feb. 19, 1858. Sureties: William C. Woodrow, Samuel J. Spees. Appraisers: John B. Hays, Levi Pike, Josiah Harvey. The widow elected to take under the will.
NOTES: A personal Bible record shows: James Harvey and Elizabeth A. Stevens his wife, married Clinton County, Ohio 1839 By Rev. Jacob Layman, Baptist M.G
NOTES: From Stephen Laymon's DNA study: Our most recent participant from this line was John Layman who was descended from Daniel Layman (b 1771). He was a perfect match for the other five in this group. It is certain that Daniel is the son of Joseph Laymon (b abt 1730; d after 1820 probably in Clermont Co., OH; lived in Rockingham Co., VA 1773-79 and Botetourt Co., VA 1779-86 before settling on Flat Creek in Sevier Co., TN.) and his wife Anna. This test ties this group together, with the most likely fit being that Daniel (b 1771), John (b 1750/51), Jacob (b VA 1778), and Joseph (b 1766/70) were all brothers. Other children of Joseph and Anna were: Susanah (m Abraham Mullendore), Elizabeth (m Jeremiah Compton), Ann (m John Jones), Mary (m Abraham Goodpasture), and Hester (m George Denton). =>This is based on the most likely fit. I don't know of any other verification of this arrangement. - JBL (2002)
NOTES: (Following was acquired from Steve Laymon):
NOTES: There was an obituary in the 'Old School' Baptist Newspaper 'Signs of the Times' (no date but probably Jan 1858):
NOTES: Blanchester, Clinton Co., OH "Brother Beebe: - Will you insert in the Signs, the following obituary notice: Died, at his residence in Lynchburg, Highland Co., Elder Jacob Laymon, almost 80 years of age. He departed this life on the 5th January last. Had he remained until April, he would have been 80 years old. He was ordained to the ministry on the 15th of January, 1814, by Moses Frazee and James, at the Stonelick Church in Clermont Co., OH, and continued to preach until about a year of his death. He was born in the State of Tennessee; when young, joined the church and began preaching before he came to OH. As a man, Brother Laymon sustained an unblemished character, of a cheerful and lively tempermament; as a minister, he was faithful. He has traveled and preached to a very considerable extent in the southern parts of Ohio. Although he was not considered a doctrinal preacher, he continued unmoved by all the cunning movements of this fruitful age of priestcraft. His discourses were experimental, and a peculiar gift of exhortation he possessed, that is not common among our ministers. To me, he was a father in the Gospel. An appropriate discourse was delivered on the occassion of his death, by Brother A.D. Hite, from 1st Pet., 1st chap., 24th and 25th verses: 'all flesh is as grass,' &c. Yours, in defence of truth, J.C. Beeman."
NOTES: From book: "Highland Pioneer Sketches & Family Genealogies" by Elsie Johnson Ayres, Hillsboro, OH (1971), p.58:
NOTES: BAPTIST CHURCH AND CEMETERY NORTH OF LYNCHBURG
..... "In 1836 some members of the old Baptist organization, William ans Sussana Sharp, Mrs. William Liggett, Rhoda Carpenter, and Rev. Jacob Laymon, were instrumental in erecting a log church closer to Lynchburg. They also laid off land for a cemetery, which today is in the northern part of the Masonic Burial Ground. The second Baptist church flourished as long as Rev. Laymon lived. His death occurred in the 1850s and the church began a gradual decline, disappearing finally from the scene. "
Father: Joseph Laymon b: Abt 1730 in Berks,PA
Mother: Anna b: Abt 1732 in PA
Mary Taylor b: 25 NOV 1775
- Tavner Laymon b: 29 SEP 1805 in TN
Mary West b: 15 SEP 1792