I don't have the time or the energy to write about the global Amick family, so I will follow Johan Georg's children from Pennsylvania down to Pendleton County, Virginia, and then on to Anglin's Creek in Nicholas County. Henry Amick, grandson of Johan Georg, left Bucks County around 1790 to move his family to Pendleton County. He had served in the militia in the Revolutionary War, operated his father's mill when he inherited it, and had at least three children by the time of his move. His son, Jacob Amick, Sr., was born in Pennsylvania in 1789; another son, John, was born 6 September 1790 in Pendleton County.
|Certificate awarding 40 acres to Jacob Amick|
for service in the War of 1812. From www.fold3.com.
On 5 June 1814, three months before he enlisted in the militia, Jacob married Rachel Shroyer in Pendleton County. Rachel is reported to have been born in 1797 near Dahmer in Pendleton County. Things may have been a little crowded on the Amick homeplace. After Jacob's mother died about 1809, his father married a woman, supposedly much younger than he was, about 1810. They had a daughter shortly after. The 1810 census in Pendleton County shows Henry "Eamick" with five children younger than five years, one daughter age 10-15, three sons ages 16-25, and both a man and a woman older than 45 years (Henry and his new wife, Catharine).
Jacob's brother, Nicholas, had left about 1797 for Kentucky, and in the years after their mother's death, several of the other Amick children began moving on. Children of Henry and Barbara Amick relocated to Nicholas County, WV, Fayette County, WV, Atchison Co., Kansas, and Spencer County, Indiana. Henry Amick, Jr.(on the 1820 Pendleton County census) followed his brothers to Nicholas County, but he was not found in county records in later years.
Nicholas County was formed in 1818 from parts of Greenbrier, Kanawha, and Randolph Counties. Both John and Jacob Amick are listed on the Nicholas County census in 1820. Jacob Amick is found on the 1830 census, which was enumerated on June 1 of that year, in BOTH Pendleton and Nicholas County (his father, Henry, is also listed in the 1830 Pendleton census). The 1830 Nicholas County census lists John Amick and John Amick, Sr.
Jacob received a land grant of 80 acres there on 20 June 1823. Other land grants were awarded on 7 June 1824 (325 acres, including improvements where Jacob Amick lived and adjacent to land of John Amick), 8 September 1824 (100 acres) and 11 April 1825 (73 acres). Jacob also purchased land from Henry Eye (100 acres) on 1 March 1829. As late as 31 August 1846, Jacob received a land grant of 200 acres in Fayette and Greenbrier Counties (recorded in Nicholas County) on both sides of Meadow River which included a small improvement and a mill above the mouth of Anglin's Creek.
Jacob and Rachel had nine children, five of whom were born in Pendleton County:
1) John Amick, born 1815
2) Samuel Amick, born 1816
3) Henry Amick, born 1 November 1817
4) Rachel Amick, born 1824
5) Jacob Amick, Jr., born 1826
6) Arthur Amick, born 3 March 1833 (twin)
7) Mary Amick, born 3 March 1833 (twin)
8) Elizabeth Amick, birth date unknown
9) Catherine Amick, birth date unknown.
The Jacob Amick family is found on the 1840 census in Nicholas County, with Jacob listed as being between 50 and 60 years old. He has a total of seven children. On the same page of the census is found John Amick, Sr. and John M. Amick. By 1850 the Nicholas County census reports that Jacob Amick, 62 years old, lives with his wife, Rachael, and their children, Jacob, Rachael, and Polly (Mary). His son, Henry, lives next to them with his wife, Jane, and son, Jacob, who is one year old.
Numerous affidavits on the pension application of Rachael Amick in 1876 and again in 1887, when she lost her pension certificate and had to reapply, state that Jacob Amick, Sr. died 6 September 1859. They swore to it! But on the 1860 census we find Jacob and Rachael Amick; he is age 65, and she is age 60. No children live with them, but all of their neighbors are Amicks, including their son, Jacob Amick, Jr. The census is to include those people living in the home as of June 1, 1860; even if the count includes someone who had died in the last 30 days, Jacob would not have been included if he had died 6 September 1859. I'm not sure how the witnesses in Rachael's pension application could not have remembered whether Jacob had died before or after the Civil War, but his death is listed in the Nicholas County records as having died in September 1868, as reported by his son, Jacob Amick, Jr. Jacob's burial place has not ever been found, but it's believed that he was buried near the mill on Anglin's Creek. W. D. Amick, who lives at Runa, says that he has looked extensively on that side of Anglin's Creek, and he has not been able to find any evidence of a grave in the dense woods.