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John Daniel Helm, Sr
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Birth: Sep. 1, 1741, Germany
Death: Sep. 27, 1818
Bedford County
Virginia, USA

John Daniel Helm, Senior, was born Sep 1, 1741 in Gollenberg, Birkenfeld Parish, currently in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and died Sep 27, 1818 in Bedford County, Virginia at the age of 77.

His first wife was Sophia Magdalena Mohr, whom he married on Apr 20, 1772, according to records in the Lower Bermudian Lutheran and Reformed Union Church (organized in 1745) in Latimore Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (page 51). According to the same record, she was the daughter of Andreas Mohr, who had died before the time of her marriage. She was born in 1751 and died on Mar 23, 1787 around the age of 36. A grandson, Wesley Kenerly Helm (1822-1871), recorded in a notebook: "Sophia Magdalen More and John D. Helm Sr. was maried 1772. Sophia Deceased March 23rd 1787."

John Daniel Helm's second wife was a Mrs. -- Jones.

Wesley Kenerly Helm's notebook also records: "John D. Helm Sr. was born Sept 1st 1741. emigrated from Germany to America between the year's of 1765 and 1771. Deceased September 27th 1819 aged 77 years and 26 days."

Some family historians report that "John and his brother Francis emigrated from Germany on the ship "Pennsylvania Packet" from London, arriving on Oct 3, 1768" and that "John's future wife Sophia Magdalena Mohr was on the same ship." However, the records don't support that. Thirty Thousand Immigrant Names in Pennsylvania 1727-76, p 383, shows only 19 men on that ship, including J. Frantz Helm, but no John Daniel Helm or any other Helm name. Similarly, Pennsylvania German Pioneers in Two Volumes, p 720, shows the same list, as does Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania 1727-1775, p 484.

After staying at Baltimore for a short time, he moved to Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, according to one source. John and Sophia were married in Adams County, Pennsylvania, and their son John, Jr., was baptized in Adams County.

They moved to Fincastle in Botetourt County, Virginia, then on to Bedford County, Virginia.

According to The Barger Journal, "He served under General Anthony Wayne against the Indians."

A document dated Jan 15, 1783 recording "A Pay Roll of Jefferson Militia under -- Or Actual Service in Repeling an Invasion of the Enemy Indians Or On An Exped. against the Enemy under Gen'l George Rogers Clark" lists John Helm Sr., entered 21 Oct 1782, discharged 5th Nov 1782, at pay of one pound, seven and 1/8 shillings as a private. A column showing 3 pounds, 10 shillings, no pence was crossed out. Another column headed with the figure for pounds lists two pounds, no shillings. The document was further annotated, "Jefferson County 15th Jany. 1783. Captain John Virtraesi this day Proved On Oath that the above pay roll is Just before me. . . J. T. Moore. I Certify that the above Service was performed Jnkloyd Co Lieu." Another page was annotated, "Memor. The Capt receives Lieutn. pay. The Lieut. Ensigns pay. & the Ensign receives Sergs pay & two of the Sergeants are paid as privates." Another annotation on the file was, "Capt Verbreese Pay Roll 1782. L92.2.4 2/5 No. 8." Still another annotation, "Jefferson Capt. John Vartreese Jany. 24 1785 Militia No. 566 L94..16..0" (Current-day Jefferson County, Kentucky was still a part of Virginia until it became a state in 1792.)

According to the approved DAR application of Hazel D. Dyson, member number 291028, who was descended from John through his son John, Wesley Kenerly, and Mary Frances: "John Helm entered the service Oct 21, 1782 and was discharged Nov 5, 1782 and received pay of 3 pounds and 10 shillings. He was a private on the pay roll of Jefferson Militia, in actual service in the invasion of the Indian enemy; and on an expedition of the enemy under Gen. Geo. Rogers Clark."

The following information was also on the DAR application of LaRoyce Dempster Stephens, member number 484633, who also was descended from John through his son John, Wesley Kenerly, and Mary Frances. However, this information was crossed off Hazel D. Dyson's application: "John Helm was in Leonard Hart's Battalion of Bettencourt County -- Gen. Potter's Brigade and was evidently a selected second lieutenant."

However, the DAR Record Copy application of Delores Storm Wagner, 720882, approved in 1988, descended from John Daniel Helm, Sr. through Wesley, Bertha, Frank H. Storm, and Francis H. Storm, shows that the DAR, in 1988, discredited the above service. The DAR wrote on the application: "This service is credited to a man from Campbell Co. VA and another John Helm in Pr. Wm. Co. has the G. R. Clark service." John Daniel Helm was credited with "Public service claims - Bedford Co. Bk. p. 6 - See Seimes see M. H. corr. 1981."

According to Virginia "Publick" Claims, Bedford County (page 5), John Helm was granted

According to Virginia "Publick" Claims, Bedford County (page 5), John Helm was granted

According to Virginia "Publick" Claims, Bedford County (page 5), John Helm was granted

According to Virginia "Publick" Claims, Bedford County (page 5), John Helm was granted 113-13 for "a wagon & team belonging to him and Thomas Helm, dec'd impressed in South Carolina for use of Gen. Stephen's brigade of VA. Militia in Aug 1780 never returned alld. 113-13"

One member of the Sons of the American Revolution who claimed John Daniel Helm, Sr. as his patriot ancestor was Larry Patrick Cornwell, 138085, approved in 2002. He claimed the DAR application for Delores Storm Wagner, "Public service claims - Bedford Co. Bk. p. 6" as proof of this patriot's service.

After John Daniel Helm, Sr. died, a son-in-law administered his estate in Bedford County.

An inventory and appraisal of his estate on Oct 27, 1818 was recorded in the Bedford County, Virginia courthouse on Nov 23, 1818, in Will Book 5, page 45. A copy of the inventory follows the listing of his children.

Two children are listed in early church records as having been born of Johann Daniel Helm and Sophia Magdalena:

According to the Baptisms at St. John Evangelical Lutheran, Germany Township, near Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania (1763-1858, page 145: Johan Daniel, b. 31 March 1773, bap. 9 May 1773. Sponsors were Johan Franz Hulm and frau (wife) Anna Maria.

According to the Records of Manchester Lutheran and Reformed Church in Carroll County (formerly Baltimore County, just across the Pennsylvania line), Maryland: Johannes Helm, b. 10 Aug 1784, bap. 22 Aug 1784.

The children of John Daniel Helm, Senior and Sophia Magdalena Moore were, according to Wesley Kenerly Helm's journal:

*i John Daniel, b. Apr 1, 1773, m. 1st, Lucy Grant; 2nd, Catherine Barger on Oct 15, 1798, d. Apr 1, 1854
ii David, killed in Canada in the War of 1812, unmarried
iii Abram, died at the Battle of New Orleans, unmarried
iv Hannah, m. Fred Annspaugh
v Sallie, m. Reuben Parker on May 28, 1814
vi Elizabeth, b 1790. m. William Calvert on Jul 14, 1808, d. Jun 6, 1857
vii Mary (Polly), m. Joseph Helm on Jul 17, 1810
Family links: 
  Johann Frantz Helm (1703 - 1756)
  Sophia Magdalen Moore Helm (1751 - 1787)
  John Daniel Helm (1773 - 1854)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Larry Cornwell
Record added: Jan 13, 2009
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 Added: Jan. 13, 2009

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