This Back/Bach family is not related to Harman Back (aka Hermann Bach), from Freudenberg, Germany. A significant amount of documented research proves this.
He came to southeastern Kentucky in the early spring of 1791 with his parents and siblings. His parents witnessed a marriage permission letter on April 23, 1791, for James Robeson and Sarah Murfit, along the banks of the Cumberland River. A few months later, either he, or his father, witnessed a marriage permission letter, on October 23, 1791, for William Ford and Sally Shackelford. The signatures on the two documents are very similar, but because Joseph Jr. was later murdered by someone from the Ford family, some people suspect that this October marriage permission letter was signed by Joseph Jr. (attached to this memorial).
After arriving in Kentucky, in 1791, he first lived with his family in a cabin along Quicksand Creek, in what later became Breathitt County. In 1794, his father sent him, his brother John, and John's best friend, Samuel Maggard, over to Russell County, Virginia, because his father's uncle, John William Back, had just died, and his father wanted him and the other two men to help the widow (Mary Marberry Back) with the estate and manage the farm. So all three men went over there. While they were there, they each met a woman and fell in love, and they each got married in 1795.
The name of Joseph Jr.'s wife's name is not known. They had at least one child, a son named Joseph (born about 1796), who married a woman named Sarah (born about 1796), who was born in North Carolina. They were later seen in the 1870 Census Report, in Breathitt County, Kentucky, living with John Back Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Cope. (John Back Jr. was Joseph's cousin, because their fathers were brothers.) Joseph and Sarah died a few years later and were buried in the Roark Cemetery in Noctor, Kentucky (Breathitt County), near John Back Sr. and his wife Catherine Robertson.
Joseph Jr. was murdered by members of the Ford family, according to Dr. Wilgus Bach, probably in southwestern Virginia, in 1802. Dr. Wilgus said that "members of the Ford family killed Joseph Back Jr. because he resented the name Back as late as 1802. " However, nobody is really sure what that meant. This Ford family was probably related to the William Ford that married Sally Shackleford, as shown in the attached marriage permission letter. There was a William Ford who became the sheriff of Fayette County, but it has not been confirmed that this was the same man.
However, it is known that the William Ford who married Sally Shackleford must have died before January of 1800, because Sally got married to John Killam on 1-26-1800 in Garrard County, KY (her 2nd husband).
If anyone has any further information about Joseph Back Jr., his wife, his son, or his murder, please contact me. Thank you.