Hi Janet,Wasn't trying to stir things up. LOL Just giving a different perspective on things. Although Jacob's father was from Ireland, it IS possible that John B was his father. In 1850, he(Jacob)lived close to where John B & Mahala lived in Salt Creek (with the Fraunfeldters).We don't KNOW for sure where John B was born - it could have been Maryland but more than likely was Ireland. And yes, he was born about 1804. I don't know of any records that state John B was born in Maryland. None of the census records state that, at least what I have come across. If Don or any of the others have that proof, then they haven't to my knowledge told me yet. I don't know of anyone having a death record of John B either. So John B COULD be Jacob's father if John B was born in Ireland.
Now, for the other John B - he was born on Jan 12, 1842, not in 1815. That was when Abe was born (1814 actually), so we know he wasn't the father of Jacob.
The first we know of any of "our" Melchi/Malchi's being in the USA was in the 1810 census for John Malchi living in Maryland. At that time, he had 2 daughters, born between 1794-1800, and 2 sons, John B = born abt 1804 and Edward born abt 1807 . The dates for the daughters are based on that years (1810) census. Nothing has been found for John in the 1790 or 1800 census so far. Nor has anything been found on any ships that landed, with them on the roster for that time period.
So, it is conceivable that John B was Jacob's father. And as far as Mahala being his mother, I don't have any proof yet of where she was born. Or maybe he (Jacob) was born out of wedlock to the Fraunfeldter girl (the family he was with in 1850 census). Anything is possible until we prove otherwise.
If you or anyone else has proof that John B of 1804 was born in Maryland and not Ireland, then please pass it on to me. Or at least where I can find it, if it's on the internet. I would really appreciate it.
Keep Smiling and Keep the Faith!!!!!!! We will figure this out sooner or later.