Johannes Bullitschek (B2)


Johannes Bullitschek/Bolerjack (B2) was born 07 Nov 1764 in Lititz, Lancaster Co., PA.  He was baptized the same afternoon, "1764 Johannes, Br. and Sr. Joseph Ferdinand and Charlotte Bullitschek's second little son and child, was baptized into the death of Jesus by Br. Matthaeus (Hehl) on Wednesday the 7th of November in the afternoon in the presence of the congregation.  Sponsors were Br. Franz Boehler and Br. and Sr. Henry and A. Mar. Haller, as grandparents, together with the workers present.  Born Wednesday about midnight at the beginning of November 7th in Lititz."  John's name was also spelled Boletjack, Boleshak, Bolarjack, Bolesheck, Bolingjack and Bolesheek.

After the family moved to Bethania, a diary entry on 23 May 1783 states that Br. Bullitschek (Sr) and his son John were preparing to build the mill.  On 01 Feb 1784, church records include notes of a doctor, "About 3 o'clock Joseph (Bullitscheck) Jr. came to take me to his sick brother, Johannes.  I stayed with him all night."

He married Mary "Polly" Forrest/Foster/Forrester (B2/W/, born 14 Apr 1765 in Culpepper Co., VA., daughter of James and _________ (_________) Forrest) on 11 Aug 1786 in Surry Co., NC. by Brent H. Holcomb.  The marriage bond of five hundred pounds was signed by John Bolisheck, John Forrest and James Forrest, who held and firmly bound themselves to his Excellency, Richard Caswell, Governor.

John Bolingjack purchased goods from the estate of John Thompson in Surry Co., NC. in Aug 1787. 

John Bolingjack appeared in the 1790 Salisbury District of Stokes Co., NC. They had no slaves.  John's daughter Charlotte and his wife Mary would account for the females, and his son James for the male under 16.  The census record suggests that John lived close to the Shallow Ford Road at the top of Ellison or Blanket Botton Creek between present-day Highways 40 and 421.  The road leading to Germanton still bears the Bolejack name.  One court record states that Johannes and his brother Samuel Bolejack (B5) lived on land lying on waters of Muddy Creek in the vicinity of Germantown, NC.  In 1795 John and his brothers Joseph, Jr., and Samuel were living in Stokes Co., NC. where at least one of them operated a mill.

John Bolajack appeared in the Wilkes Co., NC. taxables list with 1657 acres of land.  After the Revolutionary War, the only source of revenue for the county government was a local tax of either a poll tax on each male age 21 to 60, a land tax on 100 acres or a miscellaneous tax, all of which were collected by the sheriff.  

Johannes Bolarjack appeared in the 1800 census of Wilkes Co., NC. with 3 m under 10 (Joel, John, William), 1 m 10-16 (James), one m 26-45 (John), 1 f under 10 (Polly), 1 f 10-16 (Charlotte) and 1 f 26-45 (Mary).  The family also had one female over 45, possibly Mary Forrest's mother.  They had no slaves. 

In 1808 John obtained a license to build and operate a public mill on Lewis Fork in Wilkes Co., NC.

The family appeared in the 1810 Wilkes Co., NC census with 2 m under 10 (Joel & _________), 2 m 10-16 (John & _________), 2 m 16-26 (James & William), 2 m 45+ (John), 1 f under 10 (Elizabeth), 1 f 10-16 (Polly), and 1 f over 45 (Mary).

John died 17 Apr 1815 in Stokes Co., NC.  He was buried in the Bolejack Cemetery near Germantown, Stokes Co., NC. 

Polly went with her children to White Co., IL.  She seems to be the woman (age 70-80) who appeared in the 1840 White Co., IL. census with either her son John (B2E) or Joel (B2F).  She died 09 Jan 1842 in __________ (White Co., IL. ?) Co., IL.  She was buried in __________ Co., __. 

They had seven children:  A.  Charlotte (Bolerjack) Jarrell   B.  James Bolerjack   C.  William Bolerjack   D.  Polly (Bolerjack) Hargrove   E.  John Bolerjack   F.  Joel Bolerjack, Sr.   G.  Elizabeth (Bolerjack) Deboard.  Six of the children migrated to White Co., IL., either directly or via Tennessee.  James Bolerjack remained in Tennessee.