Family:Adam Wayland and Maria Finks (1)

Facts and Events
Marriage? 12 April 1777 Culpeper County, Virginia
22 February 1778 Culpeper County, Virginia

Descendants of Adam Wayland

Generation No. 1

1. ADAM2 WAYLAND (THOMAS1) was born 1723 in Culpeper County, Virginia, and died 1777 in prob. Virginia. He married (1) ELIZABETH BLANKENBAKER WFT Est. 1745-1749 in Virginia, daughter of HANS BLANCKENBÜHLER and ANNE ???. She was born WFT Est. 1724-1726 in Virginia, and died 01 Apr 1774 in Virginia. He married (2) MARIA "MARY" FINKS Abt. 1776 in Prob. Virginia, daughter of MARK FINKS and ELIZABETH ???. She was born 1753 in Prob. Virginia, and died Abt. 1830 in Virginia.

Notes for ADAM WAYLAND: From "Germanna History", notes Nr. 1389:

Thomas Wayland's son, Adam Wayland, married first, Elizabeth Blankenbaker, the daughter of Balthasar Blankenbaker, a 1717 immigrant. They had six children, it is believed. Elizabeth died, and Adam married Mary Finks, and they had two children.

There was a famous lawsuit among the heirs of Adam Wayland. When he was still married to Elizabeth Blankenbaker, he wrote a will. Then he married again and failed to update his will to note the second wife. The guardians of Mary’s children brought suit to claim a portion of the estate. Thomas Jefferson even submitted an opinion in the case, and it was decided that the second family had a claim to a portion of the estate. After Adam died, Mary married Daniel Utz, about 1784.

Adam's son, John Wayland, married Catherine Broyles, the daughter of Jacob Broyles. They had a large family of eleven children. We will start looking at the grandchildren in the next note.

Nr. 1390:

Adam Wayland, who married Elizabeth Blankenbaker, appears in the Hebron Church communion lists until 1778, but by then Elizabeth had died, and Adam was then married to Mary (Finks). At Christmas 1776, and at Easter 1776, his wife was also Maria. So the first wife Elizabeth was dead by then.

In using the index to the Hebron baptismal register, one must consult both the names Wayland, which is used after 1782, and Weyland, which is generally used before that date. Adam Weyland and his wife Elizabeth were often baptismal sponsors for Christopher Blankenbaker and his wife Christina (Finks). (Christopher had no sisters and Elizabeth had no brothers. They lived on adjacent farms, and sometimes they seem like siblings.) It was probably through Christina (Finks) Blankenbaker that Adam became acquainted with his second wife. The first appearance of Adam Weyland as a sponsor for Christopher and Christina was in 1754, and he would have been married to Elizabeth by then. Otherwise, he would not have been selected.

None of the children of Adam by his first wife Elizabeth appear in the baptismal records, which probably means that the first child was born before 1750, so none of the family was included in the 1775 rewrite of the baptismal register. The child Adam Weyland (with Mary Finks as its mother) was baptized 18 May 1777, with sponsors John Blankenbaker, Christina Blankenbaker, Adam Fisher, and Barbara Fisher. The easiest one of these to identify is Christina, who was born a Finks, the sister of Mary, the mother of Adam. Barbara Fisher was the cousin of Christopher, and the sister of Adam's first wife Elizabeth. (Barbara was usually called Anna Barbara, but not always.) Adam Fisher was the son of Barbara Fisher. John Blankenbaker may have been Christopher's brother, but this is not certain, as there were other John Blankenbakers, and Christopher's brother does not appear in the church records very often, if at all.

Adam Weyland and Elizabeth Weyland were sponsors for Heinrich Miller and his wife Susanna, and the interpretation of the appearances (four times for Adam) is a bit of a mystery. The Millers were newcomers to the community and lacked relatives to act as sponsors. Adam, as a church officer, may have been standing in to fulfill the need for sponsors. Then there may be a hidden relationship that we do not know. (29 Mar 02)

Nr. 1391: Adam Wayland, who married, first, Elizabeth Blankenbaker, is said to have had six children with her, who were:

Elizabeth (* c1749), who married Morton Christopher; John (* c1751), who married Rosina Wilhoit; Mary (* c1754), who married Godfrey Yager; Joshua (* c1759), who married Rachel Utz; Lewis (* c1762), who married Elizabeth Link; and Anne (* ca 1768), who married Nicholas Yager.


  • i. ELIZABETH3 WAYLAND, b. Abt. 1749, Virginia; d. Bef. 1833, Virginia; m. MORTON CHRISTOPHER, Abt. 1765; b. 1740, Virginia; d. 1795.
  • ii. JOHN WAYLAND, b. Abt. 1751, Virginia; d. 1841, Madison County, Virginia; m. ROSINA WILHOIT, Bef. 1776, Prob. Madison County, Virginia; b. 1754, prob. Culpeper County, Virginia; d. Aft. 1801.

Notes for ROSINA WILHOIT: From "Germanna History", notes:

The Rosina or Rosanna Willheit, who married John Wayland, was the daughter of John Willheit and Walburga Weaver, both of whom came with their respective parents to Virginia. John Weiland, Jr. (this John Weiland was called "Junior" to distinguish him from his uncle), and his wife Rosina had Nancy baptized 5 Jun 1776. The sponsors were Adam Weyland with wife Maria, and Barbara Schmidt. These are identical to the case above and suggest that the appearance of Barbara Schmidt was deliberate. At the birth of Maria to John, Jr. and his wife Rosina in 1777, the sponsors were Gottfried Jager with wife Maria, and Barbara Schmidt. Maria Jager was the sister of John Yager. In 1779, John Wayland, Jr., and Rosina were the parents of Elizabeth, and her sponsors were John Jager, Elizabeth Christopher, and Eva Fischer. Eva was Rosina's sister, Elizabeth was the father's sister, and John Yager is not clearly identified now, but was probably Rosina's brother-in-law.

  • iii. MARY "MARIA" WAYLAND, b. Abt. 1754, Virginia; m. GODFREY YAGER, Abt. 1776; b. 06 Jun 1747, Virginia; d. 26 May 1819, Madison County, Virginia.
  • iv. JOSHUA WAYLAND, b. 23 Mar 1760, Virginia; d. 18 Aug 1823, Henry County, Kentucky; m. RACHEL UTZ, 18 Dec 1781, Culpeper County, Virginia; b. 17 Aug 1765; d. 29 Nov 1841.


Joshua WAYLAND [Parents] 1, 2 was born on 23 Mar 1760 in , , Virginia. He died on 18 Aug 1823 in , Henry Co., Kentucky and was buried in Shelbyville, Shelby Co., Kentucky. Joshua married Rachel UTZ on 18 Dec 1781 in , Culpeper Co., Virginia.

Documented as being a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He enlisted at age 17 (10 Feb, 1777 to serve 3 years) as a fifer and drummer in Capt. Gillison's Co. 10th Virginia Regiment. Also known as the 6th Ba. Regt. He was granted a Revolutionary pension in 1819. On a muster roll dated 28 Jan 1780, he is shown as of Capt. John Steed's company in detachment of 2nd Va. Brigade, commanded by Col. Febiger (?). His name last appears on a company pay roll for the month of Dec 1779, and Jan., Feb., March 1780. No record has been found to show that any other person named Joshua Wayland served in any military organization in the Rev. War. Here is a copy of his pension certificate:

"I certify that in conformity with the law of the United States of the 18th March 1818, Joshua Wayland, late private in the army of the Revolution is inscribed on the pension roll of the Kentucky agency, at the rate of eight dollars per month to commence on the 5th day of April 1819. Given at the War Office of the United States this 3rd day of Dec. 1819. C. Vanderventer, Acting Sec. of War"

He reportedly was granted a bounty warrent in Ohio, which veterans frequently sold if they didn't settle there. He appears constantly in the tithables of Culpeper and Madison Cos. through 1805, after which he seems to have moved to Shelby Co., Ky. He is buried in the "Wayland Cemetary" in Shelby County. For description of grave site and directions to it, see "Cemetaries of Shelby County, Kentucky", published by Shelby County Historical Society, Inc., 1979. It says that the stone is down and broken through, but says "Joshua Wayland, a Revolutionary Soldier, died Aug 18, 1823, aged 62 yrs. 4 mos. 26 d."

To verify his being a private while living in Va and receiving a pension while in Kentucky, search for his name on this site:


Rachel UTZ [Parents] 1 was born on 17 Aug 1765. She died on 29 Nov 1841 and was buried in Wolfe Cemetary, Clark Co., Missouri. Rachel married Joshua WAYLAND on 18 Dec 1781 in , Culpeper Co., Virginia.

NOTE: "Culpeper Marriages", p. 95; Record No. 10 for Utz lineage

Rachel is listed in 1840 Clark Co., Missouri Census on p. 332 (same page as her son, Julius), living alone, age 70-80. Rachel is listed as purchasing 40 acres of land in Clark Co. on July 28, 1835 (U.S. Land Sales, Vol. 2, p. 333), and no doubt came to be near her relatives after death of husband, Joshua, which probably took place in Shelby Co., Kty. Vicki Maddox has death as 1845.

In DAR record for a descendant, her name is spelled "Ootz" which would be the pronuniciation.

They had the following children:

  F i Margaret "Pake" WAYLAND was born on 17 Sep 1782 in , , Virginia. She died on 17 Apr 1822.

NOTE: A, p.79; B, p.9,72,83.

Confirmed at Hebron Church in 1800; At the christening of Polly (A53) in 1801, sponsors are shown as "the father and his daughter, Margarett". There is much confusion about this person as the Hebron church records, according to Holtzclaw, p. 78, give the name "Pake" for this birthdate while family records give this birthdate to Margaret. It would seem that "Pake" would be a nickname for "Paschal", such as B224 listed in B, p.9 and 72 of my book, but it could possibly also be a nickname for Margaret. She apparently never married.

  M ii Joseph WAYLAND 
  M iii Lewis WAYLAND 
  M iv Julius WAYLAND 
  F v Elizabeth "Betsy" WAYLAND 
  M vi Abraham WAYLAND Dr. 
  M vii Fielding WAYLAND was born on 27 Dec 1794 in , , Virginia. He died on 12 Nov 1803.

NOTE: B, p.14; died at age 9 of hydrophobia

  M viii Jeremiah WAYLAND 
  F ix Mary Ann "Polly" WAYLAND 
  M x Fielding WAYLAND Dr. 
  F xi Louisa Ann WAYLAND 

  • v. ANNE WAYLAND, b. Abt. 1766, Culpeper County, Virginia; d. 1786; m. NICHOLAS YAGER, 22 Dec 1785, Madison County, Virginia; b. 1765, Virginia; d. Bef. 28 Aug 1792, Madison County, Virginia.
  • vi. LEWIS "LUDWIG" WAYLAND, b. 10 Dec 1771, Virginia; d. 28 Jan 1854, Sevier County, Tennessee; m. ELIZABETH "BETSY" LINK, 01 Nov 1798, Augusta County, Virginia; b. 10 Mar 1779, Frederick County, Maryland; d. 23 Mar 1869.

Children of ADAM WAYLAND and MARIA FINKS are:

  • vii. ADAM3 WAYLAND, b. 1777, Prob. Virginia; m. JUDITH ???.
  • viii. HANNAH WAYLAND, b. WFT Est. 1778-1783, Prob. Virginia; m. DAVID JONES.