I am always a little leary of a lot of the things I find on Ancestry.com. A lot of the older history books which they have now digitalized were written before there was any real emphasis on critical analysis of the sources. So they often contained a lot of unverifiable oral tradition and such things as militia and tax lists were poorly transcribed because people could not real old script or German signatures or were not familiar with local names and so had no clue what something ambiguous could have been.
Old George Lind had served as a scribe, justice of the peace, commissioner of revenue and even coroner for Shenandoah County, VA, where he settled among predominantly German settlers from PA abuot 1774. However he never bought land until 1803, when he did buy over 200 acres. So he may have been an educated and literate man and somewhat higher than some on the social scale but his oldest son Andrew, married Rachel Bly, a poor orphan girl and some of his other children married into the Harrell and family which was probably a lot like the Eckmans. A lot of the records from War of 1812 are pretty sketchy and so you may never get your answer about Jacob Eckman.
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