I'm searching for the family history of Jacob (Sr.) Longenbach, father of 14 children. Based on oral history, Jacob was born in Pennsylvania (date unknown) and married an Eleanor Shofe/Shope. Our oral history reports that he settled in Fairfield, Ohio near the present town of Lancaster, OH which was then a wilderness. He spent several years among Native Americans in that area and knew their language. He served, as a scout, in the Ohio Militia during the War of 1812. After the war, he settled in Pickaway County, OH. I am a descendent of his youngest son, Isaac, born 12/17 approx. 1821. Isaac married Elizabeth Cole on May 26, 1854. In 1856, they went, by covered wagon, to Illinois and settled northwest of Shelbyville, IL in an area far out on the prairie which he established and named Pickaway Township. Any additional information you might have on this famly heritage would be appreciated. We presume this family is from Germany. However, we have no information on Jacob's ancestry.