Castle by the Rhine, Alsace in 1600s 1700s

by E L Vredenburgh
(Lakewood, CO USA)

Scary to search family history here as I do not speak or read either French or German.

I need to know if a Castle named Lansburg, Castle by the Rhine, near Barr or Heidelburg in the Alsace area existed in 1600-1700 and are any publications available.

Also the family name I am researching is Joachim (Jost) Erich Von Baucom (as the first born son whose father was Hans (Baron Hanson) Von Baucom.

Family research states Joachim was born on July 5, 1680 near Lansburg, Castle by the Rhine and is where he spent his boyhood. He was educated at Alsace at Heidelburg Military Academy, entered the German army in 1705 as an officer in the second regiment of infantry.

While in military service he met and married Anna Marie Beauchampt, daughter of Louis Beauchampt and direct descendent of Macquire Du Boise (Conte De Rouce).

In 1711 Joachim (Jost) Erich Von Baucom resigned from military service and moved to Alsace. From Alsace he left with his 3 brothers on their own ships (supposedly bought by their father to leave for America going down the Rhine River and out to the ocean) "The Brigantine" and a schooner named "Fatherland" bringing with them 12 families of Prussian, German and French origin.

Do you know of any pictures or publications and their locations about the Von Baucom and the Louis Beauchampt Families that I can purchase to learn more of our family roots.

Thanks a million for reading this and for even giving a glimmer of hope to me that your area of Europe might definitely be where our roots are from.


E L Baucom-Mings-Vredenburgh

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Joachim (Jost) Erich Von Baucom
by: Evan


I am also related to Hans Von Baucom and Joachim (Jost) Erich Von Baucom.

My grandmother always thought the family was formed Germany, but then during research in the 1980's she found info pointing to the Baucom/Von Baucom coming form England.

Have you found anymore info about him?

Evan Mendell

Baucom German Myth
by: Jim Baucom

First North Carolina Baucoms (all spellings) Documented Facts Summary Sheet
By Jim Baucom a descendant of John Baucom and Rachel via their son Cader.

Based on Y DNA, property ownership location and dates, a Union Co NC Newspaper article, and census records, these are the first three documented families with the sound alike surname Baucom, Balcom Baughcom, etc

THE MYTHS: Posted by Thousands: John Baucom Sr. (son of Nicholas),was born 1 JUL 1725 in St George Parish, Baltimore MD and died JUN 1800 at Wake Co NC. His wife, Rachel Barker, born about 1735 at Baltimore MD and married John Baucom 1754 Baltimore MD and died after 1800 at NC. Myth Source: Banks McLaurin wrote a book The Baucom in the United States about 1972 that has a lot of useful information, but he made an assumption that John Baucom, husband of Rachel, was the John who was b 1725 at Baltimore MD to Nicholas and Mary based on fact that Nicholas was in Johnston Co NC adjacent to Wake Co NC where John and Rachel lived.

1 Indentured James Baucom and wife Frances Drake from England arrived and married at NC about 1725-1735, based on their son John Sr. and wife Rachel’s oldest son John Jr. being born in NC 1750-1755 per 1840 census. The will made by John Sr identified daughters, Mary, Rachel and Jemima, sons John Jr. Asa, Reece, James, Brittian, Josiah, Cader and Lewis, and his wife Rachel, Descendants of 5 of their 8 sons have matching Y DNA Haplotype I-M223. James and Frances also had a son Ransom but nothing has been documented on his line.

2. Church records show that Nicholas Baucom wife Mary had a son John Baucham b 1 JUL 1725 at Baltimore MD. The first recorded data for Nicholas Baucom arriving NC was when he was granted land at Craven Co NC JUL 1742. His wife was now Sarah. Before he died, he made a will naming daughters Susannah, Ann, Ester, sons John, Thomas, Moses, Nicholas Jr., Aaron. Four descendants have matching Y DNA Haplotype R-M269.

3. Rachel Barker aka Rachel Petrie Barker b about 1735 at Baltimore MD is another impossible myth. She never married John Baucom son of James because he never was at MD nor did she marry John Baucom son of Nicholas. Nicholas and family left Baltimore before 1742 when Nicholas acquired land at Craven CO NC. His son John was 17 and Rachel Barker was 7. John Baucom would have to make a 600 mile round trip by horseback or wagon, back to MD to marry a woman who was a little girl when he last saw her. NO WAY.

4, Baruch Balcom. b 1702 MA who married Patience Blake. Had children Ichabod and twin daughters Patience and Prudence. The family relocated about 1750 to Bath Co NC. Ichabod and most of his descendants were known as Balkcom .I have not researched this line. Jerry Balkcom at has documented the results of his research. His Y DNA is Haplotype R-DF63 and he is trying to find other Balkcoms to do a Y DNA test.

One final myth that needs to be corrected: Nicholas Baucom was NOT Nicholas Vandergriff Baucom with German ancestors. He was a member of the English Anglican Church in MD and NC and a Nicholas descendant, Sandra Vossler, could not confirm the German stories when she wrote officials in Germany. Read her post at

Please send questions, comments and request for a copy of my Baucom Y DNA report at

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