Jacob Minerd Sr., who was a Fayette County pioneer settler in 1791, today has an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 descendants scattered across the United States and overseas. In Uniontown, the county seat of Fayette County, hundreds of Minerd offspring have lived and worked over the ensuing 210-plus years, contributing to the city’s overall economy and quality of life.
In the Uniontown Herald-Standard, Buzz Storey once wrote that the Minerd family “is one of the most extensively researched families in the country.”
To recognize the contribution of the extended family, the Uniontown City Council issued a proclamation declaring July 13-14, 2003 as “Jacob Minerd Weekend” in Uniontown, for these reasons:
Symbol of Freedom – Jacob Minerd is a symbol of all the patriots of the American Revolution. Americans need to be reminded that the freedoms we enjoy require sacrifices, which in turn can have impact over the span of centuries. Minerd descendants have defended freedom by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Gulf War.
Impact on Uniontown – Descendants of Jacob Minerd have served in many influential capacities in Greater Uniontown over the past 210 years. Their achievements are spelled out in greater detail below.
Uniontown and Western Pennsylvania as Destination Points – Via our website, thousands of Minerd descendants around the world are learning that their ancient roots are in Greater Uniontown. For example, one branch left Uniontown in 1888, migrating to Kansas. Informed by our website, descendants came to our reunion in 2002, the first of their branch to return to the city in more than 110 years. The “Jacob Minerd Weekend” proclamation, announced in advance, helped attract the interest of other new reunion-goers nationwide, positioning the city as a “place to see.”
Uniontown Library’s Role – The Minerd.com website has more than 1,100 biographies of descendants who were born before 1900. Much of the research to identify and track their lives was done in the Uniontown Public Library. Without the library’s excellent collections, this effort would have been impossible. In a full-page feature in July 2001, the Herald-Standard called the site “unique” because of its extensive biographies and thousands of photographs. In July 2002, Minerd.com received the "Best Site Pick” Award by the Golden Gate Genealogy Forum. Golden Gate said our site "is one of the best we have seen for family content, organization and serving the family historical aims and mission. The depth of information provided is awesome.”
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Members of the family are mentioned in these standard historical reference books about Fayette County:
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