A journey to find his Baughman ancestors led a Washington, D.C., Pulitzer Prize winning photographer to Danville in search of African-Americans who may have a link to the pioneers who came to Kentucky as early as the 1700s.
J. Ross Baughman, director of photography at The Washington Times, has spent many years traveling and researching his Baughman lineage.
His most recent project is a DNA study of the Baughmans (Bachmans) in American and Switzerland. The lab results from 20 specimen donors have linked them to common roots.
He is interested in finding African-Americans in Kentucky connected to the Baughman family. Baughman is searching for information on Jacob Baughman after he left Virginia, and why Samuel Baughman had slaves.
Baughman said the early Baughmans were Mennonites and were against slavery. He also wants to learn more about that connection.
The Baughmans came to Lincoln County, Ky., from Greenbriar, W.Va., after the Revolutionary War. Research shows the family also spread into Boyle and Mercer counties.