Genealogy Of Painters
Our forefathers were Germans. Their fatherland was Germany or
Deutchland (doitchlandt), a country which occupies central Europe and is
composed of numerous independent states united by a common league into the
"German Confederation." Geographically the race is divided into two classes, the
High and Low Germans.
The word "Dutch" means first a Hollander, as does the word "Boer," but it is
also the English word applied to the German race in general. It more especially
refers, though, to the people of the lowlands of North Germany, as relates to
the small countries of Holland or Netherlands; Friesian, Flemish, Dutch and Old
Saxon, to distinguish them from southern Germany, whose people and language are
called High Dutch.
In his typical form the German best represents the Teutonic race; has blue eyes,
light hair, florid complexion, strong frame, hard muscles, full, high forehead,
lofty coronal region with much breadth of base, which gives him courage and
energy. By organization the German is a scholar, a poet, inventor, investigator,
experimenter, a critic, protestant and a doubter.
No mental task is too great or too profound for him to undertake; but while he
discovers many new truths, he generally leaves it to others to make practical
application of them. In music the German stands first among all nations. He has
Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn; in other departments, Martin
Luther, Melancthon, DeKalb, Goethe, Schiller, Humboldt and Emanuel Kant.
The national character of the German is honesty, faithfulness, valor,
thoughtfulness, perseverance, industry; and in disposition is patient,
conservative and inoffensive, hence he is easily misled by vain promises of
Our grandfathers styled themselves "full-blooded Dutchmen," and as the Dutch
settlement was quite extensive in America-in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and
Maryland-it is possible that they were of Holland origin. Yet their prominent
characteristics differ but little from the regular Germans.
The word "Painter" in the German language is spelled Bender, Banter, Bander,
Baynder, owing to the non-related families. Ours comes from Bender, as the
letter e is short, e; in pronunciation as ea combined. In Banter, with the
others, a is pronounced ah, as in the word part. All in English are called and
spelled Painter and Paynter.
When our forefathers came to America we can not tell. From what part of Germany,
we do not know. It is conjectural to say they came from Bavaria, Wurtemburg or
Hesse Cassel, yet the names Bender and Banter are common in those countries.
We do not know certainly that they fought in the Revolutionary War. We can only
suspect that they did. Christian Painter is the oldest of whom we have any
knowledge, and there is no doubt that his old homestead was near Timberville,
Rockingham Co., Va., but his birthplace and the history of his earlier years are
wholly unknown. There are two legends or traditions in the family, regarding
this matter, but we are not able to vouch for the correctness of either.
One account states that he emigrated directly from Germany while young and
settled in Virginia shortly before the Revolutionary War. The other account
relates that he came from the Pennsylvania branch of the family and emigrated
from that place and settled in Virginia during the Revolutionary War. Which, if
either, story is correct we do not know. All that we can state with certainty is
that he was married near the year 1773 to Mary Elizabeth Daily, of New Jersey,
and that he died while all of his children were yet young, and that, according
to custom, they were all bound out to service or apprenticed until of age.
To CHRISTIAN PAINTER, and to MARY ELIZABETH DAILY PAINTER, his wife, were born
four sons and two daughters.
(1) ABRAHAM PAINTER.
(2) ALEXANDER PAINTER.
(3) CATHERINE PAINTER.
(4) PHILIP PAINTER.
(5) ABSALOM PAINTER.
(6) MARTHA PAINTER.
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