My Baumgartner Mess…
Okay I am struggling with my Baumgartner family…
My 4th great grandparents were Christian Baumgartner and Julie Berthoud. They were supposedly married in 1833 in Switzerland. They had 8 children who I am trying to find in the US but not having much luck.
From contradicting bios/obit/etc., the Baumgartner family came to the US between 1844 and 1851. They settled in Stone Creek, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Within two years of being here, Christian died in the fields.
Their children were:
1. John Baumgartner- b. 1 Jan 1834 in Berne, Switzerland. He went to Princeton, Bureau Co., Illinois with the Whitver family. In 1858, he married Mary Berg. They were married until 1882 when she died. They had no children. He remarried in 1883 to Margaret “Maggie” Guither. They had two children, Edward and Samuel. John supposedly died in 1900; however, he was in the 1900 census for Walnut, Bureau, Illinois. I have found John and Mary in the 1870 and 1880 census living in Walnut but missing him in 1860. I also have his wife and children traced through the 1930 census and have their death dates as well.
2. Julie Elizabeth Baumgartner- b. 1836 in Berne, Switzerland. She married John Arbogast on 15 Jun 1853 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In the 1860 through the 1880 censuses, John, Julia and children were living in Jersey County, Illinois. Their last child (they had 16) was born in 1884. After that, they moved to the Dakota Territory. All their children except Margaret (my direct ancestor) moved with them. They were spread between Iowa, Dakota, and Minnesota.
3. Roseanna Baumgartner- b. 1837 in Berne, Switzerland. She married Louis Arbogast (sisters married brothers) in January 1858 (unconfirmed) in Bureau County, Illinois. I have not found them in any censuses. I do have information that says they had 8 children. Roseanna died in 1888. I do know that their daughter Lena married Joseph Shearer and she was living in Dover, Bureau Co., Illinois in 1880 as a servant. Lena married in Bureau in 1881. Louis supposedly died in Mar 1893.
4. Christian- b. 1840 in Switzerland. From the information that I have (none has been confirmed as I can’t find him in any censuses, etc). He married Anna Margaret Pope. They had 9 children. He died in 1919. Christian volunteered for the Civil War from 1861 to 1865. He was also known as Chris but real name was Henry Christian. Other than Civil War info, nothing is confirmed.
5. Lydia-b. 1840 in Switzerland (not sure if she is twin to Christian or if one was born early in the year and one later in the year). Lydia married John Hanney. Again she is missing in the 1860 census. In the 1870 census, they are living in Council Bluffs Ward 5, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. In the 1880 census, they are living in Smokey Hill, Davis County, Kansas. In the 1900 census, she is living with son Fred in Fragrant Hill, Dickinson County, KS. In the 1910 census, still living in Fragrant Hill, listed as Alydia, still living with son Fred. In the 1920 census, she is living with her daughter and son-in-law, Peter and Rose Gfeller also in Fragrant Hill. She is missing in 1930… Her death date is 1934.
6. Lucinda b. 1843 in Switzerland. She married in 1862 to Hugh Johnson. They lived from 1870 to 1930 in Ohio, Bureau County, Illinois. She died 21 Oct 1925 in Ohio, Bureau County. The death cert # is 0060360. Hugh died on 7 Dec 1940 in Ohio, Bureau County. The death cert # is 0000403. I am content with her… LOL
7. Amanda b. 1847 in Switzerland (I believe). She married in 1863 to Michael Strub (I have a copy of her mother giving consent for her to marry). The Strub family is living in Walnut, Bureau County, Illinois in the 1870 census. Amanda died in 1875. I haven’t found anything thus far on them but haven’t fully looked in to her.
8. Fred Baumgartner (according to his descendents his name was spelled BaumgarDner throughout his life). He was born in 1849. His birthplace is 50/50. I have found a Fred Baumgardner in the 1910 census in Iowa where he was supposed to be living. His birth date is correct (@1850). He does say his birthplace is Germany. He married Mary Elizabeth Weaver and the wife in 1910 says Elizabeth. However his year of immigration was listed as 1869 which is about 20 years off from the Baumgartners arrival.
So there you have it… or lack thereof… No one is found in the 1860 census EXCEPT my direct line Julia Elizabeth Baumgartner Arbogast. This family is just frustrating me…
ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Sadly IRAD does not have marriages for Bureau county which stinks. They also have no pre-1916 deaths which is common. Finding volunteer researchers for Bureau has proven to be tough…
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