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Posted by: Kati McSweeney (ID *****2840) Date: May 06, 2005 at 07:27:53
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The following is transcribed from "Bobenmoyer and Related Families 1638-1962" by Lawrence Frederick Bobenmoyer, 1962. I got a xeroxed copy from the Garst Museum in Ohio on Friday, March 28, 2003.

Some words are politically incorrect having been written over 40 years ago, and they do not reflect my own feelings. I did not change spelling or grammatical errors. I stopped with my Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Sophia Trine as the author continues further on with his own family lineage.

I'm descended from the Bobenmoyers (AKA Bobenmyers) on my Dad's side of the family. KATI McSWEENEY [km]
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INTRODUCTION

The following history of my antecendents is the resulf of many years of research and much correspondence. Hundreds of letters have been written and considerable expense has been necessary to gather the brief material outlined in this work.

Many disappointments, delays, and disillusions have been encountered during this time. However, the pleasure and satisfaction derived has far outweighed the setbacks.

I have discovered that I am related to many wonderful people in all parts of this great nation and have had very pleasant correspondence with many of them. The help from third, fourth, and fifth cousins has been immeasurable and without their wonderful cooperation, this history would have been a dismal failure.

Tax lists, deeds, land sales, ship lists, census, and military records all paid a vital part. Notices inserted by me into genealogical magazines enabled me to contact distant relatives who were working for the same or a similiar goal.

Old wills probably were the biggest help in establishing family connections. Over the years, I have accumulated dozens of these old documents. Most of these are photostatic copies of the originals, many are almost illegible and badly faded from age.

All were written in longhand as typewriters were unheard of in those days. Most of these documents have the original spelling and other seemingly oddities so common two hundred years ago.

The Daughters of the American Revolution, the various historical societies, records from churches, cemeteries, court houses, grave stones, baptismals and confirmations has been a wonderful help.

I have spent many hours pouring over old documents and dusty old records, histories and crude, age-old maps found in the excellent Minnisota Historical Library. This library has a wonderful collection of records taken from the Archives of Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as others from the original thirteen colonies stretching all along the Atlantic seaboard.

I am a product of several nationalities and therefore lay claim, as a result, rightly or wrongly, in modern terms, a middle-class American.

My ancestors came from the lowlands of Scotland, from England, Holland, Germany, Alsace and Switzerland. Some were Palatinates from the Rhineland and the foothills of the Bavarian Alps.

Some of my Scottish ancestors lived for a few generations in Northern Ireland. They were Presbyterians and later became know as Scotch-Irish.

Some errors, no doubt, will be found and dates in certain cases may vary a few years. Mention will be made where proof is uncertain or where there are conflicting or doubtful records.

My family has been represented in all this countries major wars beginning with the French and Indian (1754-1760) and up to and including the recent conflict in Korea.

All of my ancestors except probably the Taylors were very poor, some being almost destitute. In some cases they were bound by agreement to work for a stated number of years after reaching America to pay for the cost of their passage from Europe.

Except for the Gaumer branch the history of none of these families had previously been completely worked out. Segments of some of the families had been worked out for a generation or two but no large scale research, as fas as I know, had been carried to a complete finish.

I hope his brief family history will be of interest and help to any members of these families that take time to read these few lines.

I also hope in the days to come some member of the family or families will search further and enlarge or complete this history.

I am glad to have been able to, at least, make a beginning towards that goal.

IMMIGRANTS

The Crown of England was anxious to get the vast wilderness in the New World settled speedily as possible. During the 1700s thousands and thousands of Palatinates and others from the Old World were brought to the colony of Pennsylvania.

Agreements were usually made with the King or Queen in conjunction with the William Penn family to induce immigrants to take up land in that part of the New World.

But as was often the case, contracts were made with greedy speculators who were primarily interested in the profit to be derived from the work of the poor immigrants.

That was in the days of the old wind driven sail ships. A trip across the Atlantic was long and tiresome and often took several weeks. It was not only dangerous because of weather conditions, but also on account of disease. The lack of proper medical facilities, doctors, and the care of the sick made a voyage doubly hazardous.

Seldom was a voyage made without many deaths and gruesome burials at sea. In spite of all those hardships tens of thousands were annually pouring into every one of the thirteen colonies. They came, not only from England and Northern Ireland, but more or less, from nearly every country in Europe.

The Bobenmoyer families of early Pennsylvania came from Holland or Bavaria a generation before the Revolutionary War. One group settled in Berks County and nearby locality in what is now Lehigh County. Another group took up residence in Lancaster County. Just how these families were related, I do not know.

This brief history is in regard to the first group mentioned.

SPELLING & ORIGIN OF THE NAME

A large number of variations caused by incorrect pronunciation have been used in the spelling of the name. Even to this day anyone not acquainted with the name will almost without exception spell it incorrectly by adding or leaving out letters.

Ending the name with Meyer or Mayer instead of Moyer is the most common error made by many people. My personal experience with people in stores and offices in regard to mis-spelling the name has convinced me and been a great help, strange as it seems, in solving and making conclusions in regard to the early history of the family.

Today the name is just as absurdly pronounced or spelled as it was two or three hundred years ago in spite of the present supposedly higher percentage of educated people.

In Frederick the Immigrant's day, according to records, it was Babenmeyer and Babbenmeyer and other variations. The name in his will is given as Popemoyer. A little later is was Bobenmeyer and Bobbenmeyer. About the year 1800 part of the family including my branch, began spelling it Bobbenmoyer. Recently my branch of the family has dropped the double b.

I am convinced that Bobenmeyer or the present Bobenmoyer has long been the correct way, even back in Holland many years ago. The last part of the name is decidedly of Dutch origin while Meyer, Mayer, or Myre has cropt into the name by faulty spelling and pronunciation.

Frederick the Immigrant was unable to write and had to sign his name with a mark which fact alone caused much incorrect spelling of the name by other people. During the early days nearly all records were scribbled down in long hand with a quill pen as typewriters had not been invented.

Years later in copying from these early faded records many errors were unavoidable, such as, mistaking the letter o for a and b for f and other errors.

The name to this day is spelled Boffenmoyer in some localitites, undoubtedly brought about by mistaking the letter b for f or vice-versa in copying from the old and nearly illegible early records.

Without exaggeration, I believe, the name has been spelled in close to one hundred different ways. In some unknown ways the first b has given way to a d, p, and r in some localities.

The following are some of the most frequent variations of the name:

Babenmeyer, Babbenmeyer, Bobbenmoyer, Bobenmoyer, Babbenmeyer, Babenmire, Povemire, Puppmeir, Bobinmyer, Popemoyer, Buffenmeyer, Bovenmoyer, Bobmeir, Bobenmyer, Bobenmeyer, Rockmeyer, Bubmire, Dobonmeyer, Dobmoyer, Puffenmoyer [My family branch used Bobenmyer-km]

In the following pages I will spell the name Bobenmoyer, although I do not know whether that was the original way or not. An asterick (*) will be used to denote the direct lineal ancestor.

RELIGION & FAMILY TRAITS

The Bobenmoyers and nearly all related families of early Berks and Lehigh Counties were strict Reformed Lutherans for several generations. Many decendants still adhere to that faith, although within recent years many have joined or affiliated with other demoninations.

Hard work and honest dealings have always been characteristics of the family. Great wealth was never been accumulated, to my knowledge, by any of the Bobenmoyers. Some by thrift and much labor have been reasonably well to do and in comfortable circumstances, but ease and great wealth has always evaded members of this family.

In politics all or nearly all are affiliates of the Democratic Party. Through thick and thin since the days of Thomas Jefferson they have almost one hundred percent been faithful members of that Party.
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FAMILY NUMBER ONE

The first Bobenmoyer family that I have a fragmentary knowledge of was supposedly living near Rotterdam, Holland about the year 1700. Some sources say it was in Bavaria. I do not know the given names of the father and mother [my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents km], nor do I know the number of children, if any, in addition to the three following sons:

I. *FREDERICK BOBENMOYER [1] b. 1705? d. 1782 Wife, *ELIZABETH [1] b. ? d. after 1770 Came to America in 1731. See next generation for further description. [my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents km]

II. Stephen Bobenmoyer b. ? d. before 1790 Landed in Philadelphia, September 21, 1742. He purchased a tract of land in Milford Township, Lehigh County, where he spent the remainder of his life. His son, Gabriel, served in the Lehigh County militia in 1780 and 1781. Gabriel was living in Cumberland County in 1790.

III. Phillip Martin Bobenmoyer b. ? d. after 1790 He came to Berks County about the year 1750. In 1755 he was taxed for 100 acres in Long Swamp Township in that county. This was later listed in Rescomb Township, probably caused by a change in boundary lines as the county became settled. No further records available at this time.
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FAMILY NUMBER TWO

*FREDERICK BOBENMOYER I [1] 1705? - 1782

*FREDERICK BOBENMOYER [1] and his wife *ELIZABETH [1] arrived in Philadelphia on the sail ship "Samuel" from Rotterdam, Holland, August 16, 1731. There were thirty-nine families on board making a total of 107 persons. All male passengers took the oath of allegiance to King George of Great Britain on August 17, 1731 before the mayor and other authorized magistrates of Philadelphia. In May 1778, many years later, *FREDERICK [1] swore allegiance before Peter Trexler, Esq., in Berks County, to the new United American colonies.

*FREDERICK [1] and *ELIZABETH [1] must have been recently married at time of arrival in America as no children were listed. The first 22 years were spent about 25 or 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia. It was near the present site of Norristown in what is now Montgomery County.

They purchased 100 acres of land in Longswamp Township, Berks County in 1753 where they lived the remainder of their lives. This farm was located about ten or twelve miles southwest of the present city of Allentown and twenty miles northeast of Reading [My Great-Great-Great-Grandfather's first name-km].

Five generations of the family were sheltered or entertained there 1753 to 1832, a total of 79 years. These were namely: *FREDERICK I [1] and his children including *FREDERICK II [2]. Then Frederick III [3], his children and some of his grandchildren including Lucy Bobenmoyer (Powell)(1831-1911), oldest sister to the writer's father.

*FREDERICK I [1] and *ELIZABETH [1], according to his will, were the parents of five daughters and one son. I estimate the dates of birth of these children as being between about 1732 and the middle of 1740s. After the death of his wife, *ELIZABETH [1], he married secondly when more than seventy years of age a widow, Catherine Bauman. One daughter, Mary Magdalena was born to this marriage. A record of this birth is to be found in the files of the Longswamp Lutheran Church and is given as of April 19. 1778.

*FREDERICK BOBENMOYER'S [1] will was written and signed by his mark on March 19, 1782 and probated May 20, 1782, hence he died between those two dates. This will is recorded on page 42, Book B, Berks County Will Book in the courthouse at Reading, Pennsylvania. His exact age at time of death is not known. He was already married in 1731 when arriving from Holland and his death occured more than half a century later.

Children of *FREDERICK [1] (b. 1705? d. 1782) and *ELIZABETH [1] (b. ? d. before 1778) BOBENMOYER:

I. Elizabeth [2] b. ? d. after 1782
II. Mary Barbara b. ? d. after 1782 m. Adam Rinehard
III. Anna Christina b. ? d. before 1782 m. Samuel Donmeyer
IV. Anna Catherine b. ? d. before 1782 m. Martin Oyler
V. Mary Magdelena [1] b. ? d. before 1782 m. George Helfrick of Milford Township, Lehigh County Children: 1. George b. May 14, 1762 (American Rev.) 2. Elizabeth Catherine b. May 14, 1764 3. Maria Barbara b. ? d. ? m. Peter Schaeffer NOTE: Mrs. Margaret J. Hothan of Saltzburg, Pennsylvania is a descendent of George (1.) and kindly loaned most of the records.
VI. *FREDERICK [2] b. 1740s d. August 1780 m. wife's name unknown.. See next generation for further description. [my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather km]


VII. Mary Magdelena [2] b. April 19, 1778 Baptized April 24, 1778. She was the daughter of *FREDERICK [1] and his second wife, Catherine (Bauman). He therefore had two daughters named Mary Magdelena. This birth and baptismal record is on file in the Long Swamp Church.


[FREDERICK [1] and ELIZABETH [1] BOBENMOYER are my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents km]
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FAMILY NUMBER THREE

*FREDERICK BOBENMOYER II [2] 1740s - 1780

The exact date of birth of the second *FREDERICK BOBENMOYER [2][my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather km] is not known. At the time of his tragic death in 1780, he was married and the father of four children. According to the law of averages this would place the time of his marriage at about 1770 or a year or two later. According to the same deduction, he must have been born between 1740 and 1745.

Berks County at that time was much larger than now and embraced all of what is now Schuykill County. Northwestern Berks and nearly all of Schuykill was still a heavily timbered frontier region in 1780. Only the autumn before, the family had moved farther into the wilderness and had erected a log house and started to clear the land.

He and his family, according to all available data or lack of it, were not victims of a large scale massacre, but of a small isolated raid. This probably partly accounts for the vagueness and lack of publicity given the event by historians.

He and his two small sons were killed by the savages. His only daughter was carried away to Canada where she was held in captivity and forever lost to her people. During the excitement at the cabin in the woods the mother snatched *JOHN FREDERICK, the infant son into her arms and in some miraculous way managed to escape.

In 1782 the will of the first *FREDERICK [1] mentions a small son, *JOHN FREDERICK. This has caused much confusion because the only son, the victim of the above massacre, was already dead. The grandfather, however, had a very good reason for making the will in the way it was finally recorded.

The little orphaned grandson was adopted by the grandfather to take the place of the deceased son. This would seem very natural under the circumstances, especially where there were no other sons.

The grandson was willed the Longswamp homestead and came into possession of it when he reached the age of twenty-one years.

THE MAXATAWNY RAID

The settlers of colonial Pennsylvania lived in peace with the Red Man for many years following Penn's treaty. However, about a generation before the Revolution this all became changed and for many years the outrages of the savages were ferocious.

Scores of terrible outrages and hundreds of smaller raids have been recorded, but for every one recorded many have long since been forgotten. A very few localities in the state during these dark years escaped without, at least, a raid or plunder from the savages or renegrade whites and half breeds.

Many of these series of massacres are well known to students of early Pennsylvania history. Among them may be mentioned only a few. Wyoming Valley, Enoch Brown in Franklin County and Braddock's terrible defeat.

The following is taken from the Berks County history and is found in the Archives of Pennsylvania, Series Six, Vol. I:

"Undisturbed peace existed between the Indians and the Colonists until war broke out between France and England in 1754. The disastrous effect of Braddock's defeat was severely felt in our colony.

The Indian nature after long restraint was let loose. Like the beasts that feasted on the flesh of the dead that Braddock left on the battlefield, they thought they had a right to kill all they encountered. Men, women, and children were exposed to the tomahawk, torch, and the scalping knife. Hundreds along the Blue Mountains fell victims to the cruel savage."

In many instances state or county historians mentioned the names of individuals and families that fell victim to the tomahawk. But for every one mentioned, possibly a score have been lost in oblivion.

In regard to the raid in Maxatawny, Berks County in the late summer of 1780 much information has been lost and the remainder is clouded in mystery. That the *FREDERICK [2] BOBENMOYER family was a victim of that raid there is no doubt, although most of the details will probably never be known.

The only child to escape was FREDERICK III in his mother's arms [should read JOHN FREDERICK-km], otherwise I would not be here to write this story. He lived to the age of ninety and the above account was from his own lips as earlier related to him, no doubt, by his mother.

Mr. Amandus Schuler [my Great-Great-Great-Uncle spelled his last name Schuyler-km] one of his grandsons, as a boy lived in the same locality in Darke County, Ohio and often heard his grandfather relate how as a baby he was saved by his mother from death at the hands of the savages. Mr. Schuler [Schuyler-km] was 22 years of age and my father, also a Frederick Bobenmoyer 24 when their grandfather passed away late in 1869.

Mr. Schuler [Schuyler-km] and my father often listened to the above story direct from the lips of the one that was the surviving baby of Maxatawny many years before.

The historical associations of Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Reading have no record of a massacre known as Maxatawny in 1780. They do, however, have records of several isolated raids that took place in Berks and surrounding counties during that year.

Montgomery's History of Berks County gives an account of the raid in August 1780 in which the Negman (Neyman) family was murdered but does not mention the Bobenmoyer family by name.

In the confusion it was often impossible to get the names of unfortunate families. Some times entire communities were wiped out, and others skipped out to try to get back to civilization.

The two following accounts from officers on the frontier to headquarters are found in the Archives of Pennsylvania, Series I, Vol. 8, page 529:

Valentine Eckart to V. P. Moore, Reading August 30, 1780: "Sir: By accounts received here on Monday last we are informed that one, John Negman who lived at a saw mill on the road from Reading to Shamokin about three miles above Conrad Minnick's and 33 from Reading, on Sunday last was with his three young children barbarously murdered by the Indians. A party of whom five in number had been on the same road near Yarnals a few days before." NOTE: Various Schuylkill authorities state that the entire Negman family, including the wife, perished.

Series I, Vol. 8, pages 531 and 532:

Capt' Dennis Leary to V. P. Moore, Reading, September 1, 1780: "I think it my duty to inform you that on Sunday last I was alarmed with an account of an attack made by the Indians at a house about a mile from my post on Schuylkill. I immediately marched thither with four men and buried the man of the house and two children who lay dead. A little girl having been carried off by the Indians."

According to above accounts that outrage took place in Schuylkill county (then a part of Berks) near the present site of Pottsville.

The above reports were made out by different officers on two different days. Close examination shows that accounts are of two familites, both murdered the same day and probably by the same raiding party.

The report of Captain Leary is almost identical with Mr. Schuler's [Schuyler's-km] account mentioned on the next page and I am convinced cercerned the BOBENMOYER family.

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Amandus B. Schuler [Schuyler-km] 1847-1937

Amandus B. Schuler [Schuyler-km] son of Titus (1815-1903) and Sarah (Bobenmoyer 1823-1854) Schuler was born in Butler County, Ohio and lived to be ninety years of age. His entire life was spent in Butler and Darke counties in Ohio and in Union City on the Ohio and Indiana state lines.

He was a grandson of *FREDERICK BOBENMOYER III (1780-1869) [should read *JOHN FREDERICK-km] and his boyhood days were spent in Darke county near the home of his grandfather, possibly under the same roof part of the time.

About the year 1900 he began collecting data and names of descendents of his two grandfathers. He spent much time in searching old records, correspondence, and traveling at considerable expense.

In the year 1917 he published the "Schuler - Bobenmoyer Clan Book". The second part of this book contains the names of the descendents of *FREDERICK BOBENMOYER. There are about 1,000 names including those that married into the family. [I inherited my Grandmother's copy of this book PLUS I had already purchased a xerox copy from the Garst Museum in Ohio 1-1/2 years before Grammie died-km]

On page 73 he mentions the Maxatawny Massacre as follows:

"History of the antecedents of *JOHN FREDERICK BOBENMYER, who were of Holland descent, prior to the year 1780, unattainable.

The same having been utterly wiped out with the bloody massacre by the Indians in Berks county, Pennsylvania late in the fall of that year, in which the Bobenmyer family together with the entire settlement in which they lived fell victim, including the father and two brothers of *JOHN FREDERICK.

An only sister was taken in captivity, carried off to Canada and never heard from afterwards.

The mother alone with *JOHN FREDERICK six months of age in arms taking flight in the darkness of the night and concealed in the underbrush by day escaped the tomahawk of the savages.

The family with a colony of their countrymen had only moved into the new settlement in the Spring of the same year that the massacre took place.

Extracts from the Archives of Pennsylvania in public library in Reading and the Historical Library, Thirteenth and Locust Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."
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Children of *FREDERICK BOBENMOYER II [2] b. 1740s d. August 1780 Wife's name unknown. I. Daughter b. ? Carried away by Indians, August 1780. II. Son b. ? d. August 1780 III. Son b. ? d. August 1780 IV. *JOHN FREDERICK b. May 18, 1780 d. December 28, 1869. See next generaton for further description. [my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather km]
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FAMILY NUMBER FOUR

*JOHN FREDERICK BOBENMOYER 1780-1869

The third *FREDERICK BOBENMOYER'S [should read *JOHN FREDERICK BOBENMOYER-km] life as an infant has been described in the previous generations and will not be repeated here.

He was more commonly known as *JOHN F. BOBENMOYER.

About the year 1800 he was united in marriage with *CHRISTINA ANN KLINE (1782-1858) in Berks County. He had been reared in the home of Peter Kline following the death of his grandfather. It is thought that Christina was a niece of Peter Kline. She was his helpmate for nearly sixty years and was affectionately known by her friends as Aunt Steena. They became the parents of a large and honorable family of five sons and four daughters, all growing to maturity.

Their home in Berks County and later in Ohio was known for miles around as being one of hospitality. According to tradition the hungry and tired stranger or traveler was never turned from the door of *JOHN F. and *STEENA BOBENMOYER's home.

He was a very sociable person and was happiest when surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and a few close friends. Both he and his wife loved neighborhood gatherings when old friends met and engaged in leisurely conversation.

Although both were hard workers, they nearly always found time to lend a helping hand to others. In manners he was rough and uncultured, but a more honest man never lived. In fact, in some of his dealings he was too honest, if such a thing is possible.

POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS

In politics he was an old line Democrat and never missed a presidential election from the day he was old enough to vote. Right or wrong he stood by his party through thick and thin and always voted for the presidential candidate at the head of the ticket.

He believed that in a free country every citizen should vote for good candidates or the ones that were supposed to be good. Altogether he cast his vote for his party's candidates in 17 presidential campaigns.

According to tradition, he voted first in Berks county for Thomas Jefferson in 1804 and last in Darke County, Ohio, for General Seymour in 1868. On the slave question both he and his good wife took the stand that regardless of race or color all people were created equal.

This stand was not always in sympathy with some of the leaders of their party. From childhood both he and his wife were friends to the blackman.

He lived to see twelve grandsons put on the Blue and march away with Ohio regiments in answer to the call of Abraham Lincoln.

THE BOBENMOYER FAMILIES MOVE TO OHIO 1832

On May 1st, 1832 *FREDERICK III [should read *JOHN FREDERICK-km] sold the old Longswamp homestead inherited from his grandfather and turned his eyes westward.

A record of this sale is to be found on page 45, Vol. 41, Deed Book for Berks County in the court house in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Thousands from Eastern seaboard states were annually pouring into the vast Empire west of the Appalachians. The new state of Ohio was being settled by leaps and bounds, and every month brought hundreds of hardy pioneers via covered wagon or by steamboat.

To leave a region that for one hundred years had been the family home was not easy. Every tree, rock, and stream had memories both pleasant and sad. Old friends and old scenes were not easy to part with forever, but the call of the West could not be resisted.

Not one member of the immediate family remained behind in Berks County.

*FREDERICK BOBENMOYER III [should read *JOHN FREDERICK BOBENMOYER-km] his wife, *CHRISTINA, all their children, four already married, with other families made up the wagon caravan. The distance of more than five-hundred miles was like thousands of similar undertakings, wrought with hardships. I will make no attempt to describe that trip at this time. except to say that it was far from being a pleasant one.

They reached their destination in the extreme southwestern part of Ohio in mid-summer 1832. All the Bobenmoyer families located near a place called Seven Mile about thirty miles northwest of Cincinnati in what is now Butler County.

SOUTHWESTERN OHIO IN 1832

The city of Hamilton [my Great-Great-Grandfather's middle name-km] near where the Bobenmoyers located was then a rough, log frontier trading post. The region was very new and had a rich productive soil and abundance of rain.

Vast forests covered the entire landscape and in many places the trees stood so close together that it was necessary to remove some before buildings, such as, cabins or stables could be erected.

Wildflowers, fruits, berries, walnuts, and hickory nuts were to be found in profusion. Small game, such as, the raccoom and opposum were found on every hand. The forests abounded with all kinds of fowl which was a boon to the early settlers.

Only a generation had passed since General St. Clair's disastrous defeat by the Red Skins on the Upper Wabash near the present site of Fort Recovery. General Wayne's victory over the Indians near where Fort Wayne, Indiana now stands, was less than a generation in the past.

Greenville was then known as Fort Greenville and was a rough frontier trading post. The battle of Tippecanoe in neighboring Indiana had only been fought twenty years before and was still the Big Talk on the frontier.

The sound of the ax could be heard from morning until night as the frontiersmen slowly but steadily hewed the homes from the virgin forests. The woodsment rapidly and ruthlessly chopped and burned the noble trees until within a few decades the entire region resembled the prairie states farther west. Ohio passed from the ranks of the leading lumber states long, long ago.

THE LAST HOME OF *FREDERICK [should be *JOHN FREDERICK-km] & *CHRISTINA, DARKE COUNTY, OHIO

*FREDERICK III [should read *JOHN FREDERICK-km] and his wife, *CHRISTINA lived in Butler County a little over twenty years when they made their final move. This move was a short one of about thirty-five or forty miles to the north.

In 1853 they, with two sons, Ben and Charles, and two daughters, Mrs. Julian Dubbs Rose and Mrs. Susan Karn, moved to Darke County, Ohio. They located on farms several miles south of Greenville near the present site of Arcamum where they all lived the remainder of their lives.

One son, John Bobenmoyer, remained in Butler County. Another son, George, located in Mercer County and another, David, in Paulding County.

*CHRISTINA ANN (KLINE) BOBENMOYER died January 12, 1858 in Darke County. *FREDERICK III [should read *JOHN FREDERICK-km] was active until almost the end. Late in the year 1869 while still quite spry he contracted a cold that turned into lung fever (pneumonia) from which he did not recover. On the 28th day of December, 1869, he passed to his final rest just four months before this ninetieth birthday.

Children of *JOHN FREDERICK (1780-1869) & CHRISTINA (1782-1858) BOBENMOYER

All of these children were born in Berks County, Pennsylvania and were members of the Reformed Lutheran Church. All moved to Butler County, Ohio by covered wagon in 1832.

I. *CATHERINE b. April 9, 1801 d. 1844 in Butler County, OH m. *JACOB TRINE in Pennsylvania Children: 1. Henrietta 2. Carolina 3. *SOPHIA 4. Charles 5. Elizabeth 6. Catherine 7. Susan 8. Sarah A. 9. Frederick E. 10. David R. 11. Christina [*CATHERINE & *JACOB are my Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents; *SOPHIA is my Great-Great-Great-Grandmother-km]

II. David b. April 10, 1803 d. October 29, 1855, Paulding Co., OH m. Saloma Heffner 1829 in Pennsylvania. Saloma b. November 15, 1807 d. February 1, 1899, Paulding Co., OH Children: 1. Harry 2. Bennewell 3. Caroline 4. Edward 5. Juda 6. Elizabeth 7. Christina 8. David 9. James. One of the sons of Edward (David) homesteaded in 1880 in Hitchcock County, Nebraska. A grandson of Edward, John Bobenmoyer is still living on that homestead in 1961.

III. Benjamin b. March 8, 1805 d. ? Darke Co., OH m. Sarah Rheinschmidt 1826 in Pennsylvania Children: 1. Charles 2. Eliza 3. William 4. Mary 5. Sophia 6. Frederick 7. Nathan 8. John 9. Christian 10. Catherine 11. Benjamin

IV. John b. February 11, 1806 d. October 27, 1889, Butler Co. OH m. Saloma Dubbs 1836 Saloma b. April 19, 1815 d. June 30, 1889, Butler Co., OH Children: 1. Frank 2. Susan 3. Sarah 4. Henry 5. John 6. Margaret 7. Mary 8. Elizabeth 9. Charles 10. Clara

V. George b. February 12, 1809 d. March, 1888, Mercer Co., OH m. Lydia Henninger March 26, 1829 in Pennsylvania Lydia b. December 14, 1810 d. October 1860, Mercer Co., OH Children: 1. Lucy 2. Polly 3. Sarah 4. Martin 5. Gideon 6. Henry 7. Julian 8. John Frederick 9. Lydia 10. Susan 11. George Samuel 12. Maryetta

VI. Julian b. April 17, 1815 d. August 30, 1898, Darke Co., OH m. Michael Dubbs 1834. Michael b. 1809 d. 1845 Children: 1. Henry 2. Mary Ann 3. David F. 4. Julia A. 5. Samuel Taylor 6. Emily Jane 7. Josephine 8. Winfield Scott

VII. Charles b. March 4, 1817 d. 1900? Darke Co., OH m. Caroline Burkholder April 20, 1847 Children: None

VIII. Sarah b. May 13, 1823 d. August 18, 1854, Butler Co., OH m. Titus Schuler December 22, 1842 Titus b. August 19, 1815 d. October 24, 1903, Darke Co., OH Children: 1. Christian 2. Amandus B. (author of the "Schuler-Bobenmoyer Clan Book") 3. Lucy Ann 4. Samuel A. 5. Mary Jane

IX. Susan b. January 11, 1826 d. ? Darke Co., OH m. John Karn October 29, 1846 Children: 1. William Henry No further record.

[my family line stops here with firstborn child Catherine (Bobenmoyer) & Jacob Trine's daughter Sophia, my Great-Great-Great-Grandmother. KM]

[I HAVE PHOTOS OF AMANDUS B. SCHUYLER, MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-UNCLE TO SHARE-km]


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