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Baughmans of Jefferson County, Pennsylvania

Martin Bachman
+ Appolonia Hofer
Ulrich Bachman, born 1600
+ Anna Grogg
Nicolaus Bachman, born 1633
+ Christina Bruah
Hans Jacob Bachmann, born 1676
+ Elizabeth Carl
Jacob Bachman, born July 25, 1704
+ Magdalena Zinck
Paul Bachman, born 1744
+ Margaretha Hantz
Lawerance Boughman (1780-1865)
+ Catherine Hime
John Baughman, Sr. (1809-1889)
+ Rebecca Stewart (1813-1907)
John Baughman, Jr. (1846 - 1915)
+ Fietta Himes (1839 - 1899)
Clover O. Baughman (1875-1964)
+ Levine A. Schaffner (1878-1955)
+ Sarah E. Painter (1903-1994)

John Baughman, Sr.


In 1809, the Walnut Street Theatre, the first theater in America, and the First African Baptist Church opened in Philadelphia. Thomas Paine died this year. Robert Fulton patents the steamboat. And Illinois Territory is created and becomes effective. Also, John Baughman was born. When John Baughman was born on April 14, 1809, in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, his father, Lawrence, was 27 and his mother, Catharine, was 22.

John Sr. was married about 1833 to Rebecca Stewart in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of William Stewart (1781-1857) and Mary Wilson (1793-1850). Together John and Rebecca had four sons and eight daughters between 1834 and 1858.

In 1850, The U.S. Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act. Vice President Millard Fillmore becomes the 13th President of the United States following the death of President Taylor. California is admitted as the 31st U.S. state. And the US conduct an decennial census.

The 1850 US Federal Census for Beaver Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, enumerated 5 Nov 1850 by W. W. Corbe, has a record of the John and Rebecca Baughman household. John Baughman was age 41 years, born about 1809, male, working as a farmer. Rebecca Baughman was 37 years of age, born about 1816, female. Lawrence Baughman was sixteen years of age, male, working as a farmer. William Baughman was a male and fourteen years of age. Jane Baughman was a female and twelve years of age. Robert Baughman was a male and ten years of age. Martha Baughman was a female and eight years of age. John Baughman was a male and five years of age. Susannah Baughman was a female and two years of age. Henry Shuger was a male who was twenty years old and working as a laborer. Everyone in this household was born in Pennsylvania.

There was no road noise, no airplanes flying overhead, no radio, no television or movies, no computer games. For entertainment, young children stayed around the house, did a lot of running around, played tag and hide and seek, and wrestled with each other, climbing trees, chasing birds and varmits, throwing rocks or maybe a ball, and playing with their dog. On rainy days they stayed indoors and drew pictures, read to each other, and played checkers. But, whatever they did, they got in trouble and tested the rules to see how far they could go before Mom would get after them with a fly swatter or wooden spoon. As they got a little older they played mumbly peg with their pocket knives, shot marbles, rode the plow horse, and hunted varmits. Mom made dolls for the girls out of whatever materials were available.

In 1860, US Congress accepted the Pre-emption Bill. It provided free land in West for colonists. The Pony Express began its first run from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. On May 28 one of the worst storms ever experienced in the region hits the east coast of England, sinking more than 100 ships and killing at least 40 people. On November 6, Abraham Lincoln beats John C. Breckinridge, Stephen A. Douglas, and John Bell and is elected as the 16th President of the United States, the first Republican to hold that office. Forty-four days after Lincoln is elected President, on December 20, 1860, South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the United States Union. And the US holds its decennial census.

In the 1860 US Federal Census for Beaver Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, enumerated 16 August 1860 by Joel Spyker, is a record of the household of John and Rebecca Baughman. John Baughman was a male who was 51 years old and a farmer. Rebecca Baughman was a female who was 49 years old. Robert Baughman was a male who was twenty years old. John Baughman was a male who was fourteen years old. Susanna Baughman was a female who was twelve years old. Rebecca Baughman was a female who was nine years old. Elizabeth Baughman was a female who was six years old. Lawrance Baughman was a male who was 83 years old, born about 1777. [This was John's father.] Everyone in this household was born in Pennsylvania.

The next household on this page [1860 US Federal Census] was of the Lawrence and Sarah Baughman family. [This is likely John and Rebecca's oldest son.] Lawrence Baughman Jr. was a 26 year old male, farmer. Sarah Baughman was a 23 years old female. Elizabeth Baughman was a two year old female. Also in the household was the Shields family including: Jane Shields a 45 year old female. David Todd Shields a fifteen year old male. And, Nathaniel Shields a nine year old male. All in this household except Jane Shields was born in Pennsylvania. Jane Shields said she was born in Ireland.

After the Lawrence and Sarah Baughman household [1860 US Federal Census] is listed the Jonathan and Elmina Hime household. Jonathan Hime was a 29 year old male, laborer. Elmina Hime was a 29 year old female. Josiah F. Hime was a six year old male. Adam H. Hime was a four year old male. George H. Hime was a two year old male.

In 1870 the 15th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, providing former slaves with the right to vote. Virginia becomes the eighth and Georgia the last state re-admitted to US after Civil War. John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil Company. It is revealed that the famed Cardiff Giant is just carved gypsum and not the petrified remains of a human. Women gain the right to vote in Utah Territory. Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress. And the US had its decennial census.

By 1870, John and Rebecca had moved out of Beaver Township into Redbank and all but two of their children were out on their own. The 1870 US Federal Census for Redbank, Clarion, Pennsylvania, enumerated 15 Jun 1870, has a record of the John and Rebecca Sr. Baughman household. John Baughman is a 61 year old, male, white, retired famer. Rebecca Baughman Sr. was a 58 year old, white, female, keeping house. She says her father and mother were foreign born and that she was unable to read or write English. Rebecca Baughman Jr. was a 17 year old female, white, at home. Elizabeth Baughman was a 14 year old, white, female, at home. She had attended school sometime in the year prior to the census. Also in the household was: Abraham Setthmier an eleven year old, white, male, who had attended school sometime in the year prior to the census. And, Mary Stewart, a 78 year old, white, female, whose father and mother were foreign born. She said she was unable to read or write English.

There were no automobiles they walked or road in wagons and buggies. There was no electricity. They lit their homes with oil lamps, candles, and then kerosene lamps. They heated their homes with wood, then coal, and then some form of natural gas. For entertainment they read books, played games like cards, and if they wanted music then folks learned how to play instruments or they socialized with those who did.

The 1880 US Federal Census for Beaver, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, shows that John and Rebecca were back in Beaver Township and it was just the two of them. John was 71 years old and said he was a farmer. Did he come out of retirement to do a little farming at the age of 71 years? Rebecca , his wife, was keeping house. Rebecca says that both her father and mother were born in Ireland.

John died on May 29, 1889, having lived a long life of 80 years. His wife survived another eighteen years and died at the age of 93 years while living in Stanton, Pennsylvania. They were buried side-by-side in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery - Between Ohl and Langville, PA. At the time of John's death this was known as Burkhouse Cemetery. On his death certificate it indicates that John was buried in Burkhouse Cemetery.



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