~The Bauman Ancestors of Clarence L. Snyder~

(through Wendel (Wyand) S. Bauman, pioneer settler in Pennsylvania 1709)


 After doing a lot of research, I believe this is a fairly accurate record:


 Ulius "Julius the Farmer"21 Buman was born about 1369 in Zimmerberg Switzerland and died in 1425

Hans Buman was born in Zimmerberg in 1395.

Peter Buman was born in Zimmerberg in1420  Peter married Greta Widmar.

Uly Buman  was born in Zimmerberg in 1449..He died in 1491

Hans Buman was born in Wydenbach in 1470 Hans married Verena Lehman.

Grosshans Buman (Big John)was born in  Switzerland in 1505 .Hans died in 1555

Cleinhans Buman (Little John) was born in Kuhweile, Switzerland in1540 Cleinhans married Margaret Suter (born 1544) in 1562.

Gaunghans Buman (or Junghans Young John) born Nov 26, 1570 in Ober Durrenmoos, Gmnd Hirzel, Horgenberg, Switzerland He married Elsbeth? Russerin. (born in 1570) in 1590.

Oswald Buman was born Aug. 10, 1600 at Ober Durrenmoos. Oswald married Verena Landolt. (And had a son Benedict L. Bauman in 1627). Verena died in 1629. He Then married Judith Dandiker in 1630

Hans Rudolph Dandiker Bauman was born in Durrenmoos in1636 and married Anna Santermann (born 1650, Switzerland) in 1670

Wendell S Bauman was born in Switzerland, ca. 1681. He married Annie (?). Annie was born ca. 1680. Annie died before 1735. At 21 years of age Annie became the mother of Jacob "Brecknock" or "Nimrod" Bowman ca. 1701. At 22 years of age Annie became the mother of Christian Bauman ca. 1702. At 23 years of age Annie became the mother of Anna Bauman 1703. Apparently they Emigrated from Rotterdam, Holland around 1707-1709  At 32 years of age Annie became the mother of Benjamin Bauman ca. 1712. At 34 years of age Annie became the mother of Joseph Bauman in 1714. At 46 years of age Annie became the mother of Peter Bauman in Sept.1726.

Wendell S Bauman and his family settled in Pequea Valley, Pa.

Christian Bauman married Elizabeth Oberholtzer ca. 1745. Elizabeth was born 8/27/1724. Elizabeth was the daughter of Jacob Oberholtzer. Elizabeth died 2/27/1791 at 66 years of age. Her body was interred Allegheny Menn. Cem., Brecknock Twp., Lancaster, PA. At age 22, Elizabeth gave birth to Barbara, born Dec 9, 1746 (Mrs. John Good). At age 25, she gave birth to Jacob O. Bauman, born 1751,At 29 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of Christian "Bauman" Bowman, Berks, PA, 10/21/1753(married to Anna Huber and Anna Gehman). At 33 years of age Elizabeth became the mother of Wendell O.Bowman 2/25/1758 (died 1842) married to Maria Huber, At age 38 she gave birth to  Elizabeth, born in 1762, and at age 42, to Joseph born  7/19/1766.

Wendell O Bauman was born 2/25/1758. Wendell died 1842 at 84 years of age. He married Maria Huber 5/4/1784. Maria was born 11/1760. She was the daughter of John Huber and Margaret ( ? ) Huber.   At 30 years of age Mary became the mother of Esther Bowman 7/31/1790. At age 36 she gave birth to Joseph H. Bauman , 7/19/1796.  Maria died 4/20/1816 at 55 years of age.

 Joseph moved to Ontario in May 1819.

Joseph married Anna (Cressman) Shantz in Sept of 1821. She died July 1822. She is buried in the Kitchener Mennonite Cemetery.He then married Elizabeth (Good) Hoffman in Feb 1825. He died in 1864, Elizabeth in 1879. They are buried in the Martin Cemetery.

His Son Martin H Bauman was born Dec 21, 1834. His Daughter Barbara was married to Christian Bauman Schneider, son of Joseph Schneider.

Martin H Bauman  Married Rebecca (Martin) Shantz, daughter of Bishop Henry Shantz in October 1856. She died in 1897 at age 62, and he remarried to Anna Martin (Kinzie) (Snyder) Weber in 1898

Moses S Bauman was born  Aug 16, 1863 and married Lydia Horch Bearinger  Nov 9, 1884.

Eli B Bauman was born  Dec 29, 1901. He married Vera (Ringler) Habermehl, daughter of Albert (Zinn) Habermehl of St Jacobs Ontario.

Eileen H.Bauman was born October 12, 1928 and married Mervin B. Snyder, son of Jacob Orlan Snyder of Elmira and had 8 children, Eldon, Clarence, Marlene, Delford, Maurice, Carolyn, Gordon and Rhonda.

Eileen Died in June 1991.



The following is from the "Bauman Family History" published in August 1967 and may be of interest.


Wendel was buried a little south of his old home in the Hans Tschantz graveyard, which is located south of Lampeter and about 8 miles southwest of the City of Lancaster, Pa. His grave has no tombstone. This dilapidated ancient burying ground, set aside by Preacher Tschantz from his farm releasing all personal claim thereto in 1740, was for the use of the neighbors. It lies between two Mennonite meeting houses called Willow Street (or Brick) and Strasburg, where some of the descendants of the pioneers still worship



In the foregoing paragraphs it was given that old Wendel, with wife and three children, came to America in the year 1707; of how money was advanced for their ship fares; and again located as members in the Germantown congregation the year after. If he was born in 1681, this would mean he was about 26 years of age at the time of his sailing across the Atlantic Ocean and about 54 years old when he died in 1735; his oldest known child being then 11 years old. Now what about those 3 children who left Europe with him? They now all would be over 28 years old. With historians stressing this Wendel to be the same and our ancestor, could it be possible that this first family was wiped out through death by one or other epidemic of a dreaded disease that often wrought havoc among the early settlers, or was this entirely a different Wendel but still an immigrant? It's also a known fact that many small children died on ship in those years of emigration. Another source of history says a *Wendel Bauman landed at Philadelphia in the year 1709. It is hoped that at some future date more light will be shed on this point of the question.

A German writer, Mueller, has described the Swiss Mennonites as they appeared in the hills and valley of their native land shortly before coming to America. They were a people stern by nature who ould endure hardship; they wore long, uncut beards and rough clothing, and heavy hobnailed shoes with iron heels; they were very zealous to serve God in prayer, in reading and otherwise; in all their ways they were as simple as lambs and doves; and their life in the Swiss mountains, apart from the villages and towns and with little intercourse with men, had made them blunt and rude in speech.

(The following nearly all written by H. M. Bowman)


In the forties, following the death of Wendel Baumann in 1735, his sons, Christian, Peter and Jacob, moved from the Pequea settlement northeastward about 25 miles to the valley of Alleghany Creek, in what is now Berks County. Earlier settlement had been made in this direction by Hans Graff at Graff's Thal (now Groffdale) in 1717, by three Weber brothers at Weber's Thal (now Weaverland) in 1724, and by the Goods and Musselmans at Muddy Creek in 1737. The Goods of Waterloo County are of this line of settlers at Muddy Creek. Weaverland and the neighboring Village of Martindale are the original district of the Mennonite Webers and Martins so numerously represented in Waterloo.

Groffdale, Weaverland and Muddy Creek are, respectively, some 6, 12 and 18 miles northeast of the original Pequea colony. The Pequea settlers had gone so far west of the settled parts around Philadelphia that he three new settlements made towards the east and northeast were all in still unsettled territory. Muddy Creek, the last of the three, was a little south of the present Village of Bowmansville. This brought the settled frontier near to the Forest Hills along the northeast line of Lancaster County. The movement of the three Bowmann brothers in the forties carried the settled border across this line into Berks.

The pioneer of this movement into Berks was the youngest of the three brothers, Jacob. He was the Nimrod of the Pequea country, a great hunter and fisher. By this time the woods and streams in this neighbourhood has been well hunted and fished. When Jacob Baumann was at Muddy Creek prospecting for a new location, an Indian offered to show him good hunting ground to the eastward on the upper reaches of the Muddy Creek. Baumann's friends at Muddy Creek advised strongly against this proposal. The Indian danger was then not yet at the pitch reached in the French and Indian War of 1754 to 1763, but the Indians were uneasy over the encroachment of the whites. In general, the earlier friendliness between the two races was at an end. But Baumann decided to make the venture.

The next morning he, with the Indian, started from the log cabin of one Good about a quarter of a mile south of the present Bowmansville, prospecting eastward up the valley of Muddy Creek. The next day they found a site that pleased Baumann. The Indian helped him to lay off 300 acres along the creek. At the same time he advised Baumann never to settle at any point where the water was running towards the sunset. In such places, he said, there was no good luck; and the next day he would take him to a place where the water was running towards sunrise, and where there was plenty of fish, game and good luck. The Muddy and Alleghany Creeks in these parts are parallel streams, some miles apart, but running in opposite directions, the Muddy westward into into the Conestogo and Susquehanna, and the Alleghany eastward into the Schuylkill and Delaware.

Baumann the next day followed the Indian still eastward to the head the Muddy Creek valley, then northward, by the Indian path leading from Sinking Spring to the Delaware, over a small range of hills into another valley called by the Indian Alleghean (Alleghany). A clear stream flowed through toward the sunrise. The Indian's home was on the north side of the valley near the path. They selected a location and built a cabin for Baumann about a mile and a half southwest of the Indian's home. The Indian invited Baumann to bring his wife and child, guaranteeing their safety.

Baumann's friends at Muddy Creek, Weaverland, and Groffdale were greatly surprised at his safe return. They helped him to move as far as Muddy Creek. From this point Baumann, with a few of the most necessary things, went forward alone. It was a month since he had departed from his Indian friend who was greatly pleased at his return. When Baumann told him of the trouble with his friends, who had halted with his goods at Muddy Creek, the other said, "Friend Jacob, go and tell your white friends to go home, and tell them also that you have found a friend who is a friend indeed." The two completed the transportation of the goods. The friendship between them continued for life. Frequently in this virgin territory they shared the pleasure of fishing the hase. Jacob's removal occurred about in *1747.

Christian and Peter Baumann had no friendly Indian connections, but as a result of their brother's favourable experience, Christian followed Jacob in *1748 and Peter some time after *1752 to the Alleghany valley. Peter settled somewhat west of Jacob and Christian a mile west of Peter. Christian's homestead is the one referred to in Eby's Waterloo History, Vol. 1, page 63, where it says he built, in 1749, a log dwelling that was quite sound for upwards of hundred years. It is situated two or three miles north of the Christian Bauman mill (1777) on Alleghany Creek. This mill is about four miles northeast of Bowmansville, which place, in turn, is a little north from the original Muddy Creek settlement. Jacob Baumann and the Indian had taken a round-about course on their prospecting tour from Muddy Creek to Christian Baumann's home, nearest of the three brothers in Alleghany valley. This was only some seven miles; but between them and the older settlement at Muddy Creek ran the Forest Hills. The four miles from Christian Baumann's mill to Bowmansville, passes directly across these hills.

Before the erection of the Waterloo and Preston mills the nearest grist for Waterloo settlers was thirty miles away, at Dundas. In the Alleghany valley the settlers, before they had a mill of their own, carried their grist on horse about the same distance to a mill on the Brandywine below Downingtown. Milling became almost a hereditary business among Christian Baumann's descendants. The Christian Baumann Mill was marked on a timber within "C.B.M. 1777.' His son Christian was 24 years old when this mill was built; he was a miller. *He died in 1807; the same initials, "C.B.M.", were carved on his tombstone, while old Christian's tombstone has 1790 and only the "C.B." *At first the older Christian had built a grist mill about a mile upstream, to the present Village of Allehangyville. Preacher Joseph Baumann (No.1757 a son of II. Christian, built, in 1801, a second mill about five miles east the other, before he moved to Ontario in 1816.
*(Wynand Bowman was the first of the Palatines to be helped by the Amsterdam Comm for Foreign Needs. -By Smith).
**Their settlement was Strasburg Twp., Chester Co., now West Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co


Wendel O. Bowman

Wendel Bauman and his wife, Maria Huber, resided in Berks Co., Pa., in the house built by his father in 1749. They are buried in the Alleghany Cemetery. Wendel was married a second time. On the one side of Wendel's own grave was buried the above mentioned Maria, his wife. On the other side, it is pre- sumed, lies his other wife, made mention of in his will. The inscription on this tombstone reads-E.D. 1843. This would mean that the "Stiefmutter" died in the year following that of Wendel's death.
The following letter, written the day following the funeral, referring to the death and funeral of their aged father, III. Wendel, was sent by IV. Christian H. to his brother, IV. Joseph B. Bauman, in Waterloo Twp., Ont. The text of the letter is as follows:
Brecknock Township, Berks County, Pa.,
November 23, 1842.
Einen Herzfreundlichen Grusz und Wohlwunsch an alle meine Bruder, Schwestern und Schwaeger, in Canada, wie auch an mein onkel, Joseph Bauman (No. 1757), und sein Weib Maria, Gottes Gnade zuvor.
Der gegenstand, der mir in dieser zeit ursache giebt an euch zu schreiben ist dieser, dasz naemlich unser alter Vater Wendel Bauman aus diesser Zeit in die Ewigkeit gegangen ist, die naehren umstaende seiner krankheit, oder viel mehr seiner ablebens, sind ehngefaehr diese: Man verspuerte diesem ganzen nachsammer eine zunehmente alters schwaeche an ihm. ohngefaehr um die mitte vom September fing sein othem an schlechter zu werden, der Appetit zum essen wurde schlechter, und die kraefte schienen zichmlich stark abzunehmen, um den 20 ten October vurde seine lage ziemlich bedenklich, er hatte naemlich sehr viel mehe mit seinem Wasser zu lassen, das mit etwas schmerzen wieder gut, nach dieser Zeit kante er ohrgefaehr 2 wochen auf und bekleidet war, nach verlauf von ein paar ochen, wurde dieses jedoch nieder, unde war abwechseind in seinem bett und auf seinem stuhl, die letzen zwey wochen schieri das Lebens lichtlein immer kleiner und schwaecher zu werden, er wierde vest bettligerich, in diesenzwey wochen war er mehrentheils in einem schlaf und schiummer, das essen war die einte woche sehr wenig, und die letzten 4 tage gar nichts, er klagte keine schmerzen und sein othem war sehr leight, aus genommen bey der geringsten bewegung war er sobald sehr schwer, bisz die paar letzten tage, da war er haerter und kurizer, bisz er endlich auf ietzten sonntag abend bey onnen untergang den Geist aufgab, sanft und stille schien scin Tod zu seyn. Gestern wuerde sein Leib, bey einer zahireichen Leichenbekeidung zur erde Bestattet, Wobey unser diener Samuel Guth eine schickliche anrede hielt, und unser diener Christian Gehman eine schickliche Abhandlung hicit ueber die worte offenbarung Johannes Cap. 2 der letzte theil des 10ten verses. Leichen Lied, Ach Herr lehre mich bedenken &c ... Sein alter belauft sich zu 84 jahr 8 monat und 25 tag. Unsere stiefmuter ist so ziemlich in ihren alten elendigen zustand, dem verstorbenen Franze Eschliman seine hinteriassene Witwe ist gegen-waertig hart krank an einer Fieberartigen krankheit, uebrigens Sind die leuete von dieser gegend ziemlich gesund, und wir wuenschen dasz dieses auch alle gesund antreffen moge. Ich will beschliesen, und euch und uns nochmals der Gnade Gottes anbefehien.

Wir hoffen in einigen wochen wieder an euch zu schreiben. Euer Bruder, Schwager, Freund und Wohlwuenscher alles guten,


In the name of God, Amen. I the undersigned, Wendel Bowman of Brecknock Township, Berks County, and State of Pennsylvania, am far advanced in years and weak in body but of a sound mind, memory and understanding, for which thanks be to God, do make, declare this my last Will and Testament as follows, namely:

First, it is my will and I do order that my worldly estate which I at present own shall be distributed and bequeathed the same as follows, to wit: To my beloved wife, Elizabeth, for and during her natural life or as long as she remains my widow, all such house, home, widowseat rights and privileges, yearly income and advantages, either yearly or in some other way as such is agreed upon and named for in an agreement that is in power which is dated the twenty-ninth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-three, which is an agreement between me and my son Christian Bowman for the giving over to my said son Christian the Tenement Plantation and Farm, consisting of a piece of land of ninety-one acres and eighty perches, on which I at present live as such in the said agreement is recorded in Reading for further accommodation. Item: I give and bequeath to my said wife, Elizabeth, or her heirs forever the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds money in gold or silver and three beds and bedstead with double, Covering, and three blankets, one cow which she will choose, one copper wash kettle, one large cedar tub, two small tubs, one churn, one dough trough, one drawer, one kitchen dresser, two chests, the clock and case, one table, two iron pots, two pans, four pewter dishes, seven pewter and seven earthen plates, one dozen pewter spoons, one dozen knives and one dozen forks, two tin buckets, four chairs, one woman's saddle, one bridle, fifty yards of flax, twenty yards of linen, one spinning wheel, one reel, seven tablecloths, seven hand towels, one Bible, four other books, seven three-bushel bass, and one barrel; every article in this item named, I bequeath to my said wife, Elizabeth, or her heirs forever, and she may choose the same out of my estate and shall be delivered to her in the space of four weeks after my decease.

Item: I give and bequeath to my said wife for and during her natural life or widowhood, the stove with pipe which we have in use at the time of my decease.

Item: I have a particular Family Book in use in which each of my children, especially those who have sums of money charged to them which they have received from me as a part of their inheritance out of my estate and each of my children that have any sums charged against him or her shall be added to the remainder of my estate and be divided in equal shares between all my children.

Further, it is my will and I do order that it shall begin at the oldest of my children and pay him his full share or portion of my estate, both real and personal, and so in rotation according to age down to the youngest of my children until each of my children, viz: Benjamin, Elizabeth, Esther, Susanna, Joseph, Christian and Barbara have their full share out of my whole estate, share and share alike.

Item: Since my daughter Esther died, I give and bequeath her share or portion to her two children namely, Maria and Solomon, such I bequeath to my children and pay him his full share or portion of my estate, both real and(personal?)

And lastly, I nominate, constitute and appoint as executors of this my last Will and Testament my aforesaid son, Christian Bowman, and my friend Henry Weber.
Witnessed by Adam redge and Joseph Horning
written in 1839?


Bowman Research Resources

  1. Bauman and Sauter Families Of Hirzel, Switzerland, Jane Evans Best, Mennonite Family History Magazine, April 1991
  2. LDS Microfilm 1181807, item 1, Chronik der Familie Baumann Aus Dem Durrenmoos, Die Erlebnisse der Familie von 1393 bis 1912
  3. The Children of Wendel and Ann Bowman Reconsidered, Emmert F. Bittinger, Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage Magazine, October 1995



The following is gleaned from various sources on the internet. This predates the information in the Bauman Family book. The information is gathered from sources not available to the writers of the book.

It is interesting to note there were several spellings of the Bauman name over the centuries, including, but likely not limited to the following:

Buman, Baughman, Bachman, Bauman, Baumann, Bowman, and Bowmann.