Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wachter From Lewistown, Maryland 1850s-Era Family Bible On EBAY

Are you a Wachter from Maryland? I just spotted a family bible on sale at eBay that may be of interest to you. The seller has this leather-bound bible that contains family history information that you might want to take a look at. The births of several Wachter children from a farming family in Lewistown, Frederick, Maryland is handwritten over several pages and if you have that surname in your background, you might want to take a look.

The names I can decipher are as follows:

Milton (Valerin?) Wachter born 1853
Marien Eugene Anderson Wachter born 1854
Willie Haward Wachter born 1856
Florence Elmira Wachter born 1859
Charles Samuel Wachter born 1860
Elmer Curtis Wachter born 1862
Lillie Anna Bell Wachter 1865.

There is actually more info on the pages than just the year of birth. Their exact date of birth as well as their date of baptism is given. The children were baptised by a "Reverend Geo. W. Anderson" and the second child listed has Anderson as a middle name, so possibly a relative of the family? Or maybe the good reverend was held in very high esteem by the family. I don't know at this point. Some of the other children were baptised by different reverends.

Taking a look online, This family seems to be the same as that listed in the 1880 Census for Lewistown with the following details:

Lewis H. Wachter married age 47 (born 1834) Born MD Occupation Farmer, Both parents born in MD.
Amanda Wachter married age 50, Born MD, Keeping House, also parents born in Maryland.
Eugene Wachter, son, age 25 (born 1855), laborer
Charles Wachter, son, age 19 (born 1861), laborer
Elmer Wachter, son, age 16 (born 1864)
Anna Wachter, daughter, age 15 ( born 1865)

These children are also shown as born in Maryland. Also, a few houses away lives the family of Andrew Wachter, age 39 and his wife Cornelia and their 5 children,. A little farther down the road is another Wachter family: John Wachter, age 28, his wife Mary and the couples 2 small children. Another Lewis F. Wachter, age 46 and his family live close by - perhaps a cousin of the Lewis H. Wachter?

There's also a record of the marriage of Lewis H. Wachter to Amanda A. Pacely 2 September 1852 at  St Johns Parish Protestant Episcopal, Joppa, Harford, Maryland. There seems to have been several Wachter families in County of Frederick, Maryland since at least the 1780s. More research would need to be done to link all these branches together to see who is a couson or brother to whom, but as I am not tracing this particular family, I'll leave that to others.

To take a look at this old family bible, the eBay item number is 110552108666. As always, I am not associated with any one selling family bibles on ebay and the info provided is hopefully helpful to those tracing this particular surname.

1 comment:

Barry Bowman said...

trying to track down the Wachter family bible. this was my great grandfather's bible and would like to get it back into the family. thanks in advance for your help.