An American Family History

Anna Maria Bauman Schneider (Snyder)

Bauman is also spelled Baughman, Baumann, Boman, and Bowman.
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Anna Maria Bauman Schneider (Snyder) was born on February 4, 1776 in Towamensing. Her parents were Heinrich Bauman and Catherine Dreisbach.

She married Jacob Snyder (Schneider). Jacob was born January 28, 1762. Jacob's parents were Peter and Sarah Catherine Snyder (Schneider).

Jacob owned a mill on the Aquashicola creek.

Jacob and Maria's children included:
Daniel Schneider (Snyder) (1794),
Mary Schneider (Snyder) Kuntz, (1796, married John Kuntz),
Reverend Jacob Schneider (Snyder) (1798, married Elizabeth Schneider (Snyder) daughter of David Schneider (Snyder)),
John (Johannes) Schneider (Snyder) (1800),
Stephen (Stephanus) Schneider (Snyder) (1806),
Simon Schneider (Snyder) (1808), and
Solomon Schneider (Snyder) (1812).

Jacob's baptism was recorded at Towamensing. Henry Bauman and Elizabeth Schneider (Snyder) were the sponsors. Jacob and Maria were the sponsors for Jacob Bauman son of John D. Bauman. John's baptism was also recorded at Towamensing and Friedrich & Maria Eberhart were sponsors. They were sponsors when Jacob Klein was baptized. Stephen's baptism was recorded at Towamensing and Peter and Hannah Schneider (Snyder) were sponsors. They were sponsors when Daniel Straunch was born.

Jacob died in 1813.

In 1830 Maria Schneider (Snyder) was living in Towamensing Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania with a boy between 15 and 19.

Maria died on February 28, 1864.

Choosing a Godparent sponsor was not just a formality in 17th century Germany. Each child had one Godparent of the same gender. It established ties between families that were near kinship. The Godparent was expected to provide spiritual support and material support in times of need.

Children of Heinrich Bauman
and Catherine Dreisbach

  • Susanna Barbara Bauman Kern
  • John Dieter Bauman
  • Anna Maria Bauman Schneider (Snyder)
  • Christina Bauman Branstetter
  • Henry Bauman
  • Northampton County, Pennsylvania is on the eastern border of the state in the Lehigh Valley. It was formed in 1752 from parts of Bucks County. Easton is the county seat.

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    History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania by Lehigh County Historical Society

    Anna Mary Bauman was born Feb. 4, 1776, and died March 28, 1864. She married Jacob Snyder, who owned a mill on the Aquashicola creek. He died in 1813. Their children were:
    Mary C., wife of John Kuntz;
    Simon; and
    Solomon Snyder.

    Pennsylvania German families took an active role in the American Revolution in Northampton County.

    Very soon after 1781 two brothers, Jacob and Nicholas Snyder, came into possession of three hundred and ten acres of land on the mineral spring laid down in Scull’s map of 1759.1...On the 19th of November. 1807, a deed of partition was made by the brothers, Nicholas and Jacob, and the land was divided. 

    Jacob [Snyder] married the daughter of Henry Bauman, and in the division took the property on the creek, including the mill, and lived at the mill and kept it until his death, in 1813, aged fifty-three years. He left seven children,--Daniel, Mary C. (Mrs. John Kuntz), Jacob, John, Stephen, Simon, and Solomon.

    Daniel [Synder], the eldest, was born in 1794, and emigrated to the West. Jacob [Snyder] married a daughter of Henry Bauman [?], lived at the mill about thirty years, and moved farther up the road, where he built a stone house. He became interested in the Evangelical Association, was prominent in the organization of the society, and building of the church in 1844. He became a local preacher in the Association, and later in life moved to Parryville, where he died. Stephen [Snyder] now resides at Parryville. Solomon [Snyder], the youngest son, owns the mill property and lives there.

    Lehigh County, Pennsylvania was formed in 1812 from Northampton.

    The Lehighton Press, Volume 5, Number 20, Thursday, August 30, 1894

    Parryville.  The Macungie Progress has the following to say of our late lamented fellow citizen, Stephen Snyder:  

    At the ripe age of 88 years and one day there died at the home of his son A. K. Snyder, at Maple Grove, last Saturday night, Stephen Snyder, who had long been suffering from ills incident to old age.  

    Deceased was a native of Carbon County. He was twice married, first to a Miss Balliet who died about forty years ago. In 1848 he was married a second time to the widow of Reuben Wannemacher.

    Of the first union there remain Mrs. Daniel Stroup, of Bowmansville, Mrs. Stephen Miller, of Montoursville, Lycoming county, Mrs. Rev. S. B. Brown, of Reading, Mrs. Wm. Knecht, of South Bethlehem, and Stephen Snyder, Jr., of Parryville;

    and of the second, A. K. Snyder, of Maple Grove, and Dildine Snyder, of Parryville.

    Mrs. Joseph B. Seidel, of Lehighton and Perry Wannemacher, Macungie, are children of the second wife by her first husband.

    Mr. Snyder, in his younger years, followed farming, grist milling, lumbering and later the butchering business. He was a man of good, sound principle. One of the founders of the Evangelical Association in his native county, it is called to this day“Snyder's Church."  Of all those old associates he survived but one—his brother Solomon, who is his junior by a few years. Politically, he was a staunch Republican. Mr. Snyder was a noted deer hunter and had a record of killing sixty-six in his lifetime.

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