An American Family History

Christina Bauman Branstetter

Bauman is also spelled Baughman, Baumann, Boman, and Bowman.

A Dower is a provision for a wife's support should her husband die before her. Her dower right was the use of ⅓ of her husband's estate. The dower was settled on the bride at the time of the wedding. A drowry was the property a bride brought to her marriage.

American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.



Christina Bauman Branstetter was born in Pennsylvania about 1780. Her parents were probably Heinrich Bauman and Catherine Dreisbach.

She married Daniel Brandstetter before 1801. She gave birth to at least eleven children. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Daniel and Christina Brandstetter.

She was left a widow before 1828 when her husband, Daniel, died. His land and property were sold to pay his debts when he died, but Christina received one and one-half acres as the widow’s dower.

On November 25, 1828 she signed her dower rights over to Jacob Bransteter for the sum of $1.00. At that time she stated that she was from German Township, Clark County Ohio. (The name was spelled Bronstetter and Brunstetter in the document.) Her son, Daniel Branstiter, was one of the witnesses.

She appeared in the 1830 and 1840 census in German Township, Clark County, Ohio.

Ohio 1840
From an Ohio newspaper in 1840.

Children of Heinrich Bauman
and Catherine Dreisbach

  • Susanna Barbara Bauman Kern
  • John Dieter Bauman
  • Anna Maria Bauman Schneider (Snyder)
  • Christina Bauman Branstetter
  • Henry Bauman
  • Clark County, Ohio was formed March 1, 1817, from Champaign, Madison and Greene Counties. The first settlement was in 1796. The inhabitants of German Township were German Lutherans who came from Virginia.

    Children of Daniel Branstetter, Sr.
    and Christina Bauman
  • Daniel Branstiter
  • Henry Branstetter
  • John Brunsteter
  • Sarah Branstetter Rogers Neville
  • Mary Branstetter Enoch
  • Elizabeth Branstetter Wallace Morris
  • Rebecca Margaret Branstetter Hullinger
  • Charles F. Branstetter
  • Eliza Branstetter Heller
  • William Branstetter
  • Nathan Branstetter
  • Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.

    Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.


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