Classification scheme: 
Hist.Mss.1.252 (s.c.)

Title: Samuel B. Bowman fonds
Note: Letters located in map case.

Dates of creation: [18--]

Physical description: 1 cm of textual records (photocopies)

Biographical sketch: Samuel B. Bowman (Bauman, Baumann), known as "Miller Sam," was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 1802, one of thirteen children of Joseph (1766-1849, an ordained Mennonite minister) and Mary Bauman. The family moved to Blair, Waterloo County in 1816. Samuel married Elizabeth Bauman (1811-1865). Samuel and Elizabeth had seven children, farmed on his parents' homestead and also ran a mill. 

Custodial history: These letters were photocopied from originals found in the Muddy Creek Farm Library, Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Sam Steiner donated the copies to the Archives in 2012.

Scope and content: Contains copies of letters, written largely among relatives, in German. A file list can be found, below. Letters with an asterisk (*) were translated in 2014-2015 by Erica Janzen.

Notes: Further materials related to this family may be found by searching the Archives.
Original archival description created 2012 by Laureen Harder-Gissing.

File list:

  1. Samuel B. Bauman to [?], [18--]
  2. Joseph Bauman to Wendel Bowman, Brecknock Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 31 Jan 1834*
  3. Samuel Kurtz, writing from Williamsville, Erie County, to Jacob Bowman, Waterloo Township, 17 May 1844*
  4. Samuel B. Bauman and Elizabeth Bauman to [?], 1852
  5. Samuel B. Bauman and Elizabeth Bauman to [?], 27 Nov 1852
  6. Samuel B. Bauman and Elisabeth Bauman to Christian Bauman, Reading, Pennsylvania, 30 Dec 1853*
  7. Samuel B. Bauman to Christian Bauman, Brecknock Township, Berks County, 11 Apr 1854*
  8. Samuel B. Bauman and Elizabeth Bauman to: Christian Bauman and Wife, Isaac Bauman and Wife, John B. Guth and Wife and "all friends and acquaintances around you," 8 Sept 1854*
  9. "On Ascension Day May 17th 1855 this was publicly read"
  10. John H. Oberholzer to [?], 2 Oct 1868*
  11. Samuel Bauman to Tobias Bauman and Judith Bauman, 29 [?] 1880, 14 Jun 1880, 22 Mar 1881*
  12. Interim governing document decided upon at a meeting at the Bauman's school and meeting house by the New Mennonite church, 3 Oct 1851*
  13. [?] to [?] discussing joining with Daniel Hoch and the New Mennonites*
  14. Translations by Erica Janzen (located in Hist.Mss.1 (s.c.))


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