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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ABRAHAM L. BAUMAN, a stone merchant and postmaster of Niantic, Douglass township, Montgomery county, was born July 15, 1834, in the township where he still lives. He is the son of John M. and Anna (Latshaw) Bauman.

Isaac Bauman (grandfather) and his wife died many years ago, and are buried at Balo, Berks county. They had several children. Abraham Latshaw (maternal grandfather) and wife were prominent citizens of Montgomery county, being farmers. They are also buried at Balo, Berks county.

John M. Bauman (father) was a farmer of Montgomery county. He was a member of the Mennonite church, and a Republican. His wife died at the age of about fifty years, and he lived to be eighty-four years of age. They are buried at Balo, Berks county. The children of John M. and Anna (Latshaw) Bauman: Isaac (deceased); William, a veteran of the Civil war, who is living at the Soldiers’ Home, Columbia, Ohio; Anna (deceased); Eliza (deceased); David (deceased); and Abraham L.

Abraham L. Bauman attended school until he was about seventeen years of age. He started to learn the trade of stone cutter as soon as he left school, and has continued in the stone business ever since. He worked as a stone cutter in Upper Hanover township for twelve years, and then entered into the stone business at Niantic. In 1892, he was visited with a fire, which destroyed his store completely. He did not lose heart, however, but rebuilt it on the same site in the same year. He is a Republican in politics, and in 1882 was appointed postmaster of Niantic, a position which he still holds. He is a member of the New Mennonite church, at Balo, Berks county, and is an organist in the church at Niantic, the Reformed Lutheran.

Abraham L. Bauman married (first wife) Barbara, daughter of Jacob and _____ (Mussleman) Bechtel. Mr. Bechtel was a farmer in Upper Hanover township, and had two children. Elizabeth, still living, and Barbara (Mrs. Bauman), died in 1872. Mrs. Bauman is buried at Balo, Berks county. The children of A. L. and Barbara (Bechtel) Bauman: Amanda (deceased); Andora (deceased); Diana (deceased); Mahlon, born October 5, 1858; Oswin, a music teacher in Philadelphia, is still unmarried. Mahlon Bauman, son of A. L. Bauman, worked on a farm in his youth. He married Leonora, daughter of Henry and Mary (Bolton) Huber, farmers of Niantic, both now deceased. The children of Mahlon and Leonora Bauman: Ellwood H., born 1887, and is clerking in a store in Boyertown; Charles H., born November 10, 1889.

Abraham L. Bauman married (second wife) about 1873, Mary, daughter of Samuel Christman. Her mother was a Miss Smith. Samuel Christman was a farmer in Douglass township. The children of Abraham L. and Mary (Christman) Bauman: Frank, married Annie, daughter of Jacob Moyer, of the same township, who lives in Boyertown, where he is engaged in mercantile business, and has no children; Calvin, unmarried, living in Philadelphia, where he is engaged in the omnibus business; Frederick, born May 2, 1879, unmarried, assists in the store, and is also a telegraph operator; Margaret, born in 1882, married John, son of Mrs. J. Mann, living at Sassamansville, where he is a farmer, they having one child, Jennie, unmarried, residing with her parents.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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