John Sebastian

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John Sebastian Baumbach
Wedding Photo

photo courtesy of David Spencer

John and Mary Baumbach
Mary Eliza and John Sebastian Baumbach
Photo courtesy of Kathleen Baumbach Bodine

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John Sebastian Baumbach
photo courtesy of Bill Jones

John Sebastian Baumbach was the son of Heinrich Anton Baumbach and Ursula Gatterdam and was born January 01, 1837 in Hunfeld, Kurhessen, Germany.  He had 3 brothers and 4 sisters:  Charlotte, Eunica, Bartholomaus, Dominikus, Hillegarde, Karoline, and Wendeline. 

John emigrated to the United States at the age of 18 years old in 1855.  He married Mary Eliza Thayer on June 20, 1861 in Woodcock, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

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The West Bloomfield Cheese Factory
photo courtesy of Bill Jones

John Sebastian Baumbach was a cheesemaker in Pennsylvania.   He was the owner of the West Bloomfield Cheese Factory.

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John and his son Charles
working in the cheese factory

photo courtesy of Bill Jones

John and Mary had six children: Charles Elton, Dora, Jenny, Louisa or Mary Louisa, George Emil, Nellie, and Kitty Caroline who went by the name Calla.

John died April 04, 1915 and is buried in Wilkus Corners, Swift Long Cemetery, Woodcock Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

Mary was the daughter of Joseph Thayer and Clarissa Swift and was born on August 25, 1843 and died on August 08, 1919.

To see John Sebastian Baumbach's Family Sheet - Click Here

Baumbach Family Photo
Baumbach Family Photo
Front row from left to right: John Sebastian Baumbach, Kitty Carolyn "Calla", Mary Eliza
Back row from left to right: Charles Elton, Lucy Dora "Dora" Jones, William Burton Jones,
Ethel Grace Wellmon (who was Charles's wife),  Jennie May.
Photo courtesy of David & Beth Spencer


Photos of John and Mary's children and their mates:

Jenny, Dora, Arthur Jones, and Calla
Jennie Voight, Dora and Arthur Jones, Calla Spencer
Children are Cynthia and Billie Jones
Photo courtesy of Martha thayer Evans
Photo taken August, 1946 in Nelson, Nebraska

Jennie, Glenn, Charles and Calla
Jennie Voight - 63 yrs, Glenn Spencer,
Charles Baumbach - 53 yrs, Calla Spencer
Photo courtesy of Martha Thayer Evans

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The cheese factory and the house
The back of the photo reads,
"My old home when a girl, across from Clayton Wilkins
[could be Milkins] Baumbach Cheese Factory about 1910."

photo courtesty of  David Spencer

See a receipt from the West Bloomfield Cheese Factory below....

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Receipt from the cheese factory dated Sept 23, 1912




Aged and Respected Resident of Bloomfield Township has Passed Away. _______________________

Mr. John S. Baumbach passed away Sunday p. m. April 4th, 1915 at his residence in Bloomfield township, after a lingering illness of two years.

The funeral services were held from the home Wednesday a. m., where many friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to one who was held in high esteem by all who knew him. The burial was in the Swift cemetery, Woodcock township. Many and beautiful were the floral offerings.

John Sebastian Baumbach, was born January 20th 1837 at Hessen Germany. He came to New York in 1855 and stayed three years then came to Titusville and worked at the coopers trade. At the age of 24 he was united in marriage with Mary E. Thayer of Woodcock township. To them were born seven children: Louisa, deceased; George E., of Nelson, Neb.: Mrs. W. A. Voigt, Nelson, Neb.; Nellie, deceased; Mrs. W. B. Jones, Superior, Neb.; Charles E., of LeBoeuf, Pa.; Mrs. Glenn Spencer, of Union City, Pa. He had four sisters and three brothers but only one is living. _______________________________

Card of Thanks. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all the neighbors and friends for their kindness during the illness and burial of our beloved husband and father and also to the singers and to those who sent beautiful floral offerings. Mrs. Mary Baumbach and Family

No newspaper or date noted.

Obituary furnished by Kathleen Baumbach