John H. Schurman
Marriage 1 Catrina Schneider
Mary A. Sherman b: 27 SEP 1798 in Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania
STARK COUNTY OHIO BIOGRAPHIES
MOSES A. BACHTEL -- The specific and distinctive province of this publication is to enter record concerning those who have been the founders and builders of Stark county, and in the connection it becomes imperative that more than casual mention be made of the sterling family of which Moses A. Bachtel was a worthy representative. He attained the venerable age of more than four score ears, and was one of the honored pioneers of Stark county, of which he was a native son. With great care and discrimination Mr. Bachtel compiled, in 1898, a genealogical record his family, and with slight metaphrase and occasional omission of data not specifically germane to this work, we shall reprodeuce his able epitome of the family history in this volume, believing that the record will be under such conditions the more highly appreciated by present generations of the family and also by those who later come forward onto the stage of life.
My grandfather, John Jacob Bachtel, was born March 6, 1750, and his wife, Catharine (Letch) Bachtel, was born April 15, 1755, while their marriage was solemnized on the 16th of March, 1773. As nearly as can be ascertained, they lived for some time in Washington county, Maryland, and from that locality they are supposed to have removed to either Bedford or Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, where they must lived for a long term of years, since a period of fourty years intervened between the time of their marriage and their emigration to Ohio, in 1813, their youngest son having been fifteen years of age at the time of this removal. In the spring of 1813 John J. and Catharine Bachtel, with their son John and his family, their sons Daniel, Thomas and David, and their daughter Anna Mary, all single, came from Pennsylvania to Stark county, Ohio, and here Grandfather Bachtel purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Pike township, one and one-half miles south of the north line of the township. His son John purchased one hundred and sixty acres adjoining the south line of the same township and a short distance northwest of the present town of Sandyville, and there he passed the balance of his life. Grandfather Bachtel and his three unmarried sons began the work of literaly hewing out a farm in the midst of the virgin forest, their first work being to make a clearing and to there erect their pimitive log cabin home. After this came the task of grappling with the forest and making it give place to cultivated fields. Those of the present generation can have but slight comprehension of the labor thus involved or the deprivations and disadvantages to be contended with by these sturdy pioneers who consituted the advance guard of civilization in the middle west. In addition to clearing the land there was the even more weighty responsibility of providing clothing for the family, for, be it remembered, all apparel had to be manufactured by hand. It was necessary to raise the flax and then go through the various manoeuvers requisite to make it ready for spinning, weaving, bleaching, etc., before it was in shape to be made into the honest homespun garments, and the noble and self-abnegating pioneer women had the greater portion of this work to do, in addition to the other and manifold duties devolving upon them, while it can not be doubted that such constant occupation did much to render the solitary and monotonous life in the wilderness more endurable. Our modern women would faint in the attempt of such responsibilities. Then turn to the manufacturing of woolen goods. The first requisite was to secure a few sheep, and to keep the same was no easy task in the new country, infested with wolves and other wild animals having a distinct fondness for good mutton. Then followed the operations of shearing, picking the wool, sending it to the carding machine, then spinning, weaving, fulling and making it into clothing -- all being done by hand. The reader may well stop to think that at that period in the history of this section one could not buy a ready-made shoe, hat or any article of apparel, all such articles being made to order, while the person was compelled to supply his own material.
John Jacob Bachtel lived less than two years after he came to Ohio, and he was buried in the old cemetery between Tenth and South streets, west of McKinley avenus, in what is now the city of Canton. He was between sixty-five and sixty-six years of age. It is supposed he was a member of the Lutheran church. He was certainly a very industrious, hard-working man, having to provide for a family of thirteen children in the time and under the conditions in which he lived. After the death of the grandfather my father. Daniel Bachtel, bought out the interests of the other heirs in the old farm and my grandmother lived in the same yard, but in her own house, with her daughter Mary, and here she remained until the first part of April, 1836. Concerning her later life further data will be entered hereafter. Of the children of John Jacob and Catherine (Lecht) Bachtel a summarized record is entered as follows:
The eldest son, John was born February 10, 1774, and his wife, nee Mary Swank, was born March 26, 1779. They were married in 1799 and came to Stark county in the spring of 1813, as has been already noted. Their children were as follows: Catherine, who married a Mr. Fetters and became the mother of three children: Magdalene, who married a Mr. Heminger and died in the West, having had several children; Jacob, who died in Stark county, in the prime of life; John, who died at the age of five years; Mary, who married Samuel Burnhimer, and they had a number of children; they died in Indiana; Barbara married when of mature age and passed the remainder of her life in Stark county; Thomas, who married Sarah Shoe, lived on the old homestead for more than fifty years, and died there, being the last of the original family circle, he and his wife having had five children; Sarah married William Swaney and both are now deceased, being survived by two sons and two daughters.
George Bachtel, the second son of John Jacob and Catharine Bachtel, was born October 14, 1775, was a weaver by trade and followed this as a vocation until coming to Ohio. He married Catharine Pringle and their children were as follows: Mary, who became the wife of William Swift, and died a few years later; Catharine, who married John Paulis, a blacksmith, removed with him finally to Goshen, Indiana, where both died, having reared several children; Elizabeth married Matthias Shepler and they had three children; Susan married a Mr. Burton and died a year later; Barbara became the second wife of her brother-in-law, William Swift, and they had several children; Jane became the wife of James Carns and is now living with a daughter; Magdalene married Zachariah Hayden and became the mother of three children; Sarah married William Saint and died a few years ago, leaving three children; Anna married Seth Brant and died shortly afterward; and Daniel, the only son, died in Canton, where his widow still lives. George Bachtel came to Stark county about 1818 and settled in Pike township, where he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives.
Magdalene, daughter of John Jacob and Catharine Bachtel, was born December 3, 1777, and became the wife of Jacob Flora, with whom she came from Pennsylvania to Stark county in an early day, the family settling in Pike township. This worthy couple became the parents of three sons and three daughters, and Mrs. Flora died in 1837 at the age of fifty-nine years.
Jacob Bachtel, the next son of John Jacob, was born October 9, 1779, and married Mary Magdalene Beard, and they continued to reside in Washington county, Maryland, until their death, having reared a fine family of children. Jacob was eithy-one years of age when he died.
Martin Bachtel, the next in order of birth, was born October 26, 1783, and married a Miss Springer, while a large family of children were born to them, the home being in Washington county, Maryland. Three of the sons became clergymen of the Lutheran church, of which the entire family are said to have been devoted members. Martin and his wife died many years ago, having been worthy representtives of this numerous and honored family.
Barbara Bachtel was born October 5, 1786, and became the wife of John Brothers, and they came to Stark county, Ohio, in 1815, settling on a small farm near Sparta, where they reared their three sons and three daughters. Mr. Brothers later purchased another farm adjoining Sparta on the southwest, and there his death occurred in 1848, while his widow died in Sparta July 30, 1867, at the venerable age of eighty-seven years.
Frederick Bachtel was born March 21, 1789, and married Elizabeth Wareham, with whom he came to Stark county from Pennsylvania in 1815, and here Mr. Bachtel cleared and improved a good farm, passing away in 1840 at the age of fifty-one years, while his wife died in Kosciusko county, Indiana, in 1871 at the age of seventy-nine years. They had eleven children.
Anna Mary Bachtel was born November 5, 1791, and accompanied her parents on their removal to Stark county in 1813. In 1833 she married Daniel Failor, and they lived thereafter on a small farm in Pike township, where Mrs. Failor died in 1872 at the age of eighty-one years, while her husband died in 1879.
Daniel Bachtel, father of the subject of his sketch, was the next in order of birth of the children of JOhn Jacob and Catharine Bachtel, and of him more detailed mention will be made later on in this article
Thomas Bachtel, the next son, was born on the 17th of February, 1796, and accompanied he parents on their removal to Stark county. He learned the trade of carpenter and continued to follow the same as a vocation during the period of his residence in this county. He married Polly Banker, of Canton, and they became the parents of one daughter. He and his wife finally separated and all trace of both has been lost by the relatives in Stark county.
David Bachtel was born June 13, 1798, and came with his parents to Stark county. In 1823 he married Polly Failor, and he thereafter carried on a small farm, which he reclaimed, while he also transacted a profitable business as a cooper, particulary after the completion of the Ohio canal. He died in this county in 1838 at the age of forty years, while his wife thereafter kept the family together and educated her children, her death occurring in 1870, at which time she was sixty-seven years of age. Of their three sons two are living at the present time, while there are quite a number of their descendants in the state of Kansas.
Having here given a brief account of the family genealogy, we turn more particularly to a consideration of the personal career of the subject and to a record concerning his honored parents and their children. In giving an estimate of the life and labors of his parents we shall again draw upon the article prepared by Mr. Bachtel himself, believing this to be the most satisfactory course to pursue, even though there be an elimination of some words of commendation and appreciation.
Daniel Bachtel, son of John Jacob and Catharine (Letch) Bachtel, was born on the 28th of August, 1793, either in Maryland or Pennsylvania. He came with his parents to Ohio in the spring of 1813 and settled in Pike township. Here he was associated with his father and two brothers in erecting the little log cabin home in the midst of the forest wilds. Grandfather Bachtel died within less than two yers after they came to Stark county, and this left the family's affairs in rather unfavorable condition. Daniel was compelled to purchase the farm and provide for the maintenance of his mother and sister. These circumstances induced him to seek a partner, so that on the 16th of May, 1816, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Sherman, who was born in Greencastle, Franklin county, Pennsylvania on the 27th of September, 1798, and who came with her parents to Stark county about the same time as did the Bachtel family. Mr. and Mrs. Bachtel began housekeeping on the old homestead where the former first settled on coming to the county, and here all save one of their ten children were born. They continued to reside on this farm for a period of twenty years--until April, 1836--when they removed to Green township, then one in the northern tier of townships in this county, and later taken into Summit county. Here they continued to reside until the spring of 1842, their youngest child, Susan A., having been there born, on the 9th of November, 1839. Subsequently to 1842 the family removed from place to place until November, 1854, when Daniel Bachtel, with other members of the family, went to Huntington county, Indiana, and settled two miles west of the village of Roanoke, and there they passed the remainder of their lives. Daniel Bachtel there died on the 1st of April, 1860, at the age of sixty-six years, seven months and three days, and his remains were laid to rest in the Wesley chapel cemetery. His widow survived until May 30, 1877, and her remains rest beside those of her husband, her age at the time of death having been seventy-three years. If ever there were two persons whose lives were filled with ceaseless toil and endeavor, they were such two. The father cleared up a farm and did a large amount of teaming to Pittsburg and Cleveland, while he also did his full share of log rolling, raising log houses and barns, mowing hay with a scythe and reaping grain with a sickle. My mother was an extraordinary woman for the opportunities which came to her portion. there was nothing save hard labor before her from the time I first remember her until she could labor no more, and upon her shoulders fell the responsibility of preparing clothing for her ten children and also caring for them in the manifold other ways which only a true and noble mother knows. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and died secure and happy in that abiding faith which ever makes for faithfulness. I might say much more about her labors, but the young would doubt whether and woman could endure so much. She took my sister's son at eighteen months of age and reared him to the age of twenty-two. He enlisted as a soldier in the Civil war and shortly after entering the sevice was severely wounded and was sent back to Madison, Indiana, where he died, with no friend or loved one by his side to soothe him in his last moments. He was one of the heroes whose lives were sacrificed on the alter of their country.
Samuel S. Bachtel, the eldest son of Daniel and Mary A. Bachtel, was born April 27, 1817, in Pike township, this county, and here he lived with his parents until April 1, 1836, when he accompained the others of the family on their removal to Green township, and thereafter was with his parents on their various removals. When about twenty-two years of age he becmae afflicted with epileptic attacks, from which he failed to secure relief, though he had medical attention for many years, and he was finally compelled to abandon the work of his trade, that of carpenter. He was a natural genius in mechanical work, and save for his malady would have proved most successful in life. His mind finally became affected and he was thereafter unable to do any work, his death occurring in Huntington county, Indiana, on the 17th of August, 1856, when he was thirty-nine years of age, being a mental and physical wreck. He is buried in the same cemetery as were his parents.
Martha Bachtel, the second child, was born in the old homestead in Pike township on the 17th of April, 1819, and she remained at the parental home until November, 1839, when she was united in marriage to Samuel Failor, with whom she took up her residence on the old Failor homestead, in the same township. They became the parents of two sons--Harrison and charles. Her life was one of toil and self-abnegation, and she finally found rest from her labors, her death occurring February 28, 1845, at the age of twenty-five years. Her son Harrison, who was about four years of age at the time of her death, was taken into the home of his uncle, Daniel Failor, by whom he was reared and whose property he eventually inherited. He married Melissa Hiple, and they became the parents of two sons and two daughters. Harrison was later married a second time and is now dead. The younger son, Charles Failor, was taken into the home of his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary A. Bachtel, as before noted, and he died as the result of wounds received in the war of the Rebellion.
Moses A. Bachtel, subject of this review, was the next child born to Daniel and Mary A. Bachtel, and an individual review of his career will be given in appending paragraphs.
Aaron Bachtel, third son of Daniel and Mary A. Bachtel, was born in Pike township February 21, 1824, and he remained at home until about twenty years of age. As a young man he married Miss Catharine Loop, and they became the parents of four sons and four daughters. Henry, Hiram and William are deceased, and John resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Anna Mary is deceased and the other three daughters are residents of Indiana. Aaron Bachtel was a carpenter by trade and was a sincere and hard-working man. He removed with his family to Huntington county, Indiana, in 1852, and thence went forth as a soldier in the Union army, coming back with broken health and he died May 31, 1873, at the age of forty-nine years, his wife surviving him by about two years. Both were zealous members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
John Henry Bachtel was born November 25, 1830, in Pike township, and he accompanied his parents on their removal to Huntington county, Indiana, where he remained until the summer of 1856, when he returned to his native county and entered the employ of C. Aultman & Company, of Canton. In 1861 he was married to Miss Elisabeth B. Welch. Their eldest son is now cashier of the Canton State Bank and is individually mentioned on another page of this work. His sister, Helen, is a stenographic teacher in the public schools of Canton. Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Bachtel still reside in this city.
Jacob A. Bachtel was born in Pike township January 28, 1826, was afflicted with great bodily infirmities throughout his life, and he was released from his sufferings on the 25th of June, 1844, being eighteen years of age at the time of his death.
Catherine Bachtel was born July 29, 1828, in Pike township and she remained at the parental home until her marriage to David Secrist, to whom she bore two sons and two daughters. David Secrist died in 1857 and his widow subsequently became the wife of John Kuhn, but she is now dead.
Mary A. Bachtel was born September 18, 1833, in Pike township and in 1851 she married Isaac Miller, the issue of this union being ten children. Mr. Miller died in 1886 and his wife passed away on the 28th of June, 1890. Their home was in Wells county, Indiana.
Emmanuel Bachtel, the youngest son of Daniel and Mary A. Bachtel, was born in Pike township February 14, 1836, and he died in Huntington county, Indiana, at the parental home on the 4th of April, 1857, at the untimely age of twenty-one years.
Susan A. Bachtel, the youngest daughter, was born in Green township, Summit county, Ohio, November 9, 1838, and 1859 she became the wife of Alfred P. Koontz. They have long resided in Roanoke, Huntington county, Indiana, where Mr. Koontz is now engaged in the furniture and undertaking business. They became the parents of five children, all of whom are living except one.
At this juncture we direct attention to the personal career of Moses A. Bachtel, the honored and venerable pioneer citizen of Canton whose name initiates this article. He was born on the old homestead farm. in Pike township, this county, on the 14th of June, 1821, and owing to the exigencies of time and place his early education privileges were necessarily limited. He attended the little log cabin school in a somewhat irregular way during the short winter terms, his services being required even during the winter seasons in threshing wheat by the use of horses, which tramped out the grain on the barn floor. On the first day of April, 1836, when he was about fifteen years of age, the family removed to Green township, in what is now Summit county, and he worked on the farm until he had attained the age of nineteen years, and during the summers of 1840-41 he was employed at the carpenter trade by Peter Buchtel, of Green township, while in the autumn of 1841 he took the contract to build a house in the village of Greentown. On the 29th of March, 1842, Mr. Bachtel left the parental home and went to Greentown, where he secured employment in the shop of W.M. Ball & Company, at a stipend of thirteen dollars a month. He eventually did all kinds of work, from moulding plowpoints up to turning, fitting and drilling the various portions of the primitive reaping machines manufactured, while he also acted as fireman and engineer. He continued to work for this firm and its successors, at intervals, until the spring of 1846, when he purchased Daniel Smith's interest in a wagon shop and two lots and a house in Greentown. In 1849 he hired out to Michael Wise to work in his machine shop and manage his interests, receiving one dollar a day in compensation for his diversified services. He in the meanwhile sold his interest in the wagon shop to his partner, Henry Funk, and he continued in the employ of the firm of Wise & Ball, in Greentown, until November, 1851, when the business headquartes were transferred to the town of Canton, where Messrs. Ball and Aultman became associated in the erection and equipping of the Buckeye plant, for the manufacturing of agricultural implements and machinery on a wider scale. He continued in the employ of the company until November, 1854, when he removed with his family to Huntington county, Indiana, and settled on a farm near Roanoke, where he remained until February, 1856, when he returned to Canton and resumed work for Ball, Aultman & Company, and with this concern he continued to be engaged as an able and trusted employe until its business had grown to be one of magnificent scope and importance, severing his connection with the company, which had been reorganized from time to time, until the year 1884. In April of that year he traded property in Canton for a farm of sixty-four acres in Cuyahoga county, where he and his family resided twenty-eight months. Mr. Bachtel thereafter lived for a time in Akron and West Richfield, Ohio, and then in 1893, he returned to Canton and purchased the attractive home at 304 Blaine avenue, where he lived practically retired until his death, May 14, 1903, having through his indefatigable and well-directed efforts acquired a competency for the golden evening of his life. Mr. Bachtel was before his death the oldest living employe of the Aultman Company, having been for maore than forty years retained in the capacity of pattern-maker. He returned to Canton in 1893, having been absent from the place for about a decade, and wishing to pass the declining years of his life in his native county, and in the city where he had so long lived and labored and where his friends were in number as his acquaintances.
In politics Mr. Bachtel was originally a Whig, but gave an unqualified allegiance to the Republican party from the time of its organization, ever maintaining a lively interest in the questions and issues of the hour. Mr. Bachtel was a zealous and devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church for more than sixty uears, and held various official positions in the same, having been thus honored until the informities of advancing age rendered it expedient for him to relegate these duties to younger men. He was at the time of his death a revered patriarch of the Simpson Methodist Episcopal church in his home city.
On the 7th of October, 1847, Mr. Bachtel was united in marriage to Miss Lydia M. Welch, of Marlboro township, this county, where she was born on the 9th of January, 1826, being a daughter of Samuel and Marguerite Welch, one of the first settlers in that section. Of this union were born six children, concerning whom we enter the following brief record: Malissa Jane, who was born August 30, 1848, died on the 2nd of April, 1851. Oliver S., who was born October 18, 1849, is a prominent clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal church and is now serving his twelfth successive year as presiding elder of the Manchester district in the state of New Hampshire. Lewis M. is engaged in the lumber business in Canton. He was born February 5, 1851, Alonzo C. was born May 5, 1855, and is now a wholesale merchant in Akron, Ohio. Charles H. was born April 12, 1857, and he died in Greenvilld, Pennsylvania, on the 28th of December, 1894. Orlando H. was born November 9, 1858, and resides in Canton, being engaged in the lumber business. The devoted wife and mother was summoned into eternal rest on the 6th of March, 1861, having been a most faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and her remains rest in Westlawn cemetery, this having been the first interment of a mature person in that now beautiful "God's acre." On the 1st of April, 1862, Mr. Bachtel was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ann Nelson, who was born in Plain township, being a daughter of George and Barbara (Harry) Nelson, honored pioneers of Stark county, whither Mr. Nelson came from a point on the line between Pennsylvania and Maryland. Mrs. Bachtel was born on the 18th of February, 1836, and she bore her husband four children namely: Mary Ellen, who was born in the 23rd of June, 1863, and who is now the wife of Edward Rauch, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Jennie was born January 29, 1866, and still remains at the parental home, as does also Martha May, who was born May 1, 1867; Nelson K., who was born May 28, 1871, died on the 2nd of the following September.