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Sr. Moses Bower Sr. (b. 1723, d. April 03, 1805)Moses Bower Sr. (son of [--?--] Bower and [--?--] [--?--])554 was born 1723 in Germany554, and died April 03, 1805 in Amity Twp, Berks Co., PA554.He married Maria Catharina Schiemer on November 26, 1748 in Ruchsen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany555, 556.
Notes for Moses Bower Sr.:
"It is also possible that we know the names of Moses' fathe r and grandfather, because Moses appears to follow the Germ an naming custom of naming the first son after the father' s father, the second son after the mother's father, the thi rd son after the father, and the fourth son after the fathe r's grandfather."(Barbara Edward)
"Moses BAUER (some lists say BAUR) came from Rotterdam wit h Capt. Richey, in the ship Beulah.He arrived in Philadel phia on Sep 10, 1753 and took the Oath of Allegiance to th e Province and State of Pennsylvania the same day of arriva l. (Catherine became a citizen in 1761, I think).I foun d a database on the net that said that most of the court en tries for oaths also included a birthplace, but that inform ation was left off of the passengers on Moses' ship.The o ther male Bauers who arrived that day were Johan Petter Bau er, and Johan Friederick Bauer.There was also a Simon Bau er, but another note said that his name was not really Baue r. Another entry said that most of the passengers on that s hip came from the Palatinate."(Barbara Edward)
On September 10, 1753, the ship "Beulah" sailing under th e command of Captain Richey arrived in Philadelphia from Ro tterdam - last from Cowes. There are in existence two list s of passengers and they are not exactly the same.It is p ossible one is the ship's record and the other from the por t authorities.It is not known which is which.Among th e approximately 140 names appear the following with the sur name Bauer or Baur:(From Wilbur H. Bower)
List One:Moses Bauer, Johan Michael Bauer, Johan Friederi ch Bauer, Johan Peter Bauer
List Two:Moses Baur, Friederick Baur, Johan Michael Baur , Simon Baur, Peter Baur.
Regarding being taxable in 1752, Moses either had someone a cquire property for him before he arrived in the US or th e date for his being taxable should have been 1753.
Northumberland County Deeds, Grantee Deed Book S, pg 67, wr itten 25 Dec 1812, recorded 2 Jan 1813:Moses Bower, lat e of Berks County by his will, did give and bequeath unto E lizabeth Bower, now wife of John Follmer, of Turbut Twp, No rthumberland County, a legacy to be paid unto us, the sai d John Follmer, George Follmer, and Henry Lantz, the guardi ans of David, John and Michael Bower.Peter Jonses was th e executor of Moses Bower estate.The guardians appoint Sa muel Bower of Berks County as attorney for them.Samuel wo uld have turned 21 on 26 Feb 1813.
The earliest film for taxables that I could find was the 17 63.I got the 1752 date from the internet in the Berks Cou nty GenWeb site, and there was not day and month.There wa s a Christian Albrecht and Jacob Rhoads also taxable in Ami ty in 1752.There is a Michael Spots in Reading.I did ha ve a historical map of Berks County which showed who live d where--but I guess I have misfiled it.I do not remembe r a Spatz living in Amity, however, there is a Michael Spo t (anglicized) taxable in 1752 in Reading.I do remember t hat Moses lived near the bottom of Amity Twp--right next t o the Bower land that was purchased in Exeter Twp.His nea rest neighbors were the Kline's and Jacob Rhoads.I will h ave to check to see if there are any new tax or land record s available on microfilm.(Barbara Edward)
From a History of Berks County:The Bower homestead is par t of a five hundred-acre tract of land purchased by Otto Ea rnest Koch from the commissioners of William Penn, by paten t bearing the date of June 11, 1705.This property was giv en and granted by said Otto Earnest Koch to his son, Zachar ias (who signed his name Zacharias Cock) by a grant dated t he "Thirteenth day of April in the Fourth year of the Reig n of our Sovereign Lord King George, Anno Dom. 1718" and re mained in his possession until March 10, 1723, when it wa s acquired by John Waren, who dying without issue, April 24 , 1734, bequeathed 150 acres of said property to his brothe r Jacob Waren. On March 10, 1764, 113 acres of this tract o f land were sold by Jacob Waren and his wife, Ann, to thei r son Thomas (who signed his name Warren). Thomas Warren wa s possessed of additional property, for the records who tha t April 13, 1772, he and his wife Eva sold 137 1/4 acres o f land to Moses Bauer.
Moses was not the first of his family to hold property in t his section, for on Jun 27, 1763, Jacob Waren sold to Micha el Bower, eldest son of Moses Bower, thirty acres of land ( maybe this was to Michael Bower the suspected father of Mos es, as Michael, Moses' son, was only 14 at the time, whic h is a little young), but May 7, 1767, this was purchased b y Eleanor Lotz (Lutz--note: this was the same surname tha t became a guardian of Abraham Bower when his father, Joh n died).Moses Bower died in 1805, and in a will dated Mar ch 14th, of the same year, he bequethed his "Plantation" i n equal shares to his only surviving son, Michael, and hi s grandson, Jacob, son of Moses Bower, and Michael to hav e the lower half and the grandson, Jacob, to have the remai ning portion of the "Plantation". By reason of these beques ts certain cash payments were required to be made by said M ichael and Jacob to the widow and grandchildren of Moses Bo wer.Upon the death of Michael Bower in 1823, the propert y passed to his son, Jacob, who retained possession until M arch 13, 1839, when it was purchased by Daniel Bower and hi s brother Jacob H.On April 1, 1847, Daniel became the sol e owner and so remained until Nov 8, 1882, when the propert y was bought by Jacob L. Bower, the present owner.The far m now consists of 104 acres, composed largely of the portio n bequeathed by Moses Bower to his son, Michael, and lies o n both sides of what was formerly known as the Reading to P hiladelphia, and is intersected by the Monocacy Creek.A l andmark of the place is a sawmill more than a century old , operated by water power supplied by the Monocacy Creek an d is widely known as Bower's sawmill.The original structu re stands today, and the mill is still in use.Many India n relics have been found on the farm, bearing mute testimon y that prior to the coming of the white pioneer, this mus t have been a favored locality for the Red Man.
Moses Baur emigrated from Germany at essentially the same t ime as George Henry Bauer, arriving at Philadelphia on th e ship Beulah on 10 Sept 1753.Two signatures made on arri val are shown herein, along with the signature on his origi nal will dated 1805.Clearly they are the same individual.
He seems to have removed immediately to Amity Twp, Berks Co , where he was entered on the tax lists beginning in 1754 , and for many years thereafter . . . .
Moses was warranted 40A in nearby Robeson Twp, Berks Co, o n 16 Jun 1766, but no survey was returned and there is no e vidence that he ever lived there.On 30 Apr 1772 he purcha sed two tracts of land in Amity Twp from Thomas Waren and w ife Eve, amounting to 133 acres.He was then referred to a s a taylor.The location of the land is known with precisi on . . . .A second deed, on 17 Feb 1774, transferred a sm all parcel of land from William Winters to Moses Bower, yeo man, and seven other men, for the "Use of an Inglish Germa n School."
In spite of his Amity Twp residence, however, Moses and hi s family appear repeatedly in the records of New Hanover Lu theran Church, New Hanover Twp, Montgomery Co, PA.We ca n only assume that a strong preference for the New Hanove r religious services, or possibly a tie to relatives livin g nearby, was the stimulus for travelling over 10 miles bet ween his residence and the church.Perhaps only advancin g age led him to become a communicant with his wife Catheri ne at St. Paul's Church, Amityville, in 1784-1786.
[The Bower-Bowers Descendants of Johann Jacob Bauer by Davi d B. Boles and Harold W. Boles]
Communion List from St. Paul's Church, Amityville, Amity Tw p, Berks Co, PA
1) 2nd Sunday from Easter 1784 -- Moses Bauer & wife, Catha rine
2) November 6, 1784 -- Moses Bauer & wife, Catharine; Ann a Maria Bauer
3) March 26, 1785 -- John Bauer
4) May 5, 1785 -- Moses Bauer & wife, Catharine
5) October 13, 1786 -- Michael Bauer, Jr.; Moses Bauer & wi fe
6) 20th Sunday from Trinity 1795 -- Michael Bauer;Moses B auer & Catharine; Moses Bauer and Barbara
7) 13th Sunday after Trinity 1797 -- Moses Bauer & Cathari na, Moses Bauer & Barbara, Michael Bauer & Regina
He arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam on the ship "Beul ah" under Captain Richey.
Moses' will names each of his grandchildren and identifie s that grandchild's father.The will has proved a valuabl e source for reconstructing the first three generations o f the Bower family.
There is no evidence that Moses ever lived on this property.
More About Moses Bower Sr.:
Burial 1: April 1805, St. Pauls UCC Cemetary, Amityville, PA.557
Burial 2: April 1805, Amity Twp, Berks Co, PA.558
Census 1: 1790, Amity Twp, Berks Co, PA.558
Census 2: 1800, Amity Twp, Berks Co, PA.558
Died 2: April 03, 1805, Amity Twp, Berks Co, PA.558
Immigration: September 10, 1753, Pennsylvania; Immigration: Europe.558
Property 1: 1752, Amity Twp, Berks Co, PA.558
Property 2: June 16, 1766, Robeson Twp, Berks Co, PA.558
Residence: Amity Twp, Berks Co, PA; Residence: the junction of Monocacy Creek and the Perkiomen Turnpike.558
Will proved: April 03, 1805, Berks Co, PA.558
Will Written: March 14, 1805, Amity Twp, Berks Co, PA.558
More About Moses Bower Sr. and Maria Catharina Schiemer:
Marriage: November 26, 1748, Ruchsen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.559, 560
Record Change: January 19, 2004560
Children of Moses Bower Sr. and Maria Catharina Schiemer are:
- +Moses Bower, b. March 15, 1755, Amity Twp., Berks Co., Pennsylvania561, d. 1801.