Tombstone Tuesday – Jacob and Henretta Bahle

Photo by FindAGrave.com user Wellington1
One of the cool things about genealogy is that there are always people that are willing to help you find information. I have an account on FindAGrave.com, which is a user community that posts and shares cemetery information. They  have a photo-request service and when I realized I lacked a headstone photo for several Pittsburgh relatives, I posted a request. 48 hours later, user Wellington1 sent along the photos and provided permission to use them on my blog and family tree. Following up on Sunday’s 1880 Census of Jacob Bahle, let’s jump ahead to 1908…
Grave of Jacob and Henr(i)etta Bahle
Saint Mary Cemetery
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I know Henrietta is dead, I just haven’t proved it yet. Her grave has no death date and neither does my family tree. So many mysteries, so little time…
Relationship to me
Jacob Bahle (1832 – 1908)
father of:
Mary Anna Bahle (1877 – 1935)
mother of:
Mary Margaret Pepperney (1902 – 1980)
mother of:
Charles James Lowry (1924 – 2007)
father of:
Patrick Edward Lowry
father of:
Joseph Patrick Lowry

Census Sunday – The Bahle’s in 1880

It’s fun (for me, anyway) to look at the same point in history and see where two branches of your family are. I have previously looked at the Lowry’s in 1880 and just last night discovered the 1880 U.S. Census for Jacob Bahle’s family. Lowry and Bahle are both paternal surnames. My great grandfather Charles Lowry married Mary Pepperney, whose mother was a Bahle. The Bahle’s are an  interesting family, and I’ve discovered quite a bit about them recently.
In 1880, the Bahle’s lived in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Today we know of this as Pittsburgh’s North Side but before 1907, Allegheny was a separate city. While I think they resided on Iten Street (or something similar, see the middle of the ‘N’ in the map below), the street name is unclear on the several census sheets it appears. To further complicate things, upon annexation, many Allegheny streets were renamed because of duplicate names used by Pittsburgh. Based on the names of surrounding streets, examining a 1876 map and comparing it to today’s Google Map, I presume they lived in the East Allegheny, or Deutschtown.
1876 map of Allegheny city’s 7th Ward (Source). To see where this is today, click here
For the residents of this street, the census sheet lists birthplaces of Bavaria, Hesse, Prussia and Werttemburg. In the late 1800’s, these were all Germanic kingdoms or duchy’s. Jacob was working in a cotton mill, which is an interesting occupation for Pittsburgh where steel and iron production ruled. While wife Henrietta maintained the home, elder sons George and John were unemployed and looking for work. The younger children were either in school or stayed at home with mom.
The 1880 Census sheet for Jacob Bahle and his family. Click to enlarge.
Finding these records isn’t as easy as you might assume. I had a rough sense that the Bahle’s were living in Pittsburgh in 1880, but wasn’t sure where. A simple last name search turned up nothing. While I’ve manually searched census records for places like Leetonia and Salem, the 1880 Census determined Pittsburgh to be a city of 156,389. After about an hour of using more advanced search techniques (wildcat searches!) on a few different genealogy sites, I found them and discovered by they weren’t easy to find. The enumerator spelled their last name B-A-L-I instead of B-A-H-L-E.

Relationship to me:
Jacob Bahle (1832 – 1908)
father of:
Mary Anna Bahle (1877 -1935)
mother of:
Mary Margaret Pepperney (1902 – 1980)
mother of:
Charles James Lowry (1924 – 2007)
father of:
Patrick Edward Lowry
father of:
Joseph Patrick Lowry

State: Pittsburgh
County: Allegheny
Town: Allegheny City (annexed by Pittsburgh in 1907)
Page No.: 44
Supervisor’s District: 9
Enumeration District: 24
Dwelling: 305
Family No.: 426
Address: 22 (illegible)

Bali, Jacob White, Male, Age 48 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Head of household. Married. Occupation: works in a cotton mill. Born in Werttemburg, Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Werttemburg.
— , Henrietta. White, Female, Age 37 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Wife. Married. Occupation: keeping house. Born in Pennsylvania, Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Werttemburg.
— , George. White, Male, Age 19 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Son. Single. Occupation: laborer. Number of months this person has been unemployed in Census Year: (checked). Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.
— , John. White, Male, Age 17 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Son. Single. Occupation: laborer. Number of months this person has been unemployed in Census Year: (checked). Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.

— , Jacob. White, Male, Age 17 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Son. Single. Occupation: at school. Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.
— , Anna. White, Female, Age 10 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Daughter, Single. Occupation: at school. Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.
— , Joseph. White, Male, Age 8 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Son. Single. Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.
— , Mary. White, Female, Age 3 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Daughter, Single. Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.
— , Andrew. White, Male, Age 1 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Son. Single. Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.

Sources:
1880 U.S. census, Allegheny, Pennsylvania population schedule, Allegheny, enumeration district (ED) 24, page 44 (penned), dwelling 305, family 426, Jacob Bali; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 February 2013); NARA microfilm Roll 1087.

Surname Saturday – Mary Anna Bahle

Mary Anna Bahle Pepperney is my great great grandmother on my father’s side. Born in 1877 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Jacob Bahle and (Rachel Snauffer?)*.

On August 5, 1896, in Saint Mary Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, she married George Peter Pepperney with Rev. Enders presiding.

Click to enlarge.

Together Mary Anna and George would have at least six children, with four surviving into adulthood.

  • George Lawrence Pepperney (1899 – 1900)
  • Mary Margaret Pepperney (1902 – 1980)
  • James Albert Pepperney (1906 – 1999)
  • Katherine Emma Pepperney (1910 – 1978)
  • Baby Pepperney (1910)
  • Eleanor Julia Pepperney (1912 – 1951)
After their marriage, Mary Anna and George lived in Charleroi, Pennsylvania before relocating to Beaver Township, Mahoning County, Ohio. By 1930, they had settled in Leetonia, Ohio where George was a painter of rooms and houses, not canvas. (Interestingly, the 1940 Federal Census lists George as an ‘interior decorator’, which I suppose he was.)

On Sunday, March 31, 1935, Mary Anna was stricken with a sudden stroke at age 58. She was nursed for two weeks before dying on April 11 at 12:30 p.m.

Mary was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Leetonia, Ohio.Her husband George would survive another 27 years before dying in 1962.
Joe Lowry photo.


*Mary Pepperney’s death certificate provides this name, but so far I’ve found no other records of a Rachel Snauffer married to a Jacob Bahle. There is a contemporary Jacob Bahle in Pittsburgh married to Henrietta, but I haven’t explored that further..

Sources:
“Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6W7-2RF : accessed 10 Feb 2013), Mary Pepperney, 11 Apr 1935; citing Leetonia, Columbiana, Ohio, reference fn 21925; FHL microfilm 2022486.

“Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 – 1950,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFMT-KY5 : accessed 09 Feb 2013), George P. Pepperney and Mary Bahle, 1896.

Document of the Day: 1860 Petition for Naturalization of Jacob Bahle

Jacob Bahle is my 3rd great grandfather, or put another way, he is my grandfather’s great grandfather. He was born in Wurttemberg, Germany probably around 1831. In 1855, he emigrated from Germany to the United States and five years later, applied for citizenship. This document is his petition for naturalization, signed on 9 March 1860 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This petition for naturalization is a state document, not a Federal document. Interestingly, prior to the 14th Amendment in 1868, citizenship was with the states, and not handled at the national level. Pennsylvania maintained three Supreme Court districts where naturalization petitions were received. They were the Eastern District in Philadelphia, the Southern District in Chambersburg, and the Western District in Pittsburgh. It was the Western District where Bahle filed his petition.

Relationship to me:
Jacob Bahle (1832 – 1908)
father of:
Mary Anna Bahle (1877 – 1935)
mother of:
Mary Margaret Pepperney (1902 – 1980)
mother of:
Charles James Lowry (1924 – 2007)
father of:
Patrick Edward Lowry
father of:
Joseph Patrick Lowry

Sources:
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington D.C.; Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania; NARA Series: M1537; Reference: (Roll 025) Jan 3 -Sept 27, 1860.