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Michael Bower - Lancaster PA
Posted by: Cheryl (ID *****3614) Date: July 03, 2010 at 08:59:38
  of 1713

There is a Michael Bower (& and later John), and sister Anna “Dorothea” – listed in the Manheim District of Lancaster County – 1770-1790 time period. Dorothea married a Jacob Schwaemmle in about 1769; had a son, Jacob. After her husband died in 1772 she married Johan Jacob “George” Boltz (to become…”Pultz”/”Pulse”) in 1773 and later moved to Berkeley/Jefferson County [W]Va.

It is not clear from what Bauer / Bower family Michael Bower and his sister, Anna Dorothea, descend. There were multiple Bauer men coming over from Switzerland and Germany to Pennsylvania in the 1700’s.

The Bower’s (notably Henry) that came to Berkeley/Jefferson Counties around the same time that Jacob Swimley came with his Mother and the Boltz family – do not seem to have a direct connection to Dorothea and Michael (but it can’t be ruled out at this point, given the lack of presenting information).

Jacob Schwemly (Schwemley, Schwemle, Schwemla).
From the Abstract of Wills Lancaster County PA.
September 11, 1772 October 10, 1772
Wife. Dorothea Schwemly. Child: Jacob.
Bro.-in- law: Michael Bower.
Ex. Dorothea Schwemly. Manheim Twp..

“Jacob Schemly Dec’d
Just account of their administration when thereto lawfully required. Given under
the seal of the paid office pma Edward Shippen Jr., Register.”

“September the 11th 1772. I, Jacob Schwemly, acknowledge and subscribe this with
my own hand in the presence of witnesses, that this shall be and remain my last Will
and Testament. First, if I should die and my soul be called out of this world I order
that my body shall be decently interred and my funeral expenses shall be paid out of
my estate. Secondly, I order that my beloved wife, Dorothea, and my beloved son,
Jacob (who is this day two years of age), shall be my lawful heirs, (That is to say)
my said son, Jacob, shall have and receive out of my estate, one hundred pounds
current money, and these moneys shall be paid out upon Interest. But, nevertheless,
that his said Mother shall have and receive the Interest of the said one hundred pound
for his own use and for bringing up the said child until he arrives at the age of
fourteen years and then the said Interest shall go to my son from the said fourteenth
year until his lawful age. I also give unto my said son my Bible when he arrives at
the age of fourteen years, and I order that my Brother-in-law, Michael Bower, shall
be Guardian for my son, Jacob, and lastly, I order and give unto my said wife,
Dorothea, the residence and remainder of my estate for her use and benefit forever
Witness my own hand, Benj Landis, Christian Kauffman.”
Jacob Schwemly

Mich’ll, Bower 1772 Manheim Twp County of Lancaster
Shwemly, Jacob 1772 Manheim Twp County of Lancaster
Mick’l, Bower 1773 Manheim Twp County of Lancaster
Michl Bower & John Bower 1790 Census Manheim Twp Lancaster, PA M637 Roll 8 p. 145

Johann Jacob Boltz / (“John Jacob”/George)

Birth: 1734 in Eggenstein, Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany
Death: Nov 1804 in Berkeley Co, VA
Burial: Union, Middleway, Jefferson Co., Va

Father: Johann Michael Boltz b. 15 Apr 1710, Eggenstein, Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany / d. July1783,
Lebanon Twp., Lancaster, PA
son of Hans Michael Boltz: b. 12 Sep 1665 in Baden, Germany immigrated to America on the ship William, John Cart was the Master, from Amsterdam, but last from Dover, on October 31, 1737 arriving in Philadelphia
Mother: Maria Barbara Lauten b. b: WFT Est. 1691-1714 in Baden, Germany /
(daughter of Michael Lauten & Barbara) / m. 19 June1725 in Eggenstein

Note: Lived in or near Derry Township of Lancaster PA

Marriage 1 Catherine MADERN b. abt 1735
Married: 22 Mar 1757 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania


Mary Catherine Boltz b. Aug 1757
John Michael Boltz b. 22 Oct 1759
John Jacob Boltz b. 24 Sep 1761
Ann Mary Boltz b. Sep 1767

Marriage 2 Anna Dorothea Bower (Schwemly)
Widowed from Jacob Schwemly (Schwaemmler) [1st generation immigrant from Germany in about 1760 - he died October 1772 (Will recorded in Lancaster, PA). Had son [ancestor]:
Johan Jacob b. Sept of 1770 [would have been two years old at the time of his Father’s death]. Michael Bower is recorded as Dorothea’s brother

She is reported to have died in 1812 – likely buried at Middleway, Union Cemetery with her husband.

Married: 1773 Lancaster Pennsylvania. Moved to Virginia a few years after their marriage


Catherine Boltz b. 28 Oct 1774 (Pultz)
Christiana Boltz b. 1 Feb 1777, Berkeley Co. Va (Pultz) / m. Isaac Garard
Eve Boltz b. 1780
George I Boltz b. 15 Apr 1783
John Boltz b. abt 1785 became Pulse

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