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Re: Baugher or Bacher? Germany
Posted by: Diane (ID *****7099) Date: June 12, 2002 at 18:44:02
In Reply to: Re: Baugher or Bacher? Germany by DEBRA BAUGHER of 439

Debra, thanks for the info, but I think its unlikely that all the Bagers who became Baughers came from different families. I know I have distant cousins who pronouce their name Bawker, and we pronounce it Boyer, but we are from the same family of immigrants who came here in the l700's from Germany. I did some research at the DAR in Washington and there is a book about Adams Co. and Abbottstown PA. There is a lot of information about Johann George Bager because of his prominence as a Lutheran Minister in the area. It says there that his sons decided to change the name from Bager to Baugher in order for their English speaking neighbors to be able to pronounce it better. He opposed it but his sons did it anyway. One of the younger sons, Johann Jacob moved south into Tennessee and Alabama. Every descendant of his that I have met pronounces it Boyer. I saw a court record from Gatlinburg, Tenn where he was a constable and in the record it said "Jacob Baugher (Boyer)". But its all the same family. I know there have been other Bagers who have immigrated, but they have remained Bagers. Did your brother go to Neidlinxweiler?


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