Query 74 for January 15, 1931

QUERY SEVENTY-FOUR

BOSLER (BOSSLER)—WEILER—REESER—Wanted: Further information is desired concerning the above named Pennsylvania families. The following information has been obtained from various sources. (a) JOH. (sic) WILHELM BOSSER, (born 1715 in Germany (Palatine)—died in Windsor Township, Berks Co., Penn. about 1782), arrived in America on the “Bilander Thistle,” October 28, 1738, aged 23 years, and settled in Berks Co., Penn. he was the owner of 150 acres of land in the above mentioned Township and county and was variously known as JOHN WILHELM BOSSLER (BOSLER) or WILLIAM BOSSLER (BOSLER). He married CATHRINA (CATHARINE) WEILER and records have been found of the birth of five children. She died intestate and letters of administration were granted to her oldest son, Henry Bosler. The children of JOHN WILHELM BOSSLER and wife CATHRINA (CATHARINE) were 1 Henry Bosler (Bossler), who married Elizabeth Carver, and served as a 2nd Lieut. in the Revolutionary War. His father-in-law John Carver, was a private in the same company. Among the relics in the possession of descendants were some silver buttons engraved with the letters, H. B. that are said to have come to America at the time of the emigration of JOHN WILHELM BOSSLER. Like his father the said Henry Bosler (Bossler) owned 150 acres of land in Windsor Township, Berks Co., Penn., and was also a farmer. His will was dated on December 28, 1790. 2 According to records of baptisms of Moselem Church, Richmond Township, Berks Co., Penn., two of the children of WILLIAM (JOHN WILHELM) BOSSLER (BOSLER) and his wife CATHARINE (CATHRINA) were baptized in said church. One of said children was John Georg (sic) Bossler, 1749, sponsor, J. Geo. Merklin. The other child was (3) John Jacob Bossler, Nov. 29, 1752, sponsors J. Jacob Junker and Anna M. 4. According to the records of the baptisms of Dunkel’s Church two of the children of WILLIAM (JOHN WILHELM) BOSSLER (BOSLER) and his wife CATHARINE (CATHRINA) were baptized in said church.  One of said children was Mary Margaret Bossler who was born on September 8, 1754. The other child was (5) CHRISTIAN BOSSLER, (see below), and the sponsors of his baptism were Christian Hausnecht and Elizabeth. These records were all in German script. John Georg. Bossler, John Jacob Bossler, and CHRISTIAN BOSSLER, (see below), were all farmers in Windsor Township, Berks Co., Penn., and each owned 150 acres of land.

    (b) CHRISTIAN BOSSLER (BOSLER), see above, was born on October 8, 1758, and married ELIZABETH REESER, (daughter of PHILIP REESER, who died in Bern Township, Berks Co., Penn. on June 4, 1789, and his wife ELIZABETH (maiden name unknown). After the census of 1790 the said CHRISTIAN BOSSLER (BOSLER) moved to Rye Township, Cumberland Co., Penn., where died on February 9, 1808 and left a widow ELIZABETH and six children. Two of the oldest children were of age and their names were not given. The names of the minor children were: John Bosler, Benjamin Bosler, SAMUEL BOSLER, (see below), and Jacob Bosler.

    (c) SAMUEL BOSLER, see above, was born on March 2, 1793 and died on August 30, 1829in Carlisle, Penn. He married Margaret (maiden name unknown) who was born on December 15, 1795 and died on August 27, 1854 in Carlisle, Penn. They were the parents of four children, namely: 1. THOMPSON BOSLER who was born on May18, 1816 in Carlisle, Penn. and died on January 28, 1880 in Clinton, Illinois. 2. John Bosler. 3. James Bosler. 4. Wilts Bosler who died in Carlisle, Penn., at the age of 19 years. QUERY: What was the maiden name of MARGARET _______, who married SAMUEL BOSLER, and who were her parents? It has been surmised that her name might have been Thompson or Wilson. The Thompson family of Carlisle, Penn., do not remember of having heard or read about any member of the Thompson family who married into the Bosler family. Additional information on any or all of the above mentioned persons will be appreciated. Address, MRS. LIDA BOSLER HUNTER, 1020 Bush St., San Francisco, Calif.

(Editor’s note: We are in receipt of some valuable data from MRS. LIDA BOSLER HUNTER, 1020 Bush St., San Francisco, California, regarding early NEW YORK and PENNSYLVANIA families that will be published in the Genealogical Department of the Mutual Aid Genealogical Society in the near future.)

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