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Frank Xavier Badstuber (1876-1951)

Frank Xavier Badstuber (“Franz Xaver”) was born on 25 Feb 1876 in Immenried, Württemberg, Germany at 7:30 P.M. He was baptized at the Immenried parish (Roman Catholic) church at 11 A. M. the next day (1).

Frank Xavier Badstuber's entry in Immenried Familieregister

Frank Xavier (“Franz Xaver”) Badstuber in the Immenried Familieregister
Shown are his date of birth and his date of departure for America.

SOURCE: Immenried Familieregister. Standesamt Kißlegg, 88353 Kißlegg, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland; received September 2007.

He was 17 years old when he arrived in New York on 12 May 1893 with his 14 year old brother Frank Joseph. He appears as “Xaver Badstuber” on the passenger list of the ship Werkendam which sailed from Rotterdam (2). The journey took them two weeks and two days to complete based on their departure date entered in the Immenried Familieregister.

SOURCE: Passenger lists of vessels arriving in New York, 1820-1897, microfilm publication M237 (Washington: National Archives and Records Service, 1958), roll 608, alphabetical by ship; SS Werkendam, 12 May 1893, for Xaver and Franz Badstuber

It is likely that Frank Xavier may have came to Cleveland first since his father had already been their for years. There is an entry in the 1896/97 Cleveland City Directory for a “Frank Badstuber” whose profession is listed as “brewer.” This was his occupation as entered on the ship's passenger list. Also, Frank Karl Badstuber had up to that time, been listed simply as "laborer" and Frank Joseph Badstuber had yet to be listed.

Frank Xavier first appears in the Toledo City Directory in the 1898 issue

Frank X. Badstuber in Toledo City Directory - 1898

SOURCE: Toledo City Directory, 1898. Toledo, Ohio : Toledo Directory Company, page 157.

That same year (1898), Frank married Mary Kraus (born 24 Jun 1873) on April 21st. Mary was a native of Gerolsheim, Germany and daughter of Leonard and Magdalena Kraus (nee Wahl), whose family had settled in Defiance, Ohio. Later that year on October 20, Frank became a naturalized citizen of the United States (3).

Their oldest child, daughter Margaret, was born on 10 Dec 1898. Their next and last child, daughter Helen, was born on 18 Dec 1904.

Helen Badstuber, birth record, Lucas County Probate Court

SOURCE: Record of births (Lucas County, Ohio), 1867-1908. Badstuber, Helena Freda, 18 December 1904, volume 8, page 10, line 8; citing Lucas County (Ohio) Probate Court, Record of births; FHL microfilm 909,021.

Margaret married Lundy Moneymaker and both remained in Toledo, where Lundy died in 1942. Helen Badstuber married George L. Smith and later moved to Athens, Ohio.

Frank Xavier Badstuber is difficult to locate in the censuses because his surname name was misspelled three out of the four times between 1900 and 1930. Indirect searching techniques are therefore needed to locate him. In the 1900 Census, Badstuber was spelled correctly for the only time, but his birth date is incorrectly entered as Feb 1875, when it was actually 1876. They live at 818 Stickney Ave. [as confirmed in Toledo City directories] and his occupation is “beer brewer.”

In the 1910 Census, Frank was listed as “Badstuban Fank.” His widowed mother-in-law lives with them, and she does not speak English and can neither read nor write. His occupation is a laborer at a brewery, most likely the Buckeye Brewing Company. In the 1920 Census, Badstuber was this time misspelled as “Batchtuber.” His occupation is a bottler at a brewery. His mother-in-law, Magdalena Kraus (nee Wahl), a widow of 72 years of age was living with them. In the 1930 Census, Badstuber appeared as “Padstuper” and they lived at 1350 Yates Street. His occupation is listed as a machinist in a department store.

Frank X. and Mary Badstuber in the 1920 Census

Frank X. and Mary Badstuber in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census

SOURCE: 1920 U.S. Census, Lucas County, Ohio, population schedule, Toledo City, Ward 3, enumeration district (ED) 46, sheet 7-B, dwelling 148, family 156, Frank Batchtuber [Badstuber] household; digital image, ( : accessed 2007); citing National Archives microfilm publication T625, roll 1407.

One source of confusion, particular with his brother Frank Joseph, was that seems to have never used his middle name once he arrived in the United States. On his World War I draft card, there is a hyphen entered into the space reserved for middle name, implying no middle name at all. He was listed as simply as “Frank Badstuber.”

Frank Xavier died of a carcinoma on 28 Jan 1951 at his home at 1350 Yates Street in Toledo, Ohio. He was cremated and his ashes were interred beside his wife Mary who preceded him in death in 27 Dec 1949. They are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo (4).

On his gravestone, he returned to the name of his German origins, which is engraved with the name “Franz X. Badstuber.”

Frank and Mary Badstuber grave, Woodland Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio
Section 32, lot 542
Photographed Sep 2007


1 Immenried Katholische Kirche (Immenried, Württemberg, Germany), “Tauf-Register der Pfarrei Immenried 1857-1902 [Baptism register of Immenried Parish 1857-1902],” p. 36, Frz [Franz] Xaver Badstuber; filmed as Immenried Catholic Church, Taufregister, 1857-1900; FHL microfilm 1,046,224, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

2 U.S. Customs Service. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving in New York, 1820-1897. National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, Roll 608; Xaver Badstuber, Line 2 (1893, ship Werkendam); digital image, ( : accessed 2007)

3 Naturalizations from voters' registration precinct books : late 1890's to early 1930's, wards 1-5, Toledo Ohio indexed by Beverly Todd Reed and published by the Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Ward 3, Pct. 19, page 38, 20 Oct 1898

4 Woodlawn Cemetery, 1502 West Central Avenue, Toledo, Ohio, burial records, Frank and Mary (Kraus) Badstuber.
   Ohio Department of Health. Certificate of death, “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed November 2011), certificate 10592, Frank Badstuber, 28 Jan 1951.

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