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Descendants of John Boshart

birth:  about 1750
death:  October 31, 1794
place:  Wittenheim, France


This page is dedicated to the descendants of John Boshart (1750?? - 1794) and Anna Maria Muller. John and Anna were Swiss Anabaptist (Mennonite) refugees. They lived in Alsace, France (Luemschwiller, Wittenheim, and Tagsdorf, France) near the French-Swiss border and had at least five children. The families of the youngest three immigrated to Ontario, Canada between 1826 and 1839.


        -----child: Boshart, Anne Marie (1783 - ??)
        -----child: Boshart, Catherine (1784 - 1824)
        -----child: Boshart, Christian (1786 - 1850)
        -----child: Boshart, John (1788 - 1833/1834)
        -----child: Boshart, Joseph (1790 - 1866)



Second Generation:

Christian Boshart and Catherine Litwiller

John and Anna's third child, Christian Boshart, was born in 1786 in Tagsdorf, France and died November 20, 1850 in Wilmot, Ontario, Canada. On June 24, 1813, he married Catherine Litwiller (1786 - 1873), and they had 7 children. Christian and Catherine were the first Bosharts to immigrate to Canada about 1826. They settled on Lot 9 North Erb's Road in the German Block.


        -----child: Boshart, John (1814 - 1814)
        -----child: Boshart, Maria (1815 - 1853)
        -----child: Boshart, Catherine (1817 - 1896)
        -----child: Boshart, Veronica (1820 -1820)
        -----child: Boshart, Barbara (1822 - 1904)
        -----child: Boshart, Christian (b. 1 Jul 1824)  no children
        -----child: Boshart, Joseph (1830 - ??)  no children



Second Generation:

John Boshart and Marie Eicker

John and Anna's fourth child, John Boshart, was born February 25, 1788 in Wittelsheim, France and died in 1833 or 1834 in France. John married Marie Eicker (1788 - 1850) on January 8, 1818 in Luemschwiller, France. They had 5 children. After John's death, Marie and the children moved to Wilmot, Ontario, Canada to live with Christian's family.


        -----child: Boshart, Christian E. (1818 - 1892)
        -----child: Boshart, Joseph E. (1821 - 1895)
        -----child: Boshart, Peter E. (1824 - 1896)
        -----child: Boshart, Benedict E. (1829 - ??)
        -----child: Boshart, Catherine (1825 - 1907)



Second Generation:

Joseph Boshart and Catherine Conrad

John and Anna's youngest child, Joseph Boshart, was born in 1790 and died November 6, 1866 in Wellesley, Ontario. He married Catherine Conrad (1797 - 1869) on February 6, 1823 in Luemschwiller, France. They had at least 10 children. Joseph moved his family to the Wellesley, Ontario, Canada in 1838 or 1839.


        -----child: Boshart, Marie (1824 - 1824)
        -----child: Boshart, Christian (b. 26 AUG 1825)
        -----child: Boshart, Joseph (1826 - 1826)
        -----child: Boshart, Catherine (1827 - 1829)
        -----child: Boshart, Peter (1829 - 1893)
        -----child: Boshart, Catherine (1831 - 1831)
        -----child: Boshart, Barbara (1833 - 1910)
        -----child: Boshart, Catherine (1835 - 1891)
        -----child: Boshart, Marie (1838 - 1917)  unmarried
        -----child: Boshart, Magdalena (1841 - 1924)



Third Generation:

Christian E. Boshart and Catherine Buerge

The histories of several of John Boshart and Marie Eicker's (see above) children are well documented. Their oldest child, Christian E. Boshart, was born on October 18, 1818 in Luemschwiller, France and died July 31, 1892 in Milford, Nebraska. He married Catherine Buerge (1826 - 1920) on May 19, 1844. They had 12 children. Many of the descendants of these children live in Nebraska and Oregon.


        -----child: Boshart, Elizabeth (1845 - 1871)
        -----child: Boshart, Catherine (1846 - 1942)
        -----child: Boshart, Magdalena (1848 - 1932)
        -----child: Boshart, Jacob B. (1850 - 1936)
        -----child: Boshart, John (1852 - 1934)
        -----child: Boshart, Veronica (Fanny) (1854 - 1919)
        -----child: Boshart, Marie (1857 - 1947)
        -----child: Boshart, Barbara (1859 - 1862)
        -----child: Boshart, Leah (1861 - 1934)
        -----child: Boshart, Christian B. (1864 - 1919)
        -----child: Boshart, Daniel B. (1866 - 1956)
        -----child: Boshart, David (1868 - 1957)



Third Generation:

Peter E. Boshart and Catherine Erb

Much of this web page contains information on the descendants of Peter E. Boshart (1824 - 1896) and Catherine Erb (1823 - 1906). Peter E. was born on February 15, 1824 to John Boshart and Marie Eicker in Luemschwiller, France and died on August 21, 1896 in Wayland, Iowa. Peter married Catherine Erb on June 1, 1845, and the couple had 8 children who were all born in Canada.


        -----child: Boshart, Leah (1846 - 1920)
        -----child: Boshart, Magdelena (1848 - 1857)
        -----child: Boshart, Menno (1851 - 1929)
        -----child: Boshart, Barbara (1853 - 1874)
        -----child: Boshart, Daniel (1856 - 1889)
        -----child: Boshart, Mary (1859 - 1873)
        -----child: Boshart, Fannie (1862 - 1922)
        -----child: Boshart, Lydia (1866 - 1956)

While in Canada, Peter farmed 100 acres purchased in 1846 in East Zorra Township, Oxford County, Lot 35, Concession 16, several miles west and south west of the Wilmot-Wellesley towns. In 1868 (after the end of the U.S. Civil War), Peter sold his farm and moved the family to Elkhart County, Indiana. On October 26, 1868, Peter purchased 160 acres in Clinton Township, east of Goshen, Indiana.

In 1872, Peter purchased land in Iowa 12 miles north of Mount Pleasant in Marion Township, Henry County and moved the family the next year. In 1885, Peter moved his family into the town of Wayland, Iowa. Peter and his oldest son Menno purchased land in the town and established family members in various businesses.

Peter is buried in the Sugar Creek Cemetery in Wayland, Iowa. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. A transcript of Peter's Will is documented on the website.




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