|Birth: ||Apr. 24, 1744|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1814|
The name on the original grave marker is "Christoph Bauer". The lower marker, which was added later, says "Christopher Bower". His Will also uses the English spelling.
Christoph was a son of Steffan Bauer.
He immigrated to America about 1752, and married Maria Dorothea Shearer in 1772 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
He was the father of ten children:
Abraham, Hannah, Susannah, Anna Maria, Elizabeth, Solomon, Jacob, Maria Esther, Mary Magdalena, and Lydia Ann Bauer.
After Maria died, Christopher married Susannah Reis.
He died at the age of 69 Years, 9 Months, 18 Days.
Cumberland County Will Book H
Last Will and Testament
Christopher Bower dec'd
In the name of God Amen.
I Christopher Bower of the township of Toboyne
County of Cumberland and State of Pennsylvania
Farmer being weak in body but of Sound mind and memory and understanding (blessed be God for the Same) do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz.
Principally and first of all I recommend my immortal Soul into the hands of God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named first it is my will and I do order that all my Just debts and funeral expenses be paid as Soon as Convenient after my decease.
Item. to my beloved wife Susannah I will and bequeath the sum of ten dollars and twelve dozen of flax yearn in addition to the two hundred pounds which I obligated myself or my executors to pay her after decease agreeable to her Contract and mine entered into before marriage which is in lieu of any dower or claim which she might or could have against my Estate after my decease.
Item. I will and bequeath unto my oldest daughter Hannah Beaver the sum of six hundred Pounds including a receipt of hers in the Sum of fifty seven Pounds ten Shillings which I allow to be deducted of the six hundred pounds.
Item. I will and bequeath unto my son Abraham Bower the sum of four hundred pounds and a small tract of land about thirty acres laying on the meeting house Ridge adjoining lands of Nicholas Loy, Azues Tousey and others.
Item. I will and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah Barnhisle the Sum of six hundred pounds.
Item. I will and bequeath unto Solomon Shively and his six children whom my daughter Elizabeth bore to him the sum of six hundred pounds to be equally divided between him and the six children into Seven shares the children's shares to be put to Interest until they are of the age of twenty one or until their marriage day and if any of them should die before they are of age the other children shall inherit the Share of the deceased there is included in this sum a debt of fifty dollars to be deducted of Shively share.
Item. I will and bequeath unto my son Solomon Bower the sum of nine hundred pounds, four hundred pounds of Solomon's devise to be paid to him out of the first money which comes to hand before any of the rest of my children draws any.
Item. I will and bequeath unto my daughter Easter Creamer the sum of six hundred pounds.
Item. I will and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Stambaugh the sum of Six hundred pounds including a receipt of her husband's for two hundred pounds which is to be deducted of the six hundred pounds.
Item. I will and bequeath unto Rebecca Stumbaugh the sum
of six hundred Pounds including a receipt of her husband's for two hundred Pounds to be deducted of the six hundred pounds.
Item. I will and bequeath unto my daughter Liddy six hundred Pounds with two of the choice of the cows her bed and bedding which she Claims, one case of drawers and as much of my household furniture as will be equal to what I give my other daughters when they left me.
Item. I will and bequeath unto my granddaughter Sally Beaver one Blue Chest, one feather Bed, Bedstead and Clothing, one spinning wheel, one Iron Pot with a Lot of Ladles and flesh forks one Dozen of Doll plates half a dozen of puter Plates two puter basins and two Puter dishes one Dozen of Spoons and one Skillet also one young Cow.
Item. I will and bequeath all my wearing apparel unto my two sons to be equally divided between them.
Item. I will and bequeath and order all my estate real and personal to be sold as soon as possible after my decease by my executors hereafter named except what is heretofore willed and devised and if it should happen that I have sold any real estate in my lifetime and not conveyed the same, I order my executors to convey the same to the purchasers and whatever money arises from the sales I order my executors to pay it over to the heirs in proportion to their different legacies except what is ordered to be paid unto Solomon Bower and as touching all the rest and remainder of my estate real or personal in the County of Cumberland or elsewhere I will and devise the said remainder to be equally divided between all the above mentioned heirs except my beloved wife Susannah, Solomon Shively and my granddaughter Sally Beaver which I allow no share of this remainder nor no more than what is before willed to them but all the other heirs shall be equal shares in this remainder including or allowing Shively's six children to be equal with one of my own children in this divide.
And lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my two sons Abraham Bower, Solomon Bower and William Anderson, Esq. to be the executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills by me made and declaring this and none other to be my last will and testament.
In Witness whereof I have this thirty first day of January one thousand eight hundred and fourteen Signed sealed Published pronounced and declared this to be my last will and testament in the presence of the Subscribing witnesses and also request them to Subscribe the same as witnesses in the presence of one another.
Christopher Bower (seal)
John Gardner, Stephen Cesna, Saml McCord
Maria Dorothea Shearer Bower (1749 - 1811)*
Abraham Bower (1773 - 1836)*
Susannah Bower Bernheisel (1775 - 1869)*
Elizabeth Bower Scheibly (1777 - 1813)*
Solomon Bower (1780 - 1867)*
Jacob Bauer (1783 - 1802)*
Mary Magdalena Bower Stambaugh (1787 - 1866)*
Rebecca Bower Stambaugh (1790 - 1857)*
Lydia Bower Trew (1792 - 1875)*
die Gebeine von
Er ist gestorben
im Jahr 1814
den 12. Februar
Sein Alter war
69 Jahr 9 Monaten 18 Tage
Ich armer Mensch, ich armer Sünder,
Steh hier vor Gottes angesicht.
Ach Gott, ach Gott, verfahr gelinder,
Und geh nicht mit mir ins Gericht.
the Bones of
In the Year 1814
the 12th February
His Age was
69 Years 9 Months 18 Days
I poor Man, I poor Sinner,
Stand here before God's face.
Oh God, oh God, lead me gently,
And go not with me in Judgement.
CHRISTOPHER (BAUER) BOWER
BORN IN BADEN GERMANY
APR 24, 1744 DIED FEB 12, 1814
MARIA SHEARER HIS WIFE
BORN IN 1749 DIED JUNE 9, 1811
Lebanon Lutheran and Reformed Churchyard
Maintained by: Allen Monasmith
Originally Created by: Rick Weaver
Record added: Jun 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70950204