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 Abraham Baumann, Sr

Abraham Baumann, Sr

Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland
Death 9 Sep 1886 (aged 61)
Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 52285 · View Source
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Abraham Baumann, Sr. who was born 17 October 1824 and Anna Stricker Bowman who was born 25 July 1832 heard missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints preach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. They received testimonies of its truthfulness. Abraham, Sr. was
baptized on 15 May 1861 and Anna was baptized two days later on 17 May 1861.
Abraham and Anna remained in their beautiful homeland of Switzerland for several more years before they began the long journey to America in order to gather with the Saints in Zion.
In 1873 Abraham and Anna and their children, Abraham Jr., Anna and Maria traveled to Liverpool, England, where they boarded the steamship, Nevada, and set sail for America on Thursday, 10 July 1873.
(The following is a compilation of
general notes of this voyage which can be found at the church’s “Mormon Migration” website at
“Departure of the Third Company. On Thursday morning last, at 10 o’clock, the fine steamship Nevada, Captain Forsyth, left Liverpool, for New York, with 283 souls of the Saints on board. Of this number there were 150 from the Swiss and German Misison. With only a few exceptions all the Saints in this company are booked through to Utah. Elder Elijah A. Box is placed in charge of the company and is assisted by Elders George Crisman, D. Cazier and N. H. Clayton, all of whom are returning missionaries. Elder Henry J. Smith, who speaks German, will assist Elder Box as far as Omaha, with the Swiss and German Saints.”

“Elder Erastus Snow, who has traveled during the last three months, through the Scandinavian Mission and portions of the British Mission, instructing and comforting the Saints, also embarked on the Nevada on his
return home. Sister Douglas and her son, Brother Samuel D. Douglas, Junior, after spending several weeks among their relatives in Great Britain, also return home with this company. Our prayer is that these returning elders and Saints may be carried safely over the ocean and on the railroads, and that when they reach the land of Zion they may rejoice in the society of relations, friends and acquaintances.”
(Millennial Star 35:28 (July 15, 1873) p. 442)

Letter found on Mormon migration web site re Abraham Baumann's voyage to the U.S.
Letter from Elijah A. Box - July 11, 1873

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On board the Nevada, off Queenstown, July 11,1873.
President A. [Albert] Carrington.

Dear Brother,--We arrived here at 8 p.m. today. It has been very pleasant so far, and there has been very little seasickness.

We organized our company last evening, dividing it into four wards, and appointing a captain over each to look after the general welfare of the Saints. Brother Matthew Shaw was appointed chaplain, and Brother Thomas Baker captain of the guard, for the English Saints, and Brother John Kunz was appointed chaplain, and Brother Abraham Baumann captain of the guard for the Swiss Saints. Suitable instructions were given to both parties as to cleanliness, etc. The Saints are enjoying themselves with singing, etc., in which both English and Swiss join. So far everything has passed off in an agreeable manner. The officers and stewards are kind and obliging.

President Snow and all the elders are [p.459] well and join in sending greetings.

With kind regards to yourself and all in the office, I remain yours, etc.,
E. [Elijah] A. BOX.[p.460]

BIB: Box, E. [Elijah] A. [Letter] Latter-day Saints Millennial Star. 35:29 (July 22, 1873) pp. 459-60. (CHL)

A second letter written by Elijah A. Box after the Nevada arrived in New York City gave a report about the ocean voyage:
New York, July 23, 1873
[To] President A. [Albert] Carrington:
Dear Brother:
We landed at noon today and the Saints feel well at being so far on their way to Utah.
Across the ocean we had head winds all the way, and at times the weather was somewhat unpleasant. We had the misfortune to bury three children belonging to the Swiss Saints, one on the 11th, on the 13th and one on the
20th; their names were Kroff, Kluge and Ruesch. This had a tendency to throw a gloom over the otherwise joyous company.
The brethren, including President Snow, are all well and wish to be remembered to yourself and all in the office.
The stewards, with one exception, were very kind and courteous; and the stewardess was particularly so to those who needed her assistance. Brother [William] Staines met us this morning, and informed us that we should leave for Omaha tomorrow noon, July 24th. So far as I can see everything is right. Ever praying the Lord to bless you in your responsible position, as also all your co-laborers in the work of the God, and with kind regards to all, I remain your brother in the gospel.

E. [Elijah] A. Box [p. 523] BIB: Box, Elijah A. [Letter] Latter-day Saints Millennial
Star 35:23 (August 9, 1873) p. 523 (CHL)
The following is a final report of this voyage and the Saints’ arrival in Utah:
“Thurs, 10 [July 1873] -- The steamship Nevada sailed from Liverpool, England, with 283 Saints, in charge of Elijah A. Box. The company landed in New York July 23rd and at Salt Lake City Aug. 1st.”
Sometime after their arrival in Salt Lake City, the Abraham Baumann moved to southern Utah where they living in the Washington Precinct of Washington County during the 1880 census enumeration on 21 June 1880.
Abraham, now age 55 and Annie, age 48 were listed with their two daughters, Elizabeth, age 20 and Annie, age 14. Nineteen year old Abraham Jr. was not enumerated with his parents in this census. Abraham Baumann, Sr. died on 9 September 1886 in Washington County, Utah. His widow, Anna, eventually moved to Thatcher, Graham County, Arizona
where she died on 3 July 1902 and was buried in the Thatcher Cemetery.

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  • Maintained by: Jeannie Wood
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52285
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Abraham Baumann, Sr (17 Nov 1824–9 Sep 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52285, citing Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Jeannie Wood (contributor 46935703) .