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Mathias and Lidia Augstburger Badertscher

In a search for Bluffton area Badertscher families we found three going back to the 1700s.

Christian Badertscher (1782-1838) married Barbara Gerber (1784-1855).

Ulrich Badertscher (1796-1822c) married Anna Barbara Witmer (1793-1838) and later married Barbara Walti (1819-1893).

The third family, Peter Badertscher (1739-1786) married Anna Badertscher (1734-1815).

We were unable to make a family connections with these three, but the Badertscher’s each lived in the Canton Bern, Emmental area.

Peter Badertscher (1739-1786) was born in the small village of Geissbüel, Switzerland, or 3 km east of Lauperswil. Only 2 km from Geissbuel is a village of Badertschen, which no doubt was home to other Badertscher families.

This column’s focus is on Mathias and Lidia Augstburger Badertscher. Note the variation spelling of “Augstburger” in this family tree.

Mathias is the grandson of Christian and Barbara Gerber Badertscher and was born May 16, 1838, to Peter and Anna Aeschlimann Badertscher.

He was the fourth of 10 children born to this family. Each of Peter and Anna’s children were born in Bagischwand, Emmental Canton Bern, Switzerland.

The last child, John, died at age 2 in 1852.

In 1855 the family came to America and settled in Allen County, Ohio. Mathias at age 28 married Lidia Augstburger on Oct. 4, 1866. She was born June 9, 1839, to Johannes Peter and Magdalena Balmer Augstburger in Union Township, Wayne County, Ohio.

Mathias and Lidia had 14 children. Their information follows at the bottom of this column.

The couple’s second son, Adolph, was a farmer and carpenter. During the winter months he also had a butcher shop where he did custom butchering.

Adolph was the construction foreman to build the Emmanuel Reformed Church (now Emmanuel United Church of Christ) at 8375 Phillips Road, rural Bluffton. This structure was competed in 1902. The building was destroyed in the April 11, 1965, Palm Sunday tornado.

Adolph’s son, Albert, who married Sarah Amelia Hochstettler, and their sons Lyle, Maynard and Gene, continued in the construction business, building many homes in the Bluffton area.

Hence, Albert Street and Sara Lane in Bluffton, are named after Albert and Sarah Badertscher.

Mathias died in 1899 at age 61. He is buried in the old section of the Emmanuel Cemetery, southwest of Bluffton. It is also known as the Gratz Crossing Cemetery. Lidia died in 1909 at age 70 and is buried in the Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery.

Born: Sept. 29, 1805, Bagischwand Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: June 16, 1872, Allen County, Ohio

Buried: Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery

Occupation: cabinetmaker

Peter’s father: Christian Badertscher (1782-1838)

Peter’s mother: Barbara Gerber (1784-1855)

Married: July 18 1827, Lauperswil, Bern, Switzerland

Anna Aeschlimann

Born: Oct. 25, 1805, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: Oct. 15, 1855, Allen County, Ohio

Buried: Old Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton

Anna’s father: Ulrich Aeschlimann (1774-1822)

Anna’s mother: Barbara Lüthi (1784-1847)

Peter and Anna’s children

Barbara Badertscher

Born: Sept. 28, 1828, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: Nov. 29, 1906, Richland Township

Spouse: Jacob Bucher

Born: June 28, 1832, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: Dec. 3, 1906, Bluffton

Spouse: Elizabeth Neuenschwander

Elizabeth Badertscher

Born: April 28, 1837, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: Sept. 15, 1921, Richland Township

Spouse: John S. Amstutz

Mathias Badertscher

Born: May 16, 1838, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: April 7, 1899, Richland Township

Spouse: Lidia Augstburger

Peter Badertscher, Jr.

Born: March 7, 1840, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: March 30, 1918, Lima, Ohio

Spouse: Catherine Naas

Rev. Christian Badertscher

Born: April 26, 1842, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: Jan. 29, 1924, Bluffton

Spouse: Marian Gratz

Frederick Badertscher

Born: Sept. 24, 1843, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: Oct. 30, 1915, Piqua, Ohio

Spouse: Margaret Elizabeth Slonaker

Anna Badertscher

Born: Oct. 1, 1845, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: March 29, 1918, Lima

Magdalena Badertscher

Born: April 16, 1848, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: Jan. 10, 1926, Lima

Spouse: John A. Stager

John Badertscher

Born: Feb. 12, 1850, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: May 2, 1852, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Mathias and Lidia Augstburger family

Mathias Badertscher

Born: May 16, 1838, Bagischwand, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland

Died: April 7, 1899, Richland Township

Married: Oct. 4, 1866

Buried: Gratz Crossing Cemetery, Richland Township

Lidia Augstburger

Born: June 9, 1839, Union Township, Wayne County

Died: Jan. 5, 1909, Richland Township

Buried: Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery

Lidia’s father: Johannes Peter Augstburger (1801-1867)

Lidia’s mother: Magdalena Balmer (1819-1848)

Mathias and Lidia Augstburger’s children

Maria Badertscher

Born: Nov. 17, 1858, Richland Township

Died: Dec. 9, 1920

Spouse: Jacob A. Luginbuhl

The couple had 8 children

Adolph Badertscher

Born: March 25, 1867, Richland Township

Died: Oct. 16, 1941, Bluffton

Spouse: Lydia Kohler

The couple had 10 children

John M. Badertscher

Born: March 14, 1868, Richland Township

Died: Feb. 12, 1954, Allen County

Spouse: Otilla Schaublin

The couple had 13 children

Susan Badertscher

Born: March 21, 1869, Richland Township

Died: Feb. 23, 1939, Toledo Hospital

Spouse: Henry Gratz

The couple had 3 children

Gideon Badertscher

Born: March 30, 1870, Richland Township

Died: Feb. 25, 1944, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Spouse: Susan Lora

The couple had 7 children

Spouse: Sarah Sprunger

Information children of Gideon and Sarah is not known

Daniel Badertscher

Born: March 17, 1871, Richland Township

Died: Aug. 16, 1924, Bluffton

Spouse: Leah Bucher

The couple had 10 children

Elias Badertscher

Born: April 4, 1872, Richland Township

Died: July 27, 1919, Richland Township

Sarah Badertscher

Born: May 31, 1873, Richland Township

Died: Dec. 10, 1953, Bluffton Hospital

Spouse: Peter Matter

The couple had 5 children

Dina Badertscher

Born: July 2, 1874, Richland Township

Died: Feb. 8, 1879, Richland Township

Henry Badertscher

Born: July 11, 1875, Richland Township

Died: June 10, 1933, Bluffton

Spouse: Katharina Sprunger

William Badertscher

Born: Dec. 1, 1876, Richland Township

Died: June 3, 1880, Richland Township

Dr. Jacob A. Badertscher

Born: Jan. 11, 1879, Richland Township

Died: March 1959, Bloomington, Indiana

Spouse: Mary E. Goble

The couple had 2 children

Peter P. Badertscher

Born: Aug. 4, 1880, Richland Township

Died: Feb. 9, 1972, Richland Manor, Beaverdam

Spouse: Louise Fett

The couple had 6 children

Noah Badertscher

Born: March 22, 1883, Richland Township

Died Dec. 8, 1938, Lorain, Ohio

Spouse: Bertha Crannell

The couple had 3 children

Much of this family history was provided by the late Maynard Badertscher, great-grandson of Mathias and Lidia.


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