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The story of Christian "Black Beard" Bösiger

A separate Swiss Connection column in this series focuses on the parents of Christian, Jr., Bösiger, who came to America in 1824. Click here to read that column.

Christian’s mother, Elizabeth Steiner, died in Pennsylvania in 1824. Christian, Sr., and his children moved to Ontario, Canada. After six years Christian, Sr., and his sons John, Christian and Ulrich moved to Wayne County, Ohio.

About 18 months later, in 1833, they relocated to Putnam County, Ohio.

This column centers on Christian, Jr., also known as “Black Beard” Bösiger, who was married to Catherine Lugibuhl on Dec. 9, 1831, in Wayne County. Christian and Catherine were both born in Alsace Loraine, France. We do not have the names of Catherine’s parents.

Catherine died at age 45 while giving birth to Jacob C. Christian, Jr., then married Mary Sutter on March 27, 1841. She was born March 5, 1822, in Delle, France, to Christian and Katherine (Berner) Sutter.

From Christian’s first two marriage there were 98 grandchildren.

Christian “Black Beard” and Catherine Lugibuhl

Christian born: Oct. 9, 1795, Alsace, Loraine, France

Died: April 30, 1880, Putnam County

Buried: Old Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton

Christian’s father: Bishop Christian Bösiger (1770-1847)

Christian’s mother: Elizabeth “Elsie” H. Steiner (1772-1824)

Catherine Lugibuhl

Born: Nov. 2, 1795, Alsace, Loraine, France

Died: Feb. 19, 1840, Putnam County

Parents: Not known

Christian “Black Beard” and Catherine Lugibuhl’s children

Spouse: Catherine Bösiger

Born: Dec. 29, 1831, Green Township, Wayne County, Ohio

Died: March 13, 1884, Riley Township

Elizabeth Bösiger

Born: Dec. 7, 1832, Green Township, Wayne County

Died April 22, 1894, Wayne County

Spouse: John Zimmerly

Christian Bösiger

Born: Oct. 28, 1833, Riley Township

Died: Feb. 26, 1853, Riley Township

John C. Bösiger

Born: Oct. 26, 1834, Riley Township

Died: April 18, 1905, Allen County, Ohio

Spouse: Elizabeth Bichsel

Ulrich Bösiger

Born: Aug. 23, 1836, Riley Township

Died: Dec. 8, 1887

Spouse: Anna Badertscher

Jacob C. Bösiger

Born: Feb. 19, 1840, Riley Township

Died: Dec. 8, 1925

Spouse: Mary Basinger


Christian and Mary Sutter Bösiger

Married March 27, 1841

Mary Sutter born: March 5, 1822, Delle, France

Died: Jan. 1, 1862, Putnam County

Buried: Old Mennonite Cemetery

Mary’s father: Christian Sutter (1797 - )

Mary’s mother: Katherine Berner (1799-1869)

Christian and Mary Sutter Bösiger’s children

Note the change in spelling from Bösiger to Basinger in this generation

Peter C. Basinger

Born: May 18, 1842, Riley Township

Died: April 18, 1928, Riley Township

Spouse: Mary C. Suter

Moses Basinger

Born: July 17, 1843, Riley Township

Died June 23, 1926, Riley Township

Spouse: Marie Sophia Aerni

Benjamin Basinger

Born: Oct. 20, 1844, Riley Township

Died: Feb. 25, 1921, Riley Township

Spouse: Mary Ann Zurfluh

Aaron Basinger

Born: Jan. 10, 1847, Riley Township

Died: Aug. 17, 1931, Archbold, Ohio

Spouse: Katharina Burkholder

Katherine Basinger

Born: March 15, 1849, Riley Township

Died: April 22, 1910, Van Buren Township, Putnam County

Spouse: Hermann Aerni

Nathaniel Basinger

Born: April 24, 1851, Riley Township

Died: Dec. 21, 1937, Riley Township

Spouse: Emma Moser

Theophilus Basinger

Born: Feb. 22, 1854, Riley Township

Died: Nov. 5, 1938, Riley Township

Spouse: Anna C. Amstutz

Spouse: Katherina Suter

Magdalene Basinger (twin)

Born: March or May 16, 1856, Riley Township

Died: Nov. 28, 1856, Riley Township

Marie Basinger (twin)

Born: March or May 16, 1856, Riley Township

Died: Dec. 1, 1856, Riley Township

Fannie Basinger

Born: March 23, 1859, Riley Township

Died: Nov. 30, 1947, Toledo State Hospital


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