Bedford County , Pennsylvania
Ancestor Stories


Sarah Ann Cobler

Thanks to Jocelyn Wilms for being first on the list. (Posted Aug. 29, 1999)
(More info and pictures on the Hardinger Family)

My ‘brick wall' is Sarah Ann Cobler, b 29 Dec 1827 in Pa. or Va.? She died 4 Jun 1900 in Ft. Collins, Co. She was my great grandmother and wife of Levi Hardinger (19 Mar 1909-9 Nov 1890) who was born and died in Cumberland Valley Twp., Bedford County.

They had the following children:

Levi G.; Tobias; Aaron Daily; Samantha Juliana; Benson N.; Martha I.;
Frances Amelia (my grandmother) and Virginia Victoria.
Tobias, Aaron & Martha went to Colorado. After their father died they took Sarah Ann
back to Ft. Collins with them. On the 1860 census Joseph
Cobler is living with Levi and Sarah Ann.
Is he Sarah's brother?
On the 1880 census a Mary Cobler (mother-in-law) of Levi is with them.
I've been looking for 40 years for Sarah's family.

Can anyone help? Thank you.
Jocelyn Wilms

George Kifer

The following "brickwall" is from Clara Pento. (Posted Aug. 30, 1999)

My Bedford County "brick wall" is my gggrandfather George Kifer. We think he was born in Bedford County in 1792. He married Catherine Ash. We find him on the tax lists in 1812 and he sold his farm in Bedford County and moved to Flintstone, MD in 1834.

There was quite a connection to Artemis and also Chaneysville. I had an Aunt Nannie Senn in Cumberland. She died in late 1950's. She always talked about visiting Chaneysville and she mentioned the Bennett's. A Catherine Ash had a brother who married a Bennett. I am trying to find George Kifer's parents.

Does this sound familiar to anyone. Any help or suggestions would be most appreciated. Clara

George Baughman

Nance B. Keenan writes: (Posted Aug. 31, 1999)

My brickwall is identifying the PARENTS of my 4gr grandfather George Baughman. He was born in 1804. This date is on his tombstone.

I have a letter from his granddaughter who knew him that says, "Grandfather Baughman was a dear, and I had many happy times on the farm. He was born on a farm where Altoona (PA)now stands. It was so wild that he carried a rifle and once, when bringing the cows home, he saw a bear in the path, and killed it. This was considered a feat for a twelve year old. He was the youngest of12 children,most of whom went West. His sister, Elizabeth settled in Ohio. But I know very little about his family. He lived for posterity, and his neighbors. Baughman Chapel is his memorial." (I have Deed giving the church to Methodist Episcapol trustees in 1854.)

George stayed in Huntingdon Co, married Mary McCahan and moved to East Providence Township, Bedford Co. in 1848. Where he lived until his death in 1884.

Their children were:
Josiah, b 1830, ... died in Civil War
Jeremiah, b 1831-1915, m Sarah
Susanna, b 1835-1910, m Frederick
Felten / Felton
William Josiah, b 1837, ... died in Civil War
George, b 1839 .... died in Civil War
Mary J., b1841, m Wm
Ruth, b 1843, m ?
Elizabeth Bell, b 1845 -1925, m ?
Catherine, b 1849

The 1880 census gives George's father as born in Germany and his mother born in Maryland.

The 1820 PA Federal census lists a CHRISTIAN BAUGHMAN in Warriors Mark Township, Huntingdon County, PA which would put George in the right county at age 16 ..... but have not seen a copy of this to ascertain family size. Christian is NOT seen in the 1810 OR 1830 census .....indicating he might have moved away.

I have to think George's father must have been born by 1760, perhaps coming as a small child with parents, all born in GERMANY....... married about 1780 to a Maryland girl ...... had 12 children by 1804..

I would be thrilled at any new information or leads.

Nance Baughman Keenan

Jason responds - (Sept. 2, 1999)

In reference to the posting by Nance on August 31, 1999 regarding the George Baughman Family:

I have found the Baughman family in the query above simply by chance. Although I cannot help in you finding his parents, perhaps we could discover some other interesting information on his children.

According to the 1860 Census of West Providence Twp., Bedford Co., PA, George Baughman was the "neighbor" of my 4th g-grandpa John Mortimore. (Note: You indicated East Providence) I checked the names and ages you listed and everything appears to match very well.

In the 1870 Census of the same Twp., the Baughman family is not listed, but Anna Baughman (b. 1862, daughter of George or his son?) is living with my Mortimore family. Also, James McCahan, who was apparently related to Mary McCahan Baughman, is listed at the top of this sheet.

I have not done any further research on this family since it has never been my main focus. However, I was hoping someone could bring some information on why this girl was living with another family.

Thanks for you time!!
Thank you Jason for your rapid response.

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