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    Memorial service for Ella Cassel Booz (9/20/1898 - 4/21/1987).  Full service (47 min).  Excerpt: Rev. Nevin H. Zuck's comments (10 min)

    Memorial service for Kathleen Baugher Bryer (4/30/1928 - 9/27/1992).  Full service (47 minutes)


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The first Baugher in America was Johannes Georgius Baugher (aka John George, or Hans George) who was born March 29, 1725 and died June 9, 1791 . He was born in Niederlinxweiler, Nassari, Saarbrucken, Germany. He sailed from Rotterdam and arrived in America on October 23, 1752 aboard the ship Rawley. He became minister of the Conewago settlement in York County , Pennsylvania on December 16, 1752 . He accepted a pastorate in New York City ; his final sermon at Conewago was delivered on May 1, 1763 and was based on Philippians 1:27,28 (“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.”

Through his life he organized between 100 and 150 Lutheran churches. In 1774 his annual salary was $96. He eventually returned to Berwick Township in 1768 where he remained active until 1784. Originally buried at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, he was reinterred in 1856 to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Abbottstown, PA.



Johannes Georgius Baugher married Anna Elizabeth (Schwab) Baugher, who was born on December 4, 1728 in Giessen, Oberhessen, Hessen, Germany. She died on December 7, 1790 and, like her husband was originally buried at St. Michael's Lutheran Church and reinterred in 1856 to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Abbottstown , PA.  She lies beside her husband, one of their sons - John Frederick Baugher - and his wife, Anne Catherine Baugher.






One of the 10 children of Johannes Georgius Bager and Anna Elizabeth Schwab Baugher was John Frederick Baugher, who was born on August 29, 1754 and died on April 6, 1831 . He married Anne Catherine (Mattere) Baugher (4/25/1761-8/20/1826) and was a tanner. This couple had 14 children between 1781 and 1804; their youngest child was Henry Louis Baugher (1804-1868), who gave the benediction at Lincoln 's Gettysburg Address. John Frederick Baugher and Anne Catherine Mattere Baugher are buried side by side at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Abbottstown  PA beside his parents.   01_07_2006_john_frederick_baugher.jpg (1431173 bytes)

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Henry Louis Baugher was born on June 18, 1804 to John Frederick Baugher and Anne Catherine Mattere Baugher. He graduated from Dickinson College in 1826. When his mother died a few months later on August 20, 1826 he abandoned plans to study law with Francis Scott Key. Instead, he entered first the Princeton Seminary and then the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg. From 1850 until 1868 he was president of Pennsylvania College , which was later named Gettysburg College.  He was the president at time of Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) during the American Civil War (1861-1865). He remained in his home during the battle while it was used as a Confederate hospital. 

He delivered the benediction at Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 :  "O Thou King of kings and Lord of lords, God of the nations of the earth, who, by Thy kind providence, has permitted us to engage in these solemn services, grant us Thy blessing. Bless this consecrated ground, and these holy graves.  Bless the President of these United States , and his Cabinet.  Bless the Governors and the Representatives of the States here assembled with all needed grace to conduct the affairs committed into their hands, to the glory of thy name, and greatest good of the people. May this great nation be delivered from treason and rebellion at home, and from the power of enemies abroad.  And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God our Heavenly Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”  Henry Louis Baugher died on April 14, 1868 .  


One of the children of Henry Louis Baugher was D. Nesbit Baugher (not pictured here). He was born in 1836 and graduated from Gettysburg College in 1853 and briefly attended medical school. He later studied law and was admitted to the Bar in 1857. Soon after the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Union army, mustering on November 20, 1861 . He served as a First Lieutenant with Co. B, 45th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers. The 45th Illinois Infantry Regiment, under Col. John E. Smith, was part of U.S. Grant's Army of Tennessee, First Division (Maj. Gen. John A McClernand), Second Brigade (Col. C. Carroll Marsh). D. Nesbit Baugher was wounded seven times at the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862). One of Shiloh’s 23,746 casualties, he died from his wounds in hospital at Quincy, Illinois on May 16, 1862.


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John Baugher Bryer at Abbottstown, PA graves of 


Johannes Georgius Baugher

(3/29/ 1725-6/9/ 1791)


Anna Elizabeth (Schwab) Baugher

(12/4/ 1728-12/7/ 1790)



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