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Ancestors of Robert Bähler

Generation No. 2

      2. Christian Bähler VII, born March 08, 1823 in Wattenwil, Switzerland; died March 18, 1891 in Redwood City, California (While visiting America). He was the son of 4. Christian Bähler VI and 5. Barbara Wenger. He married 3. Magdalena Trachsel April 07, 1852 in Wattenwil, Switzerland.

      3. Magdalena Trachsel, born July 09, 1824 in Wattenwil, Switzerland; died March 18, 1899 in Wadenswil, Switzerland. She was the daughter of 6. Christian Trachsel and 7. Susanna Zimmerman.
Children of Christian Bähler and Magdalena Trachsel are:
  i.   Wilhelm Bähler, born July 26, 1853 in Wattenwil, Switzerland (#1); died May 19, 1923 in Belp, Switzerland. Wilhelm lived as an adult in Bern and Trachselwald, Switzerland, where he held civic offices. He held the top political office in Trachselwald. He had nine children, five of whom survived to adulthood; married Maria Drayer.
  ii.   Gertrud Bähler, born October 15, 1854 in Klarreute, Switzerland; died July 10, 1855 in Klarreute, Switzerland.
  iii.   August Bähler, born July 21, 1857 in Wattenwil, Switzerland (#2); died July 11, 1917 in Stockton, San Joaquin County, CA; married (1) Mary Rupp in California?; married (2) Ida.
  Notes for August Bähler:
At this time we know very little about August. He emigrated to Solano County, California. (Benecia?). We know of one son Godfrey "Fred" Bahler, who was affiliated with the Southern Pacific Railroad in California and became associated with the Caterpillar Company in San Leandro in 1925. He moved to Washington, Illinois in 1930 and was involved in the firm Bishop & Bahler of Peoria. He returned to San Leandro August 29, 1943. The only survivor listed in his obituary is his wife Alma.

  iv.   Gertrud Bähler, born August 30, 1858 in Wattenwil, Switzerland (#3); married Christian Moser in Switzerland. They had made plans to come to America. Her mother, who had visited the U.S. and disliked it, convinced them not to go. They remained in Switzerland and lived in Basel.
  v.   Simon Bähler, born April 07, 1860 in Wattenwil, Switzerland.
  vi.   Jakob (Jacob) Bähler, born December 12, 1861 in Mattwil, Switzerland (#4); died March 22, 1944 in Remington, Indiana; married Nina Keller March 03, 1889 in Fairbury, Illinois; born 1865 in Woodford County, Illinois; died 1951 in Remington, Indiana.
  Notes for Jakob (Jacob) Bähler:
he came to America to avoid the Swiss compulsory military service as a conscientious objector, as well as for economic reasons. He and Robert hired out as farm workers and also rented land in Illinois, moving to Indiana ca. 1902 and buying land. As an adult he affiliated with the Apostolic Christian Church where he was active as a song leader. He and Robert became United States citizens in 1913

  vii.   Johannes Bähler, born December 12, 1861 in Mattwil, Switzerland (twin of Jacob); died April 05, 1862.
  1 viii.   Robert Bähler, born May 30, 1863 in Mattwil, Switzerland (#5); died December 04, 1936 in Remington, Indiana; married Mathilda (Tillie) Waibel March 25, 1888 in Fairbury, Illinois.
  ix.   Adolf Bähler, born July 03, 1864 in Klarreute, Switzerland; died April 30, 1866 in Klarreute, Switzerland.
  x.   Martha Bähler, born July 03, 1864.
  xi.   Adolf (Adolph) Bähler, born June 06, 1867 in Klarreute, Switzerland (#6); died November 29, 1951 in Ellington, CT. He moved from Illinois to Connecticut in 1897, and was a minister in the Apostolic Christian Church; married Mary Wuthrich in Connecticut; born April 09, 1859; died June 04, 1919 in Ellington, CT.
  xii.   Gottfried Bähler, born June 01, 1869 in Kirchenthurnen,Switzerland (#7); died November 29, 1951 in Ellington, CT. He moved from Illinois to Connecticut in 1897 with his brother Adolf; married (1) Anna Trachsel; born 1852 in Switzerland; died June 10, 1928 in Ellington, CT; married (2) Sophie Schop.

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