A MIXED BAG - Williamson and Bauer Ancestors

Updated March 26, 2009


Our research began about 1997 and has taken us to Scotland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania thus far. We have searched the following lines: BAUER BECKNER BUSSMANN COX DUNCAN FAGAN KELLY SARTORY SCHOPPE STEVENSON WATSON WILLIAMSON

The 'RELATED FILES' section at the bottom of this page contains genealogy reports in NGS Quarterly style, including notes and source information for the following lines:

ADAMS BAUER BECKNER COX DUNCAN FAGAN KELLY SARTORY WATSON WILLIAMSON


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  • Our MILLER ancestors (3 KB)
    Our MILLER ancestors were first located in Germany in the 1700's.
  • Our ZURN ancestors (10 KB)
    Our ZURN ancestors were first located in the 1700's in Germany.
  • Our BROWN ancestors from Scotland (4 KB)
    Our BROWN ancestors were first recorded in Midlothian County, Scotland, in the late 1700's.
  • Our SHULTE ancestors (26 KB)
    Our first recorded SCHULTE ancestor was born in Paderborn, Westphalen, Germany in 1808.
  • Our DOUGHERTY ancestors (8 KB)
    Grace Dougherty was born in Ireland in 1850, the daughter of Hannah.
  • Our WILSON ancestors (4 KB)
    These WILSON ancestors were living in Bedford County, Virginia, in the 1700's.
  • Our SANKER ancestors (7 KB)
    Eve SANKER was born in Pennsylvania in 1782. Her surname may have been ZANKER.
  • Our BUSSMANN (Buschmann/Bussman) ancestors (48 KB)
    The BUSSMANN family came to the United States from Germany about 1850, settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is believed that the family name was originally Buschmann, in Germany, and was changed after arrival in the States to Bussmann and then Bussman.
  • Our BOOTH ancestors (4 KB)
    The BOOTHs were in Bedford County, Virginia, in the 1700's.
  • Our ADAMS ancestors (33 KB)
    Thanks to Edmund J. Adams who provided the ADAMS genealogical history in his book "Adams of the Alleghenies".
  • Our HALL ancestors (12 KB)
    Our HALL ancestors were in Maryland in the early 1700's. We found a very helpful book entitled "The Life and Times of Leonard Hall" which provided some information on this line.
  • Our BROPHY ancestors (3 KB)
    Our first recorded BROPHY ancestor was born in Ireland in about 1796.
  • Our BURTON ancestors (5 KB)
    The BURTON ancestors were first recorded in Maryland about 1700.
  • Our JAMES ancestors (6 KB)
    Our first recorded JAMES ancestor was born in Virginia about 1830.
  • Our BECKNER ancestors (34 KB)
    Thanks to Brenda Cook Beckner & Barbara Roland Beckner for their wonderful book "BECKNERS in America - The First 250 Years" which was the source for most of the information about our Beckner ancestors.
  • Our WILLIAMSON ancestors. (357 KB)
    The Williamsons have deep roots in the State of Virginia, beginning at least in the early 1800's in the area presently known as Bedford County. Ancestors participated in the American Revolution and the Civil War. The family history "WILLIAMSON and LUCK Families" by J. William Austin,II and Rebecca H.R. Austin was a source for much of our information on Williamson-related families.
  • Our MILAM ancestors (21 KB)
    Our MILAM ancestors were first recorded in Lancaster, Virginia, about 1699. The family name may have been originally MILEHAM.
  • Our RUTROUGH ancestors (9 KB)
    The RUTROUGH ancestors were in Botetourt, Virginia in 1790.
  • Our GARDNER ancestors (21 KB)
    Our GARDNER ancestors were first recorded in Lancaster, Virginia, about 1699.
  • Our SOWERS ancestors (8 KB)
    The source of our SOWERS information is the Kindred Konnections website of the Spangler Family.
  • Our LEE ancestors (29 KB)
    The LEE line goes back to the early 1500's in England.
  • Our COX ancestors. (63 KB)
    Our first recorded Cox ancestor was Charles Beasley Cox, who married Maria Mooney in 1819 in Albemarle Co., Virginia.
  • Our ADAMS ancestors from Virginia (11 KB)
    These ADAMS ancestors were in Virginia in the early 1700's.
  • Our WATSON ancestors. (98 KB)
    In the 1840's, our Watson family lived in the village of Joppa Salt Pans, Duddingston Parish, Midlothian County, Scotland. We had the good fortune to be able to visit the area in 1999. Our ancestor left Scotland for the United States sometime between 1866 & 1869 and settled in Boyd County, Kentucky.
  • Our SPANGLER ancestors (8 KB)
    The source of our SPANGLER information is the Kindred Konnections website of the Spangler Family.
  • Our DUNCAN ancestors (45 KB)
    The DUNCAN family lived in Village Barleydean in the Parish of Carrington, Midlothian County, Scotland, in 1841. A daughter, Janet, married John Watson and the family moved to Boyd County, Kentucky, U.S.A., between 1866 and 1869.
  • Our REED ancestors. (4 KB)
    Our REED ancestors were in Virginia in the late 1700's.
  • More WILLIAMSON ancestors (33 KB)
    This is a second branch of the same WILLIAMSON tree which had its' roots in Bedford County, Virginia in the 1800's.
  • Our SCHOPPE ancestors (58 KB)
    The SCHOPPE family came to the United States from Germany in 1888 and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Our DEARDORFF ancestors (4 KB)
    Our DEARDORFF ancestors were in Botetourt County, Virginia in the 1700's.
  • Our HAWKINS ancestors (7 KB)
    Our HAWKINS ancestor was first recorded in Queen Anne, Maryland in 1623.
  • Our STEVENSON ancestors (43 KB)
    The STEVENSON family is from Scotland and was living in the Village of Joppa Salt Pans, Duddingston Parish, Midlothian County, in 1841.
  • Our SWYER ancestors (4 KB)
    Our SWYER ancestors were in Botetourt County, Virginia, in the 1700's.
  • Our BAUER ancestors (100 KB)
    The BAUER tree starts in the early 1700's with Johan Adam BAUER. Roman Catholic church records of Germany show the family living in the village of Gommersdorf, Baden, Germany, at that time. Later generations lived in the village of Altkrautheim, Baden, Germany. Our direct ancestors came to the United States around 1850 and lived in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania.
  • Our LETTON ancestors (16 KB)
    The LETTON ancestors were found in Maryland about 1635. The surname appeared to change over time from LETTON to LYTTON.
  • Our BECK ancestors (10 KB)
    The BECK family lived in Gommersdorf, Germany, in the 1700's and 1800's.
  • Our KILLIAN ancestors (4 KB)
    Our KILLIAN ancestors were in Botetourt County, Virginia in the early 1800's.
  • Our SARTORY ancestors (107 KB)
    Our Sartory family came to the U.S. between Feb.1889 and Sept.1890 from Germany. We have not been able to document where in Germany they lived as there are references to Mainz, Nordhausen, Eichsfelt, and family history speaks of Alsace-Lorraine. Perhaps they lived in all of these places at one time or another.
  • Our JACKSON ancestors (29 KB)
    The JACKSON ancestors in our tree were found in Bedford County, Virginia, in the 1700's.
  • Our KREMP ancestors (2 KB)
    We first found the KREMP ancestors in Gommersdorf, Germany, in the 1700's.
  • Our LUMSDEN ancestors (5 KB)
    Our LUMSDEN ancestors were first recorded in Midlothian County, Scotland, in the 1700's.
  • Our KELLY ancestors (56 KB)
    Edward Kelly arrived in the United States sometime before 1833 when he married Catharine Griffen in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both had been born in Ireland.
  • Our JARVIS ancestors (29 KB)
    The JARVIS ancestors were found in England in the early 1700's.
  • Our STIER ancestors. (2 KB)
    Our STIER ancestors were first found in Gommersdorf, Germany, in the 1700's.
  • Our FOSTER ancestors (5 KB)
    Our FOSTER ancestors were first recorded in Midlothian County, Scotland, in the 1700's.
  • Our CAMPBELL ancestors. (28 KB)
    Our Campbell ancestors were first found in Augusta Co., Virginia, about 1825.
  • Our HARTMANN ancestors (1 KB)
    Our HARTMANN ancestors were first found in the Baden area of Germany in the late 1600's.
  • Our MOFFAT ancestors (6 KB)
    Our MOFFAT ancestors were first recorded in Midlothian County, Scotland, in the late 1700's.
  • Our FAGAN family (Sept. 2008) (364 KB)
    This family was in Bilston, Staffordshire, England, in 1835 when my GG-GF was born and christened Martin FEIGHAN. The family's next child, registered in 1840, carried the surname FAGIN. On ship's passenger lists coming to the U.S. in 1842 the family name was listed as FAGAN and it has remained Fagan ever since. The family lived in Pa., WVa., Ohio & Mo.
  • Our MOONEY ancestors (14 KB)
    We first found our Mooney ancestors in Albemarle Co., Va., in the early 1800's.
  • Our COCHRAN ancestors (7 KB)
    Our COCHRAN ancestors were first recorded in Midlothian County, Scotland, in the late 1700's.
  • Our BROWN ancestors from Virginia. (18 KB)
    Our Brown ancestors from Virginia were first located in Augusta Co. in the early 1800's.
  • Our AITCHISON ancestors (4 KB)
    Our AITCHISON ancestors were first recorded in Midlothian County, Scotland, in the late 1700's.
 

Family Photos

  • Margaret Cecelia Fagan (1884-1965) (23 KB)
    This photograph was probably taken about 1905-1908. She married Martin Joseph Sartory in about 1909.
  • Walter Simmer Williamson (1914-1994) (32 KB)
    Daddy was photographed with his barber, Mr. Doss, in front of the 11th Street Barber Shop in Roanoke, Va., in 1939.
  • Walter Simmerman Williamson & Mary Frances Cox (66 KB)
    This photo of Shelby's parents was taken in June of 1939, just five months before their marriage.
  • Francis Gregory Bauer (1911-1995) (35 KB)
    Photo shows Paul Sartory (brother-in-law) and Frank G. Bauer, about 1943. Paul was in the Navy Seabees at the time and Frank joined the Merchant Marine in 1944.
  • Elmer Herman Williamson & Mary Watson Williamson (25 KB)
    This photo of Grandpa and Grandma was taken about a year before Grandma died in 1944.
  • Mary Frances Cox Williamson (1920- ) (66 KB)
    This photo of my mother was taken in the 1940's.
  • August Frederick Bauer (1868-1939) (17 KB)
    August was employed by Logan & Greg Hardware, a wholesale enterprise, for 45 years. He was engaged in sales, working out of Uniontown, Pa., where he maintained a hotel residence while his wife and children lived in Pittsburgh.
  • Martha Isabell McKeen Sartory(1912-2002)& nephews (62 KB)
    Aunt Iz (Martha Isabell McKeen Sartory), wife of uncle Paul Joseph Sartory (1910-1978), and nephews William John Bauer and James Francis Bauer. (photo taken Sept. 2000 after the burial of the ashes of Francis Gregory Bauer).
  • John Kelly (1834-1913) (41 KB)
    This photo was taken about 1910 and shows John Kelly with his grandchildren: William C. Bauer, Catharine Bauer, and John Frederick Bauer.
  • John Kelly (1834-1913) (15 KB)
    Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., of Irish immigrant parents, John was a very successful businessman in the plumbing business.
  • Walter Simmerman Williamson & Mary Frances Cox (169 KB)
    Walter Simmerman Williamson (1914-1994) & Mary Frances Cox Williamson (1920- ) party at their favorite VFW branch in the 1980's.
  • John Kelly (1834-1913) (55 KB)
    John is shown with his grandson, John Frederick Bauer, in this photo from about 1901.
  • Sophia Shulte Bussman(n) (1808-1901) (38 KB)
    Picture taken about 1900. Sophia was born in Prussia and came to the United States with her two children, ages 6 & 8. They travelled on the Bremen brig GAZELLE, sailing from Bremen and arriving at New York on June 1851. She lived in Pittsburgh.
  • Francis Gregory Bauer (1911-1995) photo about 1955 (91 KB)
    Dad worked for the Pittsburgh Press newspaper as a distributor from the 1920's until retirement in the 1970's. This photo appeared with a newspaper article about his service with the paper.
  • Walter Simmerman Williamson & daughter (30 KB)
    This May 1942 photograph shows a dapper Walter Williamson with his 18-month-old daughter, Shelby.
  • William C. Bauer (1899-1938) (14 KB)
    Uncle Bill attended school in Uniontown, Pa. and was an excellent baseball player, playing semi-pro ball in the Uniontown area. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during WW I, serving from May 19, 1918 until February 21, 1919 as a private in Battery D, 2nd Field Artillery. He never married.
  • Walter, Eugene & Lewis Williamson (1970's) (56 KB)
    On this page is a 1944 picture of the same three brothers when Walter and Lewis were home on leave from the Navy. This one was taken about thirty years later.
  • Mary Bertilla Kelly Bauer (1871-1945) (41 KB)
    This photo was taken in the 1930's when Grandmother was in her 60's.
  • Lawrence M. Fagan family (circa 1903) (758 KB)
    The 'lineup', from left to right: Lawrence J. Fagan (about age 12-13) Margaret Cecelia Fagan (about age 20-21) (my grandmother) Lawrence M. Fagan (about age 46) Edward E. Fagan Sr. (about age 19) Margaret Cecilia Adams Fagan (about age 48) Gertrude B. Fagan (about age 17)
  • Sartory Family Reunion - 1922 (54 KB)
    1922 Sartory Family reunion This picture was taken in August 1922. Only Elizabeth Sartory Staley is missing from the picture (she was on the far right side). Bottom row of children: (left to right - all kneeling or sitting) Rita Sartory, Jessie May Meyenfeldt, Elizabeth Helen (Elsie) Meyenfeldt, Margaret Mary (Peggy) Sartory with Joseph Sartory on her lap, Ruth Sartory with Tommy Staley on her lap, Helen Staley, Grace Staley with Elizabeth D. Sartory behind her, Jennie E. Sartory. Middle row of children: (left to right) Anna Adelade Meyenfeldt, Paul Sartory, Jack Sartory (standing), and Walter Sartory (standing). Top row - adults: (left to right) Robert Sartory (believed to be brother of Emil Herman), Gustav Sartory, Emil Herman Sartory, Ralph Boyer, Rose Sartory Boyer, Flossie Hartman Sartory, Emil A. Sartory, Margaret Fagan Sartory, Martin Joseph Sartory, Elizabeth Schramm Sartory, Thomas Staley, Mary Anna Sartory Meyenfeldt (left to right) Anna Mary Sartory Meyenfeldt, Rose Sartory Boyer, Emil Herman Sartory, Gustav Sartory, Elizabeth Sartory Staley, Emil A. Sartory, Ruth Sartory, Martin Joseph Sartory.
  • Mary Margaret Sartory Bauer (1913-1984) (42 KB)
    Photo from 1930's. Known as Peg, Mary Margaret helped support her mother and siblings by working fulltime in a department store at the age of sixteen. She married in 1935, had her first child in 1936, and did not return to the workforce until the 1960's after both of her children had left home. She died tragically as a result of an accidental fall in her home in Bellevue, Pa.
  • Chester Arthur Cox (1883-1932) (442 KB)
    Born in Staunton, Va., Chester lived much of his adult life in Roanoke, Va. He was a wallpaper hanger by trade and was locally recognized for his skills. He died as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
  • Carl Allen Cox (1907-1972) (89 KB)
    Uncle Carl Cox went to work for the Roanoke Fire Department in 1935. Was fire chief for city of Roanoke. He died in the line of duty the year that he was to retire. Carl A. Cox died Oct. 7, 1972 of a heart attack suffered at a house fire at 332 Patton Ave.
  • Richard Willis Cummings & Elva Mae Cox Cummings (37 KB)
    Richard Willis Cummings (1917 - ) & Elva Mae Cox Cummings (1917-1988) were two months shy of their fiftieth wedding anniversary when Elva passed away in October 1988. This photo was taken in 1955. Richard is at the head of the table with Elva at his left. Also shown are Walter S. Williamson and daughter Shelby.
  • Geneva Sarah Williamson (1902-1975) (26 KB)
    Aunt "Peg" enjoyed life and lived well. When her first marriage to a pharmacist failed, she moved to Washington, D.C., living in Bethesda, Md., until she died. She married a second time but had no children from either marriage.
  • Elmer Herman & Mary Watson Williamson (88 KB)
    Grandparents Elmer Herman Williamson (1870-1952) & Mary Watson Williamson (1875-1944) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April 1944; Mary passed away suddenly in Ohio in July 1944 while visiting relatives.
  • Mary Bertilla Kelly Bauer (1871-1945) (30 KB)
    'Grandmother' Bauer was a tall, stately woman who was a big baseball fan and was a friend of the famous baseball manager "Connie" Mack. She lived in the Shadyside district of Pittsburgh about a fifteen minute walk from Forbes Field baseball park. Her son Francis remembers many professional baseball players visiting the Bauer home in Shadyside as he was growing up in the 1920's.
  • Elmer & Mary Williamson are proud of their sailors (41 KB)
    Elmer Herman Williamson (1870-1952) & Mary Watson Williamson (1875-1944) are proud of their Navy sons George Lewis Williamson (1911-1993) and Walter Simmerman WILLIAMSON (1914-1994), both sons members of "the greatest generation".
  • Catharine Bauer (photo about 1922) (31 KB)
    'Aunt Kay' was born about 1908. Twice married but had no children. First husband was from a wealthy family having surname Shipp. He disappeared mysteriously without leaving a trace and was never heard from again. Her second husband had the surname Wiggins. She died in the late 1980's and was cremated in Pittsburgh.
  • Joseph Gerard Sartory (1920-2000) (98 KB)
    Uncle Joe is shown in this 1998 photo at the Bauer/Sartory family reunion in Williamsburg, Va., (1998) enjoying the company of one-year-old Bryan Anthony Hall, his great-grand-nephew.
  • Martin Joseph Sartory(1885-1965) photo abt. 1920's (33 KB)
    The grandfather we never knew. He and grandmother separated before any grandchildren were born and we really didn't get to know him. He served in the armed forces during WWI and was a radio announcer at radio stations WCAE and WWSW in Pittsburgh when he returned from the service. He remarried.
  • Joseph Gerard Sartory and son and nephew (98 KB)
    Uncle 'Joe' dinned with nephew Jim Bauer and his wife Shelby at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena, Calif. This was a special treat for everyone as Joe's youngest son, Paul Richard Sartory, was the Executive Chef at the time in 1995.
  • Elmer Marvin Cox 1925-1984 (photo in 1970's) (22 KB)
    Uncle Elmer was active in the real estate business and politics in Vinton, Va. He served on the Vinton town council for five years and was the vice-mayor for three years. In addition, he was president of the Roanoke Valley Realtor Board 1970-1971 and the Realtor of the Year in 1976.
  • Dads meet at the wedding (29 KB)
    Walter Simmerman Williamson (father of Shelby Williamson) and Francis Gregory Bauer (father of James Bauer) share pleasantries at the July 1960 wedding of their children.
  • George Lewis & Mabel Burchette Williamson (34 KB)
    Uncle George Lewis Williamson (known as Tater) (1911-1993) and Aunt Mabel Burchette Williamson (1909-1982) had one child, William Elmer Williamson.
  • 1930's picture of aunts and uncles (36 KB)
    From left to right are aunts and uncles: Viola May Haynes Williamson (1908- ), husband Luther L. Williamson (1909-1985),Anna Williamson Staton (1908-1991) and husband F. Guy Staton.
  • Francis Gregory Bauer (1911-1995) (29 KB)
    This photo was taken in 1963 or 1964.
  • Elmer Herman Williamson (1870-1952) (44 KB)
    Grandfather Williamson worked for Norfolk and Western Railroad for 34 years and was an engineer. He once was in a train wreck and badly injured his arm; according to his daughter-in-law , he was found in a tree after the accident. His right arm ended up three inches shorter than the left as a result of the accident. He almost lost the arm due to the severity of the injury and was unconscious for a long period of time.
  • Walter Simmerman Williamson (1914-1994) (43 KB)
    Photo of 'Father of the Bride' taken July 1960 with the beautiful bride, Shelby Josephine Williamson.
  • Emil Herman Sartory (1859-1931) and children (60 KB)
    1920's Emil H Sartory & offspring (left to right): Anna Mary Sartory Meyenfeldt, Rose Sartory Boyer, Emil Herman Sartory, Gustav Sartory, Elizabeth Sartory Staley, Emil A. Sartory, Ruth Sartory, Martin Joseph Sartory.
  • Nancy Addie Beckner Cox (1884-1947) (48 KB)
    Grandmother Cox appears in a photo taken Aug. 1938. She went by the name of Nannie.
  • Emil Herman Sartory (1859-1931) and grandchildren (37 KB)
    1922 Emil Herman Sartory & grandchildren (Picture taken August 1922) Front row: Jessie Meyenfeldt, Mary Margaret (Peg) Sartory, Anna Meyenfeldt, Rita Sartory, Joseph G. Sartory, Elizabeth Anna Sartory Middle row: Elizabeth (Elsie) Meyenfeldt, Jennie Sartory, Emil Herman Sartory, Grace Staley, Helen Staley, Thomas Staley Back row: John (Jack) Sartory, Paul Sartory, Walter Sartory
  • Walter Simmerman Williamson (1914-1994) (125 KB)
    In October, 1943, Walter joined the Navy; attended boot camp at Bainbridge, Maryland, and ended up drawing straws to see if he would go to the Navy or the Marine Corps. He must have gotten the long straw as he was assigned to serve on the U.S.S. Florence Nightingale (AP70), a landing ship. He was employed as a deck hand, serving as a seaman first class and seeing duty in the Atlantic and Pacific where he was when the peace treaty was signed. (photo about 1944)
  • Brothers Williamson (abt 1944) (45 KB)
    Walter Simmerman Williamson (1914-1994) and brother George Lewis Williamson (1911-1993)spend time while on Navy leave during WWII with third brother, Eugene Parker Williamson (1906-2002).
 

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