John Bach

Contributed by
Bill Moore





Caption on Reverse of Photo


Granpa and the kidlets. Willard lost his head here, and Granpa couldn't make Caroline sit up.

In another hand: John Bach and Grandchildren.

John2 Bach (Adam1) b. 1849, prob. Pine Twp., Allegheny Co., Pa., res. Butternut, Ashland Co.,Wisconsin, 1917, did not appear in 1920 census.

m. Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin, 1 Oct. 1874, Karolina Augusta Emilie Buch, daughter of Johann Friederich & Karolina Henriette Emilie (Quade) Buch, b. 1 Jan. 1856, Schoneberg, Kreis Soldin, (Naumark), Prussia, d. 22 Apr. 1897 in Wisconsin, prob. Butternut, bur. Immanuel Cemetery, Cedarburg.

John Bach apparently went to Wisconsin about 1872, approximately the same time his brothers left Allegheny City for Alliance. Several men of German descent from Cedarburg pioneered in Butternut in 1877, convincing many of their old neighbors to join them, and the Bachs may have been among them. John was working as a carpenter in Butternut, Wisconsin, by 1880. In 1900, he was living with his daughter and son-in-law in Butternut, and working as a day-laborer. In 1905, he was in his own household, and called himself a farmer. In 1910, still living by himself, he mentioned he owned his own farm.

The Buchs had come to the U.S. and settled in Cedarburg by 1860.

One child, b. Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin:

Amanda C. T.3 Bach (John2 Adam1) b. Jan. 1875, Wisconsin, res. Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisconsin, 1930.

m. Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin, 24 Sept. 1896, William B. Graf, son of Fred A. & Louisa (Schwarz) Graf, b. Mar. 1870, Plymouth, Wisconsin, res. Butternut, Wisconsin

William Graf was a butcher and then a grocer in Butternut in 1900. In 1905, 1910, 1920, and 1930, he was a farmer—specified as a dairy farmer in 1930. Four children, b. Butternut, Wisconsin:

i. Willard John Graf, b. 30 Apr. 1901, d. July 1984, Newfane, Niagara Co., N.Y. Res. with parents in Butternut, 1930.

ii. Estella Louise Graf, b. 21 Apr. 1905 m. Alfred Elm, poss. b. 4 Apr. 1904, d. Oct. 1981, Westby, Sheridan Co., Montana.

iii. Karl W. Graf, b. 4 Dec. 1907, res. with parents, 1930, d. 16 Mar. 1999, a resident of Butternut.

iv. Caroline Graf, b. ca. 1913, res. with parents in Butternut, 1930 m. _____Kuhn.

According to the compiled cemetery inscriptions from Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, her tombstone reads: G. Augusta E. Bach, 1 Jan. 1856—1 Apr. 1897. At least her name is inscribed on the Buch family monument there. It would seem odd that she would have been buried in Cedarburg, since she had not lived there since she married, though there must have been continuing ties, because her daughter was married there the year before Karoline's death. Oddly enough, there is a John Bach bur. in the Cedarburg Cemetery, b. 1829 d. 1898, but he is not our John, and no other family member of Adam's generation is known. John Bach of Cedarburg was a Prussian, according to the 1860 U.S. census of Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin, #662/676.

James Hoelter, hoelter1@pacbell.net, "Hoelter Grabill Genealogy.
History of Northern Wisconsin, Chicago, Ill.: 1881, p. 74.
1880 U.S. census, Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisconsin, p. 104A.
1900 U.S. census, Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisc. #36/38.
1905 Wisconsin state census, Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisconsin, #66.
1910 U.S. census, Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisconsin, #219/239.
1860 U.S. census, Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co., Wisc. #662/676.
Wisconsin MR 2, p. 179, #66.
1880 U.S. census, Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisconsin, p. 10.
1900 U.S. census, Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisconsin, #36/38.
1905 Wisconsin state census, Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisconsin, #69.
1910 U.S. census, Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisconsin, #93/104.
1920 U.S. census, Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisconsin, #95/107.
1930 U.S. census, Butternut, Ashland Co., Wisconsin, #3/3.
Wisconsin BR 2, #2032.
SSDI #387-14-0768.
Wisconsin BR 3, #503.
SSDI #517-10-8714.
SSDI #392-36-9954.

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