Charles Bausman

Charles Bausman
Charles Bausman

Since my previous post showcased the handsome sons of Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman, I thought my next few would give a bit of an overview about each of them, starting with the oldest Charles Bausman. Charles’ brother Nicholas Bausman Jr was my maternal grandfather’s grandfather.

Charles Bausman was the fourth of ten children born to Nicholas Sr. and Mary, but the first child who did not die in infancy or early childhood.  Mary and Philip died in infancy, about 1850 and 1851, respectively. Henry died about 1856 at four years. Six children, all sons, lived to adulthood.

Charles was born 13 September 1853 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess county, Illinois. He was a carpenter and traveled out west  to Butte, Silver Bow county, Montana about 1878. His younger brother John also went to Butte, but I do not know if they went out together.

Charles married Lucy S. Roy about 1884 (according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census), probably in Montana. Lucy was born September 1857 in Utah to unidentified parents.

Headstone of Charles Bausman
Headstone of Charles Bausman

I believe this was Lucy’s second marriage and Charles first.  I’m unsure if Roy is Lucy’s maiden name or the name of her first husband.  School records from Butte have two children of Mrs. Charles Bausman attending school from 1890-1893.  Lyman is 15 and Pearl is 13 in the 1890 record.  If the 1900 census marriage date is accurate, Lyman and Pearl are not Charles’ children.

In 1896, Charles was elected Alderman for the Fourth ward of Silver Bow county. On 17 January 1901, he took a leave of absence from his duties due to illness.  He returned to Guilford Township.  Obviously he was very sick since he died 12 February 1901 at his parent’s home. He was 47. Interment made at the Bausman Family Cemetery. The only three people buried at this cemetery are Charles and his parents.

I have been unable to find any information on Lucy or her children after the death of Charles.  I wish I knew what happened to them.

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