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John D. and Elizabeth Moser Bösiger

Our Swiss connection - part 28

This is the 28th installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

This column's focus is John D. and Elizabeth Moser Bösiger.

Elizabeth's parents were Johannes and Elisabeth Müller Moser were both born in Switzerland. 

Johannes Moser was born in the late 1700s. He is not to be confused with Rev. John Moser (1826-1908), who was a minister in the community.

Elisabeth Müller was from Langnau, Switzerland. In 1834, Johannes and Elisabeth brought along their three children, John, Elizabeth and Magdalena and settled in Putnam County.

John D. Bösiger's father was Ulrich “Strubli” Bösiger (1775-1832). His mother was Verena Fannie Stauffer (1776-1851). John D. first came to Wayne County in 1835 and then to Putnam County.

In 1838, John D. and Elizabeth Bösiger and two of their children and relocated from Putnam County to near Whitehouse, in Lucas County, Ohio, where there soon came to be another Mennonite settlement.

Later, other Putnam County Swiss Mennonites including family names of Geiger, Bösiger, Neuenschwander and Bucher moved to this same community where they became affiliated with Reformed Mennonite.

A Mennonite cemetery is located on the east edge of Whitehouse.

Here is the family of John D. and Elizabeth Moser Bösiger.

John D. Bösiger
Born: May 20, 1817, Prunnentrut, Bern, Switzerland
Died: March 26, 1885
Buried: Old Mennonite Cemetery

John D.’s father: Ulrich “Strubli” Bösiger (1775-1832)
John D.’s mother: Verena Fannie Stauffer (1776-1851)

Elizabeth Moser Bösiger
Born: Nov. 3, 1820, Langnau, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland
Died: Jan. 11, 1899
Buried: Old Mennonite Cemetery

Elizabeth’s father: Johannes Moser
Elizabeth’s mother: Elisabeth Müller

John D. and Elizabeth Moser Bösiger's children

John D. Bösiger (named after his father)
Born: June 22, 1840, Riley Township
Died: Sept. 4, 1926, Lafayette, Indiana
Spouse: Magdalena Luginbuhl

Magdalena Bösiger
Born: June 22, 1842
Died: Dec. 22, 1865

Christian D. Bösiger
Born: March 12, 1846, Riley Township
Died: May 31, 1925
Spouse: Regina Luginbuhl
Spouse: Barbara Bucher
Spouse: Nancy E. Stull

Elizabeth Bösiger
Born: May 20, 1849
Died: Feb. 27, 1918

Peter Bösiger
Born: Oct. 3, 1860
Died Jan. 21, 1861

Mary Bösiger
Born: Aug. 25, 1862
Died: Sept. 20, 1945