By Cliff McCarthy, 2015
Last Updated, 12 August 2019
John Joseph Baumgartner was born on June 13, 1821 to John and Margaret (Koons) Baumgartner at Piney Creek, Maryland. Margaret Ann Hayden was born on September 17, 1824 to Basil and Aparilla (Buckingham) Hayden in Westminster, Maryland.
John J. was educated in his father’s private school and graduated from Calvert College, formerly in nearby New Windsor, Maryland. After being employed in his father’s office, the Register of Wills, he studied law under the tutelage of the Hon. James Raymond and was admitted to the Maryland bar on September 9, 1846. A month later, on October 19, he wed Margaret Ann Hayden, his next door neighbor and the sister of his law partner William Nicholas Hayden.The Democratic Advocate wrote of John J. Baumgartner:
“In the practice of his profession, he was disposed to compromise differences, and as a counselor, he had few superiors. In his business transactions, which were large, he was remarkably correct.”
He spoke fluent German and was a member of the Whig party until its dissolution, when put off by the rise of the Know-Nothings, he became a Democrat. On January 27, he was appointed Cashier of the Union National Bank, a position which he resigned on November 20, 1867, when his partner was elected to Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court. He was then appointed “Auditor of the Circuit Court as a Court of Equity”.
The Carroll County Temperance Convention was held in December of 1842 at which John J. Baumgartner delivered an address. He also volunteered for the committee which was established to plan the Fourth of July procession. He was involved in a procession in September of the following year. He, again, attended the county convention in 1846 as a delegate from the Westminster Temperance Society.
John J. is enumerated in Westminster in the 1850 census and with Basil Hayden’s family in 1860. The families lived in adjacent buildings on East Main Street and the Baumgartner house is used today, as it was long ago, as a law office. In his book, The Building of Westminster in Maryland, Christopher Weeks says this about the Baumgartner house:
“Owned and occupied by the Baumgartner family for over 130 years, this house is unique in the city for a variety of reasons. The arrangement and use of the levels is very continental: the ground floor was originally used as an attorney’s office while the upper floors were the family’s living quarters. This is visually accentuated by the fine lyre-design cast iron railing that ornaments the steps and entrance balcony leading to the piano nobile. According to one of the present owners, a direct descendant of John Baumgartner (the county’s first Register of Wills), these basement quarters proved too damp, and an eastern two-story addition was built to house the law offices shortly before the Civil War. The building’s single-pitch roofs are also an unusual early departure from the city’s normal gable roof.”
It was from this home on East Main Street that the Baumgartners and Haydens would have witnessed the Civil War, literally from their front steps. Westminster was occupied by each army on several occasions. J. Hampton Baumgartner described it this way in his “Let’s Meet the Old Folks”:
Westminster was the scene of frequent turmoil during the Civil War. Several skirmishes were fought in or near the town. It was frequently occupied by Union and by Confederate soldiers, especially during the spring and summer of 1863, incident to the Confederate ascendancy which reached its zenith at Gettysburg, which battle took place 24 miles to the north. Southern troops arrived in Westminster about the middle of June, expecting to encounter the Union Army in or near the town. The Confederates took up their position on the hill at the eastern end of the town. Failing to encounter resistance, they declared their intention to march northward, cross the Mason’s and Dixon’s Line and invade Pennsylvania.
The incessant march of the troops continued for nearly two weeks. And for several weeks following the battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, the remnants of the Confederates, with their thousands of wounded, passed through Westminster on their retreat. Scores of officers were extended hospitality by the Haydens and the Baumgartner families, both before and after the battle.
On a map published in 1877, a downtown section of Westminster bears the marking “J. J. Baumgartner’s Addition.” This section of land had been part of the 30-acre Grandadam Farm, which upon the death of the widowed Regina Grandadam in 1812, passed to her slave Betsy for life. The Roman Catholic Church acquired the land, presumably with J. J. Baumgartner’s leadership, and the lot was subdivided in 1860s. Click here, for more on the story of Elizabeth Frantz & J. J. Baumgartner’s Addition.
John J. and Margaret had twelve children. John Joseph Baumgartner died in May of 1878. His wife, Margaret, died on November 24, 1884. Both are buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Westminster, Maryland.
Children of John Joseph & Margaret Ann (Hayden) BAUMGARTNER
JOHN JOSEPH BAUMGARTNER was born on 13 June 1821 in Piney Run, Carroll Co., MD. He died on 2 May 1878 in Westminster, Carroll Co., MD. He married MARGARET ANN HAYDEN on 19 October 1846 in Westminster, Carroll Co., MD, daughter of Basil HAYDEN and Apprillah BUCKINGHAM. She was born on 17 September 1824 in Westminster, Carroll Co., MD. She died on 24 November 1884 in Westminster, Carroll Co., MD. John Joseph BAUMGARTNER and Margaret Ann HAYDEN had the following children:
i. WILLIAM NICHOLAS BAUMGARTNER was born on 29 September 1847 in Maryland. He died on 7 September 1880.
ii. ELEANOR A. BAUMGARTNER was born on 15 December 1848 in Maryland. She died on 31 December 1880.
iii. JOSEPH BAUMGARTNER was born on 26 October 1850. He died on 20 July 1852.
iv. BASIL HAYDEN BAUMGARTNER was born on 22 June 1853. He died on 31 January 1857.
v. MARGARET A. “MAGGIE” BAUMGARTNER was born on 25 June 1855 in Maryland. She died on 19 January 1927. She married FRANCIS A. ORNDORFF after 1887.
vi. JOHN JOSEPH BAUMGARTNER JR. was born on 25 February 1857 in Westminster, Carroll Co., MD. He died on 7 September 1918 in Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, MD. He married ELEANOR OLIVIA “ELLEN” WOODRUFF about 1886, daughter of Hampton W. WOODRUFF and Mary “Olivia” BAUMGARTNER. She was born on 30 November 1863 in St. Louis, MO. She died on 3 March 1935.
vii. MARY RACHEL BAUMGARTNER was born on 24 January 1859 in Maryland. She died on 14 October 1877.
viii. CATHERINE A. BAUMGARTNER was born on 4 July 1860. She died on 1 February 1900 in Notre Dame Convent, Cincinnati, OH.
ix. NATHANIEL HOWARD THAYER BAUMGARTNER was born on 5 March 1862 in Maryland. He died on 24 April 1941. He married HILDA E. CRASS on 15 October 1905 in St. John’s Catholic Church, Westminster, MD. She was born in 1871 in Maryland. She died in 1955.
x. ANNA LOUISA “NAN” BAUMGARTNER was born on 10 August 1863 in Westminster, Carroll Co., MD. She died on 13 August 1946 in 5116 Second St., Washington, DC. She married AUGUST WILLIAM CONSTANTINE MACHEN about 1888, son of William Henry MACHEN and Mary Anne SHORT. He was born on 10 November 1861 in Toledo, Lucas Co., OH. He died on 5 July 1919 in at home, 1102 Euclid St., Washington, DC.
xi. THOMAS O’NEILL BAUMGARTNER was born on 15 January 1866 in Maryland. He died on 12 April 1920.
xii. HELEN JOSEPHINE BAUMGARTNER was born on 8 September 1869 in Maryland. She died on 6 December 1878.
- 1850 U.S. Census for Basil Hayden (Westminster, Carroll Co., MD).
- 1850 U.S. Census for John J. Baumgartner (Westminster District, Carroll Co., MD).
- 1860 U.S. Census for J. I. Baumgartner (District 3, Westminster, Carroll Co., MD).
- 1870 U.S. Census for John J. Bumgartner (Westminster, Carroll Co., MD).
- 1880 U.S. Census for Margaret A. Baumgertner (Westminster, Carroll Co., MD).
- Adams Co. Church Records of the 18th Century, (Family Line Publications; Westminster, MD).
- Administration of Accounts of Margaret A. Baumgartner (Carroll Co., MD, dated 24 February 1885).
- Bates, Marlene and Martha Reamy, Abstracts of Carroll County Newspapers 1831-1846, Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1988.
- “Burials in St. John’s Cemetery, Westminster, MD” (as listed in the Democratic Advocate, as of October 20, 1889).
- Carroll County Cemeteries, Vol. 5, pt. 2 (Carroll County Genealogical Society, Westminster, MD, 1999).
- Carroll County, Maryland Deeds (Carroll County Courthouse Annex, Westminster, MD).
- Death Notice for John J. Baumgartner (Baltimore Sun, 4 May 1878).
- “Death of a Well-Known Lady” (Baltimore Sun, 26 November 1884).
- Gravestone of John J. Baumgartner (St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Westminster, MD), date of death read as May 23, 1878.
- Gravestone of Margaret A. Baumgartner (St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Westminster, MD).
- J. Hampton Baumgartner, “Let’s Meet the Old Folks” (unpublished manuscript, 1944).
- “Katharine A. Baumgartner” (Baltimore Sun, 2 February 1900).
- Marriage Index: Maryland (Broderbund Software #224).
- Marriage Licenses, 1837-1867 (at Westminster Public Library, Westminster, MD).
- Maryland Marriages, 1777-1899 (as published at the Ancestry website, www.ancestry.com, 22 Feb 2001).
- “Miss Mary A. Hayden” (Baltimore Sun, 25 August 1907).
- Petition to the Orphan’s Court of Carroll Co., MD (William N. Hayden on behalf of Margaret A. Baumgartner, dated 1 March 1881).
- Prayer card for Margaret A. Baumgartner (in possession of the author), states date of death to be November 24, 1884.
- Records of Conewago Chapel (Edge Grove, PA, transcribed by author).
- Scharf, J. Thomas, History of Western Maryland, Vol. II (Louis H. Everts, Inc.; Philadelphia, PA; 1882).
- Stenley, Virginia D., Chancery Books of Carroll County Maryland, Vols 1-20, 1837-1873, (Family Line Publications; Westminster, MD; 1994).
- Stenley, Virginia D., Chancery Books of Carroll County, Maryland, Vols. 21-40, 1873-1889, (Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD, 1996).
- Weeks, Christopher, The Building of Westminster in Maryland, Fishergate Publishing Co., Inc., Annapolis, Maryland, 1979.
- Will of John J. Baumgartner (Carroll Co., MD, dated 20 December 1877, probated 7 May 1878).