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A Mennonite family name found as early as 1685 in Bern, Switzerland, Bauman is also found in the Palatinate census lists of the following decades. In 1710 Wendell Bauman came to Pennsylvania, settling in what is now Lancaster County. The name is first found in Pennsylvania, and later in Ohio, Ontario, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Virginia. It has occurred most commonly in Pennsylvania and Ontario. Among Mennonite leaders bearing the family name was Johannes Bowman (d. 1738), an early minister and bishop of what is now Lancaster County, Pa. He was the only bishop from the Conestoga district to attend the first Mennonite conference held in North America in 1725. Moses Bowman (1819-1898) was a prominent Mennonite Church (MC) preacher in Waterloo County, Ontario.

Amos S. Bauman (1854-1911) was born in Ontario and later moved to Iowa, where he was ordained a minister in the Stauffer Mennonite Church. When he moved to Alberta he was ordained a bishop there in 1903. Due to some difficulties he left this branch of the church and joined the Mennonite Brethren in Christ. Dr. H. R. Bauman (b. 1897) was a General Conference Mennonite (GCM) missionary stationed in Champa, India. Irvin W. Bauman (b. 1897) was professor of sociology at Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio. Dr. Isaiah Bowman (d. 1950), who was president of Johns Hopkins University and an outstanding American geographer, was a grandson of Preacher Moses Bowman of Waterloo County, Ontario, and was himself a native of this county.

Some of this family (called Bouman or Bouwman) emigrated from Switzerland to the Netherlands, settling in the province of Groningen about 1715.

Author(s) Harold H Hartzler
Date Published 1955

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Hartzler, Harold H. "Bauman (Baumann, Bowman, Bouman) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 28 Mar 2015.,_Bowman,_Bouman)_family&oldid=119809.

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Hartzler, Harold H. (1955). Bauman (Baumann, Bowman, Bouman) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 March 2015, from,_Bowman,_Bouman)_family&oldid=119809.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 249. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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