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A family name of Swiss origin, Boshart has been found among the (old) Mennonites and primarily among the Amish Mennonites of the United States and Canada. The Bosharts have lived in Ontario, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, and other states. As of 1955, the Buscherts were found principally in Ontario, while the Buzzards lived chiefly in Indiana and also in Pennsylvania. These Buzzards are believed to be the descendants of George and Rachel Buzzard who lived in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, in the latter part of the 18th century. A Palatine Mennonite census list of 1706 names a Bossert family living in Mannheim.


Kauffman, Daniel. Mennonite Cyclopedic Dictionary. Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Publishing House, 1937.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1953

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Boshart (Bosser, Bossert, Buschert, Buzzard) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 22 Oct 2016.,_Bossert,_Buschert,_Buzzard)_family&oldid=102071.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1953). Boshart (Bosser, Bossert, Buschert, Buzzard) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 October 2016, from,_Bossert,_Buschert,_Buzzard)_family&oldid=102071.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 392. All rights reserved.

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