Aaron and Lavina (Bowman) Geiger Family

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According to the unpublished genealogy notebook of Gladys (Bittner) Korns of Somerset County PA, Aaron and Lavina (Bowman) Geiger had the following children:

My notes, and right now I don't know where they came from, say that Aaron Geiger was born circa 1830, and died April 23, 1899 at the age of 69, and his wife Lavina (Bowman) died Feb. 9, 1890 at the age of 50.

On July 19, 1998 Lester Korns of Somerset County PA told me that he was told that Ephriam Geiger's dad raised horses for sale and paid for his farm that way. Lester knew Ephriam, and recalled that one time when he was a boy Ephriam brought him a kitten.

Ephriam Geiger's obituary says that he was born on August 9th, 1859 on the farm adjacent to where he lived his married life. Ephriam's obituary also says that he was confirmed in the White Oak Lutheran church on June 10, 1876, and confirms that he had a sister Lucinda, and a sister Mrs. Mary Korns of Southampton Township.

I suspect that my Ancestor Aaron Geiger is the William Aaron Geiger, born Nov. 4, 1829 to Richard and Mary Geiger, as recorded in the birth records of the Reichards/White Oak Church, Larimer Township, Somerset County, PA. According to the 1940 book "Pastors and People of Somerset Classis", William Aaron Geiger was baptised on July 18, 1830 at that church; this was on the first recorded list of baptisms there. The Church was known as Grace, White Oak, in 1940. The congregation apparently existed as early as 1819.

The 1876 Beers atlas of Somerset County PA shows a W.A. Geiger in Larimer Township very near the farm that Ephriam Geiger bought on April 3, 1886 from Richard and Christian Mankamyer and their wives. (The scale of the map is such that locations can only be approximated.) This helps to support the theory that Ephriam's father, whom we know as Aaron Geiger, was perhaps really William Aaron Geiger. (Many people of that time went by their middle names.) I am personally familiar with the Ephriam Geiger farm, because my grandfather Irvin H. Dietle lived most of his married life there.

As can be seen on the 1880 draught of Ephriam Geiger's farm that is included in Appendix B page 15 of the book "Descendants of Johann Adam Dietel", The land of "Aaron W. Geiger" is shown just above Ephriam's farm, the land "Formerly Richard Geiger" is shown just below Ephriam's farm, and the land of "George Geiger" is shown just to the right of Ephriam's farm.

An Aug. 21, 1974 article in the Daily American called "The Larimer Township Story" states that Richard Geiger was one of the early settlers in the area, along with "Johnathon Long" and "Danile Lepley". The 1817 Triennial Assessment for Southampton Township, Somerset Co., PA performed by Jacob Martz enumerates a "Giger, Richard (single freeman). I don't know if either of these has anything to do with the Richard Geiger that may be Aaron Geiger's father; does anyone else know?

I suspect that Lavina Bowman's parents were John Bauman and Elizabeth Marteeny because an anonymous paper in the Bauman file of the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County PA titled "Bauman Family Ancestors" lists a child named Lavina who died in 1890, and this child is listed between children born in 1837 and 1846, which brackets our Lavina who would have been born circa 1840 based on the 50 year age at death in 1890 listed in the genealogy notebook by Gladys (Bittner) Korns.

In March of 1995 I received a letter from Peg Adams of New Carlisle, IN which stated "Re Bowman, Dolores Swaney sent me a chart on John and Elizabeth who did have a daughter named Lavina who married Aaron Geiger, Her source is The Bauman Family by Clara Edna Hoffman. You should also see 'Mongst the Hills of Somerset (pub by Somerset Co. Hist & Gen Soc.) I have a copy. Elizabeth Marteeny Bowman married 2) Jonathan Long who is in the Reiber info you sent me (Jon. bro to my ggg grandfather). Peg"

In 1994 I received this from Samuel Bowser, which may relate to our Aaron Geiger "Did see a brief mention in the 1960-70 Laurel Messenger that Aaron Geiger was a school superintendent at Sandpatch..."

Family photos:

  • Photo of Aaron Geiger

  • Photo of Lavina (Bowman) Geiger

    L. Dietle
    April, 2003

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