The Family of Johann Peter Faulring and Rosa Foster


Second Generation


Baptism Record of Johann Peter Faulring

Johann Peter Faulring was born in Moggenbrunn, Saxony Coburg-Gotha on April 11, 18281, the second child and first son of Johann Friedrich Faulring and Anna Margaretha Zapf.  He was baptized on April 11, 18281, at the Church in nearby in Meeder.  He grew up on the family farm in Moggenbrunn, where he received his education and learned the art of farming.  Peter came to America in 1852, prior to his parents and, presumably, after completing his military obligation.  Research by Otwin Joring on Coburg Emigrants shows that Johann Peter and his sister Margaretha Elisabetha left Moggenbrunn in June 18525.  They sailed for America from the port of Bremen aboard the ship Richard Anderson.  After a 50 day voyage, they arrived in New York on August 11, and they likely traveled to Western New York by steam boat to Albany and railroad to Buffalo.  For more details see Their Journey to America.

Peter settled in the Boston Valley, likely in the Town of Concord, Erie County, New York, where he was joined by his parents in January 1854.  It was there that Peter met and married Rosa Foster in the late 1850s.  Interestingly, the 1900 U.S. Census shows that this was Peter's second marriage. When and where the first marriage took place is unknown, but it must have been a short marraige.

In 1864, Peter purchased a lot on White St., just south of the Village of Springville7, where he settled with his growing family.  We know very little about Rosa, whose family name is found in her daughter's marriage record.  Rosa's name, however, suggests she might have been the sister who attracted Barbara Foerster to Springville.  Such a connection would explain how Barbara ended up in concord, where she met and married Peter's brother, Casper.

Peter and Rosa continued to live near Springville, where they began raising their family of five children.  Unfortunately, Peter died in late 18698, at the age of 36, leaving his wife a widow.  Then, on August 5, 1873, Rosa also died24, leaving their children as orphans.  After the of their mother's death, the three older children were placed with different families in the area. In 187594, John was living with Elias Gardinier, Rose was living with John Blakeley and Augusta was living with Alva and Martha Dutton.  No information has been found on the whereabouts of the twins.

In the Fall of 1876, Alva Dutton was appointed Special Guradian of Peter and Rose's children for the purpose of selling their property, which was sold for $8007. Presumably, Alva Dutton used the proceeds in support of the children.  Of Peter's children, only Rose married, and she had no children of her own.  Thus this line of the Faulring family is no longer extant.

Peter and Rosa's family consisted of:

Third Generation


i. John W. Fowlring John was born on October 11, 186080, and he died on November 20, 194025.
ii. Rose A. Fowlring Rose was born July 14, 186126, and she died on March 14, 193323.  She married John A. Snurr.
iii. Augusta A. Fowlring. Augusta was born on July 8, 186424, and she on died September 13, 189824.
iv. Mary M. Fowlring Mary was born on January 2, 186724, and she died on January 3, 190524.
v. Sarah Fowlring Sarah was born on January 2, 186724 and she died on October 13, 188624.

 

John W. Fowlring:

John W. Fowlring was born on October 11, 186080, the first child of Peter and Rose Faulring.  In 1870, he was living with his widowed mother and siblings14.  In 1875, after his mother's death, he was living John Gardinier, in the Town of concord, and listed as an apprentice94.  Our main source of information on John's life comes from an article in the Oakview Sexton, an Albia, Iowa Newspaper25.  According to this article, John Fowling had obtained a dental certificate and was practicing dentistry as early as 188225.  In 1884, he is reported to have moved to Albia, Iowa, where he continued to practice dentistry until his death25.  At one point during this period, he apparently divided his time between Albia and nearby Batavia, Iowa25.

Note that the spelling of John's surname had changed over time.  However, Surrogate Court papers, filed in connection with the death of his sister Mary, list John W. Fowlring of Albia, Iowa as her brother8.

The Albia newspaper also reported that, on Friday, November 22, 1940, the local police found the body of Dr. John Fowling in his apartment, after being alerted by a neighboring resident25.  John was last seen alive at breakfast on November 20th.  Police suggest that sometime that day he probably had a stroke25.  John was buried in the Oak View Cemetery, Albia.


 

Rose A. Fowlring:

According to the 1900 Census, Rose Fowlring was born in July 186126, the second child of Peter and Rosa Faulring.  Her marriage record, however, gives her birth as July 14, 186023.  However, her older brother was born in 1860, so Rose must of been born in 1861, probably on July 14, although this is an awfully short time after her brother's birth.

After her father's death in the late 1860's she lived with her mother14, until her death in 1873.  The probate papers for Peter Faulring's property were filed in 18738, shortly after the death of Mary.  At that time, Alva Dutton was appointed Speical Guardian for the sale of the property.  The probate record indicates that Rose was in Chicago, Illinois at the time8.  Why and with whom is unknown.

In 1875, Rose was back in Concord, New York, living with John and Mareah Blakely94.  We know little more about Rose until 1900, when she was living with Mrs. Margaret Crumb in East Otto, Cattaraugus County26.  Interestingly, her occupation is given as Nurse and it is likely that she was serving in this capacity for her Uncle John, who was ill at the time and died in 1901.

Finally, in 1910 we find Rose living in Toledo, Ohio, married to John A. Snurr23.  John and Rose were married there on July 14, 1905, and they continued to live in Toledo for the remainder of their lives.  John was born on June 22, 1865, the son of Francis H. Snurr and Mary J. Hammond.  Rose died March 14, 193323, and John followed on October 29, 193523.  They had no children.




Augusta A. Fowlring:

Augusta A. Fowlring was born July 8, 186424, the third child of Peter and Rosa Faulring.  After the death of her mother, Augusta was living with Alva and Martha Dutton as a boarder94.  In the 1880 Census, she is listed as the adopted daughter of Martha Dutton11, the widow of Alva.  Augusta died September 13, 1898 and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville, New York24.




Mary M. Fowlring:

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Mary Fowlring

Mary M. Fowlring was born January 2, 186724, one of the twin daughters of Peter and Rosa Faulring.  It is not clear from the records where the twins lived after the death of their morther.  The 1880 Census lists Mary as a servant living with Chaucey and Margaret Crumb in East Otto15.  As we've seen above, Mary's older sister, Rose, was living with Margaret Crumb in 1900, working as a nurse.  We know little else about Mary, who died January 3, 190524.



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