Written in 1957  by an unknown author who was a member of a Bawtinheimer history group. ( The original typed account has been copied via OCR software and the inevitable typos are still being corrected.)
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"Family history says that in the middle of the 17th century four brothers left the old country (now Germany) to come to America.

A list of passengers from the German Palatinate who arrived in the port of Philadelphia between 17? and 1776 gives the names of three. Johann Christian Badenheimer arrived ln Philadelphia September 14,1749 aboard the ship  "Two Brothers". Two years later September 2I , 1751, Johann Wi1helm Badenheimer arrived on the same ship. On September 29, 1753, Johann Peter Badenheimer arrived on the ship or "Snow" Rowand. 

On arrival they had to take an oath of allegiance to the British Crown and an oath of abjuration and fidelity to William Penn and the proprietors of Pennsylvania, source of these lists survived and we have a copy of the signature of Johann Christian.

If one of the brothers died at sea there would be no record, since the passenger lists only men and boys over sixteen who arrived.   The fact that the boys left thelr home ln Germany two years apart, suggests an age difference, as each got o1d enough he 1eft. Also the dates, all being September, suggest, they walked until the grapes were harvested.

We came across a great many variations of the name. The signature of Johann Christian gives the Baden spelling,
which in German ls pronounced as we pronounce Bawtin. Bawtlnhelner means one whose home is in Baden.

After their arrlval we found no record of the brothers for some years. Johann Christian eventually settled in Rowan county, North Carolina, where a great many of hrs
descendants sti1l live. Eie married a gir1 named Charity.  who was of Brltish descent and they were  married in the states.

Their son William was born tn the             
year 1757 in United States. Having a large family; the faml1y names were repeated as William, Peter, John, Jacob, and Christian; a1l lived and died in North Carolina ; we ruled out Christian as the father of our John and Peter.

The North Carolina branch adopteciBoden" wlth various endings. The father of one fanlly that we contacted while down there, spelled his name Bodenhanmer; one son Bodenhamer and the other son Bodenhelmer. Johann Christian.

l7B4 obtalned a grant of land fron the state (the equivalent of our Crown grant) and on the 1ega1 papers the name is spelled Bottlehammer. Chrlstlan died shortly
after.  Charity is shown as a widow 1n the local  census. The second brother Johann vJllherm settled ln Pennsylvania.  He is described ln various documents as a farmer of Frederick county Maryland and of York county Pennsylvania.

This confused us until we found out that his farm was situated near the state boundary and the boundary shlfted; therefore one year he would pay his taxes ln Maryland dispute was settled by the Mason-Dlxon Line. He evidently was marrled twice, both wives being named ttl'laryu. During the Revolution he paid extra taxes in lieu of military service.

We found hls will and a very interesting  document it is  .

He lists hls children and although he had ^ John and a P
Peter, they were not the right age for our boys. We have
not been able to locate any descendants of William.  By the process of elimination, Johann Peter must have been the father of olr" l:ry-Tg-a*!".

 Johann Peter
evidently settled ln New Jersey. In an old book of German Pioneers of New Jersey we found Badenhelmer as one of the famili
es who attended the German Reform Church 1n Mount Pleasant, New Jersey.

Peter's tombstone says he was native of the State of Jersey. John is supposed to have been born ln Phl1ade1phia but that could have been an error. John ls listed asserving ln the New Jersey Militia ln 1796. He married an Elizabeth McKinney. He found records of her family in New Jersey. Peter married a girl by the name of Grace,  but we have no family name for her. John's first two children Christiana and William and Peters f i r s t two children William and Elizabeth were born ln New Jersey.

They came into Canada in the year 1800.
Mr. Gordon Scott of Ottawa located
for land ln Canada made out by John
orlglnal petition 1800. John received the
(for land) at the crossroads of Copetown  where we had our picnic last year. (1958).

The following ls a note found. ln a family blble ln the home of Peter Bawtinheimer of Ancaster, Ontarlo. It belonged to his father David A. Bawtinheimer.  Thc paper is o1d and ln poor condition. The asterisks denote where
the paper has perished..

***vr111 plece***a few n6fss*{t* with hls wlfe and his brother John cameInto Canada 17OO century from the state of New Jersey. Their forefathers were native of Germany coming **  wi th horses and on foot there being no  vehicles in those days. By way of Niagara Crossing the ** on ferry boat following the lndian trails and deer tracks westward until they arrlved to what is now the clty of Hamilton whlch was only a few huts at that time.

began to look around ln search of a home ln the new country which at that time was a vast wilderness of timber.

Comlng west of Hamllton Peter took 200 acres at the
Cold Springs Iot 36 flrst concession township of Ancaster stil1 owned by his grandson David A. Bawtinheimer. Flrst thing he began was to clear a spot for his log cabin by
the only means of an axe which was the chief tool in those days and, set himself to clear up a piece of land to grow his bread which they had to carry through wheat on horseback or travel on foot all the way to Niagara mi11 for their flour.

In course of a fcw years he
page flve 400 mtlcs wtth bought hinself Canada. Anothcr man by the nane of Stenabough and a wagon and harness and camc back torn the war of 1812 he had teams that drawing supplies to
the soldiers at the front from which he accumulated a good deal of wealth through perseverance and energy. They had six sons and four daughters.

Now three of his
settled tn Blenhem Township each taking up 100 acres of bush land and set to clearing lt up.

t[g*** three remained
in Ancaster where they lived and died. Hls brother John settred on bush lot***200***south of what 1s now Copetown, which then and now first by Isaac Tem)lar and Nelson Bawtlnheimer grandson of John Bawti nhelmer. These two pioneer brothers were the originators of the whole Bawtlnhelner race in Canada which were very numcrous.

Now these few notes may be of herp fe***ss they are as near correct as I can get as I have heard my father tell many tines  about what our flrst settlers had to endure.

You can fix this up to suit yourself as I have made a number of mistakes.

David A. Bawttnheimer.