I've put together a chart outlining the early members of the Baum family descended from Philippus Baum, who arrived in America in 1748, one of the many Germans from the Palatine region. The chart also traces the owners of the Baum Homestead starting with Philip (1764) to his son Henry Philip Baum, then to three of Henry's sons, William, Peter, and Daniel. Peter became the sole owner and passed it on to his sons Byron and Horatio Baum. Horatio supplied the wealth of information in the Utica Dispatch article of 1952. Lastly, the farm went to Byron's sisters Ida Baum (Johnson), who lived to be 100 years old, and Emma Baum (Cramer). The last owners of the farm, were Emma's daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Louis Sass, because the farm house, with all its contents, was completely destroyed by fire in the mid 1960's.

This chart also includes the names of many people who farmed the land, fought in wars, raised their children, carved a life out of a frontier wlderness, and worked with many others to leave us a legacy called the Mohawk Valley.

The farm was purchased by Henry P. Baum (1791) who is on the upper left side of the chart. His sons Peter, Daniel and William owned the farm next, and Peter's son Byron bought out the other two brothers. Byron did not have children and the farm went to his sisters Emma and Ida. At the time of the article, Mary Emma sold the farm to her daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Louis Sass.

The relationships of the people in the article to Philip Baum (1764-1848):

HORATIO PETER BAUM is the son of Peter Baum and Elmira Baum (first cousins). Peter Baum is the son of Henry P. Baum. Elmira is the daughter of Jacob Baum. Both Henry P. and Jacob Baum are the sons of Philip Baum (1764).

PETER BAUM (1816) is the son of Henry P. Baum (1791), the son of Philip Baum (1764). DANIEL BAUM (1822) is the son of Henry P. Baum (1791), the son of Philip Baum (1764). WILLIAM BAUM (1811) is the son of Henry P. Baum (1791), the son of Philip Baum (1764).

MR. and MRS. SASS: Ruth Baum married Louis Sass, the last owners of the farm. Ruth is the daughter of Mary Emma Baum, the daughter of Peter Baum (1816), the son of Philip (1764).

"Philip Baum who fought in the Revolutionary War with one of his sons" - this is actually Philippus Baum (1736?) and his son Philip (1764) who fought in the battle of Oriskany.

DWIGHT J. BAUM is the son of Fayette Baum (b1855) [not on the chart], and who is the son of Philip F. Baum (1813-1889), the son of Philip (1764). Dwight died of a heart attack at the age of 53.

L. FRANK BAUM is the author of the "Wizard of OZ" and was the son of Benjamin Ward Baum, who was the son of Rev. John P Baum (1797), the son of Philip (1764).

MRS. CRAMER is Mary Emma Baum who married Charles Cramer. MRS. JOHNSON is Ida Baum who married Al Johnson. Ida lived to be 100 years old.

And, unrelated to the article, I am descended from Philip (1764), to Henry AND Jacob Baum, to Lucinda Baum AND Chauncey Baum (first cousins), to Charles David Baum, to my mother. Therefore my last name is Hart, not Baum. Though I take great pride in being connected with the family.

You asked why the town is called East Schuyler. The areas in the TOWN of Herkimer were variously named, before incorporation into the Village of Herkimer. The Baum Homestead was on a road known both as The Old Steuben Hill Road and later as Baum Road, located on Steuben Hill.

I think it should be mentioned that several people are involved in research on the Baums of the Mohowk Valley, and it was Jeanette Maynes (below) who found the article from the Utica paper.

The Baum Research Group:
Johannah Adams
Lynden Baum
MaryLou Guindon
David Hart
Patricia Hart
Scott Hart
Jeanette Maynes
Lisa Mercer
Cheryl Spuches
Dorothy Storne
Suzanne Vail
Robert E. Zoller

Scott Hart
July 2000

Back to Part 1

Back to Town of Herkimer Section

Back to Meet Your Ancestors Section

Back to Herkimer/Montgomery Counties NYGenWeb

Back to New York State GenWeb

Created 6/22/00
Copyright © 2000 Scott Hart
All Rights Reserved.