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40. Maria Margaret Householder (Margaretha Rebecca Householder) ((Maria) Margaretha Householder)) (Married: Peter Bussard (Bossert) (Busort) (Bosert) (#39) ( 17 June 1784)

Born: 4 February 1762 (1762) (1761) (according to a LDS source that quotes a church record, she was born 15 December 1761) in Berks County, Pennsylvania; another source says that Georgetown was the city of her birth) of John Ad. (Adam) Householder (Johan Adam Householder) (Hans Adam Haushalter (#79) & Elizabeth ? (Maria Elizabetha Weldman) (Mariah Elizabetha Weidman) (#80). (Source of turquoise: Johan Adam Householder(#79)'s Will and transcription by Gary Housholder)](Source of gray: Maria's tombstone: See at bottom of page.)

Died: 18 March 1839 in Thurmont, Maryland.

[Her siblings included:

a) Johan Adam Householder ((John (Adam) Householder)): Born: 11 November 1744(1744) (Baptized: 17 November 1744); Died: ?

b) Adam Householder (Andrew (Adam) Householder)): (Married: C. Bechtol); Born: 10 October 1746 (1746) (Baptized: 16 September 1746); Died (in Va) before 1791;

c) Mathias Householder: (Married: Eve ?); Born: 30 November 1751 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Baptized: 30 December 1751); Died: After 1791.

d) Maria Barbara Householder ((Maria) Barbara Householder)): Born: 16 March 1749 (1749) (Baptized: 16 March 1749); Died: ?

e) Andrew Householder; Born: 1751; Died: ? [Note: this Andrew, described by Maude Housholder Baker must be the same person as Adam Householder (aka Andrew Adam Householder (b) above. Maude did not include Mathias as a sibling, but he is listed in the will and his birthday is listed by Gary Housholder in his transcription to Johan Adam Householder's will was 1751, the same year that Maude listed for this Andrew. See (c) above.]

f) Elizabetha Householder (Elizabeth Householder); Born: 19 January 1754 (1754); Died: ?

g) Christian Householder: Born: (1762); Died: ?

h) Eva Householder (Eve Householder): Born: 1763; Died: ?

i) Catharina Householder (Catharina Householder): Born: 19 July 1764 (1764); Died: ?

i) Anna Maria Householder ((Anna Maria) Mary Householder)): Born: 27 December 1765 (1765); Died: ? Miscellaneous:..all children were born in Pennsylvania. (Source of Blue information: Maude Householder Baker <>) (Source of turquoise information: Johan Adam Householder(#79)'s Will and transcription and additions by Gary Housholder) (Source of green: baptismal records from Warwick church.)]


She was baptized February 1762 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading, (Berk’s County) Pennsylvania. There is a bio sketch on the Buzzards in Biographical Sketches History of Frederick County, Maryland. The Buzzards were prominent in Frederick County. Margaret is sometimes called Rebecca. Maria Margaret’s connection to #79 is proved by the record of the settlement of Hans Adam’s estate which names Margaret Bossard as an heir.

At twenty-two years of age, Maria Margaret householder married 23-year old Peter Bussard.

[Note: Peter Bussard (born in 1761) would have been 39 when the 1800 Census was conducted. Margaret, born in 1762, would have been 38. They had 9 children at the time. The 3 boys under 10 would have been Peter (age 8, born in 1792), John (age 6, born in 1794), and George (age 4, born in 1796). The 2 boys of 10 - 15 would be Daniel (age 14, born in 1786) and Samuel (age 10, born in 1790). The 2 girls under 10 would be Elizabeth (age 3, born in 1797) and Sophia (age < 1, born in 1800). The two girls of 10 - 15 would be Sarah (Salome) (age 15, born in 1785) and Catherine (age 12, born in 1788) . Susannah (#20) was not born until 1802.]

Margaret's husband died in 1802, just 6 weeks after the birth of Susannah (#20). [Note: After Peter's death, at 40 years of age and having just given birth to a baby, Margaret was forced to assume all responsibility in raising ten children, ages 6 weeks to 17 years. Seventeen year old Sarah, must have had a lot of responsibility helping take care of her baby sister and younger siblings. In 1802, the oldest sons (ages 16 and 12 years) would have had to assume the farming chores. All of the children must have been forced to grow up fast.]

"The age of the 'Stoney Lick' house is not known. We do know that several families lived there and buried their young and old in the farm cemetery before Daniel (1736) purchased the property. [Note: Daniel (#76) was Peter's father.] The summer kitchen was not completely constructed at the time of Peter’s death. This was the last room to be added and it contains a huge fireplace built from the native stone that encompasses the entire north side of the room. Yes, the house was primitive but constructed of sturdy logs filled with chinking which is a composition of lime, sand, stone, and water. The ceiling rafters of the upper and lower rooms were bare and black from the wood-burning stoves. Each level of the house contained four rooms and a porch that extended the length of the house. " [Note: "Stoney Lick" is where Margaret raised her children.]

Below: "Stoney Lick" Farm. The source of this photograph is The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802, compiled by Ruthella Bussard and published by Jeanne Bussard Workshop, 101 West South Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701 in 1974. p. 12.

"Only those who have experienced the loss of a companion can totally understand the experiences Margaret must have endured in raising nine children to adulthood or the pangs that she felt at the time that Samuel, Sarah, Catherine, and Susannah prepared for their westward ventures."


Below: [Note: Peter’s will describes his desire to leave all of his real and personal property to Margaret.] His will and a transcript of same follow. The source of the will for this website is The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802, compiled by Ruthella Bussard and published by Jeanne Bussard Workshop, 101 West South Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701 in 1974. p. 7-9.


"In The Name of God Amon..I Peter Bosart --of Frederick County and State of Maryland being Very sick and Weak in body but of a Sound and disproving mind memory and --understanding considering the certainty of Death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to Settle my Worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it may Please God to call me home do therefore make & publish this my last will and Testament in this following manner and form Viz?

First & principally I commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God and my Body to the Earth to be Decently buried at the descretion of my Executria. And after my Debts and funeral charges are paid I Devise and bequeath as follows- I give and bequoath unto my Dearly beloved Wife Margaret all and Singular my Estate both real & Personal whatsoever during her life time or Widowhood--and that she Shall not be Accountable for any part thereof and when my youngest child Arrives to Lawful age or Marriath which first may happen then my Wife provided she remaineth Solo shall be hereby Legally Impowered to sell & Dispose/if she see proper or think fit, all my Estate both real & personal or such part or parcel thereof as she shall think proper at that time. And also to make such Distribution unto my children of my Estate as she may see cause or Judge Proper but and in case my Wife Should die or marry after my Decease Then it is my will and desire that the Power Invested to my wife Shall Desolve on my Executor how in after named and that he may & shall have full power & Legal Authority to sell & convey by Lawful Deed of bargain Sale all my Real Estates and Personal to the best advantage (Excepting what may hereafter be Bequeathed or reserved) And to make Equal distribution thereof unto all my Children to be paid them in Succopion of Age in a Descending line after they come to Lawfull age to be paid to each of them Share & Share alike. And provided a Sale should take place of my Estate by my Executor in time of the minority of any of my children Then I order & Direct that each Childs or childrens Share of my Estate shall be put out at Interest And the Interest thereof or such part thereof as may ____?____ Shall be Applied to the Education and raising of my Children in their minority -- ____?__ incase my wife should Marry after my Decease I give and bequeath unto her ___?__ my Chest Bed and beding with its furniture and Spinning whool which to be in full of her Share and Dower of my Estate both real and Personal whatsoever. And Lastly I’d hereby constitute and appoint my Beloved wife--Margaret--and my Trusty friend Frederick Baker to be the Executrix and Executor of this my last will and Testament and that if my Executric or Executor Shall Sell and Dispose of my Land and promises by Authority in them or either of them Vested by Virtue of this my last Will and Testament likewise to have legal power--to convey the Same by Lawfull Deed of bargain and Sale revoking and annulling all former Wills by me heretofore made ratifying & confirming this and none other to be my last will and Testament. In Testimony __?___ I have ___?__ set my hand and Seal this Twenty third day of May Anno Domim one thousand Eight Hundred and two.

Peter Busort (Seal)

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Delivered by Peter Busort the above named Testetor in and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the Presence of each other have Subscribed our names as _____? _ _?_____-- Joseph Miller, Jacob Williams, Jacob Gotz, Peter Letterman.

Frederick County November 17th 1802 Then came Margaret C.Bosert and Frederick Baker __?__ and made oath on the holy Evangole of Almighty God that the aforegoing Instrument of writing is the __?_____ and whole will and Testament of Peter Buzort late of Frederick County. ___?_____ that hath come to their ___?_____ and __?____ and they do not know on any other.

Geo Hancock Reger ( ?)

Frederick County November 17th, 1802 Peter Leatherman one of those Subscribing witnesses to the aforegoing last will & Testament of Peter Buzart late of Frederick County ____?_____ & Solemnly & Sincerely Affirmed & Declared that he did see the Testetor therein named Sign & Seal this Will At same time came Jacob Williams & Jacob Gatz other two of the Subscribing Witnesses to the aforegoing last-will and Testament of Peter Bosert late of Frederick County Decreed and made Oath on the Holy Evangol of Almighty God that they did see the Testetor therein named Sign and Seal this will that they heard him Publish Pronounce and Declare the same to be his last will and Testament That at the time of his __?____ he was to the best of their apprehensions of a Sound and disposing mind memory and understanding that they respectively Subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the presence & at the request of the Testetor And that they did also see Joseph Miller the other Subscribing Witness sign his name as a witness to said Will in the Presence and at the request of the Testetor and all in the Presence of each other.
George Hancock Reger (?)"


As quoted from The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802, p. 6, compiled by Ruthella Bussard and published by Jeanne Bussard Workshop, 101 West South Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701 in 1974, “Margaret Householder (Bossert) Bussard died intestate the 18th day of March, 1839. Her brother-in-law, Fred Baker was appointed by the court to settle her estate. Bond was furnished by her son and her son-in-law, George Philip Fox.


Below: Photograph of the original markers of Peter and Margaret Bussard at Bussard’s Flat.

Below: A permanent marker was placed at the gravesite by the family around 1942 in honor of Peter and Margaret Bussard. The source of the photograph above and the one at left below is The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802, compiled by Ruthella Bussard and published by Jeanne Bussard Workshop, 101 West South Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701 in 1974. p. 64 & 65. The photograph at right below is courtesy of Find- A -Grave.

The stone transcription:


1761 PETER 1802
1762 - 1839



“Directions to the cemetery from Thurmont, Maryland; turn right on Route 77 and travel west toward Catoctin Mountain Park. Turn left on Catoctin Hollow Road and continue to the Mink Farm Road. Turn right on Mink Farm Road, and the cemetery is located on the first farm to the right.”


Lifetime Events Summary for Maria Margaret Householder:

Margaret's age
Revolutionary War
1775 - 1783
13 - 21
Birth of Children
1785 - 1802
23 - 40
Birth of daughter Susannah Bussard (#20)
Death of her Husband


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