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77. Daniel Bussard (Bossert) (Bosserd)(Buzard): (Married: Sophia Elizabeth Renner (#78), 25 March 1760).

Born: 14 March 1736 in Germany (Alsace-Lorraine) of Unknown Father, possibly Peter (#153) & Unknown Mother (#154).(In her book, The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802, compiled 1970-1974 and published by Jeanne Bussard Workshop, 101 West South Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701 in 1974, p. iii, Ruthella Bussard explains that Daniel was born 14 March 1736 and married Sophia on 25 March 1760. She also states on that page that "German families tended to name the first son for the paternal grandfather and the second son for the father which accounts for the fact that many cousins share the same names. If the Bussard family remained traditional, Daniel's father's name was Peter." Peter Bussard (Bossert) (Busort) (Bosert) #39) was the name of Daniel's and Sophia's first son.)
The Find a Grave Website states that Daniel was born March 14, 1735 in Alsace, France.

Died: 1 April 1814, he is buried in Stoney Lick Farm Cemetery, Frederick, Maryland. According to The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802 p. 66, “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.”
The Find a Grave Website states that Daniel died on March 3, 1814 in Foxville, Frederick County, Maryland.


[His siblings, if any, are unknown.]

Miscellaneous: In the Prologue to The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802, there is reference to a book titled History of Frederick Baker, Jr., written by Reverend Raymond Carl Maxwell. In that book, Reverend Maxwell recorded data from an "old German Bible" which had been inscribed by a "W. Bussard." The reason that the Bible had probably been in the possession of Frederick Baker is that he had served as mediator and administrator on a number of the Bussard's legal transactions, and he was married to Susanna Bussard, a daughter of Daniel. In his book, Reverend Maxwell included the date of Daniel's birth and marriage date to Sophia Renner. He also stated that Daniel Bussard was 13 years of age and Sophia Renner was 9 when they arrived at a port in Baltimore, Maryland, on the same sailboat in the year 1749. [Note: Ruthella Bussard in her book states, "Without a 'shadow-of-a-doubt, I do believe that Daniel did arrive in a Maryland port on a freight boat, migrated into Pennsylvania to a German-speaking county inhabited by families of the same name, saved his money to become an owner of numerous acres of land, following his naturlization." p. 4. "Unfortunately there are no extant passenger lists from any port in Maryland for the year 1749."p. iii]

This letter below certifies Daniel's naturalization papers. This image is from 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. v.

The following information is quoted from The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802, p. iv:

“One Daniel Bussart was naturalized in Philadelphia March 15, 1764. He was from Cumru Township in Berks County. One reason why Daniel may have delayed his naturalization until the age of twenty-eight is that the Queen Anne Act made it very difficult for the immigrant. Statue 13 under George II provided a simpler mechanism for naturalizing the great numbers of people than was provided by cumbersome and doubtless expensive private Acts of the various Colonial Assemblies by giving those qualified by a seven year residence in any colony the right of natural-born subjects of Great Britain upon their taking the prescribed oaths before the Chief Judge or other Judges of the Colony wherein they had resided. Special provision was made for an affirmation in place of the oath to be made by Quakers, and both Quakers and Jews were exempt from the obligation of receiving the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper within three months of their taking the oath or making the affirmation. A payment of two shillings was charged for every naturalization.”

Page 1 of The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard1761-1802 states, “Sophia Renner and Daniel Bossert were married March 25, 1760, exactly four years prior to his naturalization. Peter Bussard (Bossert) (Busort) (Bosert) (#39) and Elizabeth were born at the time the family resided in Cumru Township of Berks County in the Province of Pennsylvania."

"Soon after qualifying for his right as a natural-born subject of Great Britain, Daniel moved his family to Robison Township and purchased land."

"Daniel’s name appears as Bosserd and Buzard, respectively on the 1767 and 1768 tax lists; he was not listed in 1769. Daniel sold his farm April 7, 1769."

"Daniel requested that the following deed be recorded, January 14, 1771. ‘To wit. This indenture was this fifteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-one between Henry Elder of Frederick County and Province of Maryland...’ ‘Consideration of the sum of two hundred pounds, current money of the Province of Pennsylvania to him in hand.’ This tract of 90 acres called ‘Hammond’s Strife’ in Frederick County is the first documented land purchased by Daniel, and he paid the Lord Baltimore tax of 3 shillings and one-half pence. ‘Hammond’s Strife’ laid within the Liberty election district and near Little Pipe Creek. It is unknown if Daniel and Sophia lived on any of the property that was purchased. It is known that he was a tenant farmer on Lot 34 of the Monocacy Manor in 1781 which was the time the Manor was divided to 85 different parties. This particular parcel of land was sold to Major J. Gist who rented to Daniel."

This image above is a copy of Daniel's deed and was copied from 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. 2.

"On January 1, 1774 Daniel purchased 100 acres for 100 pounds and this tract of land was called ‘Modern’s Choice’ and was located near the ‘Stoney Lick’ farm which he purchased ten years later. ‘Grindstone Rock’ was purchased from Isaac Miller. On the 6th of May, 1775, ‘Herd’s Quarters’ and part of ‘William’s Neglect’ were purchased, and on the 8th of June of the same year, Daniel added 107-3/4 acres of ‘William’s Neglect’ to total 136-3/4 acres. These tracts of land also border little Pipe Creek. Seven years following the acquisition of ‘Stoney Lick,’ Daniel purchased 121-1/2 acres of the Monocacy Manor that was patented to John Beall.”

The following are excerpts from The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802 p. 3

“Stoney Lick” was purchased in 1784 by Daniel Bussard for the sum of three hundred and twenty pounds of current money from the Province of Pennsylvania. Daniel sold “Stoney Lick” June 11, 1791 to his son, Peter Bussard (Bossert) (Busort) (Bosert) (#39) , and it remained in the Bussard family one hundred and one years."

"Daniel's family experienced the era in which the Colonies rapidly began to drift from a commercial war to the formation of an army in order to fight for Colonial independence. On January 24, 1775, a Country Government functioned at the Frederick Court House, and a committee was organized to purchase arms and ammunition and to collect 1,333 pounds for the American cause. The Committee agreed that every person who enjoyed the benefit of their own religion and protection by the law should contribute two shillings and six pence per week or serve in the military if between the age of sixteen and and fifty years."

"Miss Mary C. Lipham, Archivist I, checked the indexes for Military Records, Revolutionary Papers, Revolutionary Records and Colonial Wars, and Archives of Maryland XVIII and found no listing for Daniel Bussart (Bossert) (Buzzard) or for his son, Peter. Among the list of ‘Non enrollers’ was Daniel Buzard who was fined six pounds and ten shillings in the year 1776. The reason why Daniel did not enroll is unknown, but we do know that he had a number of growing youngsters and that Mary was born August of 1776. This is not a valid reason for not serving as one may be certain that a number of fathers with large families did enroll. Tobacco was the main crop grown on Daniel’s farms and certainly he helped to keep the troops in Maryland well supplied with this commodity.”

Above: This is a photograph of the family cemetery at Stoney Lick Farm. (Copied from p. 65 of The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802). Buried at this cemetery are Daniel, Peter Bussard (Bossert) (Busort) (Bosert) (#39), and other of Daniel’s descendants . Note; Sophia, Daniel’s wife, is not buried in this cemetery. He preceded her in death by 12 years and she is buried in the Glade Valley Cemetery.

Daniel and Sophia had 12 children: Peter (#39), Elizabeth, Barbara, Abraham, Daniel, John, Mary, Susanna, Solomon, Catherine, Indah, and Phillip.

In an excerpt from page 4 of The Genealogy of Peter Bossert-Bussard 1761-1802, after Daniel's death, "The Orphan's Court examined and passed on Frederick Baker's payment of all accounts as of May 2, 1814. Sophia received 425 pounds, 3 shillings and 3- 1/2 pence. Each child received 71 pounds, 10 shillings and 6-1/2 pence. Those heirs as listed are as follows: Peter Bussard’s heirs; Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Stimmel, Jr.; Barbara, wife of John Henderson; Abraham; Daniel, Jr.; Philip; Mary, wife of John Exline; John; Catherine, wife of Samuel Bauger; Soloman; Susanna, wife of Frederick Baker; Indah, wife of Henry Dairy.”

Concerning the spelling of Bussard, “Strassburger and Hinke’s volumes, Pennsylvania German Pioneers give alternate spellings of Bussard as: Bossart, Boshart, Bossard, Bossert, Possart, and Bushart. Daniel’s naturalization document uses Bussart; the first deed is a combination of English and German as written by Daniel, 1736; Bossert remained in Frederick County where the German influence was great until 1830. When the family attended to legal duties, the English recorded the name as Bussard, Buzard, or Buzsard. The majority of our family adhere to the spelling, Bussard.”

Lifetime Events Summary for Daniel Bussard

Daniel's age
Arrived at Port of Baltimore, Maryland
Birth of Children
1761 - 1788
25 - 52
Birth of son, Peter Bussard (#39)
Revolutionary War
1775 - 1783
39 - 47
War of 1812
1812 - 1815
76- Death


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