Buffalo East Side: In Search of Pluto Bader (Genealogy)

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In Search of Philip Pluto Bader

The search for Pluto Bader began as a community event 28 March 2000 when Zona Himmelsbach posted a question to NYERIE-L trying to find the web site she'd once stumbled across that listed Pluto Bader as one of those interred. The NYERIE-L archives are "littered" with clues. This page is an attempt to pull those clues into one place.

Over the years, members of the list have attempted to help Zona find Pluto. One breakthrough was had when Dianne Erickson discovered his marriage certificate at St. Joseph's RC church. This confirmed that his real first name was Philip, that he was the son of John and Auguste Baider, and that he was protestant, while his wife was Catholic. Zona subsequently found him in the Buffalo city directories through 1889.

Why "Pluto"? While the bulk of the records referred to below identify our man as "Philip Bader," his name appears as Pluto on the following:

Last Updated: 9 September 2005

What We Know

Where we know he is NOT

Places we may not have checked yet

See further below for long lists of Erie and Niagara County cemeteries.

Unrelated Buffalo Baders (or relationship unknown)

Census Details (click for images)

1850   4th ward, 2 Sep 1850, p. 267 (handwritten), 
p. 386 (stamped), Ancestry.com image 269
           John BAADER, 39, laborer, b. Germany
           Auguste, 34, b. Germany
           Catherine, 14, b. Germany
           Philip, 10, b. Germany
           John, 8, b. Germany
           Cunrad, 4 months, b. NY (therefore b. May 1850?)

1855    not found [they've got to be there somewhere]

1860    7th ward, roll 747, book 1, per Genealogy.com, 
p. 28 (handwritten), p. 248 (stamped) , family 320.
         John BAIDER,  52,  Laborer,  Darmstadt
         Augusta  "   ,      45,
         Philip              20,  Cabinetmaker,  Darmstadt
         John                18,  Cabinetmaker,  Darmstadt
         Conrad              10,              ,  NY

1860 Census M653 Roll 751 Page
Buffalo 12th Ward, New York
Household 557 Family 599
Barnhart Winter Age 51, Male, Laborer, born in Baden
Theresa Winter Age 41, Female, Wife, born in Baden
Francis Winter Age 17, Female, Domestic, born in New York
George Winter Age 15, Male, Laborer, born in New York
Barbara Winter Age 12, Female, born in New York
Lany Winter Age 10, Female, born in New York
Otilia Winter Age 9, Female, born in New York
Kate Winter Age 7, Female, born in New York
Ambrose Winter Age 6, Male, born in New York
John Winter Age 4, Male, born in New York

1865    John BEIDER, 55, Germany, Laborer
            Augusta    "    ,  48, Germany
            Philip        "    ,  25, Germany, engineer
            John          "    ,  23, Germany, turner
            Conrad      "    ,  15,  Erie Cty

1870    BADER, John,  62,  w in planing mill,  H-D
             , Augusta, 52,  keeping house, Hesse Darmstadt
             , Felex, 29, w in planing mill, Hesse Darmstadt
             , Conrad, 19, engineer, New York
1870 Census Microfilm Series M593 Roll 953 Page 731 Line 13
Buffalo 12th Ward, New York
Household 540 Family 612
Bernhardt Winter Age 64, Male, White, Laborer, born Baden
Theresa Winter Age 53, F, White, Keeps House, born Baden
Otilda Winter Age 19, F, White, At Home, born New York
John Winter Age 13, M, White, In School, born New York

The only George Winter from Baden:

1870 Census M593 Roll 953 Page 159 Line 19
Buffalo 7th Ward, New York
Household 125 Family 136
George Winter Age 60, Male, White, Milk Peddler, born Baden
Anna M Winter Age 45, Female, White, Keeping House, born Bav
Johan Winter Age 16, Male, White, Work in Planing Mill, b NY
Christine Winter Age 13, Female, White, At Home, b NY
Barbare Winter Age 11, Female, White, Attending School, b NY
Anna Winter Age 6, Female, White, born New York
George Winter Age 3, Male, White, born New York

There is another Winter from Baden:
1870 Census M593 Roll 953 Page 116 Line 15
Household 1323 includes two families
Family #1856
John Baker Age 39, Male, White, Grocer, born Hesse Darmstadt
Magdalen Baker Age 22, Female, White, Keeping House, born NY
Caroline Baker Age 12, Female, White, born New York
Magdalen Baker Age 9, Female, White, born New York
John Baker Age 1, Male, White, born New York
Family #1857
Barbara Winter Age 45, Female, White, Keeping House, b Baden
August Winter Age 14, Male, White,  born New York
Elizabeth Winter Age 13, Female, White, born New York
Jacob Winter Age Age 10, Male, White, born New York
Edward Winter Age 9, Male, White, born New York

No guarantees, but a good working theory worth investigating 
is 1)Barbara is a widow and 2)Magdalen Baker is her daughter.

1875    3rd Election District, 6th Ward, pg 32, 
        enumerated on 15th June 1875
        Philip BEIDER, 35, Darmstadt, employed in planing mill
        Tillie       "        , 23, Erie, keeping house
        Mary      "        ,  8/12,  Erie

1880     Philip BEDER, 42,  H. Darmstadt, works in planing mill
         Otilly     "        , 28, NY, keeping house
         Mary     "       ,  5 , NY
         Michael  "      ,  2,  NY

1900 Census: Mrs. Mathilda Bitter at 17th Street; 
4 children, 3 living (and they're all living with her, 
and none of them match the names of Pluto & Tillie's children).

Churches from 1894 Map of Buffalo

DEUTSCHE EV. EM. CH. on Hickory St.
SWEDISH EV. LUTH. CH. on Spring St.
  (Between 468 & 476 Spring St.)
  This one is 2 doors down from 482 Spring.
FIRST EV. LUTH. CH.  on corner of Spruce & Sycamore.
  on Michigan between Sycamore & Genesee.
ST. JOHNS LUTH. CHURCH on Hickory w/St. Johns School 
  & Lutheran Orphan Asylum.
GERMAN EV. LUTH. GRACE CH. on corner of Carlton & Rose.
ST. BONIFACE R.C. CHURCH, Locust btw Carlton & Virginia.
MAPLE ST. CHAPEL on corner of Virginia & Maple.
ENGLISH EVAN. LUTH. CHURCH on corner of Tupper & Ellicott.
DUTCH EVAN. ST. PETERS CHURCH, corner of Hickory & Genesee.
GERMAN M.E.CH. on Mortimer just south of George.
EV. REF. SALEM on Sherman St. north of Broadway.
ST. ANNA'S R.C. CHURCH  on Braodway.
GERMAN EV. PROT. ST.MARCUS CHURCH, Oak just south of Tupper.


Additional Sources for Research

    there are 85 cemetery hits...via wnycrawler...

Mount Calvary Cemetery, Inc. 
Burial cards, Lot cards, Lot Books, 
Cemetery Registry Books, Section Maps. 
The collection includes data from 1859 for the 
United German and French Roman Catholic Cemetery; 
from 1925 for Mount Calvary; from 1885 for Buffalo 
Cemetery and 1898 for Ridge Lawn Cemetery.
INQUIRIES: (By Mail Only) Procedure: 
Fill out name search form; Enclose fee; Mail to: 
Historian, Mount Calvary Cemetery, Inc., 
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