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The Kornmeyer Paternal Family Line


While recently  in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library, I made a quick sojourn into the Kornmeyer family line. If you have been reading my blog you may remember that the Kornmeyers are my husbands paternal line. The first of this line to arrive in the United States was Martin Kornmeyer and his family in October 1850. They had left from the Grandduchy of Baden.as noted in the “Katholisch – Böhringen, Konstanx, Baden” (Catholic Church records)in 1848.


Located in the southern most reaches of Baden,  Böhringen may be found just north west of Konstanz, approximately 10 miles.

Leading west out of Lake Constance is the Rhine River. Munich is northeast of Konstanz.

Josephus Kornmeyer

During my research I found record in “Katholisch – Böhringen, Konstanz, Baden” recording the marriage record for Josephus Kornmeyer and Cecelia Froehlin on 05 May 1735. Then the following children entrants can be found subsequently  by year of the christening.

  • Maria Ursula 02 September 1736
  • Maria Helena 14 March 1738
  • Nicholus 08 December 1740
  • Gregorius  28 February 1743
  • Francisca 26 February 1746

Many entrants in the Catholic Parish records after 1800 show the parents of the bride and groom, this is one way to trace the family line back but this one prior to the 1800 only records the couple and the date. Finding Josephus  and Celcelia parent’s was to take a little more sleuthing.

I was assuming that Josephus was born between 1705 and 1715.

  • I searched the Parish records for Josephus christened during that time period in Böhringen.
  • I searched the Parish records for Josephus christened during that time period in neighboring parish Friedingen
    • Josephus Kornmeyer christened 22 March 1706 son of Gregorius Kornmeyer and Eva Muellerin
    • Josephus Kornmeyer christened 27 July 1706 son of Jacobu Kornmeyer and Maria Bieggerin.

Which couple if either are the parents of our Josephus Kornmeyer? That is a question to be solved another day.

Gregorius Kornmeyer

The following rather poor copy is Josephus and Cecelia’s son Gregorius’s christening in Böhringen, 28 February 1743.



Gregotius Kornmeyer married Anastatia Martinin 24 April 1765. The following children were christened in “Katholisch – Böhringen, Konstanz, Baden”according to their records to Gregorious Kornmeyer and Anastastia (or Anna Maria) Martinin:

  • Joseph
  • Joannes Baptista
  • Ignatios
  • Ana Maria
  • Maria Ana
  • Victoria
  • Josephus
  • Ignaious
  • Anastatia
  • Phillippus Jacobus  b. 1777 m. 1804 Waldburga Meyer d. 13 April 1824
  • Joannes Georgius
  • Fidelis  b.22 April 1782 m. 09 June 1817 Anna Maria Winier d. 20 Aug. 1857
  • Simon  b. 25 October 1783  d. 10 Dec. 1854

Phillippus Jacobus Kornmeyer

In the records of Böhringen, dated from 1818-1885 I have seen the family pages for Phillip  and his brother Fidel.

Phillip and his wife Waldburga Meyer had 13 children.  Number 5 was Martin b. 18 October 1811.

He had a sister Anna Maria b. 19 Jan 1822 who married a Pius Fahr 15 Nov 1847 in Böhringen

She and Pius have the following:

  • Teressia b. 14 Aug. 1849 Berndorf Rheinland Prusia
  • Dionis b. 08 Dec.  1851 Berndorf Rheinland Prusia d. 05 January 1852
  • Dionys b. 10 April 1853 Gottmadingen Konstanz Baden
  • Lenard b. 1856 Gottmadingen Konstanz Baden m. 22 February 1884 Sophie Fahr
  • Josef b. 18 March 1861 Gottmadingen Konstanz Baden
  • Bernard b. 10 Sept 1863 Gottmadingen Konstanz Baden

What I find interesting is that Berndorf is 480km from Gottmadingen Konstanz Baden. and you see by the map above that Gottmadingen is only 7 miles from Böhringen.

So question for the relatives is “did Anna Maria and her husband start out with Martin and his family for America?”

What about the 1848 Baden Revolution?



52 Ancestors ~ #22 Joseph Kornmeyer

Joseph Kornmeyer (2x great grandfather on my husbands paternal line) was born Dec. 7, 1840 in Baden Germany and christened in Boehringen, on Aug 27, 1840. His parents were Martin and Maria Ursula (Uhl) Kornmeyer. Joseph was part of generations of Kornmeyers that are listed in the Catholic Church there in Boehringen.

Joseph Kornmeyer

Joseph Kornmeyer

Map Boehlringen, Baden, German

Location Map Boehringen, Baden, German

This map shows the town circled in red.

The surrounding country side today is still farmlands. It is about 1 mile to the lake below and less then 6.5 miles to Lake Konstanz. Children born to Martin and Maria where: (1) Therese (1835), (2)Martin (1836), (3)Peter (1838), (4) Joseph, (5) Gabriel (1842), (6) Philipp (1844) and (7) Mathilda (1846).

Joseph was 8 in 1848 when the parish records state that the family left for America. His mother had either just died or died on the trip to Rotterdam, where they boarded the Ship Jane E. Williams, for an average 3 month voyage to New York, arriving on October 7, 1850. Wow two years to go from Baden Germany to New York. What hardships did they have on their travels? Were the docks swarming with travelers for the gold fields in California? Was there a lot of illness around them?  I would think that was quite the adventure for a 10 year old boy. I wonder if he was sorry they were leaving everything familiar for the hope of a better life in America?  From my own experience of moving when I was ten, I was quite angry  for several years, and we only moved about 200 miles.

Immigrant Ship

Immigrant Ship


In the 1860 Census for Boonville, New York we find Joseph (19) listed as a farmer the same as his father and the other members of the family. His father has married Rosa Jackle and  Joseph has a new sister listed as Amelia (11) born in New York and a new brother John (5) born in New York. The age for Amelia is probably off as is Phillip’s age which is also listed as 11 and he should be 16 while I would hazard a guess that Amelia is barely 10.

1860 US Census Boonville, New York

1860 US Census
Boonville, New York

In the 1870 census Joseph would be 30. But I have been unable to locate him He married Josephine Isabella Good  in 1868.

Josephine Isabella (Good) Kornmeyer

Josephine Isabella (Good) Kornmeyer

They had three children only one lived to raise a family of their own. Fredrick Joseph Kornmeyer was born July 7, 1869 in Hawkinsville, New York, Mary Louisa was born December 26  1871 and died a little over 4 mos. later on May 2, 1872.


Mary Louise Kornmeyer Daughter of Joseph and Josephine Kornmeyer source: Find a Grave photo by Joseph Pfeiffer Jr.

Mary Louise Kornmeyer
Daughter of Joseph and Josephine Kornmeyer
source: Find a Grave
photo by Joseph Pfeiffer Jr.





Their third child George Lewis Kornmeyer was born  19 June 1873.

Four months later Joseph Kornmeyer died  at 33 years of age on 13 October 1873.

Joseph Kornmeyer source: Find a Grave photo by Joseph Pfeiffer Jr.

Joseph Kornmeyer
source: Find a Grave
photo by Joseph Pfeiffer Jr.




His son George dies the following year on 28 June, 1874,

George L. Kornmeyer son of J & JL Kornmeyer source: Find a Grave photo by Joseph Pfeiffer Jr.

George L. Kornmeyer
son of J & JL Kornmeyer
source: Find a Grave
photo by Joseph Pfeiffer Jr.


and Josephine died three years later, 27 August 1877.





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