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Clara Maria Kuhlmann

Clara Maria Kuhlmann

Female 1817 - 1890  (73 years)

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  • Name Clara Maria Kuhlmann 
    Born 01 Jan 1817  Buer, district Groenenberg, prince-bishopric Osnabrueck, Hannover Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 01 Feb 1890 
    Buried Possibly Foristell or Wentzville Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I75  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2014 

    Father Heinrich Wilhelm Kuhlmann,   b. Abt 25 Jun 1780, Buer, district Groenenberg, prince-bishopric Osnabrueck, Hannover Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1823, Wetter, district Groenenberg, prince-bishopric Osnabrueck, Hannover Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Catherine Margaret Meyer Bockbreder,   b. Sep 1797, , , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1870, , St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 27 Jan 1815  St. Martini Church, Buer, district Groenenberg, prince-bishopric Osnabrueck, Hannover Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • REF: Dietmar Preuss 1/31/2009
      St. Martini Church Records, Buer, district Groenenberg, prince-bishopric Osnabrueck, Hannover
      1815/4 Trauung [Wedding]
      27.1.1815 in Buer
      Henr. Wilh. Kuhlmann,
      Vater Heuerling in Wetter [Father: Land Renter in Wetter]
      und Cath. Mar. Meyer
      Vater: Bockbr. W(itwer) Ant. Henr.
      [Father: Anton Henrich Bockbreder ? Widower]
    Family ID F46  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Frederick William Bredenkamp, I,   b. 27 Jan 1825, , , Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Mar 1899, East St. Louis, St. Clair, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 11 May 1853  New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Information from Bredenkamp Family Bible

      REF: Glenn
      Willhelm Bredenkamp and Maria Kemper married May 11, 1853 by a Ev. Lutheran Minister named Claus. Records from Saint Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, New Melle, Mo.
    Children 
     1. Frederick William Bredenkamp, II,   b. 11 May 1855, Forristel or Wentzville, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Feb 1921, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     2. Maria Caroline Bredenkamp,   b. 09 Jan 1859, , St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1911  (Age 52 years)
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F44  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Franz Henry Kemper,   b. Abt 1816, Melle, Hannover Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1852, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Married 25 May 1839  St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • REF: Marriage Records of St. Louis and St. Louis Co., 1806 - 1965, Volume 02 / Page 158
      "State of Missouri. County of St. Louis. I certify that I have this day joined in the holy bonds of matrimony Mr. Franz Henry Kemper of Melle & Miss Clara Mary Kohlmann of Buer, Hannover. Certified by me, this twenty fifth day of May A. D. 1839. G. W. Wall German Protestant Preacher. Filed 31st May & Recorded 1st June 1839. Jn. Ruland Recorder."
    Children 
     1. Frederick William Kemper,   b. 05 May 1840, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Henry Kemper, Jr.,   b. 28 Jan 1843, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Gerhard Frederick Kemper,   b. 28 Jan 1843, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1852, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     4. David Victor Kemper,   b. 15 Apr 1845, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1852, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     5. Catherine Louise Kemper,   b. 15 Apr 1845, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1852, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     6. Catherine Marie Kemper,   b. 31 Oct 1847, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Mar 1931  (Age 83 years)
     7. Frederick William Kemper,   b. 04 Feb 1850, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1852, New Melle, St. Charles, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     8. John Kemper,   b. Abt 1852
    Family ID F45  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Clara Maria Kuhlmann
    Clara Maria Kuhlmann

  • Notes 
    • Three of Clara's younger children (boys) from her marriage to Henry Kemper died during the cholera epidemic in 1840s as well as Henry.
      Clara may be of Indian heritage - Aunt Pearl per Mervel
      This family folklore persisted until I was able to gather the source data showing that Clara was born in Germany. What probably started this rumor is the picture of Clara where she "looks" Indian. In my research I found that some of the women from Buer, Germany have similar facial shapes (thin, high cheekbones).

      REF: 1850 St. Charles City, MO Census
      LN HN FN LAST NAME FIRST NAME AGE SEX RACE OCCUP. VAL. BIRTHPLACE
      22 17 27 Kemper Elizabeth 20 F . . . MO

      REF: Marriage Records of St. Louis and St. Louis Co., 1806 - 1965, Volume 02 / Page 158
      Franz Henry Kemper married Clara Mary Kohlmann on May 25, 1839

      REF: Glenn Feb 13, 2001
      May have found something for you here it is:
      FRANZ KAMPER
      and
      CLARA KUHLMANN
      all their children were baptized at Saint Paul Ev. Lutheran Church
      New Melle, Missouri
      I will get a complete listing of the children to you, this will help in establishing their birth and christening dates.
      Also I found:
      WILHELM BREDENKAMP
      and
      MARIA KEMPER
      married MAY 11, 1853
      by a Ev. Lutheran Minister named CLAUS.

      I will get you all this information, I was in a hurry today and only wrote down the names and dates.
      The family folklore may have it's tale some what straight, the Kemper family could have suffered their losses during a cholera epidemic but it wasn't in the early 1840's. The time doesn't fit I strongly believe it was the epidemic of the early 50's.

      If this is your ancestors dismiss the American Indian theory on Miss Clara, I have KUHLMANN in my line also and they were pure Prussian(German). I am positive that the marriage that took place in 1853 is that of your FREDERICK WILLIAM and CLARA M. KEMPER, I am sure you know WILHELM is German for William and Maria is correct for Mary. Like most Germans they had several first names and they picked the one they liked. For example Clara, she might have been baptized CAROLINE CLARA MARIA, the three names more than likely came from the godmother and her name was CAROLINE CLARA was her given name and MARIA was her baptismal name. It was not unusual for all the females in the family to bear the name MARY(Maria). And KAMPER/KEMPER the Minister wrote it as he thought it sounded to him. I have a surname in my Ancestry of HEI, I have found it Hay, Hey, Ahe.
      Also don't be surprised and I hope you are that the probate record of 1843 maybe that of Henry Kemper's father. Clara would have been in her 30's when she married FREDERICK BREDENKAMP, I figured her first marriage took place about 1841-42 she was about 18 maybe 20 so her birth was in the 1820's. I am positive she was not widowed long not with small children. At the time of our Ancestors there was a saying "A husband or wife would walk in church behind their spouse's casket and walk out with a dozen proposals or engaged to be married." One of my Ancestors was widowed in January 1850 and in Aug. 1850 he was married to a woman who was widowed in July of 1850.

      Hope I gave you more help and I will get and copy the baptismal records and marriage record for you.
      Take care and hope to see you on the screen soon.

      REF: Glenn Feb 14, 2001

      Doug;
      KEMPER CHILDREN;

      FREDERICK WILLIAM born: 5, MAY 1840 baptized: 15,May 1840
      GERHARD FREDERICK born: 28, Jan. 1843 baptized: 28, Jan.1843
      DAVID VICTOR born: 15, April 1845 baptized: 28, April 1845
      CATHERINE LOUISE born: 15, April 1845 baptized: 28, April 1845
      CATHERINE MARIE born: 31, October 1847 baptized: 31, Oct. 1847
      FREDERICK WILLIAM born: 4, February 1850 baptized: 1, April 1850

      FREDERICK BREDENKAMP
      and
      MRS. MARIA KEMPER
      married: 11, March 1853

      BREDENKAMP CHILDREN:
      FREDERICK WILLIAM born: 28, May 1856 baptized:28, May 1856
      MARIA CAROLINE born: 9, January 1859 baptized: 9, January 1859

      All the above came from the records of Saint Paul Ev. Lutheran Church New Melle, Mo.
      Found a few other dates that maybe the death dates of some of the children.
      FREDERICK WILLIAM KEMPER died: 4, April 1862 no age was given or date of birth.
      CATHERINE LOUISE KEMPER died: 30, April 1876 ************************************
      In one record the surname of BREDENKAMP is written BREITENKAMP
      Hope this bit of inf. helps.

      REF: Census
      1850 Federal Census for District 78, St. Charles County, Missouri lists her as Caroline M. Kemper, age 32
      1860 Federal Census for St. Charles County, Missouri (page 61) Lists her as Mary Bradencamp, age 43, and born in Norway

      REF: History of St. Louis County, Missouri by William L. Thomas 1911 two volumes
      Kuhleman, Henry ...............[Thomas 1]............ 167
      Kuhlmann, Emma ................[Thomas 2]............ 365
      Kuhlmann, F. W. ...............[Thomas 1]........ 214,243
      Kuhlmann, Joseph ..............[Thomas 1]............ 123

      REF: IGI at FamilySearch.org
      MARIE LOUISE KUHLMANN
      Birth: 17 MAY 1818
      Christening: 24 MAY 1818 Evangelisch, Gehlenbeck, Westfalen, Preussen
      Father: FRIED. WILHELM KUHLMANN
      Mother: CATHRINE WILH. MEYERS

      MARIA ELISABETH KUHLMANN
      Birth: 27 MAR 1815 Buer, Westfalen, Preussen
      Father: ANTON KUHLMANN OR KULMANN
      Mother: MECHTHILD MAAS OR MAES

      REF: Early (pre 1900) St. Louis Places of Worship by David A. Lossos, (December 2, 2002)
      http://genealogyinstlouis.accessgenealogy.com/earlychurches.htm
      Trinity German Evangelical Lutheran Church
      Bishop Martin Stephan and 700 Lutherans arrived via steamboats in 1839. Stephan was expelled, and Otto Hermann Walther was the pastor of the congregation that worshiped in Christ Episcopal Church and which later became Trinity Church, the first German Lutheran church in St. Louis. His brother, Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther, succeeded him upon his death, and for 48 years was the dominant figure in the Lutheran movement. In 1842 they occupied a chapel on Lombard between 3rd and 4th. They relocated at 8th and Lafayette in 1865. The 1896 tornado destroy the church built in 1865, and reconstruction began immediately. Located at 1805 S. 8th Street, 63104)

      The steamboat era began in Saint Louis on July 27, 1817, with the arrival of the "Zebulon M. Pike." Rapids north of the city made Saint Louis the northernmost navigable port for many large boats, and Pike and her sisters soon transformed St. Louis into a bustling boomtown, commercial center, and inland port. By the 1850s, Saint Louis had become the largest U.S. city west of Pittsburgh, and the second largest port in the country, with a commercial tonnage exceeded only by New York.

      REF: SCCHS website
      Femme Osage UCC Church
      Femme Osage, Mo.
      Baptisms
      1834-1890
      Last Name First, Middle Date
      KAEMPER Gerh. Heinrich 28 Jan 1843
      KAEMPER Heinrich Daniel Vic. 5 Apr 1845
      KEMPER Cath. Louise 24 Apr 1845

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] 1860 U. S. Census, National Archives and Records Administration, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Callaway Township, St. Charles County, Missouri, Roll 644, p 561.

    2. [S81] Marriage Records of St. Louis and St. Louis County, Missouri, 1806 - 1965, Volume 2 / Page 158.