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KALLMEYER - FROESCHNER CONNECTION: When research began, the marriage of immigrant Wilhelmina Kallmeyer to immigrant Theophil Froescher, as they were called in St. Louis, Missouri was known. Wilhelmina had a sister Friederika Kallmeyer who was called "Tanna Ricka" by both the Theophil and Fredrich/Fred Froechner families . Immigrant Fred Froeschner was a brother to the immigrant Theophil Froescher who was Wilhelmina Kallmeyer's husband. Friederika Kallmeyer's husband was the son of the immigrant brother Fred Froeschner and also went by Fred/Friedrich. Such a family knot.

Wilhelmina and Friederika had two more sisters who immigrated and were married in the United States. Sister Charlotte Kallmeyer married Henry Boss. Sister Louise Kallmeyer married Henry Alsmeyer.

FIRST IMMIGRANT FIND: Indexed in the same volume of Germans to America and same ship as Theophil Froeschner and his wife Wilhelmine (Kallmeyer) Froeschner and son Theophil Froeschner was a male Kallmeyer. At age 19, "Heinrich" Kallmeier, printer, immigrated on 23 May 1890 to the port of New York on the Munchen. The identity of this Heinrich Kallmeyer was unknown.

KALLMEYER - FROESCHNER CONNECTIONS IN GERMANY: In addition to the family relationships known in the United States, a trip to Hilter am Teutoberger Wald, Germany, let us acquire the birth record for infant immigrant Theophil Wilhelm Friedrich Froeschner and the marriage of his parents Luise Wilhelmine Henriette "Wilhelmina" Kallmeier and Albert Herman Theophil "Theophil" /Froeschner. In the Rathaus where these records were copied, a diorama on the top floor showed a building with the Kallmeyer surname back in the 1700's. The tiny house still existed in the town near the church. The church yard had a family plot with a Kallmeyer stone. One farmhouse we photographed was called Natrup, which much later was found to be a Kallmeyer farm.

PUTTING TOGETHER THE KALLMEYER FAMILY: Consensus showed that Charlotte, Louise, and Friederike (Tanna Ricka) Kallmeyer, sisters of Wilhelmina Kallmeyer Froeschner Hansen had come to St. Louis. After finding census records showing two of the sisters still unmarried while living in St. Louis, I began to wonder how these three young women had traveled alone from Germany.

The clue came from the death record for Theophil Froeschner found in the St. Louis Public Library. The record said that he was buried in Zion Cemetery and gave his address at death was in what is now downtown St. Louis. No Zion Cemetery with stones was found in the area.

Much later my husband and I were driving down St. Charles Rock Road in suburban St. Louis when I saw a Zion Cemetery! We drove in. Right next to the road was a stone with the surname Alsmeyer. Up close the stone's inscription showed the name of Louise Alsmeyer, sister of Wilhelmina Kallmeyer Froeschner. And next to it were a William Kallmeyer and Wilhelmina Kallmeyer of the right age to be the parents of the Kallmeyer sisters and two adult men who were of the right age to be brothers - buried in the Zion Cemetery in St. Louis. The brothers were a Johann Heinrich Kallmeyer and a Fred Kallmeyer What a find.

SECOND IMMIGRANT FIND! William and Wilhelmina Kallmeyer and two of their daughters Louise and Ricka immigrated from Breman, Germany on the ship Hohenzollern to the port of New York in November 1891.

THIRD IMMIGRANT FIND! Since only two Kallmeyer daughters came with their parents, what about the third one, Charlotte Kallmeier? A ship's record showed that she had left Bremen Germany on the Karlsruhe and arrived at the Port of New York, New York on 6 May 1891. She was not listed with a family member, apparently had come alone to the port of New York at the age of 18. So we're were back to square one with Charlotte. Why would she have come alone to the US? And before her parents?

Her arrival was in May 1891, shortly before her oldest brother known as "Friedrich" died in September of that year and before her parents and siblings came in November of that same year. A final discovery was made that she came on the same ship as the Friedrich Froeschner family. (Finding the Friedrich Froeschner family was difficult as it was indexed with an initial "T".) Charlotte was in Compartment VII with others traveling alone, and her destination was Missouri. The Friedrich Froeschner family was in Compartment VI with other families, and their destination was Missouri. So here is another Kallmeyer - Froeschner connection.

Incidentally, just as in the arrival of William and Wilhelmina Kallmeyer's oldest daughter Wilhelmina Kallmeier Froeschner and family and their son known as Heinrich, the port of arrival of these two "Kallmeyer ships" was New York, but the immigration list indicated that the ships went to Baltimore, Maryland.

KALLMEIER/KALLMEYER ANCESTORS IN HILTER: A contact Uwe Hamaan in Hilter sent birth records for the whole William Kallmeyer family came to the U.S. from Hilter and another generation back from them in the same village. Hilter Church documents from the LDS library gave some christening records and some additional information.

SPELLING THE NAME: The name was spelled KALLMEIER as a signature in the marriage cerificate for "Wilhelmina" Kallmeier and "Theophil" Froeschner in Hilter, Germany, and in the register of the Zion Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. It was spelled KALLMEYER in the church (kirche) records in Hilter, Germany, and in the Census records in the US. Some of the Hilter records show what looks like tiny line or an apostrophe above the y in Kallmeyer. What does this mean? I think that the letter y was originally the two letters ij together.

QUESTIONS: Why are the ships on which the Kallmeyers and Froeschners came to the US on the Baltimore Passenger List, but documented as arriving at the Port of New York? (Did they arrive in New York and the documentation was kept at an office in Baltimore? Or did they officially arrive in New York and then stay on the ship to go on to Baltimore?)

Have I correctly sorted out that the Heinrich Kallmeyer on the same ship Muenchen as the Theophil Froeschner family was the Kallmeyer brother who later married and seemed to go by Heinrich in the US? Or by Johann Heirich when he was buried in Zion Cemetery?

What is the meaning of y with a dot or appostrophe in the Kallmeyer records in Hilter? The letter y seems to be a combination of the two letter ij.

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Theophil Frank Albert "Ted" Froeschner and Shirley Helen Ogier Froeschner whose conversations explained that Wilhelmina Kallmeier Froeschner Hansen and her three sisters came to St. Louis, and our real treasure the Picture Book of Froeschner Ancestors with exact dates for each ancestor, Gayle Schfluetzel who shared her extensive research that also confirmed that Wilhelmina Kallmeier Froeschner Hansen and her three sisters came to St. Louis, and to Donna James who confirmed that the Kallmeyers buried in Zion Cemetery in St. Louis were indeed the parents and brothers of Wilhelmina Kallmeier Froeschner Hansen, to Donna's mother Laverne Klaus Buchardt, who passed on family knowledge and helped with the research, and to Uwe Hamaan who is doing the genealogy of Hilter, Germany, and sent and sent the full names, birth dates, and another generation of Kallmeyer ancestors in Hilter extracted from church records.

Please contact me by email: Jeanette@Martin-Froeschner.net

updated 22 May 2015