the eleven children in my twice great grandfather’s family, eight of them
immigrated to the United States. Also, one grandchild and after Diedrich Förtmeier’s death, so
did his wife, Ilsa Dorothea Georges, my twice great
Diedrich Friedrich Wilhelm FöRTMEIER
b. 21.02.1798 in Loccum
d. 24.05.1861 in Bohnhorst
Stayed in Germany
Alter: 63J (older) Destination Unknown
gestorben: ? (died) Immigrated to Louisville
begraben: 29.05.1861 in Lavelsloh (buried)
Beruf: Schullehrer (Job:
b. 1800 in Negenborn
d. 1864 in Cincinnati
Dorothee Luise FöRTMEIER
b. 1826 in Essern d. 1881 Louisville, KY
Louise Mathilde FöRTMEIER b. 1828 in Essern,
d. 1854 Germany
Georg Eduard FöRTMEIER b. 1830 in Essern, d. 1851 Cincinnati, OH
Wilhelm Adolph FöRTMEIER b. 1832 in Essern
d. 1893 Cincinnati, OH
Carl Wilhelm FöRTMEIER b. 1834 in Essern d. 1907 Cincinnati, OH
Emma Louise Bertha FöRTMEIER b. 1837 in Bohnhorst d.
1894 Northern Kentucky
Friederike Bertha FöRTMEIER b. 1839 in Bohnhorst d.
1904 Cincinnati, OH
Carl Heinrich FöRTMEIER b. 1841 in Bohnhorst d. 1912 Cincinnati, OH
Anne Caroline Sophie FöRTMEIER b. 1843 in Bohnhorst,
d. 1843 Bohnhorst, Germany
1844 in Bohnhorst, d. 1847 Bohnhorst, Germany
Carl Louis FöRTMEIER b. 1849 in Bohnhorst, d. 1914 Cincinnati, OH
b. 1775 in Loccum
Keine Geschwister gefunden!
(No siblings found!)
My thrice great grandfather
Also Immigrated to
Georg Heinrich FöRTMEIER b. 1850 d. 1877 Died of TB
Georg was the illegitimate
son of Dorothee Luise FöRTMEIER
b. 1779 in Loccum
d. 1854 in Bohnhorst
FöRTMEIER m. Johann Adam Pfannmoeller 1855
Dorothee Luise FöRTMEIER
Mathilde FöRTMEIER m. Unknown and stayed in Bohnhorst, Germany d. 1854 at 26 years old
Eduard FöRTMEIER b. 1830 in Essern
Arrives in Cincinnati in 1846 - Dies of pneumonia in 1851
Wilhelm Adolph FöRTMEIER m1. Elizabeth Kirchoff m2. Clara Konnersman in Cincinnati
Carl Wilhelm FöRTMEIER
m. Emily Catherine
“Amelia” Bultman in Cincinnati (William Charles
Emma Louise Bertha FöRTMEIER m.
Stephan Wagner in Cincinnati
Friederike Bertha FöRTMEIER m. Hermann Reum in Cincinnati
Carl Heinrich FöRTMEIER m. Rosa Rentz in Cincinnati
Anne Caroline Sophie FöRTMEIER d. in infancy or stillborn 1843
FöRTMEIER d. a
Carl Louis FöRTMEIER m. Marie S. Mente in
Cincinnati (these are my great grandparents)
and Emma arrived in New Orleans in 1851 on the Olbers.
and Bertha arrived in 1856 on the President Smidt.
Doris, Georg, and Louis arrived 1861 on the Hammonia.
this mean? George was born to Dorothea in 1850. In 1851 Dorothea went to
America without her baby Georg. She must have left
him with Doris (his grandmother) to raise.
When Georg did come in 1861 Dorothea was already married to Johann Pfannmoeller
(1855) and living in Louisville. Emma, who had traveled with her, married
Stephan Wagner in 1860. The 1870 census shows Georg living with Louis and Emil
Mente in Emma's home in Cincinnati. Georg was now 20. Georg died in 1877 from
TB after his wife gave birth to Lillian Foertmeyer in 1876. We can surmise
then that he married between 1870 and 1876. Prior to 1864 Georg probably stayed
with his grandmother Doris. She passed in 1864.
begs the question, why wasn't he reunited with his mother in Louisville?