Note: Although all the Förtmeiers who immigrated to the US changed the spelling of their name to Foertmeyer, on this page the original German spelling is used for anyone who once went by that spelling - chf


The passenger list showing the arrival of Adolph, Doris, Louis and Georg Förtmeier shows that they came on the ship Hammonia. The captain was Schwensen. It was a German ship, dampfschiff class, and their accomodations were Zweite Kajute...second cabin. They departed Hamburg on 24 Aug 1861 on the ship Hammonia and arrived in New York...not sure of date. Adolph's age is reported as 29, Doris is 59, Louis and Georg are 7. Adolph was the fourth child of Doris Georg Förtmeier, Louis is Louis Charles Förtmeier, Doris's youngest child and my great grandfather, and George is the bastard son of the oldest daughter, Dorothee Luise Förtmeier, B: 02 Jun 1826 in Essern, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Bertha & Carl came in 1856 via:
Ship President Smidt
Bremen, Germany to Baltimore, Maryland 
25 October 1856
12*  Carl Förtmeier   15    M  Merchant         
          Bohnhorst          Cincinaty   
264  Bertha Förtmeier 17    F  Semstress        
            Bohnhorst          Cincinaty 
*12     Umlauted y in Förtmeier. (actually the o)CHF

The Ship Olbers.
In 1851 Dorothea Luise Förtmeier and her younger sister Emma Luise Bertha Förtmeier landed at New Orleans on the ship Olbers.

As I said elsewhere, contrary to popular thought, all Germans did not settle in “Over-the-Rhine” Cincinnati. By far the vast majority of Förtmeiers settled into the lower west side of Cincinnati and northward to Cumminsville:



The earliest Förtmeier residences, I could find, were from the 1850-1860s. Most of the addresses were marked as "boarding at". Later they seemed to have actual residences, for instance the family is listed as living at 157 Smith Street, and then in 1880 they are listed nearby at 166 Smith Street.  These two addresses were somewhere in the vacinity just northwest of Paul Brown Stadium, around 5th Street.

    PARENTS                      SHIP              YEAR
Dietrich Friedrich Förtmeier   - Died in Germany 
Ilsa Dorothea "Doris" Georges  - Hammonia          1861
Dorothee Luise Förtmeier       - Olbers            1851 
    Son: Georg Förtmeier       - Hammonia          1861
Luise Mathilde Förtmeier       - Died in Germany   26y3m
Georg Eduard Förtmeier         - Johann George     1846
Wilhelm Adolph Förtmeier       - Schiller          1849
William Charles Förtmeier      - ______________    1850
Emma Luise Bertha Förtmeier    - Olbers            1851
Friedericke Bertha Förtmeier   - President Smidt   1856
Carl Heinrich Förtmeier M.D.   - President Smidt   1856
Anne Caroline Sophie Förtmeier - Died in Germany   2y4m
Louise Friedericke Förtmeier   - Died in Germany   0Y5m
Louis Charles Förtmeier        - Hammonia          1861
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In the 1890s the several Förtmeier families are listed as living on Barr Street, Carlisle Street, Hopkins, and other streets in the "West End" of Cincinnati. The yellow dot on the map below, according to the Hamilton County Auditor's maps, is where 620 Mound was located, the home of Clara O. Foertmeyer.




From 1890 to 1895 the family address, including Charles George Foertmeyer MD, is listed as 519 Chase. It is listed that way for each of those years, so I assume it is accurate, but in 1896 their address changes to 1555 Chase Avenue. Since Chase Avenue ends at Spring Grove Cemetery in the number 1210, and Spring Grove Cemetery was there in 1896, and I can find no other Chase Avenue, past or present, I may conclude that for some reason there was a street number change in 1896. This remains open for further study.


Further study on the matter of the change from 519 Chase Avenue to 1555 Chase Avenue has provided an answer. From the 1896 William’s Directory:




519 or 1555 Chase Avenue


1555 Chase Avenue Today



1555 Chase seems to have remained the family home until at least 1914, when Louis Charles Förtmeier passed away. We know his wife Marie went to live with Charles George Foertmeyer MD’s family at 3562 Shaw Avenue until her death in 1925.


Charles George Foertmeyer MD bought 3562 Shaw Avenue in 1907. I had always thought of this as the childhood home of my father’s older siblings, as well as his own, but not so.


Charles George Foertmeyer MD




3562 Shaw Avenue                                                                                                                         Charles George Foertmeyer MD


So, where had he and his family lived prior to 1907? After all, by 1907 he had a son Louis, a daughter Alma, and Marie on the way to being born in 1908. To be sure, in 1903 he was living at 902 Suire Avenue in Price Hill.



902 Suire Avenue - Charles George Foertmeyer - Louis and Alma Foertmeyer - 1905




After raising his family at 3562 Shaw Avenue from 1907 until 1936, Charles George Foertmeyer MD moved from Hyde Park to 6095 Belleair Place in North College Hill. There he stayed until his passing in 1947, his wife Blanche Cole Foertmeyer staying in the Belleair home until 1952 when she and her oldest son Louis moved into 6427 Cary Avenue, just a few blocks away.



6095 Belleair Place
6427 Cary Avenue

In the Beginning

There is a farm near Stemmer, Germany called the Förthof. According to my friend Manfred Raker, who now lives there, the name Förthof derives from the ford of the stream Rhien (Fört)and hof, a place or courtyard. the name Förtmeier comes from this farm. In a history written in 1948 by Dr. Karl Großmann he writes, "The name reflects the description of the geografic situation. There was a ford over a small creek, nowadays called „Rhien“. The förthof was the crossingpoint at this ford for an old street between the villages „Friedewalde“ and „Stemmer“. The ford and the farm belonged to the area of Friedewalde,so the ford on the way to Stemmer is called „Stemmerfort“ or „Stemmerfurt“. The farm near this „Stemmerfort“ is also called Stemmerfort or Stemmerförde. An other name is „Vortmeyer“ or „Förtmeyer“. A „Meyer"(Farm) is a bigger farm which was at the mercy of an edelman, in this case the bishop of minden, on his residence „Petershagen“. Förtmeyer is the bigger farmer near the ford. It starts after the 30-years-war in 1648. The name „Stemmerfort“ changes to „Fortmeyer“. He describes a person called „Engelke Fortmeyer“, owner of the Förthof as a son of Cord Stemmerfort. The wife of Engelke, called „Dortia Riebrock" was buried at 24.03.1667 with 104 years."

Dr. Grossmann talks about another Fortmeier-Farm in „Messlingen“ (today Meßlingen, 5 km from the „Förthof“), close to Stemmer. There is a „Reinecke Vortmeier“ from the Farm No.15. His descendants are Hinrich, Johann und Johann Cordt. The former one is mentioned as the last „Fortmeyer“ on this farm at about 1753.

Note that in old Germany names can be tricky; Foertmeyer, Förtmeyer, Förtmeier, Vörtmeier, etc. can all be the same family when referenced by different people.

Manfred writes, "I am not really sure if the family-name „Vortmeyer“ or „Förtmeier“ has its origin in „our“ Förthof. But it seems likely because it was not common to locate a second bigger farm next to the same ford. I looked it up at a special german website called At this webside the used data refers to the registered telephone-connection. You can see the distribution of family names in Germany. The name „Vortmeyer“ is most present in the minden area. Another clue…"

Today is March 11, 2019 and Manfred writes that:

" I have found the last inhabitant of the Förthof with the name Förtmeier. It is a woman called Dortia Förtmeier, née Riebrock. The death entry from the church book reads there with date of 24.03.1667: 'Died Engelken Fortmeyer wife Dortia Riebrok, 104 years old.' The woman became 104 years old and was born in 1553 or 1554. That is quite old for this time (with the 30-year war in the middle of life). The husband was called Engelke Fortmeier. Before the death of the old lady, the farm had already passed to the Tüting family, who lived on our farm for over 400 years. Below are photos of the Förthof..."

The Farm's Layout

Although none of these inhabitants of the Förthof are actually named Förtmeier, or any variation of the name, they are still Förtmeiers because they live on the Förthof. Two hundred or more years ago when in this part of Germany you didn't have your own "last name", your name often derived from your geographic location; hence Förtmeiers, those living on the big farm by the ford of the Rhien Creek. That then was who you became in name to distinguish you from other Heinriches in the area. e.g. Heinrich Förtmeier.

The New Förtmeiers

Christmas Supper at the Förthof with the "New Förtmeiers".

The Tannenbaum at the Förthof

Felling old poplar trees at the Förthof. These trees were in danger of falling on the road in a storm.

                                   Our archway has the following inscription:

                                   To this place God has brought me - by his great kindness - to this place 
                                   he has guided me day and night - to keep heart and mind - to here he has 
                                   guided me - to here he has pleased me - to here he has helped me : 378 
                                   Orra Etla Borra. 

                                   Friederrich Wilhelm Tüting and Soffie Dorthe Louise 
                                   Fredekings had this house built by the master Cord H. Cruse.
                                   No. 44 - the 17 June Anno 1845

                                   The first sentence comes from a Protestant hymnbook. The author is Ämilie 
                                   Juliane Gräfin von Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1637-1706). The text appears in 
                                   various hymnbooks of the 19th and 20th century.

                                   On the right side: They wanted to write : ora et labora. Latin: pray and work. 
                                   The knowledge of Latin was obviously not quite sufficient.

                                   The inscription above the entrance indicates the builders and the master builder.
                                   No. 44 is the house number of the farm in Stemmer.

       PS - The arch above the door in the above photo is from 1845, the year the farmhouse was built.

Inscription above door to the left side

Inscription above door to the right side

Entry from the church book of Hartum from the year 1830,
which documents the name Förtmeier with the farm, the Förthof.

Friedrich Wilhelm Tüting, sole legitimate son of the deceased Colon (farmer) Heinrich Tüting or Vörtmeier in Stemmer in the parish Friedewalde with Sophie Dorothea Fredekings of the youngest daughter of the deceased Colon Andreas Fredeking No. 2 in Hartum proclaimed on 26 September to 3 October 1830. The wedding ceremony took place in Friedewalde.

These are the later builders of the current farmhouse. In the entry it becomes clear that the farm name, although the owner family had carried the name Tüting for over 200 years, is still Vörtmeier or Förtmeier, the traditional name of the farm-owners.

This is Germany and inside the red box is the area we came from. Click on this map to enlarge. The town names from whence our ancestors came, as well as the Förthof, are shown there.

Bohnhorst: Where the Förtmeiers emigrated from to the USA and where seven of the Förtmeier children were born
Lavelsloh: Their parish church was here
Essern: The first four Förtmeier children born here
Hanover: Fifth child, Carl Wilhelm born here
Loccum: Birthplace of our thrice great grandfather, husband of Doris Georges, Dietrich Friedrich Wilhem Foertmeyer
Negenborn: Birthplace of Wilhelm Heinrich Mente, our twice great grandfather, husband of Wilhelmena Fricke, and father of Marie Mente who married Louis Charles Foertmeyer, our great grandparents
Schnega: Where Heinrich Mente moved and became a school teacher and from where his children left for America
Neckargemünd: (first map) Home of our Schwartz ancestors