Our records of the Family Mente goes back to the birth of Eggert Mente, born in 1647
in Germany. He died on 17 May 1729 in Meitze, Germany. Through a yet unknown wife he bore a son named Hans Jurgen Mente born on 18 Oct 1696
in Brelingen, Germany. He died on 16 Jun 1765 in Sprockhof, Garmany. He married Anna Catherine Plumhoff on 17 Nov 1730 in Brelingen, Germany. To this union was born a son named Hans Cord Mente on 10 Mar 1734 in Sprockhoff, Germany. On 4 Dec 1767 he married Ilsa Dorothea Busse in Brelingen, Germany. To Hans and Dorothea was born Johann Dietrich Heinrich Mente on 2 Nov 1786 in Negenborn, Hannover, Germany. He died on 19 Feb 1855 in Brelingen, Germany.
Now this where we pause while the Mente Farm comes into play. Our original belief was that the Mente family was from Schnega, Germany as that is where we knew out twice great grandfather was a school teacher, as was stated in his son Eugene's Autobiography. But Eugene started only as far back as his father. We discovered an old framed photo in the basement of a relative showing a large German style barn (Fachhallenhaus), and the caption read, "Mente Farm, Negenborn Germany". Wow, who knew?
I found a listing in an online German telephone book for two Mentes living at the same address in Negenborn. I wrote to them and received an email back from a Georg Kohne, which read:
"Hello Mr. Foertmeyer,
My name is Georg Kohne, I live in Negenborn in Germany. I have got your letter of Andreas Mente.
I and my family live and still today work on the former Mente farm in Negenborn. The court was managed
from 1673 to 1834 by the family Mente. In 1834 the farm was handed over by Johann Heinrich Mente
to his son-in-law Jügen Heinrich Gerke. From 1834 to 1879 the court was managed by the family Gerke.
Then in 1879 my great-great-grandfather Georg Kohne is married into the family Gerke.
Now since 1879 the court is managed by the family Kohne. We pursue on the court still today
I have added you a few photos of the today's court. Their photo shows the old Farm on the other side
of the street. Middle of 19. century was anew built at his present place."
This is the newer barn on the old Mente Farm (Court)
This is the older barn on the old Mente Farm (Court), and the one we want to pay attention to.
Here is the arch over the old barn's doors. The arch offers some interesting information. Note the name, Cordt Heinrich Mente. Remember Hans Cord Mente, born on 10 Mar 1734? On 4 Dec 1767 he married Ilsa Dorothea Busse, and they had a child Johann Dietrich Heinrich Mente, born in 1786 and died in 1855. In Georg Kohne's letter he stated that from 1673 to 1834 the farm was managed by the Mente Family. The name on the barn (cordt) is primarily Danish, which supports my theory that our ancestors, both Mente and Förtmeier were Frisians who emigrated from Denmark to this region of Germany, which is historically correct. Now, back to the name... Cordt was the father of Johann Dietrich Friedrich Mente (1786-1855) whom Georg states gave the farm to be run by his son-in-law Jügen Heinrich Gerke in 1834. The dates all fit. Also note that on the newer barn appears the name Johann Heinrich Gerke.
But what about the other name on the old barn; Anna Elisabeth Mahers? I believe, and so far no proof, that she was cordt's first wife who died young. Cordt married Ilsa Dorothea Busse in 1767 when he was 33 years old; rather late for a first marriage back then.
So, to Cordt and Ilsa Busse was born a child named Johann Deitrich Heinrich Mente on 2 Nov 1786 in Negenborn and died on 19 Feb 1855 in Brelingen, Germany. Georg wrote that Johann gave up the farm to his son-in-law Jügen Heinrich Gerke in 1834; again the date fits.
Manfred Raker sent me this photo he found of the "Fachwerkhaus" on the old Mente farm. The term Fachwerkhaus means Timbered House. According to Manfred, this type of construction is called a "double-longitudinal transit barn". In layman terms, it's a wagon barn.
Manfred also translated the inscription above the arch above the doors:
"To whom God, through his grace and power, has brought this noble building - he keeps away and protects it for fire, storm and lightning."
Old Barn [A]
Newer Barn [B]
What about the connection to Förtmeier?
Ok, so Johann Dietrich Heinrich Mente married Anna Catherine Dorothee Seinecke on 11 Nov 1805 in Brelingen, Germany. To the couple were born:
Johann Heinrich Friedrich Mente in Negenborn on on 28 Aug 1806
Heinrich Wilhelm Mente in Negenborn on 10 May 1812 and died on 31 Jul 1898 in Luneburg, Germany.
Heinrich Wilhelm Mente married twice, to sisters, Wilhelmena Dorthea Elisabeth Fricke (1842) and Marie Wilheline Sophie Hemriette Fricke (c.1850)
From this point on I'll refer from THIS DOCUMENT, which you can read in total at this link. To continue, the result of the two above marriages are as follows:
HEINRICH WILHELM5 MENTE (Johann Dieterich Heinrich4, Hans Cord3, Hans Jurgen2, Eggert1) was
born on 10 May 1812 in Negenborn, Kingdom Hanover, Germany. He died on 31 Jul 1898 in
Luneberg, Germany. He married (1) WILHELMENA DORTHEA ELISABETH FRICKE, daughter of Johann
Heinrich Tiede Fricke and Catharine Marie "Charlotte" Habichhorst, on 28 Mar 1842 in
Beedenbostel, Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany. She was born on 13 May 1811 in Harpstedt,
Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. She died about 1849 in Germany. He married (2) MARIE
WILHELMINE SOPHIE H ENRIETTE FRICKE, daughter of Johann Heinrich Tiede Fricke and Dorothee
Auguste Habichhorst, about 1850. She was born on 09 Sep 1827 in Harpstedt, Oldenburg,
Lower Saxony, Germany. She died on 02 Jul 1895.
Heinrich Wilhelm Mente and Wilhelmena Dorthea Elisabeth Fricke had the following children:
6. i. LOUIS HENRY MENTE M.D. was born in Dec 1842 in Bavaria, Germany. He died on 29
Mar 1874 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co, Ohio. He married WILHELMINA "MINNIE" SOPHIA
BREITFELD. She was born on 05 Oct 1851 in New Burlington, Hamilton Co. OH. She
died on 10 Apr 1927 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH.
ii. BETTI MENTE was born on 28 Aug 1844 in Germany.
iii. ADOLPH MENTE was born on 15 Feb 1847 in Germany. He died on 03 Oct 1903.
7. iv. MARIE SOPHIA MENTE was born on 06 Nov 1849 in Ehmen Prussia, Germany. She died
on 21 Nov 1925 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co, Ohio (3562 Shaw Ave / Cincinnati (Hyde
Park), Ohio /). She married Louis C. Foertmeyer, son of Dietrich Friedrich Wilhelm
Foertmeyer and Ilse Dorothea "Doris" Georges, on 01 Mar 1871 in Dearborn Co., IN.
He was born on 28 Jul 1849 in Bohnhorst, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. He
died on 12 Jul 1914 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH.
Heinrich Wilhelm Mente and Marie Wilhelmine Sophie Henriette Fricke had the following children:
8. v. EMIL ARNOLD MENTE was born on 18 Jun 1850 in Schnega, Hanover, Germany. He died
on 08 Mar 1930 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH (2050 Beechmont Ave.). He married
MARY CONARD. She was born on 23 Apr 1852 in Highland Co., OH. She died on 30
Sep 1912 in Beechmont, Ave. Mt. Washington, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co. OH.
vi. WILLIAM H. MENTE was born on 24 Aug 1853 in Schnega, Hanover, Germany.
He died on 01 Nov 1927 in Decatur, Illinois.
William H. Mente was buried on 07 Nov 1927 in Spring Grove Cemetery,
vii. ALVIN MENTE was born on 11 Feb 1855 in Ehmen Prussia, Germany. He died
on 23 Jul 1932 in Long Branch, NJ.
Alvin Mente was buried on 26 Jul 1932 in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.
viii. EUGENE WILHELM ULRICH MENTE was born on 24 Jul 1857 in Schnega, Hanover,
Germany. He died on 10 Feb 1951 in Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, Louisana.
Eugene Wilhelm Ulrich Mente was buried on 13 Feb 1951 in Spring
Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.
ix. BODO KARL (CHARLES B.) MENTE was born on 06 Jan 1859 in Schnega, Hanover,
Germany. He died on 17 Feb 1903 in 31 E. 3rd St. in Cincinnati,OH.
Bodo Karl (Charles B.) Mente was buried on 21 Feb 1903 in Spring
Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co. OH.
9. x. ELISE BERTHA "OTTILIE" MENTE was born on 15 Feb 1860 in Schnega, Germany. She died
on 28 Aug 1928 in Germany. She married REINHOLD NIEMANN.
xi. KARL JULIUS MENTE was born on 28 Aug 1861 in Schnega, Hanover, Germany.
He died on 29 Jul 1934 in USA and was buried on 1 Aug 1934 in Spring
Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co. OH.
xii. WILHELM CHRISTIAN "RICHARD" MENTE was born on 01 May 1867 in Schnega,
Hanover, Germany. He died on 24 Dec 1894 in Kansas City, MO.
Wilhelm Christian "Richard" Mente was buried on 27 Dec 1894 in Spring
Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.
10. xiii. EMILIE SOPHIE MENTE was born on 21 Dec 1868 in Schnega, Germany. She died in
Schnega, Germany. She married FRIEDEL THÜME. He was born on 14 Apr 1857.