Nemmers Family History
Updated 18 March 2001 The following is taken from an email (18 March 2001) from Steve Nemmers.
John Nicholas is the g...g-grandfather at the base of the tree many of you have seen. Some of you will be aware that his parents were Petrus (Pierre) and Anne Marie. Today I located Petrus' baptismal records from Nov 6, 1737, at the Roman Catholic parish in Tuntange, Luxembourg. Per the Latin birth certificate, his parents were Jeannis Neumers (also spelled Niumers on his sister's baptismal papers) and Elisabetha. You will note that while the spelling varied--as was typical of the era--the pronunciation is quite similar to our present "Nemmers." It's small parish and the baptismal/birth dates match perfectly with other documents, so this seems to be a "fact." Thus, far I believe that Petrus was the eldest child with sister Anne Marie born two years later. I am attempting to find the records of additional siblings, if any.
Descendants of Jeannis Neumers
Generation No. 1
1. JEANNIS1 NEUMERS He married ELISABETHA. Children are:
i. PIERRE (Petrus) NEMMERS, b. November 06, 1737, Tuntange, Luxembourg; d. February 01, 1783, Tuntanage, Luxembourg.
ii. ANNA MARIA NEMMERS, b. Abt. December 13, 1739.
Generation No. 2
2. PIERRE2 NEMMERS (JEANNIS1 NEUMERS) was born November 06, 1737 in Tuntanage, Luxembourg, and died February 01, 1783 in Tuntange, Luxembourg.
He married (1) MARGUERITHE KIPGEN. She died December 23, 1781 in Tuntange, Luxembourg.
He married (2) ANNE MARIE NEISEN February 04, 1782 in Tuntange, Luxembourg, daughter of NICHOLAS NIESEN and MARGARITHA MULLHENTGTEN.
Children of PIERRE NEMMERS and MARGUERITHE KIPGEN are:
i. NICHOLAS3 NEMMERS, b. August 21, 1770, Tuntanage, Luxembourg; d. July 17, 1840, Dondelange, Luxembourg; m. CATHERINE WEWER; b. December 30, 1759; d. February 03, 1835, Dondelange, Luxembourg.
ii. HENRI NEMMERS, b. June 17, 1775, Tuntanage, Luxembourg; d. February 1835; m. MARGUERITHE PEIFFER, January 24, 1807, Kehlen, Luxembourg; b. April 13, 1787, Nospelt, Luxembourg.
iii. MARGERITHE NEMMERS, b. June 27, 1777; m. EGIDE PEIFFER.
Child of PIERRE NEMMERS and ANNE NEISEN is:
iv. JOHN NICHOLAS3 NEMMERS, b. March 05, 1783; d. March 07, 1857, Iowa; m. CATHARINA WEBER1, November 27, 1811, Kehlen, Luxembourg; b. February 02, 1790, Dondel, Luxembourg; d. March 25, 1870, Iowa.
The following is taken from an email (24 January 2001) from Steve Nemmers. He has a database of over 4,000 names.
"Originally we all came from Washington IA. I have the wedding license of the folks at the base of the tree...that's how I added the earlier generation. I also discovered that John Nicholas did not come necessarily come from Dondelange. I was there in Nov, also in Olm, and Tintange (J.N.'s birthplace). Sadly it appears that folks were too poor to by tombstones in the early 1800s. There were earlier grave markers (1690) and many post-1850, but none from the era that I'm most interested in. Do you know anything about the Nemmers in Indonesia?
The Freymanns have published a book (Freymann, J.G. & J.M., 1999) with some really interesting things about their line, e.g: Charles and Maria Freymann left Luxembourg with babe-in-arms Barbara, Charles' widowed mother, Barbara Kirbach, his youngest sister, M. Catherina, Maria's youngest brother Johan, and Charles' next sister, Maria, who had married Nicolaus Nemmers about six years before. The Nemmers had three children, Catherine, 5, Michael, 3, and one year-old Nicolaus Jr., and, Maria was four or five months pregnant.
Transporting seven adults and four small children to America was via a stagecoach ride to LeHavre, France. Ship's fare from there to New York was as much as 200 francs for adults and half that for children. Charles had presumably inherited whatever land his father owned; nothing is known of Nicolaus Nemmers' resources. They might have had a good crop in 1846 which brought in some cash. Yet they must have sold everything they owned, and perhaps borrowed also, to accumulate what they would need-4000 to 5000 francs, or even more.
At Luxembourg City they boarded a stagecoach. From Luxembourg City to Le Havre is 270 miles as the crow flies, but their trip was longer. They would have to go from one city to another, changing coaches often. A possible route would have been Metz-Reims-Paris-Rouen-Le Havre.
At Le Havre they arranged passage on Tarquin, a 515 ton, three-masted sailing ship of American registry, George Moody, master. Built in Boston in 1833, she was just 143 feet long and had a beam of 27 feet, nine and one half inches. There was a cabin on the upper deck because her manifest lists 14 passengers separately as "Cabin." The Freymanns and Nemmers and 183 other passengers were jammed into Tarquin's second deck. "Jammed" because this works out to about ten square feet per person for a four to six week voyage across the Atlantic.
From landing in New York on 26 July 1847, they traveled to Buffalo, then embarked on a lake ship to Chicago ($10 each). They arrived in Dubuque on August 16, 1847, only 21 days after landing in New York. Both families filed their intention for citizenship in Dubuque-that day. The Nemmers purchased from the U.S. government 160 acres [East half of West half of Section 13] for $1.25 per acre on November 20, 1848. The land was in the Tetes des Mort valley, Jackson County, Iowa territory."
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First Posted 26 January 2001
Updated: 18 March 2001