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|The Name Erxmeyer|
Erxmeyer is a very unusual name in the United States records. All of the Erxmeyers
that I have found so
far in New Jersey were members of one family that immigrated in the 1870s from Walsrode, Germany
to Hoboken, New Jersey.|
The name Erxmeyer is not listed in any of the records from Walsrode available at the Family History Center.
Henry Erxmeyer and Dorethe Hogrefe|
Dorethe Hogrefe and Henry Erxmeyer were born and married in Germany.
Dorethe Hogrefe Erxmerey and five of her children immigrated to Hoboken, New Jersey in the early 1870s.
Dorethe Hogrefe, a.k.a. Dora and Dovette, was born in Walsrode-Vorbruck, Hanover, Germany and baptized in Meinerdingen November 11, 1821 as Johanna Dorothee Maria Hogrefe, the daughter of Friedrick Wilhelm Hogrefe and and Ilse Marie Bokelmann (Ev. Luth Kirchengemeinde Walsrode, Febraury 2006)
God parents Anne Marie Denings, Marie Otten and Lucia Scheling - Evang. luth. Kirchengeminde Meinerdingen - April 2007
Johanna Dorothe Maria Hogrefe married Heinirch Wilhelm Erxmeyer 27 May 1845 in Meinerdingen, Walsrode-Vorbruck (Ev. Luth Kirchengemeinde Walsrode, February 2006)
The Ev. Luth Kirchengemeinde Walsrode said that all the baptisms occured in Meinerdingen except for that of Heinrich Frederich in 1852 which occurred in Walsrode.
See below for more details on the baptisms of the children of Dorothe and Heinrich Erxmeyer
Dorethe Erxmeyer immigrated to the United States in the 1870s and settled with her children in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Sponsor to Laura Blumacher
Dovette Erxmeyer was a sponsor at the baptism of Laura Blumacher, born on July 14, 1874, baptized on July 23, 1875, the daughter of Robert Blumacher and Laura Poeter. Sponsor; Dovette Erxmeyer and can't read the name of the other sponsor.
New Jersey Death Certificate
Dorothea Erxmeyer, widow, died at age 59 years and 9 months on June 30, 1882 of phthisis pulmonalis, father, F. Hogrufe, born in Germany, mother, D. Hogrufe, born in Germany, address 142 Garden Street, Hoboken.
The death certificate indicates that Dorothy Erxmeyer had been ill for several years. She was buried in the Grove Church Cemetery in Hudson County, New Jersey.
Dorothy Erxmeyer's death was recorded in the "pastor's notes" of the German Evangelical church in Hoboken as follows:
"July, 1882, 142 Garden Street, Grove Church, Dorothe Hogrefe, mutter, Heinrich Erxmeyer, gob. Walsrode, Hanover, + June 30, 59 (can't read) 31(can't read)"Basic translation of the above record
Henry Erxmeyer, Senior
Heinrich Wilhelm Erxmeyer, the son of Adolph Erxmeyer and Henriette Ehlers was baptized 19 March 1813 place of birth unknown (Ev. Luth Kirchengemeinde Walsrode, February 2006).
Birth based on age at death. Parents from marriage record.
The baptism of Heinrich Wilhelm Erxmeyer (b.18.04.1813) is not registered in our church documents. His birth can only be calculated from the age at his death.Marriage
Heinrich Wilhelm Erxmeyer died 16 April 1869 in Walsrode. (Ev. Luth Kirchengemeinde Walsrode, Febraury 2006)
Illegitimate Child of Dorethe Hogrefe
Marriage of Dorothe Hogrefe and Henry Erxmeyer
Heinrich Ernst Wilhelm Erxmeier, farmer and gardner, from Vorbruck son of Adolph Erxmeier "Hofmeister" from Hilperdingen and Henriette nee Ehlers married Dorothe Hogrefe of Hilperdingen daughter of Freidrich Hogrefe "Hanslings" of Hilperdingen and Ilse nee Bokelmann - April 2007.
Children of Henry Erxmeyer and Dorethe Hogrefe
Dorethe and Henry had the following children:
LDS has the Baptisms, marriages and deaths for Meinerdingen from 1853-1867 - film #1727585 - Evangelische Kirche Meinerdingen (Kr. Fallingbostel). The other baptismal records were sent by the church.
Death of Hienrich Ernst Wilhelm Erxmeyer
Heinrich Ernst Wilhelm Erxmeyer farmer and gardner of Vorbruck age 55 years 11 months and 28 days. died April 16, 1869. Evangelische Kirche Meinerdingen- April 2007
The Immigration of The Erxmeyer Family
Arrived in New York as a crew member of the Danau August 1871 — deserted ship.
Arrived in New York as a crew member of the Danau August 1871 — deserted ship.
Charlotte Reddehase Erxmeyer, the wife of Fred Erxmeyer, emigrated on September 4, 1871 aboard the S.S. Donau from Bremen to New York.
Charlotte Erxmeyer, age 25, was traveling with Charlotte Erxmeyer, age 7 months, and Marie Erxmeyer, age 9 years.
There were 815 Passengers on the ship; 528 of them in steerage. A fellow passenger was Herm. Blank, age 23. While there is no way to tell for sure, there is a slim possibility that this is Henry Blank who later married Charlotte's sister in law, Melosine. The age is right, the port of departure is right, the year of immigration is good and I can't find any other record of Henry Blank's immigration. The Herm. should be an abbreviation for Herman not Henry, but these records were not kept with the utmost care. Charlotte Reddehase Erxmeyer and Henry Blanck were both baptized in the Lutheran church in Lehe, Germany.
I believe that the infant, Charlotte, was the infant later called, Elize, who died in 1872.
Who is Maria Erxmeyer? If she was 9 years old in 1871, it means she was born circa 1862. It is possible that Marie=Berthe. See below.
Note: Charlotte's immigration was listed in Germans to America under "Evxmayer". I found Charlotte the listing after I found her on the ship's manifests. I went back to the indexes to see just how the name had been listed.
In the 1900 census, Berthe indicated that she immigrated in 1871. It seems a likely possibility that Berthe might be the "Maria" who immigrated with Charlotte. She is the only known family member who is of the approximate correct age.
Melusine Erxmeyer, age 26, emigrated to the United States with a one month old, unnamed, female infant aboard the Bremen from Bremen to New York. They arrived on December 26, 1872. It would appear that Melusine's daughter, Minnie, was born on board the ship. There is a notation on the bottom of the manifest that says, "One infant born at sea." Looking through the list of passengers, Minnie is the only infant of less that six months. The manifest lists Melosine Erxmeyer, age 26 and baby Erxmeyer, age 1 month. This information was taken the ship manifest of the Bremen.
I do not know if Melusine had been married and was widowed when she had this child. On the marriage license of Henry Blank and Melusina Erxmeyer, in 1874, she lists herself as single, not as widowed. There is no indication that she used any other name, except Erxmeyer and Blank. Her daughter, Minnie, lists her father as Heinrich Blank on her marriage certificate in 1897. Melusine married Henry Blank in 1874 in Hoboken, New Jersey.
According to her death certificate, Dorothe immigrated in 1871. Death records are not very reliable for this type of information.
Dorothe was in Hoboken by July of 1875, when she was a sponsor at the baptism of Laura Blumacher.
Wilhelmina and/or Wilhelm Erxmeyer
Wilhelmina Erxmeyer is listed in "Germans to America" in 1872, age 56, traveling with a 6 year old named Maria aboard the S.S.Danau. The ship manifest for the S.S. Donau, which sailed from Bremen and arrived in New York on August 23, 1872, lists Wilhelmina Erxmeyer, age 56 and Marie, age 6. There were 840 passengers on this ship, 637 of them were in steerage. The Donau was also the ship that Frederick, Heinrich and Charlotte had arrived on.
Who is Wilhelmina and how is she related to the rest of the Erxmeyers? For a while I entertained the possibility that Wilhelmina and Dorothe were the same person, however, the 7 year difference in their ages seems too large for that to be possible. Pros and cons:
THE ONLY IMMIGRATION RECORD THAT I CANNOT FIND IS THAT OF DOROTHE, SO THIS COULD BE HER.
Note: Wilhelm Erxmeyer was the sponsor for two of Fred and Charlotte children, Henry born in 1878 and Martha born in 1878. I have no idea who this is. It is the only two times his name appears. I though it might be an abbreviation for Wilhelmina, so I rechecked the record. It does appear to be Wilhelm.
Julia Erxmeyer Lehman
According to the death record of John Lehman and the 1920 census, Julie immigrated with her first husband, John Lehman and at least one child, Lizzie, in 1873. Their daughter, Gussie, was born in Hoboken in December of 1873.
There was a Julie Lehmann, age 23, listed in Germans to America. She was traveling with a 6 mo. old, unnamed, female on the Wiser from Bremer to New York. The ship arrived March 29, 1873. This is the only Julie Lehmann listed. The problem is that Julie's daughter, Lizze, should have been around two years old in March of 1873.
I cannot find any other Lehmanns between 1871 and 1873 in Germans to America.
Mary Erxmeyer Rosenthal
Marie was most likely the person listed with Wilhelmina in 1872. See above.
Christian and Elize Rietz
Christian and Elize were buried in the Erxmeyer plot, so they must be related in some way. However, I have not determined the relationship. They may be the parents of Julie Erxmeyer's first husband, John Lehmann. According to the death certificate of John Lehman, his parents were named Christian and Eliza. On Eliza Rietz's death certificate her parents names were listed as Lehman. I could not find Christian and Elize Rietz listed in Germans to America.
Seestadt Bremerhaven and the Historischen Museums in Brememhaven
In 2006 I wrote to the Seestadt Bremerhaven and the Historischen Museums in Brememhaven requesting any emigration information on the Erxmeyers. They only found the ship manifest for Wilhelmina and Marie in 1872 and did not provide any additional information.
Germans to America
Germans to America is a series of indexes, available in books and on CD, which list Germans who immigrated to America between 1850-1891 on ships where more than 40 percent of the passengers indicated they were from Germany. The only immigration records for adult Erxmeyers listed in Germans to America between 1868 and 1874 were:
I checked every listing under the letter "E" from 1868 to 1873 looking for any variations in spelling. There were no other Erxmeyers listed.
Bremen to Hoboken
The North German Lloyd Steamship company's home base was in Bremen. Their dock in New York Harbor was in Hoboken. Bremen is the nearest port to Walsrode. Since almost everyone in the Erxmeyer family, at one time or another, listed 1871 as their year of immigration, I had assumed that they had traveled as a group. This was not the case. Fredrich and Heinrich arrived from Bremen in August 1871 as members of the crew on the ship, Danau, whereupon they deserted ship. Melusine, Charlotte, and Whilimina Erxmeyer all came separately. They all went from Bremen to New York. They were all traveling with small children.
All immigrants coming through the Port of New York during this period of immigration were processed through Castle Gardens.
No Erxmeyer immigrations are listed by the official Castle Garden web site as of August 2008. Charlotte Marie and Charlotte are listed under "EVxmeyer".
The Erxmeyer Plot in Grove Church Cemetery
At my request, the Grove Church Cemetery in Hudson County, New Jersey sent me a list of the people buried in the Erxmeyer plot.
Lot 361 Seigler Tract. Frederick Erxmeyer and Bros., 16x16 plot, purchased June 30, 1882.
They listed thirty burials in the plot. In the order of the internment they were:
There was one other person buried with this group, who is not included on the list sent by the cemetery.
Eliza Erxmeyer's body was transferred from the Weehawken cemetery on April 20, 1883. Eliza was the daughter of Fred and Charlotte. I do not know why she is not included on the interment list. I have a copy of the certificate for the transfer of her body to Grove church Cemetery from the New Jersey State records. Eliza died of small pox in 1871.
According to my notes when I visited the cemetery circa 2001 the Erxmeyer tombstone in Grove Church Cemetery, Lot 361 Seigler Tract included the names Henry Blanck, Julia Erxmeyer, Henry Erxmeyer, Frederick Erxmeyer, John Lehman, and the name Reddenhasse. I took a photo which did not turn out. When I returned in 2003 that monument was not there.
The Cemetery entrance is from J.F. Kennedy Blvd in Union City.
|Photo of the New Erxmeyer tombstone. I photo taken in 1972 (I embarrassed to say I do not remember who sent me the image) shows the same stone but lacking the information on Julius Erxmeyer and Margarethe Severt.|
|For more information on the deaths in the Erxmeyer family, click on the image of the doctor.|
The German Evangelical Church in Hoboken
The Erxmeyers, Blanks, and extended family were members of the German Evangelical Church at the corner of Sixth and Garden in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Baptisms, marriages, and death for the family were reported in the records of this church. The records for the church include:
All of the later ledgers are carefully kept.
According to information obtained at the Hoboken Library, the German Evangelical Church dates from 1856 and was the first church in Hoboken to conduct services in German. Rev. Dr. Leopold Mohn was the pastor from 1856 until his death in on March 8, 1885. Reverent J. W. Freund was pastor from 1885 until 1889. He was succeeded by Rev. J. Rudolph, who was pastor until 1920. From 1921 until 1960 the Reverent Adalbert Q. Wettstein was Pastor. In 1967 the congregation was joined with the First Methodist Church in a common ministry. The church is still active.
The Children of Henry and Dorethe Erxmeyer
The names of the children of Fred Erxmeyer, Melusine Erxmeyer Blanck, Henry Erxmeyer, Julia Erxmeyer Lehman Tietjen, Berthe Erxmeyer Bremer, and Mary Erxmeyer Rosenthal were derived from several sources, including various state and national censuses, civil records, church, and burial records and in February 2006 records from Walsrode Germany.
Sometimes a child appeared in only one record. There are several children, who appeared in the censuses, whose birth and/or baptismal records I could not find. Births were frequently not recorded in New Jersey before 1900 and some of the church records are missing. It is quite possible that there were more children born in these families and I simply did not find any record for them.
I may have also missed some marriages. Marriage before 1900 were also frequently not recorded in New Jersey. There is a period of ten years when the church records of the marriages at the German Evangelical Church are missing.
The Federal Government takes a census every 10 years. Almost all of the 1890 census burned. All the other censuses are available, up to 1930. Many pages of the 1910 census are completely illegible because of faded ink.
The State of New Jersey took censuses in 1885 and 1895 that contain very little information of genealogical interest. The state censuses for 1905 and 1915 are also available and provide more information.
Erxmeyers in Hoboken
The following Erxmeyers were listed in the 1909/10 Hoboken Directory:
There were no Erxmeyers listed in the Hoboken directory of 1925/26.
There were no Erxmeyers listed in the Hoboken directory of 1943.
SHARPSHOOTERS HAVE A DANCE; The Annual Ball of the Hoboken City Schuetzen Corps -- Medals for High Scores by Marksmen.It was stated that the Hoboken Schuetzen Corps was one of the youngest shooting organizations among sharpshooters but was prospering. Among the officers were: H. Erxmeyer, John Lehmann, A. Bremer, J. Labuseur and "H." Von Dohren. Medals were presented to J. Lehmann, J. Von Dohren, J. "Labusoir". Present were Mr. Nad Mrs. "J Blanke".
Members of the Hoboken Schuetzen corp in 1899 included: JOhn Van Dohren, JOhn Labouseur, H. Erxmeyer, A Erxmeyer, and Lehman.
In 1899 the Park Wheelman of Hoboken held their annual picnic at Pohlmann's Pavilion on July 11th.
H. Erxmeyer was the vice president of the club. The financial secretary was August Erxmeyer and the sergeant at arms was G. Lehmann.
Fred Erxmeyer and his brother Henry both had sons named Henry born in 1876. It seems more likely however that H. Erxmeyer was the son of Henry. August Erxmeyer was the son of Henry born in 1878. G. Lehmann was the son of Henry and Fred's sister, Julia. George Lehammm was born in 1881.
Several wheel clubs attended form Hoboken and New York. These groups had a keen interest in bike racing.
1902 - Schuetzen Corps Festival
The Hoboken City Schuetzen Corps held its annual shoot in June 1902. J. van Dohren won a second with 61 points and H. Erxmeyer won first prize at bowling.
American Rifleman, 1903 American Rifleman 1903 Vol 30 under Hoboken Riflemen - listed for the Hoboken Schuetzen Corp: Henry Erxmeyer, Jr. and Captain Erxmeyer.
H. F. Erxmeyer
H. F. Erxmeyer was listed as a member in the Annual Report of the New York Zoological Society in 1908, 1910, 1912, & 1923
Pleasure Seekers Club, 1914
The Pleasure Seekers Club met in December 1914 at the home of John van Dohren at 100 Highpoint ave, Weehawken Heights. There was supper, dancing, singing and game playing. Attendees were: Mrs. Julia Tietjen, Mr. and Mrs. H. William Stehn, Mrs van Dohren, the Misses Ethel Hamman, Elsie Kniern, Viola Stevenson, Celia Meyers, Margaret Dolan, the Mssrs. Clark Stevenson, Harry Bishop, Arthur Labouseur, William Radlebronn, Walter Playermann (Plagemann) and John van Dohren, Jr.
For more information on Dorothe Hogrefe click HERE
|Children of Dorothe Hogrefe and Henry Erxmeyer|
|Fred Erxmeyer and Charlotte Reddehasse
For more information on Fred Erxmeyer, grocer, and his family, click HERE
|Melosine Erxmeyer and Henry Blanck
For more information on Melosine Erxmeyer and her family click HERE
|Henry Erxmeyer, Anna Kloppenberg and
For more information on Henry Erxmeyer, carpenter, and his family, click HERE
|Julia Erxmeyer Lehmann Tietjen
For more information on Julia Erxmeyer and her family click HERE
|Berthe Erxmeyer Bremmer
For more information on Berthe Erxmeyer and her family, click HERE
|Mary Erxmeyer Rosenthal
For more information on Mary Erxmeyer and her family, click HERE
|For information on Walsrode, for other Erxmeyers from Walsrode and for pictures of Walsrode go to WALSRODE|
|For information on the Erxmeyers in Germany Erxmeyers in Germany|
|Descendants of Dorethe Hogrefe and
For more information on the descendants of Dorethe Hogrefe and Henry Erxmeyer, click on the photo of their great, great grandson, Tom Blanck
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