Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler Van Loo

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Thanks to Mark Soltysiak, a descendant of Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler Van Loo and her first husband, Charles Beyerkohler, for information he has provided on Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler Van Loo.

The information he supplied is entered in green type.

Birth of Catherine Lindemann, 1866

Sophia Cath Lindemann born February 7, 1866, the daughter of Julius Lindermann of Bettmar, Braunschweig, and Catherine, nee Furst, born Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, was baptized on April 8, 1866, address 216 2 Ave., Rivington German Presbyterian Chruch, New York City, sponsor Sophia Furst.


  • Sophia Cath. Lindemann went under the name Catherine. Various records indicate that she was called Kate or Katie.

  • Sophia Furst was the wife of Catherine Furst's brother, Ludwig

Marriage of Catherine Lindemann and Charles Beyerkohler, 1888

Catherine Lindemann and Charles Beyerkohler were married on May 19, 1888 in the Deutsche Evang. Kirche on Madison and Montgomery Street.

Charles Beyerkohler, 244 3rd Street, age 23, single, occupation, cigar box manufacture, born in Germany, father's name, Martin BeyerKohler, mother's maiden name, Mary Loeffler, married Catherine Lindemann, of 244 3rd Ave, age 22, single, born in New York, father's name, Julius Lindemann, mother's name, Catherine Furst , on May 19, 1888, witnesses, Louis Jacob of Jersey City and Henry J. Metz. The marriage was performed by Pastor B. Krusi at 270 Madison Street, New York. A stamp on the certificate says Deutsch Evang. Kirche. Cor. Madison and Montgomery Sts. N.Y. This was a German Presbyterian Church. (New York Certificate of Marriage #6378, State of New York for 1888)

The Church records lists, Karl Beyerkohler, 23, occupation "segarbox manuf" born, (Need to transcribe town) Bayern, 244 Third Street between Ave. B & C, to Katherine Lindemann, 22, (?) born New York, 244 3 Street, witnesses, Louis Jacob, Jersey City and Henry J Metz.

Children of Catherine Lindemann and Charles Beyerkohler

  1. Minnie Beyerkohler (1888-1977) and Jacob Westrich

    Minnie born October 3, 1888.

    Note: I did not find a birth record in the NYC archives for Minnie Beyerkohler. Births before 1900 were frequently not recorded.

    Marriage: King Co. certificate 883, 1912, Minnie Beyerkohler 526 E 6th Street Manhattan age 23, born Manhattan, father Charles Beyerkohler, mother Kate Lindemann, married Jacob Westrich of 336 _ Bronx, age 30, single, decorater, born Germany, father, Charles, Westrich, mother, Louisa Tiebald, 1st marriage for both, 396 Grahahm Ave, Brooklyn, 20 January 1912, witnesses Fred Dieter, and Annie Dieter, minister W Walentu (?),

    Question: Why were they married in Brooklyn if he was from the Bronx and she was from Manhattan?


    1. Marie, 1912

      See below

      Death: The record is very dark and hard to read. Marie Westrich age 25, 330 West 21 Street Queens, single, date of birth May 29, 1913, age 25, factory pencil ---, father, Jacob Westrich, born US, mother Minnie Beyerkohler, born US, Pulmonary phihyesis (?) nephritis, died Aug 12, 1928 buried Lutheran Cemetery Aug 15, 1938.

    2. Mildred, October 3, 1913

      Marriage: Ellsworth Breedon, 1938


      1. Marie married Edwin Soltysiak

      2. Ruth married _____ George

      Death of Ellsworth Breedon: ELLSWORTH BREEDON, born 04 Aug 1904, died Jul 1966, 06762 (Middlebury, New Haven, CT), SS# 046-10-1298, issued Connecticut (SSDI)

      Death of Mildred: Mildred W. Breedon, BIRTH: 25 Sep 1913, DEATH: 14 Sep 2009 - Naugatuck, New Haven, Connecticut CIVIL: New York

      Mildred W. Breedon, Gender: F (Female), Age at Death: 95, Death Date: 14 Sep 2009, Death Place: Naugatuck, Obituary Date: 17 Sep 2009, Newspaper Title: Waterbury Republican-American, Newspaper Location: Waterbury, CT, USA, Birth Date: 25 Sep 1913, Spouse's Name: E. Robert Breedon, Parents' Names: Jacob and Minnie (Beyerkohler) Westrich, Childrens' Names: Marie and her husband, Edwin Soltysiak, of Orange, and Ruth George of Milford, Siblings' Names: Marie Westrich and Marie Jaspers, Number of Grandchildren: 2

      Birth: Sep. 25, 1913 Brooklyn Kings County New York, USA

      Death: Sep. 14, 2009 Naugatuck New Haven County Connecticut, USA

      MIDDLEBURY - Mildred W. Breedon, 95, formally of Woodside Heights, passed away on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at the Glendale Center in Naugatuck. She was the wife of the late E. Robert Breedon. Mildred was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 25, 1913. She was the daughter of the late Jacob and Minnie (Beyerkohler) Westrich. She worked for the Waterbury tax office as a tax clerk for many years until her retirement. She is survived by two daughters, Marie and her husband, Edwin Soltysiak, of Orange, and Ruth George of Milford; two grandchildren, Mark Soltysiak and Linda Foster; and one great-granddaughter, April. Predeceased by two sisters, Marie Westrich and Marie Jaspers. Arrangements: Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Old Pine Grove Cemetery, 390 Meriden Road, Waterbury, at 11:00 a.m. There are no calling hours. The Alderson Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements. To place an online condolence, or to light a candle in Mildred's name, please visit Burial: Old Pine Grove Cemetery Waterbury New Haven County Connecticut, USA Created by: Michael Ryley Bradbury Record added: Sep 16, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 42029085

      See below

    3. Louise, born January 26, 1916

      Marriage: William Jasper

      Death: LOUISE JASPER, born 26 Jan 1916, died May 1977, 22070, SS#, 065-10-4303, issued in New York (SSDI) OTHER: Herndon, Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America

      Birth: 1916 Death: 1977

      Burial: Chestnut Grove Cemetery Herndon Fairfax County Virginia, USA

      Created by: Hope Record added: Jan 28, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 17722292

      William F. Jaspers 1907-1975

      NAME: William Jaspers BIRTH: 21 Feb 1907 DEATH: Oct 1975 - Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USA CIVIL: New York

    Note: See next section for more information on the children of Minnie Beyerkohler and Jacob Westrich.

    1920 Census: East 3rd Street, Mina Westrich, head, age 30, married, examiner, clothing, Marie, daughter age 7, Mildred daughter age 6, Louisa daughter age 3 yr 11 mo., all born NY. Where was Jacob?

    1925: Minnie Westrich 36, housekeeper, Marrie Westrich 13, Mildred Westrich 11, Luise Westrich 09, Paul Popkin 42, lodger. Where was Jacob?

    1930: No

    Death of Jacob Westrich: Jacob Westrich age 53, died April 19, 1935, Tuberculosis, at Harlem Hospital, "single", born USA, father, Charles Westrich born Germany, Mother, Louisa Thiabald, born Germany, address 125 W 97th Street, buried Lutheran Cemetery April 22, 1935 Manhattan Certificate #9153 1935

    1940 Census: Assembly District 6, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New 614 East 5th street, Minnie Westrich, age 51, widow, house cleaning domestic.

    Death of Minnie Westrich: MINNIE WESTRICH, born, 03 Oct 1888, died Mar 1977, 06762 (Middlebury, New Haven, CT), 06702 (Waterbury, New Haven, CT), SS# 158-01-1600, issued, New Jersey (Social Security Death Index)

    "Middlebury — Mrs Minnie (Beyerkohler) Westrich, 88, 348 Kelly Road, widow of Jacob Westrich, died Tuesday morning at her home.
    Mrs. Westrich was born Oct. 3, 1888 in New York City the daughter of the late Kate (Lindermann) Beyerhohler Van Loo. She had lived in Middlebury for the past seven years.
    Mrs Westrich leaves two daughters, Mrs Mildred Breedon of Middlebury and Mrs Louise Jaspers of Virginia; a brother John Van Loo of Washington, N. Y.; a sister Mrs Madeline Shine of Titusville, Fla.; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren."

    Naugatuck Daily News, March 21, 1977

    Buried in the Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury.

    More on Jacob Westrich: Born circa 1882, US, son of Charles Westrich and Louisa Thibald. Not listed WWI Draft Registration. Did not find him on US censuses on

  2. George Beyerkohler, 1890 per 1890 NYC Police census


1890 NYC Police Census

A federal census was taken every ten years. Unfortunately, the 1890 federal census burned before it could be microfilmed. Fortunately, there was a "Police" census done in NYC in 1890.

Charles "Beyer", age 28, his wife Kate, age 25, daughter Minnie age 2, and son George age 3 months were listed at 88 Sheriff street. This was also the home Kate's mother, Catherine Furst Lindemann, and of her sister, Minnie, the wife of Peter Goehle.

Info from Catherine Lindemann and Charles Beyerkohler's Descendent, Mark Soltysiak

In April 2004, Mark Soltysiak (the great grandson of Catherine Lindemann through her daughter, Minnie) contacted me by email. Over the next few months he has provided the following information.

Catherine Lindmann Beyerkohler and Charles Beyerkohler had a daughter, Minnie, born Oct. 3, 1888.

Minnie Beyerkohler married

"Jacob Jacob Westrich (born Aug. 8, 1882) in the lower east side of Manhattan and had three children, one of whom, Mildred Catherine Westrich (Breedon) is my grandmother (and who is 92 and in great health). "
Children of Minnie Beyerkohler and Jacob Westrich:
  1. Marie born 1912, died of TB 1938
  2. Mildred Catherine born September 25, 1913, Brooklyn.
    Married: Ellworth Breedon, First Presbyterian Church, 5th Ave., NYC, on February 14, 1938
  3. Louise born 1916, died May 9, 1977

Death of Minnie Beyerkohler:

Mrs. Westrich was born Oct. 3 1888 in New York city, the daughter of the late J. Beyerkohler and Kate (Lindermann) Van Loo. She had lived in Middlebury for the past seven years. Mrs Westrich leaves two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Breedon of Middlebury and Ms. Louis Jaspers of Virginia; a brother, John Van Loo of Washington, N.Y.; a sister Mrs. Madeline (Van Loo) Shine of Titusville, Fl.

Waterbury American, Tuesday March 17, 1977

Other Information:
  • Kate Lindermann "was married to a Beyerkohler who died at 21 years in a fishing accident".

  • "Kate Lindermann remarried in 1898 and became VanLoo."

Charles Beyerkohler, Death, 1891

Thanks to Mark Soltysiak for the information on his early death.

Charles Beyerkohler, age 27 years 9 months, married, cigar maker, born, German, in US and NYC 18 years, father, (a letter I can't quite make out which may be C. It is not M.) Beyerkohler, born Germany, mother, ______, born Germany, address, 88 Sherriff Street, tenement, died on September 19, 1891 around 1 P.M., chief cause of death, lobar pneumonia, contributing cause, pleurisies chronic, duration 8 days, buried Lutheran Cemetery. (NYC Death Certificate #32675, 1891)

Notes on the death of Charles Beyerkohler:

  • Mark Soltysiak said the family story was that Charles died at age 21 in a fishing accident. There is a tendency to romanticize stories over time, especially when it relates to death at a young age.

  • It is possible that Charles Beyerkohler developed pneumonia after having been out fishing.

  • Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

  • Pleurisy is an inflammation of the membrane (pleura) that surrounds the lung. It generally involves painful breathing, coughing, and a buildup of fluid in the pleural cavity.

  • Katherine's sister, Minnie Lindemann Goehle, and her family including Catherine Furst Schwarzmeier Lindemann, lived at 88 Sherrif St from 1890, where they were listed in the 1890 NYC Police Census, until at least 1894 when her son, Frank, was born.

Marriage of Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler to Joe Garri Van Loo

Thanks to Mark Soltysiak for the information to a second marriage to Van Loo.

Kate Lindemann Beyerkohler married Joe Garri Van Loo in 1896, Manhattan certificate #16575.

Joe Garri Van Loo, 548 1st Avenue, 28, single, born in New Jersey, 1st marriage, father, Cornelius Van Loo, mother, Addie, married Kate Beyerkohler, 374 4th Street, age 30, widow, born in New York, father, Julius Lindemann, mother, Kate, 2nd marriage, on October 18, 1896.

Witnesses: Minnie Goehle and Peter Goehle. The ceremony was performed by John Palmer. 737 W. 6th Street.

Minnie Goehle was Catherine's sister, Minnie Lindemann Goehle. Peter was Minnie's husband.

Children of Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler and Joe Garri Van Loo

Kate Lindemann Beyerkohler and Joe Garri Van Loo had:

  1. Madeline [Mattie] Van Loo Bivona Shine (1898-)

    Birth: (Madeline/Martha) Mattie K Van Loo born April 26, 1898, 522 E 5th Street, father, Joseph Van Loo, born in US, age 30, labourer, mother, Katherine Lindemann, born in the US, age 32, third child of mother, 2 living (that would include Mattie) Manhattan certificate #18057, 1898.

    1st Marriage: Joseph Bivona, based on 1930 census.

    Bivona Joseph, Apr 14, 1915 and Madeline Vanloo, Manhattan 9541

    WWIDR for Joseph Bivona: Joseph John Bivona, cannot read address, born September -- 1896, New York, father born Mari--ro, Italy employer, F. M. Stark, 61 & 63 E 53rd Street Brooklyn, New york Wife, Madeline Bivona, 81 East 4th Street, NY, USA, black hair black eyes medium build medium height.


    1. Margaret c. 1916
    2. Catherine c. 1918

    Death of Joseph Bivona:

    Before 1930. She was listed as a widow in the 1930 census. Not listed in the NYC Death Index.

    Marriage: Bivona, Madeline, Jan 17, 1931 Manhattan 3701 to Shine, George

    1940 Census: George Shine 50, shipping clerk lumbar co., Madeline Shine 42 Catherine Bivona 22, typist advertising co.

    WWIIDR for George Shine: George Anthony Shine 286 E 10th street born Sept 3, 1889 wife Madeline Shine, employee F. ?. Honerkamp Co.

    Death: MADELINE SHINE, born 26 Apr 1898, died Feb 1982, 06854 (Norwalk, Fairfield, CT), SS# 053-34-6016, issued New York (SSDI)

    Other Shines in the SSDI in Fairfield County, Ct.:

    1. JAMES SHINE, born 23 Aug 1897, died Jan 1981, 06851 (Norwalk, Fairfield, CT), SS# 093-26-5607, issued New York (SSDI)
    2. M A SHINE, born 28 Oct 1904, died 09 Oct 1993, 06897 (Wilton, Fairfield, CT), SS# 047-48-7460, issued Connecticut (SSDI)
    3. MAYBELLE SHINE, born 26 Feb 1904, died Mar 1996, 06430 (Fairfield, Fairfield, CT). SS# 479-09-9296, issued Iowa (SSDI)
    4. WILLIAM P SHINE, born 06 Mar 1928, died 26 May 1997, 06432 (Fairfield, Fairfield, CT), SS# 108-20-4175 issued New York (SSDI)

    1920 Census: No

    1930 Census: With Catherine Van Loo

  2. John Van Loo, August 15, 1900 - July 1979

    Birth: John Van Loo, August 15, 1900 - July 1979

    WWI Draft Registration: John Joseph Van Loo, 420 E 5th Street NY age 18, born August 15, 1900, piano maker, Krenich (?) and Back, 223 E 23 rd Street NY, next of kin, Katherine VanLoo 410 E 5th Street NY height medium, build medium eyes blue hair brown, September 12, 98

    1930 Census: No

    Death: John Vanloo, SSN: 084-01-2492, Last Residence: 10992 Washingtonville, Orange, New York, Born: 15 Aug 1900, Died: Jul 1979

Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler Van Loo in the 1900 Census

Can't read street address, can't read first name of Mr. Van Loo, head, born 1855, age 35 born New Jersey, electrician (?) Kate wife, born 1865, age 34, Minnie daughter, Aug 1888, Mathilda, daughter Mar 1893

Death of Joseph G Van Loo 1902

Joseph G Van Loo, died October 18, 1902. married, occupation, gen repairing, age 34, resident of NYC 12 years, father Conelius Van Loo, born Holland, mother Adriana __ born Holland, place of death Belview Hospital, cause of death asal----a, buried Lutheran Cemetery.

Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler Van Loo in the 1910 Census

Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler Va Loo and her children were listed in the 1910 census at 526 6th Street as follows:

  1. Van Loo, Kate, head, age 45, 5 children, 3 still living, born, NY, occupation, (I can't read it very well), visit ? work? shop?
  2. Minnie, daughter, age 21, single, born NY, occupation, ? clothing?
  3. Martha, daughter, age 12, born NY.
  4. John, son, age 9, born NY
NARA T624, film 10331, page 188A

Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler Van Loo in the 1920 Census

410 5th street, Manhattan Assembly District 8, New York, New York Katherine Vanloo 55 John Vanloo 19, piano maker, piano factory, Pete Parnk 24, boarder

Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler Van Loo in the 1930 Census

East 5th Ave (Can't read): Katherine VanLoo head rent $17, age 65, widow, Madeline, Bivona daughter, age 31, widow, leather worker, shop Margaret Bivona granddaughter, age 14, Catherine Bivona granddaughter, age 12.

Death of Catherine Lindemann Beyerkohler Van Loo, 1944

From Mark Soltysiak, August 23, 2004

According to my grandmothers records, Kate (Lindermann) Van Loo died on Monday April 13, 1944 at home on 5th Street.
NYC Death Record: Kate Van Loo 506 E 5th Street widow of Joseph born Feb 14, 1865***, age 79 years, 1 mo and 30 days, housewife, father John* Lindemann born German, mother Sophia Gray** born Germany, died April 13, 1944 at 506 5th Street of natural causes, informant Madeline Shine daughter 286 E 10th Street, buried Lutheran Cemetery April 17, 1944.


  • *Father, "Julius" Lindemann
  • **Mother, Catherine Furst Schwartzmeier Lindemann
  • ***Date of Birth, February 7, 1866

Photos Courtesy of Mark Soltysiak

The Choir From Sunday Night

Mark says:

"The location of this Presbyterian Church was, according to my grandmother, on Avenue D near 6th "

Close up including the grouping of Mildred, Louise and Marie Westrich from above photo

From left to right: Louise Westrich, Margie Shine, Kay Shine, and Mildred Westrich
"Family members in the photograph titled "sisters" (according to my mother, Marie) is, from front to back: Louise Westrich (eventually married William Jaspers) daughter of Minnie Beyerkohler, Margie and Kay, daughters of Aunt Mattie Van Loo Shine and my grandmother and also daughter of Minnie, Mildred Breedon (born 1913). I believe these were taken on 510 East 5th Street where my grandmother lived in a cold water flat."

Marie, Grandma & Mildred
Marie Beyerkohler Westrich, Louisa Westrich (grandmother born 9/14/1851 died 11/25/1928) and Mildred Beyerkohler Westrich.

Mildred Westrich Breedon
Mildred Breedon age 88.
(December 2004)

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