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Meyer, Adam Joseph
(1760-1844)
Langshausen, Maria Elizabeth
(1765-1796)
Halfmann, Matthias
(1762-1828)
Brust, Klara
(-)
Mayer, Michael
(1796-1851)
Halfmann, Anna Maria
(1805-1840)
Meyer, Johann Josef
(1827-1910)

 

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Spouses/Children:
Willems, Christina

Meyer, Johann Josef 2 3 4

  • Born: Sep 30, 1827, Bruchhausen, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
  • Christened: Sep 30, 1827, Bruchhausen, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
  • Marriage: Willems, Christina on Dec 18, 1849 in Darscheid, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany 1
  • Died: Oct 17, 1910, Meyer, Mitchell, Iowa, USA at age 83 5
  • Buried: Oct 20, 1910, Meyer, Mitchell, Iowa, USA

bullet   Other names for Johann were Mayer, Meier, and Myre.

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bullet  General Notes:

The Village Allscheid, origin of a U.S. Meyer Family Web Page.

Meyer, Iowa web site.

CHRISTENING: Christening Record for John Joseph names his mother as Maria Elizabeth Halfmann.

MILITARY: Upon the age of 18, Germany required all young men to serve in the military. It was during this time as a soldier in Alsace Lorarine, that John met his wife Christina.

IMMIGRATION: In 1852, the family, including John, Christina, and son Gerard, brothers Gerard, Johann Adam and Nicolas, sisters Clara, her husband, Johann Willems and two children and Gertrude, and mother-in-law Catharina Willems, came to the United States. Starting from Allscheid, Germany they traveled to Lammerdorf, Germany which is close by Aachen,Germany near the Belgium border. Then they traveled across Belgium to the western coast to board the ship Antartica in Antwerp, Belgium. They sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and arrived in New York Harbor on 03 Sep 1852. (Found in "Germans to America" Vol 3 p.415-16}

CITIZENSHIP: 1853 Citizenship intent papers gave name as John J. Meier, gave birth year as 1827, gave port of entry as New York and date of arrival as September 1852.

CENSUS: 1860 Census Russell, Sheboygan, Wisconsin name as "Meir". John is age 33 and a farmer. Catherine Williams, his mother-in-law, and Nicholas Meier, his brother, are living with him and his family.

CENSUS: 1870 Census New Holstein, Calumet, Wisconsin John is age 43, a farmer, with 10 children, owns property, and has Catherina WIlms (mother-in-law) living with him and his family.

FAMILY HISTORY: 1873 - July 1874 the Meyer family moved to Iowa by wagon, crossing the Mississippi River by ferry. (daughter Theresa's obituary)

HISTORICAL FACT: ". . . Also in 1875 Anton Wolf arrived from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and located nearby Meyer. In the following spring John Joseph Meyer of Calumet County, Wisconsin, Math Durben and Anton Mauer of Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin bought land one mile west of Meyer." "Several meetings were held at the schoolhouse and after the government concession had been granted a vote was taken for naming the town. Several names among them: ST. ANNA, DURBEN and MEYER were suggested and eventually the name of Meyer was adopted in honor of JOHN MEYER the oldest living settler who merited the title "the father of our village". At these meetings the name of MAY CREEK was also determined and given to the creek north of Meyer." (Writings taken from the interior pillar of the Stacyville, Iowa bridge. This has been written by David May, of rural Stacyville, from information he obtained from the May family history) This bridge has since been replaced and a new one has been errected in its place.

CENSUS: 1880 Census Stacyville, Mitchell, Iowa John is age 54. He is a farmer with his wife and 6 children at home.

FAMILY HISTORY: "In 1899, their son Joseph Carl Meyer married. This family and his parents lived together in the same house owned by John Joseph Meyer. This house had four rooms downstairs and two big rooms upstairs (bedrooms). The kitchen was "L" shaped room with a fireplace for cooking and a small pantry room. All the floors in the house were wood and the house was made from wood sent over from the Staceyville, Iowa sawmill. It had two large trees in front of the house and a grove of trees to the west and north. This house was built by the help of Gerhard, Peter, John, and Hubert, his sons.
After Christina Meyer's death, the farm was sold (forty acres sold separately). When Joseph sold eighty acres, a new house was built where the old one stood. Forty acres owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lester Durben. Eighty acres owned by Mr. and Mrs. Edmond May. This house stood one-half mile from Meyer, Iowa." (Copied from Don and Corin Meyer in April 2002 by Cathy Meyer upon their first meeting in person)

CENSUS: 1900 Census Stacyville, MItchell, Iowa John is 73 and still living with his son, Joseph C.. He has been married 50 years with 12 children, and 8 still living. He came to the United States in 1852 and is naturalized. He is still farming.

CENSUS: 1910 Census Stacyville, Mitchell, Iowa John is age 83 and living with son, Joseph. He has been married 60 years. He speaks German.

WILL: "Last Will and Testament - I, J.J. Meyer, of the town of Meyer, County of Mitchell and State of Iowa, being of sound mind memory and understanding do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, to wit:
First. All my just debts and funeral expenses shall be first fully paid.
Second. I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Christina Meyer, all my personal property and real estate, money, securities for money and credits, where ever found for her only use during her natural life, and after her death, the property shall be divided as follows.
Within one year after my death and my wife's death, the real estate and personal property shall be sold at an auction sale by my executor to the highest responsible bidder and after all my just debts are paid, then my executor shall have a monument erected on my grave not to cost over fifty dollars ($50.00).
Third. The residue and remainder of my property (which should be all then in ready money) shall be equakky divided, share and share alike, among my legal heirs.
Fourth. I appoint my son, Peter Meyer, executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and signature this 7th day of February 1904. J.J. Meyer" (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, film #1502971)

OBITUARY: "Stacyville Monitor Newspaper, Stacyville, Iowa October 20, 1910 John Joseph Meyer, as aged resident of this county, died at his home in Meyer, Monday morning. The funeral service were held in the church at Meyer at 9:30 o'clock this morning and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery at that place.
John Joseph Meyer was born in Germany, January 13, 1837 and departed this life October 17, 1910 at the ripe old age of 83 years 9 months and 4 days. In 1849 he was joined in marriage to Miss Christina Willems and two years later they emigrated to America. They settled in Wisconsin where they lived for 24 years and then came to Meyer which has been their home. Besides his aged wife, he leaves to mourn his death five sons, Gerhart, of New Ulm, Minnesota, John of Canby, Minnesota, Peter, Joseph and Hubert and three daughters Mrs. Jacob Seibert, Mrs. John Kuechenberg, and Mrs. Martin Werner all of this county."

Naming of Meyer, Iowa

Several meetings were held at the schoolhouse and after the government concession had been granted, a vote was taken for naming the town. Several names, among them St. Anna, Durben, and Meyer were suggested and eventually the name of Meyer was adopted in honor of John Joseph Meyer, the oldest living settler, who through his active zeal has merited the title: "The father of our village." At these meetings, the name of May Creek was also determined and given to the creek north of Meyer.

Meyer Incorporated

With the opening of the new school, an attempt was made to unify the three school districts in the community of Meyer, and to form an independent district with a centralized school at Meyer. The vote was taken and the measure was defeated. Thereupon steps were taken to incorporate Meyer according to the provisions of the statutes of Iowa. Nick Weyland was promoter of this movement and drew up the limit. He filed an application in the spring of 1901, but the concession was not granted until late that same year. Nick Weyland, Jacob Winkels and John E. Hemann signed the instrument whereby Meyer became an incorporated village. Due to a subsequent petition the limits of the incorporated district were extended in 1911. The officers elected in 1901 at the first polls were: John J. Meyer, mayor, and council assisting of Jacob Winkels, Anton Mauer, Peter Weber, John E. Hemann and Matt Adams. The state census of 1910 credited Meyer with a population numbering 387. The corporation embraced Sections 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36, and part of 16, 21, 58, 34 of Stacyville Township; Sections 2 and parts of 1 and 11 of Liberty Township; and parts of 19, 30, and 31 of Wayne Township. The entire area within its limits covered about 18 square miles.

Meyer Community

The territory around Stacyville had long been settled before anyone came to fix the constant abode with those limits known as the Meyer corporation. The first settlers came from McHenry, Illinois, and selected a place for their home somewhere north of the present site of Meyer. In 1872, Peter Freund, Henry May and Bernard May arrived from McHenry Co. Illinois, and were the first to erect permanent homes in this vicinity. Although Greer and Foster lived south of even a few years previous, yet after a period of several years sold their land again and sought homes in a different locality. Two years later in 1874 Stephen Freund followed and settled directly west of the present site of Meyer. In 1875 Jacob Winkels, who had bought the year before, and Peter May, both from McHenry Co. Illinois, arrived. In the same year Baltas Schaffer and Hubert Hackenmiller built a home on the place formerly known as the John Klapperich farm. Early in 1875, Anton Wolf arrived from Fond du Lac Co. Wisconsin, and located nearby where Meyer now stands. In the spring of 1876 John Joseph Meyer of Calumet Co. Wisconsin, Math Durben and Anton Mauer of Fond du Lac Co. Wisconsin bought land one mile west of Meyer. Anton Mauer however did not erect a home there until a few years subsequently while Meyer and Durben fixed their homes immediately upon their arrival. About the same time Peter Theobald who had come from Fond du Lac Co. Wisconsin some years previous, took possession of his farm located directly southeast of the present site of Meyer. Within this period of four years a promising settlement had grown up and soon many others followed and homeseekers came in great numbers. They had no place of worship of their own but joined hands with the Stacyville pioneers and erected a church in that village until their number grew so large and demanded a division to accommodate the needs of the entire people. Manifold were the hardships which these heroic settlers had to endure. The entire country was a vast prairie, a home of rapinous beasts, a source of danger of man and flock. Besides they were unable to erect homes, convenient and warm, as we have them at present. Then too, they had no adequate market nearby. In the earliest times McGregor was a much frequented market, but very soon after Osage became the most visited trading post.
1849: As German solder met wife in Alsace Lorraine, came to US from Lammer dorf near Aachen, Germany, near Belgium border.

1852: The Meyer family arrived in the New York harbor , United States Sept ember 3, 1852, on the ship Antarctic. Their port of departure was Antwer p, Belgium, Place of Origin was Germany. On this passenger list was: Jo hn Joseph 35; Christina 36; Gerhard 26; Catherine 20; Johann 17; Gertru de 16; Nicholas 11 and Gerhard 6 months.

1860 US Census: Russell, Sheboygen Co., Wisconsin - June 29
John Meir 33 born Prussia, Christina 23 born Prussia, Children: Gerard 8 b orn Prussia; George 6, Mary 4; Catherine 3, Chrisanthus 1 all but Gerard b orn Wisconsin, Catherine Williams 80, Nicholas Meier 21, farm labor

1870 US Census: New Holstein, Calumet Co., Wisconsin - June 23
John Joseph Meyer 45 farmer born Prussia, Christine 46 born Prussia
Children: Gerhard 17; George 15; Marie 13; Catherine 12; Chrisandes 10; Th eresa 9; Johan 7; Peter 5; Franz 3; Hubertas 2

1873-July 1874: The family moved to Iowa by wagon, crossing the Mississip pi by ferry. (daughter Theresa's obit)

1880 US Census: Stacyville, Mitchell County, Iowa
John J Myre age 54 born in Prussia, Farmer, parents born in Prussia
Christine, wife age 53 born in Prussia, both parents born in Prussia
Mary, daughter age 24, born in Wisconsin, Theresa, daughter age 19 bo rn in Wisconsin, John, son age 17 born in Wisconsin, Peter, son age 16 bo rn in Wisconsin, Hubert, son age 12 born in Wisconsin
Joseph, son age 5 born in Wisconsin, Bertram Kitchenberg, son-in-law 24 bo rn Wisconsin, Catherine daughter, 23 born Wisconsin

1900 US Census: Stacyville, Mitchell Co., Iowa - June 8
Joseph C Meyer 25 born July 1874 Iowa, married 0 years
Margaret, wife 20 born Iowa born October 1879
John Meyer 73, father born January 1827, Germany, married 53, immigrated 1 852, Christina Meyer 73, mother born October 1826 Germany, married 56 h ad 12 children / 8 living

Meyer, Iowa
The town of Meyer, Iowa was named after John Joseph Meyer born 1827. T he story was that when they named the town they took the names of long ti me pioneer residents and put their names in a hat. John's name was pull ed from the hat and that's how it got it's name.

1904 Last Will and Testament:
I, J. J. Meyer, of the town of Meyer, County of Mitchell and State of Iow a, being of sound mind memory and understanding do hereby make, publish a nd declare this to be my last will and testament, to-wit:
First. All my just debts and funeral expenses shall be first fully pai d.
Second. I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Christina Meye r, all my personal property and real estate, money, securities for money a nd credits, where ever found for her only use during her natural life, a nd after her death, the property shall be divided as follows.
Within one year after my death and my wifes death, the real estate and pe rsonal property shall be sold at an auction sale by my executor to the hig hest responsible bidder and after all my just debtrs are paid, then my exe cutor shall have a monument erected on my grave not to cost over fifty dol lars ($50.00).
Third: The residue and remainder of my property (which shold be all th en in ready money) shall be equally divided, share and share alike, amo ng my legal heirs.
Fourth. I appoint my son, Peter Meyer, executor of this my last will a nd testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and signatu re this 7th day of February 1904. J. J. Meyer
Signed, sealed and acknowledges by J. J. Meyer, as his last will and testa ment in presence of us and we have signed here as witnesses upon his reque st and in his presence and in the presence of each other this 7th day of F ebruary 1904 at Meyer, Iowa. Anton Mauer; Peter C Koenigs

bullet  Research Notes:

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From: Albert Emmerich
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 2:35 PM
To: Brian Meyers
Subject: Re: Diane

Brian,
I don't have Diane in my database either. But I have her grandparents. And they both are related to you:

Diane's Grandfather and ancestors:
John Gregory Halfmann, * 1869, married Margaret Meyer, * 1887
Chrysanthus Halfman, * ??, oo Eva Sonntag * ??
Gerhard Halfmann, * 1802, oo Anna Catharina Koenigs, *1807
Mathias Halfmann, * 1762, oo Maria C. Stephani, * 1761

Diane's Grandmother and ancestors:
Margaret Meyer, * 1887, oo John Gregory Halfmann, * 1869
John August Meyer, * 1862, oo Anna Thome, * 1862
Johann Josef Mayer, *1827, oo Christine Willems, *1826
Michael Mayer, * 1796, oo Anna Maria Halfmann, *1805 ( = parents of Johann Adam Mayer!!! )
Mathias Halfmann, * 1762, oo Maria C. Stephani, * 1761 (same as above!)

That's what she sent me in the very beginning of our correspondence after I had found some of her Meyer data in Rootsweb.com and wrote the first email to her.

There is some doubt on the parents of Anna Maria Halfmann, as my colleagues here in Germany have them as Mathias Halfmann and Klara Brust. I asked them for explanation, but so far they did not give more data to that. So I follow Diane's data, as they are more precise and have been proved to be very accurate in all cases I have checked so far!


Albert

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bullet  Noted events in his life were:



Birth Record: Civil Birth Document, Jan 13, 1827, Bruchhausen, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.



Parish Register: Christening, Sep 30, 1827, Bruchhausen, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. 6

Baptism: Bruchausen, Rheinland, Germany, Sep 30, 1827.

Citizenship: Declaration of Intent in Calumet Co, Dec 1, 1853, , Calumet County, Wisconsin, USA.

Immigration, 1852, Allscheid, Vulkaneifel, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. 7


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Johann married Christina Willems, daughter of Mathias Willems and Maria Katharina Maus, on Dec 18, 1849 in Darscheid, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.1 (Christina Willems was born on Oct 7, 1826 in Allscheid, Vulkaneifel, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany 8, christened on Oct 8, 1826 in Darscheid, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany,9 died on Mar 20, 1916 in Meyer, Mitchell, Iowa, USA 4 and was buried on Mar 23, 1916 in Meyer, Mitchell, Iowa, USA.)


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Sources


1 Diane M Scott, From Pedigree report created by Diane. Surety: 3.

2 Albert Emmerich, Familienforschung(Family Research), Surety: 3.

3 Cathy Meyer, Surety: 3.

4 Diane M Scott, Surety: 3.

5 Newspaper: Staceyville Iowa, The Staceyville Monitor, Thursday, October 20, 1910. Surety: 3.

6 Katholische Kirche Welcherath (Kr. Adenau), Kirchenbuch 1706-1927, Page 128. Surety: 3.

7 Diane Scott [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,] to Brian Meyers, e-mail; privately held by Meyers. Surety: 3.

8 www.kradenbach.de Datenbank Auswanderer aus LK Daun, Surety: 3.

9 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of November 12, 2005), C981641. Surety: 3.



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