Tonight I thought I would work on my husbands line. The Kornmeyer family. My husband has been very accommodating with my interest in genealogy so I want to give a little back by highlighting Martin Kornmeyer the first of his line to immigrate to the United States.
Martin was born in Boehringen, Konstanz, Baden, Germany to Philipp and Waldburga (Meyer) Kornmeyer 18 Oct. 1811 as recorded in the Local Parish Book

Boehringen Germany Record Book
Boehringen Germany Record Book

It was very exciting for me when I found this film in Salt Lake City Family History Library back in 2005. It shows the mothers maiden name.

Martin Kornmier
Martin Kornmeyer

Since I do not read or write German, while looking through the films I had this cheat sheet to help with locating the records I was looking for.

Research Guide - German
Research Guide – German

Martin was one of 5 children I found born to Philipp and Waldburga. Of those 5 I only found 2 living to adulthood, Martin and  a brother Joseph born Jan 8, 1816 and who died Aug. 30, 1878.

In  Germany Martin marries Maria Ursala Uhl on May 20, 1833.  They have 7 children: Theresa born 1835, Martin b. 1836, Peter b. 1838, Joseph b. 1840, Gabriel b. 1842, Philipp b. 1844, and Mathida b. 1846.

The Boehringen accounts show that the Martin Kornmeyer family left for America in 1848. They Arrive in New York Oct. 7, 1850 on the Jane E. Williams out of Rotterdam.

Partial Passenger List Jane E. Williams out of Rotterdam
Partial Passenger List
Jane E. Williams
out of Rotterdam

Listed#24 Martin Kornmeyer, 38, M, Farmer, from Baden; Rosa Jackle, 28, F, from Baden; Theresa Kornmeyer, 15, F, from Baden; Martin Kornmeyer, 14, M, from Baden;Peter Kornmeyer, 10, M, from Baden; Jos. Kornmeyer, 10, M, from Baden; Gabriel Kornmeyer, 8, M, from Baden; Philipp Kornmeyer, 6, M, from Baden; Mathilda Kornmeyer, 4, F, from Baden. Maria Ursula is not included and there is no mention of her death on board during the sailing. It also took them two years to travel from Boehringen to New York. I looked for her death online in Germany and in the Netherlands  but have been unable to locate where and when she dies.

The first Census I have for Martins family in is the 1860 US Census.

1860 US Census Boonville, New York
1860 US Census
Boonville, New York

Here we see Martin Corneyer (49) a farmer born in Baden with a wife (40) also born in Baden, Teressa (23) born in Baden, Martin (24) b. Baden, Peter (23) b. Baden, Joseph (19) b. Baden, Phillip (11) b. Baden, Amelia (11) b. New York, and John (5) b. New York.

1875 New York State Census
1875 New York State Census

In the 1875 New York State Census we find Martin Kornmeyer (64)  born in Germany listed as a Farmer, a naturalized citizen his wife Rosa (54) also born in Germany, John (20) their son born in Oneida, Amelia (22) Daughter born in Oneida, Frank (14) son born in Oneida, and Anna B. (7) Grand daughter born in Oneida.

the 1880 US Census also shows the family in Boonville, Oneida County, New York

1880 US Census Boonville, New York
1880 US Census
Boonville, New York

Listed is Martin Kornmeyer (69)  a naturalized citizen still a farmer b. Baden as were both parents, his wife Rosa (59) Keeping House b. Baden as were both of her parents. Next we have Frank (19) son a Laborer b. New York and both parent b. Baden, Anna (13) neice at home born in New York and both of her parents b. Baden, John (7) grandson b. New York father listed b. Baden, mother b. New York.

Martin Kornmeyer dies 27 September 1882 in Hawkinsville New York  at 71 years of age.

6 thoughts on “52 Ancestors – #18 Martin Kornmeyer – Original Immigrant

  1. Your research coincides with what I found when I researched my great-grandfather Martin Kornmeyer–the 14-year-old son who arrived with the Kornmeyer family in 1850. He married Theresa Stahl, who was born in New York State but also of German descent. My grandmother, Emma Kornmeyer, was their 4th child, born in 1877. I believe the Kornmeyers were Catholic. My mother, Irene Fitch, was Emma’s daughter. Did you trace your busband’s family any further?

    1. Patricia, Thanks for visiting my site. Yes I have another blog (52 Ancestors ~#34 Philipp Kornmeyer) on your Martins grandfather in Germany. Take a look and if you have any questions or additions do not hesitate to contact me. I had hoped to go to Germany last summer but other things got priority. I want to see the village there and see what more I can find prior to Phillip. Would love to know more about your family line.

      1. I am interested in the Kornmeyer religion because it appears that my grandmother, Emma, was married by a Methodist minister to a Methodist in a large wedding at her father’s home in 1902. Her young husband died after 3 months and the next year she married another Methodist, a neighboring farmer and widower, Oliver Fitch, but I can find no account of that wedding. When Oliver died in 1914, she moved to the village of Boonville and became a devout, practicing Catholic. Her father and siblings were buried in the Catholic cemetery there (St. Joseph’s) and German documents show that Martin (the son, her father) was baptized a Catholic –so it seems the Kornmeyers were Catholic. So I do wonder about that wedding. Can you shed any light? (I plan to read your blog on Philip.) Thank you for posting this research.

      2. The family was Catholic. There was a Kornmeyer I believe, in Boonville, who was a Catholic Priest. St Joseph’s was the family church there where they are buried. Martin son Joseph and his wife Josephine lived in Utica and are buried there in New York, where as their son Fredrick Joseph Kornmeyer traveled west to Kansas. He married in North Bend Kansas in 1893 to Laura Tabler. Their son Roy who is my husbands grandfather never attended church. That does not shed any light on Emma’s marriage but with a priest in the family she may have found it more comforting to attend the family church later in her life.

      3. Hello, Putnam sisters! I am a descendent of Martin Kornmeyer (#18) and have written to you earlier. I was just reading over your notes on Martin Kornmeyer and saw that a Rosa Kornmeyer, age 28, was one of the immigrants who came over with the Kornmeyer family on the Jane Williams. Since Martin was 38, she was obviously not one of their children. Then I noticed on later U.S. censuses that his wife in Boonville was named Rosa. So it looks as if Martin married this second wife in Germany or at least during the two years it took the family to get to America. This still does not clear up the mystery of his first wife’s death, however.

        I am also interested in the Kornmeyer religion. Martin’s son Martin (he is never referred to as a “Jr.”) is listed on records as being baptized as a “Katholic,” but it appears that in America son the son Martin’s daughter Emma (my grandmother) was married in a Methodist ceremony in 1902. She was married in her father’s home, and the Catholic church does not allow weddings except in a church. She married a Methodist and a little Methodist girl was the flower girl, and the organist was a Fitch–the neighboring Fitch family was Methodist. I looked up the “Reverend” performing the ceremony and could find only a Methodist minister located in Fishkill, NY earlier than 1902–but Methodists change churches and areas. Anyway, do you have any information on the Kornmeyer religion in America? The son Martin was buried in a Catholic cemetery and Emma later in life was a very devout Catholic. Did they stop practicing Catholicism for a time, perhaps?

  2. I just saw your answer to my earlier question about religion. I must have missed it and have still been researching and pondering. Interesting about your husband’s grandfather never attending church and about the Kornmeyer priest. Family “legend” has it that my grandmother Emma was helped by a priest after her second husband died and she and her 2 daughters, who were left no money, moved to the village of Boonville in 1914. That priest may have been her relative! I’d like to find out more about him.

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