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Some Indiana Kamman History
Posted by: Bob Kamman Date: May 21, 2001 at 14:06:47
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Thanks to microfilmed records from the LDS library, many questions about my Kamman ancestry have been answered (while others were raised).

Bernhard Heinrich Kamman was born 9/29/1804 in Hilter, Germany (near Hanover) and married Catherine Wilhelmina Agnes Fromme before emigrating to the United States. (Note: the English version and modern spelling of names are used here, but it is likely that the spelling at that time was Kammann and, for example, Henry was Heinrich and William was Wilhelm.)

The family, when it sailed for America in about 1842, included sons Phillip Herman (known as Herman), born 10/13/1830; and Henry William, born 8/18/1839. Agnes died at sea, two days before arriving in New Orleans. (One family tradition has it that the ship was bound for Baltimore, but was blown off course by a storm to Havana, from where the passengers continued to New Orleans.)

Bernhard and the two young boys continued up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to Cincinnati, then back down to Madison, Indiana. His grandson George H. Kamman would later write, "It must have been his brother who lived here to whom he went." Who was this brother? Possibly Francis Kamman, who homesteaded 80 acres from the Jeffersonville, Indiana, land office in 1845.

On 10/17/1843, Bernhard married the widow Maria Elizabeth Roelker Tormohlen, who had six children. One daughter was born to Bernhard and Catherine: Wilhelmina, 7/28/1848-11/21/1924 (married Henry Niemoller).

In the fall of 1848, the family moved to Dubois County, Indiana (the farm actually may have been located in adjacent Warrick County).

A considerable amount of information is available from microfilmed family records written around 1950 by two of the children of Henry William Kamman, the younger of Bernhard's two sons. Briefly, here are Henry's children:

John H. Kamman, 12/15/1867-12/25/1932; became a lawyer in Indiana.

George H. Kamman, 11/25/1869-7/20/1956, became a doctor in Indiana; wrote 19 pages of family reminiscences.

Herman H. Kamman, 2/15/1872-5/20/1949.

Henry W. Kamman II, 4/13/1874-8/30/1947.

Anna Mary Louise Kamman, 12/22/1876-8/26/1904.

Frank W. Kamman, 4/24/1879-2/27/1950.

Minnie Kamman Ring Rebber, 6/2/1881-1/15/1969.

William F. Kamman, 1/30/1885-5/27/1960, taught German at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh; wrote 22 pages of family recollections.

Elenora J. Kamman, 7/29/1887-10/30/1963.

Bernhard Kamman, the original immigrant, died 2/6/1876 in Dubois County, Indiana. His son Henry died 6/27/1904. Henry married Sophia Engel Meyer on 12/27/1866.

I have additional information regarding the descendants of these Kammans, and would like to hear from anyone interested in it. I believe that Bernhard's older son, Philip Herman, who died 12/5/1896, is the father of William Kamman, who is the father of Horace Kamman, who is the father of Glenn Forrest Kamman, who is my father. Philip Herman married Sophia Honroth (date unknown).


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