Friday, September 28, 2007
Greetings from Singapore.
My name is Ed Coll and I am doing research on some of my German ancestors from the Kolm and Roemer families who emigrated from Reichmannsdorf, Bavaria to New York City between 1879 and 1889.
I noted that there were two old postings on this forum site made by Susan Stibitz in June 2003 and April 2000 regarding her grandparents Johann and Kunigunde Kolm who emigrated from Reichmannsdorf to New York City in the 1880s.
I am trying to determine if this Johann Kolm branch might be related to the branch of the Kolms from Reichmannsdorf that my great grand mother Babetta (Kolm) Roemer belongs to.
Therefore, I would like to share the following information I have with you:
My great grandmother, Babetta Kolm, was born on December 13, 1859 in the village of Reichmannsdorf, Bavaria. Her parents were Johann Kolm and Kunigunde Stahlmann. They were Lutherans.
In September 1880, Babetta and her fiancé, Johann Eugene Roemer, a Catholic who was also born in Reichmannsdorf eloped and sailed from Bremen, Germany on board the SS “General Werder” for the United States.
They arrived in New York City on Monday, October 11, 1880 and were married on Saturday, October 16, 1880 in an Evangelical Lutheran Church at 413 West 43rd Street in NYC. They initially lived at 355 West 39th Street before moving to 554 West 36th Street.
They had seven children (two boys and five girls). Babetta died in Queens, New York on December 28th, 1896. Her husband, Johann, now a widower, had to continue raising the children with the help of his relatives who were living in various tenements between West 36th and West 39th Street in NYC.
I noted in the 1900 U.S. Census that Susan's Johann Kolm and his wife Kunegunde were living with six of their sons at 437 West 38th Street in New York City. It mentioned that they had immigrated from Germany in 1888 and that Johann and two of his sons, Walter and Philip were working as “Piano Makers”
In the 1900 Census, Johann Roemer (the husband of Babetta Kolm) and four of his daughters were also living on West 38th (445 West 38th Street) which was just four doors down the block from where Susan's Johann Kolm and his family was living.
There were also other Kolms from Reichmannsdorf living in this neighborhood in the 1880s – 1890s. For example, my great-grandmother’s older sister, Anna Kolm, who was born in Bavaria July 1858.
In October 1879, Anna and other members of the Kolm family (Dorothea Kolm age 24, and a Barbara Kolm age 11 months) set sail from Bremen, German on board the “SS Neckar” for the United Sates. They arrived in New York City on November 8th, 1879.
In about 1882, Anna married Carl Laemmle in New York City. Carl and his relative, Hermann Laemmle, who immigrated from Wurttemberg, Germany to New York in 1880, were also Piano Makers. They lived on West 36th Street in the 1880s and 1890s.
I would certainly appreciate it someone from this forum who might have additional infomation about the Kolms from Reichmannsdorf could help to clarify if the Johann Kolm Branch that Susan has referred to could be related to the branch of the Kolm family from Reichmannsdorf that my great grandmother Babetta (Kolm) Roemer belongs to.
Thanks for your assistance.
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