Last modified: July 2006
Created: February 2003

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BORN: July 14, 1783 in Drees, Rheinland, Germany. 1 70 71
DIED: January 22, 1828 in Nurburg, Rheinland, Germany 1 70
PARENTS: Anna Catharina Wageners and Wilhelm Nicholaus Hoffman 1 70
RELIGION: probably Catholic
MARRIAGE: Johann Joseph Seurer (1785-1826), June 30, 1807 in Nurburg, Rheinland, Germany. 1 70

Eva Catharine SEURER Dec. 25, 1809 Nurburg, Germany May 29, 1819 Nurburg, Germany Godparents: Carl Seurer, single, of Nurburg and Eva Catharina Frett, single, of Drees. 70
Anna Gertrude SEURER Sep. 10, 1813 Nurburg, Germany ? Johann Nicolas Wollersheim on July 18, 1833 unknown Godparents: Anton Frett, of Drees and Anna Gertrud Pauli, of Quiddelbach. 70
Michael SEURER Jan. 17, 1815 Nurburg, Germany Jan. 17, 1815 Nurburg, Germany
Michael SEURER Apr. 20, 1816 Nurburg, Germany Dec. 3, 1884 Maria Anna Casper in 1842 9 Godparents: Michael Pauli, of Quiddelbach and Maria Catharina Feet, of Drees. 70
Maria Anna SEURER 70 Sep. 9, 1819 Nurburg, Germany 70 Dec. 3, 1841 Nurburg, Germany 70 Godparents: Anna Maria Seurers of Nurburg and Mathias Heimermann of Drees. 70
Anna Maria SEURER Nov. 21 or 26, 1821 Nurburg, Germany Aug. 12, 1900 Philipp Kraemer on Feb. 16, 1843 10 Godparents: Carl Seurer of Nurburg and Anna Maria Koll of Nurburg. 70
Peter SEURER 70 Dec. 28, 1824 Nurburg, Germany 70 Jan. 31, 1825 Nurburg, Germany 70 Godparents: Anna Gertrud Justen of Nurburg and Peter Merten of Nurburg. 70
*Carl (Charles) SEURER Oct. 5, 1826 Nurburg, Germany 70 Jan. 26, 1878 Margaretha Achter on Feb. 16, 1859 8 Godparents: Karl Pauli of Quiddelbach and Anna Gertrud Josten of Nurburg. 70

RESIDENCES: Drees, Rheinland, Germany 1 70
Nurburg, Rheinland, Germany 1 70

Johann Joseph was 21 when he married Anna Maria Hoffman in 1807. Two and a half years later, their first child, Eva, was born. Between one and two years later their second child, Michael, was born. Less than three years after the birth of their first child, their third child, Anna Gertrude was born. Then on January 1, 1915, their second child and son died. He was three or four years old. Eva was five and Anna Gertrude was two. They must have been very sad.

In less than two years they had another son. Again they named him Michael. Was he named for the elder son Michael or for the person the first Michael was named for? Then in May of 1819, the first born Eva died. She was only nine. Two years later, Anna Maria was born. This time they did not name her for the child who had recently died.

Then in March of 1826, Johann Joseph died. He was only 40 years old. Anna Gertrude was 13, Michael was 8 or 9, and Anna Maria was 4. Anna Maria, his wife, probably didn't know at the time that she was two months pregnant with Carl. The next year or so must have been very hard for Anna Maria and her children!

Then on January 22, 1828, Anna Maria herself died. She left behind Anna Gertrude, age 15, Michael, between 11 and 13, Anna Maria, age 6, and Carl, 15 months. Did they have someone to care for them? An aunt or uncle? Or did Anna Gertrude become the head of the family at only 15?

In 1844 the two girls were married. A year later, Anna Maria had a son, Reuben, who died in a year. Then in 1847, she had a daughter. Probably about that time Michael was married.

They must have been close because Anna Gertrude and Anna Maria seem to both have been married on the same day. They also seem to have named their children for each other. At least the three younger children emigrated to the United States together and settled very close to each other. If they all migrated together in 1852, Michael and his wife had two children younger than three years old, Anna Maria had three children younger than five, and Carl was unmarried at 26.

SOURCES: 1 Foertsch-Achter-Seurer Family Chronicles by Dorothy Kaler, 1993
70 "Familienbuch Nurburg 1685-1899" by Karl-Josef Tonner (entries 545, 645, 549, 269)
71 Kelberg GedCom file by Karl-Josef Tonner