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Map of Germany showing cities of origin


BERNAU, August Carl & Marie Louise Emilie (VAN BUREN)

August:

Born 12/15/1886, DeSoto, IA

Died 2/18/1974, Algona, IA

Son of William & Wilhelmina Bernau

Marie:

Born 4/19/1884, Waterloo, IL

Died 12/10/ 1979, Emmetsburg, IA

Daughter of Jacob & Emilie Van Buren

Married March 29, 1910, Waterloo, IL

Parents of Emilie, August, Roland, Vera, Ernest, Ida, Otto

NEW! Audio of Marie Bernau, 1976

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(about 20 minutes, quality gets better after about 3-4 minutes)

 

Wedding picture, 1910

Family picture, 1927

Obituary of Marie Bernau

Obituary of August Bernau

Grave of August & Marie Bernau, Whittemore, IA

BERNAU, William August & Wilhelmina Elizabeth (BALL)

William:

Born 4/23/1854, Germany

Died 10/8/1894, Madison Co., IA

Son of Carl & Johanna Bernau

Wilhelmina:

Born 12/15/1861, Clayton Co., IA

Died 7/16/1945, Madison Co., IA

Daughter of Carl & Caroline Ball

Married 9/13/1883 

Parents of August Carl Bernau, Ida Augusta Radke, Hulda White, Martha Clayton, John Bernau, Laura Jurgenson, Lena Addy

William died at age 40 of throat cancer

Photo of William & Wilhelmina, 1880

Children of William & Wilhelmina, 1895

<![if !vml]><![endif]> Wilhelmina Bernau, 1944

<![if !vml]><![endif]> Obituary of William Bernau

Obituary of Wilhelmina Bernau

Grave of William & Wilhelmina Bernau, German Lutheran Cemetery, Madison Co. IA

BERNAU, Carl August & Johanna Frederica (ZIEMAN)

Carl August:

Born 2/22/1822, Germany

Died 1/23/1883, Madison Co, IA

Was also known as ("August Bernau")

Son of Wilhelm August Bernau

Johanna:

Born 9/13/1824, Germany

Died 3/16/1921, Madison Co. IA

Daughter of Martin & Anna Zieman

Married October 24, 1849

Parents of Paul Bernau, Julius Bernau, William Bernau, Henrietta Bernau Wishmier, Anna Bernau Kneuper, Herman Bernau.

They emigrated to America in 1858 in a sailing ship - the journey took 13 weeks. They arrived in New Orleans, witnessed a slave auction there, then came up the Mississippi river to Clayton Co. IA. They settled in Madison Co., IA in 1872, on the farm now known as the Bernau homestead. According to great granddaughter Emilie Bernau,

"Johanna Fredericka (Zieman) Bernau was a good Christian woman, whose middle name was WORK. She certainly knew how to do it, too. In March 1921 at age 96 she saw nice clean corn cobs in the hog lot so asked her son-in-law Billy Wishmeier to pull a wagon in there so she could pick them up. He put on a 13 inch (high) box - she went to work, picked it full on that chilly day, went to the house & took pneumonia and died 3 days later."

Photo of Carl & Johanna, 1880?

Photo of Johanna, 1915?

Citizen oath of Carl (August) Bernau

Partial will of Carl (August) Bernau

Obituary of Johanna F. Bernau

Grave of Johanna Fredericka Bernau, German Lutheran Cemetery, Madison Co. IA

Grave of Carl (August) Bernau, Fairview Cemetery, Madison Co. IA

ZIEMAN, Martin & Anna LEHTZKE

Anna:

Born 3/4/1798, Unheim, Pomerania

Died 3/3/1883, IA

Martin:

 

Died in 1830, Germany

Parents of Johonn Christlieb Ziemann, Johanna Frederica Bernau, Gottlieb Ziemann, Carl Christian Ziemann

Anna remarried Friedrick Zimdahl and had another daughter, Henrette

Photo of Anna Zieman ~1880

Grave of Anna Zieman, Grand Meadow Cemetery, Postville, IA

BALL, Carl & Caroline BALL

Carl:

Born 2/2/1826, Nackel, Prussia

Died 12/12/1915, Clayton Co., IA

Caroline:

Born 9/28/1829, Prussia

Died 2/18/1908, Clayton Co. IA

Married December 5, 1851

Parents of John Ball, Bertha Backes, Theodore Ball, Wilhelm Ball, Wilhelmina Bernau, Augusta Busacker, Ludwig Ball, Pauline Ball, Caroline Hagen, Carl Ball.

Carl was born near Nackel, Province of Posen, Prussia

Came to America in 1855, settled in Guttenburg, IA

Wed 57 years

Photo of Carl and Caroline Ball

Family of Carl & Caroline Ball

3 generation photo of Ball family

Obituary of Caroline Ball

Obituary of Carl Ball

Grave of Carl & Caroline Ball

VAN BUREN, Jacob Jann & Emilie Louise Christiana (RUFF)

Jacob:

Born 7/7/1854, Waterloo, IL

Died 5/11/1932, Waterloo, IL

Son of Jann and Marie Van Buren

Emilie:

Born 9/6/1860, Wartburg, IL

Died 1/17/1941, Waterloo, IL

Daughter of Carl & Christine Ruff

Married August 28, 1881

Parents of Emilie, Marie, Henry, Hermina, John, Jacob, Louis, William, Amanda, Armin, Arthur, Albert. Two additional children died shortly after birth.

They moved to "the Van Buren Farm" one mile south of Waterloo IL in 1905 (was continuously occupied by family until 1993). The Van Buren farm was a Century Farm. Jacob purchased it from his sister, Anna Feltmeier.

Jacob was 5'6" tall, a pacing talker, an excellent farmer and veterinarian

Emilie was thin, tall, a hard worker, a good wife, and nurse to her kin

Emilie played church organ without lessons, by ear at Wartburg Lutheran church

Jacob died of an ulcer

Business card of Jacob Van Buren

Photo of Jacob and Emilie Van Buren, 1881

Family picture of Jacob & Emilie's family, 1905

50th anniversary picture of Jacob and Emilie

Grave of Jacob and Emilie, Waterloo, IL

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Obituary of Jacob Van Buren

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Obituary of Emilie Van Buren

Funeral card of Jacob Van Buren

Funeral card of Emilie Van Buren

VAN BUREN, Jann Jacob & Maria (HENKE)

Jann:

Born 9/18/1814, Germany

Died 9/9/1859, Monroe Co., IL

Marie:

Born 5/4/1829, Germany

Died 1902, IL

Daughter of Christian & Christina Henke

Married January1, 1848  

The Van Burens came from Ostdorf on the North Sea in Germany, 6 miles from Holland in 1840.

Parents of 8 children, including Jacob Jann

Marie came from Holzhausen, Germany, on the Bar Constitution (ship) to New Orleans in 1845

He was a carpenter, received a carpenter's diploma from N. Holland, earned by apprenticing 3 years for free

Marie would come to visit grandchildren on the train, bring candy, per Hinae Van Buren (grandson)

Marie was married twice more after Jann's death, once to a Mohme, and once to a Borman

Photo of Marie Henke Van Buren , ~1890

Photo of Marie Van Buren with 4 of 5 children, ~1880

Photo or drawing of Jann & Marie Van Buren ~1850

Grave of Marie Van Buren

Grave of Jann Van Buren

RUFF, Carl & Christine Marie (ERFTMEIR)

Carl:

Born 3/4/1828, Germany

Died 11/26/1900, Waterloo, IL

Christine:

Born 3/7/1834, Germany

Died 4/27/1904, Waterloo, IL

Daughter of Johann & Caroline Erftmeir

Married December 26, 1851

Parents of 5, including Emilie Louise Christiana

Both born in Germany, met in Preus, Minden, Germany, came to America (Monroe Co. IL) in 1849

She helped daughter Emilie with the babies

He was a cattle farmer and county supervisor, a good official

Hinae (grandson) would stop on the way to school, she'd get a knife and cut him a rose boutonniere; he thought she was 100% because her kids were the best

She was easy going but got things done, she said "we'll have as much fun as the neighbors on Saturday night whether we wash Monday or wait until Tuesday"

She died of appendicitis

Wedding Certificate of Carl & Christine Ruff

Photo of Carl & Christine Ruff with daughter Emilie, ~1865

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Obituary of Carl Ruff

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Grave of Carl & Christine Ruff, Holy Cross Cemetery, Wartburg, IL (2 tall stones in foreground)

HENKE, Christian & Christina

Christian:

Born 7/29/1802, Germany

Died 3/25/1850, Monroe Co., IL

Christina:

Born 2/20/1805, Germany

Died 3/3/1852, Monroe Co., IL

The Henkes came from Holzhausen, Germany, on the Bar Constitution (ship) to New Orleans in 1845.

Parents of 3 children, including Marie

Wed in Germany, came over with 3 children

His father was given a sworn by Napoleon for gallantry

Both died of cholera

Article referring to Christian & Christina Henke, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 4, 2001

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Grave of Christian Henke, Holy Cross Cemetery, Wartburg, IL

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Grave of Christina Henke, Holy Cross Cemetery, Wartburg, IL

ERFTMEIR, Johann Heinrich & Caroline Wilhelmine (ROSEMEIER)

Johann:

Born 3/4/1805, Hausberge, Bohfald/Lochald?, MindenGermany

Died 7/31/1882, Waterloo, IL

 

Caroline:

Born 1/1/1809, Germany

Died 12/24/1891, Waterloo, IL

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Grave of Johann Erftmeir, Holy Cross Cemetery, Wartburg, IL

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Grave of Caroline Erftmeir, Holy Cross Cemetery, Wartburg, IL

Came to U.S. in 1842

His occupation was wagoner

Parents of 2 children, including Christine Marie

Lived under one roof with her parents

In their old age, she wore a lace cap, he twiddled his thumbs

 

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Both born in Germany, met in Preus, Minden, Germany, came to America (Monroe Co. IL) in 1849

She helped daughter Emilie with the babies

He was a cattle farmer and county supervisor, a good official

Hinae (grandson) would stop on the way to school, she'd get a knife and cut him a rose boutonniere; he thought she was 100% because her kids were the best

She was easy going but got things done, she said "we'll have as much fun as the neighbors on Saturday night whether we wash Monday or wait until Tuesday"/p>

She died of appendicitis

http://www.faulstich.us/bernau_files/Bullet7.gifWedding Certificate of Carl & Christine Ruff

http://www.faulstich.us/bernau_files/Bullet7.gifPhoto of Carl & Christine Ruff with daughter Emilie, ~1865

Obituary of Carl Ruff

Grave of Carl & Christine Ruff, Holy Cross Cemetery, Wartburg, IL (2 tall stones in foreground)

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HENKE, Christian & Christina

Christian:

Born 7/29/1802, Germany

Died 3/25/1850, Monroe Co., IL

Christina:

Born 2/20/1805, Germany

Died 3/3/1852, Monroe Co., IL

The Henke's came from Holzhausen, Germany, on the Bar Constitution (ship) to New Orleans in 1845.

Parents of 3 children, including Marie

Wed in Germany, came over with 3 children

His father was given a sworn by Napoleon for gallantry

Both died of cholera

Article referring to Christian & Christina Henke, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 4, 2001

Grave of Christian Henke, Holy Cross Cemetery, Wartburg, IL

Grave of Christina Henke, Holy Cross Cemetery, Wartburg, IL

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ERFTMEIR, Johann Heinrich & Caroline Wilhelmine (ROSEMEIER)

Johann:

Born 3/4/1805, Hausberge, Bohfald/Lochald?, MindenGermany

Died 7/31/1882, Waterloo, IL

 

Caroline:

Born 1/1/1809, Germany

Died 12/24/1891, Waterloo, IL

Grave of Johann Erftmeir, Holy Cross Cemetery, Wartburg, IL

Grave of Caroline Erftmeir, Holy Cross Cemetery, Wartburg, IL

Came to U.S. in 1842

His occupation was wagoner

Parents of 2 children, including Christine Marie

Lived under one roof with her parents

In their old age, she wore a lace cap, he twiddled his thumbs

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