©2001, 2002 Nicole Carr
Descendants of Gerhard Herman, born before 1770
related surnames in my database (either direct or indirect):
Blackman, Brown, Bruns, Clarkson, Coberg, Giombetti, Groniniger, Hall, Hillermann, Hogg, Knight, Knoller, Kolter, Kothakota, Lammers, Longin, Luschen, McMullen, Mendenhall, Neenstein, Rigg, Scheidt, Shore, Sifford, Stubben, Temmen, Unzer, Violas, Walstead, Walters, and Wicht.
(I'm sure there are more, please feel free to share any not listed.)
Only recently have I acquired enough information on the Schepers to actually put information on a website. Most of my efforts were focused on my maternal line of ancestors, until I came in contact with two people who provided me with pictures, names, and stories of people with whom I had lost touch. You both know who you are. Thank you - Nicole.
So, here we are with a name - Gerhard Herman Schepers, born before 1770 in Kleine Hespe, a villiage in the far northern province of RhuleTwist, now Twist, Germany. He was a farmer and owned land in HesperTwist 6, and through auction or lottery, received land in HesperTwist 21. The people who helped drain the Hesper Moor were entered into a lottery to receive a piece of the property, in exchange for the work they had done draining the land and building canals.
He married Euphemia Adelheid Stubben, and had one son that we know of - Herman Heinrich, born about 1782, who inherited his father's land. He married Susannah Maria Lammers, and they had 6 children:
Bernard Herman married Elizabeth Neenstein, born March 30, 1824, and had 4 children:
Gerhard Heinrich may have immigrated to the United States and settled around the St. Louis, Missouri area. At this point it is still family speculation.
Gerhard Herman immigrated to the U.S; rumor has it to avoid conscription, and moved first to Illinois, where he met and married Catherine Walters. Three of her sisters had moved out to Nebraska with Herman and Catherine in 1886. There they raised their 5 children:
Unfortunately, Catherine died in the typhoid epedemic that hit central Nebraska in 1899, leaving Herman with the children. He married Fredricka 'Reka' Wilks, who raised Herman's children as her own, and died in 1953. Herman died in 1944. Catherine's obituary can be read here.
Catherine, and oldest 4 children.
Susie, my great-grandmother, is the blur in the lower left-hand corner.
During the winter of 1907-08, Johann, his wife Maria, and his family stayed with his nephew, Walter, and his wife Lena in Nebraska until the weather became nice enough in the spring to travel to Shawnee, Oklahoma, where they settled.
Susie married Andrew Y. McMullen, and more information on their family can be found on the McMullen page.
Note: The descendants of Barney, Walter, Lizzie, and George can be found in my database, as well as descendants of the 1st Gerhard Herman, and Johan Heinrich, Herman's brother, who settled in Oklahoma.