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Living [Parents]-2.

Living [Parents]-3.

They had the following children.

  M i Living-1.
  F ii Living-911.

Living [Parents]-4.

Living [Parents]-5.

They had the following children.

  M i Living-2.
  M ii Living-8.
  F iii Living-9.
  F iv Living-10.
  M v Living-11.

James William "Jim" POSTMA [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3-6 was born on 18 Aug 1914 in Ireton, Sioux County, Iowa. He died on 19 Jul 2010 in Sanborn, O'Brien County, Iowa. He was buried on 23 Jul 2010 in Roseland Cemetery, Sanborn, Iowa. Jim married (MRIN:3) Jessie Gertrude KUYPERS-7 on 10 Dec 1953 in Chicago, Illinois.

His parents moved to Ireton, Iowa from Holland, Michigan 1 1/2 years before James was born.

Jessie Gertrude KUYPERS [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2-7 was born on 21 Nov 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. She died on 12 Dec 2010 in Sanborn, O'Brien County, Iowa. She was buried on 17 Dec 2010 in Roseland Cemetery, Sanborn, Iowa. Jessie married (MRIN:3) James William POSTMA "Jim"-6 on 10 Dec 1953 in Chicago, Illinois.

she said she was the only sibling with a middle name - 10/10/1996

They had the following children.

  F i Living-33.
  F ii Living-34.
  F iii Living-35.
  F iv Living-3.

Living [Parents]-8.


They had the following children.

  F i Living-14.
  M ii Living-13.

John Ben MYERS [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3-18 was born on 28 Jul 1904 4 in Martha, Jackson County, Oklahoma 4. He died on 6 Apr 1984 5 in Branson, Missouri 5. He was buried on 9 Apr 1984 5, 6 in Ozarks Memorial Park, Branson, Missouri 5, 6. John married (MRIN:6) Cordelia Lillian BARRETT-19 on 17 Oct 1922 7, 8 in Naples, Grady County, Oklahoma 7, 8.

DEATH: He died while living at Rolling Hills Estate Nursing Home

BIOGRAPHY: Was living in West Texas, Millshoe and Naples when daughter Leda Fay was a child - per conversation with Leda Fay (Myers) Gaar in sept 2001
Written by Viaretta (Myers) Johnson to Naomi Ruth (Myers) Kemner in March 2001
both are daughters of John Ben Myers (excerts removed)

  We lived around a little community called Naples(no longer exists). It was east of Chickasha, appparently close to Alex (This small town does still exist.) The first move from this area that I know of was to Mulseshoe,Texas. There, Dady pastored a small A.G. church. We workd as farm laborers or Dady worked at what ever he could find to do. Times were real hard.  Finally, dady asked mama's 2nd. cousin Claude Barrett to take care of the church while we went to S. Texas to find work for a while. When we got back to Muleshoe, it seemed Claude had manouvered himself in as pastor and we were out...........
    I guess it may have been at this time that dady held revivals.  I remember us living in a tiny house. Mom would stay home with us while dady would hitch-hike to revivals. I remember mama patching dady's suit pants. I remember him having card-board inside his shoes because of the holes in the soles. We had a kerosene cook stove. It caught fire. Mom grabbed the little kerosene tank, ran out in the yard with it and stood and cried. I'm not sure if the house burned down or not but I think it did.
    We lived at Muleshoe 3 or 4 different times. I think it was from here that we moved to San Jon, New Mexico, where dady pastored. The parsonage was made of adobe-not unusual in that area. I was in the 2nd. grade. There, I was first saved. There, Faye met Cliff, From there we moved to Springdale,Ark. Mom,dady and all the older kids cut grapes, picked strawberries. I wasn't old enough. However when green-beans came in season, I got in on that. Fay had fallen madly in love with cliff at San Jon and was grieving her heart out so dady finally gave her permission to get marrid. Cliff wasted no time in showing up at Springdale and they were married at home. From Spingdale we went to VanBaren, Ark. Fay and Cliff moved with us. I think they move to Denver,Colorado for Cliff to work in a grocery store. Where we went from Ark,I'm not sure where, We went possibly to a little place near Muleshoe where Leona met her first husband, Harold Stovea (the father of Carolyn,Pat and Billie Gail).
    About this time we went to Anton, Texas where you were born and where Frances met Dobbin. Apparently we moved to muleshoe from there and dady went to calif to work either in the shipyard or a defense plant or something. Anyway we were living there when Frances eloped with Dobbin. (much to mom and dady's disappointment). When we went to Calif. you and Dwaine were little and Faye was pregnant with Jimmy. We landed in ElCajon and couldn't find a place to live. People would rent to people with pets but not people with kids. A family in El Cajon finally fixed up a little out building behind their house and let us cook in their kitchen till we could find a house. Dad and Cliff found work in San Diego and we moved to Escondido.
    I don't think we lived in Calif very long and I think we moved from calif to clovis, N.M but Faye and Cliff stayed in Calif. Carl was born at Clovis. I don't remember ever going to school at clovis so we must not have lived there long. I do remember going to church there. You were a little thing and probably spoiled by us older kids because when went to church you discovered that if you got fussy or cried some of us would immediately pick you and go to nursery. Of course there were toys and lots more fun than having to be in church. So church would hardly start til you'd start whining and reaching toward the nursery. To our dismay, dady decided No More' Instead of one of us taking you to the nursery to our dismay, dady reached out his arms for you and walked past the nursery and out the front door. When you came back in snubbing and wiping tears we were all mad at dady for spanking you. But some how the nusery lost some of its charm. Child abuse,Pure and simple lol
    I think we must have moved back to Muleshoe about that time because I know I went to school my eight grade)and maybe 7th at Muleshoe After my eighth grade we moved back to Okla. Dady accepted the pastorate at Tabler(E of Chickasha) where dady had got saved. Dady worked in Chickasha at a grocery store. I think it was Safeway, but we lived in the little parsonage at Tabler. During that time Leona left Carolyn, Patsy with us and took her baby, Billie Gail and went to Clovis, N.M. So we had 4 little ones, you and Carl and Carolyn and Pat.............She worked at chickasha for awhile as a waitres. I think from there she went to calif where she met Sonny,etc.
    From Tabler,we moved only a few miles to Blanchard to pastor there. Since Della and I were going to school at Middleberg which was about 1/2 way between Tabler and Blanchard, we didn't have to change school. We moved from Blanchard to Clebit, a logging camp in the Kiamichi mtns. near Broken Bow, Ok. It was here that Della met Preston We only lived there about a year. We moved back to Chickasha, not planning to stay, but an intern stopver til we could relocate. Grandma and Grandpa Barrett had moved into town (Chickasha)from the farm. We rented a little house next door to them while dady searched out the churches without pastor. We landed at Crescent. At Crescent you started 1st. grade and I finished 12 th. grade in 1449 I had started preaching in 1948 about the time we left Clebit. I held revival til I had to quit and go finish school my senior yr. Then I stared again. From Crescent we move to Wellston and you pretty well know from there.  The end

transcribed by William David Kemner - August 2001


The following was read at John's funeral:

    My father accepted Jesus when I was about five years old and almost immediately he began to share Christ in country school houses and small community churches.  With very little formal education and no religious training, he painstakingly sought to hew out an understanding of this new-found God.
    Having grown up an orphan boy with no one to love or be loved by - he found himself with a Heavenly Father, a wife and children and a big church family.  This new dimension in his life - Love, was to him the most valued treasure of life, and he found himself unsure of how much of it should go to the church family; how much to his personal family and how much to God.
    My father was not a "self-acclaimed holy prophet who could do no wrong." He was a flesh and blood man who struggled with his imperfections and was more painfully aware of them than was anyone else.  He loved God and people.
    Among his papers, in an envelope stamped March 1977, we found this "Thank-You" note. I share it with you.

    Dear Dady,
              Good Morning! Thought I'd take a little while to write a note
       just to say you're in my thoughts and "I love you."  In my devotions
       this morning, I've been reading the 119th  Psalm.  This verse reminded
       me of you:  Psa. 119:111  "Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage
       for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart."
              I want to thank you Dady, for this wonderful heritage - God's
       Word , His Testimonies ! You see, I claimed my inheritance from you
       early. No one can take it from me.  I don't have to lose you in death
       to enjoy my heritage.
              There'll be no squabbling among kids about who got the greater
       or lesser part.  I have my inheritance - "forever."  The beautiful part
       is - there's an abundance for all of us kids.  We only have to, as this
       verse says, "take" it as an heritage.
              I'm only sorry that you aren't enjoying this great wealth that
       you have shared with me, as much as you could .... because it is of
       such nature that - the more you give away - the more you have. Just
       wanted you to know - I'm appreciating more every day the true riches
       you shared with me when I was a little girl - the dividends get greater
       all the time.  I'm finding it to be enduring wealth that neither
       inflation nor depression can touch.
           Again - Thank You !   I love you !


    At the last, he did enjoy that heritage.  God is so faithful.  Through this past year, gently, patiently, God has been drawing him - drawing him into fellowship again.

    Shortly before Dady went to be with the Lord, in a very beautiful moment - that sweet fellowship was once again restored.  God is so good.

Transcribed on March 15, 2002 by William David Kemner
Timeline and location of moves.  Dates are approximate based off of where children were born and married.

1926-1931 Naples, Oklahoma (east of Chickasha, near Alex, Oklahoma) - daughter Frances
        born Naples 1926, son JC born Cickasha 1928, Della born 1930 and Viaretta born 1931 in Alex
aft 1931 Muleshoe, Texas - pastored a church
    South Texas for work
    Muleshoe, Texas
1938 San Juan, New Mexico - pastored, parsonage was Adobe
1940 Springdale, Arkansas - crop harvesting; Daughter Fay married
    Van Buren, Arkansas
    (a few other locations in this period)
1942 Anton, Texas - daughter Ruth born
    Muleshoe, Texas - John left for work in California
1942 El Cajon, California
    Escondito, California
1943 Clovis, New Mexico - son Carl born
1946 Mulshoe, Texas
1947 Tabler, Oklahoma - pastored and worked grocery store
    Blanchard, Oklahoma - pastored
    Clebit, Oklahoma - only 1 year (near Broken Bow, Oklahoma)
    Chickasha, Oklahoma (rented next door to father-in-law)
1948-9 Crescent, Oklahoma
1952-56 Wellston, Oklahoma
1956-61 Palm City, California
1961 Chula Vista, California

Cordelia Lillian BARRETT [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4-19 was born on 24 Aug 1905 5, 6 in Etawah, Cleveland County, Oklahoma 5. She died on 11 Jan 1970 7 in National City, California 7. She was buried on 14 Jan 1970 7, 8 in Glen Abbey Memorial Park, San Diego County, California 7, 8. Cordelia married (MRIN:6) John Ben MYERS-18 on 17 Oct 1922 9, 10 in Naples, Grady County, Oklahoma 9, 10.

DEATH: she died at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City
she died of Heart Disease

BURIAL: she was entombed at Glen Abbey Memorial Park, in Crypt Tier F Upper Terrace of Washington Irving Court; Sleepy Hollow Mausoleum; Bonita (Chula Vista), San Diego County, California

They had the following children.

  F i Leda Fay "Fay" MYERS-72 was born on 7 Oct 1923. She died on 23 Jul 2004.
  F ii Leona Wanda "Wanda" MYERS-74 was born on 2 Mar 1925. She died on 17 May 1992.
  F iii Laura Frances MYERS-84 was born on 11 Aug 1926. She died on 7 Sep 2015.
  M iv JC MYERS-86 was born on 28 Jan 1928. He died on 3 Nov 1979.
  F v Della Mae MYERS-92 was born on 6 Jun 1930. She died on 14 May 2014.
  F vi Living-94.
  F vii Living-5.
  M viii Carl David MYERS-96 was born on 4 Jul 1943. He died on 12 Feb 2012.

George Lawton KEMNER [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-20 was born on 20 Feb 1899 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died on 5 Jun 1957 6 in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 6. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania. George married (MRIN:7) Frances Lillian PFISTERER-21 on 8 May 1928 7 in Brooklyn, New York 7.

Note on Pictures: There is a collection of photos of the house on the Farm in Norristown, Pennsylvania included on the Family history CD under the folder \documents

DEATH: He Died at Sacred Heart Hospital, in Norristown, Pennsylvania

Frances Lillian PFISTERER [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4-21 was born on 28 Apr 1907 in Morrestown, Burlington County, New Jersey. She died on 12 Mar 1984 5 in Pineville, Bell County, Kentucky 5. She was buried in Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazier, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Frances married (MRIN:7) George Lawton KEMNER-20 on 8 May 1928 6 in Brooklyn, New York 6.

She always used "Frances L" - on the 1910 cenus her name is listed in reverse order as "Lillian F"
Between 1910 and 1928 when she married George Kemner, she had been sent to live with the Wood family of Grampien, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.  At a point she also spent time living with the Scheetz family (where her sister was) so that she could attend school. It is unclear why her and her siblings were all sent off and adopted.  Her father was around the area for many years, and Frances's children knew about his death in the 1950's.  Nothing is known regarding the death of her mother.  These parents were never discussed or talked about in the family. Frances and her brother Bob lived within miles of each other for decades and visited each other quite often.  The others were unknown until I began this research.

In 2011, I was in contact with a family member of the Woods.  They had never been able to determine who this "Frances Wood" from the census was. She was not there the census year before, and then was "gone" after that.  I was able to provide them with details regarding "Frances" and also the pictures we have of the Woods.

"Grammy" as we called her, died at the hospital in Pineville, Kentucky. She had been living her last couple of years with her Daughter Peggy at Lend-A-Hand Center, which was established and ran by Peggy in Walker, Kentucky.

Evelyn Kemner remembers Grammy was the one that sold the Darrien Street property.

Marriage Notes:

Per their children and the rest of the family they were married on March 30 in New York

According to the marriage certificate on file with the state of New York, the marriage occurred on May 8

They had the following children.

  M i George Robert KEMNER-201 was born on 26 Dec 1928. He died on 26 Dec 1988.
  F ii Living-202.
  M iii
David KEMNER [scrapbook]-204 was born on 3 Apr 1931 1 in Pennsylvania 1. He died on 4 Apr 1931 2 in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 2. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania.

BIOGRAPHY: Interesting fact is his name. No one in the family knew that this child had been named. The tombstone was inscribed simply with "Infant Son". In the cemetary record book all plots are listed with the inscriptions on the tombstones listed (typed). Next to the entry for this child; someone at a later date came back and wrote in the first name of "David".  His birth certificate as well had been filed as "David".
  M iv Living-205.
  M v
Baby Boy KEMNER [scrapbook]-206 was born on 25 Jun 1933 1 in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 1. He died on 26 Jun 1933 2 in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 2. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania.

BIOGRAPHY: Interesting fact is his name or lack of one depending upon how you look at it. As far as family knew this child had not been named. The tombstone was inscribed simply with "Infant son".  On his birth certificate in the location for name is "Baby Boy". So one could say his name was "Baby Boy".
  M vi
Charles Issac "Sonny" KEMNER [scrapbook]-207 was born on 3 Sep 1934 1 in West Norriton Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 1. He died on 5 Nov 1938 2 in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 2 from Acute Lukemenia. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania.
  F vii
Sara Ellen (Sis) "Sis" KEMNER [scrapbook] 1-208 was born on 7 Apr 1936 2 in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 2. She died in 1972 in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania from Cerebral Palsey. She was buried in Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazier, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
  M viii Living-4.

Frances (Frank) M PFISTERER [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-22 was born in Oct 1866 1, 2 in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 6. He died on 24 Feb 1952 7 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 7. He was buried on 27 Feb 1952 8 in Moorestown, New Jersey 8. Frances married (MRIN:8) Lillian (Lilly) M ROBERTS "Lilly"-23 in 1904 9 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 9.

Last name and Parent Connection: We know that Frank M Pfisterer was married using the name "Pfisterer" and his children used that spelling as well. Records have many variations of spelling a name like that as illustrated on the census.  We know that Frank was born in Doylestown in 1866. A physical review of each page of the census for 1870 Doylestown, Bucks County, Pa finds him as "Piester".  No other variations are present in the area.

Also see his Social Security Application included in this research that shows parents names.

Per Hannah Margaret (Peggy) Kemner: Frank ran an elevator, had one leg and was drawing a pension. His last place of residence was the Fireman's Home in Camden, New Jersey.  Evelyn Kemner said that it was Morristown not Camden. Evelyn also remembers that his name was Frances but he went by Frank.

Per daughter Mary's marriage application he lived on Reese St in Phila. in 1926

Lillian (Lilly) M "Lilly" ROBERTS [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3-23 was born on 1 Apr 1877 1 in West Chester, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1, 4. She died before Jun 1926 4. Lilly married (MRIN:8) Frances (Frank) M PFISTERER-22 in 1904 5 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 5.

DEATH: Her last child was born Nov 1910 and by 1920 her daughter Mary was living with Lillian's sister Mary.
Did Lillian die in between that time period? We do know that by the time her daughter Mary got married in 1926, Mary put on her application that her mother Lillian was no longer living.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary Roberts PFISTERER-353 was born in Sep 1904. She died before 2004.
  M ii John Robert (Bob) PFISTERER-354 was born on 27 Mar 1906. He died on 8 Feb 1990.
  F iii Frances Lillian PFISTERER-21 was born on 28 Apr 1907. She died on 12 Mar 1984.
  M iv
Alfred Byron "Byron" PFISTERER [scrapbook] 1-355 was born in May 1908 in New Jersey 1. He died before 2008.

Addresses: Lived in New Jersey - per Hannah Margaret (Peggy) Kemner. Evelyn Kemner can also remember that they would visit both Woodrow and Byron in New Jersey.

Name: Family always was told that there was a brother "Bryon" - the 1910 census had him listed as "Alfred B"
  F v
Hannah M PFISTERER [scrapbook] 1-356 was born on 26 Sep 1909 2 in New Jersey 1. She died on 13 Jan 1919 2 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 2.

DEATH: died about 1917 during the FLU Epidemic - per Hannah Margaret (Peggy) Kemner #202
  M vi Woodrow Wilson PFISTERER / VENNEL-357 was born on 12 Nov 1910. He died on 29 Aug 1993.

George KEMNER [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7-24 was born on 26 Jul 1854 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 8. He worked in Milk Dealer. He died on 16 Feb 1925 8, 9, 10 in West Norriton Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 8, 10 from Cerebral Hemorage. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania. George married 12 (MRIN:9) Sarah Ellen FISHER "Ella"-25 on 15 Oct 1896 11 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Parental-Link: The connection to his mother Elizabeth was made based upon these facts. George's Registered Will File #39489 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania contained a reference (see his Media pictures) to Deed Book #397 pg. 117 as being his property. Elizabeth Kemner's Orphans Court File #25073 contains transcripts of a court case in which a lawyer offers into evidence for her son "George" a deed in his name in Book #397 pg. 117; thus showing both Georges are the same.  This linked him to Elizabeth. also in George's RWFMC #39489 is a document listing his heirs as George L., R. Bruce, Mabel E. Cory (Kemner)

I looked at Deed Book 397 pgs 117-119
$29,500 bought 3 tracts from George W. & Hannah March, Isaac & Matilda Landis, James A & Wilkelmina Hurst.......

Addresses: 1892 GOPSILL'S Directory shows:  h NTown la n Hart la
1900 Phila City Directory: York Rd c. Luzerne
(both books are at Philadelphia Historical Society)

George ran a milk route in Philadelphia.  At some point he purchased land at Old York Road and Luzerne in Philadelphia. George run a milk route while his mother lived on the farm on Nicetown Lane.  In 1894 he began purchasing pieces of land in Norristown and eventually moved his mother and all family belongings to that farm.  Eventually his wife Sarah Ellen would oversee construction of the farmhouse on that property in Norristown. What was done with the Nicetown farm is unknown.  It is known that during the last few years his mother Elizabeth was renting a section of it from the Railroad. Whether George or his father John ever owned any of that Nicetown land has never been determined.  
    George continued to run his business out of the York Road address for many years after moving to the Norristown farm himself.  A great insight into life at this time can be gotten by reading the transcript of the court case involving his mother's estate from 1904.  Including a cattle drive from the city of Philadelphia to Norristown and also the farm work of the various family members. This court case is transcribed and located in the \documents folder on the media.

Sarah Ellen "Ella" FISHER [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-25 was born on 29 Dec 1860 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died on 19 May 1925 6 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 6 from Apoplexy. She was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania. Ella married 8 (MRIN:9) George KEMNER-24 on 15 Oct 1896 7 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Did not marry until she was 36 years of age. She was living in one of the properties owned by her family.  There are repair bills sent to her for the 2660 Darien Street address throught the 1930's. This was after she had married and moved to Norristown. The property was one of many in her mother's estate. This could imply that the address was of more importance to her than the others that her parents had owned. She and eventually her children continued to collect rent on these properties into the 1930-1940 period. Her daughter-in-law Frances would eventually sell that property.

BURIAL: The tombstone at Riverside Cemetery was inscribed with "Ellen S.", this was probably due to the fact that her husband always called her "Ella". In the cemetery record book at Riverside all plots are "typed" in the books with the inscriptions that are found on the tombstones. Next to the entry for "Ellen S." someone later came back and corrected the entry by hand to reflect Sarah Ellen. Her husband called her Ella

BIOGRAPHY: see the source listing for George Kemner Orphans Court File #35788 in regards to a dispute over partitioning of the Real Estate she left behind to her children

DEATH: I have a receipt from a woman indicating she was paid "for professional service as a nurse render to Mrs Ellen Kemner from May 14 to 18..." it is dated May 19, 1925 see Media library for picture

Marriage Notes:

married by Rev. R.T. Jones pastor of Susquehana Avenue Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

They had the following children.

  F i Mabel Evelyn KEMNER-209 was born on 1 Apr 1898. She died on 4 Mar 1939.
  M ii George Lawton KEMNER-20 was born on 20 Feb 1899. He died on 5 Jun 1957.
  M iii Robert Bruce KEMNER-210 was born on 2 Aug 1900. He died on 19 Oct 1941 from Cerebral Hemorage.

Enos (Ennas) N FISHER [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4-26 was born on 4 Dec 1829 5 in Rockhill Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 5. He died on 24 Jan 1895 6 in Pennsylvania. He was buried on 27 Jan 1895 7 in Northwood Cemetary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 6. Enos married (MRIN:10) Barbara GERHART-27 on 22 Jan 1856 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Documents: Rough Translation of Baptismal Record
1-   To these two spouses

2-   Namely George Fischer

3-   And his legiimate wife Sophia

4-   a born (i.e., nee) [maiden name left blank] is a

5-   Son into the world born the 4th day

6-   December in the year of our Lord 1829

7-   This son was born in Rockhill

8-   Township Bucks County in state

9-   Pennsylvania in North America and has

10-  been Baptized and received the name Ennas

11-   (space left blank)   DEN 31 TEN TAG JANNER
11- (no middle name) the 31st day January

12-  in the year of our Lord 1830 by [title, first name?] Kemmerer

13-  The sponsers (Godparents) were Dewald Nes

14-  And his wife

At Bottom of Baptismal are these words:

I have been baptized, I am in Union through my baptism with my God. I speak with cheerful lips. The cross in sadness fear and proverty I am baptized, that makes me happy. The joy will be with me forever.
I have been baptized, if I die today, what does a cool grave matter. I know my Vaterland and heritage, that I have God in Heaven. After my death I am prepared for Heavens joy and Glory.

2504 Alder Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Property tax on this property from 1883-1898 were in his name. Title search and Deed from 1880 appears that was when purchase was made.
Water Bills were sent to his name for this property from 1882-1898 after 1901 these all appear in his daughter Sarah's name.

2660 N. Darien Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Property Tax and Water Bills on this property from 1888-1898 were in his name from 1901/03 they appear in his daughter Sarah's name

see also property under his wife Bazbara
Parents: No record other than the baptismal has been discovered for his parents George and Sophia. However, one interesting note would be that on the 1850 census (census prior to his marriage to Barbara Gerhart) he can be found living in the household of a "Sophia" Barndt with no husband. Living next door is a Gerhart family (relatives of the woman he marries in a few months?) Is this Sophia Barndt the mother of Enos? Maiden name or 2nd marriage name?

Barbara GERHART [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-27 was born on 2 Dec 1832 5, 6 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania 5. She died on 24 Jul 1909 5, 6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 5. She was buried on 27 Jul 1909 in Northwood Cemetary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 6. Barbara married (MRIN:10) Enos (Ennas) N FISHER-26 on 22 Jan 1856 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Property: 2504 Alder Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Property tax on this property from 1883-1898 was in husband Enos name.  Title search and Deed from 1880 appears that was when purchase was made.
Water Bills were sent to his name for this property from 1882-1898 after 1901 these all appear in his daughter Sarah's name

2660 N. Darien Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Property Tax and Water Bills on this property from 1888-1898 was in husband Enos name
from 1901/03 they appear in his daughter Sarah's name

2323 N. Eighth Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

from 1925-1932 Rent was collected on this property and sent to the "estate of Barbara Fisher" - this implies that it belonged to Barbara and had been part of her estate at her death.  Was this yet another property that was originally that of her husband Enos?

Marriage Notes:

Marraige apparently took place some time between Oct 1, 1850 (the date of the census taking in Philadelphia - when Enos appears as a bachlor and Barbara appears with her parents) and the birth of their first child George on 17 April 1856.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Collection Name: Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Methodist Church Records. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church Commission on Archives and History - Has a record of their marriage date as being: 22 Jan 1856 Philadelphia.  Image of this document included in the files of this research.

They had the following children.

  M i
George Washington FISHER [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3-628 was born on 17 Apr 1856 4. He died on 7 Sep 1898 4. He was buried in Northwood Cemetary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4.
  M ii Charles Franklin FISHER-393 was born on 8 Feb 1858. He died on 10 Feb 1934.
  F iii Sarah Ellen "Ella" FISHER-25 was born on 29 Dec 1860. She died on 19 May 1925 from Apoplexy.

John (Johann) Christian "John" KEMNER [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-28 was born in 1813 1, 4, 5 in Baden, Germany 1, 4, 5. He died on 28 Dec 1885 6, 7, 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 7, 8 from Phthisis Pulm per Cemetery Interment Record. He was buried in Feb 1886 9 in Northwood Cemetary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 7, 9. John married (MRIN:11) Catherine Elizabeth GULMANN - GOODMAN-29 on 26 Jun 1849 10, 11 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 11.

BIOGRAPHY: Both names: John and Johann appear on his petition for US citizenship. These documents are included in the scrapbook.  He apparently chose to use the American version John throughout the rest of his life.  He renounced his allegiance to the King of Bavaria when he filed his petition for United State citizenship on October 25, 1854.  He took his Oath of Allegiance two years later on October 29, 1856 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In order to do so, he had to have lived in the US for 5 years previously and that one of those years was in the state of Pennsylvania.  According to that restriction we must assume that the latest that he could have arrived in the US was in 1851. His oldest child was born in June of 1850 in Philadelphia, so his arrival was prior to that date.

Immigration: There is a record of a "Joh. Chr. Kemner" arriving in New York on October 8, 1845 aboard the Bremen Bark Louis. The age, time of arrival and port of departure all fit to make this individual a possible match for our ancestor.

Death: His wife Elizabeth's Orphans Court File gave me his date of death in Philadelphia. This then led to being able to locate his obituary, which reads as follows:

Philadelphia Inquirer January 1, 1886
KEMNER-On the 28th nit. after a long illness, JOHN CHRISTIAN KEMNER, in the seventy-second year of his age. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this afternoon, at 1 o'clock, from his late residence, Nicetown lane, east of Second Street. To proceed to Northwood. -copy of the obit is in PDF format and located in the \documents folder on media-

DEATH: Although he died in 1885, his oldest son George continued to manage things and did not file a formal account of the estate of his father until his mother Elizabeth died in 1901.  This may have had some influence on why six of the other children filed suit in 1904 over their mother Elizabeth's estate. See notes on Elizabeth Goodman.

Occupation: Milk Dealer and Boiler Making in Foundry; McElroy's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania City & Business Directory for 1859
has an entry that says:  Kemner John, farmer, Nicetown

Family: As of 2012 I have researched our family now for 30 years. During this time I have located and researched multiple Kemner families around the country. This includes several in Pennsylvania.  There is a large family of Kemners that are located in the Poconos, of northern Pennsylvania.  I have traced their ancestry to John Kemner of Philadelphia, Pa.  This John Kemner, was located in the city at the same time as our John Christian Kemner and his son John Kemner and can therefore not be the same person. There has been no evidence found to relate him to our ancestors.  As a matter of fact, with the siblings and children of our John Christian, there is no way for this John to fit in as a child and at best would be a child of a relative to John Christian Kemner.  I have not found any evidence of any relatives of John Christian Kemner in the US.  A second large family of Kemners are out of the Quincey, Illinois area.  They are descendents of three brothers that migrated up from the south after imigrating to the US. These brothers are all accounted for.

Newspapers: There are several newpapers articles from the period of 1880-1920 related to  "activities" on the Kemner farm in Philadelphia. The interesting facts are these.  The "persons" mentioned in the articles match up with the "Poconos" John and Caroline Kemner. However, the location and description of the "property" mentioned fits the property of the John Christian Kemner family.  It appears that there may have been confusion between the "media and legal authorities" of that day with the similaries in two families of the same name. Or else there was some type of relationship between families.  It is interesting to note that both families migrated out of Philadelphia by the 1920's.

Catherine Elizabeth GULMANN - GOODMAN [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-29 was born in Oct 1827 6 in Germany. She died on 4 May 1901 7, 8 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 7 from Org. Heart Disease per Cemetery Interment Record. She was buried on 8 May 1901 9 in Northwood Cemetary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 9. Catherine married (MRIN:11) John (Johann) Christian KEMNER "John"-28 on 26 Jun 1849 6, 10 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 10.


Her maiden name comes from the death certificates of her children. Her son George says "Goodma" as though they ran out of room when writing it.  Her daughter Regina looks somewhat unlegible but looks to be "Goodman". Her son John G Kemner says "Goodman". Elizabeth could not write in English. On her lease she signed to rent Nicetown farm property fron the railroad - she made her "mark".

When her marriage record was found, name was listed as "Gulmann". With noone being able to write at that time, we may never know what the name originally was. By the time children were born in America she had gone from Catherine Elisabeth Gulmann to Elisabeth K. Goodman.

Her daughter Regina's descendents recall playing on the "Goodman family" farm as children. It was located on Oxford Avenue between Martin Mill Road and Summerdale Avenues.  This would have been at the beginning of the 1900's when portions of the city of Philadelphia still had farms.  I have a recording of an interview that my cousin Ray Brenner had with Bill Parker. In it, Bill Parker recalled hunting on the place and that it belonged to his grandparents.

On the 1910 census she is listed as having immigrated to the United States in 1847.  This was the first reference I ever found that she immigrated, other than the fact that she was born in Germany.

DEATH: The account of her estate was done by her son George and then was challenged in a court case in 1904. See the document "Elizabeth Kemner - Orphans Court case 25073" for the entire proceedings. It makes for some interesting insight into life on the farm of that day.  A copy located in \documents folder on media.  With her date of death established it was then easy to locate death notices.  They are as follows:

Philadelphia Inquirer May 6, 1901
KEMNER-On May 4, 1901.  Elizabeth, the widow of John C Kemner.  Due notice of the funeral will be given from the residence of her son.  York Road and Fayette Street

Philadelphia Inquirer May 7, 1901 and May 8, 1901:
KEMNER-On May 4, 1901.  Elizabeth, the widow of John C Kemner. aged 77 years Funeral on Wednesday, at 3 o'clock from York Road Fayette Street below Nicetown Lane.  Interment at Northwood Cemetery. -copies in PDF format located in \documents folder on media

They had the following children.

  F i Regina Rosina KEMNER-215 was born on 30 Jun 1850. She died on 22 Apr 1923.
  M ii George KEMNER-24 was born on 26 Jul 1854. He died on 16 Feb 1925 from Cerebral Hemorage.
  M iii John G KEMNER-217 was born on 23 Apr 1858. He died on 22 Jun 1941 from Cerebral Hemorage per Cemetery Interment Record.
  F iv Elizabeth Caroline KEMNER-218 was born in 1860. She died before 1960.
  M v William KEMNER-219 was born in 1863. He died on 17 Mar 1926 from Myocarditis per Cemetery Intetment Record.
  M vi
Edward C KEMNER [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-220 was born in 1866 3 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3. He died in Jul 1928 from Diabetic Coma per Cemetery Interment record. He was buried 7 on 25 Jul 1928 in Northwood Cemetary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Edward was the single brother that never married. If you read the court case involving his brother George, there is indication of some "mental limitations".  He would spend time initially helping on the farm.  Then eventually he moved from relative to relative.
  F vii Mary M KEMNER-221 was born on 14 Sep 1869. She died on 6 Sep 1955.

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