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Johann Matthias Schrotberger was probably born about 1791 in Bavaria, Germany. He was the "second legal son" of Sixtus Wolfgang Schrotberger, a farmer in Untereichenbach, Germany
Anna Barbara Grammel was probably born about 1792 in Wüstendorf, Bavaria, Germany. Her last name has also been found on records as Grammling or Krammling. Anna Barbara was the "legal second daughter" of Johann Leonhart Grammel & Anna Elisabeth Hecht.

For full transcriptions and translations of the German records below, please see Pfeifer Records 1800's or Pfeifer Records - 1700's

THE FAMILY OF JOHANN MATTHIAS SCHROTBERGER & ANNA BARBARA GRAMMEL

Johann Matthias Schrotberger & Anna Barbara GrammelJohann Matthias Schrotberger & Anna Barbara Grammel were married on June 9, 1811 in Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany. The marriage is listed in the churchbooks at the Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirchengemeinde in Wernsbach, Bavaria, Germany. At the time of their marriage, Johann Matthias was listed as being a "royal bavarian subject and tenant in Pfaffenkreut". His father was listed as being a royal bavarian subject, and Anna Barbara's father was listed as being a royal prussian subject. According to German historian Matthias Gorzolka, "It is important to know that it is a marriage between an prussian and a bavarian subject, which means that they not only needed the license from their church authorities but also from the worldly administrations. I believe that the bavarian Sixtus Wolfgang Schrotberger was a catholic, because it would be very unusual for a protestant to be called Sixtus." Johann Matthias and Anna Barbara had at least 4 children; the oldest, John George Schrotberger, may have been adopted. Johann Matthias was a "Gütler" (a farmer who only had a small farm), in Wallersdorf, Bavaria. Johann Matthias and Anna Barbara Grammel Schrotberger both died sometime before 1848, probably in Wallersdorf, Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany.

The Children of Johann Matthias Schrotberger & Anna Barbara Grammel

John George SchrotbergerJohn George Schrotberger was born on September 16, 1810 in Bavaria, Germany. American records and family story indicate he was born in Wallersdorf, Bavaria, but records of his birth were not found at the church there, or in the Wüstendorf records (which are at the church in Wernsbach) where Anna Maria Krammling was from, and where she married Johann Matthias Schrotberger. Family story of John George states: "Owing to conditions peculiar to his country he was compelled to seek his own livelihood at an early stage of life. Not having made any choice of occupations which he would follow at this time he found employment as a helper in a flour mill. This position required strength and endurance, both of which qualifications he possessed in an uncommon measure, proof of which is indicated by the following. The eight hour law not being in effect at the time, it was his duty to toil from 4 o'clock a.m. until late at night. He often related the experiences of his life at this time. One of which was to carry a sack containing four bushels of wheat from the first floor, on a stairway leading to the second floor of the mill all day. Another was to wash with cold water a white horse (father would say schnee weis) regularly every morning summer and winter. Later he took up the vocation of a baker." John George Schrotberger married Anna Maria Krug in 1848 in probably Wallersdorf, Bavaria, Germany. According to family story, "In the year of 1848 father and mother look passage on a sail boat leaving behind their relatives, friends and fortune. In explanation of this latter sentence I quote from memory Father had some property left him by the will of his parents who were both dead at this time. In some way his brother and sister would not allow him to take peaceable possession of what rightfully belonged to him. Rather than having any unpleasant words, or doing any unkind deed, father resolved to leave all his interests in the estate of his parents to his brother and sister." I have not found John George and Anna on a passenger list at this time, but according to family story they traveled by sailboat, and the journey took 46 days because a storm blew them off course. They landed in New York, then went from there to Chicago and then to Oswego, Kendall County, Illinois. I have not found them on the 1850 census at this time. A land patent in Grundy Co., IL was issued to John George Schrotberger in 1853. In 1856 they located in Goodfarm Twp, Grundy County IL, 4 mi NE of Dwight, Livingston Co., IL. John and Maria had 8 children. Four of their children married children of John Leonard & Julia (Sorg) Meier. John & Maria are on the 1860, 1870 & 1880 censuses of Goodfarm, Grundy Co., IL. Maria died on Oct 16, 1892 in Goodfarm Twp., Grundy Co., IL. John Schrotberger died on Feb 19, 1898 in Goodfarm Twp., Grundy Co., IL.
The Family of John George Schrotberger & Anna Maria Krug
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Notes for Anna Maria Krug
Maria Barbara SchrotbergerMaria Barbara Schrotberger was born on May 12, 1817 in Wallersdorf, Bavaria, Germany. She was baptised at the local church on May 15, 1817. At the time of her birth, her father's occupation was listed as farmer in Wallersdorf. A note on the side of the record gives her death date. Maria Barbara Schrotberger died on July 11, 1817 in Wallersdorf, Bavaria, Germany. She was 2 months old when she died.
Johann Peter SchrotbergerJohann Peter Schrotberger was born on July 18, 1821 in Wallersdorf, Bavaria, Germany. He was baptised on July 22, 1821. At the time of his birth, his father's occupation was listed as farmer in Wallersdorf. Johann Peter is probably the brother mentioned in family stories for John George Schrotberger who contested John George's rights to the inheritance in 1848 after their parents died. There is a note on Johann Peter's birth record stating the date of his death. Johann Peter Schrotberger died on February 1, 1910, probably in Wallersdof, Bavaria, Germany.
Anna Sophia SchrotbergerAnna Sophia Schrotberger was born on April 24, 1824 in Wallersdorf, Bavaria, Germany. She was baptised on April 27, 1824 at the local church. At the time of her birth, her father was listed as being a farmer in Wallersdorf. Anna Sophia is probably the sister mentioned in family stories for John George Schrotberger who contested John George's rights to the inheritance in 1848 after their parents died. There is a note on Anna Sophia's birth record stating "Look (at) February 7, 1850". She may have married or immigrated to another church or country on that date. Further research is needed. Anna Sophia Schrotberger died sometime after February 7, 1850, but I don't know when or where.