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Christian Krumeich II Family Group

Parents Children Vital Statistics Locations Sources Temple
Christian Krumeich II B: 10 Dec 1866 Newark, Essex, NJ, USA St. Mary Catholic Church, Newark, NJ, USA Y
D: Abt. 1936/1940 Newark, Essex, NJ, USA Not Verified NA
M: 17 Apr 1892 Newark, Essex, NJ, USA St. Mary Catholic Church, Newark, NJ, USA Y
Margaret Murray B: July 1868 Newark, Essex, NJ, USA 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, NJ, USA Y
D: Unknown NA
Agnes Krumeich B: 12 Nov 1892 Newark, Essex, NJ, USA 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, NJ, USA; LDS Y
D: Unknown NA
Frank Krumeich B: August 1896 Newark, Essex, NJ, USA 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, NJ, USA; LDS Y
D: Unknown NA
Editha Krumeich B: 4 Dec 1900 Newark, Essex, NJ, USA 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, NJ, USA; LDS Y
D: 7 Dec 1900 Newark, Essex, NJ, USA 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, NJ, USA; LDS NA
Edwin Anthony Krumeich B: 29 Oct 1901 Newark, Essex, NJ, USA Original Records Y
D: 30 Oct 1962 Peekskill, Westchester, NY, USA Original Records NA
M: 10 Apr 1928 Peekskill, Westchester, NY, USA Original Records Y

Biography of Christian Krumeich

Young Barry Krumeich saw his grandfather, Christian, only once. By then the family had relocated to Peekskill, NY from their home for close to a century, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey. Barry was called away from his care-free life of a child in upstate New York, playing in the Hudson river, across from West Point, when he was about ten years old. Between 1936 and 1940, he remembers seeing Christian in the hospital shortly before he died.[1]

Though Barry only met Christian in the decline of his life, my grandfather, Barry, will soon become familiar with his grandfather, Christian's, full life as a son, apprentice, tradesman, husband, and father.

Christian grew up in Newark, Essex, New Jersey and remained there for most of his life. Since his birth in December 1867,[2] Christian grew up in the shadow of his father, Francis Joseph Krumeich, who was working in leather as a young man under P. Bottger & Co.[3] When Christian was only about a year old, Francis went out on his own, creating Francis J. Krumeich & Co.,[4] which specialized in harness and saddle making.[5] Christian studied this trade, presumably under his father, until he was fully qualified to go out on his own.

That time came nearly thirty-five years later, nearly ten years after he began a family of his own with Margaret Murray, also from Newark. The Murrays lived near the Krumeichs on the corner of W Kinney and Livingston,[6] while the Krumeichs lived on Court.[7] Both Christian and Margaret were children of tradesmen (Michael Murray, Margaret's father, was a tanner),[8] and they began a humble life together. It is possible their father's new each other due to business transactions that would naturally take place between a harness and saddle maker and a tanner.

New additions came along soon thereafter; Agnes in 1892, Frank in 1896, and Editha in December of 1900.[9] Editha lived only three days before she died.[10] This was not uncommon, though that would not soften the blow to this young family. The cause of her death is unknown at the moment, but it is assumed she died from sickness or complications common to that period.

They were able to pick life back up and enjoy a couple of new beginnings in 1901. First, Christian was now on his own in the harness making industry, following the steps of his father. The small family left the home on Court and moved to Camden.[11] Along with the move came the arrival of another child in October of 1901, Edwin Anthony Krumeich, my great-grandfather, Barry's father.[12]

It appears they remained in that home until the year of Edwin's marriage to Dorothy Mahon in 1928,[13] when the family moved to 135 Elizabeth Ave.[14] But, by that time, it was only Christian and Margaret home, though shortly before Edwin's birth, Margaret's mother, Agnes, and brother William, had lived with them for a time, possibly due to the death of her father Michael.[15]

Apparently, Edwin and Dorothy were now in Peekskill, NY,[16] and eventually, it seems, Christian and Margaret wanted to be closer to the family and followed Edwin to NY, though it was in the fall of his life and he would only be able to see his young grandson, Barry, once before he died.

Biographical Sketch of Margaret Murray Krumeich

Margaret was born in July of 1868 in Newark, Essex, New Jersey,[17] to Michael and Agnes Murray.[18] She lived in her family's home on the corner of W Kinney and Livingston until she met Christian and married him in 1892.

Her father, Michael, was a tanner who was probably acquainted with Francis, a saddle and harness maker also in Newark. Their father probably set up the pair. About the time Edwin was born in 1901, Michael may have died, leaving Agnes and Margaret's brother, William, to Christian's and Margaret's care.

She was a supportive wife and mother, raising three of her four kids and possibly caring for her mother until her death, which is unknown. She must have been faithful and supportive as Christian prepared for his trade as a humble harness maker. It appears that Margaret and Christian both had their kids go to school.[19]

Biographical Sketch of Agnes Krumeich

Possibly being named after her maternal grandmother, Agnes came on the scene on the November 12, 1892, just seven months after her parents were married.[20] Agnes remained in the home until between 1910 and 1920, probably because that is about when she would get married.

Whether or not she joined the family in Peekskill is unknown, but she did grow up with a loving family and an education. She was born in Newark, just like her parents, and what happened for sure after 1910 is unknown, though I'm sure she married and stayed close to the family.

I received the following email from Sue Tall, a granddaughter of Agnes Meyer-Krumeich on February 3, 2012, which provides a wonderful picture of Agnes:

I know that Agnes was a fantastic pianist, and my inspiration to become a music teacher. She told me many times that she grew up in the Newark area and played sheet music in a local music store so customers could hear it. She also said that Christian, her dad, would bring his violin down and play along with her.

Agnes F. Krumeich b. 1892, was Christian's oldest child. She married Herbert C. Meyer. They had 2 daughters, Doris b.1918 and my mother, Ellen Marie, b. Nov. 11, 1930. Herbert and family lived in Byram cove on Lake Hopatcong in the town called Hopatcong, NJ. At some point, Agnes and Herbert divorced and Agnes married Charles Veigel. They had a very nice home on the other side of Byram cove in the the Knollwood section of Northwood, NJ. I remember the property was full of flower and vegetable gardens. We had many big family reunions at her Northwood house. Grandma Agnes used to drive around the lake to my family residence and take me and my older sister, Pamela to piano lessons with Mrs. Knudson. She charged $1.00 for 45 minutes.

Grandma Agnes had a little trouble remembering things. My siblings and I recall how she would tell us stories about the loons she saw on Lake Hopatcong and upon finishing the story, would begin to tell it again. We'd have to tell her, "Grandma, you just told us that one."

Agnes was a pianist and dance instructor in Hopatcong. Her husband, Herbert C. Meyer was the principal of the Hudson Maxim Elementary School for awhile. Agnes loved to play ragtime piano and always kept her piano with her, playing right up until she died in 1982. Since she developed a form of arthritis in her hands, it became harder and harder for her to continue playing, but she still played less frequently.

After Charles Veigel died, Agnes moved to an apartment in Caldwell, NJ to be closer to my aunt Doris Meyer Pitney, who lived in Springfield NJ with husband John C. Pitney and their daughters, Joan and Jennifer. Agnes volunteered at the local library in Caldwell . Since I went to college in Caldwell during that time, I would use the town library. The folks there loved my grandma. They told me of how she would climb the ladder and clean all the old archives way up high like it was nothing. She was 87 at the time! She met a school crossing guard (John ?) who was 86 years old. They lived together for awhile. I remember visiting them for lunch between classes. John would say "Sue, we're getting old!", and Agnes would admonish him saying, "John! WE ARE OLD!" In 1977, when I married Fred J. Pacolitch, Agnes travelled to Taylor, Pa. for the wedding. She was 85 years old and was the first one on the dance floor.

After Agnes set her apartment of fire, it was decided that she needed more supervision. She stayed in an assisted living facility near Aunt Doris for the last two or three years of her life. She died the day before her 90th birthday, which is my mother's birthdate. As per her request, she was cremated and my cousin Joan Pitney Peters dispersed the ashes over Lake Hopatcong.

Biographical Sketch of Frank Krumeich

Frank may come from any number of relatives, including his grandfather, Francis, or his uncle, Frank. The name may also come from their mother land, France. Frank joined the family in August of 1896, four years after the first child and four years before the next one.[21] He too was born in Newark, but he did not follow the footsteps of his father in leather work. Instead he was either a trunk maker, and yardmaster, or a foreman.[22]

Frank also left home after 1910, possibly for NY. Further records have not yet been found. I assume he stayed in close contact, if not close proximity, to his father's family. He was alive when his grandmother and uncle came to live with them.[23]

Biographical Sketch of Editha Krumeich

I am not yet sure of the origin of Editha's name. I have not found any relative yet with the same name. Editha's life was only three days long, December 4, 1900-December 7 1900.[24] She is not available on the 1900 census because it was taken months before her birth.[25]

I would like to find medical records or a death certificate on Editha, because the cause of her death is still unknown. One thing that is know, however, is that December is not at all warm in the east, especially in New Jersey.

Biographical Sketch of Edwin Anthony Krumeich

Edwin's name may not have been a family name, like the oldest two possibly were. Edwin is the son that renewed the family after the death of Editha a year earlier. He was born October 29, 1901 in Newark.[26] He is only found on the 1910 census,[27] which may mean he left home for Peekskill, NY, where he met Dorothy.[28] He may have been seeking a trade, after all, by 1920, he would have been nineteen years old and ready to become a tradesman and to marry and have a family.

He did not marry until 1928,[29] and he may have helped his father find a hospital in Peekskill, where Barry met him shortly before he died. Edwin was my mother's grandfather and Barry's father.


[1] Interview with Mr. Barry Krumiech, 18 Jan 2005. Notes held by Joseph Krumeich.

[2] 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #56, SH 13 (www.ancestry.com)

[3] FHL film 1377111 Newark, Essex, New Jersey Directory (1866-1867), pg 274.

[4] FHL film 1377111 Newark, Essex, New Jersey Directory (1867-1868), pg 344.

[5] 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #56, SH 13 (www.ancestry.com)

[6] FHL film 1377111 Newark, Essex, New Jersey Directory (1866-1867), pg 344.

[7] FHL film 1377111 Newark, Essex, New Jersey Directory (1866-1867), pg 429.

[8] 1870 U.S. Census, 6th Ward in the City of Newark, Essex, New Jersey, p. 175 (www.ancestry.com)

[9] 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #56, SH 13 (www.ancestry.com)

[10] Interview with C. J. Krumeich Miller (CJKM) by Joseph Krumeich, January 2005. 8475169425. Consult Gerry Bridges' family records, from which CJKM received her information.

[11] FHL film 137136 Newark, Essex, New Jersey Directory (1901-1902), pg 691.

[12] Interview with CJKM by Joseph Krumeich, January 2005. Birth Certificate in CJKM's possession.

[13] Interview with CJKM by Joseph Michael Miller, January 2005. Found in family records of Dorothy Mahon.

[14] FHL film 1611867 Newark, Essex, New Jersey Directory (1928-1929), pg 732.

[15] 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #56, SH 13 (www.ancestry.com)

[16] Interview with CJKM by Joseph Krumeich, January 2005. Found in family records of Dorothy Mahon.

[17] 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #56, SH 13 (www.ancestry.com)

[18] 1870 U.S. Census, 6th Ward in the City of Newark, Essex, New Jersey, p. 175 (www.ancestry.com)

[19] 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #56, SH 13 (www.ancestry.com)

[20] Interview with CJKM by Joseph Krumeich, January 2005. 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #56, SH 13 (www.ancestry.com)

[21] 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #56, SH 13 (www.ancestry.com)

[22] FHL film 1611867 Newark, Essex, New Jersey Directory (1928-1929), pg 732. FHL film 1377136 Newark, Essex, New Jersey Directory (1901-1902), pg 691.

[23] 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #56, SH 13 (www.ancestry.com)

[24] Interview with CJKM by Joseph Krumeich, January 2005. Consult Gerry Bridges' family records, from which CJKM received her information.

[25] 1900 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #56, SH 13 (www.ancestry.com)

[26] Interview with CJKM by Joseph Krumeich, January 2005. Birth Certificate in CJKM's possession.

[27] 1910 U.S. Census, Newark City, Essex, New Jersey, ED #59, SH 7B (www.ancestry.com)

[28] Interview with CJKM by Joseph Krumeich, January 2005.

[29] Interview with CJKM by Joseph Krumeich, January 2005. Found in family records of Dorothy Mahon.