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Bachenberg

Peter
Bachenberg
Anna Schmidt
Bachenberg

Peter and Anna Schmidt Bachenberg came to the United States from Germany in the early 1850's. They left Germany on 23 Feb. 1853 and, most likely, entered the United States through Castle Garden on 3 May 1853. They lived for some time in Lancaster County, Pennsylvannia, probably to repay passage to America, before settling in Des Moines County, Iowa, north and west of Burlington. Peter and Anna came from an agricultural area of southwest and west central Germany near the border with Belgium and Luxemborg. They settled in a German community in Iowa.

The Germans, sharing a common language, heritage and reason for immigrating to America, were a close-knit group. Many of the farm families had numerous children who helped on the farm and in the home. After schooling was completed, the young people often went to work for area families. Nellie Riepe did this before she married Peter's grandson, Ray Bachenberg. Help was especially needed in homes where the wife had died and there were small children to raise. Peter Bachenberg's daughter, Elizabeth, was hired by Christ Wischmeier to help with several small children. The two married and had children of their own. Nellie's sister, Esther, similarly went to work for Arthur Boyer and the two married.

Because work was hard, leisure time was minimal and travel slow many children of the first settlers married - sometimes siblings of one family married siblings of another as with J. Frederick and Edward Riepe marrying Anna and Catherine Heitmeier.

For these reasons the Bachenbergs, Riepes, Pogemillers and Heitmeiers (and Wischmeiers) intermingle rather liberally on this web site.

As the number of children of the first generation of German immigrants in the area reached adulthood, farmland became scarce. Travel became easier with the expansion of the railroads, so families began to move to other areas. Peter's oldest son, William, relocated to Denver, Colorado in about 1890. Peter's second son, Peter, moved to southeastern Nebraska in the early 1880s.

Land prices enticed some of Peter Bachenberg's children to relocate in Pawnee County, Nebraska. According to Berniece Coon, through John Bachenberg's wife, Lydia Poggemiller, that family had ties to eastern North Dakota, near Grand Forks.

Peter Bachenberg developed a special relationship with Minnie Gieselman that resulted in their marriage in 1900. In his will he bequeathed to her "the use and income of his estate during her natural life." In the application for their marriage license, Peter and Minnie were required to name their parents. Peter is the son of Wilhelm Bachenberg and Anna E. Pfieffer.

A second Bachenberg family, that of William Bachenberg, came to the United States after World War II. Although there is no direct connection with Peter Bachenberg, this second family is included because the spelling is the same and the William Bachenberg family is from Essen, Germany, the same general area where Peter was from.

Bachenberg: little creek in a mountainous area. When I spoke with William Bachenberg, he commented that his address recently changed to, ironically, a translation of Bachenberg, "Brookhill". I find this translation most practical.

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  1. Peter Bachenberg b. 15 February 1827 in Germany, d. 29 March 1903 in IA.
    m1. in 1851 in Germany, Anna Elizabeth Schmidt b. 26 December 1826 in Germany, d. 24 February 1895 in IA; m2. Mrs. Minnie Gieselman on 18 Dec. 1900 in Des Moines County, Iowa. The children of Peter and Anna Elizabeth are:
    1. William Bachenberg in Germany b. 11 February 1852 in Germany, d. 5 July 1916 in CO.
      m. 25 January 1877 in Des Moines County, IA, Bertha Wirt, b. 1857, d. 15 December 1937 in CO. Their children are:
      1. George H. Bachenberg b. 13 November 1877 in IA, d. 22 May 1928 in CO.
        m. 3 May 1906, Bertha H. Mock b. 31 May 1876 in IL, d. 17 April 1961 in CO.
        1. Arthur Henry b. 28 December 1903 in CA, adopted, d. 5 November 1963 in Reno, NV, m. Tillie.
      2. Edward W. Bachenberg b. 24 September 1879 in IA, d. 15 September 1880 in IA.
      3. Jacob Peter Bachenberg b. 25 October 1883 in IA, d. 26 April 1884 in Des Moines County, IA.
      4. Sylvester Julius Bachenberg b. 2 May 1885 in IA, d. May 1948 in CO, m. 1928, Laura T. Martin b. 29 May 1889, d. 4 December 1959.
      5. Walter Christian Bachenberg b. 12 June 1887 in IA, d. 14 April 1942 in IL.
      6. James Peter Bachenberg, b. 31 October 1888 in IA, d. 26 April 1889 in Des Moines County, IA.
      7. Arthur Clarence Bachenberg b. 26 November 1893 in CO, d. 4 April 1925 in CO. m. Bertha L. Hansen b. 17 March 1891 in CO, d. 4 October 1970 in CO.
    2. Peter Bachenberg b. 20 May 1855 in PA, d. 3 December 1908 in NE.
      m. 21 March 1883 in Des Moines County, IA, Anna Eliza Lotspeich b. 24 March 1860 in IA, d. 10 February 1926 in NE.
      1. Eden Peter Bachenberg b. 10 October 1884 in NE, d. 12 May 1949 in NE.
        m. 26 September 1911 in Pawnee City, NE, Clara Elizabeth Carmichael, b. 1 November 1885 in NE, d. 11 December 1960 in UT. Their children are:
        1. Eleanor Evelyn b. 5 November 1912 in NE, d. 8 December 1997 in CA, m. 21 June 1942, Joseph Feramisco, b. 17 February 1907 in Italy, d. 28 July 1989.
        2. Richard Keith b. 6 February 1917 in NE, d. 10 February 1971 in CA, m. Clara Peck, b. 28 October 1918 in NE, d. 4 December 1994 in CA.
        3. Dwight Andrew b. 5 January 1919 in NE, d. 1 November 2006 in CA.
        4. Mary A. Bachenberg b. 8 November 1926 in Pawnee County, NE, d. 20 November 1926 in Pawnee County, NE.
      2. Nellie Bachenberg b. 14 September 1887, d. 17 April 1889 in NE.

        Charlie and Ila Bachenberg

      3. Charlie Bachenberg b. 31 August 1889 in NE, d. 9 April 1981 in Liberty, MO.
        m. 22 November 1915, Ila Grace Schramm b. 9 April 1896 in NE, d. 7 October 1985 in Liberty, MO. Their children are:
        1. Elmer
        2. Truman m. 18 December 1954, Marjorie Jean Baker, b. 17 August 1920, Ashland KS; d. 17 July 2007, Sidney, IA; Ashes at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lincoln NE.
        3. Irene
      4. Fred L. Bachenberg b. 1 April 1892 in NE, d. 1 January 1969 in NE.
        m. 23 September 1914 in Pawnee County, Lela Chase, b. 7 February 1892 in NE, d. 27 June 1984 in NE. Their children are:
        1. Lucille b. 27 December 1917 in NE, d. 28 November 1986 in CA, m. 1. Meyer, m. 2. Herman Hagelpitt.
        2. Twin Boy Bachenberg, b.d. 11 November 1920, Pawnee County, NE.
        3. Twin Boy Bachenberg, b.d. 11 November 1920, Pawnee County, NE.
        4. Dean Willis b. 5 January 1923 in NE, d. 21 September 1983 in CO.
        5. Elnora b. 29 September 1924 in NE, d. 14 May 2010 in KS.
        6. Paul David b. 29 April 1926 in Pawnee County, NE; d. 24 April 2005 in Norfolk, NE, m. 25 June 1947 in NE, Esther Shultz, b. 3 June 1925 in NE, d. 4 March 2006.
      5. Alva Harold Bachenberg b. 22 June 1896 in NE, d. 4 March 1969 in NE.
        m. 23 April 1919 in Pawnee County, NE, Ruth S. Noakes b. 18 October 1898, d. 30 December 1923. Their children are:
        1. Quinn Keith b. 20 April 1920 in NE, d. 23 April 1920 in NE.
        2. Harold Arthur
      6. Omer Glenn Bachenberg b. 28 November 1899 in NE, d. 30 September 1928 in CO, m. 11 March 1925 in Pawnee County, NE, Verna Callam, b. 1904 in NE.
      7. Emma D.O. Bachenberg b. 19 May 1902 in NE, d. 19 June 1966 in NE, m. April 1942 in Bladen, NE, Leroy Nelson, b. 20 Jan. 1899 in NE, d. 28 January 1998, Hall County, NE.
    3. Elizabeth Bachenberg b. 17 September 1857 in IA, d. 2 February 1924 in University Place, Lancaster Co., NE.
      m. 27 July 1879 in Des Moines County, IA, Christian Wischmeier, b. 17 January 1841 in West Phalen, Germany, d. 7 August 1916 in Holton, KS. Their children are:

      Ray and Nellie Bachenberg

      1. G. Edward Wischmeier b. 27 November 1880 in Des Moines County, IA, d. 7 October 1950 in CO.
        m. 3 April 1907, Carrie Kate Scott, b. 25 November 1881 in Morrill, KS, d. 7 November 1929 in Pawnee County, NE. Their children are:
        1. Lois Elizabeth, b. 31 January 1908 in NE, d. 8 April 1988 in OR.
        2. Bernie Scott, b. 8 July 1910 in Pawnee County, NE, d. 16 February 1996 in Kearney County, NE.
          m. Ellen P., b. 27 May 1911, d. 25 April 1994.
        3. Mildred Edna, b. 8 December 1912 in Pawnee County, NE, d. 17 February 1998 in Cobb County, GA.
          m. Pecht.
        4. Doris Marie, b. 31 March 1919 in Pawnee County, NE, d. 13 May 1992 in Ventura, CA.
          m. Hoover.
        5. Melvin Edward. b. 23 June 1921 in Pawnee County, NE, d. 12 December 1992 in Butte, CA.
      2. Arthur Wischmeier b. 23 September 1883 in IA, d. 7 November 1965 in King County, WA, buried in Lewiston, ID.
        m. 14 April 1915 in University Place, Lancaster County, NE, Golda E. Peterson, b. 1 January 1889 in NE, d. April 1980 in ID. Their children are:
        1. Arthur C. Jr.
        2. Janet A.
      3. Chester C. Wischmeier b. 27 June 1886 in Des Moines County, IA, d. 4 September 1959, IN.
        m. 1. 1917 in Bolivia, South America, Sadie Bartlett, b. 17 Feb. 1890 in Brule County, SD, d. 18 May 1942 in IN. Their children are:
        1. Gwendolyn
        2. Donald
        m. 2. Leila Dickman
      4. Esther Wischmeier b. 27 June 1886 in Des Moines County, IA, d. 22 March 1965 in Buffalo County, NE.
        m. 20 December 1916, William R. Synder, b. 6 January 1877, d. 1 January 1952 in NE. Their adopted child is:
        1. Maybelle
      5. Clara Wischmeier b. 19 February 1894 in NE, d. 10 July 1954 in NE.
        m. 7 October 1915 in University Place, Lancaster County, NE, Robert C. Richardson, b. 1 January 1891, d. 23 August 1954. Their children are:
        1. Albert R.
        2. Cloyd, b. 6 May 1921 in SD, d. May 1982 in TX.
        3. Robert F.
    4. Frank Bachenberg b. 22 August 1859 in IA, d. 15 November 1920 in NE.
      m 1. 29 February 1888, Mary C. Zion, b. 29 January 1862, d. 23 Apirl 1892.
      m 2. 13 August 1893, Anna Middleton d. May 1894.
    5. Philip Bachenberg b. 17 April 1861 in IA, d. about 1920 in AZ.
    6. George Bachenberg b. 6 January 1863 in IA, d.13 September 1946 in NE.
      m. 26 June 1895 in Pawnee County, NE, Amelia C.E. Wallman b. 17 April 1861, d. 9 October 1948. Their children are:
      1. Herman Peter Bachenberg b. 27 June 1896 in NE, d. 11 September 1994 in NE.
      2. Minnie Lavina b. 28 April 1898 in NE, d. 20 October 1952 in NE.
      3. Winnie Bachenberg b. 30 March 1899 in NE, d. 4 March 1971 in NE.
      4. Henry Bachenberg b. 6 March 1902 in NE, d. 26 November 1992 in NE, m. Leona.
    7. Mary Anna Bachenberg b. 12 May 1866 in IA, d. 23 September 1949 in IA.
      m. 16 March 1890 in Des Moines County, IA, Louis John Beck, b. 23 January 1861 in IA, d. 11 July 1942 in IA. Their children are:
      1. Anna E., b. 9 December 1891, d. 30 December 1894.
      2. Alma, b. 7 December 1891 in IA, d. 22 April 1974 in IA, m. 1 March 1941 in IA, John Jones.
      3. Verna May, b. 9 January 1899 in IA, d. 11 March 1971 in NY, m. 18 August 1928 in IA, Arthur Gibbs, b. 1900 in IA.
      4. Lester Elmer Beck b. 19 July 1903 in IA, d. 21 July 1978 in IA, m. 31 August 1929, Ruth Rice, b. 30 January 1905, d. April 1970. Their children are:
        1. Marjorie
        2. Donald
        3. Marleen

        Lucy and Maurice Matteson

      5. Chester Elmer Beck b. 19 July 1903 in IA, d. 4 March 1969 in IA.
        m. Hazel F. Brandt b. 30 December 1898, d. 21 January 1981. Their child is:
        1. Helen, b. 23 September 1931 in IA, d. 8 March 2005 in CO.
      6. Irma Beck b. 8 July 1906 in IA, d. 10 May 1991 in IA, m. 19 February 1927 in IA, Kenneth Smith.
    8. John Harmon Bachenberg b. 30 July 1869 in IA, d. 8 January 1934 in ND.
      m1. in Des Moines Co., IA, Lydia Poggemiller b. 17 February 1874 in IA, d. 23 September 1923 in NE; m2. 31 Dec. 1924 in Independence, MO, Anna Elizabeth Hurst West, b. 17 Feb. 1853 at Pleasant Hill, MO; d. 10 Mar. 1930 at Beatrice, NE and buried at Liberty, MO. The children of John and Lydia are:
      1. Raymond Peter Bachenberg b. 18 August 1893 in IA, d. 2 February 1956 in NE.
        m. 1 December 1915 in IA, Nellie May Riepe b. 13 September 1895 in IA, d. 16 March 1974 in NE. Their children are:
        1. Carl John b. 29 March 1917 in ND, d. 10 May 1986 in NE, m. 26 May 1946 in NE, Dorothy Elizabeth Teachman b. 28 November 1920 in NE, d. 19 April 1997 in NE.
        2. Baby (Marvin) Bachenberg b. d. 17 August 1923 in Pawnee County, NE.
        3. Howard Ray b. 12 June 1925 in NE, d. 2 March 1976 in NE, m. Bessie Allen.
      2. Lucia Marie Bachenberg b. 31 January 1891 in IA, d. 17 January 1938 in Burlington, IA.
        m. 18 October 1916 in Gilby, ND, Maurice Harley Matteson, b. 3 August 1891, d. 13 June 1965. Their children are:
        1. Bernice Ada b. 21 July 1917 in ND, d. 1998 in WA, m. Raymond O. Coon b. 1912, d. 5 November 2001 in WA.
        2. Ronald Keith
        3. Marvin Harley b. 5 February 1925 in ND, d. 15 December 1989 in ND, m Helen Virgie Anderson, 16 November 1947 in Grand Forks, ND, d. 17 February 2001 in ND.

    Wilhelm Bachenberg is included because of the common surname. Any connection between the two families is many, many years ago in Germany.

    1. Wilhelm Bachenberg b. in Germany and came to U.S. after WWII
      m. Anna Kilburg
      1. William George Bachenberg
        m. Eleanor Lampe
      2. Earl Udo Bachenberg
        m. Gunilla
  2. Resources

    • Castle Garden, NY immigration records
    • Burlington, IA Times
    • Des Moines Co., IA Death Records
    • Des Moines Co., IA Marriage Records, including Marriage Book 19
    • U.S. Federal Census
    • Die Auswanderung Aus Dem Herzogtum Nassau (1806-1866), By Wolf-Heino Struck
    • Pawnee Chief newspaper, Pawnee Co., NE
    • Lewiston Post newspaper, Lewiston, NE
    • Johnson Co., NE Marriage Record
    • Pawnee Co., NE Deeds
    • Pawnee Co., NE Marriage Records
    • Correspondence, Irma Beck Smith to Berniece Coon
    • Pawnee Co., NE Probate Records
    • Pawnee Republican newspaper, Pawnee Co., NE
    • U.S. GenWeb
    • Correspondence, Berniece Coon to Joan Shurtliff
    • The Lincoln Star, Lincoln, NE
    • Lincoln Daily News, Lincoln, NE
    • The Lincoln State Journal, Lincoln, NE
    • The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE
    • The Evening State Journal & Lincoln Daily News, Lincoln, NE
    • Denver Post, Denver, CO
    • Colorado Death Records
    • Colorado Marriage Records
    • Denver News, Denver, CO
    • World War I Registration Cards
    • Illinois Statewide Death Index
    • Fairmount Cemetery Interment Record, Denver, CO
    • Webster Co., NE Marriage Records
    • Nebraska Methodist Church Archives, Lincoln, NE
    • Social Security Death Index
    • Correspondence Maybelle Synder Pritchard to Joan Shurtliff
    • Wyuka Cemetery records, Lincoln, NE
    • Burlington Hawk Eye Gazette, Burlington, IA
    • Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, ND
    • North Dakota Marriage Records
    • Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV
    • California Birth Index
    • California Death Index
    • Pawnee City, NE Cemetery Records
    • Thayer Co., NE Marriage Records
    • Norfolk Daily News, Norfolk, NE
    • Gage Co., NE Deeds
    • Crab Orchard Herald, Crab Orchard, NE
    • Crab Orchard, NE Cemetery Records
    • Holdrege Citizen, Holdrege, NE
    • Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, NE

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    This page was created by Joan Shurtliff. It was last updated 14 November 2008. This page would not be possible without the assistance of Dwight Bachenberg, Elmer Bachenberg, Henry Bachenberg, Rev. Truman Bachenberg, William Bachenberg, Irma Beck, Berniece Coon, Marj Beck Gibson, Maybelle Synder Pritchard, and the staffs and volunteers of numerous libraries, historical societies and internet websits. Thank you.

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