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Friedrich Michael Balthauser Geo. Ottmann

Friedrich Michael Balthauser Geo. Ottmann,
- son of cooper Thomas Ottmann and Barbara Knöll
- born 28 April 1829, Augsburg, Bavaria
- died 2 May 1900, St. Louis, MO
- married 18 May 1853,Cincinnati, Hamilton Co. Ohio, Trinity Lutheran Church
Louise Wilhelmine Wichmann,
- daughter of master tailor Johann Christian Wichmann and Anna Dorothea Ruckert
- born 29 October 1830, Lychen, Kr. Templin,Brandenburg
- baptized 31 Oct 1831, Lychen, Kr. Templin, Brandenburg
- died 26 April 1889.
The marriage of Friedrich and Louise was conducted by Louise's cousin Pastor Theodor Wichmann.

Friedrich Ottmann came to the U.S. in 1848, attended Ft. Wayne Lutheran Seminary, and was ordained on 1 December 1851 in Cincinnati, Ohio by Pastor Theodor Wichmann. Pastor Ottmann served parishes at Downers Grove, IL, 1853-1855; New Melle, MO., 1855-1863; Sheboygan Falls, WI., 1863-1872; and Collinsville, IL. 1872-1900.

There is a stained glass window in Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, in memory of Pastor Ottmann and his wife. This church building was built in 1914, 14 years after Pastor Ottmann died. Pastor Ottmann and his wife Louise are buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Collinsville, IL.

    Children of Friedrich and Louise Ottmann:
    1. Theodore Samuel Fr. Ottmann
    - born 19 February 1856, St. Charles Co., MO, died 26 August 1857.

    2. Dorothea Louise Ottmann, born 28 Aug 1858 St. Charles Co., MO died before 1870

    3. Magdelena Emilie Johanna Ottmann
    - born 6 December 1860 St. Charles Co., MO
    - died 5 April 1924
    - m. 28 August 1881 to John Karl David Roemer.

      Children:
      A. Magdelena Roemer
      - born 16 May 1883, Chicago, Cook Co., Ilinos
      - died 21 Oct 1957, St. Louis, Missouri
      - married 20 Jul 1920, after the death of her sister
      George Carl Knackstedt, born 4 July 1884, St. Louis
      - died 16 February 1959

      B. Louisa Roemer
      - born 12 October 1885, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
      - died 25 October 1919, St. Louis, Missouri
      - married 15 August 1903 to
      George Carl Knackstedt
      Children of Louisa and George Knackstedt:

        1. Esther Knackstedt, born about 1905, married Mr. Heinrichs.
        2. Charles Knackstedt, born about 1906
        3. Edgar Knackstedt, 17 Dec. 1907 - 6 August 1997
        4. Armand Knackstedt, born about 1910
        5. Clarence A. Knackstedt, born about 1912
        6. Ruth L. Knackstedt, born about 1914
        7. Lorna Knackstedt, born about 1916
        8. Gertrude Knackstedt, born about 1917
      Children of Magdelena andGeorge Knackstedt
        1. Vera Knackstedt, m. married Mr. Shay.
        2. Warren Knackstedt, 4 August 1923 - 30 September 1998; lived at Dittmer, MO.
        3. Elda Knackstedt, born about 1924

      C. Dorothy Roemer, 23 July 1886 - 10 November 1979, St. Louis, MO
      D. Gertrude Johanna Roemer, 23 October 1887 - 10 April 1934, St. Louis, MO
      E. Karl Friedrich Roemer, born 3 Sept 1890, Missouri
      - died May 1972. Was a teacher, lived in Dundee, Illinois
      - married Lydia Kueffner
      One daughter, Margaret.

      F. Theodor Walter Roemer, 3 May 1894 - 15 December 1943


    4. Johannes Christian Wilhelm Ottmann
    - born 17 November 1862 St. Charles Co., MO , died before 1870

    5. Louise Ottmann, born 07 January 1865
    - died 24 April 1949, buried Collinsville, Illinois
    - m. 21 October 1894 to
    Martin Grosze, born 18 Oct 1865 Troy, IL
    - died 1920.

      Children:
      A. Theodore Grosze - born 21 October 1896
      - died 9 September 1969
      - m. Gussie Keuker d. May 1982
      Lived in Lake Charles, LA.
        Children:
        1. Virginia Grosze married Wm. Lenke, six children, lived in Lacrescent, Minnesota.
        2. Naomi Grosze married Fred Buckner, two children, lived in Houston, Texas.
        3. Theodore Grosze married Sylvia, had six children, lived at Lake Charles, LA.
        4. Laverne Grosze had five children, lived in Denver, Colorado.
        5. Armand Grosze had three children, lived in Orlando, FL.
        6. Martin Grosze married Pat, had two children, lived in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
      B. Marie Grosze
      - born 5 September 1899, d. 1980, married Mr. Doerr.
        One son:
        1. Harold Doerr - born 30 June 1922
        - died 23 September 1962
        - m. 19 Jan 1946
        Ruth Kassinger - born 18 Aug 1925

    6. Friedrich Albert Ottmann, pastor
    - born 4 March 1867, Sheboygan Falls, WI
    - died 17 Mar 1955
    - m. 1897 Mary Elizabeth Laubscher, born 15 Oct 1873 d. 15 Jun 1976
    Lived in Glen Rock, New Jersey.

      One son:
      A. Frederick Rudolph Ottmann - born 1 January 1900
      - m. Dorothy McCrea
      - born 11 Mar 1901
      - died 30 May 1982
        Children:
        1. Mary Jane Ottmann m. Donald P. Wares
        2. David Ottmann m. Marie Burns
        3. Marcia Ottmann
        - m. (1) Allen Widdicombe.
        - m. (2) Donald R. Smith

    7. Johanna Ottmann
    - born February, 1869, in Wisconsin
    - died 26 September 1903, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
    Johanna never married. She kept house for her father after her mother died. She went to Indianapolis to help her sister Maria Schurdel with the family. She died of burns when her clothes caught on fire as she was lighting a gasoline stove.

    8. Maria Dorothy Barbara Ottmann
    - born 13 November 1871 Sheboygan Falls, WI
    - died 13 October 1963 Cleveland, OH
    - m. 3 November 1895 Collinsville, IL
    Theodor Felix Schurdel
    - born 8 Septemer 1871, Friedheim, Germany
    - died 20 November 1938 Cleveland, OH
    For photos and details of this family, see SCHURDEL

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