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Johann and Susanna Nempsgern

Johann and Susanna Nempsgern (Nimsgern) along with their five children Maria, Anna, Peter, John and Susanna, immigrated from the Port of Nantes, France on 15 March 1852 and arrived at the Port of New York 15 April 1852. Their departure/arrival dates are from Johann's Declaration of Intent Papers, on file at the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock, Il. These papers also clearly state that they were citizens of France, unfortunately a town name is not shown on this document. The name of the ship they sailed on is still unknown at this time.

They settled in McHenry Township, McHenry County, Il. in Township 45, Section 2, as shown on the 1862 County Plat Map. On this map John's name is shown as John "Nimskin". A land deed for aprox 40 acres shows John and Susan "Nimskin" purchasing land from Oram Walker on 7 May 1853 in the amount of six hundred and forty dollars. Their homestead was located on the south side of Miller Rd where the Stade Dairy Farm is located today. On the 1872 Plat Map is the name N. P. Schaefer, this was their son-in-law who was married to their youngest daughter Susanna.

According to St John The Baptist Church records, John was buried on 1 Oct 1861, age 81 yrs. On the 1870 and 1880 fed census, Susanna is still living on this homestead along with her daughter Susanna and son-in-law Nicolas P Schaefer. It is not known when Susanna died, deaths were not recorded between May of 1884 and Dec of 1909 or were lost in the church fire in Feb 1900. She was still living at the time of her daughter Susanna's death, which was 1 Apr 1884.

Johann and Susanna Nimsgern are my maternal 3x great-grandparents, their son John is my 2x great-grandfather. Information in Family Group Records was obtained from family members, church records, vital records, federal/state census records and obit’s.


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Johann Nempsgern(Nimsgern)
Son of (Unknown)
Born abt. 1780/France/Town Unknown
Died 1 Oct 1861/McHenry Township/McHenry Co., Il
Buried/*St John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery
Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Il.
Married/In France-Date Unknown
Susanna (Surname Unknown)
Daughter of (Unknown)
Born abt. 1805/France/Town Unknown
Died aft. 1 April 1884/McHenry Township, Il.
Buried(?)
*Deaths not recorded at St John’s from
May 1884 to Feb 1909

Children of Johann and Susanna

1.Maria Anna
Born 20 Jan 1831/France
Married Nicolas Hay 4 May 1853
St John The Baptist Catholic Church/Johnsburg, Il.
Died 15 April 1909/Spring Grove, Il.
Buried/St John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery/Johnsburg, Il.

2.Anna Maria
Born abt. 1840/France
Married Michael Hoffman 1 Feb 1858
St John The Baptist Catholic Church/Johnsburg, Il.
Died sometime aft. Nov 21 1910/exact date still unknown
Cook County, Il.

3.Peter
Born abt. 1841/France
Married/Unknown
Died/Unknown

4.John
Born 28 Aug 1844/France
Married Gertrude Jung (Young) 4 May 1871
St John the Baptist Catholic Church/Johnsburg, Il.
Died 21 Nov 1910/Michael Reese Hospital/Chicago, Il.
Buried/St Peter’s Catholic Cemetery/Spring Grove, Il.

5.Susanna
Born abt 1848/France
Married Nicolaus P Schaefer 4 Feb 1869
St John The Baptist Catholic Church/Johnsburg, Il.
Died 1 April 1884/McHenry Township,Il.
Buried/St John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery/Johnsburg,Il.

*Church Fire in Feb 1900, destroyed grave markers of early settlers so location of Susanna’s gravesite as well as other family members who died before 1900, is unfortunately unknown. It is said that when the new church was built on the same spot as the one destroyed by fire,some of the early gravesites may have been covered over by the new structure.

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