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Johann Nempsgern and Susanna Grill

Johann Nempsgern (Nimsgern) and Susanna Grill along with their five children Maria, Annette, Peter, John and Susanna, emigrated from the Port of Nantes, France on 15 March 1853 and arrived at the Port of New York 15 April 1853. Their departure/arrival dates are from Johann's Declaration of Intent Papers, on file at the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock, McHenry Co., Illinois. These papers also clearly state that they were citizens of France. The name of the ship they sailed on is still unknown at this time.

They settled in McHenry Township, McHenry County, Illinois, 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 Road 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 October 1861, age 81 yrs. On the 1870 and 1880 federal 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 February 1900. She was still living at the time of her daughter Susanna's death, which was 1 April 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. For further information email

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Johann Nempsgern(Nimsgern)
Son of Pierre Nimsgern and Anne Haman
Born 23 January 1783/Betting, Moselle, France
Died 1 Oct 1861/McHenry Township, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried/*St John the Baptist Cemetery
Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
Married 29 April 1830/Betting-lles-St Avold, Moselle, France
Susanna Grill
Daughter of Anton Grill and Catharine Lieb
Born 17 September 1805/Homborg, Moselle, France
Died aft. 1 April 1884/McHenry Township, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried/St John the Baptist Cemetery
Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
*Deaths not recorded at St John’s from
May 1884 to February 1909

Children of Johann and Susanna

1.Maria Anna
Born 26 January 1831/Betting, Moselle, France
Married Nicolas Hay 4 May 1853
St John the Baptist Catholic Church/Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died 15 April 1909/Spring Grove, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried/St John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery/Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois

2.Annette Maria
Born 6 August 1838/Betting, Moselle, France
Married Michael Hoffman 1 February 1858
St John the Baptist Catholic Church/Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died 12 April 1925/Northbrook, Cook Co., Illinois
Buried/St Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Wilmette, Cook County, Illinois

Born 22 May 1843/Betting, Moselle, France
Died/Unknown/Last record found with Peter's name recorded was the Civil War census taken in McHenry Township, Illinois, in 1863 ~

Born 28 August 1844/Betting, Moselle, France
Married Gertrude Jung (Young) 4 May 1871
St John the Baptist Catholic Church/Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died 21 November 1910/Michael Reese Hospital/Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Buried/St Peter’s Catholic Cemetery/Spring Grove, McHenry Co., Illinois

Born 30 August 1846/Betting, Moselle, France
Married Nicolaus P Schaefer 4 February 1869
St Peter's Catholic Church/Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Died 1 April 1884/McHenry Township, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried 3 April 1884/St John the Baptist Cemetery/Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois

*Church Fire in February of 1900, destroyed grave markers of early settlers' so location of Susanna’s grave site 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 grave sites may have been covered over by the new structure.