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Nicholas and Gertrude (Schmitt) Schaefer

Nicholas was the son of Johann Schaefer and Maria Catharina Pulvermacher. I am still researching this part of the family, so at the present time I do not have information as to when the Schaefer family arrived in America from Germany. Other than the names of Nicholas's parents, I am at present still researching who his sibblings were.

Nicholas married Gertrude Schmitt, daughter of Jacob Schmitt and Anna Goedert, on 16 Oct 1856 at St John The Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg, Il. They had ten children, three of which died as infants. Their farm was located in McHenry Township, Sec 15, as shown on the 1872 plat map for McHenry Township. Today this location is located on the north side of McCullom Lake Road. A long drive that runs adjacent to the railroad tracks, leads up to the farmstead which is still there today. A large victorian house sits atop the hillside. After Nicholas's death in 1897, Gertrude moved into the town of McHenry, where she resided with a daughter and son-in-law. She rented the family farmstead to her daughter Anna and son-in-law Joseph H Justen. Gertrude passed away 16 Sep 1902 at the family farmstead while visiting her family there.

In Sep of 1894, Nicholas and Gertrude donated an acre of land for use of the German Catholic Cemetery known as St Marys Cemetery in McHenry, IL. Two stipulations were attached to this donation. The Schaefers were to receive a cemetery lot for their own use and if the cemetery were ever vacated, the property would revert to the Schaefer's estate. Nicholas and Gertrude are at rest at St Mary's Cemetery, their gravesite is marked with a tall white stone with a cross on top, and is easily found, beneath the large pine tree to the front of the cemetery.

Nicolas and Gertrude are my maternal 2x gr grandparents, their daughter Elizabeth is my gr grandmother. Information in Family Group Records was obtained from church records, vital records, census records and obits.

Family Group Records


Nicholas Schaefer
Son of Johann Schaefer and Anna Maria Pulvermacher
Born 8 Aug 1831/Germany
Married Gertrude Schmitt 16 Oct 1856
St John The Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Il
Died 19 Nov 1897/St Alexandria Hospital, Chicago, Cook Co., Il
Buried at St Mary's Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Gertrude Schmitt
Daughter of Jacob Schmitt and Anna Goedert
Born 21 August 1839/Munk, Germany
Died 16 Sep 1902/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Buried at St Mary's Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Il

Children of Nicholas and Gertrude

1.Nicolaus Peter
Born 13 Sep 1857/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Married/Katheleen Frett 6 Oct 1880
Died/Unknown

2.Nicolaus Joseph
Born 14 May 1859/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Married Elizabeth Sabel 25 Nov 1886
Died/26 June 1899

3.Anna
Born 6 June 1862/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Died/Buried 19 Mar 1863
Buried at St John The Baptist Cemetery, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Il

4.Jacob
Born 3 Sep 1863/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Died 3 Sep 1863/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Buried at St John The Baptist Cemetery, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Il

5.Anna Maria (Emma)
Born 2 Aug 1865/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Married *John Henry Kennebeck 5 Nov 1885
St John The Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Il
Died 6 June 1899/Ringwood, McHenry Co., Il
Buried at St Mary's Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Il

6.John
Born 21 Nov 1868/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Married Magdelena Buch 30 Jan 1895
St John The Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Il
Died 29 March 1900/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il

7.Elizabeth
Born 21 Dec 1871/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Married *Bernard Henry Kennebeck 13 Feb 1891
St John The Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Il
Died 4 Nov 1966/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Buried at St Mary's Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Il

8.Anna
Born 19 Nov 1874/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Married Joseph H Justen 12 Jan 1893
St John The Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Il
Died 1 Apr 1963/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Buried at St Mary's Catholic Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Il

9.Mathias
Born 5 Jul 1877/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Died/Buried 1 Aug 1877
Buried at St John The Baptist Cemetery, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Il

10.Michael
Born 24 Sep 1881/McHenry, McHenry Co., Il
Married/Unknown
Died/Unknown


*Brothers


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