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Nicholas Schaefer and Gertrude Schmitt

Nicholas was the son of Johann Schaefer and Maria Catharina Pulvermacher. The family arrived at the Port of New York on 11 January 1855 ~

Nicholas married Gertrude Schmitt, daughter of Jacob Schmitt and Anna Goedert, on 16 October 1856 at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois. Nicholas and Gertrude were the parents of ten children, three of whom 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 home 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 Schaefer family farmstead to her daughter Anna and son-in-law Joseph H Justen. Gertrude passed away 16 September 1902 at the family farmstead while visiting her family there.

In September of 1894, Nicholas and Gertrude donated an acre of land for use of the German Catholic Cemetery known as St Marys Cemetery in McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois. 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 grave site 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 great-grandparents, their daughter Elizabeth is my great-grandmother. Information in Family Group Records was obtained from church records, vital records, census records and obits. For questions or to add information please contact me at sandiesquilts@att.net

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Nicholas Schaefer
Son of Johann Schaefer and Anna Maria Pulvermacher
Born 8 August 1831/Münk, Germany
Married Gertrude Schmitt 16 October 1856
St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died 19 November 1897/St Alexandria Hospital, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Buried 21 November 1897/St Mary's Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Gertrude Schmitt
Daughter of Jacob Schmitt and Anna Goedert
Born 21 August 1839/Münk, Germany
Died 16 September 1902/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried 19 September/St Mary's Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois

Children of Nicholas and Gertrude
Some of the children listed below, have a key beside their name, click on this key, it is a link to the next generation~

1.Nicolaus Peter
Born 13 September 1857/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Married/Ellen Hennessey 6 October 1880
Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska
Died 29 May 1936/Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska *His name on stone is George Schaeffer*
Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska

2.Nicolaus Joseph
Born 14 May 1859/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Married Elizabeth Sabel 25 Nov 1886
St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died 26 June 1899/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried at St Mary's Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois

3.Anna
Born 6 June 1862/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died March 1863/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried 19 March/St John the Baptist Cemetery, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois

4.Jacob
Born 3 September 1863/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died 3 September 1863/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried at St John the Baptist Cemetery, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois

5.Anna Maria (Emma)
Born 2 August 1865/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Married *John Henry Kennebeck 5 November 1885
St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died 6 June 1899/Ringwood, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried 9 June 1899/St Mary's Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois

6.John
Born 21 November 1869/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Married Magdelena Buch 30 January 1895
St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died 24 March 1900/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried 26 March 1900/St Mary's Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois

7.Elizabeth
Born 21 December 1871/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Married *Bernard Henry Kennebeck 13 February 1891
St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died 4 November 1966/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried 7 November 1966/St Mary's Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois

8.Anna
Born 19 November 1874/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Married Joseph H Justen 12 January 1893
St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died 1 April 1963/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried at St Mary's Catholic Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois

9.Mathias
Born 5 July 1877/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Died July 1877/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Buried 1 Aug 1877/St John the Baptist Cemetery, Johnsburg, McHenry Co., Illinois

10.Michael
Born 24 September 1881/McHenry, McHenry Co., Illinois
Married/Unknown
Died/Unknown


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