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Ancestry of the Family Förtmeier [Foertmeyer] With a Focus on, but not limited to, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio

Where more than one hundred Foertmeyers
and their kin are resting


and their resting places

The Beginning of the Family Foertmeyer as We Know it Today by Manfred Raker

Purchased 1864

Förtmeier Church Records from Loccum

Förtmeier Church Records from Lavelsloh

List of Foertmeyer and Mente Immigrants and How and When They Came

Foertmeyer Family
Pictorial Tree

The Foertmeyer Name Origin - The Förthof

Another Förtmeier Home and Farm Meßlingen, Germany

Emigration's Effect on the Continuity of the Family Förtmeier

Summary: Emigration from the District of Minden 1816-1933


Impressions from Lavelsloh and Essern

Manfred Raker

The Mente

The Seinecke

The Leicht

The Wunder

Why the Mass Emigration in the 1800s?

Heinrich Mente Eulogy & Will

Foertmeyer, Mente, Seinecke, Rocklin, Wagner, Leicht, Leurck, Reum, Knoblaugh, Burt, Yount, Buttemiller, Motz, Cottrell,
Treinen, Driskell, Schweinlin,
Schwartz, Thüme, and Maienschein

Distribution of Family Names in Germany

For quick look-up, the alphabetical surname index contains most of the names you will come across in this project. For those unfamiliar with the family, just browsing through the site is probably the best way to get a handle on it.

How the Foertmeyers Came From Germany and where they Settled
How the Foertmeyers Came From
Germany and where they Settled

Family Group Photos

Making Sense of Spring Grove Burials

Section 39 Lot 136:
Foertmeyer / Wagner / Reum

Spring Grove Map


Unfortunately, there is only one individual marker in the Foertmeyer, Wagner, and Reum Lot. I suppose these three families felt it sufficient to mark their passing with just one monument marker bearing their surnames. This, despite there being 30 individuals burried here.

The oldest members of the family can be found here. We start with Doris Georg Förtmeier who came to America in 1861. she was preceeded by several Förtmeiers, the first of which, and not buried here, was Georg Eduard Förtmeier, her first son and third child, coming here in 1846 on the ship Johann George. At the end of this document is a complete list of the Förtmeier children, both those eight who came to the USA and those three who remained in Germany. Immediately below are just those buried in Section 39 Lot 136.

When surfing through this document remember that the name Förtmeier goes way back to a town in Germany called Loccum and probably to a farm thirteen miles away, known as the Förthof. You can read all about the Föertmeiers of Loccum and Münchehagen at this location. To read about the Förthof, you may go to this location.

Click Here to go back as far as we have been able

Johann Friedrich FöRTMEIER - b.1775 in Loccum
m. 1797 Catharine Elisabeth MELL
b.1779 in Loccum - d.1854 in Bohnhorst

German records show (so far) two offspring...

1) Dietrich Friedrich Wilhelm Förtmeier 1798-1861 m. Doris Georges Förtmeier 1802-1864
2) Marie Luise Förtmeier 1799-xxxx m.(1826) Friedrich Wilhelm Moeller 1806-xxxx

In the embedded chart below there are three "EXPAND" notes after the names of three ancestors. They indicate that there is a page that expands that person's downline. Here are the links to those family's downlines:

        Adolph W. Förtmeier.....

        Emma Förtmeier Wagner...

        Bertha Förtmeier Reum...

    Click Here

    Click Here

    Click Here

    Section 39 Lot 136

@@ The family story is that his nanny set him on a wall while she talked to the beat cop. He fell and suffered fatal injuries. However, Spring Grove records say he died of spinal meningitis. He is found interred at Spring Grove cemetery in the Foertmeyer/Reum/Wagner plot.

From the Cincinnati Enquirer, 10 Aug 1882: On Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock, Edward William, infant son of Louis C and Marie Foertmeyer, age 2 yr. 2 mo. Funeral from residence no. 113 Mill St. on Friday at 2 p.m.

               Anna Wunder Foertmeyer's Relationship to Mary Cassatt
               Robert Simpson Cassat
               Katherine Kelso Johnston
               Mary Stevenson Cassatt --------sib-------- John W. Cassatt
                                                                                   Susanna Wunder --------sib-------- William Wunder
                                                                                                                                           Louise Dowble Wunder
                                                                                                                                        Anna Marie Wunder Foertmeyer
                                                                                                                                        William Louis Foertmeyer 

The large numbers in the diagram below pertain to the numbered name in the tree branch above

Emma Foertmeyer Charles Schutz Jennie Reum Eda Weiss Adolph W. Foertmeyer Elizabeth Foertmeyer Doris Foertmeyer Adam Reum H.F. Reum Emma D. Reum Otto H. Reum Bertha Foertmeyer Reum Charlotte L. Foertmeyer Adolphus Foertmeyer Clara Foertmeyer William Louis Foertmeyer Anna Wunder Foertmeyer Edward W. Foertmeyer Steffan Wagner Wlliam S. Wagner Bertha D. Wagner H.A. Wagner Edwin Wagner Arther Reum Emma Foertmeyer Wagner Former Grave of Georg Henry  Foertmeyer Herman O. Reum Charles Herman Reum Frank Reum William F. Weiss William F. Weiss Berta Schutz Berta Weiss Schutz Emma D. Reum Otto H. Reum William J. Weiss


The photo above shows approximately the area of the plot into which thirty relatives are buried. Some of the graves are contained within one another, as shown in the diagram, and some of the individual graves are very small; the graves in the diagram are not to scale. All in all, it is a crowded plot, yet there are still two graves available for any direct descendant of anyone currently interred there.

This is an Excel file showing graphically who came to America and when, and who, including offspring, and who were all here together... CLICK HERE

Section 113 Lot 8

No Monument





Charles Ginny

Charles Henry Foertmeyer MD [II]

Virginia Louise Driskell Foertmeyer

Read More About the Extended Foertmeyer Family




Edna Emerson Booley's Fatal Accident


From diary of Blanche Cole Foertmeyer:

Oct.  7, 1918:  Our baby (Charles Henry Foertmeyer) has the flu, fever 103. Dr. Neitus attending. Charles G. out with Edna & children - all very ill.


Oct. 14, 1918:  No hope for Edna. Brought Blanche & Chas. here. Edna died 5:23 P.M. was just 36 years old last Aug. The flu spreading. Schools and other places closed.



Carrie Virginia Evans was born a "Ferguson" but was adopted by her grandparents, Charles W. Evans and Sarah Anderson Evans. Carrie's mother died shortly after her birth. Her father, John C. Ferguson, traveled for a living and felt he could not care for an infant. Therefore, she was adopted by her maternal grandparents.




Louis served in the Army during WWI, but his enlistment lasted only a short time before the war ended. He was honorably discharged on December 20, 1918. He attended the University of Cincinnati for a couple of months before giving up college and traveling to New York to work for the Dalton Adding Machine Co. He returned home shortly after when he became ill, and upon recovering, again joined the army. He was briefly married (December 22, 1924...noted in Blanche's diary) to Nellie Swann, but she didn't want to move away from Norfolk, and Louis didn't want to stay, so they separated. Louis never remarried and never had children.









Foertmeyer - Treinen
Oak Hill Cemetery
Section: 19K       Lot: 1265

Mary Elisa Treinen
Nikki's Sister

Natalie "Nikki" Treinen Foertmeyer
03 JAN 1957 - 18 AUG 2018
Tom's Wife

Thomas Heston Foertmeyer
20 FEB 1955
Nikki's Husband


Nikki and Tom

Section 113 Lot 320

Foertmeyer / Rentz








Julia A. Rentz
1846 – 1932
Rosa’s Younger Sister

 Section 114 Lot 144D



The Driskell branch of the family comes from Garland and Ruth Driskell, parents of Virginia Louise Driskell Foertmeyer. To their grandchildren they were affectionately known at Boo Boo and Granddaddy.




Garland Driskell
1893 – 1960
Ruth Marie Schwartz Driskell
1898 – 1989
"Boo Boo"

Section 101 Lot 473
Carrie Virginia Ferguson Evans Foertmeyer's Family

John C. Ferguson**
Carrie Foertmeyer's Father
Sarah Anderson's son first marriage
1869 - 1907

Virginia Estella Joynes Ferguson**
Carrie Foertmeyer's Mother
1873 - 1892

Sarah Anderson Evans
Carrie Foertmeyer's Grandmother
1842 - 1925

Charles W. Evans
Carrie Foertmeyer's Step-Grandfather
1841 - 1930

Josephine F. Evans
Carrie Foertmeyer's Aunt
1866 - 1886

**Although born Fergusons, the two children apparently adopted the Evans name

Although there are two graves earmarked for Helen and Philip Williams at Spring Grove, they were
actually laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery, 25 Alexandria Pike, Southgate, Kentucky (Sec-16, lot-89 W1/2)

Philip Dowe Williams
Carrie Foertmeyer's Uncle by Marriage
1885 - 1976

Helen Evans Williams
Carrie Foertmeyer's Aunt
1886 - 1970
           Carrie Virginia Foertmeyer was raised by her grandparents, 
           as her mother died as a result of Carrie's birth, and her 
           father left her upbringing to Charles and Sarah Evans, her
	   grandmother and her step-grandfather.

Garden Mausoleum

Dorothy E. Foertmeyer
1923 - 2003



Section 72 Lot 159

Foertmeyer / Devou







George N. DeVou [ who married Nellie Foertmeyer ] was the nephew of William P. DeVou, Jr. who donated the land for Devou Park along with Charles DeVou ( who was, I believe, his brother).

Birth: Jul. 18, 1855     Death: Dec. 8, 1937

William P. Devou, Jr. was born in 1855 at Ninth and Race Streets, Cincinnati to William P. Devou, a wholesale milliner, and Sarah Ogden Devou. This photo was taken in 1870 when William was 15, before he was sent to Germany for his high school and college education. When he returned he became a bookkeeper for his father and later entered the real estate business where he accumulated considerable property. At one time his holdings were estimated to be $6,000,000. Even with his wealth and property he was an eccentric recluse. He lived in a storeroom and spent little on clothes or ammenities. He had few friends. He personally collected rent from his tenants. He was close to his parents, and in their memory, donated the family farm, Devou Park, to the city of Covington, KY. Devou died of pneumonia in 1937 and was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, section 52, lot 140. The bulk of his million dollar estate was left to the city of Covington for the upkeep of Devou Park.
William P. Devou, Jr.

William P. Devou, Jr. Cemetery Card
1855 - 1937

Young William P. Devou, Jr.

Charles P. Devou

Charles P. Devou
1858 - 1922

Section 122 Lot 81

Foertmeyer / Konnersman

Clara D. Konnersman Foertmeyer Walter John Foertmeyer Sr. Ethel M. Campbell Foertmeyer Louise Konnersman Walter John Foertmeyer Jr. Historical Note


    	               Charlotte L.                    1877-1883     Spring Grove Sec. 39 Lot 136	
	               Adolphus William                1879-1944     Spring Grove Sec. 60 Lot 25A
	               Robert                          1888-1968     Unknown
	               Clara    (Twin Sister of John)  1891-1891     Spring Grove Sec. 39 Lot 136    
                       Walter John                     1891-1968     [See Above]

The mystery here on this plot is that there is only one marker. It seems to fit, on the surface, but it does not match up with the cemetery records at all. The spelling of the last name is different. It fits closest to Louisa Konnersman, although the first name is only an initial, which appears to be an I, not an L. Her parents were John and Mary Konnersman, so that doesn’t provide an explanation either. Also, although close, the dates are slightly different than those stated for Louisa. If this isn’t supposed to be Louisa, then even the cemetery doesn’t know who it is.

Section 60 Lot 25A

Section 60 Lot 21A

Section 131 Lot F

Lee Hearne Taylor
1915 – 1983
Graceland Cemetery Sidney, Ohio
First Husband of Maree Foertmeyer
Father of Kim Taylor Westendorf (Greg)

Maree Foertmeyer Schweinlin
1920 – 1996
Daughter of Adolphus W. “Dolph” Foertmeyer
Sister of Adolph W. “Duff” Foertmeyer

Frederick H. Schweinlin
1923 – 1996
Second Husband of Maree Foertmeyer
Maree Foertmeyer and Adolph “Duff” Foertmeyer were adoptive children of Adolphus and Marie Foertmeyer. They were, however, natural brother and sister who were adopted from the orphanage at the same time. Their birth mother’s maiden name was Bessie May Smith.

1891 - 1962     1892 - 1967

Buried in Vine Street Hill Cemetery are Frederick's parents, Frederick Schweinlin and Alma Pauline Rabe Schweinlin. They are located in Section 22 Plot 12

Jacob Frederick Schweinlin     -     Margareta Theisinger Schweinlin
1869 - 1950                                     1873 - 1950

Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery are Frederick's grandparents, Jacob Frederick Schweinlin and Margareta Theisinger Schweinlin. They are located in Section 7 Plot 2040

Rosa Schweinlin
1897 – 1905

Karl & Margaret M. Schweinlin
1909 - 2002       1912 - 1995
Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, are Jacob and Margareta's daughter Rosa who is located in Section 9 Lot 4395. Their other son, Karl Schweinlin, and his wife Margaret Klink, are located in St. Joseph's New Cemetery. They are entombed in the outdoor mausoleum; Nativity Terrace Crypt F-105.

Section 100 Lot 341


Not buried in Spring Grove, but the parents and grandparents to some of the following are William Heinrich Mente and Elizabeth Sophia Fricke Mente. Marie Mente Foertmeyer (Section 113 Lot 8) was born to Heinrich Wilhelm Mente and his first wife, Wilhelmena Dorthea Fricke. There were 4 children: Louis, Betti, Marie, and Adolph. Betti and Adolph were somehow "retarded" or disabled. In his will, Wilhelm left most of his estate to their care. When Wilhelmena died, he married her sister, Marie Wilhelmine Sophie Henrietta Fricke. They had 9 more children: Emil, William, Alvin, EUGENE, Charles, Elise Bertha "Otillie", Karl Julius, Richard, and Emilie. Any of these children buried in Spring Grove will have their mother's name below their listing in green type.


Wilhelm Heinrich Mente

Marie Wilhelmena Sophie
Henrietta Fricke Mente

Wilhelm Heinrich Mente

When Herr Mente died, most of his children were living in the United States. Having never immigrated himself, his funeral was held in Germany and this photo was taken to send to his children abroad who could not attend.

Graveside Eulogy for Heinrich Wilhelm Mente

Last Will and Testament of Heinrich Wilhelm Mente

In the chart below, the two Fricke sisters were actually half-sisters, having the same father [Johann Heinrich Tiede Fricke] like the Mente children did, but also like the Mente children, their mothers were half-sisters. Dorothea Fricke's mother was Dorothee Auguste Habichhorst, and Henrietta Fricke's mother was Marie Charlotte Habichhorst. Johann Tiede Fricke was a forester in Harpstedt (Eugene Mente said he was a forester for the King of Hannover), his bride was Catherine Marie Charlotte Habichhorst.

This chart shows the two wives of Wilhelm Heinrich Mente [they were half-sisters]
and which of his thirteen children were born to each, and the order of their births

Cincinnati Enquirer (1872-1922);Feb 19, 1888

Section 31A Lot 0

Eddie, his grandmother and grandfather, and his Aunt Auguste Dotzauer are buried in single spaces of Lot 31A. They did purchase six spaces all together in a block consisting of the use of two rows. These lots are numbered 227 through 232 with three spaces lying in each row and across from each other. Spaces 229 and 231, the numbers being staggered, are occupied by the Breitfeld monument stone. The diagram, and the photo, should help in seeing where each individual is located.

This is where cemetery records show Eddie lies, with his grandparents
Breitfeld and his mother's sister, Aunt Augusta Dotzauer.

Edwin “Eddie” Mente

1880 – 1888
Grandson of Marie Wilhelmena Sophie Henrietta Fricke Mente
Son of Louis H. Mente


Edwin Space 227 – Fred Breitfeld Space 232 – Wilhelmina Space 230

Augusta Breitfeld Dotzauer Space 228 (Daughter of Wilhelmina Breitfeld and sister of Minnie Breitfeld Mente)
There is no record for a Space 229 or Space 231

Augusta Breitfeld Dotzauer and Expanded Family


Louis Mente
1867 – 1868
Grandson of Marie Wilhelmena Sophie Henrietta Fricke Mente
Son of Louis H. Mente

Section 29 Lot 0 Space 469

Section 100 Lot 341

Mente (Continued)




Mente Farm in Negenborn, Germany

Mentes Buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery
686 Mount Moriah Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45245

Section 1 Lot 270

William Benjamin Mente
1881 - 1965
Grandson of Marie Wilhelmena Sophie Henrietta Fricke Mente
Son of Emil Arnold Mente

Sadie Kendall Mente

1886 - 1970

Wood Kendall
1862 - 1953
Sadie's Uncle James Woodruff Kendall

Ida Kendall
1866 - 1961
Sadie's Aunt Ida May Kendall
Although William Benjamin Mente and his wife Sadie Kendall Mente are not buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, William is one of the only Mente offspring in America not interred there. Furthermore, their infant son is buried in the Mente plot at Spring Grove as well. Little Emil Alwin died at birth. To my knowledge, William and Sadie had no other children.

Note:   To locate this family, Click Here       To view family record, Click Here

Related Kendall's Buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery
686 Mount Moriah Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45245

Section 12 Lot 426

John Kendall
1854 - 1939
Father of Sadie Kendall Mente

Ellen Kendall
1856 - 1939
Sadie Kendall Mente's Mother

Florence Marjorie Kendall
1890 - 1963
Sadie's Sister

Carrie Kendall Tharp
1877 - 1925
Sadie's Sister

Clarence Kendall
1899 - 1899
Sadie's Uncle James Woodruff Kendall

Note:   To locate this family, Click Here       To view family record, Click Here


Spring Grove Cemetery
Section 100 Lot 345
Mente, Motz, and Cottrell
[Immediately to the right of the Mente Plot]

Augusta Mente Motz
Sister of William F. Mente MD
Granddaughter of Wilhelmena Dorothea Fricke Mente
1873 - 1957


Clemens Henry Motz
Husband of Augusta
1870 - 1925

Julius "Jack" Mente, Marie Mente Foertmeyer, Blanche Cole Foertmeyer, Clemons Henry Motz, and Augusta Mente Motz
New Orleans - 1910

Philip R. Cottrell
Husband of Lucille M. Motz Cottrell
1896 - 1978


Lucille M. Cottrell
Daughter of Clemens and Augusta Mente Motz
1899 - 1976

J. Louis Motz
Son of Clemens and Augusta Mente Motz
1894 - 1961

Henry H. Cottrell
Son of Philip R Cottrell and Lucille Mente Cottrell
1924 - 1957

Cemetery Records     Original Papers

This is a recap of information listed above on this page, and then a continuation of that information.

My great grandmother, Marie Mente Foertmeyer [1845-1925], had several brothers among which was Louis H. Mente MD [1842-1874].

Somewhere around 1865 or so, Louis married Wilhelmina "Minnie" Breitfeld [1851-1927].

Louis and Minnie had a son named Louis who lived from December 1867 to February 1868, exactly two months. A living son was born to them as well; William F. Mente [1869-1941]. William married Margaret Puthoff [1875-1949]. William and Margaret Puthoff had no children. Louis and Minnie also had a daughter, Augusta E. Mente Motz. This is who we are following right here and now.

Augusta E. Mente [1873-1957] married Clemens H. Motz [1870-1975] on September 6, 1893. To this couple was born a daughter named Lucille [1899-1976]. Lucille married Philip Rutherfoord Cottrell [1896-1956]. Their son, Henry H. Cottrell [1924-1957] married Edna Mae Clark [1923-2006] in 1946. He reportedly jumped from a window in New York City, as shown on his interment card, but there was some speculation as to whether or not it was simply a fall by accident.

Augusta and Clemens also had a son, John Louis Motz [1894-1961], who married a first wife, Dorothy Blagg Motz [1895-1974] on April 19, 1916.

To this union were born two daughters, Margaret M. Motz [1923- ], and Elizabeth Motz Sanders [1917- ].

John Louis Motz's First Wife

John Louis Motz

Margaret Motz Meyer [daughter of John Louis Motz]
Walter H. Meyer [husband of Margaret Motz Meyer]

son of Walter and Margaret Meyer




Section 72 Lot 44









Clara L. Foertmeyer Buttemiller

1858 - 1935

Daughter of Adolph W. Foertmeyer
and Elizabeth Kirchof
Marriage License Application
John Christian Buttemiller MD

1853 – 1934

Son of George Buttemiller I

Descendants of Joseph Buttemiller





George S. Buttemiller MD


Erna VonBargen Buttemiller

1878 – 1966
Son of John C. Buttemiller MD


1885 – 1973





George Buttemiller I
Father of John C. Buttemiller MD


Mary T. Rentz Buttemiller

1820 – 1855


1830 – 1916

Daughter of Clara Foertmeyer Buttemiller
Granddaughter of Immigrant Adolph W. Foertmeyer
Sister of George S. Buttemiller
Morrow Cemetery, Morrow, Ohio




Section 101 Lot 221


First Person Buried in Clegg Plot





Georg Heinrich “George” Foertmeyer

1850 – 1877

27 Years (Consumption)



Henrietta Fike Foertmeyer Clegg

1850 – 1923

George Heinrich Foertmeyer married Henrietta Fike in ____. To them, on October 13, 1876, a daughter was born, whom they named Lillian Elizabeth. On March 8, 1877 George succomed to tuberculosis, leaving Henrietta and their four month old Lillian behind. George was buried in the Foertmeyer family plot at Spring Grove Cemetery (Section 39 Lot 136 Space 11. In 1885 George was moved to the John Joseph Clegg plot and placed in Space 1. He was the first person to be buried in this plot. Apparently, Henrietta must have loved him very much, because she had herself laid to rest between George and her second husband of many years, John Joseph Clegg. Both had preceeded her in death, John having been killed when he was struck by a streetcar at Main and Canal.

George, having been buried in the Foertmeyer plot would have been in an unmarked grave. None of the original thirty-some graves are individually marked. Being that George's headstone matches both Henrietta's and John's in style and content, I think it safe to say that Henrietta arranged for and paid for a personal stone for George.

George and Henrietta's daughter, Lillian Foertmeyer, was raised in the Clegg household and sometime around 1900 married Dr. Edward Guinn. More can be read about this family at the Lillian Foertmeyer link below.

Lillian Foertmeyer Guinn Information

Born:   October 13, 1876 in Hamilton County, Ohio
Died: November 6, 1951 in Los Angeles, California [not a certainty]

George was the illegitimate son of Dorothee Luise Förtmeier. His cemetery records show that his father's name was Henry Fortmeyer, but based on German records, George was illegitimate so Henry, if that is his father's name, would not have been Foertmeyer. George did immigrate, and lived in Cincinnati until his untimely death at age 27 of tuberculosis.

There were both Fortmeyers (meiers), and Förtmeyers (meiers) in this area of Germany. It seems that the two German ways of writing the names were Förtmeier and Fortmeier, pronounced distinctly differently. Americanized, the meier became meyer for both, but the Förtmeiers dropped the umlaut ö and replaced it with the diphthong oe which carried the same pronunciation.


The German Connection

Who Came, Who Stayed

Actual German Records



Dorothee Luise Förtmeier, B: 02 Jun 1826 in Essern, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. Mother of George H. who immigrated to Cincinnati D: 1881 Louisville, KY Buried Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville

Arrived New Orleans 1851 on ship Olbers - Traveled with younger sister Emma Förtmeier Wagner


Louise Mathilde Förtmeier, B: 10 Mar 1828 in Essern, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, D: Jun 1854 in Bohnhorst, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Stayed in Germany


Georg Eduard Förtmeier, B: 21 Jul 1830 in Essern, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Immigrated to U.S. - Nothing more is known about this brother


Wilhelm Adolph (Adolphus William) Foertmeyer, B: 08 Jul 1832 in Bonhorst, Hanover,Germany, D: 07 Jul 1893 in Cincinnati, Ohio, M: Elizabeth Kirchoff, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery


William Charles (Carl Wilhelm Förtmeyer) Foertmeyer, B: 19 Jun 1834 in Hannover, Germany, D: 19 Jun 1907 in Cincinnati, Ohio, M: Catherine Emily "Amelia" Bultman, 30 Aug 1858 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co. OH.

Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery


Emma Louise Bertha Förtmeyer, B: 03 Apr 1837 in Bohnhorst, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, D: 07 Aug 1894 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Arrived New Orleans in 1851 on ship Olbers with older sister Dorothea - M: Steffan Wagner, 01 Nov 1860 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery


Friedericke Bertha Förtmeyer, B: 24 Mar 1839 in Bohnhorst, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, D: 26 Jun 1904 in 3110 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH, M: Herman Frank Reum, 19 Dec 1860 in Louisville, Jefferson Co. KY.

Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery


Charles Henry (Carl Heinrich Förtmeyer) Foertmeyer M.D., B: 01 Mar 1841 in Bohnhorst, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, D: 30 Aug 1912 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH, M: Rosa Rentz, 03 Feb 1868 in Hamilton Co, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery


Anne Caroline Sophie Förtmeyer, B: 05 Mar 1843 in Bohnhorst, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, D: 14 Aug 1843 in Bohnhorst, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Stayed in Germany


Louise Friedericke Förtmeyer, B: 29 Oct 1844 in Bohnhorst, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, D: 16 Feb 1847 in Bohnhorst, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Stayed in Germany


Louis C. Foertmeyer, B: 28 Jul 1849 in Bohnhorst, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, D: 12 Jul 1914 in Cincinnati, Ohio, M: Marie Mente, Abt. 1870 in probably Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH.

Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery

Great Grandfather to Charles H. III, Gayle Marie, Thomas Heston, and John Louis Foertmeyer


The above records come from the Lavelsloh Parish church records in Diepenau/Bohnhorst, Germany.





One thing I have noticed in working on this project, is that the vast majority of our German ancestors did not live in “Over the Rhine”. If you start checking out some of the addresses shown on the cemetery interment cards you’ll find they no longer exist. That is because most of our ancestors lived in Cumminsville (North Side) around Knolton’s Corner, or in the “West End” where I-75 plowed its way through their old neighborhoods. I have included some map links of old Cincinnati that you can follow to examine the street’s whereabouts back in the day that are under I-75 and its exchanges today.







Springfield Twp.-1869

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