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Meyer, Adam Joseph
Langshausen, Maria Elizabeth
Halfmann, Matthias
Brust, Klara
Mayer, Michael
Halfmann, Anna Maria

Meyer, Johann Adam


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Schaden, Catherine

Meyer, Johann Adam 1

  • Born: Feb 23, 1834, Allscheid, Vulkaneifel, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
  • Marriage: Schaden, Catherine on Feb 1, 1858 in Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin, USA
  • Died: Nov 7, 1887, Pine Grove, Brown, Wisconsin, USA at age 53
  • Buried: 1887, Pine Grove, Brown, Wisconsin, USA

bullet   Cause of his death was Abcess of the neck from a barbed wire injury.

bullet   Other names for Johann were Adam, Johann, John, Maier, and Mayer.


bullet  General Notes:

The Village Allscheid, origin of a U.S. Meyer Family Web Page.

bullet  Death Notes:

Died at 2:00 PM after suffering nearly 4 months with an abcess of the neck.

bullet  Burial Notes:

Buried in Section A, Lot 331


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Religion: Catholic.

• Parish Register: Christening, Feb 23, 1834, Allscheid, Vulkaneifel, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. 2

• Birth Record: Civil Birth Document, Feb 23, 1834, Allscheid, Vulkaneifel, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

• Emigration: Ship Antarctic, Sep 3, 1852, New York, New York, New York, USA. 3 4 1852: The Meyer family arrived in the New York harbor , United States September 3, 1852, on the ship Antarctic. Their port of departure was Antwerp, Belgium, Place of Origin was Allscheid Germany.

• Occupation: Farmer, Pine Grove,WI(buri rec at St.Cyril & Methodius,Pol,W.

• Disaster: The Peshtigo Fire, Oct 8, 1871, Peshtigo, Marinette, Wisconsin, USA. The Peshtigo Fire Web Site.

The Peshtigo Fire Survivors Web Site.

Family Survived:
Meyer, Adam and Catherine
Meyer, Peter
Meyer, Casper
Meyer Niclaus

• Census: U.S. Census, Jun 3, 1880, De Pere, Brown, Wisconsin, USA. 5

• Property: Land identified as A. Meyer in lower Right Corner, 1889.

• Obituary: The De Pere News, Nov 12, 1887, De Pere, Brown, Wisconsin, USA. 6

• Death Record: Registration of Death, Nov 19, 1987, Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin, USA.

• E-Mail: Dates for Adam's family, Jun 16, 2008. 7

• Emigration: Coming to America: The story of a German immigrant, Aug 31, 2009, Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin, USA. 8 9 <>
August 31, 2009
Coming to America: The story of a German immigrant

by Lee Meyers
Special to the Press-Gazette

Johann "Adam" Meyer was 18 years old when his family left their home in Allscheid, Rheinland, (Eifel) Germany in 1852 (more than 150 years ago). The town was located in the western part of present-day Germany, about 100 miles west of Frankfurt.
Johann "Adam's" father, Michael, had recently passed away, and his mother, Anna Maria, had passed 10 years before. Without their parents, the Meyer family decided to sell their larger possessions and land in order to buy passage to America.
Led by older brother John Joseph, the Meyer family included four brothers (John Joseph, Gerhard, Johann "Adam" and Nicholas) and two sisters (Catherine and Gertrude) along with John Joseph's wife, Christina, and their infant son, Gerhard.
Actually the entire town of Allscheid (about 80 people) decided that America offered opportunity and sold their land to the neighboring town of Steiningen. All of the buildings were torn down (except the chapel), likely to convert it to cropland.
The Allscheid emigration group included families with the last names of Becker, Williams, Heim and Schaeffer. They traveled across western Germany and Belgium to board the sailing ship Antarctic on the coast of Belgium.
After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, they arrived in New York on Sept. 3, 1852.
The Meyer family headed directly for the Fond du Lac area, as an uncle (their mother's brother, Gerhard Halfmann) had settled in Taycheedah. Gerhard Meyer first settled in Sheboygan County and John Joseph in Calumet County, north of Fond du Lac, as indicated by census records.
The younger brothers, Johann "Adam" and Nicholas, traveled north toward Green Bay (Nicholas is buried in Brown County). In his travels, Johann "Adam" met and married Catherine Schaden in 1858.
Catherine Schaden had also emigrated from Rheinland, Germany, the same region as Johann, so they spoke the same kind of German. Born in 1839, she was five years younger than Johann "Adam." There are no details on their actual meeting, but one can only speculate it was at church or at a German social gathering.
Johann "Adam" and Catherine farmed a small piece of land in the town of New Demark, at a place called Pine Grove (south of Green Bay). The location is along the present-day designated Heritage Road "Green Bay Ethnic travel."
Over 29 years of marriage, Johann and Catherine had 11 children, 10 who survived to adulthood (seven boys and three girls).
The family traveled north occasionally, as in October 1871 they were in Peshtigo with their eldest children - Peter, Casper and Nicholas - and all are listed as survivors of the Peshtigo Fire.
Although Johann "Adam" had survived the most deadly fire, he died six years later at the age 53, due to an abscess on his neck, a simple infection for which there was no cure in the 1800s. In today's world with antibiotics, Johann would have been easily cured.
Edward "Adam" Meyers (our grandfather) was about 19 years old at the time of his father Johann's death. Edward and his twin sister, Kathryn, were the sixth and seventh children born to Johann and Catherine.
Several of the Johann "Adam" Meyer children moved north to settle and raise families in Marinette County. As with their forefathers, many of the Meyer family were farmers. Peter (Barbara Johnston's father) settled in Grover; Nicholas (Dee Clover's grandfather) settled in Reeds Hills west of Beaver, Edward "Adam" (our grandfather and great-grandfather) settled east of Coleman.
In his early 20s, Edward "Adam" worked in a single mill near Pound, where he met and married Minnie Kobus in 1898. At the time of their marriage, Edward was 30 years old and Minnie was 23. They purchased a farm east of Coleman and also raised 10 children (six boys and four girls). In order of age, they were William, Lena, Henry, Gertrude, Joseph, Anne, Louis, Matthew, Sylvester and Marcella.
I believe, that as a result of the large family, Ed and Minnie began going by the name Meyers, adding an "S" at the end of Meyer. Although their legal documents use Meyer, future generations have birth records and other legal papers with the name spelled "Meyers."
John Joseph and Catherine, who had led the Meyer family to America, moved from Calumet County to a farm in Iowa in 1880, and around 1900 the Iowa town was named after the family: Meyer, Iowa. John Joseph would serve as mayor.
There are several common first names that occur in the Meyer family history: John and Adam are most common, and Gertrude was a common girl's name. Joseph, Peter, Gerhard, Christina, Michael, Anna were used several times.
In Germany, the last name was often pronounced "Mayer," but when they boarded the ship to America and on U.S. documents the name was spelled Meyer.
Additional Facts
Tracking down family history
My story begins in the 1960s in Green Bay when I wanted to find some history on my great-grandfather, Johann Adam Meyer from Eifel, Prussia. This is what I have learned, with the help of several cousins, from the rather large Wisconsin area, including Brown, Manitowoc, Oconto and Marinette counties.
In June 2008, I extended my research to the Holy Trinity Church Cemetery in Pine Grove, Brown County. Family members told me "Adam" was buried there.
He and Catherine (Schaden) married in 1858 in the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay, lived and farmed on County NN, next to the farm of Catherine's father, Frank. Eleven children were born to the couple from 1859 to 1881.
The children married many of the neighbors' children as they grew up. The churches of Green Bay and De Pere held many records but unfortunately the Holy Trinity church burned shortly after Adam's death, and although it was rebuilt in 1893, the records had been destroyed.
I spent quite a few years checking the neighboring churches, Register of Deeds offices and libraries, to try to locate where he was buried in the cemetery.
Meanwhile, cousin Brian Meyers and his wife, Diane, found a researcher and cousin, Dr. Albert Emmerich, in Germany, on the Internet. They made an extended trip to visit with him, and together they toured the area where the original Meyer family had lived in Allscheid, Germany.
They took a picture of the small chapel remaining on the field the families had vacated and the provincial towns in Eifel. Albert took over from there and fed our family tree with facts about Adam's birth parents, Michael and Anna (Halfmann) and the grandparents back to 1642.
A reunion of the descendents of Johann Adam and Catherine Meyer is scheduled for noon Sunday at Badger Park in Peshtigo. - Dee Meyer Clover/ Special to the Press-Gazette

• Cemetery: Entrance to Prince of Peace, May 21, 2009, Pine Grove, Brown, Wisconsin, USA.

• Cemetery: Adam's grave site, May 21, 2009, Pine Grove, Brown, Wisconsin, USA.

• Cemetery: Adam's Grave Marker - Section A, Lot 331, May 21, 2009, Pine Grove, Brown, Wisconsin, USA. 10 Dolores Clover was instrumental in having a new stone made and placed on Adam's grave on 11/3/2008.


Johann married Catherine Schaden, daughter of Franz Joseph Schaden and Catherine Cornelius, on Feb 1, 1858 in Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin, USA. (Catherine Schaden was born on Jul 10, 1839 in Koblenz, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany,11 died on Nov 1, 1909 in Beaver, Marinette, Wisconsin, USA 11 and was buried in Pound, Marinette, Wisconsin, USA.)



1 Cathy Meyer, Surety: 3.

2 Katholische Kirche Darscheid (Kr. Daun), Kirchenbuch 1803-1934 (Germany, Preussen, Rheinland, Darscheid (Kr. Daun) - Baptism, Marriage & Death Church Records), Johannes Adamu son of Michaelis Mayer and Anna Marria Halmann. Surety: 3.

3 Albert Emmerich (Email, Albert Emmerich). Rec. Date: Jan 14, 2008, Allscheid. Surety: 3.

4 Castle Garden, Cit. Date: Nov 12, 2008. Surety: 4.

5 1880 Wisconsin, Brown County, De Pere - U.S. Census (Family History Library Film 1255418
NA Film Number T9-1418
Page Number 16A). Rec. Date: Nov 23, 2007, Page 5: Line 19. Surety: 3.

6 : Nov 29, 2007, Obituary. Surety: 3.

7 Dolores Clover, Surety: 3.

8 Lee Meyers, "Coming to America," Green Bay Press Gazette, 8/31/2009; print, Green Bay Press Gazette : ). Cit. Date: Aug 31, 2009. Surety: 4.

9 Diane Scott [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,] to Brian Meyers, e-mail, 3/19/2009; privately held by Meyers. Surety: 3.

10 Dolores Clover, Cit. Date: Jan 21, 2010. Surety: 4.

11 Brian Meyer,, Surety: 3.

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