52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #15 – John Adam Karthaeuser

Relationship: 2nd Great-grandfather
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Given the life history of my great-grandmother Anna Maria (Karthaeuser) Repsher, I wasn’t very familiar with her father, John Adam Karthaeuser. I have to thank a cousin named Eleanor G. Freeman for sending me some wonderful pictures of the Karthaueser family. This is a picture of John, alternately known as Adam, from about a year before he died.

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John Adam Karthaeuser was born on 07 April 1857 in Oggersheim, Germany[1] to parents Ludwig Karthaeuser and Katrina Adam.John Adam Karthaeuser 083

When John was 30 years old he immigrated to the United States on the ship Westernland. He left from the port in Antwerp, Belgium, and arrived in the Port of New York on 21 April 1887.[2] A. Karthaeuser (30) is listed with wife-to-be, Anna Merkenthaler (27).  His occupation is listed as clerk at this time.

John Karthaeuser and Anna Merkenthaler were married in New York City on 25 February 1892.[3] Anna is listed a being from Speyer, Germany. The 1910 U.S Federal Census shows that John had become a naturalized citizen by 21 April 1910 and had arrived in 1887.[4]

A daughter, Anna Marie, was born to John and Anna on 31 Mar 1889 in Port Richmond on Staten Island in New York.[5] They later adopted Anna Marie’s illegitimate son, Charles Ludwig, as their own and his New York state birth certificate lists his birth date as 14 February 1908.[6]

John worked at various occupations over the years. The 1900 census listed him as a hotel keeper in New York City, Richmond County, New York.[7] He was a boarding house keeper again in New York City, Richmond County, in the 1910 census.[8] Store clerk was his occupation in the 1920 census in New York City, Kings County.[9] The 1930 census shows that he was a watchmen for a printing company in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.[10]

He passed away on 26 June 1941 at the German Masonic Home in Tappen, Rockland County, New York.[11] The photo below shows him in front of that home shortly before his death.John Adam Karthaeuser 081


[1] “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr. and Caroline Repsher nee Bonser”; (Handwritten family group sheets, Netcong, New Jersey, 1911-1970), p. 81, George Arthur Repsher family. New York City, New York, marriage certificate no. 124-1892 (1892), Karthaeuser-Mergenthaler, certificate number is penned.
[2] “New York, Passenger Lists,1820-1857,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 December 2014), entry for A. Karthaueser,  Microfilm series M237, Roll 505, List 436, line 126-127, Image 1024.
[3] New York City, New York, marriage certificate no. 124-1892 (1892), Karthaeuser-Mergenthaler, certificate number is penned.
[4] 1910 U. S. census, Richmond County, New York, population schedule, New York City, ED 1322, p. 7B (penned), dwelling 122, family 143, Adam Karthaeuser; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1073.
[5] Anna Karthaeuser, SS no. 142-20-4410, 06 August 1943, Application for Account Number (Form SS-5), Social Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland.
[6] New York, Department of Health, Birth Registrations, birth certificate 329 (1907), Charles Ludwig Karthaeuser. Issued in New York City, New York on 06 March 1907.
[7] 1900 U. S. census, Richmond County, New York, population schedule, New York City, ED 611, p. 12A (penned), dwelling 203, family 246, Adam Karthaeuser; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1154.
[8]1910 U. S. census, Richmond County, New York, population schedule, New York City, ED 1322, p. 7B (penned), dwelling 122, family 143, Adam Karthaeuser.
[9] 1920 U. S. census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, ED 889, p. 9A (penned), dwelling 100, family 201, Adam Karthaeuser; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1167.
[10] 1930 U. S. census, Hudson County, New Jersey, population schedule, Jersey City, ED 162, page 23A (penned), dwelling 210, family 467, Adam Karthaeuser; digital image, Ancestry.com (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publicationT626, roll 1356.
[11] Eleanor G. Freeman, Mays Landing, New Jersey, to Jodi Strait, pedigree chart for Charles Karthaeuser, 09 March 2012, Karthaeuser documents and pictures.

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