Sunday’s Obituary – Anna Marie (Karthaeuser) Repsher – Died 23-September-1970

Relationship to me: paternal great-grandmother

I have a couple of undated, unsourced obituaries for Anna K. Repsher, one is most likely from the Newark Star-Ledger and the other from the New Jersey Herald. Both were clippings in Beatrice’s collection which I inherited.

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“Mrs. G.A. Repsher Of Stanhope, 81” – Stanhope – Mrs. Anna M. Repsher of 19 Hill Road, widow of George A. Repsher, died Wednesday in Dover General Hospital. She was 81.

Mrs. Repsher was born in Port Richmond, N.Y., and had lived her 58 years.

She had retired as an employee [sic] of Dover General Handbag Co., Netcong. Mrs. Repsher was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Musconetcong Post American Legion of Stanhope, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Stanhope Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lakeland Post of Netcong. She was also a member of the Legion of Mary of St. Michael’s Church, Netcong.  She leaves four sons, G. Arthur of Morristown, and Adam O., Robert W. and Henry A., of Stanhope; two daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Strait of Newton and Mrs. Helen Struss of Stanhope; a brother, Charles Karthaeuser of Stirling, and 21 grandchildren and 11 great great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be tomorrow from the Pichi Funeral Home, Main Street, with a Mass at the church.

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“Mrs. George A. Repsher” – Mrs. Anna M. Repsher of 19 Hill Road, Stanhope, died yesterday at Dover General Hospital.  Born in Port Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y., she was 81.

The widow of George A. Repsher, she was a retired operator for the Dover Handbag Co., Stanhope. She had lived in Stanhope for the past 58 years.

She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, Musconetcong Post 278, a member of the ladies auxiliary of the Stanhope Fire Department, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lakeland Post 2347, Netcong, and the Legion of Mary, St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Netcong.

Mrs. Repsher is survived by four sons, G. Arthur of Morristown, Adam O., Robert W. and Harry A., all of Stanhope; two daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Strait of Newton and Mrs. Helen Struss of Stanhope; one brother, Charles Karthaeuser of Sterling, 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 9:15 a.m. Saturday from the Pichi Funeral Home, Stanhope, to the St. Michael Roman Catholic Church fo [sic] a 10 a.m. requiem mass.

For an interesting story on the “brother” Charles Karthaeuser please see me post here.

Sepia Saturday #321: Hats Off to You

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Golden, curly locks spill out while blue eyes look out from under a flower-adorned blue bonnet. This vibrant card is one of my Aunt Sadie’s Easter cards in her Shirley Temple scrapbook. Coincidence that Shirley Temple had curls and this girl does too? Not likely, Shirley Temple was one of the most beloved movie stars when Sadie received this card. It’s not a stretch that card makers would want to capitalize on that popularity.

As an embellishment, a real feather tops this little girl’s hat with a splash of canary yellow. Feathers on hats were all the rage at the turn of the 20th century which makes this girl’s feather seem a little subdued. The fashion craze of using feathers as decorations began in the 1870s. By 1886, plume hunting to supply the hat makers’ demand for feathers nearly wiped out certain species of birds. In that year, wild birds were being destroyed at a rate of 5 million per year.[1]

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has been in the national news lately and it’s interesting that it was set aside to help the wild bird populations rebound. It was established on August 18, 1908, by President Theodore Roosevelt as the Lake Malheur Reservation. Roosevelt set aside unclaimed government lands encompassed by Malheur, Mud and Harney Lakes “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.”

According to their website:
“In the late 1880s, plume hunters decimated North American bird populations in pursuit of breeding feathers for the hat industry. Hunters targeted large flocks of colonial nesting birds and shorebirds, killing birds indiscriminately and orphaning chicks. Eventually, the large numbers of colonial nesting birds on Malheur Lake were discovered by plume hunters. In 1908, wildlife photographers William L. Finley and Herman T. Bohlman discovered that most of the white herons (egrets) on Malheur Lake had been killed in 1898 by plume hunters. After 10 years, the white heron population still had not recovered. With backing from the Oregon Audubon Society, Finley and Bohlman proposed establishment of a bird reservation to protect birds, using Malheur, Mud and Harney lakes.”

The signer of the card above, Grandma Repsher, was not immune to this fashion craze. I have a photograph of her as a young girl (she was born in 1890) sporting a fancy hat. She and her mother had their portraits taken at a professional studio in New York City with their feather-topped hats.

The photo below shows Anna Marie Karthaueser in a high-collared white top typical around 1900 for a young woman. She had no earrings, necklace, or broach but she had a fancy hat to fall back on. The large, fluffy plumes in the front highlight the stiffness of the feathers sticking up in the back. The hat was set back far enough on her head to show off her beautiful, wavy hair.

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Anna Marie Karthaeuser, circa 1900

Her mother, Anna W. (Mergenthaler) Karthaeuser, also had a portrait done. Anna W. had a beautiful pin on her hat holding her decorative feathers which swoop back over her left side. She had a pair of pierced earrings and a necklace drops down the front of her blouse. There was a tuft of dark ribbon pinned to her blouse on the left side. She had her hair swept up in an Edwardian fashion and it just covered the tops of her ears. She had the same frank expression as her daughter’s portrait.

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Anna W. (Merkenthaler) Karthaeuser

My next photo is of Anna Marie Karthaeuser and her mother Anna W. Karthaeuser.  For this photo, they stood behind Charles Gruber who was Anna W.’s half-brother. Anna Marie was wearing a white, knee-length dress with a dark sash and a dark full-brimmed hat with a broad ribbon hanging off the back. She was wearing a necklace and had two tufted ribbons (like her mother had in the picture above) pinned to her blouse on the left side. Her mother Anna W. has the same necklace as the portrait above and this photo shows that it’s attached to a watch pinned to her bodice. She had rings on both of her hands, a broach pinned at her throat and pierced earrings. I’m not quite sure what her hat decorations are made of but they were quite elaborate.

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Anna Marie Karthaeuser, Charles Gruber, Anna W. Karthaeuser

Fancy hats, as everyday wear, have long gone out of style. They are occasionally seen at events like the Kentucky Derby or the functions of British Royalty. Indeed, hats in general have gone by the wayside (I don’t count baseball caps as hats) and they seem to be more of a personality statement when worn in today’s day and age. I am fortunate to have these photos of my ancestors sporting their finest millinery.

The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
Theme taken from Sepia Saturday photo: Hats

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plume_hunting

Sepia Saturday #318: Passport Puzzle

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This hand-colored card is from Aunt Sadie’s great-grandfather, Adam Karthaeuser. If you run your finger over the dog and the duck, you can feel the colored pencil marks. The paper is slightly wavy due to the drying of the watercolors also used. A close look at the inside cover lettering around the “A Happy” and “Great” reveals guide lines used to keep the lettering straight.

The inscription underneath the card in the scrapbook says, “Sent from Masonic Home in Tappan, N.Y.” The artist’s signature near the dog’s left front foot reads “•Deck•” which is most likely a fellow Masonic Home resident. I have a photo of John Adam Karthaeuser at the German Masonic Home from around 1937:

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The majority of documents I have found show that Adam (as he was known) was born in Germany.

1900 US Census[1] shows Adam (43) was born in April 1857 in Germany. It also shows he immigrated in 1887, had been in the country 13 years, and was naturalized. He had been married for 15 years which puts his marriage year circa 1885. His occupation was hotel keeper.

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1900 census

1910 US Census[2] shows Adam (53) was born in Germany. It also shows he immigrated in 1887 and was naturalized. He had been married for 25 years which puts his marriage year circa 1885. His occupation was Boarding house keeper.

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1920 US Census[3] shows Adam (62) was born in Germany. It also shows he immigrated in 1887 and was naturalized in 1892.

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1920 census

1930 US Census[4] shows Adam (67) was born in Germany. It also shows he immigrated in 1887 and was naturalized. He was married when he was 27 years old which puts the marriage year circa 1884.

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1930 census

1940 US Census[5] shows Adam (82) was born in Germany and that he had been naturalized. By this time, he was widowed.

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His marriage certificate[6] shows that Adam married Anna Merkenthaler on 25 February 1892 in New York City. It shows a very specific birthplace for Adam of Oggersheim, Rhinefalz, Germany.

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So, I was pretty certain that my 2nd great-grandfather was from Germany and was not a United States citizen until he was naturalized in 1892 as evidenced in the 1920 census.

But the marriage certificate highlights a discrepancy in his marriage information. Over all the census years, Adam and/or Anna was very consistent on how long they were married:

  • 1900 – 15 years married = 1885 (1900 less 15)
  • 1910 – 25 years married = 1885 (1910 less 25)
  • 1920 – no info
  • 1930 – married when 25 = 1884 (1857 plus 27)
  • 1940 – widowed

So, why the date of 25 February 1892 on the marriage certificate? Given that he was naturalized in 1892, I would speculate that Adam and Anna decided to get married in New York City where they were currently living. They may not have had their original German marriage certificate or they may just have done it to cement their status as newly-minted citizens of the United States of America. The marriage year around 1885 may have been when they actually considered themselves married and thus what they told the enumerators.

According to his daughter Anna, Adam’s exact birth date was 07 April 1857,[7] which corresponds to the information on the 1900 census. So imagine my surprise when I turned up this passport application.[8]

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This application has the following information:

  • Form was for native citizens, No. 76282
  • Oath of Allegiance sworn on 14 July 1903
  • Passport issued on 15 July 1903
  • Birth Date 07 April 1857 (corresponds to family info)
  • Permanent residence is Rosebank, Staten Island, New York
  • Occupation was hotelier (corresponds to 1900 census info)
  • Applicant is 46 years old (1903 less 46 = 1857, corresponds to censuses)

However, Adam swears in this application that was he born in New York City. He swears his father is a naturalized citizen. All of the censuses contradict this information in that he gave his birthplace as Germany (as well as his parents) when the question was asked by the enumerators. The document has his signature:

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However, I can’t use the card above to compare signatures. I suspect the card maker also did the signature since there are guidelines (as with the other lettering) on the card signature. Adam wouldn’t have needed guidelines for his own signature.

This application happened before people were issued social security numbers so the notary public accepted Adam’s sworn allegiance and the certification of the witness at face value when he notarized the document. It would not have been the notary public’s job to prove the information.

I suspect this application is for my 2nd great-grandfather. I’m not sure why he felt the need to lie about his nativity. Perhaps, there was some event back in the homeland that he needed to attend to or needed to be there for. Perhaps, applications for native born citizens went through quicker. Perhaps, he used the wrong form by mistake. Whatever the reason, it’s now a mystery for us to ponder 100+ years later.

The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
Theme taken from Sepia Saturday photo: Dog

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[1] 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 (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1154.
[2] 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 (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1073.
[3] 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 (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1167.
[4] 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 (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publicationT626, roll 1356.
[5] 1940 U. S. census, Rockland County, New York, population schedule, Orangetown, ED 44-35, sheet 12B, German Masonic Home, line 53; digital image, Ancestry (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 January 2015); citing NARA microfilm publicationT627.
[6] New York City, New York, marriage certificate no. 124-1892 (1892), Karthaeuser-Mergenthaler, certificate number is penned; Digital copy with Jodi Lynn Strait, Tucson, AZ, 2011.
[7] Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr. and Caroline Repsher nee Bonser”; (Handwritten family group sheets, Netcong, New Jersey, 1911-1970), p. 81; privately held by held by Jodi Lynn Strait, Tucson, AZ, 2011.
[8] “U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925,” digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 January 2015), entry for Adam Karthaueser, NARA Series: Passport Applications, 1795-1905; Roll #: 632; Volume #: Roll 632 – 09 Jul 1903-18 Jul 1903.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #32 – Anna W. (Mergenthaler) Karthaeuser

Relationship: 2nd Great-grandmother
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Anna W. Mergenthaler (also spelled as Merkenthaler) was born 24 Februay 1860 in Speyer, Germany.[1] Even though family group sheets prepared by her daughter had her birth year as 1865[2], I have chosen to use the 1860 year as this matches the ages on many of the U.S. Censuses where she was found.

  • 1900 Census, Anna, 40 (Feb 1860) [3]
  • 1910 Census, Anna, 48 [4]
  • 1920 Census, Anna, 59 [5]
  • 1930 Census, Anna, 65 [6] – Here she mysteriously loses 5 years from her age…

Anna’s mother’s name was Marie and seems to have been married twice. First to a man with the last name of Mergenthaler and second to Karl Gruber.[7] While Marie was a Mergenthaler, she had daughter Anna W., son Otto and another daughter whose name is not known. During her marriage to Karl Gruber, she had daughters Katie and Marie and a son named Charles. I have a photo of Marie with her second husband Karl.

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Left to right: Anna Karthaeuser, Maria Gruber, Karl Gruber, Anna (Mrs. John Adam) Karthaeuser, Katie Gruber

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27-year-old Anna made the trip over the Atlantic Ocean with her soon-to-be husband, John Adam Karthaeuser, arriving on 21 April 1887 in New York City.[8] She was married to John Adam on 25 February 1892 in Richmond County, New York, one day after her 32nd birthday.awmk006

A date discrepancy pops out upon continued inspection of the 1900 census. According to the census, Anna and John have been married for 15 years, which would put their marriage date sometime in 1885. That would indicate they were married for two years before immigrating to America. However, on the passenger manifest which is dated 21 April 1887, Anna is listed with her maiden name of Mergenthaler. Adding to the confusion is a marriage certificate which indicates a marriage date of 25 February 1892.[9] This would mean that Anna and John were married in New York almost two (or three) years after their daughter was born in 1889/1890, thus making her born out of wedlock. It would also mean that Anna and JohnScreen Shot 2015-02-28 at 4.10.53 PMwere in America almost five years before they were married. Could it be that they were married in Germany before immigration? If so, then why is Anna W. listed with her maiden name on the manifest? Were they married once in Germany and then married again in New York State? Further investigation is needed to resolve these questions.

Daughter Anna Marie was born to John and Anna Karthauser on 31 March 1889 (possibly 1890) in Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York.[10] They lived and worked in New York City, Anna as a housekeeper and John as hotel/boarding house keeper. (See John’s post:John Karthaeuser).

Anna also raised Charles Karthaeuser as her son. John and Anna’s daughter Anna Marie had a child out of wedlock. (See a detailed story on this on post:http://wp.me/p4WHi0-31) John and Anna took Charles in as their own child and Charles was always introduced to family as Anna’s brother. It is unclear whether Charles was ever told who his biological mother was but I suspect he had been told later in life. Whatever the case, Charles considered Anna his mother and captioned all the photos of her that way.

awmk004Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 12.47.35 PMBetween 1920 and 1930, John and Anna moved out of New York City to live in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey. They did some traveling with Anna’s 1/2 brother, Charles Gruber, who had a car that they took on trips.

Anna lived to see her daughter Anna married to George Arthur Repsher on 18 January 1910 in St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.[11]

She didn’t, however, get to see her son Charles married. Charles was married to Carolyn Louise Franklin on 23 October 1937 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey. This was two years after Anna had passed away on 03 July 1935 in Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey. awmk005

Caption reads: “My mother Anna Karthaeuser at Cayuga Sate Park, N.Y. about 1934” From photos of Charles Karthaeuser.


[1] 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. Birth city comes from: New York City, New York, marriage certificate no. 124-1892 (1892), Karthaeuser-Mergenthaler, certificate number is penned.
[2] Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr. and Caroline Repsher nee Bonser”; (Handwritten family group sheets, Netcong, New Jersey, 1911-1970), p. 81.
[3] 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.
[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] 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.
[6] 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.
[7] Eleanor G. Freeman, Mays Landing, New Jersey, to Jodi Lynn Strait, hand-written group sheets, 09 March 2012, Karthaeuser documents and pictures.
[8] “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. Ship Name: Westerland.  Port of Departure: Antwerp, Belgium.  Port of Arrival: New York.  Place of Origin: Germany.  Arrival Date: April 21, 1887. Citing , National Archives and Records Adminstration, New York Passenger List (Microfilm M237, rolls 95-580 and T715, rolls 5592-6267),  A. Karthaeuser (30) is listed with wife-to-be, Anna Merkenthaler (27).  His occupation is listed as clerk.
[9] New York City, New York, marriage certificate no. 124-1892 (1892), Karthaeuser-Mergenthaler, certificate number is penned.
[10] Anna Karthaeuser, SS no. 142-20-4410, 06 August 1943, Application for Account Number (Form SS-5), Social Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland.
[11] “Pennslyvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 February 2012), marriage entry #350 for George A. Repsher, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; citing Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #28 – Ludwig Karthaeuser

Relationship: 3rd Great-grandfather
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I’m now more than 1/2 way through the year with my “The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” for this blog. Yay for stick-to-it-ness!

I’ve discovered some good things about doing the blog each week:

  • I’m becoming very aware of the research I’ve already done.
  • It highlights the things I still need to look for.
  • I realize I have a plethora of information about my paternal line, not so much on the maternal side.
  • Each blog is like a little mini biography for each person. It’s forcing me to explore different storytelling styles in the hopes the readers will come back to see what’s next.
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Ludwig Karthaeuser, source: photo with Eleanor Freeman

The bad thing is that it’s making my research to-do list much longer!

One item (or more) I will be adding to that to-do list involves finding more about my 3rd great-grandfather, Ludwig Karthaeuser. If it weren’t for correspondence with Ely Freeman from Mays Landing, New Jersey, I wouldn’t even know what I do about him and I wouldn’t have his photo.

Some of the reason for not knowing much had to do with trajectory of his granddaughter Anna Marie Karthaeuser’s life. See her blog entry (http://wp.me/p4WHi0-31) for more detail on why there wasn’t much very much contact with the Karthaeuser family after Anna’s marriage to George Repsher.

I have a few facts about Ludwig Karthaeuser. He was born between 1828 – 1829 in Trier, Germany.[1] He married Catarina Adam and had some children together, all born in Germany. I believe there may be more children but the ones I have identified so far (mostly based on German birth certificates on film at the Family History Library) are:

  1. John Adam (or Adam John), born 07 April 1857 [2]
  2. Catarina, born 11 January 1860 [3]
  3. Karl, born 26 October 1861 [4]
  4. Anton, born 27 April 1864 [5]
  5. Elisabetha, born 25 July 1866 [6]
  6. Lorenzo [7]

The birth certificates for the children show that Ludwig was a cigar maker and worked in the manufacturing industry.

Ludwig’s son John Adam immigrated to the United States with his soon-to-be wife[8] but the rest of the family stayed in Germany.

Admittedly, the information on Ludwig in my files is sparse. Further research on Ludwig and his household could provide an excellent learning experience about digging into German records.


[1] Certificate #121 from FHL Intl. Film 1,258,132 titled “Births 1854-1869 Germany, Bayern, Oggersheim.”
[2] Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr. and Caroline Repsher nee Bonser”; (Handwritten family group sheets, Netcong, New Jersey, 1911-1970), p. 81.
[3] Certificate #8 from FHL Intl. Film 1,258,132.
[4] Certificate #121 from FHL Intl. Film 1,258,132.
[5] Certificate #46 from FHL Intl. Film 1,258,132.
[6] Certificate #89 from FHL Intl. Film 1,258,132.
[7] Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher, compiler, p. 197.
[8] “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.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #18 – George Arthur Repsher

Relationship: Great-grandfather
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George Arthur Repsher, like my other paternal great-grandfather, Ora Simpson Strait, did not live to a ripe old age. George was only 45 when he passed away.

George’s story starts in the picturesque rolling hills of eastern Pennsylvania. He was born 02 October 1890 in Mountainhome[1] which is about 12 miles northwest of Stroudsburg and lies in modern day Monroe County. His parents were John Joseph Repsher and Caroline Bonser.[2] He was born smack-dab in the middle of a passel of 14 children of which 12 lived to adulthood.  Siblings Emma, Lizzie, Letitia, John, James and Lewis preceded him. Ella, Robert, Lillian, William and Jennie were born after him. No small families in the Repsher clan!

The 1900 census[3] shows him in his parent’s household as a 9-year-old boy. Along with his brother Lewis and sister Ella, he is attending school.  He is still in his parent’s household in 1910[4], but now he has a young wife. George had married Anna Maria Karthauser earlier that year on the 18th of January in Stroudsburg at St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church.[5] He was 19 years old and working as a stone crusher.

George registered with the draft board on 05 June 1917[6] in Stanhope, Sussex County, New Jersey. According to the registration form, he has a wife and four dependent children by then.

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George and Anna Repsher, circa 1930

George and Anna wasted no time in starting their family. Shortly after their marriage in January, their first daughter and my grandmother, Beatrice Irene (Bea), was born on 18 August 1910 in Analomink, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.[7] Another daughter, Helen Hildegard (Toots), followed shortly after on 10 September 1911.[8]

At 23 years old, George’s wife Anna suffered a tragedy. She gave birth to a son on 04 September 1913 and they named him after her father John Adam. The baby was not stillborn, but he was sickly and only lived for six days, passing away on 10 September 1913.[9]

Between 1911 and 1913, George and Anna moved their growing family from Analomink, Pennsylvania, over the Delaware River and approximately 40 miles east to Stanhope, Sussex County, New Jersey, which is located on the picturesque shores of Lake Musconetcong. It is here in New Jersey that son Arthur George (Art) was born on 08 September 1914.[10] Three more sons followed like clockwork every two years: Adam Otto, born 06 October 1916;[11] Robert William (Bob), born 05 August 1918;[12] Henry Allen (Hank), born 03 October 1920.[13]

Slightly less than three years later, Anna gave birth to another baby girl on 08 January 1923, but unfortunately this daughter was stillborn.[14] There was no recorded name for this baby girl. This event brings Anna’s child bearing years to an end. With husband George Repsher, she now has had eight children in total over the course of thirteen years: five sons, four of which survive to maturity, and three daughters, two of which survive to maturity.

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The 1920 census shows that George, along with his wife and family are living in Stanhope.[15] He is now working as a fireman on the steam railroad.

Because of his daughter Beatrice’s persistence to attend St. Michael’s Catholic School, he was baptized later in life on 20 April 1924 when he is 33 years old in Netcong, Morris County, New Jersey.[16]

The last time George Repsher family is found intact in census records was 1930.[17] They were living in Netcong and George was working as an engineer in a sand pit. His daughters Beatrice and Helen (Toots) were also employed as quillers at the silk mills.

George was not found in the 1940 census because he starts feeling poorly on 30 March 1936. He went to the doctor’s office and while there suffered a fatal heart attack.[18] He left a young family behind and Anna never married again.


[1] “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 03 August 2011), card for George Arthur Repsher, no. 46, Local Draft Board 0, Stanhope, Sussex County, New Jersey; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509, roll 1754441.
[2] Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr. and Caroline Repsher nee Bonser”; (Handwritten family group sheets, Netcong, New Jersey, 1911-1970), p. 84.
[3] 1900 U. S. census, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Stroud Township, ED 139, p. 7A (penned), dwelling 131, family 135, John J. Repsher; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 06 August 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1442.
[4] 1910 U. S. census, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Stroud Township, ED 49, p. 4A (penned), dwelling 70, family 73, John J. Repsher; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1376.
[5] “Pennslyvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 February 2012), marriage entry #350 for George A. Repsher, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; citing Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
[6] “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 03 August 2011), card for George Arthur Repsher, no. 46, Local Draft Board 0, Stanhope, Sussex County, New Jersey; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509, roll 1754441.
[7] Pennsylvania Department of Health, birth certificate 1234010-1910 (1910), Beatrice Irene Repsher; Division of Vital Statistics, New Castle.
[8] Beatrice (Repsher) Strait Guirreri, compiler, “Family George Arthur Repsher and Anna Repsher nee Anna Karthaeuser”; (Handwritten family group sheets, Newton, New Jersey, 1971-1995), p. 9.
[9] Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr.”, p. 81.
[10] Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr.”, p. 88.
[11] Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr.”, p. 90.
[12] Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr.”, p. 95.
[13] Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr.”, p. 96.
[14] Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr.”, p. 81.
[15] 1920 U. S. census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Stanhope, ED 127, p. 12B (penned), dwelling 113, family 123, George A. Repsher; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 02 August 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1068.
[16] Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr.”, p. 81.
[17] 1930 U. S. census, Morris County, New Jersey, population schedule, Netcong, ED 55, page 15A (penned), dwelling 329, family 290, George A. Repsher; digital image, Ancestry.com (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 03 August 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1374.
[18] Personal recollections of his grandson, William Charles Strait, Jr. William recounted the story as told to him.


 

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.