Greetings from Jacksonville, Florida, Randal!
My husband is Edward Bloebaum. He is 78 and from Cincinnati. He was a career soldier who spent 33-1/2 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a First Sergeant in 1979. As far as I can conclude, here's the history of his side of the family. I believe his German ancestor was Christian Gottlieb Bloebaum, who married Marie Engel Wessel on October 17, 1824, in the Lutheran church in Schnathorst, Westphalia, Prussia. This is a small town near Hüllhorst and Lübbecke, which are in northern Germany near Osnabruck. Osnabruck is approximately 20 miles from the Dutch border
They had several children, all christened in Bergkirchen. Among them were:
1. Heinrich Wilhelm (Henry William), christened on July 30, 1826
2. Ernst Friedrich (Ernest Frederick), christened on December 21, 1828
3. Christian Karl (Christian Charles), christened on October 30, 1831
4. Marie Louise (Mary Louise), Christened on March 22, 1840
5. Christian Friedrich (Christian Frederick), christened on June 18, 1843.
Christian Gottlieb could have brought his family from Germany in 1848. Their ages would have been:
Christian Gottlieb – around 50
Heinrich Wilhelm – around 23 (could have been married and brought wife, Maria Scholle)
Ernst Friedrich – around 21
Christian Carl – around 16
Marie Louise – around 8-9
Christian Friedrich – around 6 (if he was still living at the time)
We visited Schnathorst, Hüllhorst, Bergkirchen, and Tengern last fall, but (sorry to say) we did not know where the Bloebaum family home was located. We could hardly find any Bloebaums in the cemeteries and I fear that we probably passed by some of them in the towns without knowing it.
I believe that Christian Gottlieb brought his family to America and stopped for a while in Cincinnati. After a short stay there, Christian brought his family on to St. Charles, Missouri (I'm including an article that Larry Bloebaum sent to me), but I believe that Christian Karl stayed in Cincinnati and was the great-great-grandpa of my husband, although I haven't been able to find any documentation so far. There is a Robert Bloebaum who lives in Cincinnati. His father and grandfather were named Carl, so it's reasonable to conclude that they were named after Christian Karl. For some strange reason, my husband (who grew up in Cincinnati) never heard of Robert Bloebaum, who is about his same age! But then, when my husband was growing up, people didn't always have telephones and cars and usually stayed in their immediate localities.
Here's some more information, along with the article from Larry Bloebaum:
In 1977, we visited St. Louis for a weekend trip just before Christmas. I opened the phone book and saw several Bloebaums listed. I dialed the first one on the list and got a very nice man who told me the family history as he knew it.
He said that the Bloebaum family came from north of Hannover, in Germany, and that they were cabinet makers and poppy growers. Poppyseeds are frequently used in German cooking–especially in baked goods. He said the name probably is derived from a spruce tree (Bloe is Dutch for "blue" and baum is German for "tree,"–hence a "blue tree," or a spruce.) The fact that they were from northern Germany might explain the combination of Dutch and German in the name.
I was told that the Bloebaums arrived in America in the mid-1800s, that they stopped in Pennsylvania for a while, and then pushed on to Ohio. Then, I received an Email from Larry Bloebaum, who had attached an article that appeared in the St. Charles newspaper in 1949. It said:
"New Year's Day Was 101st Anniversary of Bloebaum Immigration
January 1st was the 101st anniversary of the immigration of the Bloebaum family to St. Charles County. (Missouri) Coming from Hannover, Germany, Mr. and Mrs. Christ (Christian) Bloebaum and their family proceeded to Cincinnatti (sic) where they boarded a riverboat for St. Charles. They landed at the foot of Pike Street.
The family went to the Harvester neighborhood where it settled. Everyone in St. Charles County bearing the Bloebaum name is a descendant of the four youths (who) accompanied their parents on that journney (sic) 101 years ago. They were Henry, Mary, Ernst and William Bloebaum.
One of the older descendants of Henry Bloebaum is Wm. F. Bloebaum who celebrated his 86th birthday on January 2nd. Wm. F. Bloebaum served here as postmaster years ago. In the early 30s, he was prosecuting attorney of St. Charles County."
I have email addresses for a lot of Bloebaums, but have had such a busy year that I have had to let the genealogy part of my life slide without much attention. Now if you can add another 12 hours to each day, I might be able to do some detective work.
My email address is PatBee@AOL.com. Send me yours and I'll add you to the Bloebaum group list.
Happy New Year!
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