Verbal family history states that my g-g-grandfather, Bernhard BORMANN, worked in a “lime factory”. He supposedly had high blood pressure which was treated by bleeding with leeches (yuk), but became more ill, eventually leading to his death at about age 35 in late 1870 or a little later. According to the 1870 federal census, the BORMANN family lived in rural Charlestown Township, most likely somewhere between Chilton and New Holstein. Bernhard’s wife, Anna, had many THIESSEN family members who lived in the New Holstein area.
In taking a closer look at Charlestown Township in my Wisconsin gazatteer, I noticed a Lime Kiln Road located just east of Hwy 32/57 halfway between Chilton and New Holstein. I want to know if there was a lime factory in that area in 1870. The maps also indicate that there are a couple quarries there. I’m hoping someone who lives in that area can tell me a little of the local history of the quarries and a supposed lime factory. This information could better substantiate the stories of where my g-g-grandfather may have worked, probably in the winter “off-season” as the 1870 census indicated that he was a farmer by occupation.
Eventually, I am hoping to gather more clues that may lead me to find church records (Lutheran? German?) and/or a burial place for Bernhard and Anna BORMANN. Charlestown Township is my target area right now.
I’d appreciate any information. Thanks.
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