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1 1870 US Census Evanston, Cook, Illinois page: 135, dwelling 407, family: 446 Henry Fortmann household. Family: F7
 
2 1st Cousin Nicholas Fortmann, age 20, and Son of her Sister, Maria Catherine nee: Lauermann Fortmann, whose husband (Clemens), 7 years ago, was accidently killed when a wagon's axel broke burying him under a wagon-wheel's load of schwein-scheibs, is known from the New Trier 1880 Census, p16., to be living with Joseph and Margaret. Undoubtedly he was working in the Dry Goods Store with owner Joseph whose Grandfather, John founded the Tavern in the 1840's and the Dry Goods Store shortly thereafter. Family: F37
 
3 6/28/2007 Alfred cites Zusch as the birthplace of Johannes Bruck Family: F109
 
4 ???? marriage date: 25 Jan 1848 ??????? Family: F7
 
5 Anton GrossFortmann marries his First Cousin Anna Magdalena Polking. Anna's mother or her Father's Mother is therefore a Fortmann. Or, Anton's Mother is a Polking.
Unanswered however is whether this Mother was from the Gross or Kleine Fortmann Farm. The probability is Gross due to the superiority implied in the Gross lineage when it came to education and public service. Both farms abutted the higher stationed Polkings who also had a Lohne residence.
First Cousin marriage is practiced in these times to protect status and land holdings although the Catholic Church and parish pastors vigorously renounce the practice due to the genetic abnormalities that were known to be produced from such marriages.
 
Family: F38
 
6 Elizabeth is 17 years old when she marries Peter who is 25 in 1849. Family: F010
 
7 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F114
 
8 Hubert has young children and his wife, their mother, has died in 1887 during childbirth. Family: F69
 
9 Immigrated to US and Ohio after 1842 Family: F159
 
10 It is June 8, 1783 and a massive volcanic eruption splits Iceland in it's midst spewing sulphuric fumes into the stratosphere. Within 3 days the cloud of sulphuric acid drifts high over Germany (and ultimately the rest of the northern hemisphere) and rains down sulphuric acid on the Fortmann farms.

None of this is however known to the Fortmann's nor can they concieve the effect it will have on future generations who two generations, 55 years, from now will start to migrate to the United States. All they know is that life is getting tougher.

The winters of 1873,1874 and 1874 are extremely cold and bitter. The crops of the past 3 years have been stunted and very poor. Famine has lurked in the countryside.

Johann Heinrich Fortmann, age 35, (b. b 16 Jun 1748, and his bride Catherine Luken, m. 20 Jan 1784, are struggeling as a new "kleine" Fortmann family to bring in their crops in the 2nd year of this weather catastorphy. It is a very difficult time.
 
Family: F163
 
11 Johann (Peter) Schmitt b. 4 Jul 1792 identified by Claudia Schmitt at E-mail "schmittclaudia@gmx.de on 1/29/2012.

Unknown to that point was the fact that 2 Johann Peter Schmitt's married 2 Bruck sisters both named Anna Maria.

Anna Maria, b. 1795 married Johann Peter Schmitt b. 25 Feb 1788 and it is this couple that migrated to Chicago and are buried in St Henry's Cemetery.

Anna Maria, b. Feb 18, 1803 married Johann Peter Schmitt b. 4 Jul 1792 in Malborn and stayed in Germany.  
Family: F294
 
12 John Henry III is contemplating marriage to Mary Spoden born in Luxembourg. His Father, John Henry II is "very upset" at this contemplated marriage to a "foreigner". John Henry II, of the Kleine Fortmann, Landwehr, Krogmann lineage is very proud of his Lohne, Oldenburg family line and he shall effectively disown his son John Henry III over this marriage. Carol Kelsey, 28 Apr 2008. Family: F218
 
13 John Henry III is contemplating marriage to Mary Spoden born in Luxembourg. His Father, John Henry II is "very upset" at this contemplated marriage to a "foreigner". John Henry II, of the Kleine Fortmann, Landwehr, Krogmann lineage is very proud of his Lohne,Odenburg family line and he shall effectively disown his Son John Henry III over this marriage. Carol Kelsey, 28 April 2008.  Family: F8
 
14 LDS reference: Bathc No: M942893 dates 1785-1831 Source Call No 0909688 Film

Not a known family related to Heinrich & Clemens Fortmann 
Family: F15
 
15 Margaretha dies during childbirth of M. (probably Maria)Catherine at age 36. She and baby Catherine are buried together in 1887 in Oberwampach, Luxembourg.  Family: F54
 
16 Marriage Certificate:
Recorded: 22 Feb 1876 Cook County, Illinois Batch #M730711 dated 1876 Source call 1030096 Film 
Family: F8
 
17 Marriage Witnesses:
........Joan [Johann]Hen [Heinrich]: Krogm(...), (probably Krogmann)
............ Hen [Heinrich] Scheper 
Family: F10
 
18 Marriage Witnesses: Joan [Johann] Krogmann and Gerd [Gerhard] Fortmann Family: F19
 
19 Marriage Witnesses: Heinrich and Clemens Fortmann Family: F23
 
20 The marriage record does not name the names of either party's parents but the witnesses were:

Otto Fortmann and Johann Heinrich Rhoder. 
Family: F33
 
21 The officiating Priest: Pastor Rev. Henirich Fortmann. Family: F2
 
22 This is not a known related family to Heinrich & Clemens Fortman Family: F12
 
23 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F18
 
24 Wedding Guests:
Brother: Johannes Heinrich Joseph Fortmann and his wife, Catherina Lauermann, Sister of the Bride.
Father-In-Law: John Lauermann and his wife.
Sisters of the Bride: Barbara and Maria  
Family: F2
 
25 With the death of her Husband Peter at age 46 and having 10 living children, (2 have died) Katherine is given by her Renberg family a series of greenhouses with which to support herself. Masterfully she directs the older children in the daily business activities of the extensive Greenhouses lining the shores cf Lake Michigan around Belmont Harbor and conducts a very successful business to support herself and her children.

Believing in individual responsibility she assigns specific greenhouses to older children and holds them responsible for production. Younger children are given duties commensurate with their age and abililities.

This is a very successful greenhouse business led by a business minded Matriarch. 
Family: F129
 
26 Witnesses: Werner Risselmann and Christ Becker Family: F38
 
27 Witnesses: Joannem Wagner and Barteolomeus Hoffman Family: F2
 
28 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. 
 
29 Zeller Bartels Krimpenfort Krimpenfort Johann
 
30 Baptismal Record: Catharina d. [daughter] of Herbert Krogman and Maria Fortman;
Witnesses: Cath: [Catherine] Fortman and Joan [Johann] Wilhelm Oldendirck. 
Krogmann [a Kleinefortmann] Catharina
 
31 Baptismal Record: Catharina Elisab: Hebert Krogman and Maria Fortman; Cath:
Witnesses: Fortman Joan [Johann]Hen [Heinrich]; Krogman Elisabetha Oldendirck 
Krogmann [a Kleinefortmann] Catharina Elizabeth
 
32 Godparents: Cath: [Catherina] Fortmann, Joan [Johann]Hen: [Heinrich] Krogman[n], Elizabetha Oldendieck Krogmann [a Kleinefortmann] Catharina Elizabeth
 
33 Baptismal Record: Elisa. (Elisabeth)[daughter of] Henrich Krogmann Cath [Catherine] Fortman [Fortmann]
Witnesses: Elisab. [Elisabeth]Wessenberg, Gerdt Fortman [Fortmann] 
Krogmann [a Kleinefortmann] Maria Elizabeth
 
34 Godparents: Gerhardt Fortmann and Elizabeth Wessenberg Krogmann [a Kleinefortmann] Maria Elizabeth
 
35
Jacob changed his name to George Smith. 
Schmitt a.k.a. Schmidt a.k.a. Bruck a.k.a. George Smith (Twin) Jacob
 
36 Aspen Weekly Times...Pitkin County...Aug 26 1882

THE DEADLY REVOLVER

JACOB SMITH OF OHIO CREEK IS KILLED BY THE ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE OF A PISTOL

On the road between Ashcroft and Crested Butte, near where the Tam O'Shanter trail branches off is a spring.
Its water is so clear and pure that the traveler seldom passes without stooping down to drink.
At this spot on last Wednesday there was a scene that made tears to flow from the eyes of men whose hearts had almost become hardened. It was the hasty calling of a soul to the other world.
Mr. Jacob Smith, a man who resided on Ohio Creek about 15 miles from Gunnison City, was returning from a trip down Roaring Fork, where he had been on a visit to his son, Charles A. Smith, our esteemed fellow-citizen.
One of our townsmen, Mr. C.A. Hallam, had accidentally joined at the fork of the road, about one-half mile from Aspen.
The two road side by side until they reached South Ashcroft. Mr. Smith proceeded on toward his home, while Mr. Hallam made a stop in town. He remained in Ashcroft a short time before he proceeded.
Arriving at the spring, Mr. Hallam saw a crowd of men bending over a prostrated form. His surprise can only be imagined when he found that his companion, whom he had left a few minutes before, full of life and vigor, with hopes of seeing his loving family before sunset, lay in the arms of death.
He bent over the dying man and learned from his last breath that he had dismounted to drink at the spring, and when, in the act of stooping, his forty-five calibre pistol fell from his pocket and discharged, the ball entering his right side just below the last rib, passing through his body and coming out the left side.
His voice grew weak and in a few moments he lay dead.
Charles A. Smith, his son, who was on Rock Creek at the time of the accident, was speedily notified, but was unable to reach the scene in time.
Provided courtesy of AllysonMT@aol.com 11/9/2005 
Schmitt a.k.a. Schmidt a.k.a. Bruck a.k.a. George Smith (Twin) Jacob
 
37 Jacob Americanized his name to Smith shortly after arriving in the US. Schmitt a.k.a. Schmidt a.k.a. Bruck a.k.a. George Smith (Twin) Jacob
 
38 Obituary of Mrs. Smith (Barbara) wife of Jacob Schmidt,( b. 7 Jun 1824 Malborn Prussia Germany.
Obit located in Aspen Colorado 10/26/05 by Emma Basalt.

"Mrs Smith came with her husband and children to Pitkin County in 1882, and has lived in this vicinity ever since that time."
"Shortly after coming to Ashcroft, her husband was killed, and for the last 16 years she has lived with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Sellingausen."

At that time, 1870's, Ashcroft was a big mining town. Ashcroft is part of Pitkin County and today a ghost town east of Aspen.
 
Schmitt a.k.a. Schmidt a.k.a. Bruck a.k.a. George Smith (Twin) Jacob
 
39 Obituary on Mrs. Smith...wife of Jacob Bruck Schmidt Smith, aka George Smith.

"Mrs Smith (Barbara Agnes) came with her husband and children to Pitkin County in 1882, and has lived in this vicinity ever since that time"

"Shortly after coming to Ashcroft, her husband was killed and for the last 16 years she has lived with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Sellinghausen." 
Agnes Barbara
 
40 Occupation: Zeller Bokern Lubbe
 
41 record shows Maria Catherina as "illegitmate" Bornhorn Krogmann Maria Catherina
 
42 Commemorated on Page 56 of the FIRST WORLD WAR BOOK OF REMEMBERANCE. Bourcier Eugene
 
43 Grave Refernece: X. D. 4. Bourcier Eugene
 
44 this is the wife of Edouard Gloutnay...both of whom are buried in Sec U 905 of Cote Des Neiges, Montreal, QC, Canada on the Bourcier Plot Bourcier Valeda
 
45 Jean migrates to Montreal Canada about 1671, age 23, two years before Jacques Marquette explores Lake Michigan and entering the Fox River, proceeds down the Illinois River, and the Missippi to Arkansas before returning.
The business of the day, in the 1670's, is fishing, trapping, and trading with the Iroquois Indians along the St Lawrence River lands. The French settlement at Montreal and the tiny villages around it are growing and the French and Indian Wars of the 1750's will be a future harbinger of conflict with the spreading cancer of the English Colonies.
The Bourcier Line shall grow from Jean, the first ancestor from the French coastal fishing community of Saintonges located on a West Coast Atlantic bay of central France. 
Boursier dit LaVigne Jean
 
46 Barbara was a twin. Breit Barbara
 
47 Following in the footsteps of his Father, a Priest, Yngve becomes a Priest, advances to Bishop and ultimately to Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. per Cheryl 1/1/2011. Brilioth Yngve
 
48 1840...Anna Maria sails from LeHavre, France aboard the Clipper Ship "France", with her family to Castle Garden New York, landing 27 Jul 1840.

1841...Anna Maria and her family reside in the German community of New York City for about 1 year as their daughter Maria Anna delivers her 1st born, Jacob Zender, on 15 Feb 1841, 7 months after landing. The father Johann (John Senter on the "France's" Passenger manifest) apparently sailed with the Schmidt's.

About May of 1842...Anna Maria (age 50, her husband Peter Schmidt) (age 54) and their children, Peter (age 18) Maria Annna (age 23) arrive in Chicago after traversing the Erie Canal from New York to Buffalo and thence sailing the Great Lakes to Chicago. Sailing time was 3 or 4 days and cost $10.00 per person. Twin brother Jacob (age 18) remains in New York according to the account of Louisa Schmidt Fortman,(Peter Jr.'s daughter.)

On May 10, 1842 Peter and Maria purchase, as the 4th owners, after the Potowanomi Indians, then the United States under the "Treaty of Portage Des Sioux" with the Potowanomi, Sioux, and Ottowa Tribes in August 1816 signed at St. Louis, and Henry C. West (1st purchaser from US Government in 1841), 45.63 acres of sandy, meadowed land for $100.00.

This land is 9 miles north of Chicago on the Ridge Trail. (currently Ridge Blvd from Pratt Ave north to Morse Ave and west toward Western Ave.)They build a log cabin in the grasslands on a 24 foot gently sloping bluff (created by glaciers 24,000 years earlier) overlooking marshes leading into Lake Michigan. There are few trees making plowing simpler but the soil has a grass root mass that is incredibly thick. With a lack of trees they must lease a wood-lot further north near today's Gross Point Road to provide firewood. The spring and pond on their farm will provide ice for the earth-covered ice-house. The ice harvest will last until the end of August.


1850 Census: Ridgeville, Cook County, Illinois
Maria (age 58) and Peter (Sr) (aged 62) reside in the log cabin with son Jacob (Schmidt) Bruck aka Jacob Smith next door to son and fraternal twin brother Peter(Jr) who has built a two-story frame house for himself, his wife Elizabeth Phillip(s), and their first-born son Peter K, aged 3 months. (It is this baby son who will later found as a co-partner the Opera House in Aspen, Colorado (still there today) and also arrive, to late, at the site of the accidental shooting and death of his Uncle Jacob.)

1860 Census: Dubuque Co., Iowa
Maria and husband Peter are living with their son Jacob Bruck, aka Jacob Smith, born Jacob Schmidt. (This son shall own a ranch outside of Aspen in the 1880's and accidently shoot and kill himself at a stream on the way home to his ranch.

1870 US Census: Evanston, Illinois
Anna Maria (age 78) and husband Johann Peter Schmidt (Sr) (age 82) are back in Ridgeville living in the two-story wooden house (6815 N. Ridge) with their married son Peter Schmidt Smith (Jr) (age 46) and his wife Elizabeth Phillip(s) (age 38).

Daughter-In-Law Elizabeth and son Peter have had 13 childen in this house and the original log cabin just south of the house has been abandoned.

During the Cholera Epidenic of the 1850's brought by the immigrant boat JOHN DREW on 29 Apr 1849) Elizabeth and Peter lose Mary, (1857, age 5), Catherine, (1855, age 2) Eizabeth (1857 age 2), and Frank (1864 age 1.)

The baby is Charles (age 8 months) and Elizabeth
is 3 months from conceiving daughter Louisa who will be born in the new marble-fireplaced Victorian house at 6836 N. Ridge.

This new house was completed in 1871, the year of the October, Great Chicago Fire. The fire raged north to within 3 miles of the house and her father Peter(Jr) "took the buckboard and beat up the horses to go into the city to evacuate relatives." (Louisa Schmidt Fortman, 1946)


 
Bruck Anna Maria
 
49 1840...Anna Maria sails from LeHavre, France, aboard the Sloop "France", with her family to New York, landing 27 Jul 1840.

1841...Anna Maria and her family reside in the German community of probably Lower East Side New York City.

Early 1842........ Anna Maria(age 50),her husband Johann Peter Schmidt (age 54) and their children, Peter (age 18), Maria Anna (age 23) arrive in Chicago via sailing/steam ship through the Great Lakes from Buffalo, New York having traversed the Erie Canal from its starting point on the Hudson River north of New York City.. Twin brother Jacob (age 18)remains in New York according to the account of Louisa Schmidt.

On May 10, 1842 they purchase, as 4th owners, after the Potowanami Indians, United States, and Henry C. West , for $100, 45.63 acres of land 9 miles north of Chicago on the Ridge Trail and build a log cabin in the grasslands on a bluff overlooking marshes leading to Lake Michigan.

1850 Census: Ridgeville, Cook Co., IL
Maria, (age 58) and Peter (Sr)(age 62) reside in the log cabin with son Jacob Bruck (age 25), aka, Jacob Schmidt and next store to son and twin brother Peter who has built a two story frame house for himself, his wife Elizabeth Phillips, and their first born son Peter K aged 3 months.

1860 Census: Dubuque Co, Iowa, Maria and her husband Peter are living with their son Jacob Smith, aka, Jacob Bruck, aka, born: Jacob Schmidt

1870 US Census; Evanston, Illinois
Anna Maria and her husband have returned to Ridgeville. Son Jacob is headed for Colorado...its Gold Rush time and Aspen Colorado is in fever pitch.

Anna Maria Bruck(age 78)and her husband Johann Peter Schmidt Sr. (age 82) are living in the two story wooden house (6815 N. Ridge, Evanston, Chicago, IL) with her married son Peter Schmidt Smith (Jr) (age 46) and his wife Elizabeth Phillips (age 38.)

Daughter-in-Law Elizabeth and Son Peter have had 13 children in this house and the original log cabin just south of this house has been abandoned.

The baby is Charles, (age 8 months) and Elizabeth is 3 months from conceiving daughter Louisa who will be born in the new house at 6836 N. Ridge.

This new house is completed in 1871 and still stands today Feb 11, 2006, Dec 10, 2009 and is owned by Louisa's decendant David A Fortman.  
Bruck Anna Maria
 
50 Anna Maria is the daughter of Johannes Bruck and Maria Magdalena Philipp...from marriage certificate showing Anna's marriage to Peter Schmidt. (aka Johann Peter Schmidt, aka Peter Schmidt(Sr).

The Philipp family is from Roderbach.

(The records of Maria's son Peter "Jr" record that he married, in Chicago, Elizabeth Philipp, daughter of Jacob Philipp (b. 2 Nov 1807, Damflos, Germany and d. 11 Sep 1891 in Chicago) and Katarina Kohlhaas.

Johan Jakob Bruck, who seems to be Anna Maria's brother, was the sponsor for her first born- child, Elizabeth Barbara Schmidt, b. 20 Nov 1812.

Both Anna Maria and Johan Jakob Bruck are from Roderbach rather than Damflos, Germany.

There are no other Bruck families in the Roderbach, Malborn area at this time and so Anna Maria must belong to this family.  
Bruck Anna Maria
 
51 Anna Maria is the daughter of Johannes Bruck and Maria Magdalena Phillip(s)....from marriage certificate showing Anna's marriage to Peter Schmidt. (aka Johann Peter Schmidt, aka Peter Schmidt Sr.)

The Phillip(s) family is from Roderbach.

(The records of Maria's son Peter "Jr" record that he married, in Chicago, Elizabeth Phillip(s), daughter of Jacob Phillip(s) (b. abt. 1807, Germany and d. 11 Sep 1891 in Chicago) and Katarina Kohlhass.)

Johan Jakob Bruck, who seems to be Anna Maria's brother, was the sponsor for her first born child, Elizabeth Barbara Schmidt, b. 20 Nov 1812.

Both Anna Maria and Johan Jakob Bruck are from Roderbach rather than Damflos, Germany.

There are no other Bruck families in the Roderbach, Marborn area at this time and so Anna Maria must belong to this family  
Bruck Anna Maria
 
52 Burial expenses as recorded in family accounting ledger of 11 Nov. 1879

cash paid to Mr. Birren., one coffin

Hearse, Carriages, Shroud, (Mother Maria) $54.10

to Rev. Thhlen Burial........................7.50

Six Masses...................................6.00

carriage drivers drinks for Zenders..........2.00 
Bruck Anna Maria
 
53 lived in Germany did not migrate. Bruck Anna Maria
 
54 Maria Bruck's birth date is given by Helmut Zender of Detmold, Germany, as 1795. (August 15, 2007)

Jeanine Scholtz gives Maria Bruck's birth date as abt, 1792 
Bruck Anna Maria
 
55 By 1742 he was in Zerf.
By 1749, Hermsekeil
By about 1753, Damflos  
Bruck Franz
 
56 11 May 2010 from:

Helmut Zender, hzender@t-online.de, Detmold, Germany

1736.....5th Grandfather, Johannes Buchholz lives in the parish of Wadern.

1738-1741 in Wald near Mandern

1749-1752 in Wald near Hermeskeil

1753 in the village of Damflos, here, Johannes rents a house (Baracke) from Henri Collin for 60 RTHL (Reichsthaler).

In 1753 Henri Collin emigrates to Hungary.  
Buchholz Johannes
 
57 Occupation: Kotter in Kroge Buschelmann Heinrich
 
58 Occupation: Farmer (renter) at Kol.... Buscherhoff Heinrich
 
59 Buried in a stone Mauseleum in 1857 in then "City Cemetery", Chicago's 1st official Cemetery. Ira's Mauseleum was not moved, due to the family's request because of cost, as those in the Lincoln Park Cemetery were moved to other cemeteries. To this day, 26 December 2011, this tomb remains behind the Chicago Historical Society in Lincoln Park. Couch Ira
 
60 This is the wife of Xavier Bourcier buried on Sec U 905 Cote Des Neiges, Montreal, QC, Canada.........this is the Bourcier Plot of 3 graves and they contain 12 people as of 12 Aug 2007...........Xavier is not with his wife M.I. Desgroseilliers W. I.
 

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