I've been searching for this family for years... but only knew of ONE of this family - the 2nd child - John Bemer - who was the 2nd husband of my great-grandmother Anna Lynch O'Donnell.
According to their 1895 Chicago IL marriage (church) records, John Bemer was b. MN -- -however, one of my research clients found the following, that seem to match up almost perfectly with my John Bemer.
1870 MN Federal Census:
Nicholas BEMER, b. Saxony, age 35, cannot read/write
wife Margaret BEMER, b. Saxony, age 35, cannot read/write
dau Rosa, age 8, b. WI
son JOHN, age 6, b. WI
son Conrad, age 4, b. WI
dau Katie, age 10 months, b. MN Oct 1869
1875 MN State Census -
Nicholas Bemer, age 47, b. Saxony
wife Margaret, age 45, b. Saxony
dau Rosa, age 14, b. WI
son JOHN, age 12, b. WI
son Conrad, age 8, b. WI
dau Catherine, age 5, b. MN
1880 MN state census -
Nicholas BEMER, age 57, b. Baden (abt 1823)
wife Margaret, age 48 (?), b. Baden
(dau Rosa married/dead/not at home)
son JOHN BEMER, age 17, b. WI, in school
son Conrad, age 13, b. WI, in school
dau Catherine, age 10, b. MN, in school
1885 MN State Census -
Nicholas BEMER, age 56, b. Germany
wife Margaret, age 54, b. Germany
son JOHN, age 21, b. WI
son Charles (Conrad) - age 18, b. WI
dau Katie, age 15, b. MN
ONE MORE NOTE - I THINK that I found Conrad BEMER in 1920 census - age 44 - Conrad was a Dr, wife Ellen, & 4-year-old son Charles - all in Kenosha WI as of 1920 census.
SOMEONE has to know about this family!!- IF there are any descendants to ANY of the above - pleasePLEASE contact me!
My Mom (Anna Lynch O'Donnell BEMER's granddaughter) - turns 88 very shortly... and any info would be a wonderful birthday/holiday gift.Mom's "grandma Anna" Bemer lived with my Mom's family from 1932 through late 1937, when Anna died -- not from old age, nor any health problems.. but from gas gangrene, caused by stepping on a rusty nail 10 days earlier, somewhere in the family farmyard.(My Mom's mother spent months, "tearing up" the yard, trying to find that rusty nail).
Molly Kennedy, Springfield IL
genealogical research website www.mollx.com