Hello Steffanie, I might be able to help a little.Katharina FLINNER was the third child of the "Schweinehirt" (pig herder) Johann Georg Friedrich FLINNER and Anna Margarete HEINBUCH of Neuengronau.She was born 01 August, 1849 at Neuengronau.She was Christened 05 August, 1849.Her godmother was Katharine, daughter of the carpenter / joiner Martin FLINNER.
In a small book (in German) entitled "Chronik von Neuengronau" is mentioned that (I paraphrase): "in 1867, the Schweinhirt Johann Georg Friedrich FLINNER, his 18 year old daughter Katharina, his 15 year old son Jean (my note: aka Johann Corneilus FLINNER, aka John FLINNER) . . . emigrated to America".
I have no evidence that Johann Georg Friedrich FLINNER ever came to America.Also, I have a death record for him in Neuengronau.With the above new info, I suggest that he saw his youngest children to America, then returned to Neuengronau, where he died 20 February, 1873.His occupation at the time of his death is listed as "Schreiner" = carpenter / joiner, e.g. "cabinet builder".
This family lived at haus #68.It was known as Haus #68 until 1969.Before that, the house belonged to a family named MUELLER.The "housename" is unknown (or it doesn't have one).Today's owner is a family named MUELLER, and the present address of the house is Westernstr. 10.
Alrighty then, it appears that Katharina immigrated to Holmes County, Ohio, USA in 1867 with her younger brother.Their 2 older sisters preceded them to Holmes County, Ohio:Anna Marie (aka Mary) Flinner immigrated in 1864, aparently with an infant son "Johannes" (I do not know the fate of this infant Johannes), and Anna Barbara (aka Barbara) arrived in 1866.
Katharine FLINNER was married to Frederick BARNHART on 22 Oct., 1869 in Holmes Co., Ohio by the Rev. G. DOEPKIN.Frederick was a carpenter / joiner, the family lived in Hardy Twp., Holmes County.I believe that they attended the St. John's German Reformed Church near Millersburg (later became St. John's U.C.C.).
I show 5 children being born to this couple in Holmes County.I can discuss the birth dates if you wish but I cannot confirm the accuracy.Some were in the Holmes County Birth Records (which I do not deem to be incredibly accurate during this time period), others are estimated from info taken from the 1880 Federal Census for Ohio (another notorious source).Oh well, here are the children that I have found in Holmes Co., O: John: b. ca. 1871 William: b. 02 March, 1873Hardy Twp. Fred:b. ca. 1876 Minnie:b. ca. 1878 Emma:18 January, 1881 Hardy Twp.
In the 1880 Fed. Cen. Fred BARNHART is listed as 33 years old (meaning that he was born ca. 1846-7, in Ohio.He states that his parents were from "Berne", this probably means "Bayern" as I have a reference in their chapter to "RheinPfalz, Bayern (perhaps Rheinland Pfalz???).I suspect that his father was Adam BARNHART (perhaps BERNHARDT), an immigrant, and that Fred'k had a brother also named Adam.But this is speculation based on very little research on my part.
In 1882 and 1883, Frederick and Catharine BARNHART sold land in Hardy Township, Holmes County, Ohio, totaling about 65 acres.John FLINNER is listed as a witness to these deed transactions, the last being dated 03 March, 1883.It appears at this time that the family moved to (perhaps) near Leavenworth, Kansas.I find no more evidence of this family in Holmes Co., Ohio.
It appears that the family had a child -- Albert Peter BARNHARDT born 12 July, 1883 (I believe born in Kansas).My thinking is that Fred'k died, not many years after moving to Kansas. :(
Perhaps you can help me fill in the blanks concerning this family.If you have any other questions, please ask.I'm sure I have a few.