Thank you so very much for responding to my query about the Romers of Minden.AOL did not recognize your e-mail address, so I am replying here.
We have a few records from St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minden, but so many questions, largely from old letters.
Karl Romer was 8 when his mother, Catarina Schmidkam Romer, died 28 Aug 1870 in Minden of consumption and his father, Simon Heinrich Romer, b. 27 May 1824, Meierberg, re-married six months later.Karl's children thought his father, a carriage maker, and several children had died in an epidemic.He told them it was a terrible time, with people dying so fast that they waited until night to carry away the bodies for burial so the people would not know how many deaths there were.
Karl's stepmother, Catarina Luise Bastemeier Romer, apparently re-married again after his father's death, for she was known as Mrs. Tarter in Minden in 1912.Mrs. Tarter's daughter's husband was then secretary at the Post Office, and they had two children.(Letter in possession of Joyce Adams Tomlinson, 1974)
Karl was raised by an aunt and an uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Karl Preuss of Minden. Mrs. Preuss lived in Minden in 1912; she was then 80.Mr. and Mrs. Preuss also had a foster son, Robert Tillman, who lived at Sedenstrasse 18, Furth, Bayern, in the 1920s and 1930s.He visited the Roemers in Santa Ana, California, about 1905-1915 and had three sons and a daughter.Karl had a cousin, Mrs. Auguste Nahrwald, a widow who lived at Porta-Barkhausen No. 280, Minden, in the 1920s.Her maiden name was Naumann; her husband was a farmer's son from Lahde near Minden who died in the 1920s. The mother of Karl's aunt, Mrs. Naumann, bought an estate and disinherited the Nahrwalds.There were no children in the Nahrwald family.(Letter in possession of Joyce Adams Tomlinson, 1974)
Karl had an Aunt Louise, last name unknown, who lived at Liebenau in 1912.Her second son had the store there and was unmarried.(Letter in possession of Joyce Adams Tomlinson, 1974)
An Aunt Christine wrote Karl's youngest child, Margaret Elizabeth Roemer: "We are sending you a picture of Santa Claus with a snowball since you live in such a warm, sunny climate you may not get to see snow as in the northerly land of your father."
Are any of those names familiar to you?We would like so much to identify them, and whether Karl had any siblings.The St. Martins records identified Simon Heinrich Romer as son of Heinrich Romer of Meierberg.We would like to know when and where Heinrich was born, married, died and buried, whom he married, when and where she was born and died and who her parents were.Did they have any other children?Might they be related to you?
There must be more generations back beyond your grandfather Heinrich Romer and great-grandfather Eduard to thesepeople.
We would like toknow more about Minden, too, its geography and history.