I have a copy of the Kretzmeier Family History and Family Register by Clara Kretzmeier, 1972, and am particularly drawn to the section of the "Biography of August Kretzmeier' by Mrs. Eddie Wiedenfeld (granddaughter of August with help of Lydia J. Kretzmeier Boerner (daughter of August)that describes how Mr. And Mrs. Johann Kretzmeier were the parents of Mr. And Mrs. Heinrich Frederick August Kretzmeier. It states that they left their home, Luttmechen Amt Neustadt, Keonigreich, Hannover, in September 1845. Evidently Johannes passed away on the way from Indianola to New Braunfels and then Mrs. Kretzmeier and her daughter, Charlotte, left to join relatives who had immigrated to the North.
Our family story is that Louis Kretzmeier stowed away on a ship to come to America around 1855 or 1856, landed in Philadelphia and signed up as a Cooper's apprentice for one year.He then worked his way back to Cincinatti and went to Lawrenceville, Indiana, to visit cousins.While there he met Catharine Wiesehan who he married and they are listed as a couple in the 1860 census of Jackson, Dearborn, Indiana.His age was listed as 23 in the census.
In the Jackson, Dearborn, Indiana 1860 census there are listings of the households of Fred. Kretzmeier, age 39, and Henry Kretzmeier, age 45, and Dorothy Kretzmeier, age 69.The households of Fred. and Henry include their wives and children and Dorothy is listed immediately following Henry's household.
Back in 1994 I wrote to the Lutheran Church Archives in Hannover and they were able to send copies of the the birth records of Louis (Heinrich Ludwig) Kretzmeier and some of his siblings.In those records I was able to identify his parents as Friedrich Wilhelm Kretzmeier and Ilsa Maria Louisa Hoppe who married in 1832 in Schneeren.Friedrich's parents were Johann Heinrich Kretzmeyer and Cath. Bauyers (I'm not sure of the spelling due to the challenge of reading German script).Ilsa's parents were Johannes Friedrich Hoppe and Catherina Dorothee Niemeyer of Engensen,,Burgwedel.
A continuation of our family story is that Louis went back to Germany to receive his inheritance and returned to America in 1864 with his sister Caroline.They are listed in the German Immigrant Passenger Lists from Bremen to New York.
After all this, it seems there must be a connection back in Hannover with the connecting cousins in Indiana. The only way to research the Hannover Church records is to write them in Germany and have them do the research.I just haven't taken it any further at this point.