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About the Bohmbach name

In American records, I have seen it spelled as Bohmbach, Bombach, Bohmback, Bomback, and Bumbeck. Bohmbach, the accepted spelling in America and Germany for our family, is a German name meaning swamp brook according to one source. Actually, it should be tree brook as in Low German. A High German equivalent would be Baumbach. Family legend had it that it was originally Bohnenberg, which means bean hill, and changed upon emigration. Many different spellings are adopted because of dialectical differences between High and Low German. For example, Riggers and Richters or Cohrs and Cordes. A progression from Bohmbach to Baumbach would be logical, but how did that come from Bohnenberg?

The baptismal records for our emigrant family in Bargstedt parish indeed show that these surnames were synonymous. Sometimes the name Bohmbach or Bombach was used. Sometimes the name Bohnenberg was used. Twice I found Bohmbach alias Bohnenberg. The parents' marriage record in Neukloster showed Bohnenberg and that the father came from Agathenburg. It was finally explained to me by people at the city and church archives in Stade (Agathenburg was part of the parish Stade St. Wilhadi) that the progression from Bohnenberg to Bohmbach did come from the way different dialects pronounced words. I had long known that pastors spelled in church records the way they thought something sounded. There was no standard spelling since most people couldn't read or write in earlier days, and it could change from one pastor to the next. A pastor could have originally been from a place that spoke a slightly different dialect, and he would write the way he was used to. Of course, maybe he was also a little hard of hearing or one of his members mumbled.

It was explained to me that barg and bach are pronounced similarly. Thus, Bohnberg, Bohnbarg, Bohnenberg, Bohnenbarg, Bohnbach, and Bohmbach were all found as spellings for this family in Agathenburg. Our apparent progenitor in Agathenburg, Johann Christian Bohnbarg, can be found earlier in the parish records of Bliedersdorf with the spellings Boneberg and Baumbach. He was recorded as being born in Horneburg. I was unable to find him there because of gaps in the microfilmed records, but I did run across a family with the spelling Bahrenborg. Coincidence?

Our Bohmbach ancestors in Germany

Our family lived in the area around Stade in the old Kingdom of Hannover. Johann Bohmbach, a shoemaker from Agathenburg, married Anna Höper 25 Nov 1821 in Neukloster. Their first child was born in Hedendorf, their second in Bargstedt, and the rest in Brest of Bargstedt parish. It was this family that came to America. Johann was born in 1798 to Diedrich Bohnenberg and Catharina Margaretha Bohngarten (or Baumgarten). Diedrich, a shepherd, was born in Agathenburg in 1772 to Johann Christian Bohnbarg and his wife Maria Cordes. They are so far the earliest and only of that generation to be found in Agathenburg. They had lived previously in Bliedersdorf, where they were again the only of that name, and Johann Christian was apparently born in Horneburg and Maria in Apensen.

Bohmbach in the USA.

My Emigrant Bohmbach Ancestors

Name

Birth

Married

USA

Died/Buried

F

Johann Bohmbach

08 Jan 1798

Agathenburg, Hannover

25 Nov 1821

Anna Höper

19 May 1855 on the Emigrant from Bremen to New York

 20 Jan 1863/65

probably St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Red Wing, MN

 M

Anna Höper

03 Jan 1799

Hedendorf, Hannover

25 Nov 1821

Johann Bohmbach

19 May 1855 on the Emigrant from Bremen to New York

05 Aug 1881

probably St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Red Wing, MN

 s

Diedrich Bohmbach

7 Jan 1822

Hedendorf, Hannover

unknown

Catharina Margaretha Borstelmann

no

Unknown

 s

Johann Hinrich Bohmbach

aka Henry

30 Jun 1823

headstone 17 Jun 1822

Bargstedt, Hannover

21 Mar 1848

Catharina Margareth Tomhave

18 Feb 1865

Fredricka Lisetta (Friedricks) Luebeck

02 Oct 1854 on the Caroline from Bremen to New York

07 Jan 1917

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Red Wing, MN  

 d

Katrina Maria Bohmbach

aka Maria

23 Aug 1825

Brest, Hannover

21 Jul 1853

Claus Holst

02 Jun 1853 on the Helene from Bremen to New York

16 Nov 1917

Belvidere Union Cemetery, Belvidere Twp, Goodhue Co, MN

 s

Johann Bohmbach

aka John

07 March 1827

headstone 09 Mar 1827

Brest, Hannover

18 Sep 1849

Catharina Burfeindt

02 Jun 1853 on the Helene from Bremen to New York

27 Nov 1913

Summit Cemetery, Morris, MN

 d

Anna Margretha Bohmbach

24 Feb 1829

Brest, Hannover

bef 1855

Heinrich Vollmers

bef 1859

Johann Peter Vollmers

14 May 1888 on Sorrento from Hamburg to New York

3 Nov 1919

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Goodhue Twp, Goodhue Co, MN

 d

Anna Gesche Bohmbach

21 Mar 1831

Brest, Hannover

no

no

24 Mar 1833

Brest, Hannover

d

Magdalena Bohmbach

8 Jul 1833

Brest, Hannover

no

no

8 Aug 1833

Bargstedt, Hannover

s

stillborn son

4 Mar 1834

Hannover

no

no

4 Mar 1834

Brest, Hannover

 s

Lütje Bohmbach

aka Louis

06 May 1835

obit 05 May 1836

Brest, Hannover

Adelheid Kroner

25 Mar 1880 on the Frisia from Hamburg & Havre to New York

21 Jan 1904

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Red Wing, MN 

d

[Anna] Adelheid Bohmbach

12 Dec 1837

headstone 1836

Brest, Hannover

Frederick Siebrasse

19 May 1855 on the Emigrant from Bremen to New York

Jun 1922

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Red Wing, MN

 d

Margrete Bohmbach

aka Margaretha

17 Apr 1840

headstone 07 Apr 1840

Brest, Hannover

15 Oct 1858

Valentin Degendorfer

19 May 1855 on the Emigrant from Bremen to New York

 03 May 1921

Summit Cemetery, Morris, MN

 d

Johann Friederich Bohmbach

aka Frederick

10 Aug 1843

Brest, Hannover

no

19 May 1855 on the Emigrant from Bremen to New York

 19 Jan 1862

Battle of Mill Springs, KY

Mill Springs National Cemetery, Nancy, KY

Personal Photos

Gravestone Photos

All of these people came to Goodhue County, MN. Johann and Anna Bohmbach and children Anna Adelheid, Margaretha, and Frederick arrived in New York in 1855. The other children emigrated at various times.

Anna (Höpers) Bohmbach markJohann and Anna first lived with Henry in Hay Creek Township. After Johann died, Anna lived with Valentine and Margaretha Degendorfer in Red Wing. She later lived out her days with Fred and Anna Siebrasse in Featherstone Township. We don't know exactly where Johann and Anna are buried, but there is some open area near the graves of Henry Bohmbach and the daughters of John Bohmbach. As of 1995, my family only knew of three children of Johann and Anna. They were Henry, Anna Vollmers, and Louis. It was a thrill uncovering the other nine. A descendant of one of the "new" branches had notes indicating as many as fifteen children. I found only twelve in the German birth records. (Anna's mark was on her application for the military pension of Frederick Bohmbach).

Diedrich stayed in Germany and was listed as an apprentice shoemaker in Hagen circa 1855. His grandson, Diedrich Bohmbach (1872-1953), was sent by his mother to America in 1888 to avoid compulsory military service and because he didn't get along with his step-father. It was said that he lost both his father and grandfather in the military, though there is that record of his grandfather being an apprentice shoemaker. Young Diedrich travelled on the same ship as his grandaunt and my gr-gr-grandmother, Anna Vollmers, and supposedly stayed with a grandaunt in Red Wing for about two years before moving to North Dakota and then Akeley, MN. His son, Wallace, remembers hearing of Anna Vollmers and Maria Holst as a child.

Henry Bohmbach signatureThe History of Goodhue County says Henry Bohmbach came to New York in 1849 but also skips his first wife, so there are problems with that source. It lists him being born in 1823, which is more accurate than his headstone. He actually arrived with his first wife and children Anna, John, and Henry in America in 1854. He supposedly arrived in Hay Creek on 5 May 1855 and farmed in section 32, but I didn't find him in the 1857 census. He married Catharina Margareth Tomhafe in Germany, and she later died here. After he married his second wife, Fredricka Lisetta (Friedricks) Luebeck, he was drafted for the Civil War at age 43. He served from 8 Mar 1865 to 11 Jul 1865 in Company K of the 2nd Minnesota Infantry Regiment. They moved to Red Wing in 1875 and operated a saloon. (Henry's signature was from his military pension application.)

Maria Bohmbach emigrated with the family of her brother, John, in 1853 and married Claus Holst in Auglaize Co, OH. They later moved to Goodhue County and farmed in section 5 of Belvidere Twp. Their farm was bordered on the southwest by the John Bohmbach farm. They eventually moved to Red Wing. Their nephew, Henry J. Holst, married their niece, Margaretha Bohmbach, the daughter of Louis.

John Bohmbach signatureJohn Bohmbach married Catharina Burfeindt in 1849 and emigrated to Ohio in 1853. They settled on a farm in sections 5 and 6 of Belvidere Twp, Goodhue Co, MN in May of 1855, apparently the same time as Henry arrived in the county. John served from 14 Feb 1865 to 27 Sep 1865 in Company I of the 1st Minn Heavy Artillery in the Civil War. During this time he met Charles Dablow, the future husband of his eldest daughter. He served with a John Dablow who was probably Charles' brother. They moved to Red Wing in 1867 and went into the saloon business before opening a grocery store in 1876. They later bought a flour mill and moved back to the country. When the mill burned, they moved back to Red Wing, rented a house and took in boarders. John spent time as a mason while living in Red Wing. Two of their daughters are buried next to Henry Bohmbach in Red Wing. They moved to Stevens Co, MN in 1889 to live with their daughter and son-in-law, Charles and Anna Dablow. Read an interesting account written by their grandaughter Kate (Dablow) Drovedahl. (John's signature is from his military pension application.)

Anna (Bohmbach) Vollmers and children Mary and Fred came to America, it was said, after Anna's husband died in 1887 while crossing a stream. The ship record shows them arriving in May of 1888, though legend says they took a train from Brooklyn to Red Wing in October. Children Heinrich and Margaretha emigrated with uncle Louis Bohmbach in 1880. Diedrich and Catherine came to America in about the early 1880s, but Catherine returned to marry in Germany. Another daughter, Anna, never came to America. Anna (Bohmbach) Vollmers lived with John and Mary (Vollmers) Augustine in Featherstone and later Belvidere. Anna basically raised the kids while Mary helped with the chores and field work.

Louis and Adelheid Bohmbach farmed in Featherstone. Like Anna Vollmers, Louis emigrated much later. His son, Diedrich, married a sister to my Grandma Dahling. Diedrich's daughter married the great grandson of my Gr-Gr-Gr Grandpa Dahling. I'm related to their children three different ways. It sure gets complicated sometimes. As soon as I uncovered the last Dahling connection, I mailed the info to one of those cousins, Lois (Drenckhahn) Wood. She died in a car accident the day before my letter arrived. I'll always regret that.

Fred and Adelheid (aka Anna) Siebrasse also farmed in Featherstone. He had emigrated with his parents and sister and married Adelheid in America. They then lived in Red Wing until 1904, when they moved to Iowa to live with their daughter. They each died there but were buried in Red Wing. Most of their children died fairly early in life, and many of them may be buried in the large unmarked area around the graves of their parents. The family of one daughter drowned when the Sea Wing capsized on Lake Pepin. This disaster is well documented at the Goodhue County Museum. His sister is buried in an unmarked plot near his.

Valentin Degendorfer signatureMargaretha and Valentin Degendorfer lived in Red Wing after their marriage at least through the 1865 census. They then moved to near West Union, IA until 1878, when they moved to Stevens County. Valentin died within a year and Margaretha ran the farm with the aid of her sons. She must have been a very strong woman to get thru such a tough life. (Valentin's signature was as a witness for Anna (Höper) Bohmbach on her application for the military pension of Frederick Bohmbach).

Frederick Bohmbach emigrated with his parents and later served in Company G of the 2nd Minnesota Infantry Regiment. Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars shows he was mustered into service on 8 Jan 1865. That must be 8 Jan 1861 because he was killed at The Battle of Mill Springs on 19 Jan 1862. The battle was fought near the banks of the Cumberland River in Kentucky. It broke the Confederate defensive line in Kentucky which was never repaired. Witnesses were called in to prove that he was his mother's son since all of the letters he wrote while in the service were lost when the house burned down. This is probably the same reason I can find no surviving letters from family in Germany. What a terrible shame to have lost those valuable sources.

An emigrant nephew of Johann Bohmbach (b. 1798)

Name

Birth

Married

USA

Died/Buried

F

Heinrich Ludwig Bohmbach

aka Henry L.

09 Dec 1845

Agathenburg, Hannover

24 Dec 1871

Anna Metta Bolland

(later) Anna Diercks

13 May 1873 on the Vandalia from Hamburg to NY

21 May 1929

Belvidere Union Cem, Belvidere Twp, Goodhue Co, MN

M

Anna Metta Bolland

06 Dec 1845

Helmste, Hannover

24 Dec 1871

Johann Bohmbach

same

unknown

perhaps Belvidere Union Cemetery

s

Johann Heinrich Bohmbach

10 Aug 1867

no

no

20 Aug 1867

Bargstedt, Hannover

d

Anna Margaretha Bohmbach

28 Sep 1872

no

no

15 Oct 1872

Bargstedt, Hannover

d

Margaretha Adelheid Bohmbach

28 Sep 1872

Helmste, Hannover

1897

Antonio J. Zignego

same

25 Dec 1942

Oakwood Cemetery, Red Wing, MN

s

Johann Heinrich Bohmbach

9 Jul 1875

Belvidere Twp, Goodhue Co, MN

27 Nov 1901

Clara L. Bang

n.a.

24 May 1968

Oakwood Cemetery, Red Wing, MN

d

Anna Engel Bohmbach

15 Nov 1876

Belvidere Twp, Goodhue Co, MN

1898

Christ Hinck

n.a.

03 Jun 1945

Oakwood Cemetery, Red Wing, MN

d

Mary Bohmbach

abt. 1878

no

n.a.

1894 in Warrenton, MO

s

Fred Bohmbach

unknown

unknown

n.a.

before 1942

d

Elize Mathilde Bohmbach

abt. 09 May 1881

Belvidere Twp, Goodhue Co, MN

no

n.a.

17 May 1881

probably Belvidere Union Cemetery

s

Henry L. Bohmbach

26 Nov 1882

Belvidere Twp, Goodhue Co, MN

21 Sep 1910

Anna Mahncke

n.a.

04 Feb 1960

St. John's Lutheran Cem, Lake City, MN

d

Bertha Bohmbach

7 Oct 1884

Anton R. Berg

n.a.

11 Feb 1931

Marysville, Yuba Co, CA

An emigrant Bohmbach cousin of unknown degree

Name

Birth

Married

USA

Died/Buried

F

Heinrich Stechmann

abt 8 Jul 1868

Germany

16 Aug 1891

Anna Margretha Bohmbach

unknown

20 Jan 1949

Zumbrota Cemetery, Zumbrota, MN

M

Anna Margretha Bohmbach

13 Mar 1871

Neukloster, Hannover

16 Aug 1891

Henry Stechmann

1891

29 Mar 1949

Zumbrota Cemetery,Zumbrota, MN

s

John Stechmann

private

no

n.a.

private

Zumbrota Cemetery, Zumbrota, MN

d

Minnie Stechmann

private

Albert H. Bredehoft

n.a.

private

Zumbrota Cemetery, Zumbrota, MN

d

Lydia H. Stechmann

private

Henry William Bredehoft

n.a.

private

Zumbrota Cemetery, Zumbrota, MN

s

Arnold H. Stechmann

private

Lilly Geisha Borgschatz

n.a.

private

Zumbrota Cemetery, Zumbrota, MN

?

baby

private

no

n.a.

private

Zumbrota Cemetery, Zumbrota, MN

s

Henry F. Stechmann

private

Gertrude Zemke

n.a.

private

Zumbrota Cemetery, Zumbrota, MN

s

Elmer Stechmann

private

Margaret

n.a.

private

Zumbrota Cemetery, Zumbrota, MN

s

Herbert Stechmann

private

unk

n.a.

private

Another emigrant Bohmbach connection

Name

Birth

Married

USA

Died/Buried

F

Fred C. W. Ohlrogge [mother was a Bohmbach]

25 Jun 1881

Hannover, Germany

Betty Blohm

1926

5 Jul 1962

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery

Red Wing, MN

M

Betty Blohm

25 Aug 1883

Hannover, Germany

Fred C. W. Ohlrogge

1927

10 Apr 1962

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery

Red Wing, MN

s

John Peter Frederick Ohlrogge

private

Grace Schliep

1927

private

Zumbrota Cemetery, Zumbrota, MN

s

son

unknown

unknown

unkown

unknown

 

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