Descendants of Arnold de Rodenesheim and Later Bremsers of Germany
Circa 1000 AD to the Present to Norwalk, Ohio
|From the 12th to the early 19th centuries the Brömserburg Castle was the residence of the archbishops of Mainz.|
The Four Bremser Brothers
The four Bremser brothers in Ohio: Philipp Heinrich Bremser or Henry (center front); Wilhelm (left); Phillip (middle rear): and Karl (right). A baby sister apparently died in infancy. Phillip and Wilhelm came to Norwalk from Germany. Philip worked in the masonry business and Wilhelm helped make cement blocks. Karl followed his brothers Henry and Phillip to the United States on April 12, 1910 but returned to Germany soon there after.
Photo courtesy Marge Barr
This is the story of the Klein and Bremser families who came to live in Elyria and Norwalk, Ohio.
The ancestral home of the Bremser family is the Brömserburg Castle. "From the early 10th to the early 19th centuries it was the property of the archbishops of Mainz. They converted the old fortress into a residence in the 12th century. Originally, it was right on the banks of the Rhine, surrounded by water. Its more than two-meter-thick walls withstood all offensives. Only the southeastern portion destroyed by the Duke Of Longville. A mine path to the keep bears witness to its invincibility. After being secularized in 1803, the castle had several owners until the town of Ruesdeheim purchased it in 1941. Today, it is the home of the vast collections that comprise the Rheingau wine museum. Historic wine presses form several centuries are displayed in the garden."
"On Oberstrasse, there is a row of beautiful old mansions from various periods, including the Frankensteiner Hof, Ritter'scher Hof and Bassenheimer Hof. Howwever, the Broemserhof, constructed from 1542 onward, is doubtlessly the most beautiful of all the noble manors on this street. This former residence of Ruedesheriim's ancient Broemser dynasty has an impressive Gothic chapel and an ancestral hall with splendid frescoes. Today, the Broemserhof houses a museum."*
Also in Ruedesheim is St. Jakobus Church. The "Catholic parish church on market square. The church dates form the 14th century and is said to have been built by the knight and Crusader Johann Broemser. The half moon and star on the weather vane atop the chruch tower are a reminder of the days of the Crusades, The church was almost completely destroyed in 1944, but was rebuilt of quarried brick typical of the Rhine area. Of special note are the medieval tombsones with effigies of Ruedesheim's nobility, situated in the northern aisle, as well as the Gothic tyjmpanium above the western portal."*
The Bremser and Brömser families originated in the area of present-day Rüdesheim, Germany. There is a detailed history describing the family ancestry descending from the von Rüdesheim nobility, and how the Bremser name became distinct from the Brömser family name around 1590.
The Four Immigrants to AmericaThis update includes the current family histories of the four known Bremser families to immigrate to America:
Philipp "Heinrich" Gottlieb Elias Bremser. Henry and his wife Bina Bremser's entered Ellis Island in New York Harbor with Elizabeth, age 4, and Lena, age 2, on 12 May 1892, on board the Spree. The followed their Klein cousins to Norwalk, Ohio. Henry is my great-grandfather. Grandfather Henry's records were tough to find.
Philip Karl Bremser III. Brother to my great-grandfather, Philip came from Germany to help Henry with the masonry business. (Dale Norwood of North Carolina added this information on his wife's family.)
Johann Heinrich Adam Bremser. Johann left "Jammerthalsmühle bei Niedertiefenbach," Germany and settled in Kewaskum, Washington, Wisconsin (Nancy Verhelst of Wisconsin contributed this information.)
Johann Philip Bremser. Johann emigrated from Nästatten, Nassau, Germany to St. Louis, Missouri.
(Thanks to Keith Bremser of Utah for this ancestry.)
* From Rudesheim Assman Hausen Am Rhein, June 2003.
The greatest part of the history of the Bremsers, from 1000 to 1858, is the notable work of my very generous 10th cousin Reiner Bremser of Oberursel, near Weisbaden, Germany. Nancy Verhelst of Wisconsin also contributed the descendants of Johann Gerlach Bremser, a brother to Reiner's ancestor Johann Konrad Bremser, and also a 10th cousin. We extend thanks to Dale Norwood of North Carolina for information on his wife's Ann Bremser's family, descendants of Phillip Bremser. Ann is our third cousin. And from Utah, Keith Bremser contributed the ancestry of his g-g-grandfather Johann Philip Bremser. Keith is our eighth cousin once removed. One branch of the Bremsers moved to Michigan, where they married the Scheid family, related to the Enderle family of Germany. We thank Horst Hemminger for his contribution of the Enderle family history.We are indebted to second cousin Ron Miller of Michigan for contributing several hundred descendents of Hattie Klein. We also thank our first cousin, once removed, Marge Miller More Barr of Norwalk, Ohio, for her notes on the Bremser and Klein genealogies.
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