The Bishman family name is spelled Bishman, Bischman, or Bischmann by various related families in the United States.

Ludwig Bischmann was born in 1797 in Walderwersheimane, Germany.  His wife, Christina Elizabeth Groh Schleick was born 1 September 1803 in Dorn Durkheim, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, and married Ludwig 26 December 1822.  Family records show the following children born in Germany:
Adam 27 March 1824
Peter 20 June 1825
Michael 14 November 1826
Louis  2 February 1828
Ludwig  2 January 1829  (though we suspect Ludwig and Louis are the same person)
Maria Catherine 15 October 1830
Maria Apolonia   4 July 1832
Jacob 24 September 1834
Clara 10 August 1836
 Phillip 19 April 1843

The entire family left Germany for the United States in August of 1848, landed in New Orleans, and traveled up the Mississippi by boat to settle in Bloom, now Chicago Heights, Illinois in 1849.  They moved to Monee in Will County, Illinois to farm in 1850.

Adam purchased property in Will County, Illinois in 1855 and, according to his daughter Mary's account, moved to Waseca County, Minnesota in 1856.  Mary became ill on the trip so the family left their group in Waseca County while the rest continued on to New Ulm in Brown County, Minnesota.  Later, Mary and other members of this family would purchase and homestead property near Brookings, South Dakota.

Peter remained in Monee, Illinois.


Louis lived in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.  According to his obituary, he moved there in 1867.

Maria Catherine married Christian Kline.

Maria Apolonia married Phillipp Müller, also of Dorn Durkheim, and moved to Minnesota in the mid-1850s.  Dates and circumstances vary slightly by family story.  The Sommers family history, written by Gladys Benz for the Sommers Centennial Reunion in 1955, indicates the Millers were in the group that came from Illinois to the Northfield area of Rice County, Minnesota in 1855, while Mary's obituary indicates they came to Waseca County in 1856 and moved to Rice County in 1858.  The family name spellings became Philip and Mary Miller when they became citizens of the United States.

Jacob married Freda Yessen and moved to Minnesota about 1867.  He was in Wilton, Waseca County, Minnesota in 1874.


Philip married Magdalena Kline and was a supervisor in Monee Township, Will County, Illinois from 1881 - 1884.

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Artifacts and treasures from family collections.

Photos from some of the family cemeteries.

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