FEHMARN, GERMANY --- LaPORTE, INDIANA --- BLIESMER

BLISS - BLIES CHALLENGE
Can you connect to this Bliesmer family??

When you're trying to find family, researching every possible name is part of the deal. When one pops up from the same Island as your family, it becomes intriguing. But, not all the pieces fit your puzzle. This is some of them. The only possibility now is that there is some connection via a BLIESEMER variation within some family prior to 1750. (Yes, there are also 2 other Bliesmer families in the USA, with research going back to the Fehmarn Island in Northern Germany. I think ALL the Bliesmer has the possibility of connecting somehow ..... back to 1400-1600, but the info is slim pickin's.)

Over the years, more and more clues surfaced, which slowly developed into a nice family tree. I decided to put it on-line, hoping someone would see it. A "Staudinger" researcher made contact, pleased to find some important clues. But, never a Bliesmer.
Efforts switched to try and find a living descendent, and the hunt took years. FINALLY, 2011, THE HUNT WAS SUCCESSFUL!!

BLIESMER DESCENDENT DISCOVERED

Peter Bliesmer to Frederick Bliesmer to Walter Bliesmer. Walter was born in LaPorte, IN in 1898. Walter had one daughter, born in Arizona, 1925. The hefty trail finally spotted her married name, in Colorado. After a lucky sequence of events, one day I answered the telephone. It was this daughter calling. What a surprise. Rosemary Bliesmer was alive and well in Colorado!
Contact was established. We began communicating and sharing information. I had the ancestors she knew nothing about, and she had the descendents. The pieces for this family came together, creating a wonderful family history. We are pleased to now present the NEW BLIESMER FAMILY TREE.
If you are associated with this family, you may contact Rosemary at BLIESMER.   2012....another contact has been made down this same Bliesmer/Staudinger line with Anders family. Interested persons may contact: BATHRICK for more BATHRICK Family History. Attempts are underway to contact yet 2 more descendents.
UPDATE: Rosemary Virginia Bliesmer Reeser Walker passed away on Nov. 11, 2014.



Descendants of Peter Bliesmer

1 Peter Bliesmer b: in Fehmarn Island, Germany d: in Fehmarn Island, Germany
.. +Wilhelmina Westphal 1824 1903 b: August 06, 1824 in Fehmarn Island, Germany d: October 20, 1903 in LaPorte City, LaPorte, Indiana
..... 2 Marcus Bliesmer 1853 1904 b: June 07, 1853 in Germany d: November 12, 1904 in LaPorte, Indiana
......... +Elisabeth Kahr 1852 1922 b: August 06, 1852 d: April 24, 1922 in LaPorte, Indiana
............. 3 No Children
..... 2 Elisabeth Bliesmer 1857 - 1939 b: 1857 in Germany d: 1939 in LaPorte, Indiana
......... +Aug Krause 1847 - 1900 b: 1847 Germany d: 1900 LaPorte, Indiana
........................ (Aug Krause had children from a previous marriage to Anna)
......... *2nd husband to Elizabeth Bliesmer
......... Fred G. Brandt 1856 - 1927 b: 1856 d: April 20, 1927 LaPorte, Indiana
..... 2 August F. Bliesmer 1857 1932 b: November 13, 1857 in Germany d: 1932 in New Buffalo, MI
......... +Carolina Mess 1864 1960 b: 1864 d: 1960 in New Buffalo, MI
............. 3 Lawrence Bliesmer 1895 1974 b: September 08, 1895 in Michigan d: August 30, 1974 in Michigan
................. +Margaret McGuirk 1901 1985 b: August 11, 1901 d: June 01, 1985 in Muskegon, Michigan
............. 3 Olga Bliesmer 1901 1917 b: 1901 in New Buffalo, Michigan d: 1917 in New Buffalo, Michigan
............. 3 August Bliesmer 1904 1974 b: 1904 in Michigan d: February 25, 1974 in Michigan
................. +Dorothy Ward 1907 1993 b: 1907 d: July 16, 1993 in St. Joseph, Michigan
.................... 4 Jan Bliesmer
........................ +McNichols
.............................. 5 James McNichols
.............................. + Kelly
..................................... 6 Joey McNichols
..................................... 6 Jake McNichols
.............................. 5 Tom McNichols
.............................. 5 Katy McNichols
.............................. + John Charlson
..................................... 6 Stephanie Charlson
..................................... 6 Kimberly Charlson
..................................... 6 Mike Charlson
.................... 4 Sue Bliesmer 1942 2004 b: 1942 d: August 26, 2004 in California
........................ +Johnson
.................................. 5 Justin Johnson b: in Illinois
................................... + Unknown
..... 2 Frederick William Bliesmer 1860 1900 b: July 24, 1860 in Germany d: February 08, 1900 in LaPorte, Indiana
......... +Sophia Hornburg
............. 3 Mable Bliesmer 1884 1885 b: April 06, 1884 LaPorte, IN d: May 18, 1885 LaPorte, IN
..... *2nd Wife of Frederick William Bliesmer:
......... +Mary Staudinger 1866 1918 b: October 06, 1866 in New Rochelle, New York d: May 06, 1918 in LaPorte, Indiana    
***** [Click to view STAUDINGER ancestors/descendents.]
............ 3 Rosa Elizabeth Bliesmer 1896 1982 b: June 08, 1896 in LaPorte, Indiana d: March 30, 1982 in Pasadena, CA
................. +Erhardt Oscar Anders 1892 1976 b: December 02, 1892 in Chicago. IL d: November 27, 1976 in Pasadena, CA
.................... Note: Erhardt Anders had daughter Ruth from a previous marriage to Ruth Esther Werner (b:1900 - d:1924)
.................... 4 Ruth Lucille Anders 1924 - 2006 b: July 29, 1924 in Chicago. IL d: Jan 24, 2006, California
........................ +Bernard Hammerbeck
............................... 5 Jon Hammerbeck 1955 -
............................... + Joy Kipnis
.................................... 6 Jill Hammerbeck
.................................... 6 Mark Hammerbeck
............................... 5 David Hammerbeck
.................... 4 Alice Rose Anders 1927 - b: June 25, 1927 in Chicago. IL
........................ +William Clanton
............................... 5 Dianne Clanton 1950 - 1986
................................... + Byron Foreman
..................................... 6 Scott Foreman
............................... 5 William Clanton 1952 -
................................... + Lynn Eckstrom
..................................... 6 Jessica Clanton
..................................... 6 Kyle Clanton
.................... *2nd Husband of Alice Rose Anders:
........................ +Richard Brice
.................... 4 Barbara Mary Anders 1933 - b: June 18, 1933 in Pasadena, CA
........................ +Robert W. Bathrick 1925 - 1978
............................... 5 Bob Bathrick 1962 - b: California EMAIL for more BATHRICK Family History.
............................... 5 Susan Bathrick
............................... + Dan Ohlson
................................... 6 Monica Ohlson
................................... 6 Shawn Ohlson
.................... *2nd Husband of Barbara Mary Anders:
........................ +Eris H. Jamison
............. 3 Walter Edward Bliesmer 1898 1926 b: April 15, 1898 in LaPorte, Indiana d: September 29, 1926 in Phoenix, Arizona
................. +Julia Sentena 1900 1979 b: April 12, 1900 in Jalisco, Mexico d: October 17, 1979 in Colorado Springs, CO
.................... 4 Rosemary Virgina Bliesmer 1925 - 2014 b: August 16, 1925 in Arizona d: Nov. 11, 2014 in Colorado Springs
........................ +John Franklin Reeser 1923 1987 b: April 25, 1923 d: August 13, 1987 in Lost Springs, KS
............................ 5 Judy Marie Reeser 1946 - b: July 02, 1946 in Colorado Springs, CO
................................ +Jack Orville Munson 1942 - b: June 14, 1942 in Kokomo, Indiana
................................... 6 Jimmy Joe Munson 1964 - b: November 23, 1964 in Colorado Springs, CO
....................................... +Alecia Kay Roush 1965 - b: October 28, 1965 in Colorado Springs, CO
........................................... 7 Jake Robert Munson 1992 - b: January 24, 1992 in Colorado Springs, CO
........................................... 7 Andi Marie Munson 1993 - b: May 10, 1993 in Colorado Springs, CO
................................... 6 John Paul Munson 1965 - b: September 13, 1965 in Colorado Springs, CO
....................................... +Lisa Dawn West 1968 - b: March 22, 1968 in Colorado Springs, CO
........................................... 7 Brandon Munson 1993 - b: May 15, 1993 in Colorado Springs, CO
........................................... 7 Sara Dawn Munson 1994 - b: December 16, 1994 in Colorado Springs, CO
........................................... 7 Rylan Michael Munson 2002 - b: March 08, 2002 in Colorado Springs, CO
................................... 6 Jack Jay (Picker) Munson 1968 - b: November 16, 1968 in Colorado Springs, CO
....................................... +Cheryl Leanne Blischke 1962 - b: 1962
............................ 5 Joseph Walter Reeser 1948 - b: March 08, 1948 in Wichita, KS
............................ 5 John Wayne Reeser 1949 - 2013 b: June 21, 1949 in Colorado Springs, CO d: Jan. 2013, Colorado Springs, CO
................................ +Donna Lee Pickering 1949 1989 b: May 06, 1949 in Colorado Springs, CO d: August 11, 1989
................................... 6 Kathleen Reeser 1974 - b: March 20, 1974 in Colorado Springs, CO
....................................... +Roy Lessig 1963 - b: June 06, 1963 in OK
................................... 6 Johna Lynn Reeser 1976 - b: July 12, 1976 in Colorado Springs, CO
....................................... +Mark Anthony Green 1973 - b: December 12, 1973 in Edmond, OK
........................................... 7 Christian Reese Green 2004 - b: February 03, 2004 in Murfreesboro, TN
........................................... 7 Makenna Lee Green 2006 - b: February 01, 2006 in Murfreesboro, TN
........................................... 7 Kellie Lynn Green 2009 - b: September 21, 2009 in Murfreesboro, TN
.................... *2nd Husband of Rosemary Virgina Bliesmer:
........................ +James Gilbert Walker 1929 - b: April 29, 1929 in Gibbon, NE
............. 3 Frederick Leonard Bliesmer 1899 1954 b: October 23, 1899 in LaPorte, Indiana d: March 16, 1954 in Denver, CO
................. +Elizabeth Walden 1898 1989 b: July 19, 1898 in Springfield, IL d: September 19, 1989 Denver, CO
.................... 4 No Children
....... *2nd Husband to Wilhelmine Westphal Bliesmer
....... + George Iffland (m: 1884, LaPorte, Indiana)


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HERE IS THE UNUSUAL BLIESMER INFORMATION
THAT HAS BEEN OBTAINED OVER THE YEARS.

RESEARCH DATA
(Not in order discovered)
Please observe all name spellings as given.
I think this helps prove the validity of locating data by using spelling variations.
It does not prove the accuracy of the data you may find.

INDIANA DEATHS:
Marcus F. Bliesmer
Marcus H. Bliesmer

GERMANS to AMERICA:
26 Jan 1881, Hamburg to NY, ship "Herber", Marcus Bliesmer, age 27
(Things seem to match that this should be Marcus, even being a shoe-maker)

LaPORTE, IN, NEWSPAPER OBIT: Bliesmer, Mary 10-6-1866 to 5-6-1918. Born in New Rochelle, NY. Husband Frederick died in 1900. Leaving 3 children: Rose, Walter, and Frederick Bliesmer. Brothers: Staudinger. Burial: Patton Cemetery.

ROOTSWEB, LaPORTE COUNTY OBIT INDEX A-C, 1920-1929
Bleismer, Walter, 28, 10/4/26 Herald Argus
Bliesmer, Elizabeth, 70, 4/24/22 Argus

EVERGREEN CEMETERY, Colorado Springs, CO
Bliesmer, Walter E. b. 1898, buried 7 Oct 1926, Lot T-102

1913 SMITH DIRECTORY, LaPORTE:
Rose Bliemer, Elizabeth Bliesmar, Mary B. Bliesmer

ANCESTRY DATABASE SEARCH:
ANDERS, Rose Elizabeth, Female, b.06/08/1896 Indiana, d.03/30/1982 Los Angeles, SSN, Mothers Maiden: Staudinger, Father: Bliesmer

1920 LaPORTE COUNTY CENSUS:
Blissmer, Minnie, b.1824, 76, b. Germany, living alone, 4 children, 3 living. ("Minnie" cannot be Peter's wife, Wilhelmine, as she died in 1903.) But if I have made an error, and this should be the 1900 Census, then this Minnie would indeed be Wilhelmine.
Blissmer, Rose, 22, place of birth: NY
Blissmer, Augusta, b. Indiana, sister to Andrew Allgeiero(?)
LaPORTE CEMETERY RECORDS:
Blissmer, Wilhelmine, F, age 79, d. 10-19-1903

DEATH RECORD, LaPORTE COUNTY:
Mable Bliesmer, age ?, d. May 18, 1885, LaPorte, H-19, pg. 172
Frederick W. Bliesmer, 39, d. Feb. 8, 1900, LaPorte, H-22, pg. 8
Marcus F. Bliesmer, 51, d. Nov. 12, 1904, LaPorte, H-27, pg. 10
Marcus H. Bliesmer, 51, d. Nov. 13, 1904, LaPorte, H-24, pg. 44
Wilhelmine Bliesmer, 79, d. Oct. 19, 1903, Indiana, H-24, pg. 19

CEMETERY RECORDS OF LaPORTE COUNTY, VOL. 3, pg 113 (Valparaiso, IN Library):
PATTON CEMETERY, LaPorte, IN:
BLESSMER, Marcus b. June 7, 1853, d. Nov. 13, 1904
BLESSMER, Elizabeth b. Aug. 6, 1852, d. Apr. 24, 1922

LaPorte County Cemetery database Cemetery Database
PATTON CEMETERY, LaPorte, IN: The Plains Section:
Frederick Bliesmer
Mary Bliesmer
Jack (Jacob) Straidinger (Staudinger) Civil War Vet
Rosina Straidinger
Marcus Bliesmer (Lakeview Section)
Elizabeth Bliesmer (Lakeview Section)

LaPORTE COURTHOUSE DEATH RECORD:
Elizabeth Bliesmer, Apr.24, 1922. WILL HEIRS:
Walter Blissmer, Nephew
Rosa Blissmer, Niece
Fred L. Blissmer, Nephew

LaPORTE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, Genealogy Birth:
Baby 1st born: Blissmer, Female, April 6, 1885. F: Fred Blissmer, age 25. M: Sophia Hornburg, age 25. (#47, LP1885, pg. 69)
2nd born: Blissmer, Male, April 15, 1898. F: Fred Blissmer, age 36. M: Standinger, age 30. (#19. LP1898, pg 9)
3rd born: Blissmer, Male, Oct. 23, 1899. F: Fred Blissmer, age 38. M: Mary Standinger, age 34. (#7, LP 1899, pg. 18)

LaPORTE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Genealogy Death:
Mable Bliesmer, d. May 18, 1885 (debating if this could be the 1st born to Blissmer/Hornburg?) Local 120, pg. 173.
Frederick Bleismer, d. Feb. 8, 1900, age 39. b. Germany. F: Peter Bleismer. M: Wilhelmina Wesphal. Local _, pg. 8.
Wilhelmina Blismer, d. Oct. 20, 1903. Age 79. b. 8-6-1824, Germany. Spouse: Peter Blismer. F: n/a. M: n/a. Local 19, pg. 19
Marcus H. Bliesmer, d. Nov. 13, 1904, age 51. b. 6-17-1853. Spouse: Elizabeth Bliesmer. F: Peter Bliesmer. M: Wilhelmina Westfall. Local_, pg. 44.
Elizabeth Blissmer, d. Apr. 24, 1922, age 69. b. 8-6-1852. Spouse: Marcus Blissmer, b. Holkstein. F: n/a. M: n/a. Local 81, pg. 39.
Marcus H. Bliesmer, d. Oct. 12, 1904, age 51. F: Peter Bliesmer. M: Wilhelmina Westfall. Local 503, pg. 10.
Marie Bliesmer, d. May 6, 1918, age 51. B. 9-6-1866. F: Jacob Standinger. M: Ros(?) Werderman. Local 70, pg. 53.

MARRIAGE RECORD:
Marcus Blissmer, Eliza Kahr, Aug. 5, 1881
Elizabeth Blissmer, August Krause, Apr. 6, 1884.
(Nice thought, but the City Directory shows Marcus & Elizabeth living together in 1902)

LaPORTE HIGH SCHOOL:
Class of 1917: Frederick L. Blissmer





ADDED FEB 2004:
The following is a transcribed biography from the book, "A 20th Century History of Berrien County, Michigan", by Orville W. Coolidge, 1908.

Page 441
AUGUST F. BLIESMER The Teutonic race has been an important element in the civilizing influence of the world. The sons of the fatherland have gone to every section of the globe, carrying with them the spirit of enterprise and determination which have ever been manifest in their native country and which have done much for progress and improvement elsewhere. Mr. Bliesmer is among the representatives of the German-American citizenship of the United States. His birth occurred in Holstein, Germany, November 13, 1837**, his parents being Peter and Wilhelmina (Westfall*) Bliesmer, who were likewise natives of that country. The father served in the German Army and died in early manhood. The mother came to the new world after the arrival of her son, August, and died in LaPorte, Indiana about a year ago. In their family were 4 children: Marcus H., who was engaged in the shoe business in LaPorte, Indiana, but died about a year ago; Frederick, who also passed away in LaPorte; August F. of this review; and Anna, the wife of Christ Brandt, LaPorte.
*could Westfall, be Westphal?
PG 442
August F. Bliesmer spent the first 22 years of his life in his native country and was a student in school until fifteen years of age. He afterward learned the shoemaker's trade and in accordance with the laws of his native country he served for three years in the German Army. In 1881**, when a young man of twenty-four years, he crossed the Atlantic, making the voyage in the Fall. He did not tarry on the Atlantic coast, however, but proceeded at once into the interior of the country, settling in LaPorte, Indiana where his grandfather resided. He worked on the railroad for a year and a half, after which he removed to New Buffalo, Berrien County, Michigan, and established a shoe store, manufacturing shoes for the local trade and also carrying ready made goods. He has continued as a shoe merchant of this place since, with the exception of two years spent in LaPorte, Indiana, where he was connected with his brother in the conduct of a shoe store. He now handles a well selected line of shoes, men's furnishings goods and jewelry. He has a large stock and the tasteful arrangement of his stock with reasonable prices and straightforward business dealings have secured him to a gratified patronage and made him one of the prosperous merchants of the village. Mr. Bliesmer is independent in politics. He was, however, elected township treasurer and is now serving for the third term in that position. At the first election he was the nominee of the Republican party and at the last two elections has been nominated by the Democracy. Both parties recognize his ability for office and his promptness and efficiency in the discharge of his duties. He has held various village offices and has been a member of the board of education for the past nine years, the public schools finding in him a warm friend. In New Buffalo, on the 24th of April, 1884, Mr. Bliesmer was married to Miss Maroline* Mess, a native of New Buffalo and a daughter of Peter Mess. Three children grace this union; Lawrence, Olga, and August. The parents are members of the German Evangelical Church and Mr. Bliesmer belongs to Lodge 84, I.O.O.F., and to Lodge 231, K.O.T.M.
The hope that led him to seek a home in the new world has been more than realized, for in this country he found the advantages he sought and by their utilization has steadily worked his way upward until he is now in control of a gratifying business and is ranked among the enterprising merchants and progressive citizens of the village in which he resides.
*other sources show name is Carolina and Caroline Mess.
(Marriage) County record # 2724

**PERSONAL NOTE: According to this article alone, there are discrepancies in the dates. It states he was born November 13, 1837. Then crossed the Atlantic at age 24. This would put his immigration in the year 1861 .... not the stated 1881. Plus, his mother was born in 1824.
However, I would guess that the reverse is true, as an Aug Bliesmer, age 24, can be found in the Germans to America series, traveling aboard the ship CIMBRIA from Hamburg-Havre-New York, arriving on 6 Oct 1881. This would put his birth as 1857. With no further proof that this is the same individual, the digits 3 and 5 are prone to errors. As of yet, there is no name found for his Grandfather in LaPorte.
A convincing connection is the brother to August, Marcus H. Bliesmer, age 27, in Germans to America, traveling aboard the ship HERBER from Hamburg-NY, arriving on 26 Jan 1881, and being a shoemaker.
Click here to read all our transcribed Germans to America name variations on this site.


MORE FEB 2004 DATA:
Book at the Michigan City, IN Public Library
"Cemetery Records of New Buffalo Township", Berrien County, Michigan, by David Savage, 1975.
Published by Genealogical Association of South West Michigan.

PINE GROVE CEMETERY
New Buffalo Township, New Buffalo, Michigan
Bliesmer, Aug F b: 1857 d: 1932
Bliesmer, Caroline b: 1864 d: 1950
Bliesmer, Olga b: 1901 d: 1917
Cemetery is on the S. side of Hwy US 12
(Red Arrow Highway)
across from the now closed "Plastic Masters Factory".



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