52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – The Bruemmers

Picture of Johann Bruemmer and his wife, Sophia Schroeder, as an elderly couple. Johann is wearing a black round topped hat and matching suit. Sophia is wearing a dark dress with a bow at her neck, in a common mid 19th century styled dress. She is also wearing a soft looking white bonnet.

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Welcome to Tenacious Genealogy! This is another post for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge that I’m participating in this year. It is a challenge hosted by Amy Johnson Crow every year and I figured I’d get in on the fun. 

This is the week 11 prompt (which you can already tell I’m lagging behind on) and it is: ‘Large Family’. On my dad’s side, many of my ancestors (after 1837) were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On my mom’s side, many of them were Catholics. So needless to say, large families run… in my family. That said, some of my most fertile ancestors were neither LDS or Catholic. They were more than likely… Lutherans?

I am related to the Bruemmer family through one of my maternal great grandmothers (Margaret Alfreda Bruemmer). She, herself, was one of 15 kids, which I mentioned in a previous post about her mother

The Baby Bruemmers

However, her father’s family seems to have had an abundance of fecundity. That is to say, the Bruemmers who had kids – had lots of kids. (I jokingly call them the Baby Bruemmers as they seemed to have their own baby boom with every generation.) Part of that was likely because twins seem to have been common among the Bruemmers. Margaret’s father was a twin, as were four of her siblings. 

Frank John (Margaret’s father) was one of eleven kids, several of whom went on to have large families of their own. Frank John’s uncle (Henry Bruemmer) was noted as have sixteen children with his wife. Eight of those children, however, were twins. 

I’m still trying to chart out how many Bruemmer I’m related to from the initial couple (Johann Christian Freidrich Bruemmer and Sophia Friedericke Schroeder) that immigrated to the US in the mid-1800s, but even my initial research shows that it’s a lot. (I’m not going to even try to count how many may still be in Germany.)

But as for Johann and Sophia, they had eight (8) children that I have found records of so far. And of those children, six of the eight had a total of at least forty-nine (49) children including one son (Henry, mentioned above) who had his sixteen children in a span of twenty years. (He had the most children of all his siblings.) I recently posted about another one of Johann and Sophia’s sons, Louis, who also had a large family – ten children with his wife. Those children and grandchildren spread out across the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s, becoming people of influence in many of the places that they settled.

So now I am on the hunt for my many Bruemmer relatives and where they have ended up since Johann and Sophia’s arrival and it looks like I have a lot of people to find.

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