Birth: Circa 1769
Wife: Unknown Schulze
Birth: Circa 1769
Very little is known about Stephan’s life prior to the marriage of his children. None of the church records from the Saint Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church in Liesborn, North Rhein – Westpahlia, state his wife’s name. However, due to the fact that Stephan often went by two last names in these documents, suggests that “Schulze” was his wife’s last name. It was common during the 17th and 18th century for men to adopt their wife’s maiden name in order to solidify claim to any property or financial estate she was to inherit from her father. Essentially this act was a way for her father to bring his son-in-law into the family. More often than not, this practice took place because the father-in-law did not have any male heirs.
It may not have been customary for the Saint Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church to record the name of the mother of the groom or bride, some churches simply did not record this information back then. However, it might also be possible that Stephan’s wife died before any of their children were married. I was not able to find any birth/christening documentation for any of Stephan’s children.
Stephan did have a brother, Casper, and I do have additional information about his family but first let’s take a look at Stephan’s children.
- Johann Hermann Bexten (circa 1799)
- Johan Henricus Bexten (August 18, 1811)
- Anna Maria Bexten (circa 1814)
The actual dates of birth for Johann Hermann and Anna Maria are not known, but the church records for their marriages does state their age based on the year of marriage. We know the exact date that Johan Henricus was born because he immigrated to the U.S. in 1846 shortly after getting married and so that information is documented. I was not able to find any immigration records for his siblings or his father.
Anna and her husband did have children for several years in Liesborn, after her brother had left for America. Records for their brother’s children ends after 1844. This could be for any reason, but could also suggest that he emigrated from Germany the same time as his brother.
Stephan’s first son is quite a few years older than the other two. When I have seen this in past records, it’s usually due to either a first spouse dying and the next children come from a second spouse, or it’s because there were children born during that span of time between siblings, but they died during childhood. In either case I could not find any spouse information for Stephan, nor birth or death records for any children. It would be my conclusion that there were other children born after Johann Hermann and before Anna Maria, but that they did not survive childhood.
Johann Hermann married Sophia Blumenberg in July of 1840. The exact date is unclear, some translated church records from Germany state that it was the 19th, others state the 21st. From their marriage came two daughters:
- Anna Gertrude Bexten (October 26, 1841)
- Sophia Bexten (February 17, 1844)
There are no records for the deaths of either parent, nor any additional information about the children that I have found. Stephan Bexten’s second child, Johann Henricus is the next generation that we will follow along the Bexten line, so I will skip over him here and continue with him in the next generational section of the menu.
Stephan’s third child, Anna Maria Bexten married Johann Heinrich Kraemer on November 24, 1840 at Saint Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church in Liesborn. From their marriage came two daughters and a son:
- Sophia Kraemer (April 23, 1841)
- Johann Bernhard Kraemer (October 31, 1844)
- Catharina Kraemer (October 7, 1848)
Their daughter Sophia married Franz Lohmeyer (son of Stephan Lohmeyer) at the Saint Cosmas and Damian Church on February 23, 1870. I have not researched further to discover any children. Anna Maria’s son Johann Bernhard married Gertrude Woste (daughter of Caspar Woste) in Herzfeld, Westfalen on November 28, 1868. Again, I did not continue my research to discover any children born from this marriage. My research for Anna Maria’s third child Catharina, did not reveal any marriage records, although a more thorough search may be more successful.
The following sources of information were used to compile this genealogy report:
- Johann Hermann Bexten and Sophia Blumenberg
- batch# M95480-1 of the Germany-EASy system, with microfilm number 949722 (Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929)
- batch# M95405-3 of the Germany-VR system, with microfilm number 860790, reference ID 2:27K50C8 (Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929)
- batch# M97218-2 of the Germany-ODM system, with microfilm number 1048639 (Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929)
- batch# C97218-1 of the Germany-ODM system, with microfilm number 1048637 (Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898)
- Anna Maria Bexten and Johann Heinrich Kraemer
- batch# M95405-3 of the Germany-VR system, with microfilm number 860790, reference ID 2:27K511C (Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929)
- Children’s Marriages
- Sophia Kraemer and Franz Lohmeyer
- batch# M95405-3 of the Germany-VR system, with microfilm number 860790, reference ID 2:27K5TS8 (Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929)
- Johann Bernard Kraemer and Gertrude Woste
- batch# M96734-2 of the Germany-EASy system, with microfilm number 871724, reference ID 11 #2 (Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929)
- Sophia Kraemer and Franz Lohmeyer