Archive for the ‘Anstoetter’ Category

I was sent this information by a very kind researcher from Salzbergen, Germany.  I am, regretably, very late in sending her information in reply.  Sorry Karin – it will come.

The information comes from the parish records of St. Cyriakus, Salzbergen, Hannover, Germany. These records are not on microfilm at the LDS Family History Library. Anstoeter in German is usually spelled Anstoter with an umlate over the o.

Johannes Theodorus Anstoeter was a farmer in Hummeldorf, born 10 May 1809, died 26 November 1871 in Hummeldorf Jungehusling.
father – Bernhard Anstoeter
mother Adelheid Berning

Johannes married, 24 September 1844, as his first wife Maria Aleid Husling of Holsten, born 25 September 1820 and died 28 July 1849 in Hummeldorf.
Maria Aleid Husling’s parents were:
father – Jan Berend Jundge Husling
mother – Susanna Niemery

Johannes married second, on 21 November 1849, Anna Catherine Dusing of Hesselte who died 7 August 1868 in Hummeldorf
Anna Catherine Dusing’s parents were:
father – Heinrich Dusing
mother – Margaretha Evers.

Johannes and Maria Aleid had the following children baptised at St. Cyriakus Salzbergen

1. Johan Bernard  born 26 July 1845 Hummeldorf  died 7 March, 1903 in Hummeldorf
2. Herman Bernard Dirck born 4 September, 1847 Hummeldorf (whom we knew as John Herman, but who named one of his sons Bernard!)

Johannes and Anna Catherine had the following children baptised at St. Cyriakus, Salzbergen:

3. Gerhard Heinrich born 15 December, 1851 Hummeldorf

Herman andd Gerhard emigrated to Iowa in about 1869.  According to Karin they were probably draft dodgers. Gerhardt and Herman emigrated with two of their Dusling cousins from Salzbergen. They took ship from Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

“John” Herman Berhard Ansoteter, married first Elizabeth Erdman and after her death he married her youngest sister Gertrude. John Herman died 8 FEB 1915 in Dubuque County, Iowa.

Gerhard Heinrich Anstoeter died 24 April 1896 in Templeton, Carrol County, Iowa.  He married Catherine Schlichte.

According to Karin the surname Anstoeter means a person or family which lives at the borderline of two countries (from the german word anstossen “to border at”).   The Anstoeter family lived, in the middle of the 19th century, at the borderline between the Kingdom of Hanover and the Kingdom of Prussia. The farm still exists at the same place,  now is is on the borderline between two German states Lower-Saxony and Northrhine-Westphalia.  This is a rare surname.  All of the Anstoet[t]ers in the United States descend from Herman or Gerhardt.

The only other Anstoetter I know to have emigrated to the U.S. was Anna Adelheid Anstoetter, who was of a previous generation.  She was born in 1800 and married Gerhardt Ovel in 1829 in Salzebergen.  She and Gerhardt emigrated in the 1850s and she died in Delaware County, Iowa in 1878.  She was the younger sister of Johannes Theodorus and therefore the aunt of Herman and Gerhard.  It is quite probably that the Antoetter young men lived with she and Gerhardt Ovel when they emigrated.


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ben-and-lydia-wedding-1919.jpg This lovely photo shows Bernard Joseph Anstoetter and Lidwina Kramer just after their wedding in Dyersville, Iowa, December 1919. My mother in law, child of Ben and Lydia had one of the rarest surnames I’ve ever researched. Every person in the United States with the surname Anstoetter/Anstoeter was directly related to her within 3 generations. All of them descend from 2 brothers who arrived in the US about 1868. This also appears to be a very rare surname in Germany. It’s always a bit of a shock to search for a name and have almost nothing turn up! However this has its good points. Anything I post or write about the family is sure to be found and read. As a result I’ve just been blessed with wonderful instance of Genealogical Serendipity.

The Anstoetter men hailed from Hummeldorf near Salzbergen Germany. Neither Hummeldorf or Salzbergen are large towns even today. So you can imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail from an official of the Historical Society for Salzbergen. She was interested in finding out more about these former citizens of her town. And it turned out she had access to the unmicrofilmed church records of St. Cyriakus in Salzbergen. So a gift from heaven!!! (more…)

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My husband (and my kids of course) is descended from one of two men named Anstoetter, who were probably brothers, who came to the US in about 1868 from the region around Salzbergen, Hannover, Germany. Both settled in Iowa, one in Dubuque County and one in Carroll County. Actually, they both appear to have started in Carroll County where they bought land together. But something seems to have come between them. One brother moved to Dubuque County and never mentioned to his family that he had a brother living in the US. His obit doesn’t mention his brother even though he was still alive. These things happen. From what I know of John Herman Anstoetter, my husband’s great grandfather, he was a difficult man.

What really interests me in this little family spat is that one brother, I’m not sure which, changed the spelling of his name slightly. The Carroll County family, descendants of Gerhardt spell their last name Anstoeter very consistently in census, land, church, cemetery records and in published family accounts. John Herman and his descendants spell their name with two t’s – Anstoetter. And they were also very consistent and even insistent. I wonder why.

The name is very rare. Every person in the US with this surname, alive or deceased, is descended from one of these two men, probably brothers. The name is just as rare in Germany and I’ve never made contact with a German descendant of the family. In fact Google searches on the name – both variants – inevitably turn up roughly 10 hits involving individuals that aren’t closely related to my husband and those 10 hits are primarily to the websites of two individuals in Germany, one in Salzbergen and one in Muenster which is just down the road from Salzbergen. They seem to be a stay-in-one-spot sort of family.

Except for Gerhardt, John Herman and one other probable relative – Anna Adelheid Anstoetter Ovel who immigrated with her husband to Carroll County Iowa in 1854. She isn’t a sister as she is much older. But I will bet you she is an Aunt. No one knows. None of my husbands relatives had ever heard of a connection with an Ovel family.

I’ve contacted a researcher in Germany since the FHL has almost nothing for Salzbergen. I’m hopeful that somewhere there is enough information to help me understand. Why the dual spellings? Why the lack of migration? Why the testy family history? Well maybe not the last one. These things happen.

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