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RESEARCHREPORT XCVI/2088/00 (KEMPER)
Your order of: xx.xx.2000, Bremen, 19.11.2000

Sources: Parish Registers of Alfhausen
Archive: Catholic church archive (Diözesanarchiv) Osnabrück


I. The Family of Johann Philipp Anton Kemper, father of Gerhard Arnold Kemper

Alfhausen marriage register
oo1 29.11.1815
Johann Philipp Kemper from Thiene
with Catharina Elisabeth Möllmann from Alfhausen
witnesses: Hermann Henrich Albert Kempe; Johann Henrich Möllmann
Remark: With special allowance (dispens) of the bishoph because of blood relationship

1 Alfhausen baptismal register (see copy 3!)
* 20.07.1816, baptized: 21.07.1816
Anna Maria Catharina Elisabeth Kemper
Father: Johann Philipp Anton Kemper at farmer ("colon") Albert Kempe in Thiene
Mother: Catharina Elisabeth Möllmann
Godparents: Anna Maria Elisabeth Kemper, nee Meyer; Maria Catharina Möllmann, nee Bey der Wischen; Hermann Gerhard Droppelmann
Remark: "emigrated to America on 17 Sept 1847"

Alfhausen burial register
+ 20.07.1816, buried: 22.07.1816
Catharina Elisabeth Möllmann
Married with Philipp Kemper at colon Anton Kemper in Thiene
29 years and 6 months old

Alfhausen marriage register (see copy 1!)
oo 10.08.1819
Johann Philipp Kemper, widower from Thiene
with Anna Maria Haakmann from Thiene
witness: Hermann Henrich Albert Kempe; Bernard Kuhlmann

2 Alfhausen baptismal register (see copy 4!)
* 17.01.1820, baptized: 18.01.1820
Johannes Hermannus Philippus Kemper
Father: Johann Philipp Kemper at colon Albert Kempe in Thiene
Mother: Anna Maria Haakmann
Godparents: Hermann Henrich Kemper: Johann Henrich Haakmann; Catharina Maria Möllmann, nee Klankert

This is the only Kemper/Haakmann child of whom we can neither find a burial entry nor an emigration remark. It is possible that he stayed in Germany as well as that the Alfhausen priest did not know that he emigrated.

3 Alfhausen baptismal register (see copy 2!)
* 26.09.1821, baptized: 28.09.1821
Gerhardus Arnoldus Kemper
Father: Johann Philipp Kemper, at colon Ratermann in Thiene
Mother: Anna Maria Haakmann
Godparents: Johann Arnold Ruberg called colon Raterman; Johann Gerhar Droppelmann; Margaretha Maria Thiemann, nee Droppelmann
Remark: "emigrated to America on 17 Sept 1847"

4 Alfhausen baptismal register (see copy 5!)
* 23.08.1823, baptized: 25.08.1823
Anna Maria Kemper
Father: Johann Philipp Kemper at colon Ratermann in Thine
Mother: Anna Maria Haakmann
Godparents: Margaretha Maria Ratermann, nee Wöllermann; Elisabeth Droppelmann; Johann Henrich Möllmann
Remark: "emigrated to America on 17 Sept 1847"

5 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 30.12.1825, baptized: 31.12.1825
Johannes Hermannus Henricus Kemper
Father: Johann Philipp Anton Kemper at colon Ratermann in Thiene
Mother: Anna Maria Haakmann
Godparents: Johann Hermann Kemper; Johann Henrich Droste; Catharina Maria Stautberg

Alfhausen burial register
+ 01.01.1826, buried: 04.01.1826
Johann Hermann Henrich Kemper
Father: Johann Philipp Kemper
Mother: Anna Maria Hackmann
Died of "childfeaver"

6 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 21.10.1828, baptized: 23.01.1828
Johannes Friedericus Kemper
Father: Johann Philipp Kemper at colon Ratermann in Thiene
Mother: Anna Maria Hackmann
Godparents: Johann Friedrich Möllmann; Gerhard Haver; Margaretha Maria Haakmann

Alfhausen burial register
+ 30.01.1828, buried: 02.02.1828
Johann Friederich Kemper
Father: Johann Philipp Kemper
Mother: Anna Maria Hackmann
died because of cramps, 9 days old

7 Alfhausen baptismal register (see copy 6!)
* 24.01.1829, baptized: 26.01.1829
Maria Catharina Elisabeth Kemper
Father: Johann Philipp Anton Kemper at colon Ratermann in Thiene
Mother: Anna Maria Hackmann
Godparents: Catharina Ratermann; Elisabeth Wernsing, nee Ratermann; Philipp Schliendorf
Remark: "emigrated to America on 17 Sept 1847"

Alfhausen burial register
+ 28.02.1831, buried: 03.03.1831
Anna Maria Haakmann
Married with Philipp Kemper at colon Ratermann in Thiene
Died of chest illness
41 years old

Neither a third marriage of Johann Philipp Anton Kemper nor a burial entry for him was found in the Alfhausen records. It seems to be probable that he emigrated in 1847 (59 years old) together with his children Anna Maria Catharina (31 years), Gerhard Arnold (25 years), Anna Maria (24 years) and Maria Catharina Elisabeth (18 years). The appearance of a Johann Philipp Anton Kemper as a godfather in the USA is another hint which points in this direction. Hermann Philipp who appears as a godfather as well in the USA might have been Gerhard Arnold Kemper`s only surviving brother Johann Hermann Philipp - who might be emigrated alone or as the first member of the family.

None of the Kemper children married or were buried (checked until 1875) in the Alfhausen parish. While Anna Maria Kemper and Maria in the US records are probably Gerhard Arnold`s sisters, we can`t be sure about the identity of "Louisa" yet.
 

II. The Family of Johann Arnold Kemper, grandfather of Gerhard Arnold Kemper

Alfhausen marriage register
oo Nov. 1779
Joan Arnd Kemper
with Anna Maria Elisabeth Albring

1 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 30.10.1780, baptized: 30.10.1780
Anna Maria Elisabeth Kemper
Father: Johann Kemper
Mother: Maria Elisabeth Alberding
Godparents: Maria Elisabeth Kemper; Maria Cathr. Holzgreven; [...] Frye

2 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 03.12.1782, baptized: 03.12.1782
Johann Arnold Kemper
Father: Johann Kemper
Mother: Maria Elisabeth Alberding
Godparents: Johann Gerd Möllmann; Johan Arend Möllmann; Anne Mar. Alberding

3 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 12.07.1785, baptized: 12.07.1785
Herm Henrich Kemper
Father: Johann Kemper
Mother: Maria Elisabeth Alberding
Godparents: Gerd Henrich Zudendey; Herm. Jürgen Alberding

4 Alfhausen baptismal register (see copy 8!)
* 13.05.1788, baptized: 14.05.1788
Johann Philipp Anton Kemper
Father: Johann Kemper
Mother: Maria Elisabeth Alberding
Godparents: Philipp Anton Buck; Johan Henrich Alberding; Margrethe Maria Droppelmann

5 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 12.10.1791, baptized: 13.10.1791
Gerd Henrich Kemper
Father: Johann Kemper
Mother: Maria Elisabeth Alberding
Godparents: Herm Henr. Kemper; Johan Gerd Rechtin; Marg. Maria Kemper

6 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 03.07.1796, baptized: 04.07.1796
Johan Ferdinand Kemper
Father: Johann Kemper
Mother: Maria Elisabeth Alberding
Godparents: Johan Ferdinand Ratermann; Johan Henrich Freyens; Maria Elis. Möllmann, called Stautberg

7 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 12.10.1798, baptized: 13.10.1798
Johan Herm Kemper
Father: Johann Kemper
Mother: Maria Elisabeth Alberding
Godparents: Johan Herm Haver; Johan Herm Alberding; Maria Catharina bey der Wische

I checked the Alfhausen baptismal records until 1810, but was not able to find any more children of the Kemper/Alberding family. I have not checked the burial records (for early deaths) and the marriage records for Johann Philipp Anton Kemper`s siblings yet. But there is one entry which was striking enough to note it - because of the given names.

Alfhausen baptismal register
* 28.10.1824, baptized: 29.10.1824
Johann Philipp Antonius Kemper
Father: Hermann Henrich Kemper at colon Albert Kempe in Thiene
Mother: Anna Maria Droppelmann
Godparents: Johann Philipp Anton Kemper; Maria Catharina Pohlmann

Alfhausen burial register
+ 11.01.1825, buried: 14.01.1825
Anna Maria Elisabeth Alberding
Married with Johann Kemper at colon Albert Kempe in Thiene
Died of emaciation
68 years old

Alfhausen burial register
+ 20.02.1829, buried: 23.02.1829
Johann Arnold Kemper
Widower of the deseaced Maria Alberding at colon Albert Kempe in Thiene
died because of old age, 83 years and 10 months old

III. The Family of Johann Albert Kemper, great grandfather of Gerhard Arnold Kemper

Alfhausen marriage register
oo 17.01.1746
Johann Albert Kemper
with Margaretha Gertrud Möhlmann
wittnesses: sexton and [...]

1 Alfhausen baptismal register
baptized: 08.05.1747
Johan Arnd Kemper
Father: Joann Kemper
Mother: Margaretha Gertrud Mohlmann
Godparents: Johan Niehus

Based on the 1829 burial entry the month of birth for Johan(n) Arnd (Arnold) should be April/May 1746 instead of 1747. But these calculation faults were quite usual in 18th and 17th century records - ecpecially for very old people.

2 Alfhausen baptismal register
baptized: 16.11.1748
Herm Henrich Kemper
Father: Joannis Kemper
Mother: Margaretha Möhlman
Godparents: Herm. Kemper

3 Alfhausen baptismal register
baptized: 21.09.1753
Johan Henrich Kemper
Father: Joann Kemper
Mother: Margaretha Möhlman
Godparents: Henrich Kuhlmann

4 Alfhausen baptismal register
baptized: 22.09.1757
Catharina Maria Gertrudt Kemper
Father: Joann Kemper
Mother: Margaretha Möhlman
Godparents: Anna Gertrudt Tecklenborg

The Alfhausen pre-1800 burial entries are very poor in information. Especially for the 1770-1790 years we have only names, often no age and almost never any marital status or occupation. For these two decades we can find no children under 14 years listed in the burial registers - they were obviously not recorded.

Fortunately there was only one Joan (Johann/es) Albert Kemper and only one Margaetha Gertrud Möhlmann baptized between 1700 and 1730. The two burial entires below are the ones which fit in here.

Alfhausen burial register
buried: 10.09.1761
Joan Kemper
47 years old

Alfhausen burial register
buried: 21.01.1780
Margaretha Mollmann nee Kemper

IV. The Family of Lubbert Kemper, the great grandfather of Gerhard Arnold Kemper

Alfhausen marriage register
oo 24.08.1711
Lubbert Kemper
with Engel Goeß
witnesses: Albert K[emann]; Henricus [...]

Alfhausen baptismal register
baptized: 24.05.1716
Johan Albert Kemper
Father:Lübbert Kemper
Mother: Engel Goeß
Godparents: Johan Kemper

This means that Johan Albert was - in all probability - 45 years instead of 47 when he died in 1761. I have not check the baptismal entries for all children of Lubbert Kemper and Engel, nee Goeß yet, but concentrated on a search in the early years of the Alfhausen records (January 1679 to October 1680, from January 1682 on the parish registers were recorded continuesly) in order to find the baptismal entry of Lübbert Kemper based on the burial entries below.

Alfhausen burial register
buried: [...].12.1746
Engel Goß
70 years old
catholic

This is probably the burial entry of Lübbert Kemper`s wife. The given age might be a rough calculation, though there are a striking number of 60 or 70 years old people buried in these early records - we can conclude that a lot of such ages were just rounded or guess.

Alfhausen burial register
buried: 13.04.1748
Lubbert Kemper
63 years old
catholic

Alfhausen baptismal register
baptized: 22.10.1685
Lubbert Kemper
Father: Arendt Kemper
Mother: Hilcke Kemper
Godparents: N. Plumpers

There was as well another Lubbert Kemper, born and baptized 3 ½ years earlier (see part V. below). But after the 1748 burial entry points to the year of 1685, because I was not able to find a marriage entry of another Lubbert Kemper and because I did not find any other Lubbert Kemper buried in Alfhausen before 1780, I guess that this is the right one.

This means that it was possible to trace the Kemper family 136 years and four generations further back from Gerhard Arnold Kemper`s birth in 1821 to Lübbert`s in 1685 - 162 before the emigration of your Kemper family. After both Gerhard Arnold Kemper`s father Johann Philipp Anton and his grandfather Johann Arnold were Häuslinge it was a luck that they lived in the Alfhausen parish for such a long period - Häuslinge were landless and therefore often moved to other villages or parishes. Almost all families in the Osnabrück villages like Thiene or Alfhausen can be traced back to a certain old farm. This has not been possible for the Kemper family yet, but it might be possible that the Kempe farm which belonged to the oldest ones in Thiene was the one from which the Kemper`s were originally.

After all younger sons (and daughters) were not entitled to inherit and the farms were not divided the so called "abgehende" (leaving) sons had only the possibility to stay on the farm as an unmarried uncle (farm worker), to leave the village and/or to live as a Heuerling. This is why the number of Heuerlinge grew more and more. Not surprisingly they were by far the biggest group of the American emigrants of the 19th century.

For background information about the history of Alfhausen I was able to find a very detailed and informative book called: 1000 Jahre Alfhausen 977-1977, Alfhausen 1977. It is no longer in print but can be accessed at libraries in Germany. I took a short look at the Osnabrück archive and found Thiene is mentioned as the biggest village in this area. In 1722 here were about 60 farms and cottages in Thiene. Based on the census of 1852 the parish Alfhausen had 650 inhabitants - 178 crofters (Häuslinge), 102 farm hands, 99 farmers, 83 maids, 49 small farmers ... (a number of other occupations) and one clog maker, who might have been Johann Henrich Droppelmann (see part VIII. below).
 

V. Other Kemper entries

Alfhausen baptismal register
baptized: 19.05.1682
Lubbert Kemper
Father: Henrich Kemper
Mother: Anna Schroders
Godparents: Arent Kemper; Tabeke Schroders

The appearance of Arent Kemper is a strong hint for the assumption that the family of Henrich and Arendt Kemper were closely connected.

Alfhausen burial register
buried: 17.12.1722
Arendt Kemper
50 years old

Seaching for the burial entry of Lübbert Kemper`s father, I only found this Arendt Kemper - but he is surely much to young.

Alfhausen burial register
buried: 09.06.1775
Joan Kemper

We can not exclude that this Joan Kemper was the right one for Johann Albert Kemper (* 1716). I think the right one is the 1761 entry, but because of the poor burial register information, we can`t be 100% sure.

Alfhausen burial register
+ 03.10.1852, buried: 06.10.1852
Maria Catharina Kempe
widow of Johann Henrich Dürstock, living in Albert Kempe’s side building (Leibzucht) in Thiene, 79 years old

VI. The Family of Arnd Henrich Hackmann, father of Anna Maria Hackmann

Alfhausen baptismal register
baptized: 28.10.1765
Arnd Henrich Hackmann
Father: Joann Henricus Hackmann
Mother: Catharina Maria tor Horst
Witnesses: Joan Arnd Hackmann

Alfhausen marriage register
oo 25.10.1790
Arend Henrich Hackmann
with Maria Adelheid Droppelmann
Godparents: Herm Staabberg; sexton Batsche

Here we have another Droppelmann family within the ancestry of Gerhard Arnold Kemper! A (distant) connection between Maria Adelheid Droppelmann and Catharina Maria Droppelmann is probable.

Alfhausen baptismal register
* 20.11.1790, baptized: 22.11.1790
Anna Maria Hackmann
Father: Arend Henrich Hackmann
Mother: Maria Adelheid Droppelmann
Godparents: Anna Maria Hackmann; Catharina Droppelmann; Philipp Hoffmann

I have not check the records for any siblings of Anna Maria Hackmann yet. The family name was usually written as Hackmann in older records but sometimes also as Haakmann in 19th century records.

Alfhausen burial register
+ 22.04.1826, buried: 25.04.1826
Maria Adelheid Droppelmann
Widow of Arnoldt Henricus Hackmann at Schleppenburg in Thiene
Died of a lengthy illness
66 years and 5 months old

Alfhausen burial register
+ 19.01.1833, buried: 23.01.1833
Arnold Henrich Hackmann
Widower of Maria Adelheid Droppelmann at Schleppenburg in Thiene
died of a quick fatal illness
67 years old

VII. The Family of Johann Henrich Alberding, the father of Anna Maria Alberding

Alfhausen baptismal register
baptized: 06.11.1756
Anna Maria Elisabetha Alberding
Father: Joann Henricus Alberding
Mother: Margaretha Maria Rechtin
Witnesses: [...]rina Anna Maria Alberding, called Holtgreve

I found no marriage entry of Johann H. Alberding and Margarteha M. Rechtin in the period from 1740 to 1756 but I did not continue to search for this beyond because of concentrating on the Kemper family.

VIII. The Family of Johann Henrich Droppelmann

Alfhausen marriage register (see copy 10!)
oo 10.11.1829
Johann Henrich Droppelmann, from Thiene
with Maria Gerdrut Voss, from Wenstrup parish Neuenkirchen, church district Vörden
Godparents: Hermann Henrich Meyermann; Johann Henrich Kröger

1 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 03.12.1830, baptized: 05.12.1830
Anna Maria Elisabeth Droppelmann
Father: Johann Henricus Droppelmann at colon Meyermann in Thiene
Mother: Maria Gertrud Voss
Godparents: Elisabeth Droppelmann; Anna Maria Prishoff, nee Voss; Carl Ruberg

Alfhausen burial register (1/1853)
+ 04.01.1853, 12 a.m., buried: 07.01.1853
Anna Maria Elisabeth Droppelmann
unmarried, lived in Meyermann’s granny annexe ("Leibzucht") in Thiene
Parents: Johann Henrich Droppelmann, clog maker (Holzschuhmacher) and Maria Gertrud, nee Voss
died of pneumonia ("Lungensucht")
22 years and 1 month old

2 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 10.10.1832, baptized: 11.10.1832
Anna Maria Gerdrut Droppelmann
Father: Johann Henricus Droppelmann at colon Meyermann in Thiene
Mother: Maria Gertrud Voss
Godparents: Anne Maria Meyermann; Maria Elisabeth Kröger, nee Meyermann; Johann Henricus Sextro

Alfhausen burial register
+ 10.11.1850, buried: 13.11.1850
Anna Maria Gerdrut Droppelmann
Unmarried daughter of Johann Henrich Droppelmann and Maria Gerdrut Voss, in Meyermann’s side building (Leibzucht) in Thiene
died of general illness
18 years old

3 Alfhausen baptismal register (see copy 11!)
* 07.07.1834, baptized: 09.07.1834
Catharina Maria Droppelmann
Father: Johann Heinrich Droppelmann at colon Meyermann in Thiene
Mother: Maria Gertrud Voss
Godparents: Maria Catharina Bussmann; Maria Catharina Schwermann, nee Droppelmann; Johann Diedrich Kelteberg

4 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 26.04.1836, baptized: 28.04.1836
Maria Catharina Bernhardina Droppelmann
Father: Johann Heinrich Droppelmann at colon Meyermann in Thiene
Mother: Maria Gertrud Voss
Godparents: Catharina Maria Kuhlmann, nee Voss; Anna Maria Herbort, nee Droppelmann; Herman Henrich Kenning

I think we can be sure that this is Dina Droppelmann - because of the seldom name Bernhardina!

5 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 16.09.1838, baptized: 17.09.1838
Maria Wilhelmine Droppelmann
Father: Johann Henrich Droppelmann at colon Meyermann in Thiene
Mother: Maria Gertrud Voss
Godparents: Maria Gerdrut Kröger, nee Rechtin; Johann Bernard Droppelmann

6/7 Alfhausen baptismal register
* 17.10.1841, baptized: 18.10.1841
Johannes Hermann Henricus Droppelmann
Maria Theresia Droppelmann
Father: Johann Heinrich Droppelmann at colon Meyermann in Thiene
Mother: Maria Gertrud Voss
Godparents of the boy: Hermann Henrich Meyermann; Johann Gerhard Hoffmann; Marie Catharine Welage, nee Droppelmann
Godparents of the girl: Marie Elisabeth Giesbold, nee Meyermann; Maria Catharina Ausmann; Johann Philipp Wefer

Alfhausen burial register
+ 05.12.1841, baptized: 10.12.1841
Maria Theresia Droppelmann
Father: Johann Heinrich Droppelmann at colon Meyermann in Thiene
Mother: Maria Gertrud Voss
Died of febrile illness
1 month and 18 days old

Alfhausen burial register
+ 07.12.1841, baptized: 10.12.1841
Johannes Hermann Henricus Droppelmann
Father: Johann Heinrich Droppelmann at colon Meyermann in Thiene
Mother: Maria Gertrud Voss
died of febrile illness
1 month and 20 days old

8 Alfhausen baptismal register (69/1845)
*+ 28.12.1845
still-born son
Father: Johann Heinrich Droppelmann in the granny annexe of colon Meyermann in Thiene
Mother: Maria Gertrud Voss

I found no more baptismal entries for the Droppelmann family until 1853. I was not able to find the burial entries of Catharina Maria Droppelmann`s parents. It might be possible that they emigrated - or at least left the parish - as well.

Suggestions for further research (very briefly)

There are number of more chances for promising research at the Alfhausen parish registers. The following ideas are only thoughts to give you an idea of what could be done.

  1. research about the Droppelmann ancestors starting with a search for Johann Heinrich Droppelmann`s baptismal entry
  2. further research about the Hackmann, Alberding and Möhlmann family in order to try to find more direct ancestors of Gerhard Arnold Kemper
  3. searching for all decendents of Johann Arnold Kemper and possibly of Johann Albert Kemper in order to verify the connection to living Kemper families in the Alfhausen area today. Of course, it would be possible as well to work out a database for all decendents of Lübbert Kemper or "all Kempers from Alfhausen" some day, but this would surely be a major effort.


Right now I want to provide today`s Kemper addresses as follows. It might be promising to get in contact with these families right now or to wait until we have dates and information about Kemper relatives, who stayed in Alfhausen. After I assume that all decendents of Johann Philipp Anton Kemper emigrated, we would only able to present Johann Philipp Anton`s brothers to the Kemper families, asking for any connections. These ones were born more than 200 years ago, though.
Josef Kemper
xxx (address deleted here because of data security reasons)
D - 49594 Alfhausen (OT:Thiene)

This is surely the most promising contact after Josef Kemper lives in one and the same village in which your ancestors lived! I checked the Rieste and Ankum telephone register as well and found the following Kempers in Ankum (no Kemper in Rieste):

addresses deleted here because of data security reasons
 

  1. searching for living relatives of Johan Heinrich Droppelmann in the Alfhausen area today. I guess we have to collect more information before we can verify connections, but - as promised - I want to send you the Droppelmann addresses right now.


addresses deleted here because of data security reasons
 

  1. Possible further research about the Voss family has to be done at the Catholic church archive in Vechta.
  2. Last but not least I would be able to get a (xerox) copy of the Alfhausen book mentioned in this report for you. Additional research about the farms and inhabitants of Thiene and Alfhausen could be done at the State archive Osnabrück where all civil records of relevance are accessable (tax rolls, duty registers, inhabitant lists, military review records, special farm records, etc.). These records reach back to the 16th century, but there are often only farm owners mentioned in very early records.

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