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Katherine Hoffmeyer

Female 1859 - 1948  (~ 88 years)


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  • Name Katherine Hoffmeyer  [1
    Born Dec 1859  Strathroy, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Census 1861  Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  Bingham Township, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1920  Reed City, Osceola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1930  Bad Axe, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1935  Michigan Avenue, Pigeon, Winsor Township, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1940  Michigan Avenue, Pigeon, Winsor Township, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 Sep 1948  Schilling Nursing Home, Pigeon, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Colfax Cemetery, Bad Axe, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I12260  All
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2012 

    Father John Hoffmeyer,   b. 1825, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1907  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Elisabeth H. Becker,   b. 1831, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1911  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F3558  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Wurm,   b. 30 Dec 1850, Berlin, Waterloo Township, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1914, Bad Axe, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1876  at Daniel Wurm farm, Bingham Township, Huron Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Katherine Wurm,   b. 1 Feb 1877, Bingham Township, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. in the 1940's Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John E. Wurm,   b. Nov 1878, Bingham Township, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1945, Scheurer Hospital, Pigeon, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
     3. Anna Elizabeth Wurm,   b. 28 Oct 1884, Bingham Township, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1977, Marysville, St. Clair County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     4. Robert Sylvester Wurm,   b. 1 Mar 1894, Bingham Township, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1943, Rockford, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Family ID F3296  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Dec 1859 - Strathroy, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1861 - Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Bingham Township, Huron County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1920 - Reed City, Osceola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1930 - Bad Axe, Huron County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1935 - Michigan Avenue, Pigeon, Winsor Township, Huron County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1940 - Michigan Avenue, Pigeon, Winsor Township, Huron County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Colfax Cemetery, Bad Axe, Huron County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Documents
    1900 census - Ubly Village, Bingham Township, Huron County, Michigan (Family #171)
    1900 census - Ubly Village, Bingham Township, Huron County, Michigan (Family #171)
    Family of John and Catharine Wurm
    1920 US Census - Katherine Wurm and son, Robert S. Wurm
    1920 US Census - Katherine Wurm and son, Robert S. Wurm

    Headstones
    WURM, John and Katherine
    WURM, John and Katherine
    WURM, Katherine
    WURM, Katherine

  • Notes 
    • Mary (Elden) Kittendorf researched the "Wurm" and "Hoffmeyer" Family genealogy. She interviewed Katherine (Hoffmeyer) Wurm in the late 1940's when Katherine was lviing at a nursing home in Pigeon, Michigan, and wrote the following:

      John and Katherine Hoffmeyer were living with their two children (Kate 4 and John 2) in a log cabin built in the woods east of Ubly in 1881. Though partly cleared, the land was still marked by stands of large trees. Behind their land was a large swamp, beyond which lived their closest neighbors, a young couple with five children. On Monday morning, September 5, 1881, John Wurm hitched his horses to a wagon and set off to help a neighbor harvest his fields. Meanwhile, Katherine's friend came from across the swamp to visit by jumping from log to stone, leaving her five children home alone.

      The fire raged up from the south. Word of it came to John as he worked and he arrived home barely ahead of the flames. It was too late for Katherine's friend to return home and she became quite frantic. John set all of his livestock free to fend for themselves, then shut his family and the neighbor in the milkhouse. The milkhouse was a sort of storehouse and was partially underground. With the help of another neighbor, a bachelor, who joined them, John wet down the door of the milkhouse repeatedly with water from his well. Together the group waited out the fire, frightened but reasonably safe. They emerged hours later to find that they were among the lucky ones. The flames had skipped over their log cabin, leaving it standing and still intact. Most of the livestock was found alive, huddled on small patches of unburned ground and surrounded by smouldering forest. Best of all, Katherine's friend returned home to find her five children safe and unharmed also.

      After John's death in 1914, Katherine sold the homestead and moved first to Bad Axe and then later to Pigeon, Michigan. She owned homes in Bad Axe at 1646 Irwin and in Pigeon at 7319 Paul before entering the nursing home in the 1940s.

  • Sources 
    1. [S069243] Private.

    2. [S088042] Private.




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