last update: 15.1.2023
My grandmother Ruth had four grandparents like everybody else, but only 3 pairs of great-grandparents, as her grandmothers were sisters. Each of the three pairs had numerous great-grandchildren, and my grandmother was remarkably well-informed about her extended family, so I have quite a lot of info about these 19th and early 20th century people. Although the three founder couples lived their whole lives in very modest circumstances in their respective provincial towns (one in Krefeld and the other two in Simmmern) many of the children and grandchildren used the opportunities of the Gründerzeit for geographic and social mobility.
I made blogposts about two of these clans, namely the Düsselmann family from Krefeld, and the Imig family from Simmern back in 2009, but never got round to the third clan. So here, finally, comes the Kauer family, also from Simmern. As before, details left in German are generally from my grandmother (or from the notes of her aunt Johanna), any info I have added or confirmed independently from my own research will be in English:
Mathias Kauer * 21. 6.1813 Simmern + 2. 4.1885 Simmern, a shoemaker at Simmern.
} oo 13. 9.1844 Simmern unter Dhaun (NB different place from the town of Simmern)
Katharina Sophia Weis * 25. 3.1815 Raversbeuren + 8. 1.1862 Simmern
Mathias Kauer (1813-1885) - one of the earliest family photos we have.
Note on Mathias Kauer's ancestry: His maternal grandfather Karl Henrich Weyland (1745-1796) from Idstein (Taunus) was Jewish and converted to protestantism to marry Katharine Margarethe Schmidt (1749-1792) - see the new blog entry on this story. We don't know whether the subsequent generations knew this. My father was adamant his grandmother Helene didn't, but I tend to think that naming her daughters Ruth and Esther was a hint that she did. Obviously, in the Nazi era you would have buried that little detail deep and not mention it to your grandchildren. Compare and contrast: Mathias's paternal grandmother, Maria Magdalena Hebel, was a first cousin of the writer Johann Peter Hebel. And that detail, although just as remote as our drop of Jewish ancestry, was known and remembered by everybody.
Note on Katharina Sophia Weis - her lineage is described here based on a family history written by her brother Christian Gottlieb Weiß in 1891. Her sister Maria Margaretha Weiß (1809-1885) married into the village inn at Hahnenbach which is shown here.
Note also that, in contrast to the other two clans, the names Kauer and Weiss are widespread and very little help with genealogy (but see also the PS at the bottom re. Kauer).
The couple had 8 children and 18 grandchildren:
1. Christoph Gottlieb (1845-1909) - the station master of Adamsweiler
oo Margarete Imig (1847-1930)
1.1. Christoph Gottlieb Matthias *12.10.1875, + 11.11.1875
1.2. Johanna Sofia * 9.11.1876 Mühlhausen, + 26.11.1953 Hahnenbach
1.3. Auguste (1879-28.9.1952) oo (1900) Wilhelm Fuchs (1872-1963) Postinspektor Münster a.St.
1.3.1. Helene (1901-1965) oo Karl Betz (Witwer; Kinder Hella und Karl-Heinz aus erster Ehe)
1.3.2. Natalie “Nelly” (1906-1984) oo (1931) Christian Paust
220.127.116.11. Dieter Paust
1.4. Anna Katharina (22.12.1880-16.4.1965 Heidelberg Handschuhsheim)
oo Heinrich Thiebold (12.4.1877-24.8.1948), Oberlehrer in Brebach (Saar)
1.4.1. Erwin * 1902, an Krupp gestorben
1.4.2. Martha (1907- nach 1983)
oo Willi Helmer, Saarbrücken + 1986
18.104.22.168. Dieter + late 1960s
22.214.171.124. Ingeborg oo Wittig
126.96.36.199. Annemarie oo Meiser * 7.1.1940 + 9.3.2022 Saarbrücken
1.4.3. Robert * 1910
oo Aenne Schmidt
1.4.4. Hertha * 1917 Güdingen + 2005;
oo August Rudolf Bladt, Lehrer o/o 1944
188.8.131.52. Lothar Bladt * 1944 Eberbach (Baden) + 2022 Berlin
1.5. Louise Regina gen. Kätha (1883-1960)
1.6. Helene oo Julius Düsselmann
1.6.1. Ruth (1908-1993)
1.6.2. Werner (1911-1941)
1.6.3. Esther (1918-1983)
1.7. Karl (1888-1891) an den Masern gestorben (died of measles)
2. Karl (1846-1910) Postmeister in Herdecke
oo Susanne Auler
2.1. Karl (ca. 1877-1904)
3. Wilhelmina * 25.11.1847 Simmern + 23.3.1850 Simmern
4. Friedrich (1849-1921), Direktor der Taubstummenanstalt Wriezen
oo Auguste Kaufmann aus Marienburg a.d. Nogat (heute Polen)
oo Morgenstern, Arzt in Wriezen (We think he was Jewish and may have died in the Holocaust, but we don't know for sure.)
5. Katharina Sophia (*12.9.1851 Simmern + 24.12.1880 an Scharlach/Diphtherie oder bei Geburt von 1.?)
oo 1879 Friedrich Schmitt (1844-1912), von Beruf Schmied, Simmern Hundsgasse
5.1. August (1880-1921) Lehrer zuletzt in Wiesbaden, + an TB, ledig
6. Maria Magdalena (1854-1934)
oo 19.4.1879 Gustav Auler (-1906), Färber, Auler-Haus am Simmerbach,
+ an Folgen einer Kriegsverletzung von 1870
6.1. Luise ( -1925) oo Heinrich Faller
6.2. Sophie oo Leonhard
1 Sohn, * 1916, + Norwegen [laut Ruth]
1 Tochter [laut Johanna]
7. Johanetta Augustina (1855-1931)
oo Heinrich Martin (-1902), Schneidermeister, wohnten im Kauer-Haus in Simmern
7.1. Henriette gen. Jettchen (-1948), ledig
7.2. Johanna (-1960) oo Albert Klugt, Lokomotivführer, Simmern
7.3. Lina oo Karl Kehrein (-1942), Bäcker in Kirn
7.3.1. Heinz (-1944) oo Else
7.4. Helene (1891-) oo Schmidt, Textilgeschäft in Idstein
7.5. Sophie, oo Gottfried Goldbeck, Juwelier in Wiesbaden 1. Gottfried (Friedel) + bei Stalingrad
8. Christina * 1.6.1858 Simmern + 8.12.1858 Simmern
PS (22.5.2021): The name line Kauer leads back to the village of Nickweiler, a couple of km west of Simmern, and today part of Nannhausen, where evidence fades in the early 17th century. I looked up that location yesterday as I knew nothing about it, and was shocked to discover there is a Kauerhof and a Kauermühle there, so a farm and a mill in the name of the Kauers. More shockingly still, the Kauerhof was mentioned in the documents for the foundation of the abbey Ravengiersburg in 1074. Obviously, that doesn't prove ancestry, and it is likely that people coming in from elsewhere will have adopted the name of the farm, which was more fixed than any family names. But still, seeing a relevant name on a document from 1074 sets a new record. Will have to dig some more in that direction. Most of the Kauer entries you find in genealogy databases come from geographically clearly separate areas, including Switzerland, and several eastern areas including eastern Prussia, Silesia, and Bohemia. So it appears that, for the Hunsrück area, despite of what I said above, the name Kauer is in fact a useful one that can be tied to a single origin. (Note though that the sculptor Emil Cauer (1800-1867) came to Kreuznach from eastern Germany, so his whole dynasty is unrelated to our Kauers.)
New tag: all family history entries related to this clan are now tagged Kauer.
Update 15.1.2023. Added a few dates and names under 1.4. Anna Kauer, as two of her grandchildren died in 2022.