Birner Beginnings

Our German Family Tree says that Johann Birner was born on this day back in 1815.  There are problems in definitively stating that today would have been his birthday.  First of all, John was born in the Bavarian region of Germany, so we do not have a baptism record for him that would have given … More Birner Beginnings

Kaempfe’s Carriage

The original Kaempfe family arrived aboard the Johann Georg as part of the Gesellschaft in 1839.  I wrote a post about the early years in Perry County for the Kaempfe’s that was titled, Prof. Godfather.  These Kaempfe’s eventually had a farm in Millstadt, Illinois, and one of their sons, Traugott, moved back to Perry County, … More Kaempfe’s Carriage