Nicolas Assenmacher

Nicolas Assenmacher (1844 - 1910)

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Nicolas Assenmacher
Born in Lohndorf, Rhineland, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in St Alphonsus, Dearborn , Michiganmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Dearborn, Michiganmap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Mar 2018 | Last significant change: 8 Mar 2019
21:31: Mattie Coutts edited the Biography for Nicolas Assenmacher (1844-1910). [Thank Mattie for this]
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Nicolaus was born on February 11, 1844 to parents Hubert (Hobartus) Assenmacher, age 56, and Annie Gurlick in Lohndorf, Germany.

Nicolaus had 11 half-siblings: sibilla (1827-?); Maria Magdalena (1828-1833); Mathias (1830-1902); Johann Peter (1831-?); Anna Maria (1833-?); nicolaus (1835-1835); died as infant; Nicolaus (1836-1838); Anna Margaretha (1838-?); Anton (1840-?); Arnold (1841-?); Adolf (1842-?), and Maria Theresa (1845-?).

At age 24, Nicolaus left Hamburg, Germany on the SS Germania on May 28 1868.

As background, Nicolaus ' older half- brother Mathias had immigrated 4 years previously, arriving in New York in 1864 on the SS New York, which had left from port Bremen, Germany. Three days after arriving, Matt volunteered for the US Army and served in--and survived--the Civil war. Injured in the war, he was discharged at Richmond, Virginia, in August, 1865, then settled near Dearborn, Michigan and married Francis Demick on November 19, 1867.

So now, 4 years after Mathias left Lohndorf, Nicolaus and another half-brother, Adolf, arrived in New York harbour, immigrating to the USA on June 10, 1868, a few months after his brother's wedding. Nicolaus settled in Dearborn, Michigan near Mathias, and married Francis demick's sister, Gertrude Demick, in November 1868. Both brothers were farmers, Nicolaus' farm was 35 acres.

Together Nicolaus and Gertrude had 11 children :

  • Francis Austin (1869-1911)
  • Mathias (1871-1901)
  • John (1873-1948)
  • Nicholas (1874-1920)
  • Paul (1876-1954)
  • Anne (1879-1954)
  • Peter (1882-1932)
  • Joseph (1884-1955)
  • Anthony (1886-1922)
  • George (1889-1968)
  • Kate (1892-1955)

In March, 1896, Gertrude became ill and died 11 weeks later from her illness, believed to be appendicitis, on May 28, 1896. Their daughter Anne, age 17, was the eldest daughter still living at home at the time, and she took on the care of her siblings and father until she married Alex champagne in 1904.

Nicolaus died in 1910 in Dearborn, Michigan at age 66 from hepatic cirrhosis was was buried with his wife Gertrude at Mount Kelly Cemetery in Dearborn, Michigan.


  • birth certificate for Nicolaus. From Lohndorf.
  • passenger list for the port of New York dated January 13, 1864 showing M Assenmacher, a 33-year old farmer from Lohndorf, Germany as passenger number 93 arriving in New York.
  • volunteer enlistment certificate for Mathias Assenmacher joining the US Army dated January 16, 1864, As well as a copies of his muster and descriptive roll, and a discharge letter.
  • passenger lists for Nicolaus Assenmacher. There is a departure list for the SS Germania that departed from Hamburg on May 28, 1868. Nicolaus is number 467. There is also an arrivals list showing he arrived in New York on June 10, 1868. List no. 576.
  • 1880 US census, Nicolaus Assenmacher family
  • 1900 US census, Nicolaus Assenmacher family
  • St Alphonsus Family Record #224 (on microfilm at the McFadden-Ross Historical Home)
  • St Alphonsus cemetery records
  • Mount Kelly's cemetery records
  • St johns (now sacred heart) records , Dearborn, Michigan
  • information from the archives at Koblenz, Rhineland, Germany shows Nicolaus birthday as February 8, 1844

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Graves for Nicolas and Gertrude Assenmacher
Graves for Nicolas and Gertrude Assenmacher

1880 US Census, Nicolaus Assenmacher family
1880 US Census, Nicolaus Assenmacher family

1900 US Census, Nickolas Assenmacher family
1900 US Census, Nickolas Assenmacher family

Part 1/2, Hamburg departure
Part 1/2, Hamburg departure

Part 2/2, close-up, Hamburg departure passenger list
Part 2/2, close-up, Hamburg departure passenger list

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