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 :
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.
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