Margaret Keppel
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Maria Margaretha Keppel (1797 - 1882)

Maria Margaretha (Margaret) Keppel
Born in Annweiler, Südliche Weinstraße district, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 27 Sep 1821 in Evangelische, Winden Kandel, Rhineland, Germanymap
Wife of — married 8 Jul 1827 in Evangelische, Winden Kandel, Rhineland, Germanymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Cincinnati, OHmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Sep 2011
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Margaret Keppel was born in Annweiler, Südliche Weinstraße district, Bavaria (now Rhineland-Palatinate) Germany, near the Alsace region of France. Her first husband, Friedrich Rehmund, was 27 years her senior and he died in 1826 in Germany. Margaret arrived in the United States with her second husband, Johann Friedrich Hey, and children from both her marriages in about 1833. The family settled near the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati.

In May of 1849 Margaret's son-in-law, Micheal Bobinger, died of cholera and her husband, Johann Friedrich Hey, succumbed to the same illness two months later. Her daughter, Elisabeth Rehmund Bobinger, died in childbirth later that same year. Elisabeth was also apparently suffering from tuberculosis when she died. Margaret raised her two young, orphaned granddaughters, Louise and Kitty Bobinger.

Along with her son from her second marriage, Johannes Hey, Margaret ran a coffee house in the mid-1850s called Deer Creek House in Walnut Hills off Lebanon Pike Rd. (a continuation of Hunt Rd.) click for map.

Margaret's older son, Friedrich Rehmund, died of small pox in 1860. Her younger son, Johannes, died of tuberculosis in 1863. Margaret's only child to outlive her was her daughter from the second marriage, Catharine Hey Gould Busse who lived to age 92.

Margaret's life is a testament to her survival skills. My ability to search her out is a testament to the modern information age and the internet. The only information I had about her when I began my search was her married name: Margaret Hey. I was not even sure who she was! Her granddaughter Katherine "Kitty" Bobinger Thonssen (my great gandmother) put Margaret's name on a genealogy document she made, but did not include how she and Margaret were related.

I discovered that Margaret was living with Gustav and Kitty Thonssen in Cincinnati in 1870 by searching the federal census. She is described on that census as "a widow of the family". That description was not a huge help in understanding her relationship to Kitty, but Cincinnati has a wonderful genealogy community whose members have cataloged and indexed many of the early church and cemetery records.

Margaret is buried in the same plot at Walnut Hills Cemetery with Elisabeth Rehmund Bobinger and her husband Michael Bobinger. A little more digging (no pun intended) revealed that Elisabeth was Margaret's daughter from her first marriage and that's why their surnames were different: Margaret married again to Mr. Hey after her first husband, Mr. Rehmund, died in Germany.

Tracing Margaret Keppel and her family was like solving a mystery for me. It was a long journey, often fun, sometimes frustrating, but finally very fulfilling!


Name: Maria Margaretha "Margaret" Keppel[1]


Date: 15 MAR 1797
Place: Annweiler, Südliche Weinstraße district, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany[2][3][4]
Link to German genealogy page for Margaret Keppel


Death: pneumonia
Date: 21 JAN 1882
Place: Cincinnati, OH[5][6]


Date: 1832-33
Place: United States
Note: Catherine Hey Busse, Margaret's daughter, lists her year of immigration as 1833 on the 1910 US Census and 1832 on the 1920 US Census. She is living with her son Fred Busse in 1920 and son John Gould in 1910.[7][8]


Date: 1850-51
Place: n.s. Lebanon Rd., Cincinnati, OH
Note: Coffee House[9]
Link to 1850-51 Williams' Cincinnati Directory on-line
Date: 1856
Place: n.s. Lebanon Pike, Cincinnati, OH
Note: Coffee House[10]
Link to 1856 Williams' Cincinnati Directory on-line
Date: 1857
Place: Deer Creek House, Lebanon Pike, Cincinnati, OH
Note: Lebanon pike is a continuation of Hunt St.[11]
Link to 1857 Williams' Cincinnati Directory on-line
Date: 1860
Place: Cincinnati, OH
Note: Coffee House[12]
Link to 1860 Williams' Cincinnati Directory on-line


Date: 8 AUG 1850
Place: 11th ward, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
Note: Margaret had 6 unrelated people living at her home-boarding house?,. Her real estate was worth $5,000.[13]
Link to 1850 census for the Hey family
Date: 23 JUL 1860
Place: 11th ward, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH[14]
Date: 22 JUN 1870
Place: 11th Ward, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co.,OH
Note: enumerated as "widow, of the family"[15]


Date: 1856
Place: Boal and Corporation Alley[16]
Date: 1860
Place: Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH[17][18]
Date: 3 JUN 1880
Place: 98 Milton St., Cincinnati, OH
Note: Lived with daughter Catherine Hey Busse[19]
Date: 1882
Place: 90 Milton St., Cincinnati, OH[20]


Maria Margaretha "Margaret" Keppel Hey's Burial


Occupation: Ran Coffee House, ran boarding house[21][22][23]


Religion: Evangelic Lutheran


Note: #N100


Husband: Friedrich Rehmund
Wife: Maria Margaretha Keppel
Date: 27 SEP 1821
Place: Evangelische, Winden Kandel, Rhineland, Germany
Note: Evangelical Church in Germany[24]
User ID: B1F3484A080211DEBF62003065B294345F89
Child: Maria Elisabetha "Elisabeth" Rehmund
Child: Friedrich /Rehmund Rehmand
Husband: Johann Friedrich Hey
Wife: Maria Margaretha Keppel
Date: 8 JUL 1827
Place: Evangelische, Winden Kandel, Rhineland, Germany[25]
User ID: C8D45EF3080C11DEBF62003065B29434205F
Child: Catharina "Catharine" "Margaret" Hey
Child: Johannes "John" Hey
Child: Mary Hey
Husband: Johannes Keppel
Wife: Karolina Mack
Date: 16 MAY 1797
Place: Annweiler, Südliche Weinstraße district, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany[26]
User ID: F92F0F05556B4DFF8260AD77537003EAFE8F
Child: Unnamed Keppel
Child: Maria Margaretha Keppel
Child: Eva Elisabetha Keppel
Child: Rachel Keppel
Child: Heinrich Keppel


  • WikiTree profile Keppel-31 created through the import of Davidson_Fink.ged on Sep 26, 2011 by Shayne Davidson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Shayne and others.
  • Source: S149 Type: Web Site Author: Evangelische Kirche Winden (BA. Germersheim) (Main Author) Title: Kirchenbuch, 1713-1891 URL:
  • Source: S16 Text: Thonssen Family Record of Births and Deaths
  • Source: S239 Type: Web Site Author: Werner Esser URL:
  • Source: S242 Type: Census Title: 1860 US Federal Census Place: 11th ward, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH Date: 23 July 1860 Media: digital Source Locality: Heritage Quest DATV Oct 2010 Object: Format: jpg File: ~/Desktop/My Family/sources/FC1860.hey.jpg Title: FC1860.hey
  • Source: S243 Type: Census Title: 1870 US Federal Census Place: Hamilton County-11-ward, Cincinnati, OH Date: 22 Jun 1870 Media: digital Source Locality: Heritage Quest DATV Oct 2010
  • Source: S303 Type: Census Title: 1880 United States Federal Census Record for Fritz Busse Place: Ohio > Hamilton > Cincinnati > District 119 > 15 Date: 3 Jun 1880 Media: digital Source Locality: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. DATV Jul 2009
  • Source: S305 Type: Periodical Title: Death Notices Periodical: Cincinnati Volksblatt Date: January 23, 1882, page 8
  • Source: S307 Type: Census Title: 1910 Federal Census Place: Ohio-HAMILTON, SPRINGFIELD TWP- Date: 21 Apr 1910 DATV Jul 2009 SERS Series: T624 Roll: 1196 Page: 160
  • Source: S308 Type: Census Title: 1920 Federal Census Place: OHIO , HAMILTON, 12-WD CINCINNATI Date: 5-6 Jan 1920 DATV Jul 2009 SERS Series: T625 Roll: 1391 Page: 179
  • Source: S318 Type: Periodical Title: Williams' 1850-51 Cincinnati Directory Date: 1850-51 Page: 131
  • Source: S319 Type: Periodical Title: Williams' 1857 Cincinnati Directory Date: 1857 Page: 157
  • Source: S320 Type: Periodical Title: Williams' 1860 Cincinnati Directory Date: 1860 Page: 161
  • Source: S321 Type: Periodical Title: Williams' 1856 Cincinnati Directory Date: 1856 Page: 125
  • Source: S43 Type: Web Site Author: Walnut Hills Cemetery; Cincinnati, Ohio Title: Genealogy Search, section 9, lot 235 URL: Text: Walnut Hills Cemetery records, Cincinnati, OH. Section 9, Lot 235.
  • Source: S710 Type: Census Title: 1850 Federal Census Place: Cincinnati, ward 11, Hamilton, Ohio Date: 8 Aug 1850 Media: digital Source Locality: DATV Oct 2010


Note N100
note for source of marriage records of Margaretha Keppel to Friedrich Rehmund and Friedrich Hey:
Title Kirchenbuch, 1713-1891
Authors Evangelische Kirche Winden (BA. Germersheim) (Main Author)
Subjects Germany, Bayern, Winden (BA. Germersheim) - Church records
Format Manuscript (On Film)
Language German
Publication Salt Lake City, Utah : Gefilmt durch The Genealogical Society of Utah, 1959
Physical auf 2 Mikrofilmrollen ; 35 mm.
list of residents of Hey household from 1850 census:
Margaret Hey F 52y
John Hey M 29y
Frederick Hey M 25y
Catherine Hey F 22y
Mary Hey F 13y
Louisa Bebinger F 6y
Catherine Bebinger F 4y
John Lake M 27y
Daniel Rickstern M 29y
Peter Gordon M 24y
Christian Seitz M 20y
James Dockney M 22y
Eve Canveius F 24y
Death Notice for Margaret Hey (translated from German):
Cincinnati Volksblatt - January 23, 1882 - Page 8
On 21 January at 10, died our loved mother, ? in-law and grandmother -- Margarethe Hey -- the funeral will be at 2 in the afternoon (at the home of???) ?-in-law F Busse, 90 Milton Street. Family and friends invited.
F Busse and wife
  1. Source: #S242
  2. Source: #S239
  3. Source: #S43
  4. Source: #S243
  5. Source: #S43
  6. Source: #S16
  7. Source: #S307
  8. Source: #S308
  9. Source: #S318
  10. Source: #S321
  11. Source: #S319
  12. Source: #S320
  13. Source: #S710
  14. Source: #S242
  15. Source: #S243
  16. Source: #S321
  17. Source: #S242
  18. Source: #S320
  19. Source: #S303
  20. Source: #S305
  21. Source: #S319
  22. Source: #S320
  23. Source: #S710
  24. Source: #S149
  25. Source: #S149
  26. Source: #S239

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I believe a lot of Americans think of German Americans as having been here since practically the beginning of our country. While that is true for a small number of families, the majority of Germans emigrated between 1815 and about 1870, with many coming just before the Civil War. These emigrants experienced some serious hardships while getting established in the new country. Margaret Keppel's story is a tale of a series of tragedies during her early years as an American.
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