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Katherina Elisabetha (Schultheis) Whittman (1884 - 1934)

Katherina Elisabetha (Katherine) "Katie" Whittman formerly Schultheis aka Schuldeis, Schuldheis
Born in Grimm, Saratov, Volga, Russiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 28 Nov 1906 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Greeley, Weld, Colorado, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Aug 2018
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Volga German
Katherine (Schultheis) Whittman is a Volga German.
Katherine (Schultheis) Whittman has German Roots.

Katherina Elisabetha Schultheis was born in 1884 in Grimm, Saratov, Russia. She was the daughter of Konrad Schultheis and Catharina Wunder.

Katie married Johnn Georg Wittman in 1906 and they immigrated to America in 1910. They had seven children and were beet laborers and farmers. She passed away in 1934 in Greeley, Weld, Colorado, USA.


  • 15 Jun 1884, Grimm, Saratov, Russia

Name Variations

  • Katherina Elisabetha Schultheis - Grimm census
  • Katherine E Schuldies - S.S. Apps and Claims[1]
  • Katherine Schuldeis - S.S. Apps and Claims; [2]
  • Katie Wittman - 1920 census
  • Katherine E. Whittman - Find a Grave
  • Katherine E. Whitman - death notice in paper
[Note the married name Whittman was previously Wittman]

Name Meaning

Schultheis Name Meaning
German (Schultheiss) and Dutch: status name from Middle High German schultheize ‘village headman’. The term originally denoted a man responsible for collecting dues and paying them to the lord of the manor. See also Schultz 1.[3]
"In medieval Germany, the Schultheiß (German: [ˈʃʊltaɪs]) was the head of a municipality (akin to today's office of mayor), a Vogt or an executive official of the ruler. As official (villicus) it was his duty to order his assigned village or county (villicatio) to pay the taxes and perform the services due to the ruler. The name originates from this function: Schuld ‘debt’ + heißen ‘to order’. Later, the title was also used for the head of a town (Stadtschultheiß) or village (Dorfschultheiß)."[4]

Germanic Origin

  • AHSGR German Origins - SchultheissFN: SchuldeisFN: said by the Kraft FSL to be from UC Holzhausen, Darmstadt. Later spelled Schulteis. SchuldeisFN: said by the Kraft FSL to be from UC Stammheim, Isenburg. SchuldeisFN: also see Schulteis. SchuldenbergerFN: said by the Hildmann [5]
  • Katherine's second great-grandfather Johann Heinrich Schultheis can be tracked to Waldlaubersheim, Kreis Kreuznach, Rheinland, Preußen where he was born. Johann Heinrich then farmed in Darmstadt, Hesse prior to immigrating and then settling in Grimm, Saratov, Russia.


  • Katharina Elisabetha Schultheis married Johann Georg Wittmann, 28 Nov 1906, in Grimm, Saratov, Russia. George is later known as George Whittman in the U.S.[6]


  • 13 Dec 1910, Departure from Bremen, Germany via S.S. Washington[7]
  • 23 Dec 1910, Arrival at Port of New York, NY, USA[7]
S.S Washington sailing from Bremen, December 13th, 1910, Arriving at the Port of New York, December 23rd, 1910
Third Class
  • Line 003. Wittmann, Johann Georg
    • age 30, married
    • farm laborer
    • Lesnoi, Karamisch, Saratov, Russia [Grimm]
    • Nearest relative from country: Father, Conrad Wittmann
    • Colo., New Windsor
  • Line 004. Katharinaelisabeth
    • age 25, married
    • housewife
    • Lesnoi, Karamisch, Saratov, Russia [Grimm]
  • Line 005. Conrad (nephew to Johann Georg and son to Conrad Wittmann)
    • age 24, farm laborer
  • Line 006. Katharina (child to #5 Conrad and grandchild to Conrad Wittmann)
    • age 10 months


  • Katharina Elisabetha, sister, 11; 1897 Grimm Census[8]
    • Katharina Elisabetha lived at age 11 with her brother, Johann Jacob Schultheis as head of household along with his wife and children and her widowed mother Catharina Barbara and siblings. The date of death of her father Konrad is unknown. It is also unclear as to her marriage date and location to George Wittman.
  • Katie Wittman, age 34; 1920 Census - Eaton, Weld, Colorado[9]
Name: Katie Wittman
Age: 34
Birth Year: abt 1886
Birthplace: Russia
Home in 1920: Eaton, Weld, Colorado
Residence Date: 1920
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1910
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: George Wittman
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Native Tongue: German
Able to Speak English: No
Occupation: None
Naturalization Status: Alien
Able to Read: No
Able to Write: No
Household Members
George Wittman, 39
Katie Wittman, 34
Katie Wittman, 10
Mary Wittman, 6
Lillian Wittman, 5
Mollie Wittman, 3 and 1/2
George Wittman, 1 and 1/12


  • Kathryn Elizabeth "Kate" Whittman Krumm Lauridsen - 1909-2002
  • Marie Whittman Stencel - 1913-1987
  • Lillian Whittman Schwartz Brinkman - 1914-1996
  • Mollie Whittman Manweiler - 1916-1998
  • John George Whittman II - 1918-2000
  • Conrad Whittman - 1920-1978
  • Helen Irene Whittman Green Held - 1922-2011


  • 7 May 1934, Greeley, Weld County, Colorado, USA

Mrs. Katherine E. Whitman, 50, wife of George Whitman, of three and half miles southwest of Greeley on the Old Colony farm, died at the Greeley hospital Monday morning.

Mrs. Whitman is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Katherine Krum of Kersey; Mrs. Marie Stencel of Gill; Mrs. Lillian Schwartz of Galeton; Mollie, George, Conrad, and Helen Whitman, all living at home.

She also had three grandchildren and is survived by a a sister, Mrs. Katie Meisner, of Gill, a brother, George Schuldeis of Mitchell, Nebr., a sister and two brothers living in Russia.

Funeral service, in charge of Macy's will be at 2 o'clock Wednesday at the German Evangelical Lutheran Church, Eleventh street and Fourth Avenue. Interment at Linn Grove.

Death notice in local newpaper
  • Death Certificate:[6]
  • Name: Katherine E. Whittman
  • Born: June 15, 1884, Grimm, Russia
  • Wife of George Whittman
  • Married in Grimm, Russia on November 28, 1906
  • Died: May 7, 1934, Greeley, Colorado, USA
  • Father: Conrad Schuldeis
  • Mother: Barbara Wunder



  1. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; Operations, Inc.; 2015; Provo, UT, USA
  2. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; Operations, Inc.; 2015; Provo, UT, USA
  3. Name meaning; Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Schultheiß," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed July 26, 2018).
  5. Dona Reeves-Marquardt found the record for the baptism of Herr Schulteiss in the church records in Waldlaubersheim, Kreis Kreuznach, Rheinland. This family first settled in Grimm where they arrived before 1775 Grimm census #73 (but not in time to be included in the FSL) and were included in the 1775 census (household 73) there. For 1798 see Mai1798:86.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Stencel, John. Grandson to Katherina Elisabetha (Schultheis) Whittman, 9 Aug 2018, as told to Koreen Goodman via email. Said death certificate in the possession of Koreen's second cousin 1 x removed: John Stencel.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ellis Island Passenger records; Wittmann, Johann Georg;PASSENGER ID 103376100028; FRAME 274; LINE NUMBER 3; SHIP NAME George Washington; passenger search accessed 10 Aug 2018 [[1]]
  8. 1897 Grimm (Lesnoi Karamysh), Russia Census List, Translated by Richard Rye, Compiled and Edited by John Groh, Contributor Henry Schmick; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published 2017. 8. Katharina Elisabetha, sister, 11, to head of household, brother Johann Jacob Schultheis and widowed mother and siblings; No. 285, pages 249 and 250.
  9. Year: 1920; Census Place: Eaton, Weld, Colorado; Roll: T625_172; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 237; Image: 529; Enumeration District: 0237; Description: Precinct 11, East Eaton excluding Eaton town (part), Precinct 13, West Eaton excluding Eaton town (part), Precinct 21, Eaton excluding Eaton town (part); 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).

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