Germany to Iowa
(page 1 generations I-II)
I have very little information on
1. John Kempke
|He was born in
Mechlenburg, Germany on August 12, 1826. His parents are
He married Maria Dorothea Christiane Sass in Germany. Maria was born in Luebbersdorf, Mechlenburg, Germany on September 18, 1834. Her parents are unknown.
John brought his family to America in 1862. For two years the family lived in Chicago, Ill. and then removed to the vicinity of Postville, Allamakee Co. IA, in the old Springfield settlement (which I believe is just across the county line in Winneshiek co.) I believe that a brother of Maria immigrated with them.
An 1878 list of unclaimed letters at the Postville Post-office includes the name Joham Kempke. Perhaps he is receiving correspondence from family back in Germany.
The family is enumerated on the 1880 US census in Bloomfield, Winneshiek co. IA. Their surname is given as Camp. John is a farmer, age 53, Mary is 47 and children - Fritz is 21, Augusta is 12, and Willie is 10.
Maria's obit states that they had ten children, but only two were living at the time of her death. I suspect that the older children did not immigrate with the parents and perhaps some died young.
Maria died August 24, 1910 in IA, at 75 years of age. John died October 10, 1893. They are buried in the Postville, Iowa cemetery. The surname on the stone is spelled Kampka.
John Kempke and Maria
Dorothea Sass had 10 children, only 5 are known by name:
2. Frederick Carl Johann Kamp
|He was born in
Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany October 14, 1858 and came
to Allamakee Co. IA with his parents abt 1862.. In the
year 1873 he was confirmed in the old St. Paul's Lutheran
church in Postville, IA,, being a member of the first
confirmation class on record. He was a naturalized US
I believe that Fred americanized the family name from Kempke to Kamp, as he used the name Kamp through-out his adult life.
He married Louise Meier on October 24, 1882. Louise, born in Germany in 1861; was the daughter of Ludwig Meier & Charlotte Wernhardt.
They lived on a farm five miles northwest of Postville for nearly 30 years. In 1897 Fred was mentioned in the local newspaper when he bought James Russell's milk route, a team of horses and a wagon.
In 1911 they moved into the village of Postville and are living on Tilden street according to the 1920 census.
Louise died on April 1, 1937. Fred died on June 11, 1934 in Independance, IA; aged 75 years, seven months and 28 days. Cause of death was intestinal obstruction and cancer of the prostate. They are buried in the Postville, IA cemetery.
Frederick Carl Johann Kamp
and Louise Meyer had 5 children:
born in Allamakee Co. Iowa February 1, 1868.
I find this early reference in the Postville
Review: -List of letters remaining uncalled for
in the postoffice at Postville, Aug. 31st, 1887: Miss
She married Ernest Groth [#9 Groth family] in Postville, Iowa on September 20, 1894. Ernest was the son of F.H.L. Groth & Caroline Hast. The marriage was performed by Rev. Rob Neuman, Ev. Luth Pastor. Their wedding photo includes Fred Blumhagen, Anna Blumhagen, Hannah Schutte Blumhagen, Ernest's sister Ida Groth and other unidentified persons.
After Ernest died in 1937, Augusta lived alone on their farm in Post twp. for several years before buying a house in Postville, where she lived until her death.
Augusta died March 5, 1947 in Postville, Allamakee Co. IA, at 79 years of age. Ernest died on June 13, 1937. They are buried in the Frankville, Winneshiek Co. IA cemetery.
and Ernest Groth had 7 children: