Sophie Marie ‎(Maria Elisabeth)‎ Meckstroth  ‎(I0330)‎
Name:
Sophie Marie ‎(Maria Elisabeth)‎ Meckstroth

Show Details Source: World Family Tree Vol. 4, Ed. 1
Publication: Release date: August 23, 1996
Citation Details:  Tree #1471
  Text: Date of Import: Feb 13, 1998

   


Gender: FemaleFemale
      

Birth: 15 August 1816 41 36 Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany
Death: 13 January 1912 ‎(Age 95)‎ New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
Personal Facts and Details
Birth 15 August 1816 41 36 Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany

Marriage Heinrich Wilhelm SUNDERMANN - 26 March 1836 ‎(Age 19)‎ Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany

Fact 1 27 March 1836 ‎(Age 19)‎ Immigrated from Germany


Show Details Source: World Family Tree Vol. 4, Ed. 1
Publication: Release date: August 23, 1996
Citation Details:  Tree #1471
  Text: Date of Import: Feb 13, 1998

Fact 2 Sailed one day after wedding


Show Details Source: World Family Tree Vol. 4, Ed. 1
Publication: Release date: August 23, 1996
Citation Details:  Tree #1471
  Text: Date of Import: Feb 13, 1998

Death 13 January 1912 ‎(Age 95)‎ New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA

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Parents Family  (F1348)
Herman Heinrich Meckstroth
1775 - 1841
Anna Christina Elizabeth Grotholtman
1780 - 1837
Anna Christine Elsabein Meckstroth
1800 -
Anna Marie Elisabeth Meckstroth
1802 -
Elsabein Christina Meckstroth
1804 - 1874
Anna Elisabeth Meckstroth
1807 - 1828
Gerard Wilhelm Meckstroth
1810 - 1886
Herman Heinrich Meckstroth, Jr.
1813 - 1897
Herman Wilhelm Adoph Meckstroth
1819 - 1843
Herman Heinrich Wilhelm Meckstroth
1822 - 1900
Sophie Marie ‎(Maria Elisabeth)‎ Meckstroth
1816 - 1912

Immediate Family  (F0048)
Heinrich Wilhelm SUNDERMANN
1808 - 1888
Herman Heinrich Sundermann
1837 - 1838
Christine Marie Sundermann
1839 - 1897
Herman Henry Sundermann
1841 - 1849
Wihelm Henry Sundermann
1843 - 1849
Christiana Elizabeth Sundermann
1845 - 1849
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Omom, the matriarch of this branch of the Sundermann family, came to the U. S. in 1836, a bride of one day, with her husband and a sister and her husband and two little girls. They came from Ladbergen, Germany and set sail from Bremen, Germany ina sailing vessel. They were on the high seas six weeks and landed in the U. S. at Baltimore. From there they crossed the State of Pennsylvania in covered wagons to Wheeling, West Virginia.

En route one of the little girls took sick and died. It was heart breaking, but they had to bury her along the wayside and travel on. At Wheeling they boarded a river boat on the Ohio River for Cincinnati. There they again took a covered wagon to Auglaize County, where, in the New Knoxville area, other members of her family, the Meckstroths had settled. Her father, through the efforts of a son, had purchased 160 acres of land at $1.00 per acre, 80 acres of which was to be a wedding present for her and her husband, Opop.

It was here that she and Opop cleared the land and built a log house. It was not an easy life and they must have been of rugged German stock to survive the rigors of frontier life. This log house stood for many years on the Sundermann farm.

These travelers from across the Atlantic did not come empty handed. They brought with them furniture and other household items. Omom had a spinning wheel, now the property of Carol Sunderman Howell, on which she spun yarn for knitting socks and mittens as well as yarn to be woven into fabrics. For the most part they raised their own produce from seeds they had brought with them. How all these articles could be stored in a sailing vessel, the size of that era, taxes our imagination.

Omom was very special to the children of Henry and Louise Sunderman, with whom she and Opop made their home. She was their nursemaid and rocked each in their turn to sleep in their cradles, singing to them in German. She lived on the farm all the years of her life and died at the age of 95 from the effects of a broken hip, when she fell one cold and windy November day. She lived in the U. S. 75 years and never learned to speak English. It was not necessary. Everyone she knew could speak German, so why learn English.


POSTSCRIPT TO THE "OMOM STORY"


With the death of Omom comes one of the strangest tales of the Sunderman family.

When Omom was in her mid 90's, she was still living on the old homestead with her son Henry and daughter-in-law, Louise. Thin and frail, one day she wandered outside, the wind blew her over and she broke her hip. The aged bones would not mend, and she died. ‎(Her death notice stated she was 95 years old.)‎

As was the custom among some at that time, when a person died a vigil would be kept by the corpse until burial. Why this was done is unknown, but perhaps to watch for signs of returning life.

There was an old superstition, also, that the angel of death would visit to make sure the dead did not come back to life. And sometimes a signal of the visit would be given.

It was mid January, 1912, when Omom was lying a corpse in the northwest room of the big brick house on the homestead where she had spent her life. The room had two windows to the west, and adjacent to a front door that was never used.

A late night vigil was being kept in the room where she lay, and a dim kerosene lamp flickered on the table across the room from the casket. Outside a harsh winter night was in progress. The wind moaned through the tall pines surrounding the house. Snow had been falling for hours and had drifted and covered the ground with a thick blanket of snow.

Inside..... Silence Outside..... A stormy night

Suddenly a hard, distinct knock...then another...then another...in quick succession, at the front room door: the door that was never used!! The door was quickly unlocked and opened. The wind and snow swirled through the opening and into the room. NO ONE was there!!! No footprints led through the snow to the doorway. No low, over hanging branches were near that could have been wind whipped on the door!! The door was quickly slammed shut and locked. A strange silence and apprehension came over those in the room. There was no explanation, and never has been to this date. But the memories of that night lived on with those who were there...as real in years later as they were that winter of 1912 when it happened.

** This story was by Jim Sunderman whose parents Frank and Bertha Sunderman told him this story many times.


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Name World Family Tree Vol. 4, Ed. 1
Publication: Release date: August 23, 1996
Citation Details:  Tree #1471
  Text: Date of Import: Feb 13, 1998
Fact 1 World Family Tree Vol. 4, Ed. 1
Publication: Release date: August 23, 1996
Citation Details:  Tree #1471
  Text: Date of Import: Feb 13, 1998
Fact 2 World Family Tree Vol. 4, Ed. 1
Publication: Release date: August 23, 1996
Citation Details:  Tree #1471
  Text: Date of Import: Feb 13, 1998

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Family with Parents
Father
Herman Heinrich Meckstroth ‎(I4347)‎
Birth 19 June 1775 47 40 Ladbergen, Westfalen, Germany
Death 26 December 1841 ‎(Age 66)‎ New Knoxville, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
5 years
Mother
 
Anna Christina Elizabeth Grotholtman ‎(I4341)‎
Birth 13 June 1780 Ladbergen, Westfalen, Germany
Death 8 January 1837 ‎(Age 56)‎

Marriage: 24 November 1799 -- Ladbergen, Germany
6 months
#1
Sister
Anna Christine Elsabein Meckstroth ‎(I4512)‎
Birth 20 May 1800 24 19 Ladbergen, Germany
2 years
#2
Sister
Anna Marie Elisabeth Meckstroth ‎(I4514)‎
Birth 8 June 1802 26 21 Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany
Death Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany
2 years
#3
Sister
Elsabein Christina Meckstroth ‎(I4403)‎
Birth 2 April 1804 28 23 Ladbergen, Westfalen, Germany
Death 23 September 1874 ‎(Age 70)‎ Ohio, USA
3 years
#4
Sister
Anna Elisabeth Meckstroth ‎(I4516)‎
Birth 12 May 1807 31 26 Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany
Death 16 November 1828 ‎(Age 21)‎
3 years
#5
Brother
Gerard Wilhelm Meckstroth ‎(I4510)‎
Birth 7 September 1810 35 30 Ladbergen, Germany
Death 25 February 1886 ‎(Age 75)‎ New Knoxville, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
3 years
#6
Brother
Herman Heinrich Meckstroth, Jr. ‎(I4507)‎
Birth 11 March 1813 37 32 Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany
Death 1897 ‎(Age 83)‎ Le Sueur, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA
6 years
#7
Brother
Herman Wilhelm Adoph Meckstroth ‎(I4508)‎
Birth 24 May 1819 43 38
Death 31 January 1843 ‎(Age 23)‎
3 years
#8
Brother
Herman Heinrich Wilhelm Meckstroth ‎(I4509)‎
Birth 14 August 1822 47 42 Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany
Death 11 February 1900 ‎(Age 77)‎ New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
-6 years
#9
Sophie Marie ‎(Maria Elisabeth)‎ Meckstroth ‎(I0330)‎
Birth 15 August 1816 41 36 Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany
Death 13 January 1912 ‎(Age 95)‎ New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
Family with Heinrich Wilhelm SUNDERMANN
Husband
Heinrich Wilhelm SUNDERMANN ‎(I0106)‎
Birth 13 September 1808 35 34 Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany
Death 4 July 1888 ‎(Age 79)‎ New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
8 years

 
Sophie Marie ‎(Maria Elisabeth)‎ Meckstroth ‎(I0330)‎
Birth 15 August 1816 41 36 Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany
Death 13 January 1912 ‎(Age 95)‎ New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA

Marriage: 26 March 1836 -- Ladbergen, Westphalia, Germany
10 months
#1
Son
Herman Heinrich Sundermann ‎(I0129)‎
Birth 29 January 1837 28 20 New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
Death 1 August 1838 ‎(Age 18 months)‎ New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
2 years
#2
Daughter
Christine Marie Sundermann ‎(I0130)‎
Birth 2 January 1839 30 22 New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
Death 8 August 1897 ‎(Age 58)‎ German Township, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
2 years
#3
Son
Herman Henry Sundermann ‎(I0131)‎
Birth 28 February 1841 32 24 New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
Death 24 June 1849 ‎(Age 8)‎ German Township, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
2 years
#4
Son
Wihelm Henry Sundermann ‎(I0132)‎
Birth 8 March 1843 34 26 New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
Death 24 June 1849 ‎(Age 6)‎ New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
3 years
#5
Daughter
Christiana Elizabeth Sundermann ‎(I0133)‎
Birth 15 September 1845 37 29 New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
Death 18 September 1849 ‎(Age 4)‎ New Bremen, Auglaize, Ohio, USA
#6
Daughter
#7
Daughter
#8
Son
#9
Daughter
#10
Daughter