Within this family, the Beerman surname history to date originates in central western Germany, the province of Westphalia. This province was a part of Prusssia until 1946. In modern Germany the Beerman hometown would be Bergeshovede, Steinfurt, North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein, Westfalen). A current map is at this link: Bergeshovede .
Gerhard Heinrich Beerman was born on May 30, 1790, in Bergeshovede, in the central part of Westphalia. He was baptized in the family church, St. Kalixtus Catholic Church in Riesenbeck, the town bordering Bergeshovede to the southeast. Gerhard and Anna Margaretha Siegbert married on May 4, 1811, in the Riesenbeck Catholic Church when he was 21 years old. (I discussed the Siegbert line last week, at this page.) As a young man, Gerhard was a linen weaver, according to his marriage record.
The Beerman line continues through the generations to me through his daughter, Maria Anna’s marriage to Josef Niehues in 1847, also in the St. Kalixtus Catholic Church. At the time of this marriage Gerhard Beerman is reported to be a hay farmer. Perhaps in those 30 years after his marriage he became disenchanted with linen weaving and adopted this new profession.
The records referenced in this article are in Family History Library microfilm #841521, 841522 and 841523, Catholic Church, Riesenbeck, Germany, Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths, Catholic Parish Registers. I continue to research the records of the Beerman line through records microfilmed by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, and other sources that become available. The records for Gerhard’s parents, grandparents and additional children may be lurking out there for me to uncover.
My ancestry chart for my third great grandfather, Gerhard Heinrich Beerman, is posted at the left. So, to all my Niehaus cousins, insert your name, your parents and your grandparents into the appropriate spots to claim these greats, great greats, and third greats.
For a list of the descendants from Maria Anna Beerman and Josef Niehues, my 2nd great grandparents, click here. Should you be one of my Beerman cousins that I haven’t met, let’s talk.
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