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Donna Polk commented on Dec 01, 2002
My family's earliest history (so far) begin's in the village of Spachbruecken, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany. Starting with my 10th Great Grandfather:

1. Barthold Mayer ca. 1600 married Eva 1639.
2. Anton Mayer ca. 1640 married Regina Mueller 9 Oct 1666.
3. Johann Dietrich Mayer ca. 1667 married Anna Margaretha Reinholtz ca. 1710.
4. Anton Mayer 14 Aug 1712 married Eva Elisabetha Gruner ca. 1733.
5. Johann Nicolaus Mayer 25 Apr 1739 married Christina Philippina Sauer 24 Apr 1760.

This begins my family's ancestry in the village of Zeilhard, Hessen-Darmstadt.

6. Georg Heinrich Mayer I 3 Mar 1772 married Anna Christina Vonderheit 19 Mar 1795.
7. Georg Heinrich Mayer II 4 Sept 1804 married Elisabetha Margaretha Klock 7 Nov 1830.
Elisabetha 25 May 1834
Jacob 24 Apr 1836
Heinrich 7 Jan 1839 (my gg grandfather)
Johann Anton 26 May 1842
Peter 24 Nov 1845

In The USA:

In May of 1850, Georg Heinrich Mayer II and his wife Elisabetha Margaretha (Klock), their children Elisabetha, Jacob, Heinrich, Anton and Peter and Georg's father left Zeilhard on the ship "Leila" sailing for 52 days, arriving in NY on the 5th Jul 1850.

The family migrated to Dodge Co., WI where the youngest son George was born in 1851. About 1864 they moved to Utica, Winona Co., MN. Henry John Mayer (7 Jan 1839) married Margaretha Oehlers in Lewiston on 22 Nov 1866. Their two oldest children were born here. The family moved once again to Blue Earth Co., MN. Georg and Elisabetha lived in the town of Lincoln with their youngest son George until their deaths.

Henry John Mayer, Sr. and his wife Margaretha purchased a Government Homestead in Butternut Valley in Blue Earth County. The rest of their children were born here.

George Gerd Henry Mayer (25 Oct 1873) married Lydia Caroline Laube 25 Oct 1898. Henry John, Sr and Margaretha remained living with him and his family until 1900 when the family first moved to Redwood Co., until about 1910 and then George, Lydia and their children moved to Deer Creek in Ottertail Co., MN.

Harold Rudolph Clarence Mayer (15 Sept 1908) married Jessie Beatrice Button 2 Aug 1929 in N. Dakota. They migrated to S. Dakota where their children were born including my father.
Jeryl Boyles commented on Nov 22, 2003
Alexander Mayer was born 15 July 1844 in a small village, Eigeltingen, in the Black Forest, a few miles from the Swiss border, near Lake Constance.
He was baptized in the catholic parish of St. Mauritius in Eigeltingen, minister Bauman. Patrons on his catholic baptism records show Dionis Martin, farmer and Josefa Riede nee Probsthof.
Alexander was married prior to marrying Katharin. The eldest child, Joseph, was born to his first wife, who died in Mannheim, Germany. It is reputed that she was afraid to come to 'The Wild West' & so she & Joseph stayed in Germany. It is also reputed that she was the sister of Katharin.
Alexander came to the United States 1873. It is said that he went back to Germany after his wife died & came back with his second wife Katherin & his son Joseph.
They first lived in Williamsburg, CO & had a baker/house that was made of brick. He sold the property to the county for $87.00 as it was the only brick building in the town & the county wanted it to house a calaboose (jail). The kids used to say they were born in jail. From there they moved to Canon City, where he built a bakery-confectionery-home in Coal Creek, CO (burned down in a fire that started in the next door saloon when someone was attempting to clean the chimney with gasoline in 1907). The family lived above the bakery. He owned a lot of land/property. In his will, he has 7 houses, the bakery and a store.
Alexander Mayer was a staunch and faithful Catholic. He gave money so that a church could be built in Florence, CO. The priest would visit the family often. Alex would send the youngest son, Alex, next door with a tin pail for beer. "Und you dond't let dot Henrich send mit you home ein bucket of foam again, Dumkopf." Young Alex would carry the bucket with a dime and nickel rattling inside. The uncles/aunts would complain (probably unjustifiably, that he should not give all that money to the church "when we needed shoes".
He was said to be overly thrifty, keeping his money in gold, which he drew on whenever he paid debts.
His closest companion, Gus Wasmuth, was also from Germany. Records in the County Clerk's office in Canaon City indicate that Gus attempted (unsuccessfully) to put his property in Alexander Mayer's name temporarily in the course of a divorce. Family legend has it that Alexander Mayer may have buried his gold on the Wasmuth farm. A cousin relates that her folks DID locate a can with $300 in gold. It is of record that Gus did return to Germany after Alexander's death. He died some years later, a wealthy and important man.
He was naturalized 31 Oct 1894 in Canon City, CO. Witnesses were Fred Riede & J. A. Wacker.
When Katharin died he went to Switzerland to marry another woman (Elise/Alese) who had a son, Emil, and brought them back to the USA. They came back on 01 November, 1899 on the 'SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse', sailing into Ellis Island, NY.
He died 15 July 1905 in Colorado.
Frederick Mayer commented on Jun 02, 2010
Looking for information on Thomas Mayer who left the Uk on board H.M.S Harpley in 1849 and landed in Hobson Bay Victoria on the 6 January 1850
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