John's story requires reconciling conflicting records. This memorial is listed as the tombstone reports, but this detail corrects that record.
This John is the Johan Balthas Kyriss born 11 Feb. 1834 at Nordheim, Wurttemberg, Germany, to Johan Gottfriend Kyriss and Christina Rebecca Scheuerle Kyriss. He was the second-youngest of 10 births, and part of a multi-generation successive line of Johan Balthas males.
The "Richard Morse" ship's manifest for spring 1854 shows that he and his younger sister Fredericka Kyriss and older sister Catherine Kyriss Rampmeier/Kampmeier/Romire immigrated together from the ports of Le Havre, France, to New York City.
They made their way to Watertown, Ohio, by February 1855, when Fredericka locally married fellow Wurtemberg immigrant Henry Abendschon/Abendschoen). Between then and the 1860s, all of Catherine and Fredericka's children were born at Watertown. Between then and 1880, Catherine's husband Gottlieb presumably died, and the remaining Romire family began sharing a Salem Township home with brother/uncle John, who had never married.
Of the three Kyriss siblings, Catherine died first and was buried here. John left a detailed 1892 will, leaving his property to his Romine and Abendschon nieces and nephews, and then joined Catherine under a shared tombstone. Last survivor, Fredericka, as Abendschoen, is in Oak Grove Cemetery. They appear to have been the only immigrants of their immediate family.
Clearly, John's tombstone uses a "KyrEss" spelling, while German records consistently cite KyrIss." They are consistently in Nordheim, and Protestant, at least through the 1700s. Other American records for this same household group vary from Kayres to Carius to Kress.
"John Kayres" as a "boarder" was listed in the 1880 Salem Township household of Catherine "Carius" Romire and her children. John was a wagonmaker/wheelwright, per the census report. Various reports also gave his age or birth year as about 1834 to 1836.
Washington County Historical Society records this burial as:
KYRESS, John, 1836-1892, Lower Salem, Salem Twp.
Interment.net listings for this cemetery reported:
"Romire, Catherine, b. 1828, d. 1888 (This is on the same marker as John Kyress, 1836, d. 1892. Probably the wife of John Kyress) "
[ More accurately, brother and sister; at the Washington County Public Library, this identical burial report, evidently copied by interment.net from a much earlier report, was hand-edited to correct in the margin that John's will cited Catherine as his sister rather than wife. ]
The other related grave in the same cemetery: Romire, Rosa, b. 1863, d. 1914 [ Catherine's daughter, to whom this John bequeathed the Lower Salem house in which they had all lived. ]
John Kyress' 1892 will also left his tools and timber to Catherine's son Henry Romire [ in nearby Good Hope Cemetery ], and $10 each to his nephew David Romire and to his sister "Rachael" [ the frequent German nickname for Fredericka ] Abendschoen, along with her unmarried daughter Katie Abendshon. He also left his watch to David Romire [ who is not buried locally ].
Henry Romire's memorial in Good Hope includes a photograph showing him and his wife, Ida, standing with his visiting aunt Fredericka "Rachael" Abendschoen (Memorial # 83443771).
Salem Township Cemetery
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Record added: Jan 20, 2013
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