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Catherine Kyress Romire
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Birth: Dec. 8, 1828
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: 1888
Washington County
Ohio, USA

Brother and widowed sister share this tombstone. They and their sister, Fredericka "Rachael" Kyress Abendschoen and Catherine's husband Gottfried Rampmeier immigrated together on the ship Richard Morse in 1854 to New York City.

On that trip, the Rampmeiers also had an infant son, Ernest William on board, plus a 14-year-old Frederick Rampmeier of unclear relation, but perhaps a nephew of Gottleib's.

The immigration manifest called Gottlieb and Catherine as Kampmeier. Gottfried was naturalized as Rampmiller. Gottfried's surname was spelled Rampmeier in his German marriage record and in his American church record when his son was born, but his spouse and children were later called Romire. In the 1870 Salem census, as a widow, Catherine's married name was called "Rumwin." Catherine's maiden name Kyress, with her brother, was also spelled Kyriss at times.

In 1854, the three Kyress siblings and Gottlieb Rampmeier immigrated to the Watertown area of Washington County, Ohio, where all of Catherine and Gottfried's children were born, as were the three children of Catherine's sister, Fredericka, who married Abendschoen.

Gottfried likely is in an unmarked grave at the German Evangelical church cemetery on Ohio 676, where the Catherine's sister's husband, Henry Abendschon, is buried in a marked grave. Gottfried died 14 years before the 1881 death of his daughter Caroline, according to her burial record at Highland Ridge German church, where she was buried was spelled KAMPmeier. Her death record identified her father of Watertown and her mother Catherine as living at Salem at the time of Caroline's death. Caroline shows in the 1870 Salem census with her widowed mother and siblings as the RUMWINs and in the 1860 census with her father as the RAMPMEARS. There are no other Romire-variation reports in the Highland Ridge church record, so it is unclear where Catherine and her surviving children and her brother attended once moving to Salem. It is unclear why Caroline is buried in a different Salem Cemetery from her other Romire/Kyress relatives.

Evangelical church records at Watertown, which start in 1866, the year before Gottlieb died, do reference Gottlieb as father at the 1865 christening there of his son Christian F., but do not include him in the 1866 formation list of members, indicating that he likely died during the pregnancy for his youngest child, David, born in 1868. By 1870, a widowed Catherine and her younger children were living in Salem Village (today's Lower Salem village) with her unmarried brother John, with whom she shares this tombstone, and her children, while her sister Fredericka Kyress Abendschoen lived in nearby Marietta.

Son Christian F. either died as a child, had moved away by the 1880s or even possibly is the same person as son Frederic C. who is recorded in church records as having similar name and dates for the English civil record (birth dates of March 6 and 16, 1863 and 1865).

The 1870 census shows two sons Frederick/Frederic in Catherine's household, so older son Frederick, born in 1858, was still in the household in 1870, but his location is not yet known. The other Frederic was born in 1863. The older Frederick is not the same age as the much-older one who immigrated with Catherine.

Combined church, vitals and census records indicate that the Rampmeier/Kampmeier/Romire children were:

* Ernest William, who immigrated with them as an infant [ potentially the 1885 William Romire burial in Scott Ridge Cemetery ],

* John Gilbert [ whose wife's second husband also is in Scott Ridge ],

* Fredericke F. [ shown as male in 1860 census and female in 1870. The Berg church record translation pg 339 reports her as ROHMEIER, daughter of Gottlieb Rohmeier, deceased, and Katharina KERNES, b 8 Oct. 1857, Dunham Township, died 8 May 1874, "buried in the cemetery in Salem." Could be this one, or Highland Ridge or Berg. See Caroline and Rosa. ]

* Henry

* Caroline (called Lucy in 1860 but Caroline in 1870 and 1880. Buried in Highland Ridge nearby cemetery.)

* Rosa [ buried in this cemetery ]

* Frederic C.

* Christian F. [ This birth record report might be the same as Frederic C. or might be a different child, who then doesn't appear in any censuses. The birth dates were 6 March 1863 and 16 March 1865. ],

* David [ in Montana in 1920, missing after that ].

Daughter Rosa lived in the Salem Village home on Main Street (Route 821) until her death in 1914. She signed her brother John Gilbert's marriage record, and she inherited the family home and shares this cemetery.

John Kyress's death date on his tombstone differs from his German birth record by a couple of years, but his will clearly matches this group with whom he lived. He shared Catherine's home in 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses.

Catherine's tombstone etching more closely matches her birth, which records show was on 8 Dec. 1828.

Some of Catherine's children are listed in English civil birth records as children of Catherine "Carius," but the "Carius" spelling in Washington County is for a German Catholic group in the eastern part of the county while these Kyress/Romires were a different German Protestant group in the north central part of the county. Records for the family in Germany were consistently Protestant Kyress, although sometimes Kyriss. In one Washington County census, brother John was called, by English recorders, Kayres. He was not the same John Kayres, however, who had a wife Mary and children in Marietta. This John Kyress was single. listings for this cemetery had reported this summary for this tombstone:

"Romire, Catherine, b. 1828, d. 1888 (This is on the same marker as John Kyress, 1836, d. 1892. Probably the wife of John Kyress")

The same text on file at the Washington County Historical Society has been annotated to reference the correction that they were, instead, siblings, according to John's will.

John Kyress's 1892 will references some of the children of Catherine, by name. In addition to leaving the house to Rosa, he left his shop tools and timber to his nephew Henry Romire, his watch and $10 to his nephew David Romire, and $10 to his sister Fredericka "Rachael" Kyress Abendschoen and her daughter Katie. He mentions none of the other children, which is puzzling, as John Gilbert was definitely alive and still in the same county, and because Fred C. and David both went to Illinois but Fred is omitted. Maybe Fred C. had left sooner? The omission of William supports a match of him to the 1885 William Romire burial in Scott Ridge.

A photograph posted on the memorials of Fredericka Abendschoen in Oak Grove Cemetery and this Catherine's son Henry in Good Hope Cemetery shows the aunt Fredericka and nephew Henry standing together at Henry's Harmar home on Barbara Street with Henry's wife Ida.

Other family connections: Census reports show John Kyress was a wheelwright, as for a time was his nephew Henry Romire. Henry's elder brother John G. in Lawrence Township was a wagon maker. Catherine's sister Fredericka Abendschoen's own son Fred was also, for a time in Tennessee, a worker in a spokes/wheel factory, and lived next door to possible Kyress relatives, the Kresses, who also worked at the same factory. Catherine's sister's Abendshoen family were related by marriage to the Strecker family, and when Fredericka's son William worked there as a foreman, a fellow "stuffer" at the plant was his relative Henry Romire. When William's granddaughter Alma married H.D. Smith, Henry and Ida Romire were the only wedding guests apart from parents and siblings.

The Washington County Historical Society reports these other Romire burials in Washington County: It is not yet clear, yet, as to whether Catherine's Romire husband Gottlieb had any local siblings related to these. They did not share his ship for arriving:

ROMIRE, Bertha A, d. 1881, Pleasant Hill, Lawrence Twp. [ same as the 1880 Annie B. birth reported to John Gilbert and Mary Bender? The grave does not yet show in Findagrave. ]

ROMIRE, Catherine, 1828-1888, Lower Salem, Salem Twp. [ this one ]

ROMIRE, Ella, Eastlawn/Valley, Marietta Twp. [ wife of Fred, below ]
ROMIRE, Fred, Eastlawn/Valley, Marietta Twp. [ son of John Gilbert ]

ROMIRE, Henry, 1856-1922, Good Hope, Salem Twp. [ son of Catherine ]
ROMIRE, Ida M, 1861-1929, Good Hope, Salem Twp. [ Henry's wife ]

ROMIRE, Rosa, 1863-1914, Lower Salem, Salem Twp. [ Catherine's daughter ]

ROMIRE, Sophia, Eastlawn/Valley, Marietta Twp. [ John Gilbert's daughter ]

ROMIRE, William, d. 1885, Scott Ridge, Liberty Twp. [ same as Ernst William, son of Catherine ]

Omitted from the list: John Gilbert, in Moss Run Cemetery, Caroline Kampmeier (Romire/Kampmeier) and Fredericke Rohmeier (cemetery yet to be confirmed).

Death records and surname spelling clarity for Christian F. have not yet been located in any sources, beyond the initial baptism or census records. Nor is there a known subsequent record for the Frederick KAMPMEIER, 14, who immigrated with Gottleib and Catherine.

The church trail as source of tracking clues is mixed: This Salem Township cemetery is non-sectarian, as is Eastlawn. The Good Hope church cemetery where Catherine and Gottlieb's son Henry is buried seems to have been Baptist. Highland Ridge was Evangelical Lutheran, as was the Watertown church. Scott Ridge and Pleasant Hill were Methodist. Moss Run is a community Protestant church that has varied in affiliations. 
Family links: 
  William Romire (____ - 1885)*
  John Gilbert Romire (1855 - 1904)*
  Henry Romire (1856 - 1922)*
  Carolina Kampmeier (1860 - 1881)*
  Fred C. Romire (1863 - 1942)*
  Rosa Romire (1863 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Salem Township Cemetery
Lower Salem
Washington County
Ohio, USA
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