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John Mathern
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Birth: Dec. 28, 1801
Alsace, France
Death: Jan. 20, 1880
Tama County
Iowa, USA

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I have found some additional information on another set of my great-great-grandparents. An interesting aspect of this is that four of the Mathern children (2 daughters and 2 sons) married four of the Brecht siblings.

Apparently the "custom" of siblings marrying siblings carried into future generations as my Mother had two sisters and two brothers married siblings from the same family. These four Henle siblings married four Kriegel siblings. The Henle siblings were children of Antonetta Rachel "Gettis" Henle, a daughter of Marcella "Brecht" Gettis, a daughter of Adam and Mary Eva "Mathern" Brecht. Additionally one of the Henle daughters married a first cousin to the Kreigel siblings and another Henle daughter and son married distant cousins to the same family. So much for the life on the farm in Iowa over the generations. :)

Below I list the entries from the Ship manifest from the early part of 1843. It lists the Mathern family coming from Alsace, France on a ship called the "Sully". The names vary somewhat and it would appear that my great-grandmother is listed as Magdalena (although she was known in America as Mary Eva). I also included the listing from the 1850 US Census, which lists a total of eleven children, unfortunately I have been unable to find the other six not currently listed on "Find-A-Grave" but my search continues...

Ship Manifest "Sully"
Arrive NYC 1843

First Name Surname Gender Age Est. Birthdate/place

Jean Mathern M 41 1802 France
Appelonia Mathern F 36 1807 France
Antoine Mathern M 11 1832 France
Michel Mathern M 9 1834 France
Joseph Mathern M 7 1836 France
Catharina Mathern F 4 1839 France
Magdalena Mathern F 2 1841 France
Marie Mathern F 1 1840 France

US Census 1850 (somehow the Census report dropped the "H" in the surname.
John Matern M 49 France
Abalona Matern M 42 France
Andrew Matern M 18 France (married Francisea Brecht)
Michael Matern M 16 France
Joseph Matern M 14 France(married Mary Augusta Brecht)
Catharine Matern F 12 France
Mariah M Matern F 10 France(married Adam Brecht) (Mary Eva Mathern)
Eve Matern F 9 France
Margaret Matern F 7 Ohio
Sophia Matern F 4 Ohio
Elizabeth Matern F 3 Ohio (married Franz Mechnig)
Mary A Matern F 3 Ohio (twin?)
Martha E Matern F 0 Ohio (married Joseph Brecht)

Added by Bob Olsen on Apr 20, 2016 12:12 PM

Information provided by: Bob Olsen (#47657486) 
Family links: 
  Apolonia Marie Kreber Mathern (1808 - 1888)*
  Anthony Andrew Mathern (1832 - 1920)*
  Franklin Joseph Mathern (1836 - 1912)*
  Mary Eva Mathern Brecht (1840 - 1897)*
  Elizabeth Mathern Mechnig (1847 - 1927)*
  Martha E Mathern Brecht (1850 - 1916)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Death Aged: 70 Yrs. 22 Mos
Saint Patricks Cemetery
Tama County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Our Family History
Record added: Apr 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88656927
John Mathern
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John Mathern
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John Mathern
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John, Rest in Peace.
- Wayne, Donna, Tonee, Terrence
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