|Birth: ||May 11, 1796, Germany|
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 1880|
Other name spellings: Enfried, Ehrnfried, Schermer, Shermer
Enfred was born in or near Leutmannsdorf, Schlesien, Schweidnitz, Germany on Wednesday, May 11, 1796. This area is now Lutomia Górna, Dolnoslaskie, Poland (since 1945). It is in the administrative district of Gmina Świdnica, within Świdnica County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. It is about 35 miles south-west of the regional capital Wrocław.
On February 6, 1827, Ehrenfried, age 26 (per marriage record), married Caroline Herda, age 23, in the Catholic church at Gräditz, Kr. Schweidnitzor, Germany (now Grodziszcze (Swidnica), Poland). Records show that the Schirmer family lived in Gräditz in the early years of their marriage where their older children were baptized in the Catholic church. In later years they were affiliated with the Lutheran church. From Gräditz they moved about 5.4 miles to Leutmannsdorf, Schlesien, Germany where they raised their family of eight known children. Enfred was a land owner and a farmer. The Schirmer family immigrated to the United States in 1856, departing from the Port of Bremen, Germany on the ship Orpheus traveling 'between decks' and arriving in the port of New York on August 23, 1856. Their oldest daughter, who was married, remained in Germany. Enfred and family settled in the town of Baileys Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin where he purchased land on June 2, 1857 which was situated at E 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Sec 30, Town 30, Range 28. On October 3, 1866, he purchased Lot 9, Block 1 in the Village of Baileys Harbor. According to the 1870 census, Enfred had become a naturalized citizen. Throughout the 1870’s, he was elected to town office as Sealer.
Enfred and Caroline’s known children:
-Johanna Christiane Schirmer m. Johann Karl Wilhelm Stenzel (they remained in Germany when the rest of the family immigrated to America in 1856) Some of the Stenzel descendants immigrated in the 1880's and 1890's.
-Matilda Schirmer - Matilda is on the passenger list and is also mentioned in Enfred's estate papers as being deceased (before May 30, 1882) and the mother of Charles W. Schermer.
-Johann Carl "August" Schermer m. Margaretha Catharina "Meta" Meyer
-Caroline Schirmer m. William Jackson.
-Odelia Ernestine Johanna Schirmer m. Adam Hendrick
-Henrietta Schirmer m. Jacob or John Appel
-Paulina Schirmer m. Ernest Bues (Henrietta and Paulina were twins)
-Bertha Schirmer m. Godfrey Nelson
Enfred died in Baileys Harbor at the age of 84 on Thursday, November 18, 1880 of stroke or heart disease and is buried in the Baileys Harbor Town Cemetery beside his wife who died in August 1865.
"I have this week to chronicle the sad news of the death of Enfred Schermer, which occurred on the 18th just. Mr. Schermer was on that day apparently as well as usual until about 9 o'clock p.m. Two of Wm. Jackson's children were staying with him that night. They had just gone to bed in an adjoining room, where their grandfather usually slept, when they heard a noise as if he had fallen down. They rushed out into the room where they had left him, and found him in a half-sitting half-lying position on the floor between the table and a large chest. They spoke to him several times, but received no response. They then ran out and gave the alarm. When his relatives and friends came in they found him quite dead, though, singular to relate the body retained its natural warmth until 10 o'clock on the following day.
As near as we can learn, Mr. Schermer was born in a town named Lightmannsdorf, in Prussia, in 1796, and on the 11th of May last was 84 years old. He emigrated from his native country in the summer of 1856 and settled in Baileys Harbor, where he resided up to the time of his death. He was one of our most industrious citizens, and one of our best neighbors, as well as one of our oldest inhabitants. He leaves five daughters and one son all married and living in this town, besides numerous grandchildren, to mourn his loss. He has gone to join his life-partner who preceded him fifteen years ago last August. May he rest in peace."
The Door County Advocate; Sturgeon Bay, Door, Wisconsin; Thursday, November 25, 1880; Pg 2
"Sudden Death - The citizens of Baileys Harbor were shocked last Thursday evening by hearing of the death of Mr. E. Schermer, one of the oldest citizens, as well as one of the pioneer settlers of that town. Only an hour before his death he was up town, jovial, and apparently in his usual good health. He has been a widower for more than fourteen years, and lived in a house by himself - preferring to be alone. However on the night of his death, a couple of his grand children were stopping with him, and had retired for the night. Mr. Schermer had been reading his newspaper until about 9 o'clock, when he laid it away and seemed to be preparing to go to bed. Suddenly he uttered a queer sort of noise, and fell to the floor - not uttering a word, and dying almost instantly. It is supposed that he died with a stroke of paralysis or heart disease. Last summer when we were in Baileys Harbor, we called on the old gentleman and took down in our book some notes of his early settlement in Door county. He was born in Prussia, 1796; married Caroline Hardler 1826; came to America 1856, and the same year settled in the present town of Baileys Harbor. His wife died some 14 or 15 years ago. He left several children, most of which are married and living in Baileys Harbor. It seems the old gentleman had made a will some time ago, and in the will appointed Adam Hendricks administrator. Accordingly Mr. Hendricks is going on to straighten up the matter in legal form."
Expositor; Sturgeon Bay, Door, Wisconsin; Friday, November 26, 1880
About six months have elapsed since we began gathering biographies and general information for this history of Door county. The mighty wings of time carry much, and their course is direct—many of the old settlers whose biography appeared in former chapters of this history now rest in the bosom of mother earth, and May day will mark their resting place with green grass. We are handed the following concerning those we visited last summer who have since departed this life.
E. Schermer, died November 18th, 1880, at his home, in Bailey's Harbor. Deceased was born in Prussia 1796, came to America and Door county in 1856; married Caroline Harlder in 1826; had six children married as follows: Erestine married Adam Hendricks. Caroline married Wm Jackson. Yetta married Jacob Apple. Polina married Hans Boose. Bertha married Gottfrey Nelson.
Weekly Expositor Independent; Sturgeon Bay, Door, Wisconsin; Friday, March 4, 1881
Photo of area view of Schermer burial location was taken by Michael Gallagher. 10-19-2013
(see next page for more pictures)
Caroline Herda Schirmer (1803 - 1865)
Carl August Schermer (1832 - 1895)*
Caroline Schirmer Jackson (1835 - 1901)*
Ernestina Johanna Schermer Hendrick (1839 - 1914)*
Henrietta Schermer Appel (1844 - 1921)*
Paulina A. Schermer Bues (1845 - 1924)*
Bertha Schermer Nelson (1849 - 1935)*
Baileys Harbor Town Cemetery
Plot: section 4
Created by: DeeღKeith
Record added: Feb 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85324270