Husband: Johann Adam Maurer (1 2)
Born: 03 Jul 1791 in Waldgrehweiler, Canton Rockenhausen, Rheinland-PflazBavaria
Married: 13 Dec 1815 in Waldgrehweiler, Canton Rockenhausen, Bavaria
Died: 29 Jan 1850 in Bucks Twsp, Tuscarawas Co., OH
Father: Johann Nicolaus Maurer
Mother: Gertrude Schut
Wife: Jacobina Philipina Mohr (3)
Born: 20 Nov 1795 in Niedermoschel, Pfalz, Bavaria, Germany
Died: 01 Feb 1871 in Bucks Twsp, Tuscarawas Co., OH
Father: Adam Mohr
Mother: Philippina Rubin
01 (M): Johannes John Maurer (4)
Born: 24 Nov 1817 in Waldgrehweiler, Canton Rockenhausen, Bavaria
Died: 10 Oct 1890 in Tuscarawas Co, OH
02 (F): Phillipina Maurer (5)
Born: 1822 in Waldgrehweiler, Canton Rockenhausen, Bavaria
03 (M): George Philip Maurer (6)
Born: 08 Dec 1824 in Waldgrehweiler, Canton Rockenhausen, Bavaria
04 (F): Christina Elizabeth Maurer (7 8 9 10 11 12 13)
Born: 08 Aug 1827 in Waldgrehweiler, Canton Rockenhausen, Rheinland- Pflaz, Germany (14 15)
Died: 07 Nov 1902 in St. Charles, Winona Co., MN (16)
Spouses: Theobald H. Britzius
05 (F): Katherine Caroline Maurer (17)
Born: 24 Nov 1829 in Waldgrehweiler, Canton Rockenhausen, Bavaria
Died: 04 Jul 1854 in Bucks Twsp, Tuscarawas Co., OH
06 (F): Margaretha Louise Maurer (18)
Born: 04 Sep 1832 in Waldgrehweiler, Canton Rockenhausen, Bavaria
Died: 25 Dec 1858 in Tuscarawas Co, OH
07 (M): Adam Maurer (19)
Born: 16 Nov 1835 in Bucks Twsp, Tuscarawas Co., OH
Died: 14 Mar 1863 in Bucks Twsp, Tuscarawas Co., OH
Additional Information

Johann Adam Maurer:


According to the Walker/Iltis family Tree on the Adam Maurer family arrived in NY from Germany (Bavaria at that time) on May 31, 1834.

The Maurer Story

September 15, 2013

Dear Children,

Tonight I want to tell you about my Zimmerman grandfather's mother's mother's family. That would be your great-great-great-great grandmother's family. (I think!)

The first Maurer we know anything about is Johan Nicolaus (b. 1760) in Niedermoschel, a few miles north of Waldgreweiler, Donnersbergkreis district, Bavaria. That's the part of Germany we know as Rheinland-Palatine or Pfalz for short. At the time Johan Nicolaus lived there it was part of Bavaria. He married Gertrude Schut (b. 1771) also in Niedermoschel. The two children that we know of from that union were both born in Waldgrehweiler, Bavaria.

When our cousin, Bill Moyer, was in Germany he visited a very old house in Waldgrehweiler that was said to have belonged to the Maurer family. Here's how he described it, “The original walls are three feet thick and it was nice and cool inside on an 85 degree day outside. The inside ceilings looked ancient except in the rooms he had redone. He said he didn't know when it was built - perhaps in the 1400's. It was used as an inn at one time, with a dance hall adjoining it.” If you ever get to Germany and want to visit it, give me a call. He even sent a map of how to find it!

The elder child was Johann Adam Maurer (b. 1791). He married Jacobina Philipine Mohr (b. 1795) in 1815 and they settled in Waldgrehweiler. They had seven children, all but the last born in Waldgrehweiler. The last, Adam, was born in Bucks Township, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio. According to the tree of Walker/Iltis, Adam Maurer and his family arrived in New York from Bavaria on May 31, 1834. Johann Adam and Jacobina Mohr Maurer were among our immigrant ancestors. And so was their daughter, Christina, your great great great great grandmother.

Christina Elizabeth Maurer (b. 1827) lived to be 75 years old and died in St. Charles, Minnesota. You can read more about her life in the section about Theobald Britzius (b. 1820).

The Maurer family immigrated to America, Bucks township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, between 1832 when 6th child, Margaretha, was born in Germany, and 1835 when 7th child Adam was born in America. This is about the time (1832) another Maurer and another Britzius family immigrated from the same area of Germany. In fact the Britizus family mentioned came from Bisterschied, same as ours! The letter is not about our ancestors exactly, However, the time, the places, the names are so close that they were undoubtedly cousins of some degree and the story it tells certainly gives the flavor of why our Maurer and Britzius ancestors left the Pfalz and what they endured to get here. So I copy it here:

"My Trip to America

(This is a letter written by Carl Boesel, an emigrant from the Pflaz in 1832. It was found in an Illinois library by Roland Paul, director of Helmatstile Pfalz, Kaiserlautern. It was translated by Bill Moyer.)

In 1832 it seemed as if everything important in the world was gone. The liberal spirit that had given people such hope seemed to have been crushed and we appeared to be going back into the Dark Ages without a free press.

The previous year the government had given us the impression that we might have greater freedom. Men like Frederich Schuler, Savoy of Saarrueken, Dr. Siebenpfeifer in Zweibruecken, Barth in Lauterecken, Dr. Wirth from Homburg near Kaiserlautern, and the Protestant preacher Hochdoefer in Sembach responded with speeches and publications gaining the support of freedom-loving people everywhere. A big rally was planned to be held in the ruins of the old castle at Hambach near Neustadt on Sunday, May 27.

People came from all over, even from as far away as France, Holland, and England. There was a big parade in the morning with music, flags, guns saluting and bells ringing from the Neustadt market grounds to the castle at Hambach. The crowd sang the 387th Lied and wonderful speeches were made about human rights. However, the Government later had the leaders arrested and continued in it's old ways. The movement toward freedom had ended.

I hope with this background you can better understand why so many from Germany were willing to give up their historic homeland in that period and to seek a new life elsewhere.

On the 4th of April, 1833, a group of us left the Pfalz: Jacob Maurer; Adam Braun; Peter Stein; a Mr. Hoffman; clockmaker Waelde and Mr. Semon (or Simon) from Meisenheim (Meisenheim is about 6 Miles NNW of Bisterschied); Fuerster Lang and family from Zippersfeld (now well known in Tiffin, Ohio); the Ackert (Eckert) family and the Breceus (Britzius) family from Bisterfeld (Bisterschied) and Adam Paul from Shoerborn (Shonborn); so that altogether 135 souls arrived in (Le) Havre (France.) It took us 18 miserable days to make the trip to Havre.

There we had to wait a week because the ship Jefferson was not ready to put to sea. Mrs. Ackert from Bisterfelt died. I will always remember how six men had to carry the body and casket three miles for burial.

Finally, on April 25 we put out to sea with 45 days' supplies. It was a bad voyage and lasted 63 miserable days before we reached Baltimore. The food ran out and the water became so bad we could hardly drink it. As I said, it was a terrible trip. Smallpox broke out so that moaning and discomfort were everyday things. We lost one child which we wrapped in a sailcloth and gave up to the waves. It belonged to the Britzius family from Bisterschied.

The captain, who was form Norfolk, suffered a stroke and became lame, so we went to Norfolk to drop him off before we went to Baltimore. We spent two days anchored at Norfolk, where for the first time we saw black people.

When we reached Baltimore we were in bad shape, especially the poor little children. I have never in my life seen children who looked so awful as these did—it made you shudder to see them. The authorities would not let us land in Baltimore but we were taken by flatboat a mile from the city and put ashore under God's free sky so that on the 27th of June towards evening we knew we were going to have the pleasure of spending our first night in free America sleeping in God's free world.

I'll pause now to tell you the story of a good deed. As we were coming ashore we noticed a few cattle. We had some resolute young women on the ship and two of them set off to obtain what would add to the skin and bones of our poor children—namely milk. It didn't take long for them to reach the herd and start to work. They were astonished to find the cows so different from in Europe, as no matter how hard they tried they could get no milk from the third one. It was a bull! One of those young women is dead now. The other lives in Sidney, Ohio.

On the 28th we continued our travel westwards, making a very difficult trip over the Allegheny Mountains which took 18 days. After that we split up and went different directions. Lang, Hoffman, and many others went to Tiffin, Ohio. Maurer, Paul and Stein stayed with our group. Paul hurried ahead of us to Cincinnati where he found a black man who spoke German and would transport some of our luggage free. However, when we reached Cincinnati, he said differently and wanted us to pay $2.15 for each hundred pounds. Cincinnati was then still a small city, not yet having earned the name, “The Paris of America.”

We rested there a few days and then went on to Hamilton, where we settled our families and set out to buy land. Our trip from there went via Dayton to Piqua. Here we heard that two German settlements were to be laid out. Next we went nine miles further through a thick forest to Fort Laramie (Ohio), passing an occasional blockhouse. Finally we came to a blockhouse on which there was a long sign pointing east. The sign was in bad shape and at first we couldn't make out the letters, but finally we read “Stallotown.”

This town had been laid out in 1832 by a man named Stallow. If I remember correctly, he was the uncle of the present Judge Stallo of Cincinnati. He died, I'm sorry to say, of cholera in 1833, before his plan for development was carried out.

We marched on to new Bremen. We found it in no better shape than Stallotown, a pair of shabby blockhouses being the only signs of anything but wilderness. All around there was Federal land available at $1.25 per acre. We determined finally to settle here because the land pleased us. We hurried to Wapokoneta and each of us bought as much land as he could afford. Maurer bought 960 acres.

Now we returned to Hamilton where we picked up our families and brought them to their new homesites in New Bremen, which took until August of the year 1833.

Bremen had been laid out the year before by a man named Schroeder who was originally from Bremen, Germany. He suffered the same fate as Stallo, dying before his town was settled. In 1833 Jacob Maurer also died of the cholera, which was a hard blow to our little group.

Our founding fathers of that time have all left this temporal blessing. May the earth rest lightly on their bones."

Johann Adam and Jacobina Mohr Maurer's daughter Christina Elizabeth Maurer (b. 1827), our ancestor, was six years old when her family immigrated to America. Her story continues with the story of Theobald Britzius in the Britzius story.

Love, Granny

Jacobina Philipina Mohr:

Buried: Lint-Gonter's, Fiat German Lutheran Cemetery, Bucks Twsp, Tuscarawas Co, OH

(07) Adam Maurer:

Cause of Death: Suicide - per grave marker

Buried: Lint-Gonter's, Fiat German Lutheran Cemetery, Bucks Twsp, Tuscarawas Co, OH

  1. Goettel Steve, Maurer Descendants.
  2. Bill Moyer.

    [My Maurer story is based on extensive emails with William Finn Moyer who has done exhaustive research on the Britzius family and their Maurer line.]

  3. Goettel Steve, Maurer Descendants.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Census, Federal - 1870 - Olmsted Co., Minnesota, Quincy Twsp, PO Little Valley, Ancestry page 11.
    (10 Aug 1870)

    Line 27

    Britzius T. age 51 Farmer RE: $7,000 PE: $2,350 born: Biow
    Elizabeth 44 keeping house Biow
    Addicum 17 Ohio
    Jacob 14 Ohio
    John 10 Ohio
    Henry 7 Ohio
    Mary 6 MN
    Theobald 4 MN
    Caroline 1 MN
    Line 36

    Britzius Geo. 24 Farmer PE: $300 Ohio
    Margurite 20 Keeping House Ohio

  9. Obituary, Post & Record (Minnesota Newspaper).

    Miss Elizabeth Christiana Maurer was born Aug. 8, 1827, at Waldgreweiler, Canton Rockenhausen, Bavaria, Germany. She came to the United States in 1834 and settled in Tuscawarawas County, Ohio, and was united in marriage to Theobald Britzius on Dec., 7, 1843. In 1884 they moved to Minnesota and settled in the town of Quincy. They were converted in 1886 and joined the Evangelical Association. She was faithful to her church and to the Lord until called from labor to her reward on Nov. 7, 1902.
    Five children and a husband who died a little more than a year ago preceeded her in death. One brother, six sons, four daughters, and many friends mourn her departure. The children present at the funeral were Rev. George Britzius and wife from ____cloud, Phoebe Harthman and husband from Dover, Mary Schmitt and husband from St. Charles, Tim Britzius and wife from their old home in Quincy, Adam and wife from Rochester, Jacob from Aberdeen, S.D., and Carrie.

    [Received from Bill Moyer, postmark 28 Jun 2010

    Bill adds a note about the "Evangelical Association." He says, "This means Lutheran."]

  10. Census, Federal 1850, Auburn, Tuscarawas, Ohio.

    Name: Elizabeth Buzas
    [Elizabeth Britziius]
    [Elizabeth Britzius]
    Age: 23
    Birth Year: abt 1827
    Birthplace: Germany
    Home in 1850: Auburn, Tuscarawas, Ohio
    Gender: Female
    Family Number: 238
    Household Members: Name Age
    Theobald Buzas 30
    Elizabeth Buzas 23
    Elizabeth Buzas 6
    George Buzas 4
    Phebe Buzas 3
    Catharine Buzas 2
    Theobald Buzas 0
    Jacob Buzas 62

  11. Census, Federal 1860, Auburn, Tuscarawas, Ohio.

    Name: Elizabeth Pretzeus
    [Elizabeth Britzius]
    Age in 1860: 35
    Birth Year: abt 1825
    Birthplace: Bavaria
    Home in 1860: Auburn, Tuscarawas, Ohio
    Gender: Female
    Post Office: Ragersville
    Value of real estate: View Image
    Household Members: Name Age
    Delnalp Pretzeus 38
    Elizabeth Pretzeus 35
    Elizabeth Pretzeus 17
    Geo Pretzeus 14
    Margaret Pretzeus 12
    Adam Pretzeus 10
    Jacob Pretzeus 7
    Nicholas Pretzeus 5
    John Pretzeus 2
    Jacob Pretzeus 69

  12. Census, Federal 1900, Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota.

    Name: Elizabeth Britzins
    [Elizabeth Britzius]
    [Elizabeth Britzms]
    Age: 72
    Birth Date: Aug 1827
    Birthplace: Germany
    Home in 1900: Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Immigration Year: 1835
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Marital Status: Married
    Marriage Year: 1845
    Years Married: 55
    Father's Birthplace: Germany
    Mother's Birthplace: Germany
    Mother: number of living children: 10
    Mother: How many children: 15
    Occupation: View on Image
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Elizabeth Britzins 72
    Clara Taylor 34
    Iva Taylor 13
    Wilber Taylor 10
    Frank Taylor 8
    Robert Taylor 6
    Clara Bell Taylor 3
    Melvin Taylor 10/12

    [Her son Theobald is living next door.]

  13. Census, Federal - 1880 - Olmstead Co., MN, Quincy ED 197.

    Name: Elizabeth Britzins
    [Elizabeth Britzius]
    Age: 53
    Birth Year: abt 1827
    Birthplace: Germany
    Home in 1880: Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Relation to Head of House: Wife
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse's Name: Theobuld Britzins
    Father's Birthplace: Germany
    Mother's Birthplace: Germany
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Occupation: Keeping House

    Household Members: Name Age
    Theobuld Britzins 60
    Elizabeth Britzins 53
    John Britzins 20
    Henry Britzins 18
    Mary Britzins 16
    Theobuld Britzins 14
    Caroline Britzins 11
    H. Van Lackum 8

  14. Maurer, Christina Elizabeth - tombstone.
  15. Britzius File III, p. 21.

    Birth Record of Christine Elisabethe Maurer

    (Translation) In 1827, on the 9th of August, at twelve noon, there appeared before me, Adam Lanzer, mayor of Bisterschied and keeper of the civilian records of the community of Waldgrehweiler, Bavaria, Adam Maurer, 36 years old, farmer living in Waldgrehweiler, who declared to me that on the 8th of August at 5 a.m. a female child was born to his wife Jakobina (nee) Mohr in House # 49 in Waldgrehweiler. They have given the child the name Christine Elisabethe. This statement was made before witnessess Christine Steufort, 67 years old, resident of Waldgrehweiler, and Heinrich Geibel, 38, linenweaver, resident of Waldgrehweiler.

    Adam Maurer cristena Stf Heinrich Geibel Lantzer

    [This is a copy of an original German birth record for Christine Elisabetha, as well as an English translation.]

  16. Sheri, Wheeler Family Tree (
  17. Goettel Steve, Maurer Descendants.
  18. Ibid.
  19. Ibid.
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