I am posting information on my biggest "brick wall" while researching my family history in hopes that it may "develop a chink".
Christian Heinrich HILMER (or Heinrich Christian) was born May 5, 1853, in Oldenburg Germany (Schwei, Grand Duchy; according to his obituary), the son of a peasant.
He married Friedarika Wilberts/Wilbertz (or Geske Friedarika) July 15, 1878. She was born March 14, 1856 in Ostfriesland Germany (Sued Arle, according to her obituary).
They had three sons known to have been born in Germany : George Henry (Dec 27 1879), Carl Friedrich (circa 1881), and Frank J. (May 8, 1884). In a document written in later years by George Henry, he indicated that he was born and baptized in Abbehausen. (A recent check of Abbehausen baptism records indicates no entry for Frank.)
According to G.H's document, the family of 5 was given free passage to the United States, paid by relatives. This was to have been in the spring of 1885 and he indicates they came to New York via the ship, Oder. (So far, I have been unable to document this). He further states that an "uncle" picked them up from the train and took them to their sod house near Columbus, Nebraska (Platte County). I have been unable to determine who the relative would have been - no other HILMERS or WILBERTS that can be identified YET. Another possibility is the surname, FROHLING or FRAHLING (mentioned in both of their obituaries as having attended their funerals in Boone County, Nebraska, from South Dakota).
In the 1900 and 1910 census, the Christian HILMER family is in Shell Creek Township, Platte County, Nebraska, farming.
Other children born in the United States are : Frieda (March 1887), Anna (Jan 31, 1889), Infant Son (Nov 12, 1891-Nov 13, 1891) buried in Potter's Field in Columbus, Sophie (Oct 1892), Jacob Diedrick (May 15, 1895), Carl (June 24, 1898), and Helen (Mar 31, 1902).
In the 1920 and 1930 census, the family is in Manchester Township, Boone County, Nebraska, farming.
George Henry went to the Concordia Practical Seminary in Springfield, Illinois in 1900. In 1906, he was ordained and was pastor in several Lutheran Churches in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. July 15, 1906, he married Mary Clara VANSELOW (born Jan 11, 1881, in Germany). They are both buried in Jefferson County, Missouri.
Carl Friedrich died May 2, 1898, and is buried in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Platte County.
Frank J. (my grandfather) lived in Platte County the rest of his life. In 1910, he was living on a farm by himself. On Feb 24, 1914, he married Thiebe Alena OLTMANS (daughter of Oltman D. & Altjen J. (JOHNSON) OLTMANS, born Sept 26, 1894 in Platte County). In 1920 and 1930 census, this family is in Shell Creek Township, Platte County.
Frieda married Louis August WILKEN Jan 4, 1906, and died 2 years later. She is buried at Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Platte County.
Anna married George SIEBLER Dec 9, 1908, They are both buried at Rosehill Cemetery, Boone County.
Sophie married Claus MEYER.
Jacob married Emma REDLINGER Oct. 25, 1936. They are both buried at Rosehill Cemetery, Boone County.
Carl remained a bachelor and is also buried at Rosehill Cemetery.
Helen married Henry LAUDENKLOS. He is buried at Rosehill - believe she is too.
ANY and ALL information connected with this family will be WELCOMED!