Additional notes on people who appear in the Kohler-Davies family tree

(in alphabetical order)

 

Albert Kohler

Twin brother of Jules. For information about Albert see account for Jules in www.kohlerfamhist.com. This immigration record might be of him.

 

Albert Sidney Kohler

He was born in 1905. He won a scholarship to Swansea Grammar School. After school he worked as a draughtsman while going to night school and taking London University external exams. At about the age of 20 he moved to London, living in lodgings in Wembley for 5 years. He was engaged to Joan during that period. This is a photo of him in 1932. He married Joan Davies in 1933. Here is a photo of the wedding party. After marriage, he and his wife Joan lived in "Bryn Siriol", Cot Hill, Llanwern, Monmouthshire, Wales where David was born . Albert worked at the local steelworks as a draughtsman.  In 1937 (approx.) the company moved him to Birmingham (1 Wilson Road, Warley) which his wife hated. Then he got a job with Stanton, an iron & steel works in Notts (now called Stanton of Staveley). Initially hired as a clerk, he rose to become the manager of the concrete lamp column department there. This is a photo of  Albert and Joan at a Stanton Christmas party. They rented a house at 4 Valmont Road, Bramcote, Notts 9 (see Valmont_Rd_in_1939.xls) from 9 May 1938 and paid a little more than one pound/week. He was a Freemason during this period. In July 1950 the family moved from Valmont Rd (this is Valmont Rd about 1950) to 2 Hillside Crescent, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts where he worked for Concrete Utilities Ltd., Lower Road, St. Margarets; he was the manager of a subsidiary company Erecon that erected concrete lamp columns. In early 1952 he left Erecon and formed his own business to erect concerete lamp columns. He employed a small number of casual labourers to do the manual work.  He had a very stressful time at both Erecon and his own company. For most of his life he suffered from stomach ulcers. He died in 1957.  He had a life-long passion for reading (his secret wish was to run a bookshop) and a commitment to education as a way for his children to avoid the situation he found himself in. He is buried in the church yard.at Great Amwell.

 

Brinley (Brynley) Howell "Bryn" Davies

Tobacconist, newsagent. This is a picture of his shop .in Bernard St., Swansea as it looks now.

 

Charles Ernest Kohler

According Ellis Island's immigation records (scanned through Ancestry.com), a person named Ernest Kohler arrived in New York on 16 Feb 1882 aboard the Gallia (manifast ID # 36438) whose port of departure was given as "Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland". His age was 17 and his country of origin was "Germany". This is the only "Ernest Kohler" or “Charles Kohler” entering the United States through New York between 1851 and 1891 and whose age and date of arrival approximately match our Ernest Kohler. If, as we think, he was born on 6 Jun 1863, he would have been 18 when he arrived in New York, not 17. There were no other Kohlers on board the Gallia. He became a US citizen on 14 Oct 1901. The 5-page application for citizenship (page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5) states that he moved to the United States from Alsace in 1880 when he was 17 and that he had resided continuously in Louisiana since 1880.

According to an account given to Lela Kohler by her father-in-law Eustis William Kohler

"My father Ernest Kohler, his older brother William Kohler, and a Kohler cousin came to America from Alsace; they were 3 months in a sailboat. [This sounds as if they all came together, but we know William came in 1872. Ernest would have been 9 in 1872. Ernest's citizenship document states he came when he was 17; it's more credible that he came when he was 17 than when he was 9 and that he came to the US 8 years after his brother William.] They settled around Lake Pearl near what is now Hessmer, Louisiana. The cousin didn't like the heat and humidity of Louisiana, so he left and went north. [Some people have speculated that the cousin founded the town of Kohler, Wisconsin and that he or a descendant started a plumbing company which became the famous Kohler Company, manufacturers of bathroom fixtures. This isn’t true since the Kohler Company was founded in 1873 by Austrian-born John Michael Kohler.] Later, Ernest became First Engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad. He made a lot of money and gave it away."

Ernest worked in the Panama Canal area for the French government. He sent money home to Alsace for safe-keeping because people were dying in Panama of yellow fever and he was afraid his family would lose his money if he died.. The 'Government fell through on the job'. He wrote home for his money and his sister Louise wrote that his brother Emile had taken the money and gone to Africa. [Actually, Emile went to Buenos Aires, Argentina.] Ernest invented a machine to dig ditches but another man stole the idea and got it patented. That he was in Panama is confirmed by New York immigration records page 1 and page 3) which show that C. E. Kohler, aged 22, arrived there on 25 Mar 1889 from Aspinwall, Panama on board the City of Para; which sailed monthly between Rio de Janeiro and New York and called at several ports along the way. He carried two pieces of luggage and was described as a "labourer"; Citizen, visitor or immigrant = "Sojourn".

[Note on the Panama Canal:

"In 1882 Ferdinand de Lesseps, who had built the Suez Canal, suggested a French-owned canal at Panama. There were many setbacks: he couldn't raise enough backing, malaria and yellow fever had a devastating effect, the ground was extremely hard, and he insisted on a level canal instead of a system of locks. In 1889, Lesseps' company was liquidated in order to pay back investors. In 1894, a new company, the Compagnie Nouvelle du Canal de Panama, was created in France to attempt to finish the canal, but France determined that she could not possibly complete the canal and later sold the rights to the United States."]

His granddaughter Louise couldn't remember much when I [David] saw her in June 2004 and there is some uncertainty about her recollections. She told this story:

"Ernest had a fiancée in Europe. He sent her ahead to Louisiana, where she stayed while he went to work in a diamond mine in South America. He sent her money. His younger brother Frederick came to Louisiana, met the fiancée and ran off to Canada with her and the money. Then Ernest returned to Louisiana where he married his brother William's wife Angelica after William died. Nobody ever heard from Frederick again. Ernest brought several Indians with him from South America and they worked for him in a brick-making business. He had a big house but it caught fire. He was a Catholic."

 

David Morgan

He may be the David Jones Morgan born 16 May 1844 in Cadoxton, Glam., who was collier and spelterman – someone who makes alloys of zinc, such as brass.)

 

Elizabeth "Betty" Davies

She was born in Ffynonfadog Road, Llansamlet, and was a Swansea postal officer for all of her life. She was a close friend of Elizabeth (Betty) Escott. She had stroke in 1992; another stroke in 1993 and lost the ability to speak. She died in Brynderwen Nursing Home, Tycoch, Swansea.

 

Ellen Agnes "Nellie" Lamnea

Born in 30 Inkerman St, St Thomas, Swansea. Her first name is Ellen on her birth (1883) and baptism (1888) certificates but it is given as “Helen” on her son's birth certificate and Helene in the 1901 census but I'm sure these are mistakes by the transcriber (she said "Ellen" but he thought she said "Helen"). She married Jules Kohler in 1905, less than seven months before her son Albert was born.  She signed her son's marriage certificate "E.A. Davey" (she was remarried to Bob Davey then). She married Robert Davey 9 months after Jules Kohler died. Pages 43-45 of Derek Davies' book "Old Postcard Views of Swansea and Gower" show Walter Road. This would have been the route she would have taken in 1901 to go into town, and probably to go home to see the family, when she was working in The Grove.

 

Emile Kohler

He moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina but we are not sure when. Possibly this immigration record could be him, in which case he entered Argentina on Boxing Day 1889. In the 1890's he owned a warehouse for medicines (Deposito de Drogas) at 2238 Calle Piedad (later re-named Calle Bartolome Mitre (there is now a Howard Johnson Hotel nearby at 2241 Bartolome Mitre Street.)) between Andes and Ombu Streets in the Balvanera district of Buenos Aires. This is a front view and a side view of what this address looks like today. We have one of his business cards on the back of which is a hand-written list of herbal medicines. According to the business card he specialized in liquors, wine and hats. His younger brother Jules (and possibly Jules' twin brother Albert) joined him around 1893.  According to Nini Bernard in Letter W (1931) he was married with no children. The following story has been handed down (we're not sure of its truth): Emile sent Albert to Mexico on a business trip with a lot of money; they never heard from Albert again; Emile was convinced that Albert had stolen the money but Jules believed Albert had been murdered; relations between Emile and Jules became strained and Jules left.  Our main contact with the Louisiana Kohlers was Lela Kohler who was married to Haley Eustis "Red" "Kay" Kohler. Haley’s grandfather was named Charles Ernest Kohler and he, Emile and Jules were full brothers. Haley’s father (named Eustis William Kohler and obviously a son of  Charles Ernest) gave Lela Kohler a different account of Emile: "Emile supposedly married a 'common woman' in Africa. He had money but apparently got it in a crooked way. Emile lived in Berlin during World War II." There is no evidence to support any of this.

 

Emlyn Davies

Born on Mansel Row, Llansamlet Lower Rd., Swansea Bus driver.

 

François (Franz) Joseph Kohler

He was the illegitimate son of Joseph Kohler of Molsheim and Dorothe? Gross who (later?) married Philippe Kiebert. He was a draper. In the 1836 census of Bischwiller he is shown living at 308 Quartier Rouge with his wife, three children, his wife's mother Salom? Dudrap who was then a widow, and Elisabeth Gross who may have been a younger sister of Fran?ois Kohler's mother Dorothe? Gross. They were all Protestants.

 

Frédéric Guillaume "William" Kohler

This is the family in the original handwritten and  transcription forms of the 1880 US census. He was his father's oldest child. Immigrated to port of New York, US from France, arriving 1 May 1872 (manifest signed 6/29/1872), aged 17, on board the R.M.S. Abyssinia, from Liverpool and Queenstown. Lived in Avoyelles Parish since 29 Oct 1872.  Became a US citizen on 5/23/1877, aged 23, file # 5923. (A plumber called Wm Kohler entered New York on the SS Acapulco in 1876 - this is probably the immigration record of a different William Kohler) He appears on the 1880 census: age 26, origin: Prussia, occupation: clerking, home: Marksville, Avoyelles, LA, married, origin of parents: Prussia. The census states that he could read but not write !? We are not sure why he went straight to Avoyelles Parish and settled there. [See First Settlers of Avoyelles Parish] There does not seem to be anyone living near him on the 1880 census who came from Alsace. Perhaps in the 1870's rural Louisiana had a reputation for being receptive to French-speaking Catholics. According to an account given to Lela Kohler by her father-in-law Eustice (or Eustis) William Kohler : "My father Ernest Kohler, his older brother William Kohler,  and a Kohler cousin came to America from Alsace; they were 3 months in a sailboat. They settled around Lake Pearl near what is now Hessmer, Louisiana. The cousin didn't like the heat and humidity of Louisiana, so he left and went north. William cut cypress trees from Lake Pearl and hauled them by mule to a saw mill, made them into lumber, and built the old wooden Catholic church in Hessmer, LA. [Lela later noted that this sounds like the old wooden church in Echo, where all the Kohlers attended, and which no longer exists.]" The only document on him in the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse is his marriage to Angelica Rabalais in 1874. ======== One of the passengers on the manifest of the RMS Abyssinia to arrive in New York from Liverpool and Queenstown on 12 June 1872 (this date according to Ancestry.com; the manifest was signed by the captain on 29 June 1872) was "Guillanner" Kohler age 17, male from France. This is almost certainly him. I tried to determine whether he was accompanied by an older relative. The other males from France who were on that ship and were older than him  were (showing date of birth): Jean D Bramere (1840), Clemeny Brannere (1848), Auguste Burri (1830), Louis Corbas (1838), Thos Daniel (-), Michel Debus (1852), Pasquel Durante (1812), Wilhelm Eggmann (1830), Joseph Gradient (1826), Babr Guerich Jr (1838), Weber Guilanner (1833), Luwig Harrison (1853), Henri Huffel (1845), Lavan Huffel (1816), Clemeny Huffel (1849), Beltger Jacques (1849), Keriegar Jacques (1841), Chas Lambrou ( 1843), Auguste Lohrguere (1850), Maa Maier (1849),Victor Malin (1848), Wilhelm Maller (1840), Chas Vance Pitts (1849), F Prince (1841), Emil Schneider (1839), Bernhard Seiger (1847), Piere Van Huffel (1847), Frances Victor (1832), Henri Voetgling (1852), Pierre Vonta (1820). I don't recognize any of these names as that of a relative. Of these, the names that are closest to Guillanner Kohler on the manifest are Babr Guerich Jr (1838), Weber Guilanner (1833) and his wife and infant son, and F Prince (1841).

 

Georges Heinrich Gothié

He was a shingle maker - he made the wooden slats that support roof tiles. He may have lived in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in Haut-Rhin. Actual recorded date of death is 29 Thermidor II in the Revolutionary calendar which is about 18 Aug 1794.

 

Guillaume (Wilhelm) Loeffler

From Bischwiller land records we know that in 1867 he was a brewer in Bischwiller. He owned fields, meadows and a house (Quartier Rouge section E no. 820 and 819 (garden) acquired 1859 (when he was 21 !) and also a second house (Quartier Bleu Section E no. 374, acquired 1875). Both houses were sold in 1894/95.

 

Guillaume Kohler

Supposedly, one of his relatives was one of Napoleon's bodyguards and went with him on the Isle of Elba when he was imprisoned there, May 1814 - Feb 1815. Napoleon was allowed a personal escort of 1000 men on the island, which lies off the coast of Tuscany. By profession he was first a draper (director of a weaving factory?), as his father was, then a schoolteacher in Wickersheim, and finally a tiler (tuilier) and owner of a tile factory. On 1 Dec 1853 he married Caroline Loeffler whose father was the minister of Wickersheim where Guillaume was a teacher. We know they had four children. There may have been a fifth child Caroline born before the family moved to Oberhoffen in 1857-58. If so, Caroline may have died young or been raised by a relative because she does not appear on the 1861 census. In late 1857 or early 1858 he moved to Oberhoffen, where his parents were living. On 6 Feb 1858 his first wife Caroline Loeffler died giving birth to twin girls of which only one, Lina, survived. On 4 Aug 1858 a ôdeclaration of successionö of Caroline Loeffler names her children as Guillaume, Louise and Caroline. In 1858 he bought land and property in Oberhoffen. On 11 Aug 1859 he married his first wifeÆs step-sister Fr?d?rique Loeffler in Ingwiller, her home town. In 1861 he appears with his family on the Oberhoffen census: Kohler Guillaume, tiler, aged 35; Fr?d?rique Loeffler wife aged 29; children: Guillaume (6), Louise (5), Lina (3), Emile (1). Servants: Heppel Doroth?e, 40, and Hausser Philippe, 22. Address: Windm?hl On 7 Jan 1863 he bought a tile factory from Heinrich Kopf. In 1866 he appears with his family on the Oberhoffen census at the same address Windm?hl: Kohler Guillaume, tiler, aged 40; wife: Fr?d?rique Loeffler aged 34; children: Guillaume (12), Louise (11), Lina (8), Emile (6), Ernest (4), and Eug?ne (2). Also in the household were: Julie Loeffler, the wife's sister, 25, and Marie Fischbach, servant 29, Rottad Christine, 28, Eismann Georges 24, Hirschner Jean Georges, tiler worker 46, with wife Catherine Marie Walther 43, and their children. Also found other tiler workers: Laurent Walther, wife Catherine Pretzel and their children. On 19 Oct 1869 his wife Fr?d?rique gave birth to twins Jules and Albert. She died a month later. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 had a big effect on the Kohler family. For three hundred years Alsace had been part of France but when Prussia won the war it became part of Prussia and was renamed Reichsland. The French language and customs were discouraged. Many Alsatians found a way to escape from Reichsland, including many of Guillaume's children. In 1872 his eldest son Guillaume (ôWilliamö) emigrated to the USA, aged about 18, settled in Louisiana and married Angelica Rabalais there two years later. William died in 1887. On 28 Apr 1877 all of the elder GuillaumeÆs remaining property was finally sold. During WWII Oberhoffen was the site of a major battle which destroyed most of the town. [See Battle of Oberhoffen Dec 1944 to Feb 1945] However, some parts of the tile factory can still be seen today. This gives an idea of what this area looked like in 1900.

 

Heinrich (Henri) (Henry) Veith

Presumably this is the same "Henry Veith" who appears with his family on the 1836 census (CD-ROM) of Bischwiller. In 1895 he was living in Nogent, a nice town near Amillis. He wrote to his cousin Jules Kohler in Argentina from there.

 

Jacques (Jacob) Loeffler (#1)

Born in Reipertswiller, La Petite-Pierre, Saverne He was a miller.

 

Jacques (Johan Jacob) Loeffler (Lofler)

Recorded date of birth was 14 Frimaire X in the Revolutionary calendar, which is about 6 Dec 1801.  He was married twice, first to Madeleine Heinrich. She probably died giving birth to their first child in March 1825. He then married Sophie Streuber. His marriage certificates state that he was born in Ingwiller on the French Republican date 14 Frimaire X, which is equivalent to 6 Dec 1801. The only person born in Ingwiller in year X with a similar name is Johan Jacob Lofler. He was a miller (meunier) in Ingwiller, and owned a house and mill there, with vines, fields, etc.: Section A no. 151, 152 and garden 153. He died in the Follacher Muhle mill.

 

Jennet Morgan

She was the eldest child of a family of 8. I'm not sure if any of these birth certificates relate to this Jennet Morgan: birth certificate 1, birth certificate 2, birth certificate 3. She was married in Salem Cwm Chapel. Family moved from 5 Pell Street (this is the house alone and also with the school next door) to 35 Glanbrydan Av., Swansea about 1939 (presumably when he retired) – these photos show the front and the back of 35 Glanbrydan Av.

 

Joan Davies

Excellent pianist. Acted in amateur plays in Welsh when young. Her family's first language was Welsh. Her neice Muriel was a bridesmaid at her (Joan's) marriage (see photo). Muriel thinks the marriage was at Park Street Chapel in the centre of Swansea. This was bombed during the war and does not exist any more. She died of old age and is buried in the churchyard at Great Amwell.

 

John Davies (#2)

Born in Pentre Engine, Llansamlet Lower, Glam. He was married in Salem Cwm Chapel. His father was second-to-last of a family of 8-10. His eye was injured in a smelter works and the lids were stuck together and to the eyeball. He was a very shy man and very sensitive about his eye. Occupations : tin plate washman (marriage and birth of Emlyn), colliery bankman (birth Elizabeth). Then he became the caretaker at Dynefor Secondary School next door to their house at 5 Pell Street, Swansea (this is the house alone and also with the school next door). The family moved to 35 Glanbrydan Av., Swansea about 1939 (presumably when he retired) – these photos show the front and the back of 35 Glanbrydan Av.

 

Joseph Kohler (#1)

Burgher and surgeon. In the opinion of Marie-Odile Peres (a professional genealogist based in Strasbourg) it is extremely likely that he was the father of (Louis) Joseph Kohler, the father of Francois Joseph Kohler because both were surgeons and lived in Molsheim. The profession of surgeon was different from that of doctor of medicine. Surgeons were located mostly in larger towns, not villages, and places where regiments were staying ; they often followed the armies. The surgeon is called to smaller places but generally resides in cities like Molsheim or Bischwiller.  Incidentally, in a name like Louis Joseph Kohler, the first name (Louis) came from the godfather and was later dropped.

 

Katherine Haushalter

 Recorded date of death is 24 Thermidor II

 

Louis Joseph Kohler

He was illegitimate which, apparently, did not carry the stigma at that time that it carries today, because the Revolution undermined religious norms. The baptism record of his son Francois Joseph Kohler states that he (Joesph Kohler) was a bachelor and surgeon from Molsheim. The profession of surgeon was different from doctor of medicine. A surgeons were located mostly in larger towns, not villages, and places where regiments were staying ; they often followed the armies. The surgeon is called to smaller places but generally resides in cities like Molsheim or Bischwiller.  Incidentally, in a name like Louis Joseph Kohler, the first name (Louis) came from the godfather and was later dropped.

 

Louise "Tante Louise" Kohler

Never married. Jules' son Albert visited her several times in Amillis. See Amillis France from satellite, which is a town in the departement of Seine-et-Marne, about 50 miles south-east of Paris. There was a convent opposite her house in Amillis. She died during WWII.

 

Madeleine (Magdalena) Heinrich

Recorded birthdate is 4 Brumaire VIII which is about 27 Oct 1799

 

Margaretha (Marguerite) (Marie Magdalena) Stieg

 Recorded date of death is 12 Messidor 2

 

Marie ____?

In Letter V Nini Bernard refers to the fact that Albert met Nini Kohler and her parents in London. "Have you seen Aunt Marie? How was she? Hardly very dowager-like, don't you think, and a beautiful woman."

 

Nini Kohler

Albert and Joan Kohler met her in 1930 in London. Her address was Mrs. N. Gladitz, 20 Andleig Rd., Hanger Hill, Ealing, London. She was an opera singer then living in Berlin. They lost touch with her after the war. In letter 36 to Albert Kohler, Nini Bernard clearly writes Nini, not Nina.

 

Nini Bernard

In 1945 Kay Kohler visited her in Amillis, 50 miles SE of Paris.  Here are some photos of her sitting in Kay's jeep, sitting at her piano, with her parents, two youngest brothers and Tante Louise, with her mother, her three brothers, and Tante Louise, with her parents, middle brother and Tante Louise. Her birthdate is estimated from a letter from Louise to Jules in 1896 that said that Nini was about 6 years old.

 

Salomé (Salomea) Gothié (Gottie) (Gotzie)

In the 10-year indexes for the commune of Bischwiller 1792-1842 (microfilm 727372) the family name is consistently spelled Gottie for 1792-1802 (8 births including Salomea Gottie on 20 January 1792, a marriage, and several deaths) but is consistently spelled Gothié thereafter (including a marriage (obviously them) recorded like this: Francois Joseph Kohler & Salomé Gothié on 20 Mar 1821). In the birth certificate of her son Guillaume her maiden name looks like Gotzie, but on Louise's it is Gottie. Gotzie is a known name, perhaps synonymous with Goetz. So it seems that Gottie, Gothi? and Gotzie are different spellings of the her family name. I also came across these family names: Gathié, Guthié, Goetz.

 

Sophie (Sophia Elizabeta) Streuber (Streiber)

She was born on 28 Brumaire XI which is about 20 Nov 1802 Her name is written "Streiber" on the birth certificates of her first three children, then as "Streuber" on those of the other seven. Her marriage certificate states that she was born in Ingwiller on the French Republican date 28 Brumaire XI, which is equivalent to 20 Nov 1802. The only person born in Ingwiller in year XI with a similar name is Sophia Elizabeta(?) Streuber. I feel sure this is she and that this is the German equivalent of Sophie Streuber.