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Rev. Heinrich Carl Georg von Rohr 

Rev. Heinrich Carl Georg von Rohr

Male 1797 - 1874

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  • Prefix  Rev. 
    Birth  15 May 1797  Billerbeck, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Military  1834  Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Army of Prussia 
    • Rank of Captain
    Emigration  1839  New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    from Bremen, Germany 
    Occupation  1843  Humberstone, Welland, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    church pastor 
    Occupation  Between 1845 and 1854  Walmore, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    church pastor 
    Address:
    Saint Peter's Lutheran Church 
    Census  1850  Town of Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  Between 1867 and 1874  Walmore, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    church pastor 
    Address:
    Saint Peter's Lutheran Church 
    Died  15 May 1874  Walmore, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  18 May 1874  Walmore, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Saint Peter's Lutheran Cemetery 
    • No headstone marker.
    Person ID  I6687  haseley
    Last Modified  11 Dec 2014 

    Father  Philipp Heinrich Carl von Rohr 
    Mother  Christine Luise Henriette Von Beyer,   b. 17 Jun 1770,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F2238  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Willman,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  1829  Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Max von Rohr,   b. 1829, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F10283  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Julia Eleonora Mangold,   b. Abt 1805, Berlin, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1837, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  5 Jun 1834  Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Juliana Emilie Henriette Auguste von Rohr,   b. 13 Apr 1835, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1899, Manitowoc, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Max von Rohr,   b. 10 Oct 1836, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1838, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F2240  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Margarethe Dorthea Wilhelmina Luetzel,   b. 19 Nov 1808, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1876, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1840  Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rev. Philipp Andreas Nathanael von Rohr,   b. 13 Feb 1843, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1908, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elisabeth von Rohr,   b. 8 Aug 1845, Humberstone, Welland, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Marie Sophia Wilhelmine von Rohr,   b. 8 Aug 1845, Humberstone, Welland, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1878, Cedarburg, Ozaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. (infant) von Rohr,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Johannes David Martin von Rohr,   b. 1 Apr 1850, Town of Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1928, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F2237  Group Sheet

  • Event Map Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 15 May 1797 - Billerbeck, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1829 - Prussia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Army of Prussia - 1834 - Prussia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jun 1834 - Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Address:
    from Bremen, Germany - 1839 - New York, United States
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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1840 - Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - church pastor - 1843 - Humberstone, Welland, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - church pastor - Between 1845 and 1854 - Walmore, Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - Town of Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - church pastor - Between 1867 and 1874 - Walmore, Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 May 1874 - Walmore, Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Saint Peter's Lutheran Cemetery - 18 May 1874 - Walmore, Niagara, New York, United States
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  • Photos
    Heinrich von Rohr
    Heinrich von Rohr

    Documents
    Heinrich Von Rohr & the Lutheran Immigration to New York and Wisconsin
    Heinrich Von Rohr & the Lutheran Immigration to New York and Wisconsin
    Authored by Philip von Rohr Sauer

  • Notes 
    • Heinrich Karl Georg von Rohr (1797-1874) Collection, 1787-1992.
      Biographical Sketch
      Heinrich von Rohr was born into an aristocratic family on 15 May 1797 in Billerbeck, Germany. At age eight he entered the Prussian military academy and served as a page for Emperor Friedrich Wilhelm III. At 18 he was commissioned as second lieutenant and fought in the Franco-Prussian disputes. He married at age 32 (first wife's name unknown) and was converted to Christianity by his wedding sermon. His wife died in childbirth. On 30 March 1834 he was promoted to Captain in the Prussian Army and transferred to Magdeburg. Shortly before his transfer he married his second wife, Julia Mangold of Berlin. A controversy over the rite of the baptism (Lutheran or Reformed) of his son caused the formal discharge of v. Rohr's army commission. Through the death of his second wife and son he became very serious about religion. He helped Pastor Johann A. A. Grabau organize a large group of Lutherans opposed to the Prussian Union to emigrate to America in 1839. They became to be known as the "Old Lutherans". Von Rohr settled near Milwaukee and helped found Freistadt, Wisconsin, where he farmed for several years. Later he studied theology at Buffalo, New York, and became a pastor in Humberstone, Ontario. From 1846 to 1874 he served congregations in the state of New York: Bergholz, Walmore and Martinsville. He helped Grabau found the Buffalo Synod in 1845 but sided against Grabau in the 1866 synodical that expelled Grabau from the Buffalo Synod. However, von Rohr did not follow the majority of Buffalo Synod pastors into union with Missouri after the colloquy of November of that year and served as Senior of the remaining Buffalo Synod ministerium until his death. He married his third wife, Margarethe, in the early 1840's, and they had five children: Philip, Julia, Mary, Elisabeth and John. He died in July 1874(?).
      Bibliography
      Sauer, Philip von Rohr. “Heinrich von Rohr and the Great Emigration of 1839,” Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly 56 (1983): 65-70.
      See also J.A.A. Grabau Family Collection.
      Scope & Content Note
      The Heinrich von Rohr collection is divided into three series. The first contains mainly Personal papers. The second series contains material related to the events leading up to the Emigration of Grabau and von Rohr's Old Lutheran group from Prussia in 1839. The third series consists of papers related to the Buffalo Synod. The Personal series is arranged in alphabetical order by type of document and consists mainly of correspondence, von Rohr's military records, a handwritten diary and an autobiography to 1859. There is a series of letters dated between 18 November 1873 and 24 February 1876 (f.10), the majority of which are addressed “Dear Oskar” and were primarily written by a “Helene.” It is unclear how these names fit into the von Rohr family tree. Since Heinrich von Rohr died in 1874, the correspondence dating from 1874 to 1880 was most likely sent to his son Philip. An original handwritten diary (f.12) belonging to Heinrich von Rohr has been transcribed but due to frequent gaps in transcription does not give a clear picture of von Rohr's early life. He does, however, describe many misunderstandings with his second wife, Julia, and the childhood sicknesses of his son Max (first marriage) and his daughter Julchen (second marriage). There is a photocopy of what may be an earlier diary (f.15), but no original was discovered in the collection. This photocopy has been used to reconstruct events in von Rohr's life in the early 1830's. These are summed up in a cover sheet that is included with the diary. The Fragments (f.17) and Study Material (f.29) folders contain some material pertinent to the doctrinal stand of von Rohr and the Buffalo Synod both with respect to the Missouri Synod and with respect to Grabau after the break.
      The Emigration series includes a manuscript history of the emigration, unfortunately only in fragments. There is also a substantial dossier of legal papers dealing with von Rohr's status as an officer, his prosecution for the baptism of his son, the status of the Magdeburg Lutheran congregation (including petitions signed by many of not all members of the group), Grabau's imprisonment, and the emigration. Two copies of an index indicating the original organization of some of this material are found in the first folder (f.31).
      The Buffalo Synod series includes a copy of an 1858 call extended by von Rohr's congregation in Johannesburg, NY, to Christian Hochstetter (f.35). The bulk of the material dates from the 1866 split with Grabau and the following eight years during which von Rohr served as Senior of the rump Buffalo group. The papers are primarily von Rohr's notes from meetings of the Buffalo Synod ministerium as well as some outlines of doctrinal positions vis-a-vis the Missouri Synod and in defense of the prosecution of Grabau and the ensuing legal battle over synodical properties. Finally, there is a manuscript copy of a portion of the 1866 Buffalo Synod Report detailing Grabau's expulsion (f.36). An earlier note suggests that this was preserved through Pr. Hochstetter.

  • Sources 
    1. [S207] The Old Lutheran Emigration at the Middle of the 19th Century.

    2. [S23] St Peter's Lutheran Church records, Vol 1, D112.