The Maersch (Märsch) Family Chronicles

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My Fraternal Grandparents
John J. Maersch  Olivia (Liebl) Maersch
John Maersch Olive Maersch

Born:  February 4, 1872 in Siebersbach, Germany Born:  June 4, 1884 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Died:  August 13, 1948 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin Died:  July 1, 1951 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

The oldest Maersch  "Märsch" researched so far, Peter Märsch, born in 1718 lived in Eisenschmitt.  A small village in western Germany,  in a region called Eifel.  During the 1700 -  1800 century Eisenschmitt was a stronghold of the iron trade and the bulk of the family worked in the surrounding iron mills.  After the breakdown of the iron trade,  most families left Eisenschmitt and moved to bigger cities like Essen, Düsseldorf or Duisburg.  Some of them, like my Great-grandfather Jacob Maersch Sr., took courage and emigrated to North America.

Jacob Maersch, Sr., was one of the best known pioneer residents of Sheboygan , born in Eisenschmitt near Trevesrhein, Prussia, Oct 31, 1837 and came to Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1887, and lived there the rest of his life. When but a lad in his teens, Jacob learned the foundry trade and at the age of 20, took a prominent position as superintendent in one of the largest shops in Prussia. He was recruited by the the J. J. Vollrath Company of Sheboygan in 1887 and continued at his trade in similar position with the Vollrath Company. He worked at this plant up to 1911, when he retired. He was married to Miss Fredricka Marnet in Rhine, Prussia, and five children were born to them, Marie (Maersch) Kupzik , Jacob Maersch Jr. , John J. Maersch Sr. , Frank P. Maersch, and Henry Maersch. My Great Grandfather was the founder of the J. J. Vollrath Aid society and had been president of the society until 1911. He was also vice-president of the St. Boniface society. Jacob died on Wednesday, January 8, 1913 at 7 o'clock in the evening at his home in Sheboygan.

Jacob Maersch Jr. ,  was born in Seibersbach, Germany. On March 7, 1869, and came to America in 1869, and came to America in 1885, at the age of 16, coming directly to Sheboygan.  He made the trip by himself and his parents came here two years later. He was married to Anna Zeller by the late Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dominic F. Thill at Holy Name church on October 18, 1892, and they lived to celebrated their golden wedding anniversary  with a large family gathering at their residence, 1910 N. Ninth street.  On January 14, 1942, Jacob completed a long period of employment with the Vollrath company, where he was a molder for 57 years. He was a faithful and active member of Holy Name Church and of the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, the St. Boniface Society and Holy Name Society.
Born to Jacob and Anna were 10 daughters, Mrs. Marie Klewe, Mrs. Lillian Hoyer, Mrs. Frieda Debelack, Mrs. Lucy Hall, Mrs. Anna M. Mueller, Miss Frances Maersch, Mrs. Catherine Lamb, Mrs. Henrietta Clanderman, Mrs. Doloris Conrardy, all of Sheboygan, and Sister Adelia OSF.(Margret Maersch) of Effingham, Ill.; a son, Bernard Maersch, of Sheboygan.  At the time of his death he had  eight grandchildren  Jacob passed away May 12th, 1943 at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan.

John J. Maersch Sr., my Grandfather was born on February 4, 1872 in Seibersbach, Germany (a small town near Bingen, close to the river Rhein). In 1887 when his father decided to move to America, my grandfather, then a boy of 15 was currently an apprentice in his home town, almost did not go along with his family. The decision to come to Sheboygan was made a little easier, since his brother Jacob Jr. was already living in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  At age 15 he attended grade school at Lincoln School in Sheboygan. He later attended and graduated from the Sheboygan Business College. Through hard work and perseverance he worked his way up the company ladder to the position of Secretary Treasurer of the Vollrath Company until he retired in 1938.  He was rehired in December of 1943 to assist in research work and finally retired in December of 1948   John Maersch Sr. married Olivia Liebl of Sheboygan, WI on June 20, 1907.  Olivia Liebl was the daughter of George Liebl   a successful Sheboygan businessman half owner of Silbernagle and Liebl Livery.  John and Olivia Maersch had five children, William J. Maersch Sr., (Now Deceased) formerly of Sheboygan, WI  ; Col. John M Maersch Sr., (Now Deceased) formerly of Columbia, SC ;   Robert E. Maersch , (Now Deceased) formerly of Serverna Park , MD ;Olive (Maersch) Barbuch (Now Deceased) , of Sheboygan, WI ; and Arthur G. Maersch (Now Deceased), of West Allis, WI.   John Maersch Sr. passed away in Sheboygan at the age of 79 on July 1, 1951. My grandmother predeceased him on August 13, 1948.

Thanks to my Aunt Olive Barbuch and my cousin Oliver Märsch (in Germany) for details in this family sketch.

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