15 January 2017

Christine Elisabeth (Fiegenbaum) Wellemeyer

1827 — 1918

photographic studio portrait of Christine E. Wellemeyer and her infant great-grandson, Andrew J. Wellemeyer
1907-1908.  Permission of Kathryn J. Fricchione and Thomas S. Burke; all rights reserved.
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Christine (or Catherine) Elisabeth (Fiegenbaum) Wellemeyer
and her great-grandson, Andrew John Wellemeyer (1907-1961)

Christine (or Catherine) Elisabeth (Fiegenbaum) Wellemeyer
and her great-grandson, Andrew John Wellemeyer (1907-1961)

Andrew may not have known it at the time, but he was quite literally in very good hands. In the middle of the 1950s, his father, Franz Arthur Wellemeyer, researched and wrote a collection of family histories. One of these concentrated on the Fiegenbaum and Wellemeyer families. Having lived with his grandparents, Henry Frederick and Christine Elisabeth (Fiegenbaum) Wellemeyer, from 1890 to 1893 and again during the winter of 1896 and spring of 1897, Arthur was able to provide much more than basic genealogical statistics.

It was from personal experience that he was able to create a biography of his grandmother which illustrated her quiet strength and devotion. It was these characteristics which she brought to her work as a physician and a midwife around Garner, Iowa before anyone with formal credentials moved to the area. For her years of service, her neighbors affectionately called her "Mother Wellemeyer."


photograph of a quiet Christine (or Catherine) Elisabeth (Fiegenbaum) Wellemeyer seated in a rocking chair
Place/date?  Permission of Kathryn J. Fricchione and Thomas S. Burke; all rights reserved.
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Christine (or Catherine) Elisabeth (Fiegenbaum) Wellemeyer

Christine (or Catherine) Elisabeth (Fiegenbaum) Wellemeyer

Brief Genealogy

Christine Elisabeth (Fiegenbaum) Wellemeyer's family

Henry Frederick Wellemeyer's family

Wellemeyer - Fiegenbaum family

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