Rossmann Family Tree

The Rossman Family of Clark Co., Wisconsin

Also check: The Rossman Family Tree (requires Adobe Acrobat for viewing).


***The document below was contributed and authored by John Klein & Frances Freitag after several years of joint research.

They received significant input from: Debie Blindauer, Kevin Struensee, Marie Klein Farrell and Robert C. Klein.


The Ludwig Rossmann Family of Nierstein, Germany – came to America about 1849 and were living in Plymouth in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin in 1851. Louis & John owned a planing mill in Plymouth in 1851. Evidently they didn’t all come together. The ship that the first ones came on is yet to be discovered. Some came later:

The CHASE arrived in NY On Aug. 11, 1857,. from Havre. Philippe Rossman, 26, from Hess Darmstadt was on it. He had listed his destination as NY.

On Jan. 11, 1858, the BAVARIA arrived from the same trip with 4 Rossmans on it from Hess Darmstadt. Philippa (mother) 50, George 29, Peter 16, Adolph 12.

Ludwig was the eldest son of 6 children born to Johann Philip Rossmann and his wife, Anna Dumont Rossmann. Ludwig married Louisa Ebling in Nierstein in 1832. They had 7 children before leaving Nierstein, and one more in America :

In Sheboygan county, the Rossmanns evidently engaged in carpentry and woodworking, as well as buying and selling land. They lived first in Plymouth and then moved to Tn. Rhine. Shortly after 1870, Ludwig, his wife and most of the children moved to Clark County, Wis.

Ludwig died in Clark Co. and is buried in Neillsville.

His wife died at son John’s house in Berlin and is buried in Neillsville.

Note: During Rossmann research in Clark Co., another Rossman was found living in Loyal in the late 1800’s. He was found to be living earlier in New Holstein in Calumet Co. census. He listed his birth in northern Germany.

Jacob - lived and died in Neillsville. He had hotel and then a store or tavern that sold cigars and liquor. After he died, his wife ran the hotel. All but 3 of Jacob’s 10 children died young. Two died in Neillsville and George moved to Seattle.

Phillip – Before 1870, he had traveled around in Tennessee, Missouri, and Iowa working as a carpenter. Evidently that is how he met his wife and married in Missouri. After 1871, he had a lumber mill in Tn. Beaver, on Rock Creek and served in town government. They had 9 children and he died in 1891, at age 55. Workers in the lumber mill included Kleins, who also came from Nierstein and settled first in Sheboygan county when they came to America. It is very likely the Kleins and Rossmanns knew each other in Germany. After he died, his son Adolph ran the mill for a while. Later, Phillip’s wife, Angeline, went to live and died in Greenwood. Phillip’s children scattered all over the country. Only Adolph remained in Loyal. One died in Miami, one near Duluth, some in California and some in Chicago area. Later descendents are also found in Colorado, Arizona and Seattle.

John. He married in 1862 and served in the Civil War from 1864 to 1866. Then he lived on a farm in Glenbeulah and moved to Plymouth and worked as a butcher. In Berlin, he kept a hotel and then moved to Waupun, where he died. The Golden wedding anniversary of their parents was celebrated at John’s house in 1882. He had 7 children. Evidently his wife died before 1900. Little is known of his children. In 1900, one was in Merrill, Wis., another in Hartland

Fredrickjoined the Civil War in 1861 and was killed in Arkansas in 1864.

Paul – was living in Tn. Lima, Sheboygan Co. in 1880 with wife and 7 children. He was a blacksmith. In 1900, he was retired and lived in Greenwood, where he died. He had served on the County Board and in the office of County Clerk in Greenwood. Some of his children stayed in Clark Co., others moved to Northwestern states.

Elizabeth – married Phillip Fischer and had 4 children in Tn. Rhine before dying. One of her children died at 2 yrs. Nothing is known of the rest. Her body was sent to Neilsville for burial. Her husband remarried.

Louis – was married in Chicago, was living in Tn. Eaton, Clark Co. in 1880 and in Sioux City, Iowa on 1900, a manager of a spice mill. With him were his wife and 3 living children of 4. He was not found there in 1920. Wife Emma living in Carlisle, WA in 1930.

George – married Anna Kissinger and had 2 sons. He moved from Plymouth to Chicago about 1877. One son was born in Wisconsin, the other in Chicago. He was a harness-maker. His sons lived in Chicago too. One was a barber, the other, an auto mechanic. George and his wife died there.




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