Ludwig “Lewis” Camerer

Ludwig “Lewis” Camerer was born June 25, 1786 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and was the seventh child of Johannes “John” and Anna Margaretha Brumbach Kemmerer. Westmoreland County is located in the rolling, heavily wooded wilderness of southwestern Pennsylvania. “When William Penn opened western Pennsylvania to settlement in 1769, Ludwig’s (Lewis’ grandfather) older, married sons and daughters headed (from Maryland) for the new frontier.” (The Life and Times of Our Kammerer Kin by Everett R. Irwin)

Note: The surname is found spelled several ways – Kemmerer, Kammerer, Cammarrar, Cammarrar and Camerer (the most common spelling).

I have found no marriage record, but sometime before 1814, Lewis met, courted and married a woman named Catherine (surname undetermined). On June 6, 1814, their first child, Mary Ann, was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Early in 1815 Lewis moved his family to Clermont County, Ohio. Land records give evidence that he purchased 142 ¾ acres of land on June 10, 1815. The Camerer family put down roots in this area and stayed for approximately fifteen years. Their family grew by leaps and bounds during that time. When the 1830 United States Federal Census was taken, they had ten children under the age of 20 years in the household. I have found the names of only nine – Mary Ann, Margaret, Daniel, Elizabeth, Rachel, Louisa, Nancy, Barbara and Lidia Catherine.

As we might expect, life in this Ohio rugged country was hard and fraught with dangers. Many of us have read true accounts of how difficult it was for settlers to build a new life while fighting the harsh elements of nature, wild animals and Indians.

On September 30, 1830, Lewis Camerer sold his Clermont County land. In mid October 1830, he purchased land in Brouilletts Creek Township, Edgar County, Illinois, and moved his family to the area.

Lewis and Catherine appear on the 1840 and 1850 United States Federal Censes. The 1840 census gives only the head of household with numbers for adults and children by ages. However, those named in the 1850 census are Lewis (64), Catherine (55), Mary A. (36), Catherine (16) and Mary E. (6). Mary E. may have been Lewis’ granddaughter but the census does not give this information. I believe Mary Ann may have been divorced and perhaps this is her daughter. As we might assume, Lewis was a farmer and the family was still located in Edgar County, Illinois.

Lewis Camerer died November 26, 1855 in Brouilletts Creek, Edgar County, Illinois. He was buried in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery aka Light Cemetery. Catherine died January 3, 1859 and was buried next to Lewis. Photographs of the grave markers were taken by Jay Kimmel, November 4, 2004. Calculation of birth dates for Lewis and Catherine was done from data on markers. Stones read: Lewis Camerer Died November 26, 1855 Aged 70 yrs 5 mos & 16 ds. Catherine Wife of L. Camerer Died Jan. 3, 1859 Aged 63 yrs 10 mos & 27 ds.

Lewis Camerer Grave Marker
Catherine Camerer Grave Marker

   Sources

Ancestry.com. 1820 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by Family Search.

Ancestry.com. 1830 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by Family Search.

Ancestry.com. 1840 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by Family Search.

Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by Family Search.

Ancestry.com. Illinois, State Census Collection, 1825-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2008.

Ancestry.com. Web: Illinois, Find A Grave Index, 1809-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Irwin, Everett R., The Life and Times of Our Kammerer Kin, 1986.

John Kemmerer, Will Book no. 2, p. 279, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. (Transcription)

Ruff, Paul Miller, The German Church Records of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Vol. 1, 1772-1781, 1989.

State of Illinois. Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 1999.

 

Ludwig “Lewis” Camerer Family Group Sheet (click link) Ludwig Lewis Camerer FGS Document