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Backes/Schirmer connection

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Re: Backes/Schirmer connection

Posted: 1166886382000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Schirmer, Kistler, Backes
This is what I can tell you about John and Mary. John was born July 1854 in Dubuque County, Iowa to Josef Franz Shirmer and Elizabetha Kistler Schirmer. They arrived in this country in 1847. They came to this country from Reichenberg, Switzerland, Canton Schywz. They had fifteen children, several dying before leaving Switzerland. I have much information on Josef aka Franz) and Elizabetha.
John and Mary, married in Dubuque County Feb. 9th, 1875.
In 1885 John and Mary are still in Dubuque County living on the family farm with his parents. By 1900 John and Mary are in Algona, Ia. In 1920 John and Mary are in Miles City, Montana. By 1930, John is deceased and Mary is living with a son, Francis, in San Bernadino, California.
John and Mary had the following children:
1. Francis S. was born Feb. 26, 1876 abd dued Nar, 9, 1946 in San Bernadino, Ca.
2. Mary C. was born Oct. 1879 and I found her in 1930 in Los Angeles. Had a hard time making out the last name-something like Amer. She was divorced and living with brothers and nephew;William R. and John and nephew John R.
3. Annie Schirmer was born Feb. 1880 but nothing more.
4. John was born Jan 5, 1882 and died ? Jun 1968.
5. Alvena E was born Aug. 1887 and nothing more known.
6. Ralph C. was born Nov. 21, 1894 and died April 14, 1963 in Los Angeles, Ca.
Who do you descend from? Do you have any old pictures of these people? I have old pictures that I can't identify and have always thought maybe it was John. i would love to hear from you. You can contact me at

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