Louis Bromm is by gr-gr-grandfather. He was born April 16, 1841 in Rauschenburg, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1858. The 1860 US Census lists a Lewis Broom living in the household of J.D. Briggs, baker, and his family. This was the census for the 3rd Ward, Henrico County, Virginia (essentially Richmond, Virginia). The name is close and the age is correct so this could be him. In his obituary, Louis Bromm is noted as having served with distinction in the 1st Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters during the Civil War (1861-1865). In 1866, he married Louisa Mary Carolina Graser, daughter of William and Louisa Graser. On his marriage certificate, Louis's parents are listed as John and Eve Bromm. During this same year, Louis established the Bromm Baking Company at 516 East Marshall Street in Richmond, Virginia. It continued at this location until the mid-1900's when it was sold. There specialties were breads and fruitcakes. Louis and Louisa had seven children: Matilda b. 1867 married William Kirschmann; Louis Emil b. 1868 d. 1895 married Catherine Wenzel (my great-grandparents); Amelia Louise b. 1870 married John Jacob Mattern; Augusta Fredericka (Aunt Gussie) b. 1875 married Edwin Charles Kohler; Pauline E. b. 1878 married Eugene A. Dietrich; Charles Henry b. 1881 died in 1907 of typhoid fever and never married; and Edward A. b. 1886 and was still unmarried in the 1930 census. Louis was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church (now St John’s United Church of Christ,503 Stuart Circle, Richmond, VA 23220, Tel – 804.358.9291, Email – email@example.com
) where he became a council member in 1869. He was also a member of the Gesangversin of Virginia (a German choral society). In the early 1900's he expanded his bakery business with a new store at No. 501 West Broad Street in Richmond. He died October 9, 1907 and his will was probated October 17, 1907 by Executors John Jacob Mattern and Augusta F. Kohler.
That is basically all the information I have gathered so far. I have found most of the information online, at the Library of Virginia or the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia. Unfortunately, I don't know of any Bromm family members that are still alive to ask questions. I never met any of them and my father didn't really talk much about his family.
I did see your Helfrich Reinhardt Bromm and also J. Henry Bromm listed in the Richmond City directory but that is the only reference that I have seen for them. Perhaps the information that I have provided above will give you an idea of where to look. It is possible that Helfrich went to the same church. They may have records there that can help you. Also, did you check his marriage license to see if his parents were listed on it? I wish you luck with your search and I look forward to hearing from you if you find a connection with my gr-gr-grandfather and his family.
Regards, Susan Bromm