Descendants of Peter Joseph Osterhaus

If your surname is Osterhaus, there is little chance that you are a direct descendant of Peter Joseph. If you know of an Osterhaus ancestor, you may be related through the many female descendants. I didn't include all of their names here but please contact me if you want more information.

Peter Joseph Osterhaus was one of three sons born to Joseph Adolf Oisterhusz and Eleanora Kraemer in Koblenz, Westphalia. One brother, Lorenz, never married. The other, Anton Heinrich, married Katharina Roesgen and had five sons and five daughters, all in Europe.

Although Peter Joseph had many descendants, I believe there are only three living who bear his name: my mother, Elizt="83" alt="" class="fl2">Ludwig (Louis), one of a pair of twin boys, was born in Kreuznach in 1866 at his grandparents' home while Peter and Amalie were en route to Lyon, France where Peter was to begin an eleven-year stint as U. S. Consul there. Around 1904, Ludwig, a lawyer, returned to live in the U. S., settling in Belleville IL and marrying Josepha Andel, daughter of one of his dad's old war cronies. He practiced in Belleville until his death of gangrene after minor foot surgery. He and Josepha were childless.

Josef, the other twin, died in his twenties in Johannesburg, South Africa. He may also have been an officer in the German army. He married Maria Aller and had one daughter, Mathilde, a pediatric nurse married to pediatrician Hans Roscher.

Mathilde Nathalie was born in Lyon in 1869, moving with her family to Mannheim when she was about eight. She ultimately married Hermann Petersen, a physician and medical school professor who directed the Bonn Polyclinic. They had three daughters, one of whom, Thesi, was a concert singer, and two sons who died in World War II, according to a relative.

 
a Scotia and had three daughters, one of whom is Elizabeth Osterhaus Bobbitt.

Adolphus (Otto) was born in Lebanon, IL, in 1852 and died as an infant.

Alexander was born in Lebanon in 1855. After living in Europe and partnering with his dad in a business in Mannheim, he moved with his German-born wife Maria Stebinger to Redondo Beach, CA, where he worked for the public transit company. The couple had three daughters and a son, Hans. Hans had two sons; one is George Osterhaus. Neither son had children of their own.

Emma was born in Lebanon, IL, in 1857. She married Otto Kamp, PhD, who taught high school in Frankfurt. Later living in Bonn, they had five daughters.

Karl was born in Lebanon in 1859 so was still a youngster when his family moved back to Europe after the Civil War. He became a career officer in the German army, ending as a major commanding a battery. He received the Order of the Red Eagle for his actions in China during the Boxer Rebellion and died in German Southwest Africa (now Namibia) of septicemia from wounds received in the Herrero uprising in 1904. He never married.

The mother of all these children, Emma Mathilda, died at age 38 and is buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

With her sister Amalie, Peter Joseph had four more children:

Teresa ("Thesy") was born in St. Louis in 1865 during the final days of the war. She married Emil Buth, a paper manufacturer in Julich, Germany. During WWI, Buth, a former Prussian cavalry officer, was military commander of occupied Luxembourg. Thesy, a singer, became a Red Cross leader who ran a hospital caring for wounded of all armies. They had one son.

Ludwig (Louis), one of a pair of twin boys, was born in Kreuznach in 1866 at his grandparents' home while Peter and Amalie were en route to Lyon, France where Peter was to begin an eleven-year stint as U. S. Consul there. Around 1904, Ludwig, a lawyer, returned to live in the U. S., settling in Belleville IL and marrying Josepha Andel, daughter of one of his dad's old war cronies. He practiced in Belleville until his death of gangrene after minor foot surgery. He and Josepha were childless.

Josef, the other twin, died in his twenties in Johannesburg, South Africa. He may also have been an officer in the German army. He married Maria Aller and had one daughter, Mathilde, a pediatric nurse married to pediatrician Hans Roscher.

Mathilde Nathalie was born in Lyon in 1869, moving with her family to Mannheim when she was about eight. She ultimately married Hermann Petersen, a physician and medical school professor who directed the Bonn Polyclinic. They had three daughters, one of whom, Thesi, was a concert singer, and two sons who died in World War II, according to a relative.

 
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