Wilhelm Heinrich Boettcher (William Henry Boettcher) and Johanne Friederike Wilhelmine Schild

William Heinrich Boettcher was born on March 2, 1858 in Province  Hanover, Germany. He died on  August 1, 1954 in Hanover Ks. For more information on Wilhelm and Johanne see my website.  Wilhelm was the son of Jurn Christoph and Maria Boettcher.

The photo above is of Wilhelm Boettcher, on the left;   Adolf and Clara Niemeier in the center with their children around them.

He married Johanne Friederike Wilhelmine Schild, daughter of Johann Frederick Christian Schild and Johanne Catharine Margarete Meyer, on  January 4, 1889 in Zion Lutheran Church, Hanover Ks. She was born on January 31, 1865 in Tettens, Oldenburg, Germany and died on December 3, 1937 in Hanover, Washington Co. Kansas. William and Johanne are buried in the Hanover Cemetery


William’s  family came to the United States when he was 6 yr old arriving in 1864 on the ship “Germania”  from Barnsen, Hanover Province Germany.  They settled in Wisconsin and worked the hopps fields before moving to Kansas.  According to Rachel Boettcher, his daughter in law, William and his family lived in a dugout before building their first house in Kansas.

Birth and Baptism Records:

Staatsarchive Oldenburg Best. 250-10 Bd.3 Register of born and baptized children in 1865 in the parish of Blexen:
Name:  Johanne Friederike Wilhelmine  Born:  January 31 1865 Baptised:  April 7 1865 Parents: Johann Friedrich Christian Schild, rented farm in Tettens and Johanne Catharine Margarete, born Meyer. Godparents: Friederike Gerhardine Meyer, represented by Marie Wilhelmine Meyer, Christiane Margarete Johanne Fortmann, Johann Hinrich Schild and Johann Wilhelm Kramer.

My grandmother Rachel Singleton Boettcher told me in the early 1970’s that Johanne came to America at about age 17 before her family came but Grandma never told me why she came first or if she came with friends or alone.  She graduated high school in Germany, After coming to U.S. she worked for a farm family to learn English language.

I found Johanne in the ship lists:   sailed on the ship ‘Neckar’ from Bremen and Southampton to New York and arrived in America on February 27, 1882.  Listing says:  Johanne Schild age 16, F, from Province Oldenburg.

Passenger list from the Ship Neckar in 1882.  Johanne Schild is shown in the 15th line on the list – #505

Johanna was baptised and confirmed in the Lutheran faith while still in Germany.

Marriage License Record:  Washington Co, State of Kansas, Jan. 2nd A.D. 1889:  You are hereby authorized to join in Marriage William H. Boettcher of Hanover, Ks. aged 30 years and Johanna Schild of Hanover, Kansas aged 23 years and of this License you will make due return to my office within thirty days.  J. R. S. Burch, Probate Judge.

“Wm Boettcher, one of the prominent young farmers east of Hanover is a new patron of the Democrat”—reported in the Hanover Democrat Newspaper on Dec. 4, 1891.

William and Johanne had 2 children: Albert August Otto Boettcher and Clara Johanna Boettcher



This is a doll cradle that Wilhelm Boettcher hand-carved for his granddaughter, Ruth Boettcher Cain. It had a corn husk mattress in it. Probably made mid 1920’s.



This postcard was given to me by a Schild descendant in 2003.  Wilhelm and Johanne sent it to her brother and wife but I am unable to read the date.


Mrs. Hannah Boettcher (Johanne Schild Boettcher); Hanover Democrat, June 7, 1907


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