Albertus Schreiber and Eva
We are descended from Albertus (sometimes spelled
Albartus or Alburtus) Schreiber and his wife, Eva Lauermann (alternatively spelled
Lauerman), both German immigrants. They are the first of our ancestors known to come to America
and would have been my g-g-g-g-g-great grandparents.
The information we have had on these ancestors has
been limited. In April 2009, I was contacted by Karl Anhauser of
Germany. In researching for his family genealogy, he discovered
some new information on Albertus and Eva and wrote to me about
it. Our thanks go to him for sharing this new information.
Since Mr. Anhauser does not speak English and I do not speak German,
we have been working with translators, both electronic and human to
decipher this information. The following is our best effort at
accuracy. In addition, he has been working from 300+ year old
Feldkirchen church ledgers that were damaged, so a degree of
interpretation has been made.
This is new and welcome information. In her book
"Schryvers & Scrivers", Jeannette Scriver Burch states in
the introductory pages that she "does not purport to trace the
ancestry of Albertus Schreiber." Her work simply traces the
expansion of the family after Albertus and Eva came to America.
She did include, however, a chart that she found, and does state that
its accuracy could not be authenticated. Mr. Anhauser's
information does dispute this chart.
I am personally finding this interesting because it
has always been my belief that, although Albertus was German, Eva was
Dutch. This is probably because they sailed from Holland and our
name is spelled in the Dutch manner. I now find that they were
both German born.
Albertus Schreiber was born in Grafschaft Wied,
Germany. A good friend with expertise in German has explained to
me that a Grafschaft is an Earldom. This is similar to a
kingdom, but smaller and ruled by an Earl rather than a King. His hometown was
Rodenbach in the parish of Feldkirchen. We believe that he was
born in 1683.
Please note that the following paragraph is now in
question ... Albertus was the son of Christian or Christianus
Schreiber. He was born before 1655, also in Rodenbach, and was
the son of Johannes Schreiber. According to our information,
there was only one Schreiber family in Rodenbach at that time.
In 1664, Johannes Schreiber appears on a Einwohnerzeichnis (??) as "free".
This is apparently a reference to the fact that he was not in bondage to the Count Wied.
His son Christianus appears on a list from about 1690, which says
"able to decode 4 sons and one daughter had." Bear
with us. This was translated from German. We assume this
means that Christian had four sons and a daughter. Either that
or Yoda was the spokesperson (that's a joke).
We now believe that Albaratus was the son of a
Wilhelm Schreiber. This information comes to us courtesy of J.
Allen Schriver of Murrell's Inlet SC. We are in the process of
following up on his source.
He died somewhere between 1751 and
Eva Catharina Lauermann was
born in 1688. From information in the Jeanette Scriver Burch book,
we always believed her birth to be 1687. Her place of birth was
Ruscheid, which was at that time written Reuscheit. This was in
the parish of Anhausen, Germany, which was also in Grafschaft Wied.
parents were Mattheus Lauermann of Bonefeld, parish Rengsdorf, also in Wied
County, and Catharina Jung(in) Rüscheid. The original church record book (Church Anhausen Book 3, page 9)
indicates that they were married on 11 August 1672 in the Church of the Anhausen.
It seems that there hometowns were 25 km/15 miles apart.
Their daughter Eva Catharina
was born in 1688 in Rüscheid and baptized on 6 May 1688 in the Church of Anhausen.
The translation from the original church record book (Church Anhausen Book 2, page 73)
is very confusing ... "Suscept. (= Raised from baptism - sponsors) John Thiel. Eva Cathrina,
John Luxen daughter. Margaret, John Wanbachs woman. all of Reuschet. Name Eva Cathrina child."
According to Tim Wilder, this statement indicates that the male sponsor was John
Thiel and that there were two female sponsors. One of them, Eva
Cathrina was the daughter of John Luxen and the other was Margaret
Wanbachs, the wife of John Wanbachs. Eva Catharina was named after
one of her female sponsors, which was common practice in the day.
information from this account indicates that Eva's mother Catharina
(referred to also as Anna Catharina) died on April 11, 1695 in Ruscheid
and is buried in a cemetery in Anhausen. "At that time she
was already a widow." Eva's father must have died between
1689 and 1695.
Eva died after 1764.
We have always assumed that Albertus and Eva met on a
ship bound for America and married when they got to New York City.
Entries that Mr. Anhauser found indicate that several emigrants from
Grafschaft Wied traveled on a sailing ship under Captain Robbert Lourens
from Rotterdam, Holland to England. Among these emigrants were
Albertus Schreiber and Eva Lauermann and a Bernhard Noll and his
wife. This sailing was in 1709 but an entry states that Albertus
and Eva "Probably even before the departure to America, probably in
London 1710 were married."
many immigrants, they came to America to start a new life. Family
lore states that as part of their new life, they took on a new spelling
of the name. Another story has it that they settled with Dutch
immigrants so they took the Dutch spelling of their name. It might be that they were not able to write and the
immigration agent that greeted them when they got here did the best he
could to spell the name. Whatever the case, they were the first
Schryvers known to have come to America.
They settled in the lower Hudson River area of New
York State, north of New York City. They had nine (9) children who
are listed in order of age in the header at the top of this page.
Each of their names links you to their descendents.
David J. Schryver