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  • ID: I0277
  • Name: Hugo Anton "John Hermann" KOETHE
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 21 APR 1859 in Grossfurra, Thuringia, Prussia GERMANY
  • Death: 23 AUG 1932 in Handley, Tarrant County, Texas USA
  • Occupation: 1890 Laborer (per Pittsburgh, PA Directories 1888-1892)
  • Occupation: 1910 Farmer, marr. (1) to Emma 23 yrs
  • Occupation: 1931 Merchant
  • Immigration: 24 JUL 1871 Ship Deutschland (via the Port of New York)
  • Burial: 25 AUG 1932 Rose Hill Burial Park, Handley, Tarrant County, Texas
  • Will: 25 MAR 1931 Tarrant County, TX
  • Probate: 9 SEP 1932 Tarrant County, Texas
  • PROP: 1931 Block L, Lots 10, 11, 12 in Lake View Addition, Handley, Tarrant County, Texas
  • Event: Probate2 4 MAY 1944 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Event: Funeral Home Moore Funeral Home, Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas
  • Event: Medical (Facts Pg) 1932 Appoplexy
  • Event: Medical (Facts Pg) Died on a Tuesday at 9:00
  • Event: Age at Death (Facts Pg) 73 years old
  • Event: Note My adopted maternal great grandparents.
  • Census: 1910 Allegeny Co PA Fed Census, West Deer, 4th Precinct, ED 261, Sheets 13A & 13B, Pages 149A & 149B
  • Census: 1900 West Deer, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1372; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 522; FHL microfilm: 1241372
  • Event: Source The DOB "Apr. 21, 1859" taken from his tombstone inscription.
  • Reference Number: 357
  • ADDR:
  • ADR1: 99 Dawson Alley
  • ADR2: Pittsburgh
  • CITY: Pennsylvania
  • Note:
    JOHN HERMANN KOETHE and EMMA ROSSFELD were my great-grandparents.


    Obituary of John Hermann "Herman" Koethe


    Mr. J. H. Koethe, 73, a resident of Handley for the past ten years died su ddenly Tuesday night about 9 o’clock, at his home here. He suffered a str oke of appoplexy.

    Mr. Koethe was a retired merchant, coming to Handley ten years ago from Pi ttsburgh, PA.

    Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughte r, Mrs. Jack Fowler. Rev. C.E. Howard, pastor of Handley Baptist Church a nd Rev. Ramsey Pollard, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church officiatin g. Internment was in Rose Hill Burial Park.

    Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. E. H. Fowler, Handley, TX, and Miss Le nore Koethe and Mrs. Carrie Smith, Pittsburgh; three sons, John Koethe, Da llas, TX, and Richard Koethe and Frank Koethe, Pittsburgh; and a siste r, Miss Emilie Koethe, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Pallbearers were: Messrs. S. C. Smart, O. S. Haw, J. A. Moore, C.W. Walsto n, L.C. Mann, and V.T. Johnson.
    Last Will and Testament of JOHN HERMANN "Herman" KOETHE, 25 Mar 1931

    State of Texas }
    County of Tarrant }

    I, J. H. KOETHE, of the County of Tarrant, State of Texas, being in go od bodily health and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and fully rea lizing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, and being desir ous of settling my worldly affairs while I possess the capacity and streng th to do so, hereby make and publish and declare this my Last Will and Tes tament, hereby revoking all other wills heretofore made by me, th at is to say:

    First: I direct that the expenses of my last sickness, including the e xpenses of my funeral, be first paid, and all my just debts next paid in

    Second: To my grandson, BOBBIE KOETHE, I give and bequeath the s um of Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars in money.

    Third: All the remainder of my estate, real, personal or mixed of what soever kind, or wheresoever situated, I give and bequeath to my six childr en; EMILIE KOETHE FOWLER, JOHN KOETHE, FRANK KOETHE, CARRIE KOETHE SMIT H, LENORA KOETHE, and RICHARD D. KOETHE, share and share alike.

    Fourth: I hereby nominate and appoint my good friend, BEN T. MERRIT T, my sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, and direct th at no bond be required of him, and that no action be had in the Probate Co urt under this will other than the filling of an inventory and appraisemen t, and list of claims as required by law.

    In testimony of all of which, I hereunto set my hand, at Handley, Texa s, in the presence of R. B. SMITH and RAY E. McCLESKEY, witnesses this 25 th day of March, A.D. 1931.

    J. H. Koethe (signed)

    The above and foregoing Last Will and Testament of J. H. KOETHE is n ow here, at the request of said J. H. KOETHE, and in his presence witness ed by us in the presence of each other, and we, at the request of the afor esaid, hereto subscribe our names as witnesses, in the presence of sa id J. H. KOETHE, and in the presence of each other.
    R. B. Smith (signed)
    Ray E. McCleskey (signed)

    Filed 09 September 1932
    Orville Beall, County Clerk
    Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book - Volume 2135
    Deed between Herman Koethe to H. J. Koethe

    Herman Koethe, et.ux. } THIS DEED
    to } made the Thirteenth day of
    March in the year of our Lord, One Thousand
    H. J. Koethe } Nine Hundred and Twnety-two.
    Between HERMAN KOETHE and EMMA KOETHE, his wife, of the Township of West D eer, County of Allegheny, State of Pennsylvania and H. F. KOETHE.
    Witnesseth that in consideration of One and no/100 dollars in hand pa id the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, the said Grantors do here by grant and convey to the said Grantee.
    All that certain piece or parcel of land situated in the Township of We st Deer, County of Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, bounded and descri bed as follows:
    Beginning at a point in the center of raod known as the Middle Ro ad at the intersection of lands of CHARLES BACKHOUSE, JOHN HEBERLEIN and s aid HERMAN KOETHE; thence along center of said Middle Road in a northeaste rly direction six hundred ten (610) feet more or less to line of Pittsbur gh Tuberculosis League property; thence in a westerly directin along li ne ofPittsburgh Tuberculosis League property five hundred ninety (590) fe et more or less to a point; thence in a southerly direction along li ne of CHARLES BACKHOUSE property a distance of one hundred (100) feet mo re or less to a place of beginning.
    Excepting and reserving however, all the coal underlying the above desc ribed premises together with the right to mine and remove the same.
    Being a part of the property which CHARLES F. KOETHE, LOUISE KOETHE, CH RISTIANA KOETHE, EMILIE KOETHE, FRANK H. KOETHE, LAURA KOETHE, LOUIS H. KO ETHE and MARY KOETHE, by deed dated October 22, 1895, and recorded in t he Recorder's Office of Allegheny County in Deed Book Volume 1894, Page 7 5, granted and conveyed to HERMAN KOETHE, one of the parties of the
    first part hereto.
    Grantors covenant that they will warrant generally the property here by conveyed.
    In witness whereof said Grantors have hereunto set their hands and sea ls the day and year first above written.
    Sealed and delivered in the presence of } Herman Koethe
    D. Edwin Austin (signed) } Emma
    Koethe (seal)
    D. Edwin Austin (signed) }

    ($0.50 U.S. I.R.S.
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania }
    County of Allegheny } SS On this 13th day of
    March A.D. 1922, before me a Notary Public came the above named HERMAN KOE THE and EMMA KOETHE, his wife, and acknowledged the foregoing Deed to be t heir act and deed to the end that it may be recorded as such.
    Witness my hand and Notarial seal the day and year aforesaid.

    D. Edwin Austin (signed) (N.P. Seal)

    Notary Public

    My Commission Expires March 7th, 1925.
    Registered in Allegheny County, PA
    Recorded July 17th, 1922
    No. 29467

    My note: There seemed to be some confusion as to Mr. H. J/F/D Koethe midd le initial. Sometimes he is "H. J." and sometimes he is "H. J." and oth er times I've seen "H. D.". I have no idea which is correct at this tim e. I typed the document exactly as it was given to me.
    Other Notes:
    The BOBBIE KOETHE mentioned in his grandfather's Will was a "mino r" at the time of JOHN HERMANN KOETHE's death August 1932. BOBBIE was ROB ERT LOUISE KOETHE, son of Fred KOETHE and wife Mabel DAUGHTRY. He was t he only grandchild listed in HERMAN's will. (updated 21 August 2012)
    HERMAN KOETHE, year 1890, occupation "laborer", address is list ed as 99 Dawson Alley, A in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania City Directories, 1 888-1892. Neither HERMAN nor HERMANN KOETHE is found in the 1890 Pennsylv ania Census at this time.
    "HERMANN KOETHE" immigrated from the port of Bremen, Germany to New Yo rk (July 24, 1871) on the Ship Deutschland (port of New York) with his fat her, mother and siblings. Many other Koethe's immigrated at different tim es and settled in Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, etc.
    Source: the book "New Homes In A New Land: German Immigration To Texas, 18 47-1861" and "Germans to America, 1854 - 1871".

    Miscellaneous KOETHE info:
    HUGO KOETHE, physician, shows up with HERMAN KOETHE a few times. HUGO K OETHE (age 14, b. about 1854) immigrated from Grossen, Germany to New Yo rk in 1868 on the Ship Deutschland (port of New York) with LOUIS KOETHE (a ge 33, b. about 1835). This LOUIS KOETHE was probably HUGO's father. LOU IS could possibly be CHRISTIAN's brother, uncle or close cousin? Also, Hu go Koethe's occupation is listed as "Barber" in 1870 Allegheny Count y, PA Census Records. HUGO is later listed then a "Physician" in 1890 N ew Hampshire Census Records.

    Father: Wilhelm Christian Heinrich "Christian" KOETHE b: 5 NOV 1820 in Grossfurra, Thuringia, Prussia GERMANY
    Mother: Rosine Christiana "Christine" MUTH b: 7 NOV 1820 in Oldisleben village, Saxonia (nka Thuringia), Prussia GERMANY

    Marriage 1 Emma ROSSFELD b: 26 MAR 1864 in Mount Washington, Temperanceville PO, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
    • Married: 11 OCT 1886 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
    • Note:
      Name:Herman Koethe
      Titles & Terms:
      Event Date:11 Oct 1886
      Event Place:Allegheny Co, Pennsylvania, United States
      Estimated Birth Year:
      Father's Titles & Terms:
      Mother's Titles & Terms:
      Spouse:Emma Rossfeld
      Spouse's Titles & Terms:
      Spouse's Age:
      Spouse's Estimated Birth Year:
      Spouse's Father:
      Spouse's Father's Titles & Terms:
      Spouse's Mother:
      Spouse's Mother's Titles & Terms:
      Reference Number:v 3 p 225
      Film Number:878578
      Digital Folder Number:004266892
      Image Number:00155
    1. Has No Children Emilie Christianna KOETHE b: 26 JUN 1887 in Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
    2. Has Children Caroline "Carrie" KOETHE b: ABT 1893 in Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
    3. Has Children Frank Herman KOETHE b: 21 JUL 1893 in Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
    4. Has Children Fred "John" KOETHE b: 13 SEP 1895 in Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania USA
    5. Has No Children Lenora May "Nora" KOETHE b: 19 FEB 1898 in Allison Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
    6. Has Children Richard Darrell KOETHE I b: 27 AUG 1899 in West Deer, 3 Degree Road, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
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