MELCHIOR KIRCHER (b. 04 Dec 1828, d. Aft. Dec 1898)
MELCHIOR KIRCHER (son of JOHANN DIETRICH KIRCHER and ELIZABETH BERNARD) was born 04 Dec 1828 in Grossenbach, Kreis Hunfeld, Hesse, Germany, and died Aft. Dec 1898 in Grossenbach, Kreis Hunfeld, Germany. He married (1) ANTONETTE MIHM on Abt. 1856 in Nr. Sargenschnell, West Prussia/Germany. He married (2) SOPHIA GERING on Abt. 1864 in Sargenschnell, Henfeld, Hesse-Kessel, Germany. He married (3) THERESA KOHLMAN on 27 Jul 1868 in Largeurell, Germany.
Notes for MELCHIOR KIRCHER: References: Lloyd W. Hoagland received information from Rosalie Darlene (Coburn) Wittman, 121 42d St., Manhattan Beach, CA. 90266 in 1993, and from her niece, Michelle Marie Dunn, 2008 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA. 90766. Rosalie received some of her information from Robert (Bob) Perry, 8018 Stroud Dr., Houston, Texas 77036 in 1992. Further information was received in 1994 from Sophie Marie (Kircher) Geisler, wife of Harold William Geisler, and from their daughter-in-law, Rose Earl (Howard) Geisler, wife of Gerald William Geisler, R.R. 3, McCook, Nebraska 69001. Other records were secured from records of the St. Catherine's Church, Indianola, Nebraska and those of the Red Willow County Court House, McCook, Nebraska, on personal visits. Also data from Grave stones in St. Catherine's cemetery, Indianola, Nebraska. Other family members information from Edward Raymond Kircher, Rt. 1, Indianola, Nebraska. Also the Red Willow County Directory, 1926-1927 and County census records.
NOTE: The following is from a very small printed blurry article. Written in the German language. This and the translation to English was received from Rose (Howard) Geisler.
ANTHANASIUS KIRCHER ciner der bedentendsten Gelehrten Europas, Am 28, November, 1680 starb Kircher In Rom - Als Schuler in Fulda. Fulda (PR) November 1680 starb in Rom Athanasius Kircher, elner der bedeutendsten europaischen Gelchrten e Sohn der Rhonhelmat, dressen Name die Fuldaer Volk#schule in Ziehers tragt. Zu seinen Freunden xahiten Papste und Kaiger. Sein Ruhm verbreitete sich Uber die ganze Weit. denn uber 40 wissenschaftilche Werke, hauptsachlich aus dem Gebiete der Werke, haupaachlich aus dem Gebiete der Naturwusgenschafen und orientallschen Speachen, wurden wahrend seiues 47 jahrigen Aufenthaltes in Rom abgefafit. Kircher wurde am 2. Mai 1602 in Geisa geboren, das zum ehemaligen Bistum Fulda gehorte Sien Vater stand im Dienste des Furstabts Balthasar von Dermbach. Der Knab besuchte zunachst die Volksschule in Geisa und trat zehn Jahren in das Papstliche Seminar in Fulda, einer Jesuitenanstalt, ein. Lehrer war ektor P. Christoph Brouwer, ein Kenner der Hymnen des Rahanus Maurus dessen auch in einer Fuldaer Strabe festgehehalten ist. unter den Mitschulern des Athanasiusbefanden sich die Gebruder Christoph und Heinrich Luth, die aus derselben Familie stammien wie Martin Luther. Wahrend der ersten Schulzelit in Fulda brach die Pest aus, so dab die Zoglinge in Geisa ubtergebracht wurden. Fuldas Peat - saule am Frauenberg erinnert noch an diese Zeit. Etwa 400 einwolhner der Stadt sind damals dieser schrecklichen Krankheit des Drei Bigjahrigen Krieges zum Opfer gefallen. Athanasius Kircher wirkte in Deutschland, Frankreiche, Osterreich und Italien. Uberall stand er in hohem Ansehen in Romfand er die rechte wissenschaftliche Arbeitsmoglichkeit bis zu seinem Lebensende, dader Jesuitenorden ihm die Berichte seiner Angehorigen aus aller Welt zur Ver fugung stelle. Unter den handschrifthichen Briefen und Bittschriften, die an ihn gelanglen, fand man nach seinem Tode auch solche aus der Heimat. Hier in Gelsa weilten ja noch Angehorige, die ein statlliches Haus am Marktplatz bewohnten, das leider einem Stadtbrand im Jahre 1857 zum Opfer fiel. es kennie nicht uberraschen, dab Kircher in seinem universellen Bildungsdrang auch einen vorstob in das Gebiet der Musikwissenchaft unternahm und seine gesammelten Kenninse in einem umfangreichen Work niederlegte, das er in vortrefilicher Ausstattung mit einer Widmung an den Erzherzog Leopo; d Wilhelm von Osterreitch unter dem Titl Musurgia unuversalle sive Ars Magna de consono et dissono im Jahre der Offentilichkeit fiber gab. Some missing lines .............. Es 1st also zu hoffen, dab kunftig kein Kampf aller gegen alle mehr auf der Dalberg-Kreuzung ausgetragen werden mub, und dab sogar Fuldas letzte Fubganger eine Chance erhalten, ohne Slalomkurven zwischen auf der inderstrabe anfahrenden autos uberdie Fahrbahn zu gelangen. Das war euine Losung, die allein schon zu begruben ware, ganz abgesehen von den Neuregelungen fur die Fahzeugstrome, gegen die ie Fuldaer Verkehrspolizisten mit verzwelfelten Armbewgungen bisher musam anrudern mubten meint. OTTOKAR
IN ENGLISH Translation This is from very faded written pages ANTHANASIUS KIRCHER - one of the most significant scholars of Europe on November 28, 1680 died Kircher in Rom - as a student in Fulda. Fulda (PR). On November 28, 1680 died in Rome Anathasius Kircher, one of the most significant European scholars, a son of the homeland Rhon, who's name the Public School of Fulda in South - Zuehers carries. Popes and explorers were among his friends. His fame was spread over the whole world, because over 40 scientific works, especially in the field of natural science and oriental languages were so composed during his 47 year stay in Rome. Kircher was born on May 2, 1602 in Geisa, which belonged formerly to the Diocese Fulda. His father had a position with the Prince - abbot of Balthasar von Dermbach. The boy first attended the public school in Geisa and entered Papal Seminar in Fulda, a convent, when he was 19 years. His teacher was P. Christoph Brouwer, a commissioner of the Rabanus Maurus Hymnen, after whom a street in Fulda was named. Among Athanasius' students were the brothers, Christopher and Heinrich Luther, which came from the same family as Martin Luther. During the beginning of his schooling in Fulda the plague broke out. The students were then brought to Geisa. Fulda's Monument to the Plague at Frauenberg still reminds us of this time. About 400 inhabitants of the city died of this horrible disease of the 30 year war. Athanasius Kircher was active in Germany, France, Austria and Italy. He was all over a man of high repute. In Rome he found the right scientific work possibility until the end of his life, since the Jesuit order provided him with the information of his relatives from all over the world. Among the hand written letters and petitions that he received, were found some after his death, from his homeland. Here in Geisa still lived some relatives, in a stately dwelling, near the market place, which with regret burned in a city fire in the year of 1857. It was not a surprise that Kircher in his universal desire to be educated, advanced into the field of music and with his acquired knowledge in an extensive work recorded, which he in an extraordinary presentation with a dedication to the High Duke Leopold Wilhem of Austria under the title "Musurgia Universalissive Ars Magna de consono et dissono" in the year 1650, donated to the public. Bibliography by K. Brisher
Another article from 'a library' from Marcella? ATHANASIUS - GERMAN MATHEMATICIAN Born May 2, 1601, Geisa, Thuringia (former state), Germany Died November 28, 1680, Rome, Italy Educated in theology, Kircher taught philosophy at Wirzburg, Germany before becoming Professor of Mathematics in Rome, Italy. The author of many scientific book, especially on sound. He invented the Aeolian harp, gave the first account of the bell-in-vacuum experiment, though drawing the wrong conclusion from it and invented the magic lantern. He later returned to archaeology. A. Kircher - German Jesuit and scholar taught Math and Gebren at the College of Rome and gave up teaching to study Hieroglyphics and Archaeology (1643). Credited with the invention of Magic Lantern. A. Kircher, German Archaeologist, born Geisa (Fulda), Hessen (Hesse), Germany, May 2, 1601; died Rome, Italy, October 30, 1680. Joined Society of Jesus at age of 17, later taught Math and Philosophy at Wurzburg. Ordained 1628. The Thirty Years War in 1623, he was forced to go to Avignon. Two years later he settled in Rome and taught Math, Physics and Oriental language. Later devoted all his attention to Hieroglyphics in ancient monument ruins. Also worked in physics and credited with construction of convergent mirrors and projectors. The Kircher Museum that he founded in the Roman College was taken over by the state in 1870. He wrote many books about different subjects. Kircher's place in science rests primarily on his extensive writings, which give a picture of scientific understanding in the 17th century. He was a man of his time and many of his statements have been shown to be uncritical or incorrect, but the charge of scientific falsifications, which have been leveled against him, has not been substantiated.
Note: The relationship of Athanasius Kircher, to this Kircher family has yet to be proven.
THE KIRCHER STORY by Rosalie Darlene (Coburn) Wittman As far as we know, the Kirchers originated in and around Grossenbach, Germany, which is 15-20 kilometers southeast of Hunfeld. Hunfeld is 12 kilometers north of Fulda which is about 60 mile north of Frankfort, Germany. The old Kircher home in Grossenbach is still standing and the Kirchers are living in it to this day (1988). There have been Kirchers living in it as long as the name Kircher has existed. The vital records for that part of Germany were destroyed in the Thirty Year War (1618-1648). The war started in Bohemia between the Catholic and Protestant armies; ended in 1648 with Peach of Westphalia. Alsace was given to France. Holland and Switzerland received independence. Westphalia is a region in West Germany, a part of North Rhine-Westphalia; formerly a duchy, a kingdom and a province of Prussia. West Prussia, a former province of Prussia, is now, since 1945, part of Poland. Te chief city is Gdansk, formerly Danzig. The father of Melchoir, John, and Mary Anne Kircher owned a brewery and distillery in Grossenbach, Germany. His son, John, who was a representative or congressman for thirteen years, inherited the distillery, but Melchior got his share of the estate. Mary Anne married another __________Kircher and they owned a flour mill at Hunfeld, Hesen, Germany. On a stone plaque at Hunfeld, Germany, the history of the family is written. At the time of marriage of Melchior to his first wife Antonette Mihm, he built a beautiful home and had a large estate with several servants. Melchior was quite a country gentleman and owned several shares in a large sugar factory near Hunfeld, Germany. He had quite a large estate, but made a few poor investments. They usually kept two or more servants. That factory later went broke and he lost a considerable amount of money in the venture. When he was seventy years old, he sold his home to his daughter Bernadine (Kircher) and her husband, Kermer. The home, near Sorgenzel, about 5-15 kilometers south of Hunfeld, Germany. It is located 100 meters east of the church where the Kirchers went to church. The original church was struck by a bomb during World War II and destroyed, but a new smaller church was built on the spot.
More About MELCHIOR KIRCHER and ANTONETTE MIHM: Marriage: Abt. 1856, Nr. Sargenschnell, West Prussia/Germany.
More About MELCHIOR KIRCHER and SOPHIA GERING: Marriage: Abt. 1864, Sargenschnell, Henfeld, Hesse-Kessel, Germany.
More About MELCHIOR KIRCHER and THERESA KOHLMAN: Marriage: 27 Jul 1868, Largeurell, Germany.
Children of MELCHIOR KIRCHER and ANTONETTE MIHM are:
+MARY ELIZABETH KIRCHER, b. 05 Jan 1857, Nr. Sargenschnell, Kr. Hunfeld, Hesse-Kessel, Germany, d. 01 Dec 1911, Indianola, Red Willow Co., Nebraska.
+JOSEPH KIRCHER, b. 25 Oct 1859, Sargenzell, Hesse-Kassel, Germany, d. Mar 1920, Indianola, Red Willow Co., Nebraska.
ANTHONY 'Tony' KIRCHER, b. Abt. 1861, Sargenzell, Hess-Kassel, Germany, d. Abt. 1862, Sargenzell, Hess-Kassel, Germany.
+ANNA KIRCHER, b. 07 Jun 1864, Sargenzell, Hess-Kassel, Germany, d. 16 Sep 1910, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Nebraska.
Children of MELCHIOR KIRCHER and SOPHIA GERING are:
+THERESA KIRCHER, b. 09 Aug 1865, Sargenzell, Hess-Kassel, Germany, d. 14 Jan 1949, Indianola, Red Willow Co., Nebraska.
ANTHONY KIRCHER, b. Abt. 31 Dec 1869, Sargenzell, Hess-Kassel, Germany, d. Abt. Jan 1870, Aged 1 week.
Children of MELCHIOR KIRCHER and THERESA KOHLMAN are: