Person:Catherine Woerner (3)

Catherine Woerner
b.September 23, 1826 Württemberg, Germany
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Name Catherine Woerner
Gender Female
Birth[8] September 23, 1826 Württemberg, Germany
Marriage April 7, 1855 M.E. Church, Tecumseh, Michiganto Michael Wilson
Death? December 18, 1891 Franklin Township, Lenawee County, Michigan
Burial? Rasin Valley Cemetery

Catherine Martha Woerner was born September 23, 1826 (S1 & S2) in Wurttemburg, Germany to Michael and Katherine (Schaberlia) Woerner, the first of nine children. In 1853, three of her brothers came to the United States settling in Adrian Township, Lenawee County, MI. (S3) They liked it so much that one went back to Germany in 1854; and returned to the U.S. with his mother, his sister Catherine Martha, and his other siblings (S2), ther father having died in the interim. They all settled in Adrian Township at and near the intersection of Tipton Road and Sheppard Road.

Catherine Martha Woerner (usually known as Martha) married Michael Wilson April 7, 1855 in the Tecumseh M.E. Church By W. P. Judd (S1). Martha purchased the homestead 40 acres of their farm in 1862 in Franklin Township on the west side of North Adrian Highway across from the tee intersection with Russell Road coming from the east.

Catherine Martha Wilson died December 19, 1891 after an illness (S1, S5 & S6). She left the homestead 40 acres to her seven children who were still living at the time of her death. She is buried in Raisin Valley Cemetery in row 2 from the westline and grave 8 from the southline of the cemetery (S7).

  1.   Wilson Family Bible.
  2.   Exit Paper from the Kingdom of Wurttemberg.
  3.   Personal Communication from Caroline (Woerner) Spycher.
  4.   Michigan Deed of Sale to Catherine M. Wilson.
  5.   Catherine M. Wilson Death Record.
  6.   Catherine M. Wilson Obituary.
  7.   Sketch of Raisin Valley Cemetery.
  8. The Woerner name in German is spelled with an “umlaut o“, and the closest English sound is the “oe” combination which is the spelling the living descendents prefer. However in records, I have also found it spelled Warner and Werner. Also sometimes Catherine is spelled with a K.
  9. The family was probably attracted to southeast Michigan because her mother, Karherine (Schaberlia) Woerner, had a close relative (maybe a brother) who was a renowned astronomer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor during the middle of the 19th century.