Martin Köhl

Johann Martin Köhl

  • 9 children
  • 32 grandchildren


Marriages and children



On Christian Kehl 1750-1806's side


Johannes Kehl 1686-1759
Anna Wolf 1684-1753
Jakob Boos 1690-1737
Barbara Gross 1698-1763
Michael Gross 1683-1758
Salome Benz 1690-1765

Christian Kehl 1723-1762
Barbara Boos 1725-1789
Michael Gross 1726-1794

Christian Kehl 1750-1806

Martin Köhl 1787-1869


1 - Ortsfamilienbuch Eichstetten

1811: Nach amtlichem Bescheid des Oberamts vom 6. Mai 1811 zum Vater erklärt.

2 - Ortsfamilienbuch Bahlingen

1811: Nach amtlichem Bescheid des Oberamts vom 6. Mai 1811 zum Vater erklärt.

3 - John C. Engel

My great great great great grandparents were Johann Martin Köhl and Katharina Schmidt. They came to America in about 1855 and lived near Cedar Rapids Iowa. I have attached a copy of a picture of the tombstones of (Johann) Martin Köhl and his wife, Katharina Schmidt Raetz Cemetery, 2 miles west of Atkins, Iowa, USA. (The birth dates on the tombstones are incorrect).

John C. Engel, West Allis, WI 53219, USA

4 - Find A Grave

Johann Martin Köhl, known as Martin, was born on October 4, 1787 in Eichstetten, Baden, Germany, according to the Evangelical church baptismal records in that village. (Please note the discrepancy with the tombstone inscription, which says October 6, 1786.)

Martin Köhl's parents were Christian and Anna Maria (nee Gross) Köhl.

Martin married Katharina Schmidt on December 19, 1811 in Bahlingen, Baden, Germany. Katharina was born December 29, 1788 in Bahlingen per the church records, but her tombstone says December 30. She was the daughter of Johann and Anna (nee Schöpflin) Schmidt.

Martin and Katharina farmed and raised their children in Bahlingen. They left Bahlingen for America in 1856 with two grandchildren, Katharina and John George Engel. The Köhls settled in Fremont Twp., Benton Co., Iowa, in the household of son-in-law Jcob Gasser and daughter Mary Magdalene. The Engel childrens' parents followed a year later, settling a few miles away in Clinton Twp., Linn Co., Iowa.

  • **** The "Oldest Grave in Raetz Cemetery" photo shown to the right was published in the June 11, 1971 Cedar Valley Times (Vinton).

The caption notes that Martin died before the cemetery was established, so speculates that his remains must have been transferred from elsewhere. Actually, the cemetery started out as a family burial ground, established by Jacob Gasser, who owned this farm. Jacob was Martin Köhl's son-in-law, being married to Mary Magdalene Köhl.

Martin and Kate Köhl lived on the Gasser farm. They and many of their children and grandchildren are the earliest burials in Raetz Cemetery, before Jacob Gasser transferred the cemetery to the New Jerusalem Congregation for $1. The deed was recorded in Feb. 1883).

5 - Timeline

Bahlingen (DE)

6 - Adresse

Kreuzgasse 4 79353 Bahlingen

- person: OFB Eichstetten, OFB Bahlingen
- marriage 2: OFB Bahlingen
- burial: Find A Grave

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