The Krummenacker family roots in the United States are considered to have begun with Anton (1824-1907, a.k.a. Anthony), arriving supposedly as a stowaway in the early 1840’s. He is the son of Simon (1798-unknown, a.k.a. Samuel, born in Bickenholz, France) who was born to Nicolas and Maria Catherine (Holtzinger) Krummenacker. Simon married Catherine Birckel (1803-unknown, a.k.a. Bugel) on November 25, 1823, in Bickenholz, Moselle, France. Simon and Catherine had the following children:

  1. Anton; never married and was the first to the U.S. followed by parents and siblings later in the 1840’s. A story goes that Anton got the nickname "Old Pot" since he would frequently send the younger folks to Mr. Herman's Hotel (corner of Elmont Road and Central Ave.) for a POT of beer, and so comes the name. The Elmont Social Page of the Hempstead Sentinel, 24 Oct 1907, reported that Anthony Krummenacker, one of our oldest residents dropped dead on Friday night in his 82nd year. Deceased made his home with his niece Mrs. Louise Krummenacker on Central Avenue. As he entered the house he sat down on a couch, gasped and died with his clothes on. The funeral service was held Tuesday morning from St. Boniface Church, the interment being in the cemetery. Louise (a.k.a. Louisa) was the wife of Anton (1861), son of Anton’s brother Nickolas.
  2. Christine (1826-unknown), no information on hand.
  3. Joseph (1827-unknown), no information on hand.
  4. Samuel (1830-1884), married Catherine Herman (1833-1873), daughter of John and Magdalena (Bubel) Herman, on April 15, 1855, at St. Boniface RC Church, Fosters Meadow (today’s Elmont, NY), this being recorded as the first to be held at the church. They had nine children, four of which married into the Mosback, Wulforst, Hoffman and Christ families. Note that Catherine is the sister of Mary Ann who married Samuel’s brother Nickolas. After the death of Catherine, Samuel (a.k.a. Simon) married Maria Margaret Kappelmeier who had previously been married to Philip Barb. This marriage was negatively impacted by Samuel’s brother Anton who was living with them (as noted in the 1880 census), re: Brooklyn Eagle, Page 4, 26 June 1882, Mrs. Kromenacker, of Foster’s Meadow, Sues Her Brother In Law for $15000 Damages for Alienating Her Husband”s Affections. Being closely related to John Herman, owner of Herman’s Hotel, didn’t keep Samuel from opposing improper liquor sales, re: Brooklyn Eagle, Front Page, 12 June 1880, Long Island Notes: "Simon Kromenacker, of Foster's Meadow, caused the arrest of his brother in law, John Herman, for selling liquor on Sunday."
  5. Katherine (1832-unknown), married a Mr. Klaus, no other information.
  6. Joseph (1835-1889), married Elizabeth Speiser (1843-1920), daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Felder) Speiser. They had eight children, five of which married into the Wils, Kreischer, Buchman, Kiefer and Hauck families.
  7. Nickolas (1837-1901), married Mary Ann Herman (1841-1884), daughter of John and Magdalena (Bubel) Herman, on April 10, 1860 at St. Boniface RC Church. They had seventeen children, 10 on record as having married, two to Kreischer’s, two to Clark’s, and the others into the Batt, Oswald, Hehn, Kalb, Herte and Silvernail families. The Kreischer marriages included Samuel Krummenacker to Regina Kreischer and his sister Katherine to Regina’s brother Stephen Nicholas, children of Nicklaus and Gertrude (Becker) Kreischer. For an absolutely priceless picture, visit the Gallery for Nicklaus Kreischer standing at the bar in the Kalb Hotel, owned by son-in-law August (Gus) Kalb, married to Catherine Kreischer.

The Krummenackers resided in Bushwick, Kings County (Brooklyn), but by 1860 were primarily residents of Fosters Meadow. This was a family of farmers. It is believed that Simon and Catherine were originally buried in the old St. Boniface Cemetery and later moved to the current cemetery. There are no records of the people that were relocated.


The Krummenacker family is recognized on Panel 530 of the American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island, NY, which contains "The Nicholas Krummenacker Family", Origin-Germany. This was submitted by Barbara C. Rottkamp in honor of her Great-grandparents Nickolas and Mary Ann Krummenacker. Researching the Fosters Meadow Krummenacker family actually takes you back to the Lorraine/Moselle area of France and earlier to the Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland. The existence of the town of Krummenacker, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, was recently made known by Toni (Maes) Krummenacker; husband being George Gerard, a Great-grandson of Nickolas and Mary Ann. This offers research potential to discover any connection to the Fosters Meadow Krummenacker family.


Submitted (4/2014) by Fred W. Weidner

Grandson of Katherine (Krummenacker) Kreischer