|Heinrich C. Werdann||Catharina Sophie Balz|
|b. 17 Feb 1900 in Bavaria, Germany||b, 9 Apr 1904 in Weinheim, Bavaria, Germany|
|d. ?||d. 31 May 1861 in New York, New York|
|Louis W. Kuehnle||Catharina (Katherine) Werdann|
|b. 6 Jan 1827 in Hasmusheim, Bavaria, Germany||b. Mar 1828 in Weinheim, Bavaria, Germany|
|d. 7 Aug 1885 in Egg Harbor City, Atlantic, New Jersey||d. 30 May 1909 in Atlantic City, Atlantic, New Jersey|
|Marriage||4 Mar 1852||Louis Kuehnle to Catharina Werdann in New York, New York|
|Henry Kuehnle b. 1854 and d. 27 Jul 1857 in New York, New York|
|George William Kuehnle b. 23 Nov 1855 in New York City, New York; m. 11 Oct 1927 in New Brunswick, Middlesex. New Jersey, Bertha Luella Pratt (b. 1859 in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois; d. 7 Nov 1920 in Brooklyn, New York); seven children: baby, William Louis, George Pratt, Bertha Luella, Lester W., Edwin Francis, and Gertrude Winifred Kuehnle|
|Louis Kuehnle, b. 25 Dec 1857 in New York City, New York; d. 6 Aug 1934 in Atlantic City, Atlantic, New Jersey|
|Heinrich (Henry) Kuehnle b. Dec 1859 in Egg Harbor City, Atlantic, New Jersey; m. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 21 Apr 1885 Emma Christina Schemm (b. 21 Apr 1863 Philadelphia, d. 25 Oct. 1926 in Egg Harbor); six children: Emma Louise, Katherine Sophie, Henry Jr., Florence Rosina, Louis Charles, and Charles Fortner Kuehnle|
|Sophia Kuehnle, possibly b. and d. 1861 in Egg Harbor City.|
The discussion of this family starts with three mysteries:
Louis Kuehnle was trained as a chef in Baden (Bavaria), Germany. He emigrated to America in 1849 and was working as such in hotels in New York when he and Catharina (also known as Katherine) were married there in 1851. They had three sons, Henry, who died there at three years of age the same year their third son, Louis, Jr. was born, George William, and Louis, Jr. He was working in the hotel in Washington DC where President Buchanan was staying before the family moved to Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, in 1858. Their fourth and fifth children, the second Henry (our ancestor) and Sophia, were born in Egg Harbor.
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, was organized by a group of German immigrants wishing to be free of the prejudice and discrimination against Germans experienced on account of the "Know Nothing" party that arose about that time. Louis, Sr. opened first in Egg Harbor City the New York Hotel facing the convenient railroad station on Atlantic Avenue. Louis was heavily immersed in the Egg Harbor City community where he served on the school board, on the city council, and was elected mayor for several terms. In January of 1875, he expanded the hostelry operations to Atlantic City, where he opened Kuehnle's Hotel, also advantageously placed across from the railroad station there. He turned the management of the Atlantic City hotel to Louis, Jr. when the latter was 18.
In 1885, Louis Sr. died intestate. Louis Jr. became the sole owner of Kuehnle's Hotel in Atlantic City, and it is from this base that he accumulated considerable local fame. Henry, was the proprietor, then general manager, of the New York Hotel in 1886. That hotel was sold to the Kumpfs, but I haven't found the records that tell us whether the sale was done as a result of Louis's death or whether Henry owned it for a while and sold it. Louis, Jr. sold Kuehnle's Hotel in 1903. Katherine moved to the more robust life in Atlantic City and outlived her husband by 24 years.
Proof of Relationship of Louis and Catharina (Katherine) is found in contemporaneous publishings, and the records found reinforce that proof.
The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information of each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line. The research on this family is basically complete. The information may never be known, but the relationship of Johanna and Sophia Kuehnle, both of whom are buried in the Kuehnle plot in the Egg Harbor City Cemetery would close those mysteries.