To the best of my knowledge I am not directly related to Henry Bornmann.This site isnít just about me though.I intend to collect as much information about the Bornmannís as possible. I found this at the following site:



Henry Bornmann the well known editor-in-chief of the Germania, published at Quincy, has risen by consecutive steps and through close application and the development of his native talents from an apprenticeship at the printer's trade to his present position in connection with one of the leading journals of this city. He was born at Quincy, May 1, 1846. His father, John Bornmann, was a native of Hatzfeld, Grand Duchy of Hesse Darmstadt, born on the 14th of July, 1816. His mother, who bore the maiden name of Catharine Bald, was born October 3, 1820, near Berleburg, in the circuit of Wittgenstein, Prussia. They came to America by way of New Orleans, arriving in Quincy on the 12th of November, I845. The father engaged in the manufacture of soap for many years and was thus closely associated with the business development of the city.  He died April 21, 1901, while his wife passed away May 5, I894. Daniel Mizz, a great-uncle of Henry Bornmann, was one of the five hundred thousand men who took part in the memorable march of Napoleon on the Moscow campaign and never returned. Another great-uncle, Henry Mizz, enlisted when eighteen years of age in the English army, serving for two years. He then joined the Holland army, with which he was connected for thirty-four years or until 1826, achieving the rank of general.

Henry Bornmann finished his education in a parochial school in Quincy in the year 1859.  After putting aside his text-books he entered upon an apprenticeship in the office of the Quincy Tribune, a German paper founded in I852 by John Wood, the father of Quincy, who secured Gustav Adolph Roesler as editor and manager, Mr. Roesler coming from New York to take charge of the paper. On the completion of his third year of indenture Mr. Bornmann decided to relinquish his plan of devoting his energies to the printing business and was apprenticed to a tinner, with whom he learned the trade. Later he worked for a year as a journeyman tinner, but in the meantime became convinced that the printing business was more congenial to him and resumed work at the case in February,  1868.  He was employed for six years in the job  printing office and he became foreman in the composing room of the Quincy Tribune. Subsequently he accepted a similar position in the office of the Quincy Germania and for the past twenty years has been connected with the editorial department of the latter paper, acting  for a number of years as its editor-in-chief.  For the past four years he has been engaged in writing the history of the German Pioneers of Quincy and Adams County in the interest of the German American Historical Society of Illinois, which society has had an existence since 1900 with headquarters in Chicago and of which the Hon. William Vocke, of Chicago, is the president.

During the progress of the Civil war Mr. Bornmann enlisted on the 14th of February, 1865, as a member of Company B. Forty-third Illinois Infantry, and served as corporal until the 20th of December, following, when he received an honorable discharge. He was a member of John Wood post, G. A. R., for about five years and then withdrew from the organization.


His political allegiance was given to the republican party until the year 1892, when on account of the Edwards school law, which he considered an infringement on personal rights and religious liberty he became a democrat. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Lutheran church.

On the 16th of May, 1872,  Mr. Bornmann was married to Miss Katherine Uebner, who was born in Fall Creek township, Adams county, her parents having come to this county from Germany in 1840.  Mrs. Bornmann died March 20, I881, and Mr. Bornmann was married again May 10, 1883, Miss Johanna Niehaus becoming his wife. She was born in Quincy, where her parents are located, emigrating from Germany in 1852. Mr. Bornmann has eight children: Rosa, the wife of Hermann Stork; Clara, the wife of Henry Budde; Ida; Hilda,; Henry; Alma; Irene: and Ruth.




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Henry BORNMANN, born in 1800 in Hatzfeld, circuit of Giessen, Grand duchy of Hessen, was a paper miller, and married Elizabeth KUHN, born in the circuit of Wittgenstein.  In 1834 they came to America, and located in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.  In 1838 the family came to Quincy.  There being no paper mill here, Henry BORNMANN  conducted a lime kiln.  His wife died in 1849 of cholera and he became a victim of the same plague in 1851.  The eldest son, Henry, born in Germany, was a watchmaker and died of the yellow fever in New Orleans in 1852.  Theodore BORNMANN, the second son, born September 24, 1843, in Quincy, grew up in this city, where he for many years was engaged as a painter and paper hanger.  In November, 1864, he married Mary WALDHAUS, daughter of George F. and Marie GASSER WALDHAUS.  She died twenty-six years ago, and a year later Theodore BORNMANN married Mrs. Katherine EISENSTEIN, widow of Louis EISENSTEIN.  Sons of Theodore and Mary WALDHAUS BORNMANN  living are: George, Albert, William, Frank, and Frederick; besides one daughter, Cora, wife of Frank REED, in Ellendale, North Dakota. Two grandsons of Theodore BORNMANN, Elmer and August, sons of George BORNMANN, are serving in the army of the United States. 

Surnames included in the Bornmann family history are Eisenstein, Gasser, Kuhn, Reed and Waldhaus.