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Max BOUCHSEIN
Bertha STRAUBE
Bertha C. MERZ
WARNING:  I have connected our subject to his parents based on circumstantial evidence.  This connection needs better substantiation.
Husband:  Max BOUCHSEIN
Birth:  3 Apr 1860, Germany
Baptism:  9 May 1860, Evangelical-Reformed Church, Schwelm, Ennepe-Ruhr Dist., Westphalia
Migration:  1878, immigrated to the U.S.
Occupation:  wholesale silk merchant, insurance broker
Father:  Johann Wilhelm BOUCHSEIN
Mother:  Theodora STERNENBERG
Marriage-1:  14 Jun 1883, DuPage Co., IL
Residence until at least 1892:  Chicago, Cook Co., IL
Residence in 1910:  Manhattan Borough, New York City, New York Co., NY
Wife-1:  Bertha STRAUBE
Birth:  Mar 1860, IL almost certainly in Napersville, DuPage Co., IL
Death:  1910-14
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Mathias Martin STRAUB
Mother:  Mary __?__
Marriage-2:  1913/4
Residence in 1920/30:  Yonkers City, Westchester Co., NY
Wife-2:  Bertha C. MERZ
Birth:  Jun 1870, Baltimore, MD
Occupation:  homemaker
Residence in 1900/10:  Baltimore, MD
Siblings:  Emma J. MERZ, b. Nov 1860, MD; Charles MERZ, b. Jul 1877, Baltimore, MD
Father:  Heinrich / Henry MERZ, b. Feb 1826, Hesse
Mother:  Wilhelmina "Minna" __?__, b. May 1832, Saxony
Child with Bertha STRAUBE:
1.  Marie BOUCHSEIN, b. 1885/6, IL presumably in Chicago, Cook Co., IL 
Children with Bertha C. MERZ:
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Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; FRG, Germany, DEU, Deutschland, Nordrein-Westfalen, Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, Preussen, Hessen, Sachsen; USA, US, United States, Illinois, Maryland, New York

Sources:

1a.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Max BOUCHSEIN
Birth: 03 Apr 1860
Christening: 09 May 1860, Evangelisch, Schwelm, Westfalen, Preussen
Father: Johann Wilhelm BOUCHSEIN; Mother: Theodore STERNENBERG
Source: Kirchenbuch, 1676-1894. Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche Schwelm (KrSt. Schwelm)
Max BOUCHSEIN
Spouse: Bertha STRAUBE
Marriage: 14 Jun 1883, Du Page, Illinois
Source: Marriage Records of Du Page County, Illinois, 1839-1900. Laura Kendall Thomas (c1946) D.A.R., Elmhurst, IL

1b.  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900:
Bonchsein, May Straube, Bertha 06/14/1883 Book 1, p. 66 Lic#862 Du Page

2.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Max not found, as expected.  Emma MERZ (æ 10, b. MD) is living in Baltimore, MD (pp. 473B-474A), with four siblings, and her parents, Henry MERZ (æ 45, b. Hessen) & Minna (æ 38, b. Saxony), et al.

3a.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Max BOUCHSEIN (æ 20, b. Germany) is living in Naperville, DuPage Co., IL (p. 305C), with the HUNT family.

3b.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Bertha STRAUB (æ 20, b. IL) is living in Kingston, DeKalb Co., IL, with her brother (q.v.).

3c.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Bertha MERZ (æ 9, MD), her sister, Emma MERZ (æ 19, b. MD), and brother, Charles MERZ (æ 3, b. MD), plus five other siblings, are living in the City of Baltimore, MD (p. 227B), with their parents, Henry MERZ (æ 54, b. Prussia indexed "Merry") & Welhelmina (æ 48, b. Saxony).

4.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

5a.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find our subjects, and I really looked.  Are they in Germany? 

5b.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Emma J. MERZ (æ 34, b. Nov 1860, MD/Ger/Ger), her sister, Bertha C. MERZ (æ 29, b. Jun 1870, MD/Ger/Ger), and her brother, Charles MERZ (æ 22, b. Jul 1877, MD/Ger/Ger), plus three other siblings, are living in Baltimore City, MD (p. 224), with their parents, Henry MERZ (æ 74, b. Feb 1826, Ger/Ger/Ger) & Wilhemenia (æ 68, b. May 1832, Ger/Ger/Ger).

6a.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 25):  St. Nicholas Avenue, New York City (Ward 12), Manhattan Borough, New York Co., NY, Roll T624_1022 (Book 2), p. 215B, SN 1B, SD 1, ED 565, enumerated 15 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28
* 121 1 12 Bonchsein Max Head M W 50 M 27     Ger-German Ger-German Ger-German 1878 Na Eng Wholesale Merchant Silks Emp     Y Y   R H
      _________ Bertha Wife F W 49 M 27 1 1 Illinois Ger-German Ger-German     Eng None         Y Y      
      _________ Marie Dau F W 24 S       Illinois Ger-German Illinois     Eng None         Y Y Y    
      Bagley Lucy Servant F W 30 S       Virginia Virginia Virginia     Eng Servant Private family W N 0 Y Y      
*St Nicholas Avenue

6b.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Bertha C. MERZ (æ 39, b. MD/Ger/Ger) is living in Baltimore, MD (p. 206), with her divorced brother, Charles MERZ (æ 39, b. MD/Ger/Ger) and unmarried sister, Emma J. MERZ (æ 49, b. MD/Ger/Ger).

7.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #22 of 36 indexed "Bouthsein"):  242 Valentine Lane, Yonkers City (Ward 4), Westchester Co., NY, Roll T625_1280, p. 133B, SN 11B, SD 6, ED 228, enumerated 16 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
* 242 136 380 Bouchsein Max Head O M M W 59 M 1875 Na 1884 Y Y Germany German Germany German Germany German Y Insurance Broker OA
      _________ Bertha Wife     F W 49 M       Y Y Maryland   Germany German Germany German Y None    
      Merz Emma Sister in law     F W 59 S       Y Y Maryland   Germany German Germany German Y None    
*Valentine Lane

8.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 26):  242 Valentine Drive, Yonkers City (Ward 4, Block 238), Westchester Co., NY, Roll 1667, p. 35A, SN 7A, ED 60-28, SD 20, enumerated 5 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 30
* 242 19 151 Bouchsein Max Head O 25000 R M W 70 M 33 N Y Germany Germany Germany Unknown 1878 Na Y Broker Insurance W Y N
      _________ Bertha Wife       F W 60 M 44 N Y Maryland Germany Germany       Y None        
      Merz Emma J Sister-in-law       F W 69 S   N Y Maryland Germany Germany       Y None        
*Valentine Drive

9.  Record and Index of Persons Registered and of Poll Lists of Voters, City of Chicago, Northern District of Illinois, 1892 (online at Ancestry.com; columns lacking data deleted).  On pp. 522B-523A:
Congresssional District: 4
Ward: 20
Precinct: 11
Residence: 162 North Av
Name: Bouchsein Max
Nativity: Germany
Term of
Residence
Precinct: 6 mos
County: 16 yrs
State: 16 yrs
Native: no
Naturalized: yes
Date of Papers: Aug _ 1884
Court: of Cook County Circuit Court
Qualified Voter: yes
Date of Application to be Registered: Oct 18 1892
Voted: no

10a.  New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 (online at Ancestry.com):  The Hon. Max BOUCHSEIN, plus his wife and daughter, American Citizens, arrived in New York on 28 Jul 1903 on the S.S. Potsdam out of Rotterdam on 18 Jul 1903.

10b.  New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 (online at Ancestry.com):  Max BOUCHSEIN (æ 47), United States citizen, arrived New York on 14 Mar 1907, out of Rotterdam on the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam departed 2 Mar 1907.

10c.  New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 (online at Ancestry.com):  Max BOUCHSEIN (æ 48), Merchant and U.S. Citizen, arrived New York on 9 Oct 1908, out of Liverpool on the S.S. Lusitania departing 3 Oct 1908.

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