Celebrating 25 years of marriage

6 February 1934

Malinda Boevers and Nicholas Schmitz

Family portrait circa 1959

Back: Juanita Schmitz Rogers, Nicholas Schmitz, Living Schmitz, Front: Ramona Schmitz Lundholm

Nicholas Charles Schmitz, Malinda Boevers Schmitz

My Boevers Branch

Back: Emma Boevers, Malinda Boevers Schmitz, Living Schmitz, John Boevers, Front: Ramona Schmitz, Nicholas Schmitz and Juanita Schmitz

circa 1946

Lorena Louise Emilie Boevers

Walter Willie

circa 1925

Peter August family circa 1905

back row: Chester Emanuel (nephew)

Middle row l-r: Peter August, August Mauritz, Joseph Vernold. Front row l-r: Amanda Johnson, Florence, Levi.

Photo courtesy: Martha Lundholm Jansson

Johan Friedrich Boevers and Friedrich Christian Boevers

circa 192o

photo courtesy: CJ Boevers

Malinda Schmitz nee: Boevers with some of her grandchildren and great grandchildren

circa 1985

Senorita Malinda Boevers Schmitz in Mexico

circa 1980

Malinda with cousin Gertrude and their aunts Lorena Willie, Ella Dettmer, Sophia Dettmer

circa 1979

Malinda Louie Boevers

circa 1925

Ella Boevers

August William Dettmer

14 April 1921

Otto Ferdinand Lundholm and Ellen Julia Bondeson wedding photo.

5 January 1899

Louisa Fredricka Boervers

Conrad Friedrich William Schwert

8 September 1904

Friedrich Christian Boevers

Maria Ableman

25 March 1897

Johan Friedrich Boevers

Charlotte Matthies

13 March 1884

Malinda with her grandchildren

Lynda, Thomas, Donald, Marie,

Malinda and Michael

circa 1965

Back: Johan and Emma Boevers, Juanita Schmitz, Ramona Schmitz, Front: Living Schmitz, Nicholas Schmitz

circa 1951

Sophia Louisa Maria Boevers

and Frederick H. Dettmer

circa 1936

Malinda Boevers

circa 1927.

Malinda Boevers and friends

circa 1930

Malinda Louise Boevers

circa 1933

My father’s ancestors

Lundholm - Swedish

Bondeson - Swedish

Lapic - Bohemian

Trenda - Bohemian

My mother’s ancestors

Schmitz - German

Colling - German - Lux

Boevers - German

Lick - Prussian

First Generation

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1 Malinda Louise Boevers was born in Wheeling, Rice County, Minnesota, on 25 January 1916. At the age of 75, she died while living in Columbia Heights, Anoka County, Minnesota, on 21 August 1991.


On 6 February 1934 Malinda Louise married Nicholas Charles Schmitz in Scott County, Minnesota.


They had the following children:

        i.     Ramona Kathryn (1935-2006)

        ii.     Juanita Bertha (1937-1993)

        iii.    Nicholas James (1943-2001)

        iv.    Living

Second Generation

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2 Johan Christian Boevers was born in Wheeling, Rice County, Minnesota, on 19 March 1888. At the age of 64, he died while living in Faribault, Rice County,  Minnesota, on 25 August 1952.


On 4 November 1913 Johan Christian married Emma Bertha Lick in Wheeling Township, Rice County, Minnesota.


They had the following children:

        i.       Leonara C. (1914-1914)

    1  ii.     Malinda Louise (1916-1991)

        iii.    Dorothea Sophia Ernestine (1918-1918)


3 Emma Bertha Lick was born in Cannon City, Rice County, Minnesota, on 12 November 1885. At the age of 79, she died while living in Columbia Heights, Anoka County, Minnesota, on 20 November 1964.


Third Generation

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4 Johan Friedrich Boevers was born in Germany, on 5 January 1861. At the age of 92, he died while living in Wheeling, Rice County, Minnesota, on 23 May 1953. Immigrated on 5 July 1868 to With parents from Germany to America.


On 13 March 1884 Johan Friedrich married Charlotte Matthies in Wheeling, Rice County, Minnesota.


They had the following children:

        i.       Anna Charlotta (1884-1911)

        ii.      Louisa Fredericka L. (1886-1977)

   2  iii.     Johan Christian (1888-1952)

        iv.      Sophia Louisa Maria (1889-1989)

        v.       Friedrich August (1891-1977)

        vi.      Wilhelmine Minnie (1893-1941)

        vii.     Ella (1894-1991)

        viii.    Lydia (1897-1900)

        ix.      Lorena Louise Emilie (1902-1987)

        x.       Emma C. (1905-1905)


5 Charlotte Matthies was born Germany. At the age of 71, she died while living in Wheeling, Rice County, Minnesota, on 16 November 1932.


Fourth Generation

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8 Johan Friedrich Boevers was born in Schaumberg, Germany. At the age of 54, he died while living in Wheeling, Rice County, Minnesota, on 29 April 1883.


Johan Friedrich married Engel Hecht.


They had the following children:

   4  i.      Johan Friedrich (1861-1953)

        ii.     Henry C. (1866-1953)

        iii.    William (1869-)

        iv.    Frederich E. Christian (1872-1959)


9 Engel Hecht was born in Schaumberg, Germany. At the age of 71, she died while living in Wheeling, Rice County, Minnesota, on 6 October 1899.


10 Johann Christian Matthies was born in Germany. At the age of 63, he died while living in Rice County, Minnesota, on 3 February 1900.


Johann Christian married Sophia Charlotte Kolle.


They had the following children:

        i.       Louise (~1858-)

    5  ii.    Charlotte (1860-1932)

        iii.     Christian W. (1862-)

        iv.      Frederica (1864-)

        v.       Louis (1870-)

        vi.      Frederick H. W. (1872-)

        vii.     Anna S. (1877-1877)

        viii.    Boy (1879-1879)


11 Sophia Charlotte Kolle was born in Germany. At the age of 57, she died while living in Cannon City, Rice County, Minnesota, on 4 September 1892.

Nick Schmitz, Juanita, Ramona and Malinda

circa 1939

Ramona Kathryn Schmitz, Johan Christian Boevers, Malinda Boevers Schmitz,

Johan Friedrich Boevers

circa 1935

6 February 1934

Malinda Louise Boevers

Nicholas Charles Schmitz

Johan Friedrich Boevers

circa 192o

Friedrich August Boevers

Emma Gemina Floren

24 October 1917

Johan Christian Boevers

Emma Bertha Lick

4 November 1914

Friedrich, Sophia, Wilhelmina and

Ella Boevers

circa 1912

Ella, Wilhelmina, Friedrich August, Sophia Louisa Maria,

Louisa Fredricka, Lorena Louisa Emilie Boevers

Johan Friedrich Boevers and Charlotte Matthies Boevers

circa 1910

Johan Christian Boevers

circa 1910

Home     Lundholm     Bondeson     Lapic     Trenda     Schmitz     Colling     Boevers     Lick     My Brick Wall

Johan Frederick Boevers and Charlotte Matthies. He grew up and raised his own family in the area. In 1913 John Boevers married Emma Lick, daughter of Johann Friederich Wilhelm Lick and Friedrike Auguste Schulz. Emma was born in 1885 in Cannon City in Rice County.


Johan Friederich immigrated with his parents, Johan Friedrich Boevers and Engel Hecht, along with his younger brother, Henry Christian Boevers, in the late spring of 1868. They were aboard the sailing vessel USS New York out of Bremen and arrived at Castle Garden in New York on 25 June 1868. They were traveling with Engel’s brother Freiderich Hecht. They eventually made it Minnesota. Many other Boevers families from the same area of Germany settled in Illinois.


Charlotte Matthies arrived in the United States with her parents Johann Christian Matthies and Charlotte Kolle along with her older sister Louise. The family left out of Bremen Gremany in the spring of 1867 and sailed to South Hampton, England to pick up more passengers and arrived at Castle Garden in New York on 23 May 1867. According to the 1870 Frederal Census, there should have been two more children traveling with this family. The children would have been Christian Matthies and his younger sister Frederica, but they are not listed on the ship manifest. Charlotte Kolle’s parents also immigrated to the United States. These two children may have been traveling with them. I haven’t found a ship manifest for the Kolle’s to confirm this yet.


Here are some pictures of my Boevers ancestors and below that is an outline of my ancestors starting with my grandmother.

My Boevers branch, is not a line in my family tree that I personally have researched at any great length. I have found records and researched this line here in the United States, but have not researched them in Germany. They originated in the Schaumburg-Lippe area near Hannover, Germany and came to the United States in 1868, eventually settled in the Wheeling Township area of Rice County, Minnesota. There are two people that have researched this line quite extensively in Schaumburg-Lippe. They are are a C.J. Boevers and a K. Rowe. They are the experts on this line and I defer to them. The church records for this region of Germany have not been filmed by the LDS church. Some records have been indexed and can be found here at the FEEFHS website.


My grandmother, Malinda, is a Boevers. She was born on 25 January 1916 in Wheeling Township, Rice County, Minnesota. Malinda’s parents were Johan Christian Boevers and Emma Bertha Lick. Malinda grew up in Nerstrand, Rice County. She was an only child because both an older sister and younger sister died in infancy.  She attended a regular public school but during the summer she went to a German school. Malinda met and married Nicholas Schmitz on 5 February 1934. They were married in Scott County, Minnesota. Nick and Malinda moved to Minneapolis shortly before my mother was born. My mother was actually born at the Faribault hospital during a really bad snowstorm. My grandfather was stuck in Minneapolis and couldn’t be there for her birth. The folklore is that once he was able to get them, there was another storm coming and they had to follow a snow plow all the way back up to the cities.


Johan Christian Boevers, John, was born in Wheeling township in the year 1885. He was the son of German immigrants