Sketch of Theresia Otteni Flemm

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Sketch of Theresia Otteni Flemm
1820 - 1895

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Theresia Otteni, also known as Theresa, was the fourth known child of Benedict and Christina Otteni. According to the German church birth records, she was born on 11 Nov 1820 in Urloffen, Germany.

Over the years, there have been many different spellings of the family name. The original spelling, found on German records and signatures on early land transactions in the United States, is OTTENI. The spellings used today in the U.S. are: OTTENI, OATNEY, OTNEY, and OTTNEY. All trace back to Urloffen, Germany to Hans Georg Otteni, Theresa's GGG Grandfather.

Theresa came to America with the family in the early 1830's. According to the 1840 U.S. Census, the family lived in Greenfield Township in Fairfield County, Ohio. Names of children were not captured for this census, but a breakdown by age was given. In the "15 - 19" age category, the census listed 2 females. Theresa would have been 19 years old in early 1840.

Theresa is 1 of 11 known children of Benedict and Christina. Her siblings are:

  • Maria Elizabeth Walt (1815-aft 1858)

  • Franziska “Frances“ Welker (1816-1858)

  • Maria Magdalena Stortz (1819- ? )

  • Cresentia “Nancy“ Wald (1822-1864)

  • Josef “Joseph“ (1825-1897)

  • Andreas (1827-1850)

  • Moritz (1829-1831)

  • Maria Emily Schefler (1831-1912)

  • John (1833-1897)

  • Louisa Thimmes (1836-1911)

According to Fairfield County Ohio marriage records, "Therese Ottney" married Christian "Flam" on 21 Apr1842 in Lancaster, Ohio. The wedding was officiated by J. Young, who was a priest at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lancaster, Ohio.

By 1860, according to the U.S. Census, Theresa and Christian resided in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio. Christian is listed as the landlord of the American Hotel. They are listed as living at the hotel with 8 children. They are:
Christian Flemm 49 Germany
Theresa Flemm 37 Germany
Joseph Flemm 18 Ohio
Lewis Flemm 16 Ohio
Louisa Flemm 15 Ohio
Emma Flemm 13 Ohio
Philomena Flemm 11 Ohio
Ellen Flemm 9 Ohio
Emelia Flemm 7 Ohio
Charles Flemm 3 Ohio


The 1870 U.S. Census lists Christian Flemm as a "Hotel Keeper" at the Tallmadage House. Two children are no longer living at home since both married prior to 1870. Listed are:
Christian Flemm 59 Baden
Theresa Flemm 47 Baden
Lewis Flemm 27 Ohio
Mary L. Flemm 25 Ohio
Christiana Flemm 23 Ohio
Philomena Flemm 22 Ohio
Emelia Flemm 14 Ohio
Charles C. Flemm 13 Ohio
There are some inconsistencies between names and ages between the 1860 and 1870 census. The 1860 census listed Emma Flemm as 13 years old. The 1870 census listed Christinana as 23 years old. On 26 January 1876, Annie Theresa Flemm married William H. Jeffries. The assumption is that all three, Ellen, Christinana, and Annie Theresa Flemm refer to the same person.
From a combination of records, their full names, birth and death dates are:
Joseph Flemm 1843 - 1901
Lewis Ludwic Flemm 1844 - 1882
Mary Louise "Lida" Flemm Bowes 1845 - 1919
Anna Theresa Flemm Jeffries 1846 - 1934
Philomena Flemm Elliott 1848 - 1921
Helena "Helen" Flemm Ambrose Bowen 1850 - 1927
Emma Cecilia Flemm Brooke 1852 - 1927
Charles Christian Flemm  1857 - 1914


Theresa Passes On
Theresa Otteni Flemm died in early May 1895. A notice in the Lancaster Daily Eagle on 6 May 1895 read:

Mesdames Bowen and Brooke of Logan have been called to the city by the death of their mother, Mrs. Flemm.

Mesdame Bowen refers to Theresa's daughter, Mary Louise "Lida" Flemm Bowes. Mesdames Brooke refers to her other daughter, Emma Flemm Brooke.


It is presumed that Theresa is buried in St. Mary Cemetery in Lancaster, Ohio, since her husband, Christian Flemm is buried there. His gravestone is next to many members of the Thimmes family, including Louise Otteni Thimmes, Theresa’s sister. Christian died 18 years earlier on 22 Apr 1877 at age 66 years, 7 months, and 8 days.


More Information

Click on the following link to view information on the descendants of Theresa Otteni Flemm to the present. (Report with documentation also available)

Descendants of Theresa Otteni (1820-1895) - a privatized (dates & places of living people omitted) 7 Generation Descendant Book (PDF), starting with Theresa Otteni Flemm - 18 pages plus index.

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