Descendants of
George Adam Krumbholz
Pauline (Zeller) Krumbholz
First Generation

George and Pauline (Zeller) Krumbholz

Memories of Grand Parents
Very thrifty old time German people. Very jolly. Both were weavers in New Bedford cotton mills. Their home was my family's second home. Our yards ran into each other's. They lived on 363 Cedar Street and we lived on 48 Willow St. around the corner. Grandparents took care of my sisters and brother and myself while my parents worked in New York City. Grandfather I think was President of German Men's Club then located on Adams St., New Bedford. They always had a Christmas party for members and their families. He used to play Santa Claus for the children who received a bag of fruit, candy and other things. Your Grandfather George K. supplied dance music for this event each year. Grandfather did most of his house repairs and made his own Home Brew.

was a good clean housekeeper and a good cook and baker--very religious. Was President of Rosary Society of St. Boniface Church. Also cooked all meats at home when church had what they called German Supper once a year. She did this in the summer time in July or August. She cooked maybe 20 or 30 fresh hams. Also kept house for priests of Sacred Heart Monastery of Fairhaven, Mass., when they went on vacation on Cape Cod. I think it used to be at Onset. Don't know if monastery is still there.
She was a very kind person and liked to play Pinochle with my parents most every evening . . .
They also had a daughter named Mary who died I think of pneumonia at age 18 in New Bedford, 363 Cedar St. She was an organist at St. Boniface Church. Buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. I used to go with Grandparents to cemetery to cut grass on grave.
Grandmother used to go shopping on Saturday P.M. down on Acushnet Ave. for groceries. My sisters went with her to carry groceries. I used to watch the beans in the coal stove for supper. Shopping used to take about 3 hours as they had to walk both ways--about 1½ miles each way.
Arnold Kuntz (grandson), letter, 21 February 1985

GEORGE ADAM1 KRUMBHOLZ and his wife PAULINE ZELLER were German immigrants, who met and married in the United States. They settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts, after a brief stay in Rhode Island. They raised a family at 363 Cedar Street, worked in the cotton textile mills, and participated in the life of the small German community in the North End of New Bedford. For Pauline, always devoutly religious, this community life centered around Saint Boniface Roman Catholic Church. For George, in addition to work and family, life included the German Club and the Union Hall.

George Adam Krumbholz was born in Schwarzenbach, Bavaria, Germany, some time between 7 August and 6 September 1857, the son of GEORGE B. KRUMBHOLZ and his wife SUSANNA C. POVERY (Ma Deaths 1936, 64:121:457). George's death record also indicated that his father was born in Neuenhammer, Bavaria, and his mother in Schwarzenbach. This village will not be found on most modern maps of Germany. A map from that period located Schwarzenbach in the northeast corner of Bavaria, less than 10 km. south of Hof on the road to Münchby and Kuhnbach.

This Krumbholz family may not have remained in that small rural village. Grandson George was told that his Grandfather came from Munich; granddaughter Pauline was told that he spoke with a low Dütsch accent, unlike his wife, which would have placed him in the north of Germany. She was also told that as a young man in Germany he worked as a comedian.

Pauline Zeller was born in Württemberg, Germany, on 24 December 1855, the daughter of THOMAS ZELLER and his wife JOSEPHINE NAGEL. (Ma Deaths 1939, 63:250:882).

record of Pauline Zeller's birth
Grandson George was told that she was born in Stuttgart. Granddaughter Pauline recalled that her grandmother was well educated in a convent, and spoke English, French and German and read Latin, and was engaged in domestic service before coming to America.

Pauline Zeller's communion card

Pauline Zeller probably came to America in 1878 or 1879. She carried in her prayer book a communion card that indicated she had received communion in Stuttgart in 1878. He death record said that she had lived in the United States 45 years, but her obituary claimed she had lived in New Bedford for 60 years. Perhaps these figures should be reversed, and she lived in the United States 60 years--from 1879, and in New Bedford 45--from 1894. George Adam Krumbholz probably came to America in 1883 or 1884, as both his death record and his obituary place him in America for 52 years. The family tradition is that they lived in Rhode Island, probably Pawtucket, before moving to New Bedford.

George A. Krumbholz and Pauline Zeller were probably married in Rhode Island some time around 1885--that is, some time after his arrival in America in 1884 and some time before the birth of their first child in 1886.

George and Pauline both worked in the cotton mills in New Bedford most of their lives, and she was also a laundress. Their residence in the early years is unclear, and they may have moved around. George's citizenship papers, dated 1889, were from a court in New Bedford, but son George, born in 1895, reported his birthplace on his passport as Pawtucket, RI.

George A. Krumbholz was granted citizenship in the United States of America on 23 November 1889, at New Bedford, by the third district court of Bristol County.

These citizenship papers were stamped several times by the registrar of voters, indicating George's eligibility to vote. Evidently, in the days before women's suffrage, such papers were not considered necessary for women. On the back of the paper is a registry stamp, with the words "for wife Pauline" written in. After George's death, his widow Pauline evidently voted on the basis of his citizenship.

stamp on citizenship paper

George A. Krumbholz wrote his will at New Bedford on 27 February 1932. For the text of the will see below.

George A. Krumbholz died at New Bedford on 6 April 1936. The cause of death was given as coronary thrombosis, with contributory causes: chronic arteriosclerosis and chronic myocarditis (Ma Deaths 1936, 64:121:457). For his obituary see below. He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford, on 9 April 1936.

A Lutheran pastor conducted George's funeral service. This was a surprise to granddaughter Pauline, who was not aware that he was not Catholic. George was not active in church. The family often said of him, "the union hall was his church."

Pauline Zeller Krumbholz wrote her will on 9 May 1939. For the text of her will see below.

Pauline was living with her daughter Katherine, at 8 Studley Street, New Bedford, at the time of her death. She died at New Bedford on 29 July 1939. The cause of death was given as terminal broncho pneumonia, with contributory cause: annular carcinoma of descending colon (Ma Deaths 1939, 63:250:882). For her obituary, see below. She was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery on 1 August 1939.

Granddaughter Pauline recalled,

She was a devout Roman Catholic. She was an active member of St. Boniface Church, New Bedford. She was housekeeper for the rectory and for a summer home for priests in Fairhaven. At her funeral there were six rows of priests. They called her "Muter."
Grandson Arnold Kuntz wrote,
She was a very religious woman. I shall never forget her or any of my relations.
letter. 20 March 1985

Krumbholz family on visit to Buffalo, NY
August, 1935
back row: George B., Jr., Pauline H., George B. Sr.
front row: George A., Pauline Z.

George A. and Pauline Zeller Krumbholz had the following children:

    • b. on 10 May 1886
    • d. an infant
  2. EMILY MARGARET2 KRUMBHOLZ b. at Providence, RI, on 30 January 1888
  3. ANNA PAULINA2 KRUMBHOLZ b. in Massachusetts on 15 November 1889
  4. KATHERYN LOUISA2 KRUMBHOLZ b. on 20 November 1891
  5. GEORGE BERNARD2 KRUMBHOLZ b. at Pawtucket on 19 May 1895
George A. Krumbholz had an illegitimate child in Germany, before coming to America. This child, a daughter, received some Red Cross packages from George B. after World War II. The mother died shortly after.

After World War II, son George B. received letters from a cousin, a Mr. Lang. He was a professor and had been persecuted by the Nazis. When George B. visited Germany after his 50th wedding anniversary, he visited Mr. Lang's daughter and her second husband. Mr. Lang's son died on the Russian front. Mr. Lang helped George locate his half-sister. She sent him the family crest.

Will of George A. Krumbholz
Copy from family, not from Probate Court

Be it remembered that I, George A. Krumbholz of New Bedford in the County of Bristol and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, being of sound mind and memory; but knowing the uncertainty of this life, do make this my last Will and Testament.
After the payment of my just debts and funeral charges I give and bequeath as follows:
FIRST. I give, bequeath and devise unto my children: George A. Krumbholz, Annie P. Protz, Katie L. Branchaud of New Bedford, Mass. and Emily M. Kuntz of Buffalo, New York, the sum of Ten Dollars each.
SECOND. I give, bequeath and devise to my wife Pauline Krumbholz all the remaining real estate and personal property of which I shall die seized and possessed wherever the same may be situated to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
THIRD. I hereby nominate and appoint George B. Krumbholz to be the executor of this my last Will and request that he be exempt from giving any surety or sureties on his official bond.
In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand in the presence of three witnesses declare this to be my last Will, this twenty-seventh day of February in the year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-two.
George A. Krumbholz

Will of Pauline Krumbholz
Copy from family, not from Probate Court

That I, PAULINE KRUMBHOLZ of New Bedford in the County of Bristol and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, being of full age and of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this instrument to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills by me made at any time heretofore.
I hereby nominate and appoint my son GEORGE B. KRUMBHOLZ as the executor of this will and I request that he be exempt from furnishing any sureties of his official bond. I give my said executor full power and authority to sell and convey any real estate I may own at public or private sale in his discretion without in either case first obtaining license from the Probate Court.
I hereby instruct and direct my said executor that it is my last wish that I be buried in the family lot at Oak Grove Cemetery in said New Bedford.
After the payment of my just debts, expenses of last illness and charges of administration from my insurance, if the same be adequate, I give, devise and bequeath all my property, both real and personal and wherever situated, in equal shares to my three children now living, namely EMILY MARGARET KUNTZ, KATHERINE LOUISE BRANCHAUD and GEORGE BERNHARDT KRUMBHOLZ, or to such as may be living at the time of my decease, in equal shares.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I hereunto set my hand and publish and declare this instrument to be my last will and testament in the presence of the witnesses named below this ninth day of May A. D. 1939.
Paulina Krumbholz

Obituary: George A. Krumbholz, 78, husband of Mrs. Pauline (Zeller) Krumbholz, died yesterday at his home, 363 Cedar Street, following a heart attack. Born in Schwarzenback, a/S. Bavaria, Germany, he came here in 1884 and with the exception of four years in Pawtucket, had resided in this city. He was a mill operative and a member of the German Club on Adams Street.
Besides his widow, he leaves three daughters, Mrs. Emily M. Kuntz, Buffalo, N.Y.; Mrs. Annie P. Protz, Mrs. Katherine L. Branchaud, a son, George B. Krumbholz, and 15 grandchildren in this city.
Standard Times, New Bedford, Ma. 17 April 1936, p. 2

Mrs. Pauline (Zeller) Krumbholz, 83, widow of George Krumbholz, died yesterday at St. Luke's Hospital, following an illness of one month. She was a native of Germany and had been resident in New Bedford for the last 60 years. A charter member of St. Boniface Church, Mrs. Krumbholz was an ardent worker in church affairs and was active in the functions of the Sacred Heart Society.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Kathleen Branchaud of 8 Studley Street, with whom she made her home, and Mrs. Emily Kuntz of Buffalo, N.Y., a son, George Krumbholz, of this city, 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Standard Times, New Bedford, Ma. 30 July 1939, p. 2

Much of the information on this family comes from personal interviews and correspondence with family members, including Arnold Kuntz and George B. Krumholz, Jr., both now deceased, and Pauline H. Krumbholz Maxfield.

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