b. 20 October 1825, d. 22 January 1909
- Father: Peter Dexheimer b. 10 October 1795, d. 2 November 1872
- Mother: Anna Magdalena Spies b. say 1795
- Sophia Dexheimer was born on 20 October 1825 in Biebelnheim, Rheinhessen.
- She was christened/baptised on 23 October 1825 at Biebelnheim, Rheinhessen. Sponsor was Sophia, wife of Valentin Habbig, from Heidelberg.
- She married Georg Anton Karl, son of Henrich Karl and Catharina Baum, on 20 February 1852 in Freimersheim, Rheinhessen, in der katholischen Kirche.
- Sophia Dexheimer arrived in the Port of New York on 24 October 1893, from Bremen aboard the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamship Elbe, traveling in steerage class, apparently unaccompanied by any family family member.
- The following appeared on 25 August 1900 in the Putnam County Republican: Mrs. Karl and four grandchildren of New York City, are making a two weeks visit to her son, Jacob Karl, of this village. Mr. and Mrs. Carl are also entertaining two young ladies, their niece, Miss Nicholas, and a friend, Miss Goodwin, of New York.
- The following appeared on 13 October 1905 in The Putnam County Courier: Jacob Karl went to the city Wednesday to attend the celebration of th eightieth birthday of his mother, Mrs. Sophia Karl. There was a general assembly of the family in the evening. In the afternoon Mrs. Karl and daughter, Miss Minnie, attended the wedding of Miss Kittie Goodman, who has been a frequent visitor of theirs in Carmel.
- Sophia Dexheimer died on 22 January 1909 at age 83 in Manhattan, New York, at 288 Seventh Avenue.
- She was interred at All Faiths Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens County, New York.
- The following appeared on 29 January 1909 in The Putnam County Courier: Mrs. Sophia Karl, mother of Jacob Karl, the Carmel barber died on Friday of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Surbur, on Seventh Avenue near Twenty-sixth street, New York city. She was 83 years of age, and was in good health, until three days before her death. Mrs. Karl was born in Germany. Her husband died a number of years ago, and in 1892 she came to America in order to visit her children, all but one of whom had settled here.
She was pleased with America and chose to remain with Mrs. Surbur. She leaves two other married daughters. She has two sons besides Jacob. One of these is still in Germany. The funeral was held last Sunday at her late home, and she was buried in the Lutheran cemetery.
- Nicolaus Balz apparently had origins in Freimersheim, where Sophia Dexheimer Karl was married and where her children were baptized.
- Photographs of present-day Biebelnheim.
- Surber family photographs, documents and details generously have been shared by descendants Edward R. Surber and Barbara Surber Hermann.
- Last Edited: 9 Apr 2016