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Müller Family from Sommersdorf, Magdeburger Börde.

    All Genealogy from this Family Müller has origins in village Sommersdorf, Magdeburger Börde, Sachsen Anhalt, near to Brunswick. The oldest ancestor in this lineage is Elias Müller, born in Sommersdorf, 1653. Elias Müller married with Margarthe Elisabeth Matthias, daugther des Krügers Matthias.

    In Brazil, The name follows the line of Carl Johann Georg Wilhelm Müller (Wilhelm Müller or Guilherme Müller , in Portuguese). He was only member of family to emigrate to Brazil. Wilhelm Müller was born on August 30, 1838 in Helmstedt, Duchy of Brunswick (Lutheran).

Müller in Brazil

ohann Carl Georg Wilhelm Müller

   The Duchy of Brunswick was one of the places of origin of a great  number of German immigrants, all in search of opportunities for a better life in Brazil. Many of them took as target mainly the Colonies Blumenau and Dona Francisca. Gradually, the German immigrants of diverse geographical origin settled in next to these two colonies regions. The Itajaí also received many of them. Among these immigrants was the builder Wilhelm Müller ("Guilherme Müller" in portuguese).

    Already in his adult life, lived in Helmstedt, where he met his first wife Caroline Strohmeier, natural Sebexen in Kalefeld, daughter of August Ludwig Engel Strohmeier and Johanne Luise Bennewies. In 1866, William married at age 28, in the secular church of Saint Stephani, the Evangelical Lutheran community in Helmstedt. In this church he was baptized and it also baptized the following year, the first son, Carl Hermann Franz Georg Müller.

    In this period, the coming to Brazil was being stimulated by agents of emigration, certainly the work of Hermann Blumenau also influenced the coming of many families from the Duchy of Braunschweig. Influenced entire families to seek better future away from Germany. Wilhelm then decided to emigrate to Brazil.

    In October 1867, the family boarded the bark Victoria from Hamburg to São Francisco do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The destination was the colony Blumenau. On the same trip, came another immigrant, a child. Some years later, both have a great friendship, and this kid, named Georg Tzaschel ("Jorge" Tzaschel) would be mayor of Itajai [I]. On this trip several deaths occurred due to an outbreak of cholera. That moment should be the beginning of a new life, full of hopes. However, Wilhelm did not know that this trip would be like a terrible nightmare. The crossing of the ship Victoria was marked by the cholera outbreak and the death of 11 people of the total of 262 passengers (according to other sources, 51 passengers, uncertain real number). And, unfortunately, one of the victims of this contagious disease was the wife Caroline. When the ship arrived at the port of São Francisco do Sul, on Christmas Eve, passengers could not disembark before the local authorities to take all necessary health measures. And so, Wilhelm lost his wife in this crossing of the ocean, ending the trip, only he and his son, in December 29, 1867.

    The following year, he continued his journey to Blumenau, where he met his second wife and companion until the end of his days: Caroline Emilie Ernestine Lange. She was born in Dörsentin, Pommern. They married in March 1869 in a ceremony celebrated by Pastor Sandreczky and that same year, left the colony Blumenau and went to the city of Itajai, where they fixed their residence. There hardly existed brick houses and the future seemed more promising in his activity. His home was built in the Street "Onze de Julho", current street "Olimpio Miranda Junior", where today there is Salesian School.

    Already in February 1870, was born the second son of Wilhelm
, Friedrich Karl, Fritz, nickname adopted as a given name in adulthood. In the same year, along with friends Samuel and Jacob Heusi Heusi, originating from Colony "Dona Francisca", Friedrich Ramlow, HermannWillerding and Carl Hugo Praun (the latter two had fought as volunteers and returned the Paraguayan war), among many others, Wilhelm found the Evangelical Lutheran community of Itajaí. He was an active participant, a member of the first directors, and was even President of the Community in office from 1911 to 1914. Wilhelm was also the builder of the First Church of this community, whose work was started in the year 1891.

    During the next several years, he built all masonry houses in Itajai, where there were, only, wooden houses.The “Santa Beatriz” Hospital, The
Fontes Family House, The Konder House, were some of his buildings. He was one of the founders and most enthusiastic members of the Shooters Club (Schützenverein Itajahy) and has held several positions since President to club treasurer, and also, one of founders of the German School of Itajaí.

    In political action, Wilhelm remained faithful to his friend Samuel Heusi and the group formed by Mr. Pedro Ferreira e Silva, Felix Busso Asseburg - son of owner William Asseburg countryman and friend with whom he always had a good relationship until the death of the old guard - and Jorge Tzachel, João Bauer, Donato Gonçalves da Luz and Angelo Rodi.  Was Guilherme appointed the first Municipal Intendant in Republican Period (Mayor) on July 26, 1890, by act of the State Government, and he served as mayor of August 4, 1890 to a date uncertain, but that should not have exceeded that of the first elections in 189 1 (His tenure occurred in 04 August, before the City Council meeting). Graduated soon after, when it was replaced by Joao Pinto do Amaral. In the quadrennium 1903-1907, he was elected alderman.

    Together with Peter Bauer, Gabriel Heil, Julio Gern, Mathias Bauer, Alfredo Eicke, Julio Willerding, and his friend Otto Moldenhauer, Ernesto Schneider, Emilio Palumbo, Joaquim Espindola, Alfredo Eicke and João Rodrigues Pereira, among other citizens of Itajaí, William founded on April 28, 1895, the Shooters Club (Schützenverein Itajahy), to which the President of honor and where he participated in some boards. He won many tournaments and shot one of the most accomplished shooters this club. Yet it was also one of the founders and most active contributors of the German School of Itajai (Deutsche Schulle).

Wilhelm, Carolina, daughters and grandchildren

    In the 1903-1907 quadrennium, he was alderman. After this period, he not worked with building and construction, because it became a capitalist, just managing his money through rental properties and making financial loans.

    Due to World War I, the Germans and their descendants were persecuted in Brazil, especially after the shipwreck of the brazilian steamer named Paranaguá. Most Germans and their families, who lived in Itajai, migrated to other locations or withdrew from public life. So it was with Wilhelm, who in the last years of his life, left to participate in associations which he helped found.

    On May 10, 1924, Wilhelm died due to complications from pneumonia. So reported the newspaper "The Pharol" from Itajai, in its issue number 1014, the death of Wilhelm:

    "With the advanced age of 87 years, the respected elder Mr. Wilhelm Müller died in his home. He was a german native and resident among us for almost 50 years, enjoying great esteem and respect. The Master Müller, as was generally known for being here the old building contractor, where he built most of our homes, enjoyed relative prosperity, and lived for his family. Of old traditions, was unable to remember a biblical patriarch ever commit an act which would only tarnish the purity of his character that varied from austere or conduct had always had a rule during the long trajectory of his life."

Some texts where he is mentioned:

    "At the dawn of the republican regime, was appointed mayor in July 26, 1890, the old immigrant Mr. Müller (He was not related to Mr. Peter Müller, father of General Lauro Müller). In the four years 1903/7 it was alderman. He was a builder and architect, for decades, almost all masonry houses in Itajai. I had the honor to meet him when he was nine. He had a stout stature, with beautiful stylish beards King Franz Joseph of Austria." [II]

    "Along the Street on July 15 resided the old Müller, planner and builder of most of the buildings that stood here and carefully jotted down in a notebook everything that happened in the city."[III]

I - Itajaí, (current name of Itajahy city, Santa Catarina State, Brazil);
II - Gustavo Konder, Influência alemã em Itajaí, Blumenau em cadernos, Tomo XI, pages 84 to 86,1970;

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