On 17.2.1844 at the age of 26 he got married in the parish church of Scherfede – his father was still alive, his mother two years dead – to Elisabeth Prott from Rimbeck, born on 28.3.1809 and thus ten years older than her husband. Her parents were Johann Prott and Anna Christina Blömeken (related to or even a sister of Anna Maria Blömeken?). Heinrich Thonemann died very young; on 24.11.1858 in Rimbeck. He was only 39 years old.
Johann Prott was born on 15.10.1780, Christened a Catholic, the son of Joseph Prott and Christina Tönen (related?) in Rimbeck.
Mathias Blömeken and Engeltraud Mellwich got married on 21.11.1806 in Scherfede parish church. Their daughter, Anna Christina Blömeken, was born on 9.3.1781.
Elisabeth Thonemann, née Prott, died at the age of 82 in Rimbeck on 13.11.1891. The woman survived her husband by 33 years. The couple was married for 13 years and had six children when the husband died. In the 33 years she survived her husband, Elisabeth will presumably have had no easy lot taking care of the children while the farm declined.
The couple’s six children were:
1. Xaver born on 18.7.1844, died 1844
2. Anna born on 31.7.1845.
3. Bernhard born on 19.2.1847, died in Dülmen on 4.4.1926
4. Bernhardine born on 8.3.1849
5. Theresia born on 8.3.1851, died 1852
6. Theresia born on 8.4.1854
A glance at the dates shows that two children died as babies. The eldest child was only 13 when the father died.
In 1847 Heinrich inherited the remainder of the farm on the early death of the father, as from the big, beautiful farm about half had to be sold by the father in the years 1844 and 1845. A sad inheritance that Heinrich entered upon and which led in a few years to many further sales and to giving up the farm.
The papers from the land registry office of the Höxter district give a clear picture of the gradual decline of the Thonemann farm in Rimbeck. The original land survey for the whole land register in the Warburg area was carried out from 1831 to 1834. The land registry office in Warburg was responsible at the time. The registry offices in North-Rhine Westphalia were communalised in the course of the administrative and regional reform of 1975 and the district of Warburg was dissolved. The district seat was granted to the town of Höxter for the enlarged district; the competence of the up to then state-run land registry office of Warburg was passed over to Höxter land registry office included in the administrative area of Höxter.