Jörg Schrick sent me an email this morning:
Kahlen, Kohlen, Calem…..or Wandau, Wanden, Wansen…. that all are guesses, speculations, you need to know exact places of birth and marriage to find anything.
I agree with him Perhaps the only way to be sure (unless someone has a box with documents from the old country) is to find the family in Prussia before they left.
- The Zierkes arrived in 1865.
- The Schulz siblings (Wilhlemline and Martin) came in 1866.
- The Strehlow family came in 1868.
- Heinrich Krueger got here in 1881 or 1882, his brother Carl in 1883.
- The parents Wilhelm and Caroline Krueger came in 1883.
- The Kamraths came in 1885.
- Wilhelm Schmidt came in 1885 and his mother and five sisters in 1892.
So I think that about 1860 and 1870 are the best times to look for them.
In 1860 the ages would have been:
Friedrich Zierke Sr. 54 Dorothea Hardow Zierke 46 Friedrich Zierke Jr. 25 Anna Rosina Zierke 14 Martin Schulz 19 Wilhelmine Schulz 13
In 1870 the ages would have been:
Wilhelm Krueger 35 Caroline Hoge Krueger 34 Heinrich Krueger 13 Carl Krueger 6 Ferdinand Strehlow 40 Wilhelmine Schweitz/Schuriz Strehlow 40 Bertha Strehlow 8 Hermann Strehlow 5 Carl Kamrath 38 Henriete Prinow Sense Kamrath 28 Bertha Kamrath 6 August Kamrath 5 Helene Kamrath 4 Anne Kamrath 2 Emma Kamrath 0 Friedrich Schmidt Unknown Wilhelmine Winkelmann Schmidt 32 Carl Ernst Wilhelm Schmidt 8 Alvine Schmidt 4 Amelie Schmidt 1
So now I guess the best thing is to look for census records for the “Candidate Towns” and try to find them.