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About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all.

Timeline for Winkelmann Family in Prussia

This document is an attempt to outline what we know about the family of my 3x-great-grandmother Wilhelmine Winkelmann (1836-1914). Her family, like the family of her husband Carl Friedrich Schmidt, lived in Kreis Friedeberg in Posen, Prussia, and then moved to the towns around Karolina and Stieglitz in Kreis Czarnikau, some distance to the East.

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Kreis Friedeberg showing Bergdorf, Modderpfuhl, Pehlitz, Weissfenn, and Driesen (near Alt-Beelitz).

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Kreis Czarnikau showing Karolina, Gornitz, Stieglitz, & Schönlanke

1808 – Bergdorf, Kreis Friedeberg – Birth of Christian Julius Winkelmann, per his death record.

29 Mar 1814 – Pehlitz, Kreis Friedeberg – Birth of Johanna Charlotte Börk, per her death record.

abt 1835 – Likely Kreis Friedeberg – Marriage of Christian Julius Winkelmann and Johanna Charlotte Börk.

20 Dec 1836 – Bergdorf, Kreis Friedeberg – Birth of Wilhelmine Winkelmann to Christian Julius Winkelmann and Johanna Charlotte Börk.

1839 – Bergdorf, Kreis Friedeberg – Birth of Hannah Auguste Friedricke Winkelmann to Christian Julius Winkelmann and Johanna Charlotte Börk.

1841 – Bergdorf, Kreis Friedeberg – Birth of Carl Julius Winkelmann to Christian Julius Winkelmann and Johanna Charlotte Börk.

4 Jun 1843 – Alt-Beelitz, Kries Friedeberg – Birth of Christian Friedrich Winkelmann to Christian Julius Winkelmann and Johanna Charlotte Börk, per his death record.

25 Sept 1847 – Bergdorf, Kreis Friedeberg- Birth of Franz Hermann Wilhelm Winkelmann to Christian Winkelmann and his wife Johanna Charlotte née Börk.

Dec 1850 – Bergdorf, Kreis Friedeberg – Birth of Antonie Francesca Ottilie Winkelmann to Christian Winkelmann and his wife Johanna Charlotte née Börk.

6 Apr 1855 – Bergdorf, Kreis Friedeberg- Birth of Marie Pauline Winkelmann to Christian Winkelmann and his wife Johanna Charlotte née Börk from Carolina, per her marriage record.

Sept 1859 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Wilhelmine Winkelmann is living here per her marriage record.

30 Oct 1859 – Karolina, Kreis Carnikau – Marriage of Carl Friedrich Schmidt from Modderpfuhl, son of the deceased kolonist Johann Ludwig Schmidt, to Wilhelmine Winkelmann, daughter of the kolonist Christian Winkelmann from Karolina.

14 Feb 1864 – Karolina – Marriage of Wilhelm Friedrich Prielipp resident of Karolina with Hanna Auguste Friedericke Winkelmann, daughter of the Kolonist Christian Winkelmann of Karolina.

10 Nov 1865 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Alvine Bertha Schmidt to the “kolonist” Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann.

18 Jan 1869 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Amelie Franzisca Schmidt to Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann.

19 Feb 1871 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Marriage of the bachelor Ludwig Gustav Neumann, age 22, and Antonie Winkelmann, age 20.

19 Mar 1871 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Marriage of the bachelor journeyman carpenter Franz Winkelmann with Miss Bertha Ohst.

18 Aug 1872 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Auguste Marie Winkelmann to the Kolonist Franz Winkelmann and Bertha Ohst. Godparents were Emilie Ohst, Auguste Pontow, and Mrs. Auguste Elftmann.

31 Aug 1872 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Antonie Wilhelmine Schmidt to the “kolonist” Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann. Godparents were Miss Pauline Winkelmann (aunt to Antonie, sister to Wilhelmine Winkelmann), Mrs. Wilhelmine Winkelmann née Dumke (aunt of Antonie, wife of Christian Friedrich Julius Winkelmann), and Gustav Elftmann.

7 Aug 1874 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Pauline Winkelmann is listed on the baptism of her nephew Gustav Eduard Winkelmann.

25 Nov 1875 – Gornitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Auguste Pauline Schmidt to the “eigenthümer” Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann.

11 Jan 1880 – Gornitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Auguste Bertha Schmidt to the “kolonist” Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann.

26 Jan 1880 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Marriage between the “Tischler” [carpenter or cabinet maker or joiner] Carl Ludwig Hermann Gonitz, and Marie Pauline Winkelmann, daughter of the Leibgedinger [laborer] Christian Winkelmann and his wife Johanna Charlotte née Börk from Karolina.

22 Dec 1885 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Death of Johanna Charlotte Börke. “Nr. 99. Stieglitz, the 23rd of December, before the registrar came the leibgedinger (retired farmer living on the farm he once worked) Christian Winkelmann, resident of Carolina, to say that Charlotte Winkelmann née Börke, his wife, 71 years 7 months, 23 days of age, evangelical religion, resident of Carolina, born in Pehlitz (Kreis Friedeberg) on 29 Mar 1814, parents of the deceased unknown, died at his residence in Carolina at 2:00 in the afternoon on the 22 Dec 1885.”

14 Dec 1886 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Death of Christian Julius Winkelmann. The Kolonist [farmer] Michael Zadow resident of Carolina reports, that the Leibgedinger [laborer] Christian Winkelmann, 78 years old, of evangelical religion, resident of Carolina, born in an unknown location, laborer for the reporting person, died on 14 Dec 1886, at 1 p.m., in the domicile of the reporting person. Signed, Michael Zadow. According to the subsequent declaration of the Kolonist Michael Zadow from Carolina concerning the hearing from July 7th and 22nd 1888, the deceased laborer Christian Winkelmann was born in Bergthal (sic, Bergdorf), Kreis Friedeberg, and was married to the deceased Charlotte née Börke. The names of the laborer Christian Winkelmann’s parents’, their rank, status and where they lived, is unknown.

Mar 1891 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann are said to be resident here per the marriage record of their daughter Emilie Schmidt. C.F. Schmidt is listed as “Häusler” (Cottager).

28 Mar 1891 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Marriage of the laborer (Arbeiter) Christian Karl, son of the laborer (Arbeiter) Daniel Karl and his wife Regine née Seeger, both residents of Klebow, and Emilie Franziska Schmidt, born the 18th of January 1869 in Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau, resident of Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau, daughter of merchant (Händler) Friedrich Schmidt and his wife Wilhelmine née Winkelmann, both residents of Stieglitz. Witnesses: Merchant Ferdinand Schmidt, 46 years old, resident of Stieglitz, and the laborer Gustav Wehrmann, 24 years old, resident of Stieglitz.

11 Jul 1892 – Departure of SS Ems with Wilhelmine Winkelmann and her daughters Alvine and Bertha and grandson Wilhelm Karl for Wisconsin.

8 Mar 1902 – Schönlanke – The carpenter Gustav (Edouard) Winkelmann (son of the deceased), resident of Schönlanke, reported that the “Bauunternehmer” (building contractor) (Christian Friedrich) Julius Winkelmann, 58 years old, resident in Schönlanke, born in Alt-Beelitz (near Driesen), married to Wilhelmine nèe Dumke, still resident here, son of the deceased “Landwirt” (farmer) (Christian Julius) Winkelmann who lived in Karolina, died in Schönlanke in his home on 8 Mar 1902, 7:45 p.m.

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Timeline for Schmidt Family in Prussia

This document is an attempt to outline what we know about the family of my 3x-great-grandfather Carl Friedrich Schmidt (1835-1892).  The Schmidts seem to have once lived in Kreis Arnswalde, then movied to Kreis Friedeberg before settling in the towns of Karolina, Stieglitz, and Gornitz in Kreis Czarnikau, some distance to the East.

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Map showing Marienwalde, Kreis Arnswalde (top) and Modderpfuhl, Kreis Friedeberg (bottom).

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Kreis Friedeberg showing Bergdorf, Modderpfuhl, Pehlitz, Weissfenn, and Driesen (near Alt-Beelitz).

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Kreis Czarnikau showing Karolina, Gornitz, Stieglitz, and Schönlanke

abt 1800 – Marienwalde, Kreis Arnswalde – Birth of Johann Christian Ludwig “Ludwig” Schmidt to unknown parents.  Said to have been a “kolonist” or settler and farmer in the marriage document of his son Carl Friedrich Schmidt. Said to be an Eigenthümer (farm owner) on marriage record of son Ferdinand Schmidt. Said to be Einwohner (citizen) on marriage record of son Wilhelm Ludwig Schmidt.  Possible siblings to Ludwig include Gottfried, Georg, and Johann Schmidt, who all have records in Steiglitz/Schönlanke.

abt 1825 – Marienwalde, Kreis Arnswalde – Marriage of Ludwig Schmidt with Christiane Krüger.

Jun 1826 – Marienwalde, Kreis Arnswalde – Birth of August Schmidt to Ludwig Schmidt and Christiane Krüger, per August Schmidt’s death record.

23 Nov 1832 – Modderpfuhl, Kreis Friedeberg – Birth of Wilhelm Ludwig Schmidt to Johann Ludwig Schmidt and Christiane Krüger, per WL Schmidt’s marriage record.

1835 – Modderpfuhl, Kreis Friedeberg – Birth of Carl Friedrich Schmidt to Johann Ludwig Schmidt and Christiane Krüger, per CF Schmidt’s marriage record.

1844 – Modderpfuhl, Kries Friedeberg – Birth of Johann Ferdinand “Ferdinand” Schmidt to Johann Ludwig Schmidt and Christiane Krüger, per Ferdinand Schmidt’s marriage record.

abt 1855 – Modderpfuhl, Kreis Friedeberg – Marriage of August Schmidt to first wife Wilhelmine Mathes.

15 Jun 1859 – Weissfenn, Kreis Friedeberg – Birth of Alvine Auguste Schmidt to August Schmidt and Wilhelmine Mathes, per her death record.

Sept 1859 – Modderpfuhl, Kreis Friedeberg – Carl Friedrich Schmidt is living here per his marriage record.

30 Oct 1859 – Karolina, Kreis Carnikau – Marriage of Carl Friedrich Schmidt from Modderpfuhl, son of the deceased kolonist Johann Ludwig Schmidt, to Wilhelmine Winkelmann, daughter of the kolonist Christian Winkelmann from Karolina.

7 Aug 1862 – Weissfenn, Kries Friedeberg – Birth of Carl Ernst Wilhelm Schmidt to Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann.

18 Sept 1864 – Karolina, Kries Czarnikau – Marriage of the bachelor and journeyman carpenter Wilhelm (Ludwig) Schmidt, from Karolina, age 32, son of the deceased “ein.” (possibly einwhoner/resident or einlinger/farm-worker) Christian Ludwig Schmidt and Miss (Ottilie) Sophie Pauline Habermann, age 24, daughter of the kolonist Christoph Habermann.

abt 1864 – Stieglitz, Kries Czarnikau – Divorce of August Schmidt and first wife Wilhelmine Mathes, per death record for Alvine Auguste Schmidt.

abt 1865 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Marriage of August Schmidt to Emilie Alvine Krüger.

10 Nov 1865 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Alvine Bertha Schmidt to the “kolonist” Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann.  “No. 112.  Birth of Alvine Bertha Schmidt, daughter of the kolonist Friedrich Schmidt and Wilheline Winkelmann, on 10 Nov 1865, baptized on 26 Nov 1865. Godparents: Wilhelmine Prielipp & Antonia Winkelmann.”

17 Jun 1866 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Luise Bertha Schmidt to August Schmidt and Emilie Alvine Krüger.

19 Jun 1866 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Ottilie Auguste Schmidt to Wilhelm Ludwig Schmidt and Sophie Pauline Habermann.

25 Oct 1867 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnika – Birth of Emilie Auguste Schmidt to Wilhelm Ludwig Schmidt and Sophie Pauline Habermann.

18 Jan 1869 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Amelie Franzisca Schmidt to Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann.

2 Apr 1869 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Departure of Wilhelm Ludwig Schmidt for Wisconsin with wife and two daughters aboard the “SS America”.  Passenger list lists Karolina as last place of residence.  Wilhelm is listed as a carpenter.

31 Aug 1872 – Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Antonie Wilhelmine Schmidt to the “kolonist” Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann. “Nr. 32.  Birth of Antonie Wilhelmine Schmidt, daughter of the kolonist Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann on 31 Aug 1872 in Karolina, baptized on 8 Sept 1872.  Godparents: Miss Pauline Winkelmann (aunt to Antonie, sister to Wilhelmine Winkelmann), Mrs. Wilhelmine Winkelmann née Dumke (aunt of Antonie, wife of Christian Friedrich Julius Winkelmann), and Gustav Elftmann.”

19 Oct 1872 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Emma Wilhelmine Schmidt to August Schmidt and Emilie Alvine Krüger.

24 Apr 1874 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Marriage of the journeyman carpenter [Zimmergesell] and bachelor Ferdinand Schmidt, age 30, from Stieglitz, son of the deceased property-owner [eigenthümer] Ludwig Schmidt from Stieglitz, and Miss Wilhelmine Dietert, 22 years old, from Stieglitz.

23 Jul 1874 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Anna Emilie Schmidt to August Schmidt and Emilie Alvine Krüger.

15 Feb 1875 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Bertha Louis Schmidt to Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Dietert.  “Nr. 32. Runau, the 15h February 1875. Before the registrar appeared the einwohner (resident) Johann Ferdinand Schmidt, resident in Stieglitz, evangelical religion, to say that his wife Wilhelmine née Dietert, evangelical religion, resident with him gave birth in Stieglitz on 13 Feb 1875 to a daughter Bertha Louise Schmidt.”

25 Nov 1875 – Gornitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Auguste Pauline Schmidt to the “eigenthümer” Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann.  “No. 215.  Runau, 6th December 1875.  Before the undersigned registrar appeared today the known person and eigenthümer Friedrich Schmidt, resident of Gornitz, evangelical religion, who stated that Wilhelmine Schmidt née Winkelmann, his wife, evangelical religion, resident with him in Gornitz has given birth on the morning of 25 Nov 1875 to a female child named Auguste Pauline Schmidt.”

9 Apr 1876 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Robert Emil Schmidt to August Schmidt and Emilie Krüger.  “Nr. 69.  Runau, 11th April 1876.  Before the registrar came the händler August Schmidt, resident of Stieglitz, evangelical religion, to say that his wife Emilie née Krüger, evangelical religion, resident with him, gave birth in Stieglitz on 9 Apr 1876 to a son Robert Emil Schmidt.”

19 May 1876 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Emma Auguste Schmidt to Ferdinand Schmidt and Wilhelmine Dietert.  “Nr. 95.  Runau, 22nd May 1876.  Before the registrar came the händler Johann Ferdinand Schmidt, reslident of Stieglitz, evangelical religion, to say that his wife Wilhelmine née Dietert, evangelical religion, resident with him, gave birth in Stieglitz on 16 May 1876 to a daughter Emma Auguste Schmidt.”

12 Dec 1877 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Friedrich Emil Schmidt to Ferdinand Schmidt and Wilhelmine Dietert.  “Nr. 216. Runau, the 17h Dec 1877. Before the registrar appeared the händler (merchant) Johann Ferdinand Schmidt, resident in Stieglitz, evangelical religion, to say that his wife Wilhelmine née Dietert, evangelical religion, resident with him gave birth in Stieglitz on 12 Dec 1877 to a son Friedrich Emil Schmidt.”

8 May 1879 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Otto Albert Schmidt to August Schmidt and Emilie Alvine Krüger.  “Nr. 72  Runau, 8th May 1879.  Before the registrar appeared the händler (merchant) August Schmidt, resident in Stieglitz, evangelical religion to report that his wife, Emilie Alvine née Krüger, evangelical religion, resident with him, gave birth to a son at their home in Stieglitz, on 7 May 1879 named Otto Albert Schmidt.”

5 Oct 1879 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Johann Gustav Schmidt to Ferdinand Schmidt and Wilhelmine Dietert.  “Nr. 75  Runau, 13th October 1879.  Before the registrar appeared the händler Johann Ferdinand Schmidt, resident in Stieglitz, evangelical religion, to report that Wilhelmina née Dietert, his wife, evangelical religion, resident with him, gave birth in Stieglitz on 5 Oct 1879 to a son Johann Gustav Schmidt.”

11 Jan 1880 – Gornitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Auguste Bertha Schmidt to the “kolonist” Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann.  “Nr. 16  Runau, 15th January 1880.  Before the registrar appeared the known kolonist (settler) Friedrich Schmidt, resident in Gornitz, evangelical religion to report that his wife, Wilhelmine Schmidt, nèe Winkelmann, evangelical religion, resident with him, gave birth to a daughter at their home in Gornitz, on Jan 11th 1880, 4:00 p.m. named Auguste Bertha.”

30 Jun 1880 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Paul August Schmidt to August Schmidt and Emilie Alvine Krüger.  “Nr. 125, Runau, the 5th July 1880, appeared before the registrar the händler (merchant) August Schmidt, resident in Stieglitz, evangelical religion, to say that Emilie Alvine Schmidt née Krüger, his wife, evangelical religion, resident with him, gave birth in Stieglitz on 3 Jun 1880 to a boy named Paul August Schmidt.”

21 May 1883 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of August Otto Schmidt to August Schmidt and Emilie Alvine Krüger.

22 May 1883 – Stieglitz, Kries Czarnikau – Birth of Louise Emilie Schmidt to Alvine August Schmidt (unmarried).  Grandfather August Schmidt reports the birth.  “Nr 56.  Stieglitz the 26th May 1883.  Before the registrar appeared the midwife Mrs. Auguste Breitkreutz née Breitkreutz, resident of Stieglitz, to say that the unmarried woman Alvine Auguste Schmidt, evangelical religion, reslident with (her father) the händler August Schmidt in Stieglitz, gave birth in Stieglitz on 22 May 1883 to a daughter Louise Emilie Schmidt.”

12 Jun 1883 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Death of Alvine Auguste Schmidt.  “Nr. 53, Stieglitz, the 13th June 1883, appeared before the registrar the händler August Schmidt, resident in Stieglitz to say that Alwine Auguste Schmidt, aged 23 years, 10 months, 27 days, evangelical religion, resident in Stieglitz, born in Weißfenn (Kreis Friedeberg, Brandenburg, Prussia) on 15 Jun 1859, daughter of himself and his divorced wife Wilhelmine née Mathes died in Stieglitz in the apartment of the notifier on the 12th Jun 1883 at 6am.”

10 Apr 1885 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Adelegund Ida Schmidt to August Schmidt and Emilie Alvine Krüger.

Jun 1885 – Gornitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Departure of Carl Ernst Wilhelm Schmidt to Wisconsin, per his military passport.

18 Apr 1888 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Minna Marta Schmidt to August Schmidt and Emilie Alvine Krüger.

Mar 1891 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Carl Friedrich Schmidt and Wilhelmine Winkelmann are said to be resident here per the marriage record of their daughter Emilie Schmidt.  C.F. Schmidt is listed as “händler” (merchant).  “Stieglitz the 28th of March 1891, before the registrar came the laborer (Arbeiter) Christian Karl, of known identity, evangelical religion, born the 29th April, 1863 in Woltin, Kreis Greifenhagen (Pommern), resident of Klebow, Kreis Greifenhagen (Pommern), son of the laborer (Arbeiter) Daniel Karl and his wife Regine née Seeger, both residents of Klebow, and Emilie Franziska Schmidt, unmarried, of known identity, evangelical religion, born the 18th of January 1869 in Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau, resident of Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau, daughter of händler (merchant) Friedrich Schmidt and his wife Wilhelmine née Winkelmann, both residents of Stieglitz. Witnesses: 3. The händler Ferdinand Schmidt (groom’s brother), 46 years old, resident of Stieglitz, 4. The laborer Gustav Wehrmann, 24 years old, resident of Stieglitz.”

Mar 1891 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Ferdinand Schmidt said to be resident here per the marriage of his daughter Emilie Schmidt.  Listed as händler (merchant).

28 Mar 1891 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Marriage of the laborer (Arbeiter) Christian Karl, son of the laborer (Arbeiter) Daniel Karl and his wife Regine née Seeger, both residents of Klebow, and Emilie Franziska Schmidt, born the 18th of January 1869 in Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau, resident of Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau, daughter of merchant (Händler) Friedrich Schmidt and his wife Wilhelmine née Winkelmann, both residents of Stieglitz.  Witnesses: Merchant  Ferdinand Schmidt, 46 years old, resident of Stieglitz, and the laborer Gustav Wehrmann, 24 years old, resident of Stieglitz.

24 Jun 1891 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Birth of Gustav Albert Karl and Wilhelm Friedrich Karl to Christian Karl and Emilie Schmidt.

5 Apr 1892 – Departure of the SS Aller with Amelie Schmidt and her husband Christian Karl and son Gustav Karl for Wisconsin.

11 Jul 1892 – Departure of SS Ems with Wilhelmine Winkelmann and her daughters Alvine and Bertha and grandson Wilhelm Karl for Wisconsin.

4 Oct 1902 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Death of Ferdinand Schmidt.  “Nr 24.  Steiglitz, the 5th October 1902.  Before the registrar appeared the häusler’s wife Wilhelmine Schmidt née Dietert, resident in Stieglitz to say that her husband the häusler Ferdinand Schmidt, 58 years old, evangelical religion, formerly resident in Stieglitz, born in Modderphul, Kreis Friedeberg, Newmark, son of the deceased eigentümer from Modderphul, Ludwig Schmidt and his wife Christiane née Krüger of Stieglitz, deceased, last resident in Stieglitz, died in Stieglitz 4 Oct 1902.  Signed, Wilhelmine Schmidt née Dietert.”

5 Dec 1905 – Stieglitz, Kreis Czarnikau – Death of August Schmidt.  “Nr. 30, Stieglitz, the 5th December 1905, appeared before the registrar the häusler Hermann Wollgast, resident in Stieglitz, to say that the alsitzer (pensioner) August Schmidt, aged 78 1/2 years, evangelical religion, resident in Stieglitz, born in Amt (department) Marienwalde, Kreis Armswalde, resident with his wife Emilie née Krüger, son of the deceased eigentümer Ludwig Schmidt last resident in Modderphul, and his wife Christiana née Krüger, deceased in Stieglitz, died 5 Dec 1905. Read, approved and signed, Hermann Wolgast.”

28 May 1906 – Driesen, Kreis Friedeberg – Johann Gustav Schmidt is listed as a tailor living here on marriage record of his sister Bertha Louise Schmidt and Adolf Otto Schöning.

1 Apr 1907 – Driesen, Kreis Friedeberg – Johann Gustav Schmidt is listed as a tailor living here on marriage record of his sister Anna Antonie Schmidt and Gustav Emil Knöpke.


DNA Matches and the Thomas Line

I have written extensively about my Thomas family line in the past.  Specifically about the extensive (although not conclusive) evidence that my 4x great-grandfather James S. Thomas (1782-1868) was the son of Revolutionary War veteran Beriah Thomas (1742-1846) and his wife Elizabeth Hutchinson.  The link between James and Beriah has never been entirely confirmed, but I was about 95% certain that Beriah Thomas was the father of James.

Beyond that, I had some evidence (mostly circumstantial) that Beriah’s parents were John Thomas and Abigail Griffin, mostly because they were the only Thomas family listed in the records for Simsbury, Connecticut, where Beriah himself said that he was born (per his paperwork to obtain a pension for his Revolutionary War service).

Today a new DNA match on Ancestry DNA showed up linking my father’s line to Abigail Griffin’s line, which is a pretty important bit of evidence that the parentage of James and Beriah is indeed what I had thought.  The link shows that I’m potentially related to this descendant of Sgt. John Griffin through Abigail Griffin’s aunt Mary Griffin:

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It’s possible, of course, that our common DNA match is not this line (we could be related in some other way), but it’s unlikely.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of questions left to answer: Who were the parents of John Thomas?  Who were the parents of Beriah’s wife Elizabeth Hutchinson (1743-1814)?  But at least this is a compelling bit of evidence that John Thomas and Abigail Griffin were, in fact, the ancestors of James S. Thomas.


Robert Erwin Clifford – (1858-1891)

Robert Erwin Clifford (called by my grandmother “Robert Clifford Jr.”, but I’m not sure “Jr.” is really warranted because I think his middle name was different than his father’s) was the brother of my great-great-grandmother Anna Clifford.  He was born 11 Mar 1858 in Alburg, Grand Isle, Vermont to Robert Clifford and Agnes McWhirter, both of whom were Irish immigrants. Robert was in the 1860 and 1870 Census reports for Alberg, Vermont with his family, then sort of fell off the face of the planet.  My grandmother had noted in her genealogical records “Robert left home and was never heard from again”. So I went looking for him.

The first thing I found was a very small news item in the “Winooski Wavelets” section of the March 4, 1891 “Argus and Patriot” in Vermont. It said:

Robert Clifford, a station agent at Eastman, P.Q., a former very popular townsman, died last week. Lizzie and Nellie Clifford, his sisters, went to attend the funeral.

So this explained why he had “vanished”. He had moved out of the country to Quebec, Canada. It also showed that at least two members of his immediate family knew of his death, even if my line of his family didn’t seem to know he had died.

I found a photo of his gravesite on FindAGrave.com. His gravestone is in the South Stukely Cemetery, South Stukely, Quebec, Canada. Plot: Range 9 Lot 3 No 2.  It says he died on 23 Feb 1891 at the age of 32.  One source of confusion could have been that his father, Robert Clifford, died 14 Mar 1891, and the son (also Robert Clifford) died 23 Feb 1891, less than three weeks apart. Perhaps the news of the “Death of Robert Clifford” got conflated in my part of the family.

Robert had married Jennie Adeline Dingman on 24 May 1886 at the Stuckley-Sud Anglican Church near Eastman, Quebec, Canada.  Jennie Adeline was born 24 May, 1865 to Alvin Dingman and Harriet Melinda Horner, and had three brothers: Hubert, James, and Frank Dingman.

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Clifford/Dingman Marriage 1886.

Robert and Jennie had had three children, and I was able to find baptism records for all three of them:

Jennie Francis “Francis” Clifford (28 Jul 1887 – 1942)
Harry Gordon Clifford (b 26 Nov 1888 – 1963)
Inez Winifred Clifford (b 17 Oct 1890 – 1955)

In several of the records that mention him, Robert was listed as a “Station Agent”, which is someone who worked to handle freight stock, handle the track switches, sell tickets, and perhaps might have done accounting or operated the telegraph.

This photo shows the Eastman train station where he worked from at least 1886 to his death in 1891.  The photo was taken about 1905:


In February of 1891, Robert was killed in an accident at the train station where he worked.  He was on top of a train car that derailed due to ice buildup. The train slid down an embankment and he was crushed in the ensuing crash.

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Waterloo Advertiser, Waterloo, Quebec. 1891-02-27, p2. Courtesy of Serge Wagner.

His burial record doesn’t give much more information, except that his wife was one of the witnesses at the funeral:

 

Jennie and the kids are shown in the 1901 Census for Eastman, where she is listed as a widow.  Her father and brother are listed nearby.  She is also in the 1911 Census with all three kids.  Harry is listed as a “stationary engineer in saw mill”, Frances is listed as a “sales lady in retail grocery store”, and Inez is listed as working as a “domestic (servant) for a private family”.  Their mother has her occupation listed as “none”.

Jennie died in Eastman on 14 Jan 1914 at the age of 48, and was buried next to her husband.

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Jennie Dingman Clifford Burial, 1914

A little bit about Robert and Jennie’s children:

Jennie Frances Clifford is in the 1891, 1901, and 1911 Census records for Eastman.  There is a record of her going to visit her Aunt Margaret Clifford in Winooski, Vermont from 1917 where she is listed as living at Notre-Dame-de-Graces, outside Montréal with her brother Harry.  She is in the 1921 Census for Saint-Jean-sur-Richlieu where she is listed as “single”, so I don’t believe she ever married.  There are indications she died in 1942 in Hemmingford, Canada, but so far I haven’t found documents that show this.

Harry Clifford became an engineer, and I was able to find him in the 1921 Census living with his sister Francis in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada, which is just outside Montréal. He was married to Margaret Estella “Maggie” Marshall, and had two children, Robert Marshall Clifford (b 4 Sept 1915) and Dorothy Evelyn Clifford (b 7 Feb 1919 – 9 Jul 1955). Dorothy married Douglas Humphries Pimlott, and they had at least two sons, Peter Clifford Pimlott (1948-2010), and Mark Pimlott (who was born 13 Jun 1950 in my home town of Madison, Wisconsin, USA).  Harry died in Ormstown, Québec in 1963.  Most members of my Cairns family line were from Ormstown… just an odd coincidence.

Inez Winifred Clifford married George James Brown (1891-1979) at Saint-Jean-sur-Richlieu on 14 Oct 1920.  I have not found any children so far for them.  She died in 1955 in Hemmingford, and is buried there.


The Prielipp Family and the Prussian Explusion

In the Summer of 2013, I managed to track down a living descendant of Otto Prielipp, whom my great-grandfather had helped come to America. I had a suspicion at the time that his family and mine were related, a suspicion I have since been able to confirm. In fact, it is quite likely that the Prielipps are the reason that my great-great-grandfather Wilhelm Schmidt decided to come to America.

This living descendant, Donald Otto Prielipp (1929-2015), was my 3rd cousin twice removed.  His great-grandmother, Hanna Auguste Friedricke “Friedricke” Winkelmann (b 1839) was the sister of my 3x-great-grandmother Wilhelmine Winkelmann. She married Wilhelm Friedrich Julius Prielipp in the town of Karolina, Kris Czarnikau, Posen, Prussia on 14 Feb 1864. The couple had at least seven children in Karolina, Gornitz, and Stieglitz (all of which were very near each other). Whereas my branch of the family came to America in 1885 and 1892 and was thus spared the fury of the Red Army at the end of WWII and the subsequent Prussian Explusion (1945-1947), Donald’s family was not so fortunate. Here are his recollections of his family and their story, with additional details added from my research, as he related them to me during our phone conversation.

“My grandfather was Franz Wilhelm Hermann Prielipp, but he went by Hermann.  He was born in the town of Karolina, Kreis Czarnikau, Posen, Prussia on 31 Mar 1865 to Wilhelm Friedrich Julius Prielipp and Hanna Auguste Friedricke “Friedricke” Winkelmann.  Hermann’s wife was Emma Therese Osten, who was born in the town of Putzig, Kreis Czarnikau, Posen Prussia on 10 Jul 1866 to Carl Wilhelm Osten and his wife Henriette Quast.  Hermann and Emma were married on 29 Sept 1890 in the town of Grünfier, Kreis Carnikau, Posen, Prussia where Hermann was listed as an “eigenthümer”, or owner of a small farm.

Hermann was, indeed, a farmer in Gornitz and he owned about 10 acres of land between the small towns of Gornitz and Ascherbude. His father Wilhelm Friedrich Julius Prielipp had owned the land before him, and had built a house, a granary, a barn, and a storage barn on the property.  About 1/3 of the land was Scotch Pine, and they used it for firewood and lumber. Another acre of the land was the farm complex itself with the house and barns and so on. The rest of the land was in wheat, barley, and rye. Hermann worked the farm until he died.  He died in his field of a heart attack before World War 2.  Note: Hermann Prielipp died in Gornitz 25 Mar 1929, per his death record.

My father, Otto Karl Prielipp was born on the farm in Gornitz on 26 Jul 1904.  He had an older brother, Emil W Prielipp (b 26 Feb 1903), a younger brother, Walter Karl Prielipp (b 10 Jul 1907), and at least two other brothers, (Carl and Adolf), and a sister (Ida Hulda Prielipp, b 12 Sept 1899).  My father came to America in 1922 when he was 17 year old aboard the “SS Mount Carroll”.  Your great-great-grandfather Wilhelm Schmidt had arranged a job for him working in the paper mill in Rothschild, Wisconsin in the “beater room” with your great-grandfather Edwin Schmidt.  He married my mother, Lillian Mable Pfleiger, in Rothschild, Wisconsin on 5 May 1828, and we lived in Rothschild for many years.

After WWI the province of Posen where the Prielipps lived was given back to the Poles, but the Germans were not displaced and there were no problems with harassment or anything at all. Then when Germany began its rise to power in the 1930’s my dad’s mother wrote to him to ask him to come back to Gornitz. She said that there were lots of jobs and that the conditions were very good. My father Otto said, “no way”. He could see which way the political winds were blowing and wasn’t about to go back there.

At the end of WWII, the Red Army began to sweep through the Eastern Prussian provinces, pushing out the retreating Germans.  The troops had been encouraged to rape, pillage, murder, and destroy everything they could, and this extended to the German-speaking people living in those provinces.   The Russians came through Gornitz and killed almost all the male Germans.  My uncle Adolph was the eldest brother of the family and would have inherited the family farm from Hermann. The Russians tore the house apart and ripped the beds to shreds looking for money, and then they beat Adolph to death with their guns.

Adolph’s mother (Emma Therese Osten Prielipp) was ejected from the house in the middle of winter and they found her frozen to death on the side of the road.  This would have been around January, 1945.  Note: Emma Osten died in Gornitz on 18 Oct 1944 of old age, per her death record.  The Red Army was not near Gornitz at that time, so she could not have been the one killed as described.  Perhaps another woman in the family had her story conflated with Emma’s?

There was a Radtke family in the town, and Otto’s sister Ida Hulda Prielipp (b 12 Sept 1899) was married to Hermann Adolf Radtke. They had a daughter named Hilda Radtke.  I was friends with that family and every other year for 20 years either my family would go to Germany and visit them or the Radtkes would come to the US to visit us in Easton, Wisconsin.

Mr. Radtke was a principal, or superintendent of the school. He got in touch with Hilda, and then when the Prielipps went to Germany one year, they packed up and drove to Poland from the town of Volmersted where Hilda lived (probably Wolmirstedt, Börde, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany).  They showed us around their area and we got to know their family very well. Four years later when we went back to Germany, we all went first to Volmerstead, and from there to Gornitz. We spent a week in Gornitz about 1980. It was an interesting linguistic exercise. Our guide was a Hungarian man, who knew German. Fritz knew German and English. We only knew English. Every conversation was three or four languages translated back and forth. That’s how we learned the history of our grandparents and uncles. There was nothing left of Gornitz when we went there. Some private residences remained that were occupied by Polish people.

With the guide who knew Polish and Hungarian and German we could visit with those people and they were very hospitable. With the people from the Radtke family, we all spent 2-3 hours with them and they were very agreeable, and we could ask any questions about our family’s stay in Gornitz.

Then we went to the farm where my father Otto grew up on, where his father Hermann had farmed. Hermann’s father Wilhelm Prielipp had lived on the farm after the first World War, and he was badly crippled from a fall off a ladder off one of the buildings, so he looked like a question mark, all hunched over. He couldn’t work, but he could shuffle around. He lived in the grainary. They had built him a kind of an apartment in there. He and his wife lived in it. When Hermann’s father was young he went to Russia and worked in logging, and did river drives.  Eventually he took over the farm in Gornitz.

Hermann had an older brother named Adolph. There was also a brother Carl and one other brother. One of those brothers was killed in WWI.  Then there was Emil and Otto, and a younger son named Walter.  Walter fought in the german army, was captured by the French, and in a French prisoner of war camp when the allies came through France at the end of WWII.  Emil and Otto brought Walter to the United States and he lived with Otto’s family for a period of time and looked for work and finally found work in Milwaukee, so he went to Milwaukee and worked in a leather tanning factory and was married and has since died. He never had any children.

Emil had three kids. His son Robert was a mathematician and taught at a college in Wisconsin. He had no children. Second son was named Ronald. He was also a mathematician who taught at University of Kansas in Salinas. He still lives there.  He married a woman named Beth, and they have no children. Ronald’s legs don’t work, so he’s in a wheelchair. He lives in a full-care facility. Beth is trying to sell the house. She plans to join him at the facility. Their third son was Walter. He went west and worked for Boeing in Seattle.  He was married with no children, and his wife is a union activist, she’s involved in politics in Washington. Walter died in 2009.

In terms of my immediate family, my brother Russell Prielipp is retired. He and his wife Bonnie have no children. They live in NJ and are doing relatively well. Our sister Marian Prielipp Doddington works for a design firm in Washington DC.”

Donald mentioned that he had an article on the death of his grandfather Hermann Prielipp. It’s in German and gives the date of his death. He was going to try to find it for me, but he passed away before that happened. He also mentioned that he helped build the home of my mother’s first cousin Gloria Johnson on Grand Avenue in Wausau, Wisconsin. This home was right next door to my great-grandparents’ house (Edwin Schmidt and Olga Hanson).

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Donald Prielipp

Donald passed away on 23 Feb 2015 in Redding, California.  He was 85 years old.


Krueger Records from Parish Wittenfelde, Kreis Cammin, Pommern, Prussia

Once again I sent my hired researcher in quest of any Prussian records, this time for the Krüger/Krueger family in parish Wittenfelde from 1824-1850.  Wittenfelde was in Kreis Cammin, Pommern, Prussia and the records mention the towns of Stuchow, Staarz, Königsmühl, Bandesow, Medewitz, Völzschenhagen, Wittenfelde, Moltstow, Tetzlaffshagen, Kambz, and Völtzin, among others, not all of which were in the parish.  The transcriptions are below.  I have scans of the actual documents also.

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Wittenfelde Parish. Towns in the records are in yellow.

1. Johann Joachim Kuhfahl, instmann (farm worker) in Staartz, married Sophia Krüger.

Children:

1.1. August Ferdinand, born on 5 Feb 1824, baptized on 15 Feb 1824. (Wittenfelde, 2/1824).  Godparents: 1. Joachim Friedrich Köbsell, young farmer in Staartz. 2. Michael Friedrich Hakbarth, shepherd son in Königsmühl. 3. Dorothea Wilhelmine Zautken, shepherd daughter in Bandesow.

2. Caspar Friedrich Krüger, shepherd in Medewitz, was married to Maria Louisa Pipenberg.

Children:

2.1. Hanna Caroline Ernestine, born on 7 Jun 1824, baptitzed on 14 Jun 1824 (Wittenfelde, 7/1824).  Godparents: 1. Maria Elisabeth Kiekhefeern wife of the miller Hoge in Medewitz.  2. Miss Friederike Hannemann, from Völtzin. 3. Carl Gottlieb Hannemann, Pfarr Colonus (tenant of the church farm) from Wittenfelde

2.2. Amalia Charlotte Louise, born on 7 Aug 1826, baptized on 19 Aug 1826. (Wittenfelde, 11/1826).  Godparents: 1. Maria Christine Falke wife of Pipenberg in Moltstow. 2. Miss Charlotte Louise Krüger from Tetzlaffshagen. 3. Michael Friedrich Pipenberg, herdsman in Simoetzel (east of Greifenberg).  (She died on 21 Sept 1829 from consumption, age 2 years/14 days. Wittenfelde, 10/1829).

3. Ernst Friedrich Schmeling, kossäth (farmer on small farm) in Stuchow, oldest son of the deceased kossäth Christoph Heinrich Schmeling from Stuchow married on 8 Jun 1824 Dorothea Wiilhelmine Krüger, youngest daughter of Christoph Gottlieb Krüger, Wirtschafter (economist/manager) in Schruptow.

4. Johann Gottlieb Krüger, farmer in Medewitz, was married to Anna  Louise Stäve (Stewe).

Anna Louise Krüger née Stewe, wife of farmer Krüger in Medewitz, died on 14 Apr 1837 from consumption, age 48 years/6 month/12 days, buried on 18 Apr 1837.  She left behind a widower and 5 minor children.  (Wittenfelde, 1/1837)

Children:

4.1. Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Krüger, born in 1816.

4.2. Joachim Friedrich Krüger.

4.3. Johann Gottlieb Krüger, born in 1821.

4.3. Caroline Wilhelmine Sophie Krüger, born in 1824, confirmed in 1838 in Wittenfelde, from Medewitz, age 14 years/ 3 month. (Wittenfelde, 5/1838).

4.4. Louise Ernestine Wilhelmine Krüger, born in 1826.  She died on 14 Jul 1836, age 9 years/8 month/20 days, buried on 17 Jul 1836. She drowned while fetching water from the family well.  (Wittenfelde, 3/1836)

4.5. Johanna Wilhelmine Ernestine Krüger, born on 26 Feb 1830, baptized on 16 Mar (Wittenfelde, 5/1830).  Godparents: 1. Miss Maria Louise Hannemann from Medewitz.  2. Miss Hanna Louise Hannemann from Kambz.  3. Johann Wilhelm Varchow, farmer’s son in Medewitz.

Confirmed in 1844. (Wittenfelde/Medewitz, 3/1844)

to 4.1. Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Krüger (b 1816, above), farmer’s son in Medewitz, age 24, married on 4 Dec 1840 to Friederike Louise Ladwig, age 19, daughter of Michael Heinrich Ladwig, shepherd in Königsmühl, both parents are deceased. Note: On 30 Nov 1840 the groom acknowledged the fatherhood of the illegitimate child born on 7 Jul 1839.  (Wittenfelde, 6/1840)

Children:
4.1.1. Johann Friedrich Ferdinand Krüger, illegitimate child, born on 7 Jul 1839, baptized on 14 Feb 1839.  (Wittenfelde, 10/1839).  Godparents: 1. Johann Friedrich Warschow, farmer’s son in Medewitz.  2. Joachim Friedrich Krüger, farmer’s son in Medewitz.  3. Ernestine Wilhelmine Last, miller’s daughter in Medewitz.

4.1.2. Johann August Ludwig Krüger,  born on 13 Feb 1849, baptized on 25 Feb 1849.  (Wittenfelde, 5/1849).  Godparents: 1. August Ferdinand Labs, master tailor in Völschenhagen.  2. Johann Gottllieb Ludwig, laborer in Güskow.  3. Miss Marie Sophie Ladwig from Königsmühl.

to 4.2. Joachim Friedrich Krüger, farmer in Medewitz, age 24, married in 1846 Wilhelmine Friederike Kasten, daughter of farmer and courtman Kasten in Behlkow. (Marriage announcement on 2nd , 3rd and 4th Sunday after Epiphanias in Wittenfelde 1846).

Children:

4.2.1. Auguste Wilhelmine Bertha Krüger, born on 17 Sept 1847, baptized on 26 Sept 1847.  (Wittenfelde, 17/1847).  Godparents: 1. Gottfried August Labs, tailor in Völschenhagen. 2. Engel Lossin wife of Dobberphul in Carnitz. 3. Friedrike Watchow, farmer’s daughter in Muddelmow.

4.2.2. Ottilie Ernestine Wilhelmine Krüger, born on 12 Sept 1849, baptized on 14 Oct 1849.  (Wittenfelde, 25/1849).  Godparents: 1. Martin Kasten, farmer’s son in Belckow.  2. Ernestine Wilhelmine Stewe widow of Lüdke from Stuchow.  3. Hanna Ernestine Krüger, farmer’s daughter from Medewitz

to 4.3. Johann Gottlieb Krüger, son of the pensioned farmer Johann Krüger in Medewitz, died on 30 Nov 1846 from typhus, age 25 years/9 month/4 days, buried on 3 Dec 1846. He left behind a father, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. (Wittenfelde, 13/1846)

to 4.4. Gottlieb August Ferdinand Labs, tailor in Völschenhagen, age 26 ¾ , married on 31 Oct 1845 Caroline Wilhelmine Sophie Krüger, age 21, daughter of Johann Gottlieb Krüger, farmer in Medewitz. (Wittenfelde, 3/1845).

5. Johann Gottlieb Heinrich Tesch, kossäth and Krüger (barkeeper), was married to Wilhelmine Dorothea Krüger.

Dorothea Wilhelmine Krüger, wife of Kossath Johann Tesch in Stuchow, died on 5 Dec 1849 on Consumption, age 47 years/4 month/8 days, buried on 8 Dec 1849. She left behind a widower and 2 daughters in 1st marriage and 3 sons and a daughter in 2nd marriage. (Wittenfelde, 12/1849).

Children:

5.1. Johann Ludwig Julius Tesch, born on 14 Feb 1837, baptized on 14 Feb 1837.  (Wittenfelde, 4/1837).  Godparents: 1. Carl Ludwig Jüch, day-laborer in Stuchow.  2. Johann David Raasch, day-laborer in Stuchow. Dorothea Maria Tesch, daughter of the kossäth and Church warden Tesch in Stuchow.

6. Dorothea Marie Krüger, wife of büdner Johann Gottfried Wetzel in Neuenhoefe, died on 20 Nov 1842, age 73 years/1 month/11 days (b 1769), buried on 24 Nov 1842. She left behind a husband, 4 sons and 2 daughters.  (Wittenfelde, 17/1842).

7. Michael Friedrich Wilhelm Krüger, farmhand in Klötzin, was married to Caroline Wilhelmine Henriette Mierke.

Caroline Wilhelmine Henriette Mierke, wife of farmhand Michael Friedrich Krüger in Klötzin, died on 27 Aug 1844, age 24 years/11 month/5 days (b 1819), buried on 30 Aug 1844.  She left behind a widower and a young son. (Wittenfelde, 8/1844).

Children:

7.1. Carl Wilhelm Augus Krüger, born on 20 Jun 1842 in Stuchow, baptized on 25 Jun 1842.  (Wittenfelde, 8/1844).  Godparents: 1. Michael Friedrich August Mierke, herdsman’s son in Stuchow.  2. Carl Krüger, farmhand in Benz, deputy: altsitzer (pensioner) Johann Krüger in Tetzlaffshagen.  3. Wilhelmine Charlotte Mierke, herdsman’s daughter in Stuchow.

8. Carl Friedrich Krüger, farmhand in Schwirsen, age 24 ½ , married on 21 Jan 1845 Hanna Friederike Schmidt widow of Buth, age 25, daylaborer in Schwirsen, daughter of Ludwig Schmidt, shepherd in Königsmühl, both parents are deceased.  (Wittenfelde, 1/1845)

9. Gottlieb Heinrich Ferdinand Krüger, herdsman in Stuchow, age 22 , married on 10 Jul 1846 Caroline Friederike Henriette Schmeling, age 21, step daughter of Johann Tesch, barkeeper in Stuchow. (Wittenfelde, 2/1846).

Children:

9.1. Auguste Dorothea Krüger, born on 18 Aug. 1846 in Stuchow, baptized on 22 Aug 1846.  (Wittenfelde, 15/1846).  Godparents: 1. Johann Tesch, barkeeper in Stuchow.  2. Dorothea Tesch wife of the coachman Barkow in Stuchow.  3. Christine Knuth wife of the kossäth Jüth from Stuchow.

10. Johann August Gottlieb Krüger from Medewitz, age 14 years/2 month/3 days (b 1832), confirmed in 1846 in Stuchow.  (Wittenfelde/Stuchow, 3/1846).

11. Hermann Krüger, joiner in Stuchow, was married to Wilhelmine Schützke (Schätzke).

Children:

11.1. Caroline Friederike Auguste Krüger, born on 23 Jul 1846 in Stuchow, baptized on 25 Jun 1846.  (Wittenfelde, 14/1846).  Godparents: 1. Carl Thiele, forrester in Stuchow.   2. Dorothea Friederike Sanow wife of the laborer Kuhphal from Stuchow.  3. Caroline Albertine Schmidt, daughter of midwife Ehlke in Stuchow.

11.2. Wilhelmine Josephine Ernestine Krüger, born on 9 Nov 1848 in Stuchow, baptized on 10 Dec 1848.  (Wittenfelde, 26/1848).  Godparents: 1. Ferdinand Krüger, herdsman in Stuchow.  2. Wilhelm Kuhphal, daylaborer  in Stuchow.  3. Ernestine Stewe widow of Lüdke from Stuchow.  4. Philippine Wendland, wife of the miller Burow in Stuchow.  5. Henriette Hege, daylaborer daughter in Stuchow.

12. Johann Ludwig Krüger, farmhand in Medewitz, age 24, married in 1846 Anna Sophie Friederike Hinz, age 22, daughter of Franz Emanuel Hinz, day-laborer in Ribbekardt. Marriage announcement on 24th, 25th Sunday after Trinitatis and 1st advent in Wittenfelde 1847.

Children:

12.1. Johann Friedrich Ferdinand Krüger, born on 30 Sept 1848 in Medewitz, baptized on 1 Oct 1848.  (Wittenfelde, 17/1848).  Godparents: 1. Johann August Pump, herdsman in Medewitz.  2. Johann Gottlieb Böttcher, farmhand in Medewitz.  3. Friederike Wilhelmine Ginner, farmer’s daughter in Medewitz.

13. Carl Gottlieb Krüger, resident of Medewitz, was married to Anna Marie Friederike Wilhelmine Bartelt.

Children:

13.1. August Friedrich Wilhelm Krüger, born on 4 Dec 1848 in Medewitz, baptized on 14 Dec 1848.  (Wittenfelde, 22/1848).  Godparents: 1. Wilhelm Friedrich Bliese, teacher in Medewitz. 2. Johann Carl Bärenwaldt, farmer’s son in Medewitz. 3. Justine Bärenwaldt, farmer’s daughter in Medewitz.  The child died on 15 Dec 1848. (Wittenfelde, 11/1848).

13.1. Wilhelmine Friederike Elwine Krüger, born on 3 Dec 1849 in Medewitz, baptized on 9 Dec 1849.  (Wittenfelde, 31/1849).  Godparents: 1. Wilhelm Krüger, daylaborer in Tetzlaffshagen.  2. Wilhelmine Bärenwaldt, farmer’s daughter in Medewitz.  3. Miss Friederike Krüger, from Medewitz.

14. Wilhelm Krüger, daylaborer in Lüttkenhagen, was married to Friederike Otto.

Children:

14.1. Auguste Henriette Louise Krüger, born on 21 Jul 1848 in Lüttkenhagen, baptized on 6 Aug 1848.  (Wittenfelde, 20/1848).  Godparents: 1. August Borchardt, farmer and mayor’s son in Lüttkenhagen.  2. Henriette Sophie Retzlaff wife of the Cartwright Dreyer in Bandesow.  3. Miss Caroline Dorothea Krüger from Cammin.

15. Christoph Gottlieb Krüger, resident of Stuchow, died on 22 Feb 1848 on dropsy, age 73 years/3 month/2 days (b 23 Nov 1774), buried on 25 Feb 1848. He left behind a widow and 2 daughters, the youngest is minor.  (Wittenfelde, 2/1848)


Kamrath Family Records from Massow, Kreis Naugard, Pommern, Prussia

I sent my researcher in Germany to look for some Kamrath family records in the national archives in Stettin (Szczecin, Poland).  He found many of the records I requested, and also brought back dozens of records from other Kamrath families residing in Massow.  I’m posting the basic facts of these records here, but I do have scans of the original documents as well (if someone finds their family member among these and wants them).

1. Carl Friedrich August Kamrath, photographer in Massow, was married to Marie Magdalene Koch.  Their children were:

1.1. Hermann Martin Friedrich Kamrath, born on 7 May 1874 in Massow, bapt. on 27 May. (Massow, 41/1874).  He died on 29 May 1874.

1.2. Paul Hermann Adolph Kamrath, born on 13 May 1875 in Massow, bapt. on 19 May. (Massow, 23/1874).  He died on 4 Aug. 1875.

1.3. Martha Pauline Charlotte Kamrath, born on 5 Apr. 1876 in Massow, bapt. on 17 Apr. (Massow, 31/1876).  She died on 27 Jun. 1876.

1.4. August Christian Erhard Kamrath, born on 14 May 1877 in Massow, bapt. on 21 May. (Massow, 29/1877).  He died on 25 Aug. 1877.

1.5. Still born twin, born on 14 May 1877 in Massow. (Massow, 30/1877).

1.6. Auguste Marie Gertrud Kamrath, born on 1 May 1878 in Massow, bapt. on 30 May. (Massow, 37/1878).

1.7. Martha Luise Mathilde Kamrath, born on 10 Nov. 1879 in Massow, bapt. on 21 Dec. (Massow, 99/1879).  She died on 7 Sep. 1880.

1.8. Carl Julius Erich Kamrath, born on 11 Apr. 1881 in Massow, bapt. on 17 Apr. (Massow, 25/1881).

1.9. Pauline Johanna Margarethe Kamrath, born on 22 Oct. 1883 in Massow, bapt. on 25 Nov. (Massow, 70/1883).  She died on 22 Feb. 1884.

1.10. Carl Albert Paul Kamrath, born on 2 Jun. 1888 in Massow, bapt. on 13 Jul. (Massow, 51/1888).

Karl Julius Erich Kamrath, Kanzleibeamter (city clerk) in Massow, was married to Anna Maria Elisabeth Joecks.  Their children were:

1.8.1. Fritz Richard Karl Kamrath, born on 7 Feb. 1905 in Massow, bapt. on 12 Mar. (Massow, 8/1905).

1.8.2. Karl Franz August Kamrath, born on 30 Sep. 1906 in Massow, bapt. on 17 Nov. (Massow, 70/1906).

1.8.3. Paul Adolf Kamrath, born on 20 Dec. 1907 in Massow, bapt. on 6 Feb. 1908. (Massow, 86/1909).

 Albert Friedrich August Kamrath, Postillion (postman) in Massow, was married to Minna Auguste Bertha Klockow.  Their children were:

2.1. Gustav Karl Franz Kamrath, born on 9 Jan. 1900 in Massow, bapt. on 9 Feb. (Massow, 2/1900).

2.2. Franz Emil Karl Kamrath, born on 27 May 1901 in Massow, bapt. on 30 May. (Massow,44/1901).

2.3. Erich Paul Emil Kamrath, born on 18 Mar. 1906 in Massow, bapt. on 24 May. (Massow, 17/1906).

2.4. Paul Erich Carl Kamrath, born on 15 Oct. 1907 in Massow, bapt. on 26 Dec. (Massow, 76/1907).

2.5. Karl Ernst Albert Kamrath, born on 19 Feb. 1915 in Massow, bapt. on 14 Mar. (Massow, 19/1915).

Karl Paul Albert Kamrath, Lehrer (teacher) in Massow, was married 1st to Ella Brünka Hedwig Baatz.  Their children were:

1.10.1. Heinz Karl Gottfried Kamrath, born on 15 Aug. 1914 in Massow, bapt. on 14 Sep. (Massow, 51/1914).

1.10.2 Gerda Bianca Erika Kamrath born on 9 Dec 1916 in Bad Polzin (Kreis Naugard).

Karl Paul Albert Kamrath, Lehrer (teacher) in Massow, was married 2nd to Margarethe Agnes Klara Trantow.  Their son was:

1.10.3. Horst August Louis Kamrath, born on 10 Aug. 1920 in Massow, bapt. on 19 Sep. (Massow, 51/1920).

Christian Friedrich Kamrath, bricklayer in Massow, was married to Dorothea Louise Sophie Falk.  Their children were:

3.1. Andreas Julius Wilhelm Carl Christian Friedrich Kamrath, born on 1 Jul. 1816 in Massow, bapt. on 28 Jul. (Massow, 20/1816).

3.2. Hanne Dorothee Friederike Bertha Kamrath, born on 23 Aug. 1822 in Massow, bapt. on 22 Sep. (Massow, 41/1822).

Gottfried Kamrath, bricklayer in Massow, was married to Anne Sophie Friederike Curow.  Their children were:

4.1. Dorothea Marie Wilhelmine Adelheid Kamrath, born on 12 Mar. 1824 in Massow, bapt. on 4 Apr. (Massow, 29/1824).

Christian Friedrich Kamrath from Massow, was married to Anne Sophie Butz.  Their children were:

5.1. Johann Michel Friedrich Kamrath, born on 1 Oct. 1825 in Massow, bapt. on 5 Nov. (Massow, 63/1825).

Johann Ludwig Friedrich Koch, citizen and baker in Massow, son of the kämmerer (treasurer) Christian Ludwig Koch, born on 6 Dec. 1818, married on 15 Oct. 1846 in Massow to Miss Luise Pauline Uecker, born on 22 Jun. 1822, daughter of the deceased master miller Ernst Gottlieb Uecker in Landsberg an der Warthe, Kries Neumark, Brandenburg, Prussa.  Marriage announcement in Gollnow. (Massow, 17/1846).  The couple had at least fifteen children among them:

Maria Magdalena Koch, born on 3 Sep. 1848 in Massow. (Massow, 43/1848).

Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Koch, master baker in Massow, married on 27 Aug. 1816 in Massow Miss Henriette Wilhelmine Arndt. (Massow, 6/1816).  Some of their children were:

1.       Johann Friedrich Ferdinand Koch, born on 25 May 1817   in Massow. (Massow, 24/1817).

2.       Charlotte Wilhelmine Jacobine Koch, born on 13 Feb.1819   in Massow. (Massow, 13/1819).

3.       Johann Carl Friedrich Koch, born on 7 Sep.1822   in Massow. (Massow, 43/1822).

Carl Friedrich August Kamrath, worker in Massow, was married to Hanna Auguste Wilhelmine Timm.  Their children were:

6.1. Elisabeth Bertha Emilie Kamrath, born on 13 Jul.1875 in Massow. (Massow, 41/1875).

6.2. Bertha Auguste Kamrath, born on 5 Sep.1877 in Massow. (Massow, 60/1877).

August Friedrich Wilhelm Kamrath, farmer son in Massow, was married to Caroline Wilhelmine Emilie Knack.  Their children were:

7.1. Richard Carl Hermann Kamrath, born on 26 Aug. 1876 in Massow. (Massow, 69/1876) .

7.2. Robert Gottlieb Franz Kamrath, born on 3 Sep.. 1878 in Massow. (Massow, 51/1878).

7.1. Anna Mathilde Wilhelmine Kamrath, born on 8 Jul. 1880in Massow. (Massow, 36/1880).

Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Kamrath, farmer’s son in Massow, was married to Caroline Luise Marie Genske. Their children were:

8.1. Anna Emilie Auguste Kamrath, born on 2 Oct.1877 in Massow. (Massow, 70/1877).

8.2. Karl August Hermann Kamrath, born on 25 Apr. 1880 in Massow. (Massow, 24/1880).

8.3. Franz Friedrich Ferdinand Kamrath, born on 19 Jan. 1882 in Massow. (Massow, 4/1882).

8.4. Wilhelm Gustav Albert Kamrath, born on 8 Jan. 1885 in Massow. (Massow, 2/1885).

8.5. Hermann Friedrich Wilhelm Kamrath, born on 16 Jul. 1888 in Massow. (Massow, 66/1888).

8.6. Albert Paul Adolf, born on 17 Jun. 1891 in Massow. (Massow, 30/1891).

Johann Friedrich Kamrath, worker in Schönhof, was married to Luise Friederike Grunewald.  Their child was:

9.1. Ernestine Wilhelmine Emilie Kamrath, born on 15 May 1879 in Massow. (Massow, 49/1879).

Christian Friedrich August Kamrath, laborer in Massow, was married to Hanna Luise Fick.  Their child was:

10.1. Martha Auguste Luise Kamrath, born on 4 Aug. 1885 in Massow. (Massow, 94/1885).

Hermann Gottlieb Friedrich Kamrath, farmer in Massow Ausbau, was married to Luise Ernestine Friederike Emilie Neumann.  Their children were:

11.1. Paul Hermann August Kamrath, born on 27 May 1889 in Massow. (Massow, 35/1889).

11.2. Hedwig Emilie Kamrath, born on 19 Jul. 1890 in Massow. (Massow, 52/1890).

11.3. Frieda Else Kamrath, born on 19 Mar. 1894 in Massow. (Massow, 17/1894).

11.4. Erna Minna Luise Kamrath, born on 11 Mar. 1895 in Massow. (Massow, 16/1895).

11.5. Alice Amanda Adelheid Kamrath, born on 16 Aug. 1898 in Massow. (Massow, 56/1898) .

11.6. Emma Maria Liesbeth Kamrath, born on 30 Sep. 1899 in Massow. (Massow, 76/1899).

11.7. Max Hermann Erich Kamrath, born on 6 May 1901 in Massow. (Massow, 35/1901).

11.8. Kurt Alfred Franz Kamrath, born 26 Aug 1901 in Massow, baptized 10 Dec 1901.  (Massow 63/1905).

 Emil August Friedrich Ferdinand Kamrath, Bauunternehmer (builder) in Massow, was married to Emilie Friederike Wilhelmine Reinhardt.  Their children were:

12.1. Helene Elsa Marie Kamrath, born on 13 Nov. 1892 in Massow. (Massow, 73/1892).

12.2. Willi Georg Fritz Kamrath, born on 29 Oct. 1894 in Massow. (Massow, 85/1894).

12.3. Paul Arthur Emil Kamrath, born on 25 Mar. 1900 in Massow. (Massow, 20/1900).

12.4. Johanne Antonie Hedwig Kamrath, born on 24 Jun. 1902 in Massow. (Massow, 43/1902).

12.5. Gertrud Emmy Else Kamrath, born on 23 Feb. 1904 in Massow. (Massow, 17/1904).

12.3. Margarethe Else Hildegard Kamrath, born on 11 Jan. 1906 in Massow. (Massow, 4/1906).

Carl August Johann Kamrath, Ackerbürger (farmer and citizen) in Massow, was married to Wilhelmine Marie Mathilde Klockow.  Their children were:

13.1. Fritz Gottfried Julius Kamrath, born on 25 May 1894 in Massow, bapt. on 1 Jul. (Massow, 42/1894).

13.2. Minna Charlotte Bertha Kamrath, born on 12 Apr. 1895 in Massow, bapt. on 15 Apr. (Massow, 27/1895).

13.3. Heinrich Karl Albert Kamrath, born on 11 Jul. 1898 in Massow, bapt. on 28 Aug. (Massow, 49/1898).

Julius Johann Ferdinand Kamrath, Nachtwächter und Vollzugsbeamter in Massow, was married to Wilhelmine Friederike Luise Kamrath.  Their children were:

14.1. Fritz Hermann Kamrath, born on 8 Feb. 1892 in Massow. (Massow, 13/1892).

14.2. Anna Maria Luise Kamrath, born on 29 Apr. 1895 in Massow. (Massow, 32/1895).

14.3. Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Kamrath, born on 20 Sep. 1899 in Massow. (Massow, 72/1899).

14.4. Erich Wilhelm Fritz Kamrath, born on 29 Jan. 1904 in Massow. (Massow, 8/1904).

Wilhelm Friedrich Hermann Kamrath, worker in Massow, was married to Emilie Friederike Auguste Möser.  Their children were:

15.1. Emilie Wilhelmine Auguste Kamrath, born on 25 Jul. 1901 in Massow. (Massow, 62/1901).

15.2. Fritz Albert Carl Kamrath, born on 20 Jun. 1904 in Massow. (Massow, 61/1904).

15.3. Hedwig Minna Berta Kamrath, born on 11 Jan. 1906 in Massow. (Massow, 3/1903).

August Kamrath, master shoemaker in Massow, was married to Johanna Maass.  Their children were:

16.1. Emilie Wilhelmine Auguste Kamrath, born on 19 Oct. 1903 in Massow. (Massow, 83/1903).

Wilhelm Friedrich August Kamrath, worker in Massow, was married to Bertha Wilhelmine Auguste Göttling.  Their children were:

17.1. Hedwig Wilhelmine Ernestine Kamrath, born on 23 May 1903 in Massow. (Massow, 46/1903).

17.2. Emil Carl Wilhelm Kamrath, born on 29 Nov. 1904 in Massow. (Massow, 92/1904).

17.3. Frieda Eena Anna Kamrath, born on 18 Dec. 1909 in Massow. (Massow, 71/1909).

 Otto Reinhold Ferdinand Kamrath, farmer in Massow, was married to Martha Marie Friederike Luise Rollenhagen.  Their children were:

18.1. Willy Robert Martin Kamrath, born on 20 Aug. 1906 in Massow. (Massow, 62/1906).

18.2. Gerhard Ernst Gustav Kamrath, born on 29 jan. 1910in Massow. (Massow, 7/1910).

 Johann August Albrecht Kamrath, farmer in Massow, was married to Bertha Mathilde Emilie Erdmann.  Their children were:

19.1. Helene Dora Charlotte Kamrath, born on 18 Mar. 1905 in Massow. (Massow, 22/1905).

19.2. Gottfried Georg Kamrath, born on 7 May. 1908 in Massow. (Massow, 26/1908).

August Friedrich Albert Kamrath, dealer in Massow, was married to Bertha Ernestine Luise Brandenburg.  Their children were:

20.1. Ernst Paul Johannes Kamrath, born on 26 Oct. 1906 in Massow. (Massow, 79/1906).

 Johann Friedrich Kamrath, worker in Massow, was married to Ernestine Wilhelmine Emilie Mützel.  Their children were:

21.1. Fritz Gustav Hermann Kamrath, born on 17 May 1906 in Massow. (Massow, 15/1906).

21.2. Hedwig Anna Elisabeth Kamrath, born on 5 Jun. 1907 in Massow. (Massow, 37/1907).

21.3. Anna Hedwig Martha Kamrath, born on 28 Jun. 1910 in Massow. (Massow, 40/1910).

21.4. Paul Willi Ferdinand Kamrath, born on 19 Jan. 1915 in Massow. (Massow, 6/1915).

21.5. Erna Martha Emilie Kamrath, born on 3 Jan. 1918 in Massow. (Massow, 2/1918).

 Wilhelm August Albert Kamrath, railroad worker in Massow, was married to Emma maria Johanna Lettow.  Their children were:

22.1. Willi Gustav Albert Kamrath, born on 4 Nov. 1910 in Massow. (Massow, 69/1910.

22.2. Erich Wilhelm Hermann Kamrath, born on 2 May 1912 in Massow. (Massow, 43/1912).

22.3. Paul Wilhelm Hermann Kamrath, born on 8 Mar. 1914 in Massow. (Massow, 21/1914).

22.4. Gerhard Erich Paul Kamrath, born in 1915 in Massow. (Massow, 24/1915).

22.5. Fritz Paul Gerhard Kamrath, born on 25 Jun. 1919 in Massow. (Massow, 23/1919).

22.6. Hermann Richard Willy Kamrath, born on 20 Feb. 1922 in Massow. (Massow, 15/1922).

 Albert Paul Adolf Kamrath, locksmith in Massow, was married to Margarethe Helene Auguste Thurow.  Their children were:

23.1. Erna Hanna Margarethe Kamrath, born on 24 Jun. 1919 in Massow. (Massow, 26/1919).

23.2. Erwin Albert Wilhelm Kamrath, born on 7 Jul. 1922 in Massow. (Massow, 52/1922).

 Marie Luise Charlotte Kamrath had two illegitimate born twins:

24.1. Elisabeth Magdalena Kamrath, born on 5 Apr. 1920 in Massow. (Massow, 27/1920)

24.2. Edith Frieda Kamrath, born on 5 Apr. 1920 in Massow. (Massow, 28/1920).

 Fritz Gottlieb Julius Kamrath, farmer in Massow, was married to Marie Auguste Emma Maass.  Their child was:

25.1. Johanne Edith Christel Kamrath, born on 30 Jun. 1922 in Massow. (Massow, 48/1922).