According to their marriage record, my 4x great-grandfather Carl Friedrich Ferdinand Kamrath (6 Mar 1831 – 4 Jan 1900) married Wilhelmine Henriette Sophie Pribbernow (b 1834) on 20 Nov 1857 in the town of Plathe, Kreis Regenwalde, Pommern, Prussia. It is called Ploty, Poland today. Henriette’s father was listed on that record as Erdmann Friedrich Pribbernow from the town of Meesow [Mieszewo, Poland today]. Plathe and Meesow can be seen on this map of Pommern. Plathe is near the top and Meesow is at the very bottom:
According to several documents, Carl and Henriette then settled in the town of Hoffelde, Kries Regenwalde, Pommern, Prussia. It was a very small town on the Ückeley River (Ukleja in Polish) about 0.6 miles (1 km) West of Roggow A (in the map above). Hoffelde is called Dargomyśl, Poland today.
Carl and Henriette had at least three children, Auguste who was born on 8 Jan 1858, Otto Julius Hermann Kamrath who was born 9 Jul 1859, and my great-great-grandmother Bertha Auguste Wilhelmine Kamrath who was born on 3 Aug 1864. All three children were born in Hoffelde. Shortly after that Henriette must have died, because Carl remarried to a woman named Auguste Henriette Sense around 1865, and they had at least five more children: Helene (1866), Anne (1868), Emma (1870), Carl (1875), and Ida (1878). These children were also born in the town of Hoffelde in Kries Regenwalde.
Auguste left for America at some point early in 1883 and she married Simon Wimmer, a Bavarian, in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin on 4 June of that year.
The next record we have from the family comes from 1883 when two of the Kamrath daughters, Helene and Anne, came to America aboard the SS Bohemia. They departed Hamburg, Germany on 14 Oct 1883 and arrived in New York on 29 Oct 1883.
Their place of residence on the German passenger list says “Roggow, Pommern”:
There are three towns called “Roggow” in Pommern, but the family was from “Roggow A”, a town that is less than 2.5 miles from Meesow where Carl Kamrath’s first wife Henriette Pribbernow was from. As stated above, they were actually living in nearby Hoffelde, a town so small that it’s not even on the detailed map of Prussia I own.
Roggow and Meesow
Roggow is called “Rogowo, Poland” today.
The rest of the Kamrath family left from the port of Hamburg, Germany about a year and a half later on May 3, 1885 aboard the “SS Hammonia”. The family was father Carl Kamrath, mother Auguste Henriette Sense Kamrath, their daughter Bertha Kamrath (my 2nd great grandmother), and Bertha’s siblings Emma, Ida and Carl. They arrived in New York harbor at 4:00am on 14 May 1885.
This is a picture of the ship they were on:
The SS Hammonia
The German passenger list for their voyage says that the family’s city of origin is “Wausau, Pommern”, but Wausau was their destination. Some kind of clerical mix-up there.
Kamrath Family on the “SS Hammonia”, departure from Hamburg.
Son Hermann Kamrath had moved to Berlin, Germany by this point, and his marriage record from 9 Jul 1885 indicates that his father is was a resident of Wisconsin in America. Hermann and his wife Helene Zielinski lived in the town of Schöneberg (a part of Berlin) from 1885 until their deaths. Hermann died in 1943 and his wife died in 1941.