The Strehlow family is connected to mine by virtue of the fact that Henry Krueger (my great-great grandfather)’s brother Carl Bertold Krueger married Bertha Strehlow. Like the Kamraths and Kruegers, the Strehlows were from Pomerania, Prussia.
The German passenger list for the Strehlow voyage to the US in 1868 mentions two towns:
” Rügenwalde” for Wilhelmine, Bertha and Hermann, and “Wandhagen” for August Strehlow.
Rügenwalde was on the northern coast of Prussia, and is called Darłówko, Darlowo, Poland now. It is straight north on the coast from Jastrowie (where the Zierke family came from) and the Netzbruch region (where the Schmidts came from).
Bertha Strehlow gave her birthplace as “Waldehagen, Roning, Pomerania” on her marriage certificate, so it may be that the family lived in Wandhagen first then some of them moved to Rügenwalde before they came to the US. Wandhagen is about 12 miles from Rügenwalde and is called Wierciszewo, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland today.
Bertha’s mother Maria Wihelmine Schwarz was born, according to her death record, in Böbbelin, Pommerania. She was baptized in the nearby town of See Buckow. Bertha’s grandfather Johann Ferdinand Strehlow Sr. was listed on his marriage record in 1829 as a resident of Neuenhagen, which was in the same area.
Rügenwalde (Darlowo), from 1816 to 1945 in district of Schlawe (Slawno) in administrative district of Köslin (Koszalin), Province of Pomerania.
Wandhagen (Wierciszewo, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland), a village in “Hinterpommern” = East Pomerania, district Schlawe in administrative district of Köslin until 1945.