Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan). Archives, Labels (tags), and other links appear at the bottom of the page.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Hoosier Daddy

Believed to be Michael Krenz and Dora Brandt, his second wife
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Okay, stop groaning over my tacky wordplay. My great-grandfather, Johann Michael Krenz, fathered sixteen children, eight with his first wife and eight with his second. Four died in infancy, but he raised the other twelve, as well as a daughter his second wife brought with her from Germany, on a farm in Indiana. Hoosier daddy? A baker's dozen would have agreed, that would be Michael Krenz.

Michael turned 54 the year his last child, my grandpa, was born, so of course I never met him. Even my father has no memory of Michael, who died when Dad was just three years old. I have bits and pieces of information that I'll share here in the future, but in the meantime, readers who have heard stories about Michael's life and times are welcome to share them in the Comments section at the bottom of this post.

THE MARRIAGES OF JOHANN MICHAEL KRENZ


Husband: Johann Michael KRENZ
Born: 26 October 1837 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia
Father: Martin KRENZ
Mother: Anna Marianne STREICH
Died: 7 January 1924 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Burial: 9 January 1924 in Honey Creek Township, White County, Indiana

First Wife: Anna Louise BÜTO
Born: 17 July 1839 in Posen, Prussia
Father: Friedrich August BÜTO
Mother: Anna Christina WANDREY
Married: 21 January 1862 in Chodziez, Posen, Prussia
Died: 8 October 1874 in White County, Indiana
Burial: Reynolds, White County, Indiana

CHILDREN

1 Name: Ernestine Pauline KRENZ
Born: 10 August 1862 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia
Died: 18 August 1862 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia

2 Name: Caroline Wilhelmine KRENZ
Born: 12 August 1863 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia
Died: 13 March 1864 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia

3 Name: August Friedrich KRENZ
Born: 22 December 1864 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia
Died: 3 September 1865 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia

4 Name: Gustav Emil (Gus) KRINTZ
Born: 17 July 1866 in Prussia/Germany
Married: 4 October 1893 in White County, Indiana
Spouse: Clara Amelia KRINNING
Died: 20 June 1934 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Burial: 23 June 1934 in Bunnell Cemetery, Reynolds, White County, Indiana

5 Name: William Martin KRINTZ
Born: 7 November 1868 in Germany
Died: 7 October 1949 in Benton County, Indiana
Burial: 9 October 1949 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana

6 Name: Amel Friedrich KRINTZ
Born: 18 August 1870 in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Married: 27 February 1897 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Spouse: Augusta E. KLOUCK
Died: 20 April 1965 in White County, Indiana
Burial: 23 April 1965 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana

7 Name: Bertha KRINTZ
Born: 20 March 1872 in White County, Indiana
Married: 25 December 1888 in White County, Indiana
Spouse: Jewell Francis WARD
Died: 29 January 1960 in White County, Indiana

8 Name: Caroline Maria Mathilda KRINTZ
Born: 8 June 1874 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 20 February 1895 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Spouse: William Newton STEELE
Died: 6 July 1943 in Charleston, Coles County, Illinois
Burial: 9 July 1943

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Second Wife: Christine Friederike Dorothea (Dora) BRANDT
Born: 8 May 1849 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany
Father: Johann BRANDT
Mother: Catharina Dorothea Elisabeth HAGEN
Married: 24 April 1875 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Died: 27 August 1903 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Burial: 29 August 1903 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana

CHILDREN

1 Name: Gottlieb Heinrich KRENZ
Born: 31 January 1876 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Died: 11 September 1876 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana

2 Name: Wilhelmina Emelia KRENZ
Born: 25 October 1877 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 21 April 1897 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Spouse: Johann Theodor Friedrich REIS
Died: 31 January 1929 in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota
Burial: 4 February 1929 in Lisbon, Ransom County, North Dakota

3 Name: Albert Adolph KRENZ
Born: 16 December 1879 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Died: 9 December 1925 in Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota
Burial: 12 December 1925 in Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota

4 Name: Herman Ottis KRINTZ
Born: 4 December 1881 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 26 April 1905 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Spouse: Huldah Charlotte LARSON
Married: 28 March 1947 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
Spouse: Lillie Agnes WILSON
Died: 4 January 1975 in Glendora, Los Angeles County, California
Burial: 8 January 1975 in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California

5 Name: Mathilda Augusta KRENZ
Born: 12 December 1883 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 23 December 1906 in White County, Indiana
Spouse: Edward Theodor HASSELBRING
Died: 4 February 1962 in Stanwood, Mecosta County, Michigan

6 Name: Emma Elisabeth KRENZ
Born: 22 December 1885 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 21 July 1915 in Baker, Fallon County, Montana
Spouse: Peter McARTHUR
Died: 11 April 1930 in San Francisco, California
Burial: 1930 in Baker, Fallon County, Montana

7 Name: Traugott Ferdinand KRENTZ
Born: 26 January 1888 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 26 November 1914 in Pontiac Township, Cass County, North Dakota
Spouse: Myrtle Emma NOHR
Died: 10 March 1962 in Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Lisbon, Ransom County, North Dakota

8 Name: John Samuel KRENTZ
Born: 19 May 1891 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 11 February 1914 in Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota
Spouse: Margreta Tjode Hedwig BUSS
Died: 27 August 1978 in Lisbon, Ransom County, North Dakota
Burial: 31 August 1978 in Anselm, Ransom County, North Dakota

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STEP-DAUGHTER OF MICHAEL KRENZ

Name: Dorothea Wilhelmina (Dora) BRANDT
Born: 2 April 1871 in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany
Mother: Christine Friederike Dorothea BRANDT
Married: 11 November 1891 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Spouse: George BURGHARDT
Died: 14 December 1950 in Glendora, Los Angeles County, California
Burial: 18 December 1950 in Los Angeles County, California

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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