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.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Brandt & Dittmann Families on the Frisia


The steamship Frisia of the Hamburg America Line was built in 1872. Measuring 349.5' long and 40.2' wide, the Frisia carried passengers from Hamburg and Havre to the Port of New York. On a crossing that arrived October 22, 1874, passengers included several people from the village of Dammeretz in Mecklenburg Schwerin.


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A few years ago, I did extensive research in the records of Vellahn parish, which includes the manor village of Dammeretz (a.k.a. Dammereez) and several other small villages between Hagenow and Boizenburg, Germany. I created a database of vital records pertaining to about 700 Vellahn parish residents of the 18th and 19th centuries. I attempted to include all records pertaining to any resident with the surname Brandt or Behm, and also included many records of other families that were related to any Brandt by marriage. Several surnames in the Vellahn database will be familiar to residents of White County, Indiana.

In the illustration above, I've attempted to match several names on the Frisia passenger manifest with their full names as they appear in the Vellahn database. (Apologies for an omission: the first name on my list should be Johann Freidrich Wilhelm Dahling for completeness.)

The descendancy charts below help to illustrate the relationships between these travelers. Passengers on the Frisia in October 1874 are shown in blue.

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Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Brandt and his wife had eight children, three of whom died in infancy in Dammeretz, where the family lived in servant quarters on the manor estate. Of the five children they raised to adulthood there, three traveled with them to the United States in October 1874.

Some Descendants of Johann Heinrich Wilhelm BRANDT

1 Johann Heinrich Wilhelm BRANDT 1816 - 1896
.. +Catharina Dorothea Elisabeth HAGEN 1819 - 1891
........ 2 Anna Maria Dorothea BRANDT 1842 - 1931
............ +Johann Heinrich Wilhelm PASCHEN 1841 - 1881
................... 3 Emma Sophia Christine Wilhelmine PASCHEN 1870 - 1926
....................... +John Henry COLBO 1863 - 1950
................... 3 Johann Heinrich Wilhelm PASCHEN 1872 - 1943
....................... +Frieda BERNFIELDT 1876 - 1945
................... 3 boy PASCHEN 1873 - 1873
................... 3 Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm PASCHEN 1876 - 1963
....................... +Bertha DOLL 1882 - 1965
................... 3 stillborn girl PASCHEN 1879 - 1879
........ *2nd Husband of Anna Maria Dorothea BRANDT:
............ +John Henry (Sr.) KOLBOW 1841 - 1921
................... 3 George August COLBO 1889 - 1935
....................... +Julia M. BUSH 1885 - 1920
................... *2nd Wife of George August COLBO:
....................... +Martha HAFTLE 1894 - 1951
........ 2 Christine Magdalena Dorothea BRANDT 1845 - 1845
........ 2 Catharina Sophia Maria BRANDT 1846 - 1922
............ +Johann Carl Wilhelm DITTMANN 1840 - 1908
................... 3 Anna Emma Caroline Wilhelmine DITTMANN 1869 - 1880
................... 3 Carl Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm DITTMANN 1873 - 1956
....................... +Maria Sophia SCHULTZ 1871 - 1956
................... 3 Amanda Pauline DITTMANN 1876 - 1956
....................... +William Henry Ludwig HASSELBRING 1872 - 1943
................... 3 Wilhelmine Friederike DITTMANN 1879 - 1947
....................... +Karl F. H. JENNINGS 1875 - 1957
................... 3 Friedrich Heinrich (Henry) DITTMANN 1882 - 1965
....................... +Ida Sophia Johanna CORDS 1885 - 1959
................... 3 Friedrich Karl August DITTMANN 1883 - 1969
....................... +Wilhelmina H. DAHLENBURG 1883 - 1970
........ 2 Christine Friederike Dorothea BRANDT 1849 - 1903
................... 3 Anna Dorothea Wilhelmina BRANDT 1871 - 1950
....................... +--- KLINGER
................... *2nd Husband of Dorothea Wilhelmina BRANDT:
....................... +George BURGHARDT 1866 - 1932
............ +Johann Michael KRENZ 1837 - 1924
................... 3 Gottlieb Heinrich KRENZ 1876 - 1876
................... 3 Wilhelmina Emelia KRENZ 1877 - 1929
....................... +Johann Theodor Friedrich REIS 1872 - 1938
................... 3 Albert Adolph KRENZ 1879 - 1925
................... 3 Herman Ottis KRINTZ 1881 - 1975
....................... +Huldah Charlotte LARSON 1882 - 1942
................... *2nd Wife of Herman Ottis KRINTZ:
....................... +Lillie Agnes WILSON 1883 - 1967
................... 3 Mathilda Augusta KRENZ 1883 - 1962
....................... +Edward Theodor HASSELBRING 1885 - 1949
................... 3 Emma Elisabeth KRENZ 1885 - 1930
....................... +Peter McARTHUR 1883 - 1964
................... 3 Traugott Ferdinand KRENTZ 1888 - 1962
....................... +Myrtle Emma NOHR 1894 - 1985
................... 3 John Samuel KRENTZ 1891 - 1978
....................... +Margreta Tjode Hedwig BUSS 1896 - 1979
........ 2 Johann Heinrich Wilhelm BRANDT 1851 - 1925
............ +Jennie D. FRANKS 1862 - 1926
................... 3 Henry F. BRANDT 1883 - 1948
....................... +Allie REPROGLE 1886 - 1982
................... 3 Emma BRANDT 1885 - 1918
....................... +Theodore William F. ZARSE 1883 - 1959
................... 3 William Carl BRANDT 1888 - 1973
....................... +Mamie KRUMBAKER
................... 3 Anna Amanda Augusta BRANDT 1892 - 1983
....................... +Clarence HUTTON 1889 - 1980
........ 2 Johann Carl Friedrich BRANDT 1854 - 1894
............ +Jennie KANDO 1869 - 1933
........ 2 Johann Heinrich Franz BRANDT 1858 - 1859
........ 2 Wilhelmine Catharina Elise BRANDT 1860 - 1860

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Anna Maria Julie Rompage Brandt was sixteen years old when she came to the United States with her parents. She was not quite eighteen when she married her first husband. Widowed in 1887, she married her second husband in 1889.

Some Descendants of Joachim Friedrich Ernst BRANDT

1 Joachim Friedrich Ernst BRANDT 1831 - 1858 Knecht (farm servant)
.. +Anna Sophia Dorothea Friederike ROMPAGE 1826 -
m: 03 Sep 1858 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany

..... 2 Anna Maria Julie ROMPAGE Brandt 1858 - 1927
......... +Carl Johann Friedrich ZARSE - 1887
m: 13 Jan 1876 in Reynolds, White, IN
..... *2nd Husband of Anna Maria Julie ROMPAGE Brandt:
......... +Franz Friedrich Christian DAHLING Hinsmann 1866 - 1928
m: 06 Nov 1889 in Reynolds, White, IN
............ 3 Emma Dorothea HINTZMANN 1890 - 1890
............ 3 Dorothea Mathilde HINTZMANN 1891 -
..... 2 baby girl BRANDT 1860 - 1861
..... 2 Sophia Maria Caroline Wilhelmine BRANDT 1862 - 1864

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The second husband of Anna Maria Julie Rompage Brandt was a nephew of Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Dahling.

Some Descendants of Claus Otto Benedict DAHLING

1 Claus Otto Benedict DAHLING 1800 - 1873 Tagelohner (daylaborer)
.. +Maria Dorothea SCHUTT 1797 - 1842
*2nd Wife of Claus Otto Benedict DAHLING:
.. +Sophia Maria Anna BOLD 1810 - 1874
m: 19 May 1843 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany
..... 2 Anna Christine Dorothea DAHLING 1844 -
......... +Franz Friedrich Jacob HINSMANN 1847 -
m: 03 Nov 1871 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany Arbeiter (laborer)
............ 3 Franz Friedrich Christian DAHLING Hinsmann 1866 - 1928
................ +Anna Maria Julie ROMPAGE Brandt 1858 - 1927
m: 06 Nov 1889 in Reynolds, White, IN

............ 3 Maria Sophia Dorothea DAHLING Hinsmann 1867 -
............ 3 Anna Maria Dorothea HINSMANN 1874 -
............ 3 Johann Heinrich Wilhelm HINSMANN 1872 -
..... 2 Johann Friedrich Wilhelm DAHLING 1853 -
..... 2 Johann Jochen Wilhelm DAHLING 1846 -

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Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Brandt and Joachim Friedrich Ernst Brandt were cousins, both grandsons of Peter Hinrich Behm and his wife Catharina Elisabeth Brandt, as shown in this descendancy chart:

Some Descendants of Peter Hinrich BEHM

1 Peter Hinrich BEHM 1756 - 1808
.. +Catharina Elisabeth BRANDT 1760 - 1805
m: 17 Nov 1786 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany
..... 2 Catharina Margaretha Maria BEHM 1787 - 1853
......... +Hans Hinrich BRANDT 1781 - 1853
m: 06 Nov 1807 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany
............ 3 Christina Margaretha Dorothea BRANDT 1809 - 1868
............ 3 Catharina Maria Elisabeth BRANDT 1810 - 1814
............ 3 Johann Heinrich Wilhelm BRANDT 1816 - 1896 1860 Tagelohner (daylaborer)
................ +Catharina Dorothea Elisabeth HAGEN - 1891
m: 04 Nov 1842 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany

................... 4 Anna Maria Dorothea BRANDT 1842 - 1931
....................... +Johann Heinrich Wilhelm PASCHEN 1841 - 1881 Tagelohner (daylaborer)
m: 05 Nov 1869 in Vellahn parish, Mecklenburg, Germany 1873
................... 4 Christine Magdalena Dorothea BRANDT 1845 - 1845
................... 4 Catharina Sophia Maria BRANDT 1846 - 1922
....................... +Johann Carl Wilhelm DITTMANN 1840 - 1908 Tagelohner (daylaborer)
m: 06 Nov 1868 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany 1868
................... 4 Christine Friederike Dorothea BRANDT 1849 - 1903
....................... +Johann Michael KRENZ 1837 - 1924
m: 24 Apr 1875 in Reynolds, White, Indiana
................... 4 Johann Heinrich Wilhelm BRANDT 1851 - 1925
................... 4 Johann Carl Friedrich BRANDT 1854 - 1894
................... 4 Johann Heinrich Franz BRANDT 1858 - 1859
................... 4 Wilhelmine Catharina Elise BRANDT 1860 - 1860
............ 3 Catharina Maria Sophia BRANDT 1820 - 1827
..... 2 Franz Hinrich BEHM 1789 -
..... 2 Carl Hinrich BEHM 1791 - 1792
..... 2 Christina Maria Hinrica BEHM 1793 - 1862
......... +Hans Hinrich BRANDT 1788 - 1869 Kuhhirte (cowherder) 1858
m: 15 Apr 1814 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany
............ 3 Maria Catharina Friederica BRANDT 1815 -
................ +Johann Fritz Carl SCHLATRY
................... 4 Wilhelmine Dorothea Elisabeth BRANDT 1847 -
............ 3 Johann Jochim Hinrich BRANDT 1819 -
............ 3 Ernestina Catharina Sophia BRANDT 1822 -
............ 3 Anna Maria Dorothea BRANDT 1824 - 1830
............ 3 Sophia Maria Dorothea BRANDT 1828 - 1836
............ 3 Joachim Friedrich Ernst BRANDT 1831 - 1858 Knecht (farm servant)
................ +Anna Sophia Dorothea Friederike ROMPAGE 1826 -
m: 03 Sep 1858 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany

................... 4 Anna Maria Julie ROMPAGE Brandt 1858 - 1927
....................... +Carl Johann Friedrich ZARSE - 1887
m: 13 Jan 1876 in Reynolds, White, IN
................... *2nd Husband of Anna Maria Julie ROMPAGE Brandt:
....................... +Franz Friedrich Christian DAHLING Hinsmann 1866 - 1928
m: 06 Nov 1889 in Reynolds, White, IN
................... 4 baby girl BRANDT 1860 - 1861
................... 4 Sophia Maria Caroline Wilhelmine BRANDT 1862 - 1864
..... 2 Catharina Dorothea Friederica BEHM 1794 - 1867
......... +Johann Joachim VOSS - 1866 Tagelohner (daylaborer)
m: 19 Apr 1822 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany
............ 3 Maria Magdalena Dorothea VOSS 1822 -
..... 2 Hinrich Johann Wilhelm BEHM 1796 -
..... 2 Jurgen Friedrich BEHM 1799 -
..... 2 Maria Magdalena Dorothea BEHM 1801 - 1804

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Notes from The Sheldon Progress, 1911

Friday, December 15, 1911
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March 10:
A very pretty wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Buss Tuesday afternoon, March 7, when their daughter, Miss Lydia, was united in marriage to Oscar Wieg, Rev. H. Elster of the German Lutheran church performing the ceremony. After the wedding a reception was tendered the newly married couple, attended by about fifty guests. A sumptious [sic] wedding supper was served, after which the evening was spent in having a good social time. The bride is a charming young lady who grew from girlhood to young womanhood in this vicinity. The groom is a prominent young farmer living west of Sheldon. He has a nice little home where he and his bride will start housekeeping. The Progress extends hearty congratulations.
April 28:
Jacob Muth, who formerly lived in this vicinity, but is now engaged in the livery business at Kidder, S.D., arrived in Sheldon last Monday afternoon, accompanied by a constable, in search of a team of horses that he believed to have been stolen. It appears that a fellow named Jefferson, a barber at Kidder, had hired a team for a short drive to one of the neighboring towns. He did not return that day, and the following morning it was found that he had not been to the town that he had stated he was going to. Information given by different parties led to the belief that Jefferson had gone to Lisbon, near where he has a sweetheart living, and obtaining the services of a constable, Mr. Muth went to Lisbon to recover the horses, which he believed the young man had run off with, with the intention of stealing. It was found at Lisbon that the team had been left in a livery stable and later removed to the home at which Jefferson was stopping. The searching party proceeded to this place where they found both the horses and the man. When charged with attempting to steal the team, Jefferson pleaded not guilty, stating that he had merely decided to drive to Lisbon for a visit and intended to return with the horses the following day. He returned to Kidder in company with Mr. Muth and the constable, but will probably not be prosecuted, as he was evidently innocent of any wrong intentions.
October 13:
Pleasant Prairie: Miss Maggie Buss is spending the week in Owego visiting her sister, Mrs. Ed Wall.

Pleasant Prairie: A.R. [Reuben] Nohr is having a barn erected on his farm near Venlo. Phillip Nohr is doing the work.

Pleasant Prairie: Phillip Nohr left for Wahpeton yesterday where he will spend about a week looking after business matters.

Pleasant Prairie: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Krueger went to Davenport Wednesday evening to attend the funeral of a young man who was accidentally shot and killed.

Pleasant Prairie: Oswald Ihme's health is not as good as it has been. He was recently operated on for neuralgia of the head and face, and had apparently fully recovered, but is again having trouble with his face.

Pleasant Prairie: August Krueger received a telegram from southern Minnesota last Saturday announcing the sad news of the death of his brother, Michael Krueger. This was followed by a telegram received Sunday stating that Mrs. Krueger's brother, Julius Redmon, had also died.

Pleasant Prairie: A surprise party that really was a surprise was perpetrated upon Frank Nohr last evening in honor of his fifty-third birthday anniversary. About forty of his friends and neighbors assembled and descended en masse upon the Nohr home, literally taking it by storm. The surprise was complete in every detail, but after Mr. Nohr had recovered from the first shock he proved to be a royal entertainer. The older guests spent the evening in conversation, mostly pleasant reminiscences of days gone by, while the younger ones played games and amused themselves as young folks always do at a gathering of this kind. About midnight the guests sat down to an elaborate supper and did full justice to it. At two o'clock they departed for their homes, wishing the host many happy returns of the day.
November 24:
Gerald Froemke went to Fargo last Friday evening to spend a few days visiting friends before departing with his parents for Florida.

Paul W. Froemke went to Fargo Monday evening to begin his new duties in the Northern Immigration Association office. His family will reside here, for the present at least.

Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Froemke and the boys departed Monday evening for Florida to spend the winter. They expect to make their residence at Daytona Beach but will spend part of the time at Fargo, the new town in which several local capitalists are interested. They will stop a few days at Minneapolis, Eau Claire and Milwaukee, Wis., and Chicago, reaching their destination in about two weeks.

Pleasant Prairie: John Reis returned this week from Indiana where he had been called by the serious illness of his mother. He reports her to be somewhat improved and has every hope for her recovery.

Pleasant Prairie: Miss Annie Buss, who has been spending over a year in Minneapolis and Wisconsin, arrived home the latter part of last week, and will spend at least the winter with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Buss.

Pleasant Prairie: The German Lutheran church was the scene of a very pretty wedding Tuesday afternoon, when at four o'clock Miss Laura Nohr and Lewis E. Froemke were united in marriage. About 200 guests witnessed the ceremony which was conducted by Rev. H. Elster. The groom was supported by his brother, Dan Froemke, and Herman Nohr while the bridesmaids were Misses Myrtle and Clara Nohr. The bride was beautifully gowned in white silk. After the ceremony the wedding party repaired to the home of the bride's parents where a reception was held and a wedding dinner served to about 200 guests. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Nohr and is a charming and cultured young lady. The groom is a prominent young farmer of this vicinity. The happy couple will start housekeeping at once.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Notes from The Lafayette Daily Courier, 1911


January 30:
Mr. and Mrs. August Hasselbring of Reynolds are spending a few days with relations and friends in the city.
May 17:
West Side: Mrs. George Burghardt is recovering nicely from the effects of a difficult operation performed at St. Elizabeth hospital yesterday.
June 16:
Mrs. George Burkhart is confined to her home on Wood Street by illness.
August 24:
Chalmers: Mrs. Herman Hasselbrink is entertaining her sister Miss Edith Eberhoff of Lafayette.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Photo Identification Update


In a December post on this blog, I identified Elizabeth Schulte Corneilson ("Mama") in the group photo below. After studying the photo, Cheryl Shulte has identified the women standing beside Lizzie. Amelia Schluessler Wellhausen is on the left. Amelia's daughter, Ella Wellhausen Schulte (Cheryl's grandmother) is on the right. The identification of the church remains unconfirmed.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Genealogists Play Nice!

Yesterday Cheryl Schulte wrote an interesting post about Research Over the Years at Two Sides of the Ocean. It was good to be reminded of the way genealogists did their thing before the internet made it so much easier.

I've had a lot of help through the years from people who didn't think twice about writing pages of family group records for me by hand, or photocopying stacks of documents to send me by mail. Genealogists are a generous lot, even to people they've never met.

I'm very grateful to several distant cousins I've never met but from whom I received a lot of help during the early years of my research:
  • Leona Hilton
  • Marjorie Austin Krintz
  • Edwin Moore Krintz
  • Vivienne L. Miller
  • Alfred Paschen
  • Eleanore Ross Patenaude
And I've had help from many more cousins, of course--some that I knew before I began collecting family history, and others I met in the course of my research. They're an important part of the fun!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Michael Krenz on the Bark Jenny

said to be the bark Jenny

Early in February 1869, the bark Jenny departed from the port of Bremen, Germany, bound for New York. It arrived on April 16, 1869. Among the passengers were my great grandfather, Michael Krenz, and his young family.

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Michael was 32 years old. He'd been a laborer in Prussia. His wife Anna Louise was 30. Their first three children had died in infancy. They brought with them their fourth child, Gustav Emil, who was two years and six months of age, and their fifth, Wilhelm Martin, who was just three months old when the trip began.

In the course of researching my ancestry, I've often wondered what would motivate families to leave their homeland, their kin, and their way of life to come to a new and unknown country. The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980) is an excellent resource for researching this kind of question. In a 20-page entry about Germans, Kathleen Neils Conzen explained that in 19th century Prussia, the growing Industrial Revolution, agricultural reform, and rural overpopulation were changing the old ways of life. Some people migrated to the cities to find work, but for others, emigration to America offered an opportunity to retain their familiar lifestyle. Readers who have questions about their own ethnic group may want to look for this book at their local library.

The Jenny would have looked like this bark-rigged vessel.*

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*A "bark" has three masts, with the foremast and mainmast square-rigged and the mizzenmast fore-and-aft-rigged. Barks were sometimes rerigged as ships or vice-versa. A bark-rigged vessel could sail with fewer crew members than a ship-rigged vessel. Click here for more information about ships from Norway-Heritage.

Labels

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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