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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Surname: Krenz, Krentz, Krintz, Krantz

The names of two Krenz ancestors are highlighted
in this
detail from the Evangelical marriage banns
Martin Krenz and Anna Mariane Strech.

My paternal grandfather was John Samuel Krentz. His great-grandfather was:
  • Johann Krenz of Ostrowke, named in the marriage record of his son Martin. He was probably born before 1772. He was my third great-grandfather.
  • Johann Martin Krenz of Podanin, born about 1792. He married Anna Marianne Streich at Podanin on 22 January 1823. To my knowledge, they did not emigrate. Martin and Anna Marianne were my great-great-grandparents.
  • Johann Michael Krenz, born 26 October 1837 at Podanin, Posen, Prussia, and christened there on November 5. His first marriage, to Anna Louise Butow (Büto, Bueto), was recorded at Chodziez, Posen, Prussia on 21 January 1862. Together they had eight children, three of whom died in infancy. Upon arrival in the United States, this family stayed first at Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, but soon settled permanently in Reynolds, White County, Indiana. Anna Louise died there 8 October 1874. Michael next married Christine Friederike Dorothea (Dora) Brandt at Reynolds on 24 April 1875. Dora had a daughter of her own (also called Dora), and together Michael and Dora had eight more children, one of whom died in infancy. Michael died 7 January 1924 at Reynolds, and was buried at the Lutheran cemetery. Michael and Dora were my great-grandparents.
  • Johann Samuel Krenz, born 19 May 1891 in Reynolds and christened there May 31 at the German Lutheran church. He married Margreta (Gertie) Buss on 11 February 1914 at Moorhead, Minnesota. They made their home in Ransom County, North Dakota, where they had nine children, seven of whom lived to adulthood. John died 27 August 1978 and was buried in the little cemetery at Anselm.
Evangelische Kirche Kolmar (KrSt. Kolmar). Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1809-1874 (Protestant parish register transcripts of baptisms, marriages and deaths for Kolmar, Posen, Germany; now Chodzież, Poznań, Poland). Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969, 1981. FHL INTL Films 807991-807993.

Kościół rzymsko-katolicki. Parafja Chodzież (Chodzież). Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1819-1874 (Transcripts of Roman Catholic parish register of births, marriages and deaths for Kolmar, Posen, Germany; now Chodzież (Chodzież), Poznań, Poland. Salt Lake City, Utah: Mikrofilmowało The Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969, 1981. FHL INTL Film 807956.

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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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