I have the good fortune to have inhereted my great grandmother's big German...
I have the good fortune to have inhereted my great grandmother's big German family Bible, complete with tin type photos in the back. Her name was Caroline Stoeckley (also Stoeckle, Stoeckel, Stickel, and other variants. I know very little about this line other than she was born in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area in 1854, where her father, Gottfried Stoeckley, owned a bakery on Elizabeth Avenue (now Greenfield Avenue). He was born in Germany in 1829. Family tradition says the Stoeckley's were from southern Germany. That tradition further says that when Caroline married my great grandfather, August Tiedemann whose family was from Neuhaus (Oste), near the Elbe, their German was so different from each other that they had to learn Engish.
The Stoeckleys eventually moved to Ludington, Michigan, where my great grandparents married in 1876 and lived out the remainder of their lives. Caroline died in 1926 and her husband in 1933. Caroline had two sisters, Sophia and Emma, and a brother George. Sophia married someone by the name of Mathews and lived in the Detroit area for many years before moving to Florida. George moved to the Minneapolis area. Emma remained in Ludington and married a Kinney. There may be Kinney descendent still in Ludington, but I have not lived there in over 40 years.
I have tried to track the family back to Germany. The obituary from the Ludington Chronicle for July 9, 1896, simply says he was from Germany. That article also spelled the name, Stoeckel. Many websites offering international information have been consulted with little success. Many offer possible names but their lifespans are too far out-of-line to be seriously considered. The best lead I have been able to obtain so far is from the Morman records which suggests that Gottfried's mother was Maria Louis Stoeckle born in 1809 in Unterberken, Donaukreis, Wurtemberg. She had a son, Gottfried, born in 1829 (the correct year). The father was unknown. The Morman records further state that Maria Louisa's mother was Maria Agnes Stockle, born in 1779, also in Unterberken. All that is known about the father was his last name was Hees. The Mormon records might be correct but I do not know who provided that information or what the supporting documentation is, leaving the reliability uncertain. At that point, further information remains shrouded in mystery.
Just to round out the picture, Caroline Stoeckley and August Tiedemann had six children who survived to adulthood, Hattie (Hedwig), Henry, Robert, Emma, Ernest and Frederick. Hattie (1876-1962) was my grandmother. She married Frank Foster (1856-1924). Their daughter Doris Caroline Foster (1913-1991) married Raphael Joseph Lessard 1905-1977). Ray and Doris were my parents.