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My Maternal and paternal families came to US between 1850 and 67 from Germany. How can I find the towns they came from? Most of the information says Prussia or Hanover. They are all E & R or Luthern. Can you direct me to a source that can help?
Casper H MOELLER was born in Prussia July 4, 1835 and died in St. Louis MO on Feb 22, 1912. His father was Conrad Moeller. Casper came to the US in 1857. He married Elizabeth (Elsie) BENTLAGE on Nov 5, 1864. They lived in st. Louis MO. Casper was reported to be a strong willed man who came to this country as a stowaway, hiding out on a hogshead.
Katherine Maria Kindler was the second wife of my great grandfather and the mother of my grandfather. She married Christian Gustav SCHMIDT on 5/7/1885 in New Haven MO after his wife and two children died. My grandfather Fred SCHMIDT was born 8/10/1887. The family moved to St. Louis where they attended St. John's Evangelical Reformed Church. Katherine came to the US about 1871. She was the daughter of Lorenz Kindler. Katherine died in 1933.
Looking for FOLKERS of St. LOUIS and Hanover Germany
This branch of my family reportedly came from Hanover however, HEYES S FOLKERS (my great, great grandfather has a note in the family BIBLE behind his name "the Dutchman". HEYES, born Nov 10 1810, and GERRTJE (Gertrude)born about 1811, came to the US aboard the Atlanta on Oct 10, 1866 with two children, FOLKERT and GERHARDT. The family settled in St. Louis and was active in Bethlehem Church which was founded in the 1860s. Heyes was a dairyman. Folkert followed in his fathers footsteps and was a dairyman. Gerhardt was a retail grocer and 1920 was a coal and ice dealer in Maplewood MO.
GERHARDT H FOLKERS married HENRIETTA EMMA GEBERT July 10, 1893 at Bethlehem Church. They had four children: WALTER H FOLKERS, b June 21, 1894, died Oct 15, 1942; HENRIETTA GRETCHEN FOLKERS, b Dec 10, 1896, d Oct 11, 1966; WILLIAM ALLEN FOLKERS,b Oct 28, 1900, d Aug 2, 1971; HELEN CICELIA FOLKERS, b Feb 21, 1904, d Oct 1, 1932.
HENRIETTA GRETCHEN was my grandmother however my mother always felt that Helen was her mother. Now that is a secret that my grandmother took to the grave. Until the death of HELEN CICELIA my mother spent most of her time with her. By the way HELEN C. died of a broken heart. Could it have been a suicide???? According to my mother Helen was a talented musician and had an actor boyfriend which displeased her father. She reportedly was offered a Pet scholarship to study in Europe however her father wouldn't allow her to go. Helen rebelled and joined Incarnate Word to become a nun. Her father found her shortly before she was to take her vows and drug her back home. Is it possible that my mother was the result of the relationship of Helen and her actor boyfriend? My mom was born at home so who knows what this strict German family might have done to keep the family secret? My grandmother HENRIETTA GRETCHEN married FRED WIEDMER Aug 12, 1919. She met him reportedly at the American Red Cross Center where she volunteered. HELEN LOUISE WIEDMER was their only child born May 10, 1920. Henrietta and Fred were divorced and she married Louis Crown Seall in 1944. My mother always felt that her Aunt Helen was her real mother.
Looking for GEBERT of St Louis MO and Hanover Germany
CHARLES GEBERT came to the US from Prussia in 1857. His parents were LEBRECHT GEBERT, Prussia, and HENRIETTA HEBERT, Prussia. Charles may have had a brother THEODORE GEBERT, born 1850, who immigrated to Belleville, IL. Charles settled in St. Louis and became a citizen in 1868 in St. Louis, witnessed by August Sendel and PETER STEINMANN. Charles married KATHERINE STEINMANN, who was the sister or daughter of PETER STEINMANN, on August 27, 1859 in St. Louis. KATHERINE STEINM was born in Baden, 1844.
KATHERINE and CHARLES GEBERT had 13 children according to 1910 census. They are Fred, 1862, Gustav, 1865, HENRIETTA EMMA GEBERT, 1872(my great grandmother), Franz, 1875, Charles, 1880, Benno, 1882.
Charles worked as a baker and later in life was a janitor. The family was affliated with the Luthern Church. Charles and Katherine are buried at Valhalla Cemetery in St. Louis MO.
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