I asked some local experts for some advice for this post. I was wondering about a surname that shows up in today’s story. That name is spelled, Soehl. My question had to do with how that name is pronounced. It turns out that my local experts said that it all depends on who you ask. … More Sale or Soul?
Herman Tiedemann and his wife, Margaretha brought their family to America in 1874. At that time, their family consisted of 3 daughters. They traveled to America aboard the ship, General Wender. Here is the passenger list showing this family. I have to display it in two images. I have photographs of Herman and Margaretha Tiedemann. … More Keeping the Tiedemann Name Going
Yesterday’s story included Emma Jungclaus, whose mother was Gesche (Stueve) Jungclaus. I will be telling a story today which includes a character, Maria Anna Stueve, who would have been Emma Jungclaus’s first cousin. Maria’s father, Herman Stueve, was Gesche’s brother. Emma’s marriage to Albert Weber was a Ridge wedding. Maria Stueve’s marriage would be another … More Pilz/Stueve: Another Ridge Couple
Today’s story is packed full of names that had origins in Scheeβel, an area in Hanover in northern Germany. Many immigrants from Scheeβel arrived in Perry County, Missouri and Jackson County, Illinois in the mid-to-late 1800’s. The couple we will focus on today, for example, was made up of a Brunkhorst and a Mahnke. Other … More Several Scheeβel Surnames
Two Engels (the German word for “angel”) were highlighted in yesterday’s story. I just so happened to run across another one for April 27th. I have become convinced that the name, Engel, was a very common one given to girls born in the Scheeβel area of Germany in the 1800’s. It’s not a name I … More The Birth of Another Angel
Since today is exactly one month away from Christmas Day, you might look at today’s title and think that this will be some sort of post with a Christmas theme, but that is not the case. What we have today is a young German Lutheran woman whose first name was Engel, which gets translated as … More Claus’s Angel
Today’s story begins in Frohna. The birthday girl marries a Lutheran teacher. Agnes Fiehler was born on February 28, 1876 and baptized at the relatively new Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. Her parents were Benjamin and Bertha (Doberenz) Fiehler. Benjamin was a farmer, and Agnes was the third of eleven children born into this family. … More Lehrer Lueders