20 December 2017

William and Henrietta POTTSCHMIDT

William POTTSCHMIDT was born about 1819 in Germany. He married Henrietta, who was born about 1821 in Germany. The couple were married in Germany.

William and Henrietta had 7 children that I know of: Friedrich W (b. abt 1840), Wilhelmina (b. 25 Sep 1843), Herman (b. abt 1845), William F (b. Apr 1847), Lizzie (b. abt 1852), Hannah (b. abt 1855), and Charles. Friedrich and Wilhelmina were born in Prussia, Herman and William were born in Ohio, and Lizzie and Hannah were born in Indiana.

In 1845, the family immigrated from Schlage, Prussia (modern day Slawno, Poland) ot the US. They departed from Bremen on 1 Apr 1845 and arrived in New Orleans on 26 Nov 1845.

I have the following censuses for the family:

  • 1857 MN Territorial Census in Shakopee, Scott, MN on page 13
  • 1865 MN Census in Eagle Creek, Scott, MN as household no. 20


29 November 2017

Carl and Dorothea PAGEL

Johann Charles Philipp "Carl" PAGEL was born 11 Feb 1828 in Pommern, Germany. His first marriage was to Caroline Friedricke Augustine REIMER on 24 Nov 1848, most likely in Pommern. Caroline was born 14 Dec 1826 and the couple had 2 children together: Wilhelmine Friedricke Caroline (b. 24 Sep 1849)1 and Johann Christian Carl (b. 30 Nov 1850  d. 22 Jul 1851). Caroline died 8 Mar 1851.

Carl's second marriage was to my ancestor Dorothea Caroline Friedricke Wilhelmina BATHKE. She was born 16 Feb 1830 in Pommern and went by Friedricke.

They were married 4 Oct 1852 and emigrated with their children from Hamburg 26 Mar 1873 on the British Queen to Liverpool. There they changed boats to the SS Minnesota and arrived in New York on 15 Apr 1873. After that, they settled in the Wausau, Marathon county, WI area.
Passenger list for the British Queen

Page 1

Page 2, the family is on the bottom half of the page
Carl became a citizen on 26 Mar 1873.

Carl and Friedricke had 10 children that I know of together: Johann Albert Christian Fiedrich "John"2 (b. 2 Dec 1853), August Johann Albert (b. 2 Nov 1856)3, Johann Friedrich Carl "Carl" (b. 8 Feb  1859)4, Carl Friedrich Albert "Fritz" (b. 2 Feb 1861)5, Johann August "Herman" (b. 18 Dec 1864)6, Augusta Wilhelmina Carolina (b. 30 Apr 1866)7, Wilhelm August Friederich (b. Sep 1867)8, Carl Henry Frierich "Henry" (b. 21 Oct 1869), Bertha Johanne Friedricke (b. 3 Aug 1871)9, and Wilhelm Friedrich August (b. 22 Aug 1873)10. All the children but Wilhelm were born in Germany (most likely Pommern) and Wilhelm was born in Wausau, Marathon county, WI.

Friedricke died 23 Dec 1893 in Wausau and Carl died 20 Dec 1895 in Wausau. Carl was buried in St. Peter's Cemetery in Wausau. I suspect that Friedricke was buried in the same cemetery. Here's Carl's findagrave memorial.

I have the family on the following census records:

  • 1875 WI Census - (a tallied census)
  • 1880 US Census page 10 for Wausau, Marathon, WI
  • 1885 WI Census - (a tallied census)
  • 1895 WI Census - (a tallied census)

1 Wilhelmine married August BORCHARDT, had 5 children, and died 5 Feb 1918.
2 John married Mathilde KRUGER and had 4 children.
3 August married Albertine, had 9 children, and died 14 Dec 1938 in Jamestown, Stutsman, ND
4 Carl married Augusta HOEFFNER, had 4 children, and died 25 Aug 1924.
5 Fritz married Caroline GLESE, had at least 1 child, and died 14 Aug 1947.
6 Herman married Bertha HOLZ, had 4 children, and died 7 Dec 1931.
7 Augusta married Julius SCHUBRING, had at least 1 child, and died 23 Jun 1900.
8 Wilhelm married Ida, had at least 3 children, and died in 1932 in Winthrop, Sibley, MN
9 Bertha died 29 Sep 1871 in Germany at a month old.
10 Wilhelm died 12 Dec 1873 in Wausau at 3 months old.


I have come across a few marriage records lately.

First, the record for Charles William "Carl" OLDENBURG and Wilhelmina "Lena" GRAGERT. It confirms that they were married 26 Jul 1883 and that they were married in the Big Wood German Settlement in Scott county, Minnesota. From what I learned, Big Wood is an old name for Blakely township, where they settled and raised their family. The witnesses that signed are Fred OLDENBURG and Johanna GRAGERT.

Second, the record of Frederich BLUME and Wilhelmina POTTSCHMIDT. This record states that they were married 25th Feb 1861 at St. John church in Shakopee, Scott county, Minnesota. Unfortunately, it doesn't give the names of any witnesses. I have 2 images for this information. The second image states that they were married by the pastor of the First Evangelical Congregational Church in Shakopee.
Fred and Lena are couple number 2

Fred and Lena are the bottom couple

Third, I have the marriage record that ties these first 2 families together. The marriage of their children Fred BLUME and Maria OLDENBURG. Their marriage record cites that they were married 22 Jun 1905 in Belle Plaine, Scott, MN. The witnesses that signed for them were Arnold OLDENBURG (most likely Maria's brother Arnold) and Edward KEPP.

I'll try to go through and make sure I have all updates posted and try to remember to keep up with posting the new information I gather.

Charles and Elizabeth OLDENBURG

Charles "Carl" OLDENBURG was born 15 Apr 1828 in Germany. While, I don't have his immigration year, I know that he was naturalized between 1853 and 1857.

Elizabeth "Eliza" was born 31 Dec 1830. Her maiden name was possibly DRAEGER.

I suspect that Carl and Eliza were married about 1851 in Germany and they  had 7 children that I know of. Christine born about 1853 in Canada West (according to Census records), Charles William "Carl" born in June 1858 in Minnesota, Maria born 25 Sep 1860 in Minnesota, William born Apr 1862 in Minnesota, Elizabeth "Eliza" and Anna born about 1864 in Minnesota, and Johanna born 17 Aug 1871 in Belle Plaine, Scott cty, MN. Johanna's birth record in the Minnesota, Births and Christenings, 1840-1980 database on FamilySearch.org has her name as Hannah, although she's called John on her first census record. I suspect that all of the children born in Minnesota were born in Scott county in the Belle Plaine area.

Carl died 2 Nov 1911 in Minnesota and Eliza died 23 Sep 19004 also in Minnesota. The couple were buried at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scott county, Minnesota.

I have the family on the following censuses:

  • 1857 MN Territorial Census in Jordan, Scott county
  • 1860 US Census in Belle Plaine, Scott county, Minnesota
  • 1870 US Census in Belle Plaine
  • 1875 MN Census in Blakely township, Scott county, Minnesota
  • 1880 US Census in Blakely township
  • 1885 MN Census in Blakely township
  • 1900 US Census in Blakely township

I also have the patent for land Carl bought in Blakely township in 1864 as a PDF that I'm willing to share.

16 October 2017

Pagel Immigration

I just today found the passenger list for my ggg grandma and grandpa Pagel (and my gg grandpa Pagel). They left Germany for England (I don't know the details on this part of their voyage) and, from Liverpool, sailed to New York on the SS Minnesota. They arrived at the port of New York on 15 April 1873. They then went to Wisconsin and settled in Marathon county near Wausau. Their son, my gg grandpa Carl "Henry" PAGEL, eventually went to Minnesota and settled in the area of McLeod, Renville, and Sibley counties. The family is on the second page of the ship's manifest.

Page 1
Page 2, The family is on the bottom half of the page
It shows the parents (Johann "Carl" and Dorothea "Fredericke" PAGEL) as 42 and 38 respectfully with Carl's occupation listed as "farmer." The children are listed in the manifest as John 19 (Johann), Augte 16 (August)1, Fernd? 14 (Carl "Fred")2, Carl 103, Augte 7 (Augusta), and Carl 3 (Carl "Henry").

Here is the link to the first page of the manifest at archives.org. From there, you can page through the rest of the manifest if you choose to.

1 For some reason August is listed as female. Maybe with all the kids the person writing the list got confused. It's also possible that August came over on his own and had a twin sister named Augusta I don't now about that came over with the rest of the family. That would also explain why the occupation is listed as "spinster."
2 I think they were trying to go for Friedrich here.
3 This may be a child I wasn't aware of, or could be Johann "Herman", whom I have as 8 at the time, but either this or the census records I got his age from could be a little off. I only have 1 middle name for him, while all his siblings have 2.

23 July 2017

Census Sunday #27

This week's page is from the 1880 US Census for Glenwood township, Winneshiek county, Iowa on page16. (full image)

On this page, I'm descended from family #129, Hans and Sila HENRICKSON. Hans is cited as a 65 year old farmer from Norway. His wife Sila is cited as a 52 year old woman from Norway. The census page cites that they had 4 sons with them at home - Henry (17), Martin (15), Benjamin (12), and Helmer (7).  All are cited as being born in Iowa. In the same family group, it also has Inga AGNESSON? aged 77. She's cited as living in a different dwelling and her relationship to Hans is cited as "supported." Inga is also cited as being widowed, insane, and born in Norway.

The other families on this page are:

  • Family 119 (from previous page): Helene STROWSTAD?
  • Family 120: Andrew EGGE and his wife Mary
  • Family 121: Nels ASCHUN and his wife Anne
  • Family 122: Ole PETERSON along with his wife Berth and daughter Carrie
  • Family 123: ? HALVORSEN along with his wife Martha, 2 sons (Bard and Andreus), and 2 daughters (S? and Maria)
  • Family 124: Bard HALVORSON and his wife Synneva
  • Family 125: Ole ANDCOSEN along with his wife Anne, 3 sons (Albert, Theodore, and Ole), and 1 daughter (Bertha)
  • Family 126: Ole NELSON along with his wife Britha, 2 daughters (Caroline and Oline), and 1 son (Nels)
  • Family 127: Ole J. ROZ along with his wife Bertha and 3 sons (Claus, Henry, and Martin)
  • Family 128: Nels TORTENSON along with his wife Martha, 2 daughters (Petra and Emma), and 3 sons (Olai?, John, and Otto)
  • Family 130: Chisetis along with her son Tombias, stepdaughter Sivi?, and a teacher Mavis ERICSEN

16 July 2017

Census Sunday #26

This weeks's image is from the 1870 US Census for Glenwood township, Winneshiek county, Iowa on page 10. (full image)

I'm related to family # 64 on this page, Hans and Celia HENDRICKSON. Hans is cited as a 50 year old farmer who owns $5000 worth of real estate and had a personal estate worth $1500. He is also cited as being born in Norway. His wife Celia is cited as being 40, keeping house, and born in Norway. Their children at the time were Sinne (15), Helen (10), Henry (9), John (6), and Benjamin (2). Sinne and Helen are cited as attending school. Also with the family is Holver ARNESON, a 20 year old farm laborer who was born in Norway.

Other families on this page are:

  • Family 63: Theodora (3) & Gunelda (1) ANDERSON (continued from previous page)
  • Family 65: Ole NELSON (35) along with Betsy (49), Anna (18), Mary (15), Betsy (11), Caroline (9), Nels (7), and Olina (5)
  • Family 66: Nels TORTENSON (50), Bertha (35), Toleda (15), Patrina E (10) Aba (5/12), Ole N (6), Martin (4), and Eric (26)
  • Family 67: Ellring THOMSON (62) along with Christie (52), Caroline (17), Eric (14), Christina (12), Betsy (10), and Thomras (7)
  • Family 68: Christian OLESON (42) along with Pernilla (44), Jane M. (14), Olene (13), John (11), Betsy (10), and Clalis (8)

09 July 2017

Census Sunday #25

This week's image comes from the 1860 US Census for Glenwood township, Winneshiek county, Iowa on page 195. (full image)
On this page, I'm related to family number 1339, Hans and Celia HENDRICKSON. Hans is cited as a 45 year old farmer born in Norway and owning $500 worth of real estate. Celia is cited as being 32 and born in Norway. Ann (7), Susan (5), and Helen (7 months) are all cited as being born in Iowa. With the family are also 2 farm laborers, James OLESON (25) and Holver BORSON (39), both born in Norway.

Other families on this page are
  • Family 1338: Malina (4)and Caroline (20) HAULSON (from previoius page)
  • Family 1340: Ole NELSON (45) along with Betsey (39), Ann (9), Mary (6), Betsey (2), and Holtum JOHNSON (40)
  • Family 1341: Lewis JOHNSON (35) along with Mary (40), James (6), & John (4)
  • Family 1342: Elling? THOMSON (53) along with Christe (44), Seves (22), Elling (18), Sarah (25), Caroline (7), Eric (5), Christina (3), and Betsey (1)
  • Family 1343: Christen OLESON (31) along with Pamela (32), Johanna M (4), Julia A (3), and John (1)
  • Family 1344: John M. BURSHEL? (28) along with Martha (21), Sarah (2), John (1 month), Jonathan (1 month), and John KUPPIN? (21)
  • Family 1345: John JACOBSON (55)

02 July 2017

Census Sunday #24

This week's image is from the 1860 US Census. It's page 4 for Boone township, Hamilton county, Iowa. (full image)

I'm related to family number 31 on this census, the family of William (W.W.) & Sylvia WELLS.
William is cited as a 39 year old tailor, who was born in Pennsylvania, who owns real estate valued at $2000 and a personal estate valued at $1000. William's wife Sylvia is cited as a 29 year old woman who was born in Pennsylvania. Their son Stanley is cited as an 8 year old boy born in Pennsylvania like his parents. The census says that 6 year old Leonard (another ancestor of mine) was born in New York. The youngest son, Chester is cited as 1 and born in Iowa. Both Stanley and Leonard are cited as having attended school. The family also has a Lucinda Tucker, aged 65, living with them. I'm sorry I don't know why she's with them at this point. My best guess is that she's Sylvia's mother. 

Other families on the census are:
  • Family 26: Ann Downny? a servant for the last family on page 3
  • Family 27: Isaac SOUTH along with Anna & 6 year old Selia
  • Family 28: A. MOON (56) along with female A.D MOON (40), farmer J.M JONES, and merchant S.S ESTES
  • Family 29: Peter SYON (49) along with Margaret (49), Jotham (22), Richard (21), Mary A (19), Martha (16), Jane (14), Huldah (12), Sarah (7), George (5), and John (25)
  • Family 30: Richard SACKET (54) along with Louisa M (49), Elisha (27), Abbie (22), Austin E (3), and Henry R (1)
  • Family 32: John RHODES (46) along with Rebecca (44), John E. (9), Ella (5), and Mary E (2 1/2)
  • Familiy 33: Washington ELDER (40)

29 June 2017


Hans Ørbech HENDRICKSON was born 23 Nov 1815 in Lærdahl, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway to Heinrich HANSEN and Anna OLSDATTER. His baptism took place in Lærdahl on 26 Dec 1815. He married Silla in Norway and they emigrated to the US in 1850. Landing in New York on the 12 July. Hans died 6 Oct 1890 and is buried in Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery outside of Decorah, Winneshiek cty, Iowa. (I have a PDF of Han's baptismal record for anybody that wants a copy.)

Silla BAARDSDATTER was born 6 Sep  1827 in Lærdahl, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway to Baar HOLVERSON and Synneve HALVORSDATTER. Her baptism took place 12 Sep in Lærdahl. She died 1 August 1904 and is buried with her husband outside of Decorah, Iowa.

Silla was the mother to 8 children. However, I only have information on 7 of them, all born in Iowa. Those children are:

  • Ann b. 3 Mar 1853
  • Synneva b. 21 Aug 1855
  • Helen b. abt 1860
  • Henry b. abt 1863
  • John Martin b. 25 Dec 1864 (He appears to havae gone by Martin)
  • Benjamin b. abt 1868
  • Helmer b. 5 Dec 1872

I have the family on the following censuses:

William & Sylvia WELLS

I don't have much information on this family at the moment. Here's what I do have though.

William W. WELLS was born about 1821 in Pennsylvania. Sylvia (his wife) was born about 1831 in Pennsylvania. The couple had 3 children that I know about. Stanley (born about 1852), Leonard (born about 1854), and Chester "Chet" (born about 1859.) Stanley was born in Pennsylvania, Leonard in New York, and Chet in Iowa.

I have the family on the following censuses

  • 1855 NY State Census
  • 1860 US Census in Boone township, Hamilton county, Iowa