My name is Maggie Champion, and I am the sole proprietor of Maggie’s Genealogy Service.

I am a Professional Genealogist, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  Since 2005, I have been researching families – hoping to find a way through brick walls, and also, hoping to find “new” families, for my many  clients.  Please see Research for more information.

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Maggie Champion         mcgen@championpair.com

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Since I have researched much on this Wolter family, and I feel a little confused about what information I have, I think it is time to do a re-start on the research.

Now is known who was Miss Charlotte Wolter, who resided at 2125 S. 40th Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of John and Martha Wolter, immigrants from Germany.  We know that John at one time resided at this address, and it is known where the Wolter family resided for the census years 1900-1940.

Now that research has been done on the “general” Wolter family, it is time to research each individual.

To begin, let’s look at Charlotte Wolter – the person who first piqued my interest.

As we have already seen, Charlotte immigrated to the U. S. from Germany, arriving in New York on the ship, Columbia, on 25 April 1892.  She was 2 years of age at the time.  As shown in various years of the census, Charlotte resided with her parents in 1900 at 692 West 20th Street, in 1910 at 2514 South 41st Court, in 1920 at 2514 South Kedvale Avenue, and 1930 at 4942 Barry Avenue.  All of these residences were in the city of Chicago, IL.  Other information gleaned from these censuses is that she immigrated in 1892, she was a Stenographer (1910, 1920, 1930), and she was Naturalized. By 1940, Charlotte was residing in her own residence at 2311 Lamon Avenue.  She had been residing at this address as early as 1935.  Charlotte may have married John Wagener in Chicago, IL, 12 August 1913.  (1920 census notes Charlotte as Single, 1930 as Single, 1940 as Divorced).

According to FindAGrave.com, Charlotte M. Wolter is buried in Correctionville Cemetery in Correctionville, Woodbury County, Iowa.  According to a photo of the gravestone, she was born in 1889 and died in 1977. The gravestone also states, “sister of Mrs. E. L. McCormick”.  (Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 7 May 2018), memorial page for Charlotte M. Wolter (1889-1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32525701, citing Correctionville Cemetery, Correctionville, Woodbury County, Iowa).  According to the website, newspapers.com, the obituary for Charlotte is contained in the 20 March 1977 issue of The Sioux City Journal.  Does anyone have access to this website, or another, so that we can all learn what the obit says?  Thanks!

So, apparently Charlotte moved to Correctionville to be in the same area as her sister.  Maybe the obituary will tell more!

More in my next post.

Maggie

Hello,

I know that I have not posted for quite some time.  I needed to be away from my business for a bit, but never intended for it to be for the length of time that it has turned out to be.

I will be posting again very soon!

Thank you for “sticking with me” while I have been gone.

Maggie

PS  I do not know as yet whether or not this post will go to my Facebook page.  I guess we will all find out together!

Since I have researched much on this Wolter family, and I feel a little confused about what information I have, I think it is time to do a re-start on the research.

Now is known who was Miss Charlotte Wolter, who resided at 2125 S. 40th Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of John and Martha Wolter, immigrants from Germany.  We know that John at one time resided at this address, and it is known where the Wolter family resided for the census years 1900-1940.

Now is known that the mother of Catherine was Martha Bringe.  Maybe this is why Charlotte was listed in the diary.  Could Martha have been a relative of Albert’s?

The death record for Martha says that she died 28 February 1935 in Chicago. She was born 28 August 1865 in Germany, and her father’s name was John Bringe.  The informant was her daughter, Charlotte.  And, the obituary for Martha does not say anything about her maiden name.  I have not yet been able to acquire the death certificate for Martha.

Martha was of the same generation as the first-marriage children of Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe, the father of Albert.  It could be that Martha’s father, John, was the brother of Christian Friedrick?

Already known is that on the birth record of Katherina (sister of Charlotte), it is stated that both John and Martha were born in Greifswald, Pomerania, Germany.  And, already known is that Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe (father of Albert) was born in Stralsund, Germany.

The database, Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934, shows the Wolter family – Johann, Martha, and Charlotte.  Johann is 31 years of age, Martha is 26, and Charlotte is 2. The family is listed as being from Greifswald, Pommern.  The departed Hamburg 15 April 1892 on the ship, Columbia.

“Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 March 2018), manifest, Columbia, Hamburg to New York, departing 15 April 1892, p. 416, Johann Wolter; citing Staatsarchiv Hamburg, Bestand: 373-7 I, VIII (Auswanderungsamt I). Mikrofilmrollen K 1701 – K 2008, S 17363 – S 17383, 13116 – 13183.

And, the database, New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, shows the Wolters family – Johann, Martha, and Charlotte, arriving in New York 25 April 1892 on the ship, Columbia. Johann was a carpenter, and the entire family were citizens of Prussia. Their intended destination was Boston, and they began their journey in Greifswald.

“New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 March 2018), manifest, Columbia, Hamburg to New York, arriving 25 April 1892, Johann Wolters; citing Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C.

Maybe more research should now be done on the places known – Stralsund and Greifswald.  What do you think?

More in my next post.

Maggie

Since I have researched much on this Wolter family, and I feel a little confused about what information I have, I think it is time to do a re-start on the research.

Now is known who was Miss Charlotte Wolter, who resided at 2125 S. 40th Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of John and Martha Wolter, immigrants from Germany.  We know that John at one time resided at this address, and it is known where the Wolter family resided for the census years 1900-1940.

Now is known that the mother of Catherine was Martha Bringe.  Maybe this is why Charlotte was listed in the diary.  Could Martha have been a relative of Albert’s?

The death record for Martha says that she died 28 February 1935 in Chicago. She was born 28 August 1865 in Germany, and her father’s name was John Bringe.  The informant was her daughter, Charlotte.  And, the obituary for Martha does not say anything about her maiden name.  I have not yet been able to acquire the death certificate for Martha.

So, where to go from there?

I compared the birth date of Martha with that of Albert Bringe’s father – Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe. He was born 27 November 1834 in Stralsund, Germany.  Martha was born 28 August 1865. Christian Friedrick was married twice – his second wife was the mother of Albert.  His first wife was Maria Dorothea Jochina Samlow/Semlow. There were three children from that marriage – Wilhelmine Luise Friederike born in Grimmen in 1859, John Frederick born in Germany in 1861, and William Charles born in German in 1863.  So, Martha was of the same generation as the first-marriage children of Christian Friedrick.  It could be that Martha’s father, John, was the brother of Christian Friedrick?

What do you think?

More in my next post.

Maggie

 

Since I have researched much on this Wolter family, and I feel a little confused about what information I have, I think it is time to do a re-start on the research.

Now is known who was Miss Charlotte Wolter, who resided at 2125 S. 40th Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of John and Martha Wolter, immigrants from Germany.  We know that John at one time resided at this address, and it is known where the Wolter family resided for the census years 1900-1940.

Now is known that the mother of Catherine was Martha Bringe.  Maybe this is why Charlotte was listed in the diary.  Could Martha have been a relative of Albert’s?

Since Martha died between the census years of 1930 and 1940, I looked for her death record.  Maybe this would shed some light on her maiden name and possible relationship to Albert.

Found was the death record of Martha Wolter. (“Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 1 March 2018), entry for Martha Wolter; citing Cook County Courthouse, Chicago.)

According to the death record, Martha died 28 February 1835 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.  Her address was 4942 Barry Avenue.  She was 69 years of age and married to John Wolter. She was born 28 August 1865 in Hanover, , Germany. Her father’s name was John Bringe, and the informant was Charlotte Wolter. The funeral home was the Wm. C. Smith Funeral Home.  The burial took place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Proviso, , Illinois on 4 March 1935.

I was able to find a copy of her obituary – no source for it though. However, the obituary did not say anything about her maiden name.

More in my next post.

Maggie

Since I have researched much on this Wolter family, and I feel a little confused about what information I have, I think it is time to do a re-start on the research.

Now is known who was Miss Charlotte Wolter, who resided at 2125 S. 40th Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of John and Martha Wolter, immigrants from Germany.  We know that John at one time resided at this address, and it is known where the Wolter family resided for the census years 1900-1940.

Now the question is:  why was Charlotte Wolter important to Albert Henry Bringe?  Albert did not live in Chicago. Why was she listed in the diary?

Since the 1900 census record for John Wolter lists a daughter, Catherine, who was born in Illinois in 1896, a search was made for her birth record. Found was a listing in the Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940, database.

In the record, Katherina Sophia Martha Wolter was born 12 November 1896 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, to John Wolter and Martha Bringe.  Both John and Martha were born in Greifswald Pomerania Germany. (“Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 February), entry for Katherina Sophia Martha Wolter; citing Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago, records.)

The mother of Catherine was Martha Bringe.  Maybe this is why Charlotte was listed in the diary.  Could Martha have been a relative of Albert’s?

I also searched for the birth record of Elmer, the brother of Charlotte and Catherine.  As yet, no birth record has been found.

More in my next post.

Maggie

Since I have researched much on this Wolter family, and I feel a little confused about what information I have, I think it is time to do a re-start on the research.

So, who was Miss Charlotte Wolter, who resided at 2125 S. 40th Avenue in Chicago, Illinois?

Already discovered is that in 1900, John Wolter (and Charlotte) resided at 692 West 20th Street in Chicago. And, in 1910, they resided at 2514 South 41st Court in Chicago.  In 1920, they resided at 2514 South Kedvale Avenue in Chicago, and in 1930 they resided at 4942 Barry Avenue in Chicago. In 1940, John Wolter resided in Stark County, Ohio, with his son Elmer.  Charlotte resided at 2311 Lamon Avenue in Chicago.

So, none of the census records for John Wolter, or Charlotte, show the address of 2125 S. 40th Avenue in Chicago.

Next the search began for a listing in the Chicago city directory.

In the 1900 city directory, there is a listing for a John Walter: (The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago, 1900 (Chicago, IL: The Chicago Directory Co., 1900), 1953, entry for “Walter, John”; digital image, Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com : accessed 27 February 2018).)

Walter, John  carp  h  692 W 20th

The address in this listing matches John’s residence in the 1900 census.

 

 

 

Checked were the 1901-1906 directories, and found was John Walter/Walters at the same address.

In the 1907 city directory, there is the following listing for John: (The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago, 1907 (Chicago, IL: The Chicago Directory Co., 1907), 2448, entry for “Walter, John”; digital image, Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com : accessed 27 February 2018).)

Walter, John  carp  h  692 W 20th

Walter, John  carp  h  2125 S 40th av

The first address in this listing matches John’s residence in the 1900 census, and the second address matches the address found in the diary. I do not know why there are two different addresses for John – maybe he resided at one address part of the year, and the other another part of the year?

And, in the 1908 city directory, there is the following listing for John: (Official Directory and Market Guide Containing Alphabetical…of The Chicago Association of Commerce (Chicago, IL: The Chicago Association of Commerce, 1908), 2628, entry for “Wolter, John”; digital image, Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com : accessed 27 February 2018).)

Wolter, John  carp  h  2514 S 41st ct

The address in this listing matches John’s residence in the 1910 census.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, the address in the diary was found!

More in my next post.

Maggie