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, ( : 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, ( : 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.