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.

In this post, I will “bring together” what is now known concerning the relationship between Martha Wolter and Albert Bringe.

  • According to the birth record for John and Martha’s daughter Katherina, Katherina’s parents are John Wolter and Martha Bringe. According to the record, both John and Martha were born in Griefswald Pomerania Germany.
  • The death record for Martha Wolter shows that she was born 28 August 1865 in Hanover, Germany. Her father’s name was John Bringe (the informant was Martha’s daughter, Charlotte).
  • Shown in “Wolter Family – 9” is that Martha Wolter was the same generation as the first-marriage children on Christian Friedrick Bringe, the father of Albert.
  • The ship manifest that shows the Wolter family departing 15 April 1892 from Hamburg, shows that the family was listed as being from Griefswald, Pommern.
  • According to his death certificate, Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe (Albert’s father) was born in Stralsund, Germany.
  • In the letter dated 12 April 1925, Martha Wolter calls Albert Bringe “cousin”, and Marie Hahn Bringe “Auntie”. The same letter states that Marie was “the last one who really knew us back home”.  The letter is signed “Your Cousin Martha Wolter”.
  • In the letter dated 2 March 1935, Esther is writing to Albert and Sophia Bringe concerning the death of Martha Wolter. Esther is sure that “If Uncle Fred had been living he surely would go”, and that her mother (Anna Maria Bringe Rahe – sister of Albert) would go to the funeral if it wasn’t for Anna’s bad health.


So, how close is Griefswald, Pomerania, to the birth place of Christian, Stralsund, Germany?  Could it be that Martha Wolter’s father, John, was the brother of Christian?

Any thoughts?