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?

Maggie

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You just found that all-important newspaper article that mentions your ancestor.  Wonderful!

Now, save the article!

You may be using a fee-based website that may not always be accessible to you.  Websites change!

And, when you save that all-important article, make sure you attach to it the citation so that you will know from where it came.

And, as I have said many times, save in more than one place.  I save everything in three places!  Computers can fail, external hard drives can fail, CD-ROMs can fail.

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.

In my last post I posted the first of two letters that I had found.

The second letter shows possible relationship between the Bringe family and the Wolter family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, the letter was written by Esther, at 2004 Calumet Ave., Toledo, Ohio. (This is where Esther Rahe, daughter of Anna Maria Bringe Rahe (sister of Albert Bringe) resided in 1935.)  The letter is addressed to Mr. Albert Bringe, R.F.D., Martin, Ohio.  And, the letter is dated 2 March 1935 (postmarked 4 March 1935, Toledo, Ohio).  In the letter, Esther is writing to Uncle Albert and Aunt Sophia about the telegram she had received the previous evening.  The telegram was from Lottie (Charlotte) Wolter, notifying her that Martha Wolter had died the previous Thursday.  (If you recall, in a previous post, I posted how Martha had died 28 February 1935 in Chicago, Illinois.)  In the letter, Esther writes about how her mother (Anna Maria Bringe Rahe) would have attended the funeral except for her bad health.  And, also mentioned in the letter is, “If Uncle Fred had been living he surely would go.”  Uncle Fred would have been Fred Bringe, the brother of both Anna Maria and Albert.  Fred had died in 1933.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, the two letters confirm a family relationship between the Wolter family and the Albert Bringe family.

In my next post, more about their relationship.

Maggie

Church records are usually private records.

So, if the church allows you to view their records, please ask permission before you transcribe or take a photograph of the record.

Many churches will allow people to transcribe and photograph their records, but some will not.

Remember, they don’t have to.

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

In my last post I looked further into Charlotte’s life.

This morning, I decided to do a little straightening of my Bringe papers.  And, you will never guess what I found.  I am not sure how this got where it was found, but I am so glad that I found it!

I found 2 letters that will help to explain the relationship between Martha Bringe Wolter and the Albert Bringe family in northern Ohio.

Here is the earliest-dated letter that I found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, it was written by Martha Wolter, at 4942 Barry Ave., Chicago, Illinois. (This is where John and Martha Wolter resided in the 1930 U.S. Census.)  The letter is addressed to Mr. Albert Bringe, residing at Martin, Ohio. And, the letter is dated 12 April 1925 (postmarked 13 April 1925, Chicago, IL).  In the letter, Martha is sending her feelings regarding the death of Albert’s mother, Marie Hahn Bringe (see previous Bringe posts – Marie had died 9 April 1925).  In the letter she writes, “to me it means another of my home people gave the last one who really knew us back home, the little visit I had with Auntie last Summer…Elmer and Loxxie started planning there trip so we would stop over again.”  The letter is signed, “Your Cousin Martha Wolter”.  Keep in mind that Elmer is Martha’s son. See previous posts on the Wolter family.

 

The second letter will be posted in my next post.

 

Maggie

When searching for your ancestor in the newspaper, don’t be surprised if you find a mention of him or her in a town that is new to you!

In the newspaper, The Castilian, published in Castile, New York, on 15 May 1952, we learn that Mr. and Mrs. Graydon Wallace and sons of Long Island spent the weekend with her mother, Mrs. Sadie Witter.  The article is under the heading of “Portageville”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your ancestor is Mrs. Graydon Wallace, you have now discovered that she had sons (more than one), and you now know who her mother was.  And, you know that Mrs. Wallace and her husband were from Long Island.  Additionally, you now know that her mother resided in Portageville.

This is a lot of information in just a few lines!

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.

In my previous post, I began looking at Charlotte Wolter – the person who first piqued my interest.

We have determined that Charlotte resided in Chicago at least until the time of the 1940 U.S. Census.  And, she may have married John Wagener in Chicago, IL, 12 August 1913.  Charlotte died in Correctionville, Iowa, and was buried in the Correctionville Cemetery.  According to the gravestone, she was the sister of Mrs. E. L. McCormick.

Searching on the website, FamilySearch.org, found that the book, The History of Woodbury County, Iowa, was available.  The book was compiled by the Woodbury County Genealogical Society, having been published in 1984.  A search of the book resulted in no mentions of Charlotte, or the E. L. McCormick family.

In my next post of the family, it seems like it will be wise to look at Kathryn Wolter, who married McCormick.

Maggie