Do you need to re-start the research on an ancestor?

Sometimes, when “stuck”, if you go back to the beginning and research anew, you may find things that you missed the first time.

I am preparing to do a re-start on a family.  I will be posting updates here in my blog.

Maggie

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Someone in my family immigrated to the United States in the 1880’s. I have been searching for quite some time for the naturalization certificates of those that immigrated.

I have found two certificates – and there were 7 males in the family.  Why didn’t all of the males become naturalized?

Voting was a good reason to become naturalized, but un-naturalized aliens usually could still own property.

The reason could be that the others never bothered with naturalization.

Maggie

 

When looking at the gravestone of your ancestor, make sure you look at every side of the stone.

For one person I researched, the reverse side of the stone listed all of the decedent’s children!

 

Maggie

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You have found the manifest that names your ancestors!

Have you read the remainder of the manifest? It could be that there were relatives that traveled with your ancestors, but those names are not listed next to those of your relatives.

Maggie

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If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably read a “Comment” to my blog posted in January of 2015. This comment was posted by a new relative of my husband’s.

As previously posted, Roderick responded to my blog in January 2015. He explained of how he and my husband are related. His father, Paul, was the son of Ferdinand and Wilhelmine. Wilhelmine was the daughter of Christian and Maria Semlow Bringe. Christian is my husband’s great-grandfather, and Maria was Christian’s first wife. The two known half-brothers of Albert (my husband’s grandfather) were the brothers of Wilhelmine.

Roderick and I have continued to email each other. He has sent to me several photos of his father, Paul, and also of Paul’s parents. Paul’s mother, Wilhelmine, would have been the half-sister of Albert Bringe (my husband’s grandfather). I have similarly sent him photos of those thought to be of interest to him. Also, he has sent some photos that his father received from the United States in about 1945. One of the photos is that of my husband’s grandmother – Albert’s wife. The other photo is one which my husband is not sure – maybe a daughter of Albert’s wife (her first husband died and then she married Albert).

Another gem that Roderick has sent is a “family tree” of sorts, showing information he knows about Christian Frederick, CF’s first wife (Roderick’s grandmother), and each of their parents.

In our chatting, my husband and I have been wondering how his mother would have found the information that we now know about her father’s family. We both think that she would be so happy to know the information. Years ago, when I discovered on which ship her father had taken to the United States (Albert was a baby), I gave her a photo of the ship. She began to cry. We are certain, then, that she would be doing the same when being told what we have found.

As Roderick and I discover more, I will let you know!

Maggie

As shown previously, Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe and his wife, Marie Hahn Bringe, arrived in the U. S. with his children Joh., Friedr. Ernst, Carl, Anna, Martin, and Albert, on the ship Moravia, on 14 November 1884 from Germany.

As has been shown in previous posts, Friedrick and Marie (Hahn) had the following children: Frederich C. (born 1873), Anna Maria (born 6 September 1878), Martin Friedrich Wilhelm (born 20 October 1880), Ernest H. (born 22 December 1875), Carl Friederich (born 6 September 1878), and Albert Henry (born 2 June 1883).

Recently found are some diaries that belonged to Albert Henry Bringe. As discovered in the diaries, he worked in various states, and in Canada, in the early 1900’s, as a person who dug oil wells. The diaries are shedding some light as to his travels and the process of digging an oil well!

As shown in Bringe-30, another of the diaries is another that is dated 1905. Here is a scan from the diary that was shown in that previous post:

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Upon finding the address for a Miss Charlotte Wolter, I began to examine this Wolter family. Much has been discovered about this family.

On 25 April 1892, the Johann Wolters family arrived at the port of New York, New York, on the ship Columbia. In the Johann Wolters family were his wife Martha and his daughter Charlotte.
The 1900 U. S. Census record for Chicago, Cook Co., IL, shows that John Walter was born in May 1860 (employed as a carpenter), Martha in August 1865, Charlotte in June 1889, Katherine in November 1896, and Elma in October 1899.
On 8 October 1900, John Wolter was naturalized as a U. S. citizen.
The 1910 U. S. Census record for Chicago, Cook Co., IL, shows that John Wolter was residing there. In his household was John (49 years of age, employed as a carpenter), wife Martha (44 years of age), daughter Charlotte (20 years of age, employed as a stenographer), daughter Katherine (13 years of age), and son Elmer (11 years of age).
The 1920 U. S. Census for Chicago, Cook Co., IL, shows that John Wolter was residing there. In his household was John (59 years of age, employed as a carpenter), wife Martha (54 years of age), daughter Charlotte (30 years of age, employed as a stenographer), daughter Katharine (23 years of age, employed as a typist and clerk), and son Elmer (20 years of age, employed as a draftsman).
The 1930 U. S. Census for Chicago, Cook Co., IL, shows that John Wolter was residing there. In his household was John (69 years of age, employed as a carpenter), wife Martha (64 years of age), daughter Charlotte (40 years of age, employed as a stenographer), and son Elmer (30 years of age, employed as a draftsman).
The 1940 U. S. Census for Canton City, Stark Co., OH, shows that John Wolter was residing there in the household of his son, Elmer. Elmer (age 40) and his wife, Ruth, were in the household, as was John (age 80, widowed).

According to an obituary in the Chicago Sunday Tribune on 4 June 1944, John Wolter died in Canton, Ohio. He was the husband of the late Martha, and father of Charlotte, Kathryn, and Elmer. Burial was to be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
According to the website findagrave.com, John Bernard Wolter is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Cook Co., IL. He was born 21 May 1860 in Germany, and died 3 June 1944 in Canton, Stark Co., OH. Someone has also posted on the website that he was the son of Herman Wolter, husband of Martha Wolter, and father of Charlotte, Kathryn, and Elmer.
According to his death certificate, John Bernard Wolter was born 21 May 1860 in Germany, and he died 3 June 1944 in Canton, OH. He was a retired carpenter. His father’s name was Herman Wolter, and there was “no record” of his mother’s name. The informant was Elmer Wolter.

According to an obituary in the Chicago Sunday Tribune on 3 March 1935, Martha Wolter was the wife of John and mother of Charlotte, Mrs. E. L. McCormick, and Elmer J. She was to be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
According to the website findagrave.com, Martha Bringe Wolter is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Cook Co., IL. She was born in 1866 in Germany, and died 28 February 1935 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. Someone has also posted on the website that she was the daughter of John Bronge and wife of John Wolter.
According to the index, Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, as found on the website familysearch.org, Martha Wolter died 28 February 1935 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. Her father was John Bringe, and her husband was John Wolter.

According to a wedding invitation sent to me by a descendant of the same couple, Kathryn Wolter and Elvert L. McCormick were married 30 September 1925 in Chicago, IL. Their home was to be in Newark, NJ.
According to the website findagrave.com, Kathryn W. McCormick was born 1896 and died August 1967. She was buried in Correctionville Cemetery in Correctionville, Woodbury Co., Iowa. Someone has also posted on the website that her spouse was E. L. “Roy” McCormick and that she was the sister of Charlotte M. Wolter. There is also in the same cemetery the grave of E. L. “Roy” McCormick. According to his gravestone, he was born in 1893 and died in 1987.

Elmer Wolter married Ruth Irene Myers.
According to the website findagrave.com, Elmer H. Wolter is buried in West Lawn Cemetery in Canton, Stark Co., OH. He was born 11 October 1899 and died 1 May 1955. According to his obituary in the Canton Repository (2 May 1955, p. 24), Elmer A. Wolter died 1 May 1955 at 55 years of age. He arrived in Canton 21 years before from native Chicago. His widow was Mrs. Ruth Myers Wolter. His sisters were Miss Charlotte Wolter of Chicago and Mrs. E. L. McCormack of La Jolla, California. He was to be buried in West Lawn Cemetery.

Charlotte Wolter is found in the 1940 U. S. Census as residing in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. According to the census entry, Charlotte was born about 1890 (50 years of age) in Germany, and is divorced. Also, she is a naturalized citizen and is working as a stenographer.
According to a memorial page on the website fold3.com, Charlotte Wolter was born 25 June 1889 and died in March 1977. Her last residence was Correctionville, IA.
According to the website findagrave.com, Charlotte is buried in Correctionville Cemetery in Correctionville, Woodbury Co., IA. Someone has also posted on the website that she was the sister of Mrs. E. L. McCormick – Kathryn W. McCormick. According to her gravestone, Charlotte M. Wolter was the sister of Mrs. E. L. McCormick, 1889-1977.

There is obviously more research to be done to definitely link this family to the Albert Bringe family. However, it is thought that perhaps John Bringe, the father of Martha Bringe Wolter, was the brother of Albert Bringe’s father (Christian Frederick Bringe).

One other interesting thing to note – there are those with the surname Bringe buried in Cook Co., IL, and those with the surname Wolter buried in Ottawa Co., OH.

More in Bringe-32.

Maggie

As shown previously, Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe and his wife, Marie Hahn Bringe, arrived in the U. S. with his children Joh., Friedr. Ernst, Carl, Anna, Martin, and Albert, on the ship Moravia, on 14 November 1884 from Germany.

As has been shown in previous posts, Friedrick and Marie (Hahn) had the following children: Frederich C. (born 1873), Anna Maria (born 6 September 1878), Martin Friedrich Wilhelm (born 20 October 1880), Ernest H. (born 22 December 1875), Carl Friederich (born 6 September 1878), and Albert Henry (born 2 June 1883).

Recently found are some diaries that belonged to Albert Henry Bringe. As discovered in the diaries, he worked in various states, and in Canada, in the early 1900’s, as a person who dug oil wells. The diaries are shedding some light as to his travels and the process of digging an oil well!

Another of the diaries is another that is dated 1905. Here are some scans from the diary:

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As you can see, there are no “entries” in the diary – just one address and some loose papers and photos.

One scan, that of a hospital receipt, details the year 1905 hospital stay of Martin Bringe. Martin was the brother of Albert. Two of the scans are of photos found in the diary – it is unknown at this time as to who were the young ladies.

Upon finding the address for a Miss Charlotte Wolter, I began to examine this Wolter family.

More on the Wolter family in Bringe-31.

Maggie