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.

For this post, I will continue the look at Katherine.

Now known is that Kathryn was born 12 November 1896 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, to John Wolter (born Greifswald Pomerania Germany) and Martha Bringe (born Greifswald Pomerania Germany).  We know that Elbert and Kathryn McCormick were residing in North Bergen, Hudson Co., New Jersey, in the 1930 census, and in Oak Park, Cook Co., Illinois, in the 1940 census.

At Ancestry.com, someone posted the wedding invitation for the wedding of Kathryn Wolter and Elvert L. McCormick.  With permission, I was able to save a copy of the wedding invitation for my own use.  Here is the information contained in the wedding invitation:

  1. Invitation sent to Mrs. Belle Nixon, 611 E. Walnut St., Denisin, Iowa – postmarked 25 November 1925 in Correctionville, Iowa
  2. Kathryn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wolter
  3. Elvert L. McCormick is the spouse
  4. Wedding is 13 September 1925 in “City of Chicago”
  5. Notation on invitation: At Home after November First Reviera Court, 757 High Street, Newark, N.J.
  6. Additional “paper” included with invitation states: Changed address to Mr. E. L. McCormick, 2695 Hudson Boulevard, Jersey City, N. J.

This invitation gives much information!  Confirmation is given as to Kathryn’s parent’s names.  Date and place of wedding is given.  Their first “home” address is given, plus their next home address is given.

A question raised is:  Who is Mrs. Belle Nixon?

With a little bit of research, I have been able to determine that Mrs. Belle Nixon was Laura B. Nixon.  She resided in Denison, Crawford Co., Iowa, in the 1930 census.  In that census, she was a widow.  From other research I have been able to determine that she was the wife of Franklin Peck Nixon.  Laura, born in 1857 in Spencer, Owen Co., Indiana, was the daughter of Sarah Jane and Peter Varner.

By doing more research, I have determined that the parents of Elvert L. McCormick were Simon Charles McCormick and Bertha A. Elvert.  Bertha Elvert was born to Anna Beyer and Michael Elvert in Russia about 1871.  Anna and her daughter, Bertha, immigrated to the United States and settled in Woof Creek, Woodbury Co., Iowa.  Anna married Peter Varner 12 November 1891 in Ida Grove, Ida Co., Iowa.

Peter Varner, mentioned in the two previous paragraphs, married first Sarah Jane Kemp about 1854 in Indiana.  Then, he married Anna Beyer Elvert in 1891. So, Mrs. Belle Nixon was the step-daughter of Anna Elvert Varner (grandmother of Elvert L. McCormick), and was the step-sister of Bertha A. Elvert McCormick (mother of Elvert L. McCormick).

More in my next post.

Maggie

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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.

For this post, I will begin a look at Katherine.

As shown in various years of the census, Katherine resided with her parents in 1900 at 692 West 20th Street, in 1910 at 2514 South 41st Court, and in 1920 at 2514 South Kedvale Avenue.  All of these residences were in the city of Chicago, IL.  Other information gleaned from these censuses is that she was born in November 1896, and she was a Clerk and Typist (1920).

According to “Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940”, as found at FamilySearch.org, Katherina Sophia Martha Wolter was born 12 November 1896 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.  The registration date for her birth was 1 February 1954 in Cook County, Illinois.  Her father was listed as John Wolter (born Greifswald Pomerania Germany), and her mother was Martha Bringe (born Greifswald Pomerania Germany).  The certificate number is 19160.   Does anyone know how I can obtain Katherine’s birth certificate?

In the 1930 U.S Census, Elbert L. and Kathryn McCormick were residing in North Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey.  They were residing at 1675 East Boulevard.  They were one of 25 families residing at this address.  They were renting their residence.  Elbert was 36 years of age and was married at the age of 32.  He was born in Iowa, and his parents were born in Pennsylvania and Russia.  He was a Program Eng. at a Telephone Mfgr.  Kathryn was 23 years of age and was married at the age of 19.  She was born in Illinois, and both of her parents were born in Germany.  No occupation was listed for Kathryn.

1930 U.S. census, Hudson County, New Jersey, population schedule, North Bergen, Enumeration District (ED) 9329, sheet 3-B, page 7507 (penned), dwelling 1675, family number 89, Elbert L. McCormick; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 May 2018 2018), citing NARA microfilm publication T626.

 

In 1940, Elbert and Katherine McCormick resided in Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois. They were residing at 941 Linden, and they were renting.  Elbert was 46 years of age and was born in Iowa.  Katherine was 43 years of age and was born in Illinois.  In 1935, they were residing in Woodcliff, Bergen County, New Jersey.  Elbert’s occupation was listed as Clerical in the Utilities industry.  Katherine was engaged in Housework.

 

1940 U.S. census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Oak Park, Enumeration District (ED) 16-353, sheet 64-A, dwelling 182, Elbert McCormick; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 May 2018), citing NARA microfilm publication T627.

 

More in my next post.

Maggie

Do you have a funeral book for your ancestor?

 

Here is the first page of the funeral book for Albert Bringe.  This name may sound familiar to those of you that have been reading my blog for a while. Albert Bringe had a diary that had a person’s name in it – that has led to much research about the Wolter family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, back to the funeral book of Albert Bringe.  Here is another page from the book.  This is the first page of several with a list of those that came to the visitation at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albert was the grandfather of my husband.  Some of the names are recognizable to my husband – Bringe, Felbinger, Parlette, Rahe – to name a few.  But, there are many more names listed that mean nothing to my husband.  That does not mean they were not relatives, just that my husband does not know that.

As I have done more research on the Bringe family, the names in the funeral book are “jumping out” at me!  I now know who many of the people were – relatives of the Bringe family that did not have the last name of Bringe.

If you have a funeral book, check the names of those that visited.  It could be that you will find some long-lost relatives listed in the book!

Maggie

Some of you may have been following my blog for quite some time.  So, for you, this may be a repeat.

My husband inherited a trunk from his parents.  He knew ahead of time that this trunk had belonged to his grandfather, Albert Bringe.

When hubby acquired the trunk, we thought it was strange that it had the initials, C. F. B., painted on the side of the trunk.  We were even more curious when we opened the trunk and discovered that there was a label on the inside of the lid.

 

 

 

So, if Albert Bringe owned the trunk, why were the initials C.F.B. on the trunk, and how did Albert get the trunk from Los Angeles to northern Ohio?  As some of you know, Albert Bringe did go west as far as Oklahoma, but not all of the way to California.

Further investigation found that Charles F. Bringe [known as Carl], brother of Albert, was listed in the 1900 U.S. Census as residing in Paso Precinct of Kern County, California.  He was a boarder in the household of George Flasher, and Charles was a tool dresser in the oil wells.

So, Charles, brother of Albert, was the original owner of the trunk.

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 last post, I posted the obituary for Charlotte Wolter.  In the obituary, we discovered her birthdate.  And, we discovered that she had lived in California and Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Correctionville, Iowa, in 1968.

I searched the following book and did not find any family with the last name of Wolter or McCormick:

Bethel Methodist Church (Phoenix, Arizona), The Official Membership and Church Record of the Methodist Church: A Permanent Record of Membership and Other Historical Data of the Bethel Methodist Church, 546 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix, Arizona, no publication date; PDF download, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : downloaded 17 July 2018).

 

No other records have been found in my search at FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, or Fold3.

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.

Back in Wolter Family – 11, I posted information found on Charlotte Wolter.

Back in that post, I mentioned about finding the obituary for Charlotte. The obituary has been found!  Thanks to someone who was able to help me, this is her obituary:

 

 

 

“Miss Charlotte M. Wolter,” Sioux City (Iowa) Journal, 20 March 1977, p. 28; digital image, Facebook (http://www.facebook.com : accessed 16 July 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Not much “unknown” information is included in the obituary.  However, it does give her birthday and her work history.  And, it states that she had lived in California and in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Correctionville in 1968.  As already known, a survivor was her brother-in-law, Roy McCormick.

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.

In the last post, I showed the marriage record I found for Johannes Wolter and Martha Bringe.  I continue to work on the translation.

I am continuing to look for both Bringe and Wolter records in the same microfilm images about which I have already posted.  So far, I have not found any records with names that sound familiar.  However, I have saved the images of the unknown families because some day they may turn out to be someone in whom I am interested.

 

If you recall, Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe, the father of Albert, was born in Stralsund, Germany.  I decided to look for possible records on FamilySearch.

I was able to find this record on FamilySearch: (“Deutschland, Pommern, Stralsund (Alle Pfarreien), Kirchenbuchkartei, 1600-1900,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 21 June 2018), Wilhelm Friedrich Theodor Bringe-Johanne Caroline Friederica Peters, 1868; citing Stadtarchiv der Hansestadt Stralsund, Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Municipal Archives of the Hanseatic city of Stralsund Federal Republic of Germany.)

 

According to the record, Bringe and Peters married 20 November 1868.  He was born in Trantow (a municipality in the Vorpommern-Greifswald district in Germany), and he was residing in Stralsund.  On the reverse side, the parents of Bringe (and Peters) are written.  And, the parents of Bringe are the same as the parents of Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe, above. So, Wilhelm Friedrich Theodor Bringe is most likely the brother of Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did not find any other marriages of the Bringe family with the same parents listed within this parish.

More in my next post.

Maggie