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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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

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

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

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.

To begin, let’s look at Charlotte Wolter – the person who first piqued my interest.

As we have already seen, Charlotte immigrated to the U. S. from Germany, arriving in New York on the ship, Columbia, on 25 April 1892.  She was 2 years of age at the time.  As shown in various years of the census, Charlotte resided with her parents in 1900 at 692 West 20th Street, in 1910 at 2514 South 41st Court, in 1920 at 2514 South Kedvale Avenue, and 1930 at 4942 Barry Avenue.  All of these residences were in the city of Chicago, IL.  Other information gleaned from these censuses is that she immigrated in 1892, she was a Stenographer (1910, 1920, 1930), and she was Naturalized. By 1940, Charlotte was residing in her own residence at 2311 Lamon Avenue.  She had been residing at this address as early as 1935.  Charlotte may have married John Wagener in Chicago, IL, 12 August 1913.  (1920 census notes Charlotte as Single, 1930 as Single, 1940 as Divorced).

According to FindAGrave.com, Charlotte M. Wolter is buried in Correctionville Cemetery in Correctionville, Woodbury County, Iowa.  According to a photo of the gravestone, she was born in 1889 and died in 1977. The gravestone also states, “sister of Mrs. E. L. McCormick”.  (Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 7 May 2018), memorial page for Charlotte M. Wolter (1889-1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32525701, citing Correctionville Cemetery, Correctionville, Woodbury County, Iowa).  According to the website, newspapers.com, the obituary for Charlotte is contained in the 20 March 1977 issue of The Sioux City Journal.  Does anyone have access to this website, or another, so that we can all learn what the obit says?  Thanks!

So, apparently Charlotte moved to Correctionville to be in the same area as her sister.  Maybe the obituary will tell more!

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.

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, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 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, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 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.

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 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.

So, where to go from there?

I compared the birth date of Martha with that of Albert Bringe’s father – Christian Friedrick Martin Bringe. He was born 27 November 1834 in Stralsund, Germany.  Martha was born 28 August 1865. Christian Friedrick was married twice – his second wife was the mother of Albert.  His first wife was Maria Dorothea Jochina Samlow/Semlow. There were three children from that marriage – Wilhelmine Luise Friederike born in Grimmen in 1859, John Frederick born in Germany in 1861, and William Charles born in German in 1863.  So, Martha was of the same generation as the first-marriage children of Christian Friedrick.  It could be that Martha’s father, John, was the brother of Christian Friedrick?

What do you think?

More in my next post.

Maggie