I had it easy; the DOERRs, WUNDERLICHs, LUNKENHEIMERs and MIETHs all came from Dieburg, Hesse, as did Cousin Lorenz DORR, who came a generation later and founded Dorr and Zeller, the St. Louis catering company. One of the early Doerr descendants invented and produced the drive system used on most towboats. In 2005, one of his descendants, L. John Doerr, was #346 on the list of America's richest. One started as a messenger for a bank and became its president. His daughter's husband built and owned the St. Louis Arena and the tall bank at Grand and Gravois.
A problem is that I have been unable to find a connection between my Lunkenheimers and the town of Wallhausen, their presumed point of origin.
Dad's mother was a descendant of the major noble Polish ZAKRZEWSKI family that fled the Russian aggression of 1795 and went to Berlin. (There were about 350 thousand major, and 450 thousand minor, noble families in Poland.) Grandma's aunt was Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewska. Dad's mother was also a descendant of the EGGERS clan, from Bockenem, Hannover. A problem is that I find none of her relatives in the USA.
The lawyer for the little estate of my great grandparents Zakrzewski was a very prominent attorney, Theodore Eggers. I suspect, with no hard evidence, that he was her nephew.
Vivian: Researchers in our family do not know from whence came the BOKEL clan. Great-grandpa Adam married Caroline GRIMM in St. Louis; they had at least two children, including a son, John Edward.
The HOFFMANNs left fairly good info to trace to Europe; Heinrich Hoffmann immigrated from Wiedischhausen. Charles Carl Hoffmann, immigrant from Oberhausen, which may well be the one near Wiedischhausen. He married (14 May 1876) Marie Sybil KAFFENBERGER of Darmstadt, Hesse. The Hoffmans lived mainly on Sugarloaf in St. Clair County, IL.
The Kaffenbergers lived mainly in Red Bud, IL; some of them later lived in Lebanon, MO.
The first of ten Hoffmann children was Catherine, who married (28 Aug 1898) John Edward Bokel. Their first child of four was Henry Charles.
Immigrant Conrad HAFKEMEYER of Haste, Hannover, was the first German school teacher in St. Louis. His wife was Katrina Elizabeth VORNHOLT. Their daughter, Sophia, who was baptized in the Cathedral of Osnabrück, married (12 May 1849, St. Louis) immigrant Gerhardt DROEGE, also from near Osnabrück. One of their seven children was Matilda M. Droege. I have been unable to connnect all of the early Hafkemeyers of St. Louis or those of Osnabrück, or to find the connection between the Droeges of St. Louis and those of Washington, MO.
Ann Mary BERGMANN, married (14 Jan 1844, St. Louis) Bernard DIERKES; he died and she married (16 Apr 1850, St. Louis) Heinrich DEWES. Nothing of the origins of any of these three is known.
Henry Alexander Dewes was one son; he married (27 May 1873, St. Louis) Matilda Droege. One of their six children was Eward Henry Dewes.
Anton and Caroline KRETZER had five children, of whom one, the master tailor Frederick William, is known to have immigrated. Not much is known of the Kretzer family in what is now Germany. Fred married Anna Bernhardine KOESTER; they had ten children, the last nine of which were born in St. Louis. [The last, George, married (1904, St. Louis) Jeanette CONKLKIN, and the fourth last, Frederick William, married (14 Jun 1893, St. Louis) Eleanor Jostrand; their fifth child was Leonor, who married John B. SULLIVAN and was a long-time US Representative.] The second-last was Olivia Francesca Kretzer; she married (16 Sep 199, St. Louis) Edward Henry Dewes. They a son and a daughter. The daughter, Vivian, married (24 Aug 1926, St. Louis) Henry Charles Bokel.
They had five children, oldest of whom was the present Vivian.
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In early April 1999, I wrote to the six or so Lütkemeyers in Bad Lippspringe, seeking cousins. The third response included a copy of the April 1999 issue of the local history magazine Wo die Lippe springt in which is presented a major family history article that covers the Carpentiers and Lütkemeyers. I claim no credit. It was a huge conincidence; the article surely was in preparation long before I wrote.
SUCCESSES AND FAILURES
Bob: My big mistakes were two. 1. I neglected to document my findings; I even went so far as to circulate forms to family members and ask for completion, and now I do not even know who provided the data. 2. I used a computer program that allows only one date for an event; in many instances, conflicting data are received, and I retained only the date that, at the moment, seemed correct.
My first and last immigrant ancestors were on my mother's side; they immigrated from about 1831 to 1867, and these first (WANGLER; built iron plates for Civil War Mississippi River gunboats two years before the Monitor and Merrimack, and built the boilers for the St. Louis Cathedral) and last (FEHLIG; started box and lumber business still in the family after 125 years) are the ones with which I have had the greatest success in terms of tracing back. In the case of Wangler, I have found a cousin who knows the family home.
It is true; if you can determine from where in Europe someone came, usually, it is easy to trace back. Conrad Wangler's son, Joseph F., married Matilde CARPENTIER, of Bad Lippspringe, Westphalia?, who was easily traced.
However, Theodore Fehlig of Harsum, Hannover, married (1870, St. Louis) Wilhelmina HEUMANN, who lived until 1927; I recently her origin in Söhlde Hannover. Her sister was on the same ship as Carl MIEHE, whom she married, but know not from whence he came.
Conrad Wangler of Freiburg, Baden, married Theresia STEIGER; I know nothing of her origin and not even on which side of the Atlantic they married.
Up-dated 05 May 1999, following prior-fall trip to Darmstadt, Dieburg, Reichelsheim, Buchenbach, Freiburg, Harsum, Bockenem, Bad Lippspringe and Missouri Platz in Lank-Latum.
Up-dated 21 Jan 2006.