Archive for the 'Immigrants' Category

John Teschner of Chicago, Illinois

Published under Immigrants on 10/28/2011

John Teschner and Carolina Kätz married in Germany and immigrated to the United States with at least three of their six children.  The names of two of those children have yet to be determined.  The 1900 census says that the family arrived in 1878, but none of them have been found in the 1880 census.  John was a blacksmith and Continue Reading »

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Mary Chudo Zahorec

Published under Immigrants on 10/25/2011

On the 30th day of March, 1909, Mary Zahorec arrived at the Port of New York aboard the ship Potsdam that had sailed from Rotterdam, Holland.  She didn’t apply for American citizenship until thirty-one years later.  Her naturalization records are filled with facts about her life. She lived at 10308 Parkview Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio when Declaration of Intent No. Continue Reading »

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The Ammel Family of Portage County, Wisconsin

Published under German Family Registers,Immigrants on 10/02/2011

The Ammel family of Altenheim, Baden, Germany left for America in 1885 and at least two of the children settled in Portage County, Wisconsin.  Here’s what we know about the immediate family and we’re hoping that their descendants will come across this post and tell us more about the family and their descendants. Johann Michael Ammel son of Jacob Ammel Continue Reading »

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William Edwin Schmertz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Published under Biographical,Immigrants on 09/05/2011

“WILLIAM E. SCHMERTZ was born in Prussia, May 24, 1826, and accompanied his father to the United States in 1832, and settled in Pittsburgh. In 1848, at the age of twenty-two, he embarked in the retail shoe business, and in 1869 he commenced manufacturing, being the first who succeeded in this particular line in Pittsburgh. About two hundred persons are Continue Reading »

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Biography of William Erwin Schmertz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Published under Biographical,Immigrants on 09/05/2011

“William Erwin Schmertz, president Third National Bank of Pittsburg, was born in Drieburg, Westphalia, Prussia, May 24, 1826.  His father, John Christian Schmertz, was a collector of revenues for Baron von Sierstof, and his mother Caroline (von Westphalen) was descended from a Saxon to whom Charlemagne granted the province of Westphalia in 803.  In 1832, William E. came with his Continue Reading »

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John Cerny and Theresa Zahorec Family

Published under Biographical,Immigrants,Origins on 09/05/2011

Ján Čierný (John Cerny) was born on 29 Jun 1888 in Trenčianska Teplá, Trenčín, Slovakia. He died on 14 Nov 1973 at the age of 85 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.  According to the 1920 census, He arrived in the United States in 1905 and became a naturalized citizen in 1913.  The family moved to 2511 Harvey Avenue in 1922 and Continue Reading »

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Bertha Falck from Obergrombach

Published under Immigrants,Jewish Ancestry,Origins on 09/05/2011

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Emma Falck from Obergrombach

Published under Immigrants,Jewish Ancestry,Origins on 09/05/2011

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Immigrants Minna Hirschfield & Her Children

Published under Immigrants,Jewish Ancestry on 09/05/2011

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John Lothropp

Published under Colonial,Immigrants on 05/16/2011

The Lorthrops were early arrivals in America, and have accumulated many years of history in this country. Religious freedom was a strong motivator in the lives of the first colonists, and the Lorthropps, too, immigrated for the purpose of being able to worship as they please. The immigrant ancestor, John Lothrop, b. 1584, became a prominent Puritan minister in both Continue Reading »

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