Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Recap: Schlegel

The 1st of my Schlegels to arrive in the United States was my grandfather William Paul Schlegel (in German, Paul Wilhelm), who arrived in New York City from Kolmar, Posen, Prussia in 1891, followed in 1894 by a younger sister Emma Louise.  Both settled in New York City, Emma marrying in 1898, and William marrying in 1902.  From letters remaining in both families, each corresponded with their mother and step-sister in Europe, until William's death in 1929, and beyond Emma's death in 1947 as at least one daughter continued the correspondence.


From these letters, we know their mother Emma Pauline and step-sister Emma Matilde lived in:

   1910 - 1914 ?          Kolmar, Posen, Prussia        now Chodiez, Poland
        Includes photo postcards of both in front of "their shop"
        Emma Matilde married in 1913 and daughter born in 1914 -- in Kolmar ?

   1928 - 1938             Rugenwalde, Pommern        now Darlowo, Poland
        Emma Matilde's daughter Christa confirmed in 1929, and married in 1936
        Emma Pauline living with Emma Matilde and husband in 1938 

   1954 - 1958             Lichtenfels, Bavaria   
        One of Emma Louise's children visits from New York in 1954     
        Emma Matilde dies in 1958

One letter mentions Anna and Emil, maybe siblings of the 2 immigrants? 


Using church books and civil records for Kolmar, Posen, Prussia:


    Schlegel, Georg Burchard    1842 Kolmar - bef 1887, likely Kolmar       
    Vogelsang, Emma Pauline   1851 Kolmar - 1941 R├╝genwalde ?
          Anna Louise                    1871 Kolmar -              
          Paul Wilhelm                   1874 Kolmar - 1929 NYC                 my grandfather 
          Emil Heinrich    (twin)      1876 Kolmar -             
          Emma Louise   (twin)      1876 Kolmar - 1947 NYC                 immigrated also
    Schulz, Ewald                        unknown      - aft 1890, likely Kolmar
          Otto Julius                       1888 Kolmar -           
          Emma Matilde                 1890 Kolmar - 1958 Lichtenfels      

And one generation back:

    Schlegel, Wilhelm August?     bef 1808 - bef 1870   probably Kolmar, Posen, Prussia   
    Horn, Anna Dorothea              bef 1808 - aft  1870   probably Kolmar, Posen, Prussia    
          Wilhelm Gustav?                     1826 -                  probably Kolmar, Posen, Prussia
          August                                      1838 - 1843         Kolmar, Posen, Prussia
          Georg Burchard                        1842 - bef 1887   Kolmar, Posen, Prussia         my GGF

    Vogelsang, August Friedrich   bef 1820 - bef 1872   Kolmar, Posen, Prussia
    Zieske, Wilhelmina                                 - aft  1872   Kolmar, Posen, Prussia
          ... (5 children, 1840 - 1848)
          Emma Pauline                          1851 - 1941         R├╝genwalde ?                    my GGM


Records found:
   18xx births - Schlegels / Vogelsangs, church records
   1888, 90 births - Schulz, Otto Julius + Emma Matilde, civil records

Records not found:
   1956 death, Emma Matilde Schulz Pelchen - Lichtenfels 
   1941 death, Emma Pauline Vogelsang Schlegel Schulz - Rugenwalde ?
   189x death, Ewald Schulz
   188x death, Georg Burchard Schlegel
   18xx marriages - Schlegel / Horn, Vogelsang / Zieske
   18xx births - Schlegel, Horn, Vogelsang, Zieske

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SOURCES

    1.   1891 emigration papers, in the possession of Nancy Schlegel
    2.   1891 Manifest, Wilh. Schlegel
    3.   1894 Manifest, Emma Schlegel
    4.   Church books for Kolmar, Posen, Prussia
    5.   Civil records for Kolmar, Posen, Prussia

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