Hi! I have been trying to locate a lost relative's history for a few years, and am hoping someone out there can help me!
My grandmother used to tell me as a child of an Aunt of hers named Anna Burkowitz who married Carl Metterhausen in Schoolcraft Co, MI in 1888. The marriage produced three children, Clara Metterhausen (1888), Sophie/Sophia Metterhausen (1890) and Leida/Lydia (pronounced Leda) Metterhausen (1895), but ended unhappily in 1903 with a bitter divorce. The three girls were given to the custody of their father, who sent them to Minnesota to be raised by a minister named Carl Eisfeld. Leida may have died during this time period, as no photos or letters exist of her after this point. Anna apparently attempted to follow her children, and is thought to have married a man named Hopp in Minnesota or further west, but frankly, she could have traveled in any direction north, south, east or west!
The family story continues that after an agruement, he stabbed or shot her to death in 1920. Her body returned by train to the family home in Manistique, MI in the summer of 1921 and was buried in an unmarked grave. We recently located her in the town cemetary, and have her marriage, divorce and burial records, but we cannot locate who she married "out west" or wherever and if the story is true. Does this ring a bell with anyone out there? Anna was apparently a very difficult woman to be married to, and we are simply interested in finding out what happened! Also, if anyone can help us locate information on Carl Eisfeld (the Lutheran minister who took the children), Clara Metterhausen, Sophie Metterhausen [married Mark Goldberg, Chicago-Had a daughter named Inez], Leida Metterhausen, or Carl Metterhausen, I would surely appreciate it.