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Fehring Family in Michigan

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Re: Fehring Family in Michigan

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 5:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
I think I saw your Fehrings listed but mine were from the Upper Peninsula. I did finally track them down with the help of a friend who made contact with a local historian in Wakefield. My grandmother was born an Arnold and they originally came from out east, VT and NY, NH area. Grandma Evelyn moved to Antigo sometime before 1900 to live with an Uncle. I went to Antigo to find the marriage certificate but that only created more confusion. There was an earlier marriage to someone named Luther Winney! Still no Fehring but I do know that they were married after she divorced Winney, moved to Ironwood and Louis Fehring died of pneumonia in 1915 or so, leaving her with 2 young children. We also found out that the name Phillips was adopted to deflect the anti German sentiment in Milwaukee around the time of WWI. George Gloff (Phillips) was her last husband (we think a total of 5 now!)and George worked as a church interior painter and the name change was to keep the work coming. Milwaukee of course was a very German city. We also suspect she may have met George in Ironwood as he seems to have lived down the street from her and Fehring. She seemed to have a penchant for men who were fond of drink and Fehring was actually a good guy from a well thought of family in Antigo. My family tree is now pretty much a collection of wood chips (both sides). I do appreciate your answering though and yes, it really is a coincidence and might even be some relationship there depending on where your Fehrings came from.

I found a whole bunch of the Arnolds (maiden name for grandma) in the Oshkosh cemetery and spent a day cleaning the fungus off them. Gamaliel Arnold was the patriarch and the name goes back to the 1700's out east and back to England I think before that.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Debtewes 23 Jul 2005 3:29AM GMT 
kfehring_1 28 Dec 2009 5:22PM GMT 
Debtewes 29 Dec 2009 12:07AM GMT 
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