Boy, I'm glad to find this board. The Poch, Pooch name shows up with our family on a few occasions, but no one seems to know why. My grandmother, Emma Marie (Brumm) Wick of Chicagoland, 98 and a half and still of great memory, says she had a cousin named Elsie Pooch who lived near her in Wheeling Township in Illinois back around 1910 or so. She said Elsie was a beautiful girl who wore lovely orange beads around her neck. She married a man named Funke and Emma lost track of her. Emma's sister left a note about "Uncle Charlie Poch who came to America with Grandma and Grandpa Behlke from Mechlinburg/Pomerasia area of Germany" Emma's sister said Charley tried homesteading in WI but too many wild animals sent him back here to Illinois. Emma's sister, Sophia Brumm was baptized at St. John's Lutheran in Northfield Illinois in 1889, and one of the witnesses is Augusta Poch.
I am hoping something here rings a bell with someone. Maybe Grandmother Behlke was originally a Poch? Her first name was Henrietta and she was born in Jun of 1837. Her husband's name was Behlke, but first name is unclear. Could have been Gustave, Carl, or Charles. Gram says it was "Grandpa" :)
On the 1900 Census Henrietta Behlke says she is the mother of six living children. So far we have found Carolina Behlke Brumm, Wilhelmina Behlke Straub Edecker, Gustaph Behlke, Ernestina Behlke Wichmann, and Bertha Behlke Heins. Gram's sister says the sixth child was Charley Poch. Although, I don't see how, unless he was illigitimate.
Does this do anything for anyone? Please say YES. Esther