Looking for any information on Fetke Family
I have Fethke's in my family. I can't find much information on them. Maybe a spelling thing? My Grandmother was Lena Fethke daughter of Johann Fethke- mostly living in the Michigan area
I know quite a bit about the FETHKE family that settled in Minnesota, Freeborn County, Nunda (today Alden) township after arriving on the SS Smidt on 19 April 1873 and going to the Chicago area. Their baby boy on the ship was my grandfather. The only censuses I have are the 1880 census and the 1920 census, which showed them in Alden, MN.
Of course this surname came from what is today East Germany (West Prussian, Polen, Bavern) and can be spelled FETKE, FETTKE and FEHTKE. Another surname close to it and quite prevalent in the Chicago area is BETHKE.
Incidentally, you may be descended from the Ludwig, Charles L. H. and Herman W. family that is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Michigan City, Indiana. I suspect we are all related.
Since my post I have found out quite a lot about my Fethke's. Johann Fethke changed his name to John. He settled in Muskegon MI. He was married to Wilhelmine Bartz. John was the son of Carl Fethke and Wilhelmine Gall. They were from the Wuertemburg Germany area. Carl and Wilhelmine had Julius, Albert, Pauline, Johanna, Carl, Wilhelm, Luise and Ernest. Some of them stayed in Germany. Luise Fethke married Alfred Friedrich Wilhelm Groer of Liegnitz Germany. Their Son Erwin married Margaret Fethke (born in Muskegon, MI) a cousin. They lived in Pennsylvania. Johann (John) had a son Adolph Ludwig Fethke. Adolph married Anna Jespersen (born in Wisconsin) They had five children. One of them is Margaret, who married Erwin Groer.
I think most of the Fethke's are related too! If you want more information on these Fethke's, let me know.
Thank you for all this great information. It arrived just as I am making a trip to the National Archives Research Center in Pittsfield, Mass. I will make good use and get back to you.
Do you have any mysteries that need solving?
I probably have several mysteries but right now I can't think of any. LOL! You could say Hi! to my daughter. She lives in MA. I haven't seen her in over a year. LOL! Where are the archives? I am going to MA in July to see my daughter. A side trip to the Archives would be fun! Let me know where they are. Pobably Boston? My daughter live in Lancaster.
I have just studied your information about John and Wilhelmine and I wonder when their children were born in Germany. My greatgrandfather Wilhelm arrived in New York on April 19, 1873 with his family. I have also found a Carl Fethke that arrived in New York on 20 July 1872 and his wife Agathe. Could either of them be a son of John Fethke? Wilhelm was born in 1839. Carl was born in 1819. These two are not likely to be brothers.
Incidentally, there was also a Ludwig Fethke (DOB about 1832) and his son Charles L udwig Herman and wife Minnie DOB 1828). Arrival date unknown, but they lived in Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana and they are buried in Greenwood Cemetery there with a son Hermann and his wife.. As you can tell, I am still very unsure of where in Germany my grandfather and his brother August were born.
Oh, I forgot. The North East Regional NARA site is in Pittsfield, MA, about 120 miles west of Lancaster, MA. It is easy to reach by taking Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 2, Lee, MA. Go north on Route 20 west (which also adds Route 7 from left after a few miles). Go total of 7.9 miles on Route 20 from exit 2 and look for signs to NARA and Dan Fox Drive on left. Go 0.3 miles on Dan Fox Dr. and turn right onto Conte Dr. which an industrial site with NARA building all the way in (0.1mile). Easy, n'est ce pas? Walter
As I told you earlier, I received a book written by Margaret Groer. She had lots of Fethke information including a picture of Johann and his wife.
My mother wrote me the following information on a letter in 1977:
The following information about your Dad's mother's side of the family as follows: Relationships are in relation to your Dad.
Great granfather - Johann Fethke married to Luise (Gall). In Posenberg, Germany. Children:
Ernest - Children: Walter and Albert
Albert Both stayed in Germany
Pauline- Married a man by name of Felton- lived in Spokane, Washington
Wilhelm (also moved to Muskegon)
Johanna (Stayed in Germany- married a Michael Bialluch)
Luise (married to man name Groer- had 2 children Gertrude and Erwin
**Johann (Grandfather, married to Wilhelmine (Bartz) Born 0/04/1863. Married in Germany, October 1884. Died 02/04/1950. He came to Muskegon in 1889.
Their children: Bertha, born 1885 (died here in US, 1899)
Adolph, 1887 (both of these children born in Germany. Adolph married Anna (Jespersen) their children Eugene, Margaret, John and Richard
Adolph still living, Anna just died 01/1977
Tillie- Married Frederick Segelstrom : Children Mildred and Florence
Wilhelmina (Aunt Minnie) married Paul Schwartzenberg:
Children Paul, Jr., wife Donna:
Audrey (died in late teens)
Julia- married Harrison Tiemann
Lena (your dad's mother) Married Raymond Julius Dietz
children : Harold died at 3 diphtheria
Raymond, Jr. (your dad)
Lena died and Raymond re-married- no children of the second marriage
Elsie- married Harry Benson- Children: Ardis (married to Donald Dahlquist- children Susan and Randy
Gordon- married and divorced
Your Dad's great grandfather and grandfather Fethke both had the first name of Johann although not designated by Sr. and Jr. Another unusual happening is that Margaret Fethke, daughter of Uncle Adolph married her cousin, Erwin Groeor, the son of Luise Fethke Groer.
The book I got from Margaret Groer goes in more detail about Germany and how they farmed and made their own clothing and such.
If you find your are related to this bunch of Fethke's, I would be happy to send you a copy of the little book Margaret wrote. I would have to send it snail mail