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Posted: 22 Nov 2000 11:57AM GMT
Edited: 6 Oct 2001 9:19AM GMT
looking for information on Gottried/Godfrey Frederick Krels, born in PA 2-16-1836 [ husband of Anna Mary Denpbrenk/Depenbrink(?)]. I am looking for information on his parents. I believe that his father of grandfather was from Germany.

Thanks,
kelly

Re: Krels

Jackie (McDowell) Pattie (View posts)
Posted: 14 May 2002 3:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
I just came across this message and thought I would provide some information on the Krels. I am copying a couple of generations and I have the tree of 11 generations. I also have some information on Jersey Odgen in another file.

Gottfried and Anna (Stange) Krels, were both born in Germany, the former in Magdeburg, and the latter in Wernigerode. Gottfried Krels was reared a soldier, came to America in 1809, at the age of eighteen years, and served as a soldier in the American army in the war of 1812. He was married in Pennsylvania, and about 1814 went to New York, where he followed the trade of ship-carpenter. He went to New Jersey in 1846, and thence to Boston, where he entered the army again, this time for service with Mexico, serving all through that war, and being known as Colonel Crawford. He had changed his name on coming to this country, on account of trouble of a military nature at the time he left Prussia. The mother of our subject came to this country when she was eight years old, coming with an aunt who located in Pennsylvania.

The following is from records in Garfield County, library.

G. F. Krels, of Garfield county, Washington, dates his birth in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, February 16, 1837. His parents, Gottfried and Anna (Stange) Krels, were both born in Germany, the former in Magdeburg, and the latter in Wernigerode. Gottfried Krels was reared a soldier, came to America in 1809, at the age of eighteen years, and served as a soldier in the American army in the war of 1812. He was married in Pennsylvania, and about 1814 went to New York, where he followed the trade of ship-carpenter. He went to New Jersey in 1846, and thence to Boston, where he entered the army again, this time for service with Mexico, serving all through that war, and being known as Colonel Crawford. He had changed his name on coming to this country, on account of trouble of a military nature at the time he left Prussia. The mother of our subject came to this country when she was eight years old, coming with an aunt who located in Pennsylvania.
G. F. went to Europe on a visit in 1849, remained eighteen months, and after his return to America went to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where he learned the trade of wagon-maker in the shop of John Kesehold. He worked there until 1857, when he went to Chicago and was employed by Peter Schuttler. In the spring of 1859 we find him in Peoria, Illinois, employed for two months in the plow shop of Toby Anderson. At that time, attracted by the prevailing Pike's Peak excitement, he came west, stopping first at Denver, where he was employed in building a log house for Lawson Moore. Then he went to Leavenworth, Kansas, worked three months for Major & Russell, at the end of that time went to La Fayette country Missouri, and there, until 1861, he was employed in a wagon shop at Wellington.
In 1861, in company with two brothers, Joel and James Chain, Mr. Krels crossed the plains to California, the trip consuming four months, during which time the party had one fight with the Indians, in Goose creek canyon, a the head of Humboldt, in which the 150 whites lost five of their number, and thirty dead Indians were found on the field after the affray. They came into California through Honey Lake valley, and at Oroville Mr. Krels engaged in mining, spending the winter there, and in the spring going to San Franciso. He spent six months in San Francisco, in the employ of Thomas Kesahold (?) on Market Street, and afterward worked for George Kimball, on the same street. Next, we find him in Sitka, Alaska. He remained in Alaska about two months, during which time he sank two prospect holes, but was not successful in his prospecting. Then he went back to Victoria, thence to Portland, and from there to the Salmon river country. After spending three months in the mines on Oro Fino creek, he located at Jacksonville, Oregon, where he opened a shop and conducted the same about five years. In 1867 he went back to Missouri, making the journey by water and again we find him working at his trade in Wellington. Soon after this he was married, bought a farm in Clinton county, that State, and there settled down to the quiet life of a farmer. For eight years he was engaged in agricultural pursuits in Missouri, when he was again seized with the spirit of emigration. Coming back to Oregon, he located in Scio, Lynn county, where he made his home about eighteen months, and thence came to Washington, arriving in what is now Garfield county in June, 1877. Since that date he has resided on his present property. First he took up homestead and timber culture claims of 160 acres each, has since bought 160 acres more, and now has 480 acres of land, of which about 300 acres are under cultivation, the rest being used for pasture.
Mr. Krels was married in La Fayette county, Missouri, five miles from Wellington, June 8, 1867, to Miss Anna Mary Depenbrink, a native of that county and a daughter of John H. and Catharine (Grief) Depenbrink, both of whom were born in the vicinity of Uhlenberg, Germany (?). Her parents lived in La Fayette country, until 1874, when her father died, aged sixty five years; her mother died in Kay county, that State, in 1890, aged sixty eight. Mr. and Mrs. Krels have five children living, namely: William II, ; Joseph G.; Sophia Sarah, wife of Frederick Baden of Whitman county, Washington: Bertha Mary, wife of Wood Cox,; and Walter C. They lost one child, Fred W., who died July 24, 1890, aged nearly twelve years.
Mr. Krels affiliates with the Democratic party but is not an active politician. Since he located here all his energies have been devoted to the improvement and cultivation of his land, and during these years he has witnessed the wonderful transformation that has taken place in Garfield county, doing well his part to advance her best interests. For twelve years he has served as Director of school district No. 24.

If you would like more information, you may e-mail me at: Robert.D.Pattie@cs.com

Re: Krels

Jackie (McDowell) Pattie (View posts)
Posted: 15 May 2002 4:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
The prior message listed an incorrect e-mail address. It should be: RobertPattie@cs.com

Re: Krels

Kelly (View posts)
Posted: 30 May 2002 3:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Wow. Thank you so much. I only wish I could have acquired this information before my grandfather passed as i know he would have liked to read such a lengthy account of the lives of his grandfather and gg grandfather. I would love to have any additional information you have. I wish I had more to offer you, but anecdotal family stories and a couple of newspaper articles are all I have had to work with.

Kelly

Re: Krels

Robert Pattie (View posts)
Posted: 24 Jul 2004 10:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Kelly:
I have made connact with a relative that has the Krels bible (1867). I have pictures and listing of the births, etc. Send me an e-mail at RobertPattie@cs.com and we can communicate off line.

Bob Pattie
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