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Posted: 23 Aug 2000 10:05PM GMT
Edited: 6 Sep 2002 11:40PM GMT
I am looking for any Information on the Makus family. Ther is a German Heritage. My grandmother immigrated to the state in 1912. My Grandmother and Her sister where split. After 50 years they had the opportunity to meet!

Makus Family

Marilyn Bowerman (View posts)
Posted: 2 Feb 2001 10:42AM GMT
I am from the Makus family. My family is also of German decent. My Great-Grandfather was August H. Makus. He came from Posen, Germany. His father I believe was Michael Makus and his wife was Rosina Pizinska (not sure of the proper spelling of her name). Additional family members that may help if they sound familar to your search as well are Emilie E Heller (wife of August). There was a Gottlieb, Pauliene his wife, and their son Paul J. Makus. I do not know if any brothers of Michael may have come over with him and Rosina. They are the only male members of the name Makus that I know of on my family. I am not sure when they came over but I assume around 1886 or 1887 as Emilie and the first 2 children, females came over in June of 1887 and assuming after her husband August. I am not sure where they were when they first came over but settled in Jasper County Indiana by 1888. Should any of this information sound familar perhaps a brother or family member to the Michael who was my Great-Great-Grandfather. I would appreciate it if you could answer with any connection. Thank you. Marilyn

Makus Family

Posted: 17 Feb 2001 6:19PM GMT
Edited: 17 Aug 2001 2:41AM GMT
Hi - Do you know where in Poland your Makus line is from? My gggrandfather was Marcin (Martin) Makus, from Kolebki, Sompolno, Poland, his father was Christof Makus. Marcin had at least two brothers, Johann and Gottlieb. I believe all the Makus's from that area are related, we just have to go back a little further....


Makus Family

Marilyn (View posts)
Posted: 26 Feb 2001 6:33AM GMT
My Makus Family is from Germany, Pozen I believe. Michael and Rosena Makus were my Great-Great-Grandparents. And they had a child August Makus who married an Emelia Heller. All from Germany. Sorry.

Makus Family

Posted: 26 Feb 2001 8:24AM GMT
Edited: 17 Aug 2001 2:41AM GMT
Yes Marilyn, that's exactly right! Posen went back and forth between Germany and Poland and Russia. My g-grandmother could speak all three languages, but the 'mother tongue' was always German. I also have a Rosina in my family - she was my gggrandmother. Her maiden name was Neudorf. Do you have any birthdates? Or the name of the town your Makus's were from? I'll poke around in my stuff and try to find Michael. You probably already know this, but I've copied a bit of history from a web page:
A part of Greater Poland was annexed by King Friedrich II of Prussia in 1772 during the first partition of Poland and became the name Netzedistrict. During the second partition of Poland in 1793 the remainder of the province Posen was annexed by King Friedrich William II of Prussia and called South Prussia.
After the Prussian defeat by Napoleon Bonaparte, the area of Posen was united with the Grand Duchy of Warsaw (1807-1815). By loosing the power of Napoleon also the Grand Duchy of Warsaw fell and Prussia got the province Posen back (1815-1919). The province Posen is partitioned into the administrative districts (Regierungsbezirke) Posen and Bromberg. The capital of the province is Posen (Poznan).

After First World War Posen became part of the new formed Poland. Germany occupied the province Posen in the Second World War (1939-1945) and called it Warthegau. Into 1945 Posen was returned to Poland and the German population was expelled.

Makus Family

Marilyn (View posts)
Posted: 26 Feb 2001 1:35PM GMT
The Rosina who married a Michael Makus was Rosina Bitschinska born in I think 1809. They were married in Witkowo in June of 1832. I do not know either of their parents or an actual birthdate. Their son August's oldest daugter told a story about the town of Kletsco (not sure of spelling) and the beautiful walks through the woods after church. I have a confirmation certificate but it is in German. Denkspruch is on it, I don't know what that means. Any of this sound familar let me know.

Makus family

Posted: 3 Mar 2001 4:43PM GMT
Edited: 17 Aug 2001 2:41AM GMT
Hi Marilyn - email me at for some further discussion....


Re: Makus Family

Posted: 10 Jul 2001 8:33PM GMT
Surnames: Makus/Makkus

My name is not Makus but Pieter (Pete) Makkus and I live in the Netherlands.

I read your message and I think that it is possible that Makus and Makkus is the same name because I had a mail contact with a lady in the States with ancestors with the name Makkus and they also came from Posen in Germany.

Perhaps there is a connection.

Piet Makkus
my Email adres is :

Posted: 16 Feb 2005 1:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
Somehow your name sounds familiar. I too am a Makus. My grandfather was Edwin Makus who married Martha Schroeder, My father is their son Eugene R. Makus. Please contact me with any information you have regarding Edwin or Martha. There is a relationship to the Schultz family also.

Re: Makus Family

Posted: 1 Mar 2012 1:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
My sister in law is linked to this family, through the the first wife of Paul Makus.
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