Ancestor Sketch – Henriette Wilhelmina Futterer

Hopfe-Futterer
52 Ancestors – Week 2018-29
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I have come to expect considerable flexibility in the names of individuals. They are reliant upon the hearing of clerks, the penmanship of those clerks, and the interpretation of various records written by many individuals over the years. However, this is only the second time I’ve seen a person’s birthdate change. (My mother’s birthdate was the first I encountered.) The German records I have found all indicate Henriette was born on 30 October 1887, while all of the United States records indicate she was born on 28 October 1887.

Continue reading “Ancestor Sketch – Henriette Wilhelmina Futterer”

Ancestor Sketch – Erdman Max Hopfe

52 Ancestors – Week 2018-28
Hopfe-Bauer Project
By Don Taylor

Hopfe-Bauer 2018 – Ancestor #04

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Erdman Max Hopfe
  • 1st Great-grandfather: Franz Hopfe

Erdman Max Hopfe (1887-1926)

Immigrant Ancestor

Max[i] Hopfe was born in Rudolstade, Germany to Franz and Hedwig (Hohl) Hopfe on 26 April 1887. Rudolstadt is a town in the German district (Kreis) of Saalfeld-Rudolstadt in the state of Thuringia, Germany. Today, Rudolstade has a population of about 22,000.

Childhood

Nothing is known of Max’s childhood. He has a younger brother, whose name was either Casper or Oscar (or maybe he had two brothers), but nothing is known about any other siblings. When Max was 19 years-old, he emigrated to the United States arriving in New York in 1906.

Max established himself in New York working as a butcher and in 1912 he was living at 227 89th in Brooklyn. The building he lived in at that time is long gone. A new building replaced his building in 1960.[ii]

Marriage

On 18 May 1911, Max and Henriette Wilhiminea Futterer acquired a marriage license and married the same day. (License Number 13285 & Marriage Certificate Number 11538)

Children of Max & Henriette Hopfe

Walter Carl b. 1914
Marion / Marie b. 1922

Adulthood

In 1915, New York held a state census. Max, Henrietta and their first child, Walter, were living at 314 Central Ave. Living with them was Max’s brother, Oscar. Again, the building they lived in no longer exists and was replaced sometime in the 1960s.

Tenements at Park Avenue and 107th Street, New York City, circa 1900
Tenements at Park Avenue and 107th Street, New York City, circa 1900 (Via Wikipedia)

In 1917, Max registered for the draft. His draft registration is one of the few documents which provides his first name. His physical description is provided as tall, slender, with blue eyes and black hair. Max is working as a grocer and still lives on Central Ave.

By 1920, Max and Henrietta moved to 79 Ave A. It appears that Ave A was renamed to Albemarle and is now the location of Public School 230 – Doris L Cohan Elementary.

Travel

In April 1923, Max received a passport and in May 1923 went to Europe to “visit relatives in Germany and Switzerland.” He initially indicated he would be in Europe for six months, but it doesn’t appear that he returned until August 1924.

Ort & Company, Inc

In November 1924, Max established Ort & Company, Inc., a provision business with partners, Ernest Wolff and Christian Mack. The business was at 217 Wyckoff Ave. It was an excellent corner location. The building that Ort & Company were in is gone; today the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council occupies that location in a building that was built in 1931.

Death & Beyond

Max Hopfe died on 2 October 1926. He was buried at the Lutheran Cemetery, in lot 20217 (Map 4) today the cemetery is known as the Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery and is located in Middle Village, Queens County, New York.

Max’s wife Henriette was named the executrix to Max’s estate. His estate was appraised for $31,611 (Gross) and $28,255 (Net), which included $14,000 as a 1/3 interest in the business property at 217 Wyckoff Ave. (Ort & Company, Inc.).

Future Actions:

  • Contact Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery and get internment location information.
  • Visit a Family History Center and get a copy of the Death Certificate for Max Hopfe, Certificate Number 19938. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C95V-HVD8
  • Search further for records of the Hopfe family in Thuringia, Germany. See: How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records for Thuringia, Germany.

Sources

  1. New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924, Family Search, S.S. Hansa – 1 Sep 1924 – Max Hopfe. Accessed 10 November 2016. https://familysearch.org/ark:/ 61903/1:1:JNCW-74M.
  2. United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Family Search, Erdman Max Hopfe . Accessed: 13 November 2016. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXY2-G1Q.
  3. 1920 Census, Family Search, Max Hopfed (Hopfe) – Manhattan, New York, New York. Accessed: 13 November 2016. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJYR-FXW.
  4. New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949, Family Search, Max Hopfe -. Accessed: 13 November 2016 . https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W5B-LXR.
  5. 1915 New York State Census, Ancestry.Com, Max Hope – ED 18, Brooklyn, Kings, New York.
  6. U.S. City Directories, 1922-1995, New York City – 1912 – Page 719 – Hopfe. Via Ancestry.Com. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2469/records/1213920519/.
  7. United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925, Family Search, Max Hopfe – 268521. Accessed: 13 November 2016 . https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5Y-89J5.
  8. 1925-11-21, Page 19 – Column 1, New Corporations. Via Newspapers.com., Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York (Newspapers.com).
  9. 1927-10-11, Page 24 – Appraisals – Hopfe, Max. Via Newspapers.Com. http://Newspapers.com., Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York (Newspapers.com).
  10. 1New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940, Family Search, Max Hopfe – Hennriette Futterer. Accessed 13 November 2016 . https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2438-7FL.
  11. New York, New York, Extracted Marriage Index, 1866-1937, Ancestry.Com, Max Hopfe & Henriette Futterer – 18 May 1911 – No Image. Ancestry.com. https://search.ancestry.com/ collections/9105/records/2152469/.
  12. United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925, Family Search, Max Hopfe – 268521. Accessed: 13 November 2016 . https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5Y-89J5.
  13. New York, New York, Marriage License Indexes, 1907-1995, Ancestry.Com, Marriage License – Max Hopfe & Henriette Futtnerer. New York City Municipal Archives; New York, New York; License Number: 13285. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/61406/records/8874500/.

————–  Disclaimer  ————–

Endnotes

[i] Only a couple records ever mention his first name of Erdman. Most records only indicate him by Max, which is the name he was known by. I have never found a record which suggests Max is short for Maxwell, Maxamilion or any other “Max” name. I use Max Hopfe throughout this sketch.

[ii] Internet: Zillow – https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/227-E-89th-St-Brooklyn-NY-11236/30766300_zpid/

Ancestor Sketch – Anna Elizabeth Gunther Bauer

52 Ancestors – Week 2018-26
Hopfe-Bauer Project
By Don Taylor


I often have trouble with locations in Europe and Central Europe in particular. Because of the frequent changes in names, states, and country boundaries, I often become confused. Wolfstein, Germany, changed states frequently. During Anna’s lifetime. In many cases, Wikipedia provides the information that gives me understanding. I entered Wolfstein into Wikipedia and was referred to a disambiguation page. Based upon the response I learned that it is a town in the Kusel district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Reading the “Recent times” I learned that Wolfstein became Bavarian in 1814 and kept the name until 1947 when it became part of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Now I get it.

Hopfe-Bauer 2018 – Ancestor #07

List of Grandparents

  • Grandmother: Anna Elizabeth Gunther
  • 1st Great-grandfather: Peter Gunther

Anna Elizabeth[i] (Gunther[ii]) Bauer[iii] (1888-1975)

Immigrant Ancestor – Germany

Anna Elizabeth Gunther was born in Wolfstein, Bavaria, Germany on 25 September 1888 to Peter and Anna Maria (Schick) Gunther. She was baptized two and a half weeks later at the Lutheran Church in Wolfstein, Bavaria on 14 October 1888.

Marriage

Wedding Photo of Anna Gunther & Karl Bauer circa 1909
Anna Gunther & Karl Bauer c. 1909 – Photo via Ibabeb & Ancestry.com

On 30 December 1909, Anna married Karl Bauer in the Protestant (Lutheran) Church in Wolfstein. They had six children, all born in Wolfstein.

Children of Karl & Anna Bauer

Emilie 1910 2005
Irmgard Elizabeth 1913 1990
Karl Walter 1920 1987
Robert 1921 (Twin) 1921
Herbert 1921 (Twin) 1921
Living 1924

1921 was an extremely bad year with the deaths of the couple’s twin children. Robert died at the age of 3 months and Herbert died at the age of 7 months.

Photo of the S. S. Columbus
S.S. Columbus – By Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-00383 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, de, Via Wikimedia Commons

In January 1926, Karl emigrated to the United States. Anna and the other children remained in Wolfstein. Karl came by way of Bremen, Germany, and took the SS Columbus to New York. The SS Columbus was a 775-foot, twin screw, two-masted, two-funneled passenger ship. The ship had a capacity of 1750 passengers. Anna, Emilie, Karl, and <Living> followed 16 months later arriving in New York on 13 May 1927. Anna and the three children joined Karl at 299 Bleecher Street, Brooklyn. Finally, Irmgard came to America nearly two years later, April 1929, thus reuniting the family at 299 Bleecher Street.

Anna (Gunther) Bauer

The 1940 Census finds Karl and Anna still living at 299 Bleecher Street. Living with them are their sons, Walter and [Living]. Living with them is Anna’s mother, Anna Gunther. Their oldest child, Emilie, is living with her husband Reinhold Bressler in the same building.  Their other daughter, Irmgard was also living in the same building with her husband Walter Hopfe.

When her son Karl registered for the draft in 1942, Anna was still living at 299 Bleecher.

Sometime between 1942 and 1962, the Karl & Anna moved to Yaphank, New York.

Death & Burial

Photo of marker of Karl & Anna Bauer
Marker – Bauer – Karl & Anna. Photo by y Arleen Koello via Find a Grave

Karl died on 28 November 1968; Anna died six and a half years later in May 1975. She was buried with Karl at Yaphank Cemetery, Yaphank, New York.

——–  Disclaimer  ——–

 

 

 


Sources

  • 1930 Census (A), Com, Carl Bauer – Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Line 33 – 229 Bleecker St.
  • 1940 Census (A), Com, Multiple names: Karl, Anna, Walter, Reinhold Bauer, Anna Gunther, Reinhold & Emmy Bressler, Walter & Irmgard Hopfe. Year: 1940; Census Place: New York, Kings, New York; Roll: T627_2608; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 24-2351
  • New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940 (Provo, UT, USA, com Operations, Inc., 2013), Ancestry.Com, National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC; ARC Title: Index to Petitions for Naturalizations Filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts in New York City, 1792-1906; NAI Number: 5700802.
  • Find a Grave Memorial, Find a Grave, Anna Bauer – Memorial# 38003134. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38003134.
  • Long Island Advance (Suffolk County, NY, ), NY Historic Newspapers, 1968-12-05 – Page 04, Column 1 – KARL BAUER. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071025/1968-12-05/ed-1/seq-4.pdf.
  • New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925­-1957, Family Search, Anna Bauer – S.S. Columbus – Breman – New York 13 May 1927. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXLK-HGC.
  • New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Com, Anna Bauer – 13 May 1927 (& Children) – List 15A. Source Citation. Year: 1927; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 4054; Line: 18; Page Number: 199
  • New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940, Com, Anna Bauer – Petition #157368. Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC; ARC Title: Index to Petitions for Naturalizations Filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts in New York City, 1792-1906; NAI Number: 5700802; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21
  • New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940, Com, Karl Bauer – Declaration 113938.
  • New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940, Com, Karl Bauer – Petition #153989.
  • Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1556-1973, Com, Baptism – Anna Elisabetha Günther – No Image.
  • Source Information
com. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1556-1973 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.
  • Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1556-1973, Com, Marriage – Karl Bauer & Anna Elisabeth Günther – 30 Dec 1909 – No Image. Ancestry.com. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1556-1973 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. . https://search.ancestry.com/collections/61112/records/980784/.
  • S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Ancestry.Com, Anna Bauer – 1888-1975. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/3693/records/3428345/.
  • S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Karl Bauer – 16 Jun 1885 – Wolfsein, Germany.

Endnotes

[i] Although baptized as Anna Elizabetha Gunther, all other records that I have found using her middle name call her Elizabeth. I use that name in these records.

[ii] Because English does not have umlaut characters, I use the Anglicized version of the German name Günther.

[iii] Because English does not have umlaut characters, I use the Anglicized version of the German name Baüer.

Biography – Karl Bauer (1885-1968)

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Sometimes it is necessary to take two steps back to answer questions. Although quite a lot was known about Karl Bauer, almost nothing was known about his siblings. Family oral history indicated he had a dozen or so siblings. The goal was to get to know about them. In order to do so, I needed to step back and get to know Karl’s life much better.  Through that process, I learned he had two sisters who lived and died in Germany before Karl immigrated. I also learned he had two sisters that came to America and lived in New York. Following is what I’ve learned about Karl’s life so far.

Hopfe-Bauer 2017 Project – Ancestor #06

List of Grandparents

  • Maternal Grandfather: Karl Bauer
  • 1st Great-Grandfather: Franz Bauer
  • 2nd Great-Grandfather: Jacob Bauer

Karl Bauer (1885-1968)

Karl Bauer was born on 16 Jan 1885 in Wolfstein, Bavaria, Germany to Franz and Margaretha (Licht) Bauer.

Childhood

He is believed to have had an older sister, Katharina, and a younger sister, Karoline. Further research is needed regarding his family in Germany.

In 1900, while he was about 15, he traveled to the United States and visited Pittsburgh, PA. The purpose of that visit and any family there is unknown.

Marriage

Wedding Photo of Anna Gunther & Karl Bauer circa 1909
Anna Günther & Karl Bauer c. 1909

He married Anna Elizabeth Güther on 30 December 1909 in Wolfstein, Germany.

Adulthood

Karl and Anna had two children before the war.

  • Emilie was born 26 September 1910 and died 8 Nov 2005 in Brookhaven, New York.
  • Irmgard Elizabeth was born 21 May 1913 and died in 1990 at Yaphank , New York.

Military

Photo of Karl Bauer in his Military Uniform
Karl Bauer – Military Uniform Photo from lbabeb via Ancestry.com

During World War 1, Karl served in the German Army. He was a musician. Further research is needed into his German military service.

Karl and Hanna had three more children after the war and before leaving for the United States.

  • Karl Walter was born 10 May 1920 and died 21 Nov 1987
  • Herbert was born in Jan 1921 and died six months later, on Christmas Day.
  • Reinhard was born in 1924.

Immigration

In January 1926, Karl left his wife and children in Wolfstein and immigrated to the United States aboard the S.S. Columbus. He planned his immigration to be permanent. He stayed with his brother-in-law, Eduard Brummel, at 2024 Grove Str, in Brooklyn, NY upon arrival.  In May, 1926, Karl formally renounced is allegiance to the German Empire and declared his intent to become a US Citizen.

Karl was musician and he is known to have played the violin throughout his life.

Photo of the S. S. Columbus
S.S. Columbus – By Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-00383 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, de, Via Wikimedia Commons

In January 1927, Karl’s wife Anna and three of their children, Emilie, Karl (Walter), and Reinhard (aka Reinhart) joined Karl at 229 Bleecher Street, Brooklyn. They also arrived aboard the S.S. Columbus. Irmgard also arrived in the United States in 1927, however, it doesn’t appear that she came with her mother and siblings aboard the S. S. Columbus. Today, 229 Bleecher Street is a police station.

The 1930 Census finds the Bauer family living at 229 Bleecher Street – Renting for $27/mo. There appears to be an error wherein Irmgard is identified at “Eugart” and a boy, however, the age and the rest of the family identifying information are correct. Also, in the household are Emmy, Walter, and Reinhart.

On 18 March 1931 Karl filed his petition for citizenship.

During the 1940 Census, Karl and Anna were in the same place since Anna arrived in 1927, 229 Bleecher Street, Brooklyn, NY.  Walter and Reinhard were still at home. Living with them was Anna’s mother, Anna Gunther, who was widowed and had been living with them since at least 1935.

In 1962, Karl and Anna moved to Oak Street in Yaphank, Suffolk County, New York, which is about 60 miles out on Long Island.

Death

Photo of marker of Karl & Anna Bauer
Marker – Bauer – Karl & Anna. Photo by Arleen Koello via Find a Grave

Karl died in November, 1968. His funeral service was held at Ruland Funeral Home in Patchogue. He was survived by his wife, four children, and two sisters. He is buried in Yaphank Cemetery, Yaphank, Suffolk County, New York. Anna Died in 1975 and was buried with Karl.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Research the siblings of Karl.
  • Find Karl’s 1900-1901 visit to Pittsburgh and determine the reason for the visit. Did he have family there?
  • Find Karl’s military record.
  • Learn more about the Bauers of Wolfstein, Germany.

Sources:

  • 1930 Census (A), Com, Carl Bauer – Brooklyn, Kings, New York.
  • 1940 Census (A), Com, Walter C Hopfe, Head. Year: 1940; Census Place: New York, Kings, New York; Roll: T627_2608; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 24-2351
  • Find a Grave Memorial, Find a Grave, Karl Bauer Memorial# 38003122
  • Long Island Advance (Suffolk County, NY, ), NY Historic Newspapers, 1968-12-05 – Page 04, Column 1 – KARL BAUER.
  • New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925­-1957, Family Search, Karl Bauer – S.S. Columbus – Bremen —New York – January 17, 1926.
  • New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940, Com, Karl Bauer – Declaration 113938.
  • New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940, Com, Karl Bauer – Petition #153989.
  • S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Ancestry.Com, Karl Bauer – 082-28-7795.
  • S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Karl Bauer – 16 Jun 1885 – Wolfstein, Germany.

Last Hopfe on Earth?

I was recently asked, “Are there any people left on Earth with the surname Hopfe?” As far as the asker knew, her Hopfe line had daughtered out with her.

Certainly, surnames go extinct. I’ve read how Hugh Bonneville’s (famous for playing Robert Crawley in Downton Abbey) surname is on the “near extinction” list, while surnames like Bread and Chips are supposedly extinct.[i]

Map shoint distribution of Hopfe surname.
Distribution of Hopfe surname per Forebears

My go-to site for looking at surnames is forebears.io. It provides lots of really interesting information about any surname and, in particular, the approximate number of people who have that particular surname. Worldwide, there are approximately 1,118 people with the surname Hopfe, which makes it the 275,936th most common surname. According to the site, there are approximately 841 people with the surname in Germany and 179 in the United States. (in 2014).

Forbears also allows you to drill down into the US and see the distribution by state. There are no Hopfes in Maine and only seven people with the surname in Massachusetts. Interestingly, the largest number of people with the Hopfe surname are in Hawaii. They have twice the number – 46 – of Hopfe surnamed people than the 2nd most common Hopfe state, Texas, with only 23. I know if it were me, I’d like to figure out how those Hawaiian Hopfe’s were related so that I could visit them. (Ha ha – just kidding.)

There are a couple surnames similar to Hopfe that may be variations of the name, including Hopf, which has more than 10,000 individuals worldwide, and Hoepf.

Hopfe Distribution 1920 CensusAnother site I like regarding surnames is Ancestry.Com; they have a name origin page. It is really cool because it shows the distribution of a surname during three different US Censuses. In the case of Hopfe, the 1920 Census shows there were 7 Hopfe families in New York (including some of her ancestors).

The bottom line is that there are many more Hopfes in the United States and the world but, none left in Maine.

Takeaway: Use Forebears.io and Ancestry.com/name-origin for learning more about surnames.

ENDNOTES:

[i] Internet: Family Tree; “Extinct Family Names”; http://www.familytree.com/blog/extinct-family-names/; however, Forbears.io indicates there is one person surnamed Bread, and two people with the Chips surname.

————-Disclaimer————-