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Sender: Nancy Gilger Hyden
Email: neyoung@juno.com
Date: 13 September 2005
Surnames: GILGER (in Northumberland Co. and Mercer Co., PA)

Another Gilger settled in Shamokin Twp. Northumberland Co., PA. Johann Adam Gilger, Sr. born 1752 in Bershweiler, Germany married Anna Elizabeth Hinckel and raised 11 children. Jonas, their 3rd son (1791-1871) moved to Venango (later Clarion) Co., PA and married Eve Margaret Grett. One of their sons, Adam (1819-1894) married LaVina Neely and their first son, Alvin Franklin (1848-1926) moved to Hadley Village, Perry Twp., Mercer Co., PA. He married Ellen Catharine Heeter and their first son, Harry Cecil Gilger (1876-1964) married Amy Bell Vaughn (1876-1969). Their only son, my father, Vaughn Gilger (1904-1966) married Kathryn Russell (1903-1986). My dad was from Hadley Village, Perry Twp., Mercer Co., PA and mother was from Greenville, Mercer Co., PA. Then my parents moved to Fremont (Sandusky Co), PA, on to Louisville, Kentucky and then to Dallas, Texas.

Sender: Eric Carlson
Email: eric.carlson@alaska.com
Date: 7 July 2005
Surnames: GREISINGER, Baumgardner, Bleem, Egle / Eagle, Koppenhafer

Would like to hear from anyone with connections or information on these families in the Syracuse area going back to the 1850’s and 1860’s....Thank you for your website.

Sender: Rita Broeker (Missouri)
Email: gardenwench4@charter.net
Date: 5 April 2005

My Henry Gieselmann emigrated in 1836 from Germany, village ??. Several Gieselman families were together but after landing in New York, they got seperated and my ancestor landed in S. Indiana. I am interested in hearing from anyone who knows more about them.

Sender: Michelle Stone
Email: mefisher@bellsouth.net
Date: 17 February 2005
Surname: GRUB, Walsh/Walch

Corporal Jakob Grub of Co. B, 149th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Civil War), enlisted 29 August 1862 at age 23. He was taken prisoner at Chancellorsville, Virginia on 3 May 1863, parolled and returned to his company at Wauhatchie, Tennessee on 17 November 1863. He fell in the battle of Peachtree Creek, north of Atlanta, Georgia on 20 July 1864. Originally buried at Peachtree Creek, his remains were later reinterred at Marietta National Cemetery (500 Washington Avenue, Marietta, Georgia 30060), in Section G, plot 6727. He had become a U.S. citizen by swearing the oath of allegiance in Syracuse on 28 September 1858.

Marietta National Cemetery contains 10,132 Union Civil War soldiers, 3,093 of which are unknowns. His fellow soldier of Co. B., 149th Inf., Private Jakob Walch (Walsh), lies in the same cemetery, in Section B, plot 1211 (died 27 October 1864?).

The online listing of burials at the cemetery:

Description and history of the cemetery:

Some photos and a map:

Civil War Re-Enactors of the 149th:

Sender: John Graham
Email: hamburgerclan@yahoo.com (email updated July 2011)
Date: 21 December 2003

My great-great-grandfather, William Roushe, is listed in the federal census records for 1880 and 1900 as living in Syracuse. He was born in Germany in August of 1846 and emigrated to the U. S. in 1851. Both census listings show him employed as a fireman. His wife Elizabeth (I don't know her birth surname) was born somewhere in New York in May of 1850 and they were married in 1869. They had 9 children: Abraham, born in 1871; E. Margaret, 1874; Catherine (my great-grandmother, who married Albert Graham), Oct. 1876; Peter, 1878; George W., 1879; John A., 1883; Lucy M., 1886; William, 1888; and Arthur E., 1890. It seems like E. Margaret died before 1900. If anyone might have more information on this clan, it would be much appreciated.

Sender: Jim Glick
Email: jglick1428@comcast.net
Date: 24 November 2003

My great-grandfather, Adam Glück, arrived in Syracuse in 1849 or 1850 according to the 1855 NY census. He was originally from Württemberg, Germany. In the 1860 census he is listed as a master Baker and the 1859-60 city directory shows him residing at 19 Kirkpatrick street.

Adam married Elisabeth C. Meyer June 25, 1853 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Syracuse. She and her younger brother Charles had been in Syracuse for about a year at that time. There are other Meyer/Mayer families tied in with Elisabeth and Charles through church records of baptisms and weddings throughout the 1850s and 60s.

Adam and Elisabeth had four children in Syracuse: Charles in 1855, my grandfather Martin Peter in 1858, John H. in 1862 and Elisabeth Caroline in 1863. They are shown as living at 17 Union Place in Syracuse in the 1862-63 city Directory. However, they left Syracuse in 1863 and moved to Florence (later incorporated into Saginaw City) Michigan where he worked in the salt making industry until his death in 1899. Elisabeth followed him in death just a few months later in the same year. The name was spelled Glick in Saginaw.

When I started researching the Glück/Glick family, I discovered that Württemberg was a major salt-producing area in Europe through the 18th and early 19th centuries. That Adam settled in Syracuse which was the prime salt producing area of New York and the eastern United States seemed more than coincidental, and his move to the Saginaw area to work in the salt industry there as it became a new competitor and eventually displaced Syracuse's lead in the salt industry seemed to be the prime motivator for his choice of places to settle, even though his occupation in Syracuse had been that of a baker.

Whether it was the salt that led Adam to Syracuse and then Saginaw or if was just coincidence may not be determinable, but the tie between the two cities is fact. A history of Saginaw cites the trip to Syracuse in 1863 by the partners in a new salt mining cooperative to learn about the most effective methods and to recruit experienced salt makers as the beginning of the lucrative salt industry that flourished in Saginaw along with the lumbering industry for about the next fifty years. Each industry contributed to the success of the other until the lumber gave out and the cost of fuel for boiling the salt became too much to make it profitable to continue. Then, as had happened to Syracuse, Saginaw turned to other industries to prosper.

Sender: Tracie Lefler
Email: lefler@northnet.org
Date: 7 June 2003

I remember my great-grandmother, Katherine Loos Gilcher, first when I was 4-1/2 years old. We stopped in Lexington, Kentucky on the way home from California to Malone, New York. Great-grammie was still able to walk at that time. She lived with her daughter, Matilda Jones and her family. I have a picture that was taken then. After my grandfather, Robert Disque, died, my grandmother, Louise, went to live with them in Kentucky. We had a big party for Great-grammie on her 100th birthday in Lexington, Kentucky (1951). She was 100 years old and had no gray hair....

Just a few thoughts about our week in Lexington in 1951. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't beat Great-grammie in dominoes. She had long hair and would brush it out each morning and make two long braids that she wound around her head. Then she would call a family meeting and tell everybody what they should do that day and when. She ran the show. (I asked my mother about that years later and she was surprised that I picked up on that.)

After breakfast, one of her daughters would help her have a bath, get her dressed, and in her wheelchair. She wasn't helpless--only crippled up with arthritis. I don't ever remember when she wasn't busy, unless she was taking her nap or playing with us. After dinner was cleaned up and we kids were in bed, the adults would play bridge or pinoccle. She usually didn't lose at that either. My Dad was about the only one who could beat her. I think that it is amazing that we could communicate so well because she only spoke English brokenly with many German words mixed in while I only spoke English. I was almost 10 at the time.

I do have a few things that were hers. Her walking wheel (she had two wheels after that which she also wore out) and a complete set of Haviland china for 12 that she won playing bridge I think in the 1880's.

My mother wasn't very forthcoming about her family. Most of what I know I have had to dig for. I do know that Katherine Loos Gilcher came to America in 1869 at the age of 18. I believe her brother paid her way. However, she had been working and living out of the home since she was 12. She had a wicked step-mother. I also believe that her grandfather fought with La Fayette in the American Revolution and went back home afterwards. They were from the Alsace-Lorraine area. I can't remember the town.

I hope to get more info from my cousin later this year. Because of my Mother's not wanting to talk about the male sides of her family, I know almost nothing about the Gilcher side of the family.

Link to Obituary of Katherine Loos Gilcher

Sender: Daniel Smothergill
Email: dsmothe1@twcny.rr.com
Date: 24 August 2002

The family of Friedrich HUMBERT and Eva Maria LUX came to Syracuse around 1850. Both were from Hatten, Bas Rhin, Alsace. Friedrich himself does not appear to have come to America. He died in Alsace in 1841. But his wife Eva did come. A family Bible says she died in Syracuse in 1851, shortly after arriving.

We know that five of the Humberts' children lived in Syracuse. Friedrich Humbert, the eldest, was born in 1824 in Hatten and died on 9 Jul 1895 at 707 University Avenue, Syracuse. Syracuse City Directories from 1862 - 1868 list him as a cabinet maker with a shop at 64 N. Salina St. His home was at 108 Butternut. According to a newspaper clipping at the Onondaga Historical Association, Frederick Humbert and his wife Mary bought the house in 1853. Buying the house was connected in some way to the German Community of Emmigrants Friends Society. Friedrich first belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church and later joined Park Central downtown. His wife, Maria Elizabeth Bormann, was born in 1832 in Hanover (Prussia) and died 13 Jul 1909 in Syracuse. They were married 22 January 1852 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Syracuse. Between 1852 and 1873 they had 9 children, some of whom resided in Syracuse all their lives.

A second child of Friedrich and Eva Maria Humbert in Syracuse was Salome Humbert. She married Phillip OSSWALD at St. John's Lutheran on 25 Jan 1852. He was from Hessen, Darmstadt. Salome died in Syracuse on 27 Feb 1868.

A third child, Dorothea Humbert, married Phillip SCHILLY at St. John's Lutheran on 8 Jan 1854. She died 3 Oct 1899.

A fourth child, Magdalena Humbert, married Wilhelm Friedrich SCHWILK on 29 Apr 1856 in Syracuse. She was born in Hatten in 1835 and died in Schenctady, NY on 23 Feb 1907. Schwilk was Pastor of the 3rd Evangelical Protestant Dutch Church in Schenectady at the time they married and later formed his own church known as the Temple Gemeinde. He died in Schenectady on 30 Dec 1906.

A fifth child, Maria Eva Humbert, also in Syracuse married a man named GEMMER.

A footnote to this story has to do with my wife Nancy Laubengayer Smothergill. Nancy is the great granddaughter of Magdelena Humbert and Reverend Wilhelm Schwilk. Although Nancy was born and raised in Ithaca, NY, not far from Syracuse, and we actually have lived in Syracuse since 1967, she knew nothing about the Humberts of Syracuse until just a few years ago.

Sender: Paul Riddler
Email: Dopaso4@aol.com
Date: 17 June 2002

Re: Deutschen pp. 93-102: I read the referenced section with great interest as Christian Rupprecht is my great, great, great-grandfather on my mother's side. I can remember, as a boy, my grandmother, Amelia Caroline Breman (who married Oscar William Palmer) telling of the incident of the canal boat being frozen in the canal and that is why they stayed in Syracuse.

Do you have or can you reference me to additional data on Christian Rupprecht (DOB, place of birth), how & when they immigrated to America, who he was married to, etc.). Do you have any information or sources of information (i.e. websites) on the Grumbach lineage (Elisabeth married Nicholaus Grumbach and had Col. Nicholas G of Civil War fame and Elizabeth, my maternal great grandmother) i.e. significant dates & places?

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Sender: Ken Fox
Email: Utha@aol.com
Date: 26 April 2002
Surnames: GILCH or GILCHER

I have a Katharina Gilch or Gilcher from the Perwolfing area of Bavaria. She married one Stephan Brunner.

They had my GF who was Alois Brunner and he was born April 1877 in Perwolfing, Bavaria. He emigrated to the USA on the SS Dresden that left Bremen for New York and arrived Jan. 13, 1893. His correct place of birth was Niederrunding, Oberplaz, Bavaria.

I know that he had one Brother Joseph but not sure if he had any other siblings. Appreciate it if this ties in with all of your information on the Gilch,. Gilcher name. It looks like there could be a connection somewhere.