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Sender: Robert Bond
Email: rtbond007@embarqmail.com
Date: 24 October 2008

I'm a descendant of one of the original Syracuse North Side German families and would like to hear from anyone who knows more about my lines. The immigrants were Ludwig FLUM and his wife, Madelaine KAISER, who arrived in 1855....

See more info on the "F" page under FLUM.

Sender: Daniel J. Kortenkamp
Email: dkortenk@uwsp.edu
Date: 15 October 2005
Surnames: KISCH

Looking for Syracuse documentation of the KISCH family – Antoinette (mother; maiden name unknown) born 1811? [15 Jan 1873 obit says, “aged 61 years”]; daughter Catherine born “February 24, 1840, Trier, Germany.” [funeral card]; father’s name unknown. Catherine’s March 1925 obit says, “born in Trier, Germany, February 24, eighty-five years ago and came to this country with her parents when ten years old. For two years the family lived in Syracuse, N.Y. Since that time Mrs. OETH has been a resident of Dubuque.” Catherine married Peter OETH in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubuque, 9 Mar 1861. I have more about these people in the “Lang Family History” at my website: http://www.uwsp.edu/psych/dk/danielpg.htm

Sender: Valerie
Email: vcapels@madriver.com
Date: 6 November 2007
Surnames: KAPLES, CAPELS, CAPLES, CAPLE, etc. of Onondaga, Oswego, and Herkimer Counties, New York

I found your Web site thru an archived article on the Onondaga Historical Association's Web site and want to share with you information I am in the process of compiling about my German/Irish ancestors. You may (or may not) find something of interest.


I grew up in Syracuse and have lived in Vermont for the past 20 years. My mother's parents (Smidt, Gumpert) were from Germany, but did not end up in Syracuse via the trends you outlined. What might be more interesting is my father's Irish ancestry, which I am 95% confident were actually German Palatines that came to America in the late 1700s via Ireland. Many settled in Herkimer County and then migrated to Oswego and Onondaga Counties. Many of my father's ancestors were salt workers, barrel makers, and later steel mill workers. I am still an early student of the German Palatine aspect of their history (as well as other areas) and when I get around to updating parts of my Web site, I would like to include a link to your site as a resource.

Like you, I've been doing most of my research from afar and do not speak German.

Congratulations on your hard work and good Web site.

Sender: Sandy Schemmerling
Email: SSandy2@comcast.net
Date: 19 March 2006
Surnames: KRAFF, LIND

First I would like to say how much I appreciate your having your website. I was able to find my great-great-grandparents' graves in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Syracuse. Their names: Henry and Mary Anna LIND and their son, Henry Jr. If anyone is interested in finding this family, they came from Darmstadt, Germany. (Some of you may be more familiar with the term “Hessen”.) They arrived in Syracuse in 1883 and resided at 308 La Forte Ave, Syracuse NY. They were naturalized in 1891. They had four children, three were born in Germany and one was born in Syracuse. The eldest child, Elizabeth, was my great-grandmother. She and her two husbands are buried in Pompey Hill, Cemetery. Jacob KRAFF was her first husband and father of her four children. He passed away in 1907. In 1909, Elizabeth married Jacob’s brother, Anthony. If anyone knows of the Kraff family in Syracuse would they please contact me. I just found out that Jacob was also born in Germany, however, Anthony was born here. Anthony had a saloon. Where we don’t know. He also had quite a bit of real estate in Syracuse.

Thank you. Also, my husband was born in Germany so we have no problem if you contact us in German.

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

Thank you for your website. 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. The Koppenhafers immigrated from Frankenstein, Germany in the middle 1860’s.

Sender: George Fox
Email: gfox1@houston.rr.com
Date: 4 April 2004

Researching these families.

Sender: Paul Kocher
Email: updated Dec. 2006: pkocher@twcny.rr.com
Date: 27 March 2004
Surnames: KOCHER

My Great Grandparents, JOSEPH KOCHER and MARY MONATH KOCHER were married in Aug. 1891 in France, and then arrived in Syracuse NY at that time. They were both believed to have been born in the Alsace Lorraine section of Germany or France. His village of birth is Roeschwoog, Germany. The 1892 Onondaga Co. census showed them living in the 500 block of Kirkpatrick St, Syracuse, both from Germany, and their listed ages match known data. Joseph's death certifficate in 1929 lists his father as IGNATZ KOCHER, of Germany.

Ellis Island records do show a KOCHER, either I. or J., age 59, from France, entering NY City on July 30, 1892, enroute to Syracuse. This age does not match known info.

A one-line handwritten record at Assumption Church, N. Salina St, shows the death of IGNATIUS KOCHER, age 68, on Aug. 4, 1893, with no family listed. The age of 68 is 5 years off known data on IGNATZ KOCHER. Onon. Historical and Library records match this one-line bit of info. There are no Vital Statistics records on this death.

I am searching for any additional information on this KOCHER death. And I am still looking for any information on my KOCHER Family from Germany / France (Alsace - Lorraine area) to Syracuse, NY.

Sender: Larry Magee
Email: lnnmagoo@netins.net
Date: 13 June 2003

Looking for information on a "John Magee" of Onondaga County. Married an Esther Kelley. Had a child named "Woolsey" born 1811/1812. Woolsey's death certificate says John was born in Germany. Both John and Esther owned property through the early part of the 1800's, in Syracuse. It would appear that my John came into the country around 1790.

Sender: Dorothy Knittle MacPherson
Email: Muttmore@aol.com
Date: 22 January 2003

Hi, I am trying to find out some information on my great grandparents, Boniface Knittle and Katherine Benz. They were both born in Germany but I don't know where. Boniface was born May 1849 and died January 1912. Katherine was born May 6, 1950, and died January 11, 1936. They were probably married in New York about 1875 Boniface arrived in the U.S. in 1866 and he was naturalized. Boniface was a brewery laborer. They had 4 children, Edward, Joseph (my grandfather), Frank and Anna. In 1900 they lived at 306 Herbert Street in Syracuse New York. Thank you for your time and any other information you can help me with.

Sender: Tom Ford
Email: tom4rd@mchsi.com
Date: 9 June 2002

See WINTER on the "W" page

Sender: Dick Cook
Email: rcook@accesstoledo.com
Date: 9 March 2002
Surnames: Flum, KAISER

My ggparents arrived in Syracuse from Germany in 1855. Ludwig (Louis) FLUM b. abt 1827 in Waldshut, Baden, DEU died 10 Aug. 1888 Syracuse. Arrived N.Y. 20 Apr. 1855 Ship "Mary Ogden" from Harve. Magdalena KAISER b. 27 June 1827 in Waldshut, Baden, DEU died 8 Dec. 1885 Syracuse. Arrived N.Y. 20 Apr. 1855 Ship "Mary Ogden" from Harve. Ludwig and Magdalena were married 27 May 1855 Assumption Church, Syracuse.

Sender: Suzanne M. Kubacki
Email: rjstudio@dreamscape.com
Date: 7 September 2001
Surname: KUBACKI, etc.
Many of my family lived/lives in Onondaga County, Oswego County. Lots of them "bounced" between the two.

My side: Hoefler, Moon, Pennock, Pringle, TORBIT, Brimm, Eucher, Steinbach/Steinbacher, Minikheim/Menikheim, Allen

Husband's side: Kubacki and Austin

Sender: Eric Schultz
Email: eric.schultz@iname.com
Date: 19 August 2001

See Descendants of F. Christian Heller