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German Immigrant Ancestors
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Sender: Hermann Kühn
Email: cmhpok@arcor.de
Date: 2 June 2011

Gerade habe ich im deutschen wikipedia eine Seite zu Max Landsberg erstellt.
mit vielen Verweisen auf die englische Ausgabe.

Bei der Suche nach den Kindern bin ich bei Benjamin Stolz auf Deinen Eintrag gekommen

Außer dem Geburtsdatum und dem Bild gibt es nicht viel Informationen.
Es wird z.B. nicht seine Heirat mit Rose Landsberg (* 7.9.1874 in Rochester, N.Y.; + 30.11. oder 1.dez. 1955 ) am 26.12.1898 genannt.

Hast Du an einem Austausch von Daten Interesse?

In English: Benjamin Stolz married Rose Landsberg (born 7 Sept. 1874, Rochester, NY; died 30 November or 1 December 1955) on 26 December 1898. Please contact if you would like to exchange data.

See also Who's who in American Jewry, Vol. 3, page 1049, entries about Benjamin Stolz, his wife, Rose Landsberg, and their son Max Landsberg Stolz, born in Syracuse and a lawyer as well.

And see also Bernard G. Rudolph: From a Minyan to a Community: a history of the Jews of Syracuse, Syracuse University, 1970, page 119ff. In this book it states that Benjamin Stolz was the Democratic candidate for the 1926 New York state election for attorney general
and on page 119 you will find the parents of Benjamin Stolz: David and Regina and the statment that Benjamin had two brothers and sisters.

Sender: Ralph Lehnen
Email: ranchoralph@verizon.net
Date: 12 November 2007
Surnames: LEHNEN

I have relatives that were living in Syracuse in 1880 (Census). They were Peter (64), Kate (56), Anne (24), John J.(21), and Phillip (23) all with last name of Lehnen. Phillip H. was my paternal grandfather and managed the Wieting Opera House from 1880-1890. There were fires, non payment of wages, and questionable practices that all led to his nervous breakdown and his brother John J. picking up the reins.

The father, Peter, was naturalized in 1877 and I have no further record of him but assume he was buried in Syracuse along with Kate. I believe he might have immigrated from Germany in 1852 on the "Henry Clay".

Phillip H. married Currie A. Daniels and had two children: Philip Wieting Lehnen and Rosamond. The latter shows up in Chicago in the 1910 and 1920 census. If any of your readers have info about where any of the Lehnens are buried or any other facts. I would be pleased to hear about it.

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

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: Ethel Stanton
Email: stanton@gte.net
Date: 4 June 2005

I located the businesses of two of my direct ancestors in Syracuse in your pages from the directories of the New Atlas of Onondaga County, NY (1874) produced by Mr. Sweet:

First: Ostrander, Loomis & Co., 28 and 30 James St. ...Welton Benz (Bens) Ostrander was my great-grandfather. His daughter was Lucy Loomis Ostrander. I had many stories but only knew that the company dealt with tea, coffee and spices.

Welton's father died at age 30 and his mother remarried, Chauncy Chester Loomis. I heard that there was some insurance money which allowed them to start a country store on the Erie Canal. Welton was only about 5 years old at the time, but learned the business as he grew up and eventually became a partner. They began the coffee, tea and spice business when he was old enough to help run the business. They built it up to include horses and wagons for deliveries, teasels for the carding of wool, peach and apple orchards, willow trees to use for making baskets for the fruit, as well as a large warehouse for their products. He also had an interest in the Quaker Yeast Co. They had a coffee roasting plant as well.

They did very well and were considered moderately rich. However, in the 1880's when Welton Bens Ostrander was in his 40's, he thought he had either tuberculosis or tea poisoning from his business, so he changed his plans. He sold the business to Col. O. V. Tracy and began a project for a ranch in Texas....

One time, an order was received from Syracuse, NY for 20 horses. Somehow the order was read as twenty carloads of horses. About 200 horses arrived in Syracuse and had to be herded through the streets to a corral. Apparently they were not trained horses and went quite wild after riding the train and arriving in a strange and noisy city....

Second: M. J. Myers, Cashier, State Bank of Syracuse, No.3 basement, Onondaga County Savings Bank building. My grandmother, Lucy Loomis Ostrander, married Matthew Jervis Myers, the son of this M.J. Myers. This M.J. Myers was Matthew Joseph Myers. (One story is that he and his wife took the train to the South early in the Civil War. The Bank had a branch down there and they withdrew their capital of GOLD and brought it back to Syracuse in little pockets attached to her hoop skirt. If this is true it must have been a great adventure.) This Matthew Joseph Myers was also connected to the first telephone company in Syracuse. His son, Matthew Jervis Myers, invented a patented "Break Finder" for the telephone lines. Welton Benz Ostrander hired him to come to Texas to his huge ranch project in order to find the breaks in their wire fences. Lucy Loomis Ostrander met him there (the story goes) and they were later married in Syracuse.

I would like to share information with anyone else researching or connected to these families.

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

Researching these families.

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: Carl Hommel
Email: hommel@sundial.net
Date: 18 November 2001
Surname: LOOS, WOESE, HOMMEL Families in Syracuse

I have some information on the Conrad Loos Family, pictures, obit, story of his Civil War record as written by his schoolboy grandson (Carlton L. Hommel, my father), and the genealogy of his ancestors to the 1500's in Germany. I also have a few things about Edward Hommel, his son-in-law. I have his family tree back to the 1700's in Germany.

One of the pictures shows a birthday picnic for Caroline Bolline Woese, taken in about 1895, with many Loos's, Woese's, one Haberle, some Hommel's (including my father, age about three). Another picture shows four generations, with my father (wearing his christening dress), his mother, Elizabeth Katherine Loos Hommel, her mother, Anna Charlotte Woese Loos, and her mother, Caroline Bollino Woese. The last picture shows my father with his brother, Edward Conrad Hommel, with Edward in his christening dress.

We are also related the Bausch Family in Rochester (Bausch & Lomb). There was a Bausch and Hommel Optical Company in Syracuse in the early 1900's, which later became Edward Hommel & Sons, in the State Tower Building.

Sender: Peter Mooney
Email: pmooney@cfl.rr.com
Date: 6 September 2001
Surnames: LEUTH, Fresemann, Kiesinger, Warner, Fouquet, Mooney

My grandmother and her family came to Syracuse around 1887 from Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein. Her father's name was Henry (or Henrik or some variation) Leuth. Her mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Fresemann. Her sister Augusta Leuth Kiesinger was also born in Germany. She had two younger sisters Ida Warner and Clara Fouquet who were born in the U.S. My grandmother's name was Rosalie (Rose) Mooney. She was born in 1885 and died in 1985 in Syracuse. Any information about the Leuth's would be greatly appreciated.

Sender: Fran Vanderveer
Email: PhoeFran@aol.com
Date: 30 August 2001
Surnames: LETTER, Maurer, Vanderveer

I am looking for information regarding John LETTER and Maria MAURER Letter who came to Syracuse from Germany approximately 1885. They were the parents of seven children, John Jr., Adam, Viola, Emma, Rose, Marie, and Annie. They were living on Park St. at the time of John Sr.'s death in 1902 and he was employed as a stone mason. Emma married Jewell W. VANDERVEER in Syracuse in 1909.