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German Immigrant Ancestors
in Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York

Surnames - T

Sender: Suzi
Email: Swswint@aol.com
Date: 17 October 2006

My husband, Ron, is the gg grandson of John Trontla who immigrated from the Baden region of Germany in about 1847. We know that by 26 Mar 1853 he had found his way to White Co., Indiana because thatís the day he married Manana Wiegert (also born in Germany). On 10 Sep 1865, John married the twice widowed Eliza Jane (James Alkire) Voris. On 25 Nov 1869 John married Mary Jane Davis. In the mid 1870s John, Mary Jane, and their three children (Georjena, Jesse, and Sylvester) plus the two daughters from his marriage to Manana (Mary & Margaret), began moving west. After checking out Iroquois Co., Illinois (by Dec 1873) and Butler Co., Kansas (by 1880), they finally homesteaded in Cowlitz Co., Washington (in about 1892). (Note: John & Mananaís son John Jr. stayed in Indiana but moved to Howard County. John & Mary Janeís fourth child, Jasper, was born in Aug 1874 in Illinois.)

In the 1860 and 1870 census reports for Prairie, White, Indiana there is a Lucas Trontla living near John. About the time John left Indiana, Lucas, his wife Louisa, and their six kids (William, Henry, Emma, Anna, Minnie, and Charles) moved to Blue Earth Co., Minnesota and switched their name back to Troendle. This was a big break for me. Since I couldn't find any other Trontlas, I knew it was an Americanized name but I really didnít know what it might have been back in Germany.

Last year, I lucked out again and found the photo/scan of passengers on the Invanta which arrived in New York on 19 Jun 1854 with the Trendle family aboard: Lucas (a tailor, age 23), Madeline (age 20), and Franz (a cobbler, age 19). In 1860, Lucas "Trontla's" occupation was "tailor" and since the ages match perfectly, I'm fairly certain these are the same person ... which meant I had probably found two more of Johnís siblings or cousins!

After much hunting, I found a Frank A. Troendle, a cobbler the same age as Franz Trendle, living in Syracuse in 1860, 1870, & 1880. I've been tempted to assume that "Frank A." and "Franz" were the same person but I couldn't quite bring myself to make that leap until I found the naturalization info on your web page that shows that Franz Anton Troendle became a citizen on 23 Sep 1859. His character witness was Casimir Troendle (who I know from census records was born in Germany in about 1826, and who Iíve always suspected was another brother). I also learned from your site that Casimir marched in the big 1892 parade and that he immigrated in 1848 (about the same time that John Trontla immigrated).

Your site also shows that Maximillian Troendle became a citizen on 19 Feb 1859 and it looks as if Casimir served as his character witness as well .... this is probably another brother! I would like to know more about these two.

So that's the long story of my Trontla/Troendle journey of the past 3+ years and thanks to you our family tree now has a few more branches!!

Sender: Janice Simpson
Email: SGranJan2000@aol.com
Date: 30 January 2003

My great-great-grandfather's brother was Louis Thurwachter. Louis was a prosperous willow and wooden ware merchant living at 92 James Street at this time [1870-80]. Another brother John was the proprietor of the European Hotel at 227 and 229 Salina. At least two married Thurwachter sisters also lived in Syracuse: Margaret Hey and Carolina Miller. Margaret was married to Carl/Charles Hey and Carolina was married to Christian Miller. My ancestor and another brother settled in northeastern Missouri and another brother finally settled in Watsonville, California after finding Syracuse not to his liking.

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

See WINTER on the "W" page

Sender: Suzanne M. Kubacki
Email: rjstudio@dreamscape.com
Date: 7 September 2001
Surnames: TORBIT, 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