Thanks to one of our Krause cousins, the immigrant Krause ancestor has been found! (Thank you, Marie Morgan-Roth!)
Ok, by immigrant, I mean, we have found the initial ancestor who left Germany and arrived in the Bessarabian area. That person is Johann Michael Krause.
This is found in a birth record of Martin Krause where his parents are listed as Michael Krause and Julianna, born Merkle. (Other researchers are calling her Maehle or Mehle). FYI, I found this on the index from the Odessa3 web site.
Godparents are listed as Martin Fleig, Gottlieb Mix and Rosina Weiss. (Film # 1768092, for those of you who want to look it up!)
Further details about Johann Michael and his wife seem to be found in a book titled Ancestors and Family History with Family Relations in Bessarabia, 1814-1940, by Heinrich WAHLERS. I haven’t been able to find a copy. But I did request it via Interlibrary Loan through the King County system. Finally, I was able to find a reference to it in someone’s Ancestry.com site (even found it on Amazon.de).
If you are looking for it, here’s the reference info:
- Tarutino Settlers Chronicle (Colonizers and their family connections)
- Tarutino Siedlerchronik (Erstansiedler und ihre Familienverbindungen)
- Heinrich Wahlers
- Call Number
- ISBN 978-3-00-046721-9
- Publisher Date
- September 2014
The other issue I am having in following this new lead is that, while a number of people are claiming him as an ancestor, they don’t all seem to agree.
Here are a few of the things I hope the Tarutino book confirms, or at least can explain.
For this study, I selected 11 Ancestry entries that seemed representative, though, I will admit, I stopped reviewing each one because there was multiple accounts with similar info as the below. There may be others with more or different info. (Doing this study again in the future may be fruitful.)
The majority of the Ancestry sites use 1802 as his birth date. That is also the birth date referenced to in the Stumpp book.
But there are also references to 1795, 1807 and even 1812! (Cue Tchaikovsky!)
If voting were the determining factor, here are the stats. (And wouldn’t that make genealogy fascinating!)
- 1802 – 53%
- 1795 – 26%
- 1812 – 13%
- 1807 – 6%
This is complicated by the fact that, no matter what, the name of the town today will be different than it was in his time.
Here are the towns listed by the various Ancestry sites:
- Schoenlanke – now Trzcianka, Poland (28.5%)
- Wielkopolskie, Poland (21.4%)
- Paris Bessarabia (7% – and IMO not really an accurate option)
- Posen, Saale-Holzland Kreis, Thueringen (35.6%)
- Szczecin, Pommern, Cochen-Zell, Rheinland-Palatinate (7% – also , this entry confuses me because Pommern and Rheinland aren’t next to each other – at least not today!)
FYI, the Stumpp book lists his origins as Golina, Konin, Poland
I thought this would help me narrow down whether there is more than one Johann Michael, but I’m not sure what sources these folks used. So here is what I have seen so far regarding wives and marriage.
Now, keep in mind. It isn’t impossible to have been married more than once. But not all of these ladies are listed each time and they are listed in different combos. So, this is a true puzzle!
Here are the nominees:
- Juliana Mehle/Maehle
- Christine Schultz
- Christiana Liphardt (could this be the same person as above with either a maiden name or 1st marriage surname?)
- Anna Charlotta Zunder – also Johanna Charlotte Zunder
And here is how they are presented across the 11 Ancestry profiles I reviewed:
- Juliana and Christine – 3 times
- Christiana Liphardt – 1 time
- Anna Charlotta Zunder (or Johanna) – 4 times
- Zunder and Mehle – 1 time
- Zunder and Schultz – 1 time
- Juliana only – 1 time
Remember that in the birth record for Martin that I found (above), the mother is listed as Juliana Mehle.
Also, FYI, don’t get me started on the actual marriage dates – those are all over the place!
My next exercise in this category will be to gather the names of all the children listed by these various researchers and see if I can find the birth records on the Odessa3 site.
Whether Martin is his son:
Five of the Ancestry sites show Martin as Johann Michael’s son and six do not.
For the record, those that show Martin – they list his mother as Juliana.
For those that do not list Martin, those sites also do not list Juliana as Johann Michael’s wife. (Could that mean those sites are just incomplete?)
If parents are mentioned (6 sites list names), they are identified as Friedrich Ludwig Krause and Anna Katharina Kosch.
Of these 6 sites, 5 of them also list Martin as Michael’s son.
Here I anticipated finding less variety, especially because one of the sites shows the Global Find a Grave site as a source.
- 1843 Posen (8.3% and IMO very unlikely)
- 1879 Tarutino (66.67%)
- 1860 Tarutino (8.3%)
- Bef 1862 Tarutino (16.67%)