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The Texas Wendish Family Pages

aka Nielsen's Texas Notes by Dr George Nielsen

Thursday 01 December 2011 at 10:19 pm.

The formation of the Wendish family pages was part of the research process for In Search of a Home.  In addition to identifying individual Wends, the collected information could be used to show the number of immigrants, the waves of migration, intermarriage with other Wends, and the destinations. The information was limited to the first two generations of immigrant Wends and the information would include such things as the dates and places of birth and death, the date of migration, the names of their parents, and the names of the spouses. The information came from such sources as church records, obituaries, newspapers, and census records.

Because the pages were never intended for public use, I did not identify the source of each bit of information nor did I observe a high standard of penmanship. Shortly after In Search of a Home was published I received numerous requests for family history and the family sheets often contained helpful material. So I decided to make my family notes available for research and sent copies of the Australian families to the Lutheran Archives in Adelaide, the Texas families to the Wendish Archives in Serbin, the Iowa pages to Cathy Petersen, and the Canadian pages to Brend Lee-Whiting.

When you encounter pages with notes written with red ink, these notes were penned while I was doing research in what was the German Democratic Republic.

 Andres  Domel  Hultzsch  Kruger  Nitsche  Schel(l)nick  Wagner
 Arldt  Domschula  Iselt  Krupper  Njemz  Schiller  Waiser
 Baer  Domut  Jacob  Kschidl  Noack  Schimank  Warnasch
 Balzer  Drilling  Jacobik  Kubitz  Noatnick  Schiwart  Wehle
 Bamsch  Droi(g)k  Janak  Kubsch  Nokonz  Schkade  Wehser
 Bartel  Drosche  Jank  Kuhlke  Nowak  Schklentscher  Weise
 Bartsch  Dube  Jannasch  Kunze  Nowotni(c)k  Schlemmer  Weiser
 Basche  Duerrlich  Janusch  Kurio  Nutschan  Schmidt  Wenk(e)
 Becker  Dunzer  Jassenk  Kutschke  Nowusch  Schneider  Wertschutz
 Behser/Besser  Dutschmann  Jassynk  Lehman(n)  Pache  Schoellnick  Wieder
 Beisert  Fabian  Jatzlau  Leitko  Pahn  Schoenig  Winkler
 Belas  Falke  Jenke  Lenigk  Pallmer  Schoppa  Winzer
 Benedix  Farrack  Jentho  Leschber  Pampel(l)  Schram(m)  Wirth
 Benofsky  Faske  Jeremias  Liberty  Patschke  Schubert  Wirtschutz
 Bensch  Felfe  Jung  Locke  Paul  Schulz  Wobaj
 Berger  Fiebiger  Jurak  Lorentschk  Paulik  Schulze  Wobusa
 Berghold  Fiedler  Jurisch(k)  Lotzman  Paulo  Schultze  Wolf
 Berk  Fischer  Juritz  Lowke  Pech  Schur  Woelsch
 Bernstein  Foerster  Jurk  Lushiz  Pehse  Schuster  Woythe 
 Betschick  Franke  Jurz  Malke  Peter  Schwarz  Wuensche
 B(j)iar  Frei  Kaiser  Marko  Petrik  Schwausch  Wuiz
 Bi(e)bas(s)  Freund  Kalbas  Marosko  Petschick  Schwoibe  Wukasch
 Bi(e)gon  Frit(s)che  Kallenbach  Markert  Petschke  Seiler  Zieschang
 Biehle  Geyer  Kalmbach  Marusch  Petzold  Seydler  Zimmerman
 Birke  Gersch  Kalz  Matke  Pietsch  Simmank  Zindler
 Birnbaum  Glowna  Kambor  Matthias  Pilak/Pillack  Simon  Zischang

 Bjegon

 Gloyna  Kappler  Matthiez  Pobran  Skade  Zoch
 Bluemel  Golner  Karcher  Matthijetz  Polenz  Skoreng  Zschiesche
 Boback  Graf  Karisch  Mattiaschke  Poldrack  Skoring  Zschech
 Boettcher  Greilich  Kaspar  Matz  Polnick  Socke  Zwahr
 Bogisch  Greulich  Kasparik  Medack  Ponich  Sommer  Eiffler
 Bohot  Groeschel  Kasper  Mehle  Poppelz  Sonsel  
 Boike  Handreck  Keiling  Meltschak  Post  Spahn  
 Bolding  Handri(c)k  Kerk  Mersiovsky  Pracht  Spreiz  
 Boriack   Han(n)usch

 Kessel

 Merting

 Prachwitz  Spretz  
 Born  Hansel  Kieschnick  Mertink  Prellop  Ssuc(k)y  
 Bosche  Hansk  Kiesling  Michalk  Prochneschko  Stary  
 Boschk  Hantschke  Kijank  Mi(c)kan  Proft  Stephan  
 Bosse  Hattas/Hottas  Kilian  Mieksch  Proske  Strech  
 Bowyer  Heinze  Kjchidel  Miersch  Protz  Suck  
 Brabandt  Helas  Klein  Miertschin  Puebner  Symm  
 Brauer  Hempel  Klipp  Mitschk(e)  Rackel  Symmank  
 Breda  Hentschel  Kloss  Moerbe  Reben  Symny  
 Brosk  Herbrig  Kmoch  Morosko  Regmann  Synatsch(k)  
 Bruck  Herenz  Kneschk  Motz  Rehle  Taffel  
 Brydde  Hermann  Knippa  Moze  Reinhardt  Taeger  
 Buchhorn  Herzog  Koal  Mros  Rek  Tanniger  
 Bucke  Hillsberg  Kohl  Mrosack  Rensch  Teinert  
 Budschick  Hi(e)lscher  Kokel  Mrosk(e)(o)  Richter  Teschke  
 Buettner  Hobratsch(k)  Kolba  Mutschink  Ritter  Tilscher  
 Buhl  Hocker  Korner  Nagel  Roble  Toper  
 Buscha  Hoebel  Koslan  Najorka  Roensch  Trinks  
 Casparik  Hoehne  Kowar  Nakonz  Roitsch  Tschatschula  
 Casper  Hofmann  Krahl  Nakunz  Rudel  Tschoernick  
 Czech  Hohle  Krakosky  Neitsch  Runar  Tschornack  
 Czjesslija  Holfeld  Krakowski  Nerettig  Sarodnik  Umlang  
 Dallwitz  Hollas  Krause  Neumann  Schade  Urban  
 Deo  Hop(p)enz  Krautschick  Nickel  Scharath  Vobuza  
 Doman(n)  Horisch  Krautz  Niemtschk  Schatte  Vogel  
 Domaschk(e)  Horn  Krischke  Niemtz  Schautschick  Wacker  

Names below are added as they are found to be Wendish or they were inadvertantly not on the original list:

 

 Eiffler
 Fehr
 Gross
 Gruetzner
 Melde
 Radusch
 Kalich
 Schurk
 Matuschka
 Mittasch
 Tschoppe 

 Nulischk
 

 Geier             

three comments

Jennifer Jurischk

Dear George,
I would just like to say thank you for all your diligent research on the Wendish peoples. As you can see my ancestors are on your list and you have helped me to answer many a mystery about them. Thank you again and God Bless!
Jenny Jurischk

Jennifer Jurischk - 03/27/2013 01:20
JT Koenig

Hello George: I was trying to decipher your notes on the family of my 3rd Great-grandmother, Maria Greulich of Gebelzig who later married Heinrich Mueller in Bastrop in 1855. From what we know, Maria came over on the Ben Nevis with her 3 year old daughter, also named Maria, and it appears that when she left Hamburg she was also pregnant, as it seems that she gave birth on board the Ben Nevis and that this newborn died and was buried at sea near Cuba. It also appears that her daughter Maria died shortly after traveling inland into Texas of Measles in Fayette County in January 1855.

I cannot find any record of a husband traveling with Maria, but she is listed as being linked somehow to the household of the family of Johann Zieschank (born 4/11/1810) and wife Hanna (born 11/25/1808) of Saxony. I have often wondered if Maria is related to these two older people as the Zieschanks were godparents to almost all of Maria’s children.

Do you know anything of this family, the Greulichs? If not, can one still find records back in the wendish settlements in Germany (such as Gebelzig)?

JT Koenig - 08/1/2014 19:09
George Nielsen

Hello JT Koenig,

For more on the Zieschangs, click on Wendish blogs, and then on Stockwendish. Stockwendish contains the work of the late Bill Biar and he lists the wife of Johann Zieschang (b. 1910) as Hanna Greulich. That would support your hunch of a family connection between Maria Müller and the Zieschangs. I do not know the specifics of that relationship.

In a letter to me dated, 5.12.1988, Bill Biar gave his source as Pastor Böhm of Weigersdorf. Those church records would have been of the independent church served by Pastor Kilian. Pastor Böhm also identifies Johann Zieschang (b.1910) as a mill owner at Gross Saubernitz. That village had no church but it is close to Gebelzig and Gebelzig is the location of the state church and would most likely contain records for both the Greulich and Zieschang families before they joined the Weigersdorf parish.

George Nielsen - 01/3/2015 01:31




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