I am so pleased to hear from you. Yes, I think we are family. I live in Connecticut. I have six siblings and most of us moved from the Buffalo area. I have a brother in Buffalo and a sister in Williamsville. Adolph has been a challenge in my family research. I've been looking for Martin's family.
My father, many years ago, said Martin's family lived in Williamsville. My records show that his wife is Margaret, and he had at least two children Walter and Violet. Would Walter be your father?
There is a problem with the 1880 census with names, ages and the street address. A very kind fellow researcher helped me sort it out. The census says they're at about 900 Lockwood, but that address has been changed years earlier to 884 Smith. The Buffalo City Directory corrected some of the mistakes. They lived at 884 Smith as early as 1872. You will find Adolph, Mina (Yes, its Wilhelmina) and their first son, Frederick, in the 1870 census -- Fifth Ward, Census Page 392, lines 2,3 &4. I checked this and their neighbors in the city directory and the Christs lived at 214 Shumway at the time.
Adolph died on Sept. 9, 1890. He is buried at St. Matthews Cemetery in West Seneca. Mina bought 14 plots 6 years later, and all her sons, except for Martin, is there. The mystery is that Mina obviously remarried but I have 3 difference spellings -- Switke, Schmitzki and Schmitke. But in the 1910 census she is "Christ." That is how she is identified on her head stone.
Please, feel free to E-mail to my personal address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I have more family names, death certificates and I can point you to Adolph's head stone.
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