Hi Steve: I finally found the family tree. Our great great grandparents were Jacob Fleckenstein (b-1810) and Anna Marie Fries (b-1810). They had five children: Ferdand, LUDWIG (b-8/29/1844), Leo, Edmond, & Rosa. Ludwig married Rosena Motzel (b-1851). They had seven children: Emma, John, Leo, HENRY (b-11/7/1880 & d-5/30/1962), Louis, Justina, & Ann. Henry married Nellie Herrington (b-12/31/1881) on 11/7/1900. They had four children: Clara, Helen, HAROLD, & Evelyn. (Harold is the only survivor). Harold married our mother Eva Nezamis (b1/18/1919) on May 28, 1950. They had four children: Michael, MARK (their favorite), Denise, & Stephen. Now you know where you come from.
I also have information on Rosena Motzel: Her parents were Ignatius Motzel (b-1811) and Ann Marie Vad (b-1811). Ignatious' parents were John Antoney Motzel (b-1768) and Marie Susan Ulrich (b-1780). I also have information on Gradma Nellie's parents' sides of the family: Herrington and Gregory. The Herrington line is traced back to Grandma Nellie's paternal great grandfather, Lymon Herrington (no dates available), and the Gregory line is traced back to Grandma Nellie's maternal great great great great grandfather, Henry Gregory, who settled in Plymouth, Mass in 1633.
I recently met a woman whose mom's life-long best friend is a Fleckenstein. They live near New York City. This Fleckenstein's family immigrated to the US approximately the same time as Ludwig Fleckenstein. She said she would try to get more information from her mother's friend over Christmas.
For those who read this, we are Catholic. I know that there are Fleckenstein in Kalamazoo who are Protestant. I believe that Ludwig was the first Fleckenstein in Kalamazoo. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. MARK
P.S. I hope this information helps other descendants of the Ludwig Fleckenstein.
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