Good afternoon out there.
I just got an E-mail from some stranger named Rolf Froboese, who must have seen my ancient Bartels post over on the Bartels forum, announcing the arrival of this forum.
My ancestors include a Johann Christoph Frobose (no data at all) and his wife Elisabeth Judith Wohlens (also, no data at all). They had a daughter Anna Catharina Marie Frobose, born January 14, and baptized March 2, 1823 at Bremen, Germany. We have a birth paper for Anna, and her name is spelled Frobose (with an umlaut over the second "o"). We have no idea who Anna's siblings were. In fact, ALL we have is her birth paper, which names her parents. We can't even guess where Anna's parents were born.
My aunt is going to Bremen next September to try to investigate these people. She is in snail-mail touch with "Die Maus," a Bremen genealogy society. The Die Maus folks say that the name Frobose is very rare in their area, which makes me think that finding any Bremen Froboses via the net is very unlikely, alas.
Anyway, Anna Catharina Marie Frobose married Dietrich Hermann Bartels of Tuschendorf (near Bremen, and associated with Martfeld), date unknown but probably around 1850 or so, plus or minus a decade. They and their three children emigrated to the United States in 1868, and the rest is, oh, well, is us.
Lester Powers in southern California
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