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Need help with clues
Posted by: Susan Petta-Nokes Date: November 16, 1999 at 06:32:06
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I'm related to the Michels family. I will send you everything I know--perhaps you can find
a clue here that I am missing...sometimes these things are so obvious to another person..but not
to the researcher...

I'm having difficulty locating the Michels family after 1850.
I find George Michels in the 1850 Census in Mequon:
George aged 41 born Prussia
Mary aged 37 born Prussia
Elisa aged 16 born Prussia
Ann aged 7 born Prussia
Avah (Eva) aged 3 born "Prussia"*

*Eva's death certificate says she was born in Thiensville, Wisconsin. She was buried at:
Calvary Cemetary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Dec 17, 1919.
She married Dr. Christian Linger

I find her in the 1880 Waukesha County Vol 30 ED 265, page 6, line 18:
Summit Street, Oconomowoc:
Christian Linger, aged 41 born in Prussia
Eva Linger, aged 32, born in Wisconsin
Lizzie Linger, aged 10, born in Wisconsin*
Joseph Linger, aged 8, born in Wisconsin
Henry Linger, aged 6, born in Wisconsin
Margret Linger, aged 4/12, born in Wisconsin

*From appearances, it looks like Christian and Eva would have been married about 1870.

In a letter from Michael J. Hasslinger; Register of Deeds; Court House; Waukesha, Wisconsin
53118 posted November 19, 1985 he writes:
"We searched our records but found nothing under the death of Christian Linger or the marriage
of Joseph Linger"
I find her in 1900 Milwaukee County Census: Vol 46; ED 65 page 16 line 70:
Dentist Christian "S"inger b. October 1839 in Germany; Germany Germany
living at 470 12th Street; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Eva "S"inger b. September 1848 in Wisconsin; Germany; Germany
married 35 years
she gave birth to 13 children, 2 living*

* So what happened to all these children? Did they die? where are they buried?
In 1860, her husband to be (Christian Linger) is found:
1860 Milwaukee County Census, West Granville, Vol 3 page 2:
Christian Linger aged 22, born in Prussia
Laborer on farm of Louis Marnetz
Back to her father, George Michels:
On checking naturalization records for George Michels I found a record but the one I found
was for George Michels born in the year 1795. He was 45 at the time of his arrival in the Port
of Baltimore on August 16, 1840.

Vol 14, page 36
George Michels
Port Washington, Wisconsin
Date and Port of Arrival: August 1840--Baltimore
Date of Declaration: Dec 25, 1844--Circuit Court
Date of Naturalization: October 27, 1854--Circuit Court
Date and place of birth: Prussia--aged 45 years
Witness: John Hovenkost
.I have reason to believe that George Michels emigrated from Luxembourg since his first land
purchase was in the town of Belgium. In this area the first Luxembourgers settled as early as
1844. Also there were other Michels who settled in this area in 1848...there were other
Michels who settled in this area at a later date, but no other George Michels.
Searched page by page of 1860 Census for the Ozaukee County (town of Mequon several
times) but he's not there..also searched page by page of 1860 census for Washington County
and he is not there either.
There is a George Michels who drown in Watertown in November 1868..but I cannot locate
any details on his family--Jefferson County does not have a death certificate on him...the
newspaper article lists no family members but said that he lived outside of Jefferson--so will try
that Census next.
"Christian Linger and Eva Linger were the joint owners and tenents of the following described
real estate: Lot number 22 in Block 13 in Meehan and Somer's Subdivision in the 22nd Ward
of the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin"
In a letter from Calvary Cemetary; 5503 West Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin to
Susan Petta-Nokes dated: January 15, 1986:
"...the burial place of Eva and Christian Linger, our records show their lot number to be in the N
1/2, lot 149, block 4 Section B. This lot is located just south of the big hill with the church on
Our burial records show the following people buried on this lot:

Nic L. Linger: buried August 29th 1885 at age 21 days. He lived at 277-9th Street.
Christian Linger: buried September 26th, 1891 at aged 1 year, 2 months 13 days.
He lived at 489--3rd Street.
Christian Linger: buried November 5, 1910 at age 72. He lived at 537--3rd St.
Eva Linger: buried December 17th 1919 at age 72. She lived at 691 North-12th Street
Elizabeth Maria Schaefer: buried March 7, 1899 at age 29. She lived at 465-12th Street
Any suggestions appreciated!!!

Thank you,
Susan Petta-Nokes

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