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Carl Radtke family arrived in Galveston 1898 - Sterling & Union City, Oklahoma
Posted by: Alex Maddox (ID *****8690) Date: February 01, 2004 at 14:13:05
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Searching for my gg-gradmother & her family. Our records show that she was Elizabeth Cathering Wergner and married Carl Radtke. Four children: Elizabeth Charlotte, Leo, Margarethe & Gertrude. The migrated from Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany, Prussia in 1897 from Bremen, Germany and arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1898 on the SS Elizabeth Rickmers. I am questioning the spelling of her last name because of some information (noted below) that I came across with several similarities to my family.

We suspect from family lore that there were other family members who arrived in the US prior to them coming over. There were no other family members on the ship with them.

They were a Catholic family who migrated up through Texas and eventually settled in Sterling, Oklahoma & then in Union City, Canadian Co, Oklahoma.

If any of this sounds familiar, I've included more information that I know and suspect below.

Thank you in advance for any help!

Alex Allison Maddox

Additional Information:

Another important fact that I do know about her family is that it is a tradition for the oldest daughter of the oldest daughter to have the first name of Elizabeth. So she would be the oldest daughter and so would her mother, grandmother and g-grandmother and all would have the first name of Elizabeth. They may or may not have gone by Elizabeth, since 4 generations of the last 5 have gone by our middle name.

I came across this German webpage that appears to be a Church's baptismal records (can't read German!), that matches the time period and General location of my family. Have no idea if this is actually a connection, but on my g-grandmother's birth certificate from Charlottenburg, Berlin, her father's name Carl Radtke, has this long "Z" word in front of it that I couldn't quite make out. When I can across this web page, there is a Zimmerman Carl Radtke and taking a closer look at the "Z" word, that's exactly what it is. I don't know if Zimmerman is some sort of title or actually part of his name.

Mentioned in some of these listings are "Wegner"s which is real close to the last name I have for my gg-grandmother.

Here are the "church?" listings I've found if anyone can make any sense or a connection out of them:

95. Wilhelm Carl Rudolf, geboren 30. September 1892
Paten: Zimmermannsfrau Friederike Radtke geb. Warskow, Dammen
Pächter Heinrich Noffke in Poblotz
Stellmacher Rudolf Wegner in Dargeröse

96. Paul Carl Heinrich, geboren 16. März 1894
Paten; Zimmermann Carl Radtke in Dammen
Käsemacher Heinrich Döhrmann in Polzin
Altsitzerfrau Johanne Noffke in Zezenow

97. Otto Albert, geboren 15. Dezember 1895
Paten: Eigentümer Albert Noffke in Sageritz
Wilhelm Radtke in Dammen
Louise Kritsch geb. Radtke in Berlin

99. Louise Auguste Therese, geboren 5. Dezember 1898
Paten: Stellmacherfrau Auguste Wegner in Dargeröse
Therese Radtke in Dammen
Schneidergeselle Ernst Radtke in Bewersdorf

100.Margarethe Anna Marie, geboren 2. März 1903
Paten: Lehrertochter Bertha Vietzke in Klenzin
Zimmermannstochter Therese Radtke in Dammen
für ihre Schwester Anna in Berlin
Brenner Friedrich Fett in Zezenow

101.Karl August, geboren 26. Juli 1905
Paten: Karl Noffke in Berlin, vertreten durch
Schneidermeister Ernst Radtke in Dammen
Bauunternehmer August Pichan in Zemmin
Schneiderin Marta Rudlaff in Glowitz

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