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Wilhelm RADTKE rumor 1838-1840 Milwaukee
Posted by: Charlynn Helms Date: December 27, 1999 at 10:14:38
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Wilhelm Friedrich RADTKE (b May27, 1805 Prussia), his wife Charlotte BRIESKE RADTKE (b. 1806), and their four children:
J Friedrich RADTKE (b Feb 17, 1833)
Ernestine RADTKE (b Apr 7, 1834)
William RADTKE (b in 1835 or 36)
Wilhelmina RADTKE (b Oct 22, 1838)

Wilhelm Friedrich RADTKE (WFR in the rest of this post) and his family (as listed above) immigrated to Milwaukee sometime after the birth of their fourth child on Oct 22, 1838 and prior to the July 22,1940 census.

WFR was from Prussia. Specifically, from Hackenwalde on the east bank of the Oder River in the Prussian province of Pomerania near Gollnow.

RUMOR: A family rumor/legend recounts the memories of the crossing - saying it took three months to cross the Atlantic in those days. It also mentions that there was an Aunt named KENT who crossed with them, and that the "Aunt named KENT who was nearly related to Queen Victoria and/or Duchess of KENT" The memory also recounts that the KENTs "dropped their titles and settled in Buffalo, NY"

Has anyone else ever heard this rumor?

Can you prove or discount it?

Do you have an idea what ship? and what port of entry? (I think it probably was in spring or summer of 1839 since it was after the birth of little Wilhelmina in late Oct 1838 and the WFR family appeared on the Milwaukee/Northwest Territory census of 1840 taken in July of 1840.)

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