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Re: Lorenzens from Foehr, Germany
Posted by: Kim Grosskreutz (ID *****0898) Date: March 27, 2002 at 20:18:34
In Reply to: Re: Lorenzens from Neiblem, Foehr, Germany by Frances Lorenzen of 275

I am looking for any information on "my" Lorenzen's as well, and unfortunately, I'm not planning a trip to Foehr anytime in the near future. I am not sure where my Lorenzen's came from on the island, but it may be the Wyk area. Here's what I know so far:

John was the youngest of 6 children. His brothers and sisters Peter A., Willie (probably William or Wilhelm), Carl, Dora, and Olga. John was born 08-16-1886. His mother's name was Elisa (per Ellis Island) or Elyse (per my family). I do not know her maiden name. His father is
referred to as "Carl" in my family although they do not know for sure that this was his name. "Carl" died and Elisa re-married to a gentleman named Burzlaff (I don't know his first name). They had two children: Ernst and
Louise (Luisa per Ellis Island). Either the Lorenzen man or the Burzlaff man was said to have had a machine shop attached to their house on Foehr. Peter was the first to come to America. John came to the Sheboygan area around 1906 (he would have been about 20 years old). Ernst Burzlaff came over at age 16 (in 1909) aboard the President Grant and stayed with Peter. It is rumored in my family that Olga made a trip to Sheboygan, but went back to Fohr and stayed there until death. I don't think Willie or Carl ever came over. Dora came over and stayed in NY (married a Gulbrandsen?). Ernst sent for his mother, Elisa, and sister, Luisa and her daughter. They came over aboard the Caronia in 1922 (Elisa was age 72).

Does anyone know this family? Also, in reading some posts I saw that churches were publishing their records...is there one already in circulation for St. Nicolai? If so, how could one get a hold of a copy? The Nommensen side of my family attended that church and I'd love to find out more about them as well.


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