We found Johanna Hoppe's obit on newspaperarchive.com a couple months ago. (My sister works at a library in Wisconsin and has access to the web site there.) We know Johanna was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. in 1892 with sons Albert, Frank/Franz, Otto, and daughters Bertha and Marie (Hoppe) Miller.
Her son Albert moved to Wisconsin, he-s my g-g-grandfather.
We know she is buried in the Liverpool town cemetery, and have birth and death dates from a town cemetery headstone transcription website.
What we didn't know was Johanna's maiden name or her husband's name. Using the LDS web site, the closest we've found is Johanna Charlotte Gresens, b. 1845 in kreis Stolp, Pommern. This matches info on Johanna's ship's manifest. She married Carl Hoppe and had three sons in Pomerania, all of whom died before the age of 3. No mention was made of living offspring, but only death records were noted. Johanna's husband died in 1890, two years before she and kids emigrated.
I corresponded with the gentleman in Germany who supplied the info to the LDS. I gave him the research we had done to date and he feels this is the correct ancestry info. Johanna's father's name was Jacob Gresens, and her mother's name was Hedwig Czech. He traced the Gresens family back to a town named Giesebitz in the parish of Glowitz in the county of Stolp in Pommerania, originally.
Other names related to our search are Witzke, Miller/Muller, Brueggemann, Horn, Wittekind, Kosbab. Most of the surnames can be found in Dresow/Bandsechow, Onondaga and Outagamie County, WI. (Can't find any Witzkes in NY, though).
Our best guess is that relatives or close friends from Dresow/Bandsechow emigrated in the 1840s/50s/60s or so and settled in. When things got rough again in Pomerania, our Hoppe/Miller/Witzke traveling group came over in 1892 with the support of the relatives or friends who came over before them (the "chain migration" effect). We're thinking there may have been Millers and possibly Gresens already in NY, and Witzkes/Brueggemans in WI.
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