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William J Protzman
Posted by: Rose Baierl (ID *****8130) Date: June 06, 2005 at 06:41:53
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My g grandfather, William Protzman was born 12/1856 in Crawford Co, WI. He had a twin brother, Willard. Their father, William Protzman was born in PA and mother, Olive, was born in Ohio.
William married Frances Madora(Dora)Gibbs in 31 Aug 1879. They had 4 girls, Minnie, Catherine (Rae), Luella (?), and Jessie (my grandmother)b. 1888 near Ladysmith, WI. Family info says there was also a son, Ray, b about 1889/1890 who died as an infant. William supposedly disappeared around Prairie Du Chen, WI. He had traveled down the Mississippi on a raft, living in a shelter on it. Frances was supposed to have gone in search of him. Not sure when this happened but in 1900 my grandmother was in a Childrens Home in Duluth, MN. Minnie the oldest is working in Chippewa Falls, WI, Catherine is married to Edmund Kimball. Haven't found Dora or William.
On the Ohio 1930 census there is a William Protzman who was born in WI. He is same age as my g grandfather. His parents were born in PA and OH. Found this same William in the 1910 and 1920 Ohio censuses. In 1910 he is married for 9 yrs to a Minnie B and they have a son William Victor.
Trying to find out if this is my g grandfather. Did he divorce my g grandmother or did he just disappear??
Dora moved out to CA leaving her family behind. She died in 1920 in a County home. Don't know why she moved so far away from family. Would appreciate any info.

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