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Re: Origin SCHWERDTFEGER from Sievershausen
Posted by: Ann Hamilton (ID *****7965) Date: July 10, 2004 at 09:08:06
In Reply to: Origin SCHWERDTFEGER from Sievershausen by Reiner W. Schwerdtfeger of 162

My Matilda Groppe (b.
1863) was only adopted by Groppe and was born a
Schwertfeger (various spellings). Her mother Augusta Schwertfeger (maiden name unknown) was widowed and then married John Groppe. I recently found "Tillie"
on the 1880 US census living in Wheeling West Virginia, USA, with her mother Augusta (b. 1840), father John Groppe (b. 1842) (spelled
Grappe in the census)--these 3 in the house were born in Hanover. Other children in the family were Louisa b. 1868, Christian b.1869, Emma b. 1873, John b. 1878, all born in West Virginia. Emigration records show
that Matilda emigrated as a child at 6 yrs., naturalized at
7 yrs. And yet I find a marriage record for a John Groppe
and Augusta Swagfayer for a time frame when Tillie was only
about a year old, so that's confusing, as it seems unlikely there would be another couple with that set of names. Recently, I found out that Augusta was b. Aug. 22, 1840 in Siebershausen (now Sievershausen, I understand) so I am assuming that Hannover was the province. I should receive soon the obituary booklet, which I am told lists other possible relatives in the 9 carriage funeral cortege. My aunt told me that the name Schwertfeger was "big" in
Wheeling WV. I don't find too many of them, but one or two
were very prominent and this may be what she meant. Does
anybody know what was going on in Germany at the time that
might have made them emigrate to the USA in about 1855-60? When I look at a German timeline, not much political upheaval seems to be occurring. Also, what would the cultural feel of Siebershausen have been in about 1840-60? Would they be German, Polish, Austrian,??? Augustus Groppe was buried from St. Stephanus Church, in Wheeling West Virginia, in Greenwood Cemetery. Email me at, too.

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