.Germans From Russia Living in the Dakotas
German citizens who immigrated to Russia and then immigrated to
the United States
By Coleen (Walker) Mielke
My paternal grandfather was JAKOB WALKER (originally spelled
Walcker). The Walcker's originated in
Steinheim, Marbach, Württemberg, Germany. In 1817, they left Germany (due to war and famine) and moved to Neu-Freudenthal, Russia, where they were promised freedom, farming land and no mandatory military service. In 1885, when it looked as though they would be forced into military service, the Walcker's left Russia and immigrated to
McPherson County South Dakota.
My paternal grandmother was ROSINA OPP. The Opp family originated
in Rockenhausen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. The Opp's left Germany in 1784
(due to war and famine) and temporarily settled in Tscherwenka, Hungary
until 1805. From Hungary, they moved to Glueckstal, Russia. In
1884, the Opp's immigrated to America, settling in McPherson County, South
Dakota. All of my paternal grandparents (Walker and Opp) are buried
in the Ashley Cemetery, McIntosh County, North Dakota.
My Paternal grandparents: Jacob Walker and Rosina Opp in
1915 with their children:
(left to right) Welentina (b.1915), Leah (b.1913), Adolph (b. 1909),
Pauline (b. 1906) and in back is Samuel Walker (b. 1899)
My grandfather, JacobWalker (b.1873 Neu Freudenthal)
is the son of Jakob Walcker and Magdalena Hoffman.
Rosina Opp, my grandmother (b.1880 Glueckstal) is the daughter of Daniel F. Opp and Magdalena Klein.
Jacob and Rosina Walker farmed in the Eureka and Long Lake
area for many years before they retired
to Ashley, North Dakota.
My grandparents were very proud people, perhaps that is why they never learned to speak English
(they spoke the Schwäbisch German dialect). Perhaps it was their way of holding on their German heritage;
I wish I could have asked them about so many things.
German Russian names that I am researching:
My (direct line) family names are Walcker, Klein, Opp, Eberle, Renschler, Wolf, Brandner, Bentz and Hoffman.
Other branches I've researched are: Bauer, ,Beck, Bertsch, Bieber, Dockter,
Fauth, Fischer, Flemmer, Fuchs, Gaub, Gohl, Hausauer, Hilgemann, Jacober,
Jahraus, Jundt, Kaul,Ladner, Lautt, Leicht, Mehlhoff, Meidinger, Mettler, Neuharth
Retzer, Scheuffele, Spitzer, and many others.
are looking for birth, marriage or death records for your German Russian
ancestors, I urge you to check out
the Odessa Web site. It has tons of information, including pre-immigration records from St. Petersburg. My only warning is
that the web site is VERY spelling specific, so try any/every spelling variation of your surname that you can think of.
MOTHER's FAMILY SURNAME FROM ENGLAND
Furniss or Furness
MY HUSBANDS FAMILY NAMES:
A Note about myself:
My husband and I were born in Alaska. I've been researching my family (as well as my husbands family) tree for 30+ years.
It is a hobby that I find very rewarding and I love helping people solve genealogy puzzles.
Because all of my grandparents were born outside of the United States (my paternal grandparents were born in Russia and my mother& maternal grandparents were born in England), I did not have the pleasure of being raised near grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins. Maybe that is the reason I feel so compelled to learn all I can about them; where did they came from? Why they came to America? How do I fit into that picture?
There are over 10,000 surnames
in my family genealogy, however, I've only included
names through approximately 1975 on this web page for privacy reasons.
These pages are dedicated to my parents
and grandparents pioneering spirit,
their strength and sense of adventure.
Thank You For Visiting
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please respect my efforts by giving credit where credit is due.
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John & Coleen
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