SEARCHING FOR OUR FAMILY ROOTS
Walker, Opp, Furniss, Tinsworth
Mielke, Gustafson, Klint, Baker
My paternal grandfather was JAKOB WALKER, born 1873 in Neu Freudenthal, Russia. Our surname was originally spelled WALCKER, but my grandfather's generation dropped the letter "c" after they came to America. I've traced my Walckers back to 1744 in Steinheim, Marbach, Württemberg, Germany. In 1817, they left Germany (due to war and famine) and moved to Neu-Freudenthal, Russia with a promise of free farm land and no military service requirements. In 1885, after 70 years in Russia, the Walcker's came to America, settling in McPherson County, South Dakota. I've traced this Walcker/Walker line back to 1744.
and Rosena (Opp) Walker Family 1940
Standing in back: Adolph, Edwin, Iver, Oliver (my dad), Samuel, Tina
Seated in front: Leah, Jacob, Rosena, Pauline
grandparents never learned to speak English, although I'm told they understood
few words. They spoke Schwäbisch, a high-German dialect.
MY MOTHER's FAMILY IN ENGLAND
mother, Kathleen Maud (Furness) Walker was a war bride from Cambridge,
England. She met my father, Oliver Walker, while he was stationed at Bassingborn,
England during World War II. They were married on January 2, 1947
in Cambridge and left for New York on 1/16/1947 aboard American Overseas
My maternal grandfather
was Thomas William Furness 1889-1957.
My maternal grandmother was Kate Maud Tinsworth 1892-1960.
I've been able to trace the Furness line back into the 1685.
I've been able to trace the Tinsworth line back to 1560.
My maternal grandparents
wedding in 1913 Cambridge, England
Seated center is my grandfather Thomas William Furness
Seated center is my grandmother Kate Maud Tinsworth
THE MIELKE FAMILY TREE
In spite of thousands
of hours of research, over the last 30+ years, I've never been able to
find much information about our Mielke family before 1892. The Mielke's
came from Flötenstein, Germany. Today, that area is called Koczala (Miastko)
Koszalin, Poland. Early records for that entire area were destroyed by warring
armies, making it nearly impossible to find birth/marriage/death Parish records.
The Mielke's immigrated from Germany aboard the ship AMERICA, landing in Baltimore in 1892 with $5
to their name. They first settled in Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota (where Susannah Mielke had family), then later they homesteaded in Slope County, North Dakota and finally Big Horn County, Montana.
KLINT FAMILY TREE
Margaret (Gustafson) Mielke descends from the Klint family. The Klint's came to America from Sweden, in stages. Johannes Peterson Klint and son Peter, came to America, landing at Quebeck in 1869. They worked for two years on the Great Northern Railroad to fund the rest of the families immigration. Johann's wife, Maria (Lundquist) and their younger children came to America in 1871 aboard the ship "Glasgow". Their two oldest daughters arrived two years after that. They all settled in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota.
There is some confusion as to where the Gustafson's were born. Swedish census records say that Frans Johann Gustafsson was born in Församling, Kronoberg, Sweden, however his marriage record says he was born in Väckelsång, Makagard, Hultatorpet, Sweden. His wife, Ida Gustafva Johannisdotter was born in Väckelsång, Prestgard, Thorshögen, Sweden. They came to America in 1879 and settled in the Kandiyohi, Minnesota area. Frans "Frank" Gustafson contracted tuberculosis of the leg and had to have part of the leg removed.
He died in 1906 at the age of 57.
THE BAKER FAMILY TREE
John Clifford Mielke's
mother was Susie Lena Baker Mielke. The BAKER branch of the family
is very interesting. I've traced it back to the mid-1600's on the
East Coast of America (originating in England). The Baker's fought in the
early King Phillips and Narragansett Wars, they also fought in the Revolutionary
War and the Civil War.
A Note about myself:
My husband and I were born in Alaska. I've been researching our family trees for 30+ years.
Because all of my grandparents
were born outside of the United States, 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 did they come to America?
There are over 10,000 surnames
in my genealogy database, however, I've only included
names through approximately 1975 on this web page for privacy reasons.
These pages are dedicated to
our parents and grandparents pioneering spirit,
their strength and sense of adventure.
John & Coleen
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