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German Immigrant Ancestors
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Sender: Robert Bond
Email: rtbond007@embarqmail.com
Date: 24 October 2008
Surnames: ROSTHAUSER, FLUM, KAISER, SEEMILLER

I'm a descendant of one of the original Syracuse North Side German families and would like to hear from anyone who knows more about my lines. The immigrants were Ludwig FLUM and his wife, Madelaine KAISER, who arrived in 1855....

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Sender: Debbie Johnson
Email: debbiejo@a-znet.com
Date: 18 October 2007
Surnames: RITTEL / RITTELL

I'm a descendant of the RITTEL or RITTELL family that appears in Syracuse's West Side (Cayuga Street) in the mid-1800's. I believe they came to Syracuse from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area in Pennsylvania. Early first names were Jacob Rittel, George Rittel, Hubert (aka Herbert) Rittel. There was one Rittel family member that had a Wagon Business in Syracuse called "Davis & Rittel". Later on the Rittels joined with the Hayhoe family and had a confectionary/cigar/newspaper store under the name of George F. Rittel.

I'd like to correspond with and share information with anyone else researching these families. I'd really like to find exactly when this RITTEL/RITTELL family came to the United States and what ships they sailed on as they emigrated from the Coblenz (Koblenz) Germany area. There is also a family "legend" that there was a castle in Germany by the name "Rittelhoff" (or something sounding like that) that allegedly was still standing after WWII. I'd like to find out where that castle is.



Sender: John Graham
Email: hamburgerclan@yahoo.com (email updated July 2011)
Date: 21 December 2003
Surnames: ROUSHE, GRAHAM

My great-great-grandfather, William Roushe, is listed in the federal census records for 1880 and 1900 as living in Syracuse. He was born in Germany in August of 1846 and emigrated to the U. S. in 1851. Both census listings show him employed as a fireman. His wife Elizabeth (I don't know her birth surname) was born somewhere in New York in May of 1850 and they were married in 1869. They had 9 children: Abraham, born in 1871; E. Margaret, 1874; Catherine (my great-grandmother, who married Albert Graham), Oct. 1876; Peter, 1878; George W., 1879; John A., 1883; Lucy M., 1886; William, 1888; and Arthur E., 1890. It seems like E. Margaret died before 1900. If anyone might have more information on this clan, it would be much appreciated.



Sender: Thorsten Buhl
Email: Thorsten.Buhl@t-online.de
Date: 17 September 2003
Surnames: RACK, MAIER, MATTES, MUELLER, SCHILLING, STEHLE, STRAUB

I am currently researching all these surnames listed above, all families from Renquishausen, Oberamt Tuttlingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, where I live. There are more than 10 families who emigrated from our village to Syracuse. I would like to hear from anyone who may help in searching.



Sender: Paul Riddler
Email: Dopaso4@aol.com
Date: 17 June 2002
Surnames: RUPPRECHT, GRUMBACH

Re: Deutschen pp. 93-102: I read the referenced section with great interest as Christian Rupprecht is my great, great, great-grandfather on my mother's side. I can remember, as a boy, my grandmother, Amelia Caroline Breman (who married Oscar William Palmer) telling of the incident of the canal boat being frozen in the canal and that is why they stayed in Syracuse.

Do you have or can you reference me to additional data on Christian Rupprecht (DOB, place of birth), how & when they immigrated to America, who he was married to, etc.). Do you have any information or sources of information (i.e. websites) on the Grumbach lineage (Elisabeth married Nicholaus Grumbach and had Col. Nicholas G of Civil War fame and Elizabeth, my maternal great grandmother) i.e. significant dates & places?

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Sender: Eric Schultz
Email: eric.schultz@iname.com
Date: 19 August 2001
Surnames: RUMPF, ZIMMER, DANIER, MILLER, SCHREINER, SCHLOSSER, HELLER, KLETTKE, KNOPF, KUEHN, BENKE, HORNUNG, KELLER, etc.

See Descendants of F. Christian Heller




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