VIEREGGE GUESTHOUSE, KL. GUSBORN, GRMANY
FROM GERMANY about 1865,
ERNST AUGUST HEINRICH VIEREGGE
came to AMERICA.
He may been 17 or 18.
We still search for the ship
and port records.
ERNST AMERICANIZED HIS NAME BY REMOVING THE "i", THUS THE NAME
THERE ARE MANY
VIEREGGE, VEREGGE, VIERECK and other spellings of the family name in America
All seem to be closely related. In German, VIERECK means
square. So Vieregge would be two words; VIER as in four & EGGE as in harrow,
(farm tool or scratching of the ground)
There is an accepted version of a
Viereck / Vieregge Coat of Arms, given to me while my wife and I were in Germany.
are researching the VIERECK/VIEREGGE/VIERECK name, I invite you to join the family
ROOTSWEB list and ask any questions of the other family researchers already on
line. To get started, simply CLICK BELOW on your choice of spelling:VIEREGGE-Lemail@example.com
in the message place the single word;
If you have a Genealogy web page, let me know and I will link to
Here is such a web page now for another Veregge: JIM VEREGGE HOME PAGE
CLICK HERE FOR VIEREGGE MARRIAGES 1741-1867 found in Germany and translated from official records of KLEIN GUSBORN, Germany, as found in a book: "Klein Gusborn, Ein Blick in die Ortsgeschichte" (A Look into the Local History), by Otto Puffahrt.
Klein Gusborn is located 4 mi. from Dannenberg. Dannenberg is between Hamberg & Berlin on the Elbe River.
CLICK HERE for GERMANS TO AMERICA, A list of the Vieregge name and variations found in Ship records arriving at U. S. Ports 1851 – abt 1900
This not a complete list.
As I understand it, there are still many ship and port records to be transcribed.
AND before we get involved in our genealogy, here is a link to a fine page down under (Australia) NAILL'S GERMAN GENEALOGY. There are many links here that will interest the serious in finding their German connection.
This list is the result of a friend doing a look up for us. Another Genealogical Act of Kindness.
If you find your ancestor on this list, let me know and I will note it on this record.
OK, So THIS IS THE STORY OF OUR BRANCH OF VIEREGGE.
Some think our Vieregge line is about to run out. I have one grandson and he is the last of our male line. BUT there was a line of male children that were left in Germany and we are not sure what happened to them. More about them later.
My wife and I visited Germany in May of 2000 where ERNST was raised by his father Johann C. W. Vieregge and mother Eleonore D. C. Crumasel. As far as we know, he had two older brothers and two sisters.
This was in the small country town of Kl. Gusborn, about 70 miles East of Hamburg and very near the Elbe River. Dannenberg is the closest town of size 5 miles west. WEB SITE of Dannenberg (Elbe) For ENGLISH, click on American flag & next page click on the BRITISH flag
So what you will get here is a little bit family history, a little bit story telling and some
genealogy thrown in.
In the beginning of this millennium we found our cousins in Germany and a
cousin in the United States who came much later to America. What a wonderful way to start the year 2000. We are adding many new cousins and learning about our roots.
This is what little we know. Stay tuned.
1. Widow Marie Elisabeth Vieregge. "who marries 2nd husband Webs"
Widow Marie was born about 1760. (my note: Who is Web and any connection to the Web who wrote about the Vieregge family?)
Widow Marie had two Children that we know of.
i. Johann Christian Wilhelm Vieregge (father of our Ernst)
ii.Johann Jurgen Vieregge;
He married Eleonore Dorothee Catarina CRUMASEL, 6 Nov 1821 in Marriage
contract. Wedding date not known. She was born 8 Feb 1809 in Germany. (Was she only 12, going on 13? Did this have anything to do with her father passing on to her a family Inn that later became known as The Vieregge Guesthouse, or do we have the dates wrong)
Johann Christian's wife was the Eleonore Dorothee C. CRUMASEL, the daughter of Johonn Christian CRUMASEL, mother Anne Cathrine Crumasel. Anna was born about 1769, died 1849 at age 80.
Johann Christian Wilhelm Vieregge (father of our Ernst) was Born 11 Oct 1797 Germany. Died 30 Jul
1872 age 74.
They had the following children that we know of;
i. Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Vieregge (more on Johann later, the first born)
ii. Anne Magdalene Dorothee Vieregge; Born 26 Feb 1825, Christen 1 Mar 1825. Anne Magdalene D. married Johann Jurgen Heinrich Christopf SCHRADER, son of Johann SCHRADER & Marie Elisabeth Maidennane PENGEL.
iii. Catherine Henrietta Elis Vieregge; Born 10 Sep 1830. Christen 12 1830
Catherine Henrietta E. married Johann Joachim Jurgen August GRESS, son of Jurgen August GRESS & Anne Elisabeth Maidennam WEBS. 15 Nov 1850 (there's that WEB name again)
iv. Johann August Henrich Vieregge (more on August leaving family behind to come to America 1887)
v. Ernst August Heinrich Vieregge (more on our Ernst, my grandfather)
HERE IS FIRST BORN FROM ABOVE, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Vieregge. I recently learned of his
3. Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Vieregge. Born 10 Oct 1822. Married Cathern
Elisabeth RUTHER, 21 May 1845 in Marriage.
They had the following children:
i. August Wilhelm Vieregge: He married Catharinen Louise STAHLBOCK 1872.
Their children; Johan August Wilhelm Rudolf Vieregge who married Elisbeth Maria Dorothee Luise PROHL on 21 May 1898. Their children, Walter, Antonia (died as a child) and Albert. (Albert married Elisabeth LOHMANN (2 died 1944) and are the parents of our new found cousins)
Herman Vieregge, died in WW 1 - hit by grenade
ii. Ida Vieregge;
iii. Wilhelmine Vieregge;
Following is Johann August, my grandfather's other brother who came to America. His side is another story and will require more research. Here is what we know, or suspect to know.
4. We know that Johann August Henrich Vieregge was born 5 Sep 1837 in Klien Gusborn, Germany. Died 17 Aug 1917 in Rochester, MO infirmary. Buried 19 Aug 1917 "at
Savannah" MO. Notes say he was 12 years in German army.
The story we heard was that August left a wife and 3 boys in Germany when he immigrated to the United States. A letter from Germany addressed to my grandfather dated sometime
Dear Uncle, I am not doing well, I have lost my hearing almost completely; I
have no joy anymore on this world, but I must trust in God.
Just before his death, your brother Wilhelm thought that you and August would
be dead also. We also believed this.
Write us what you and August are doing. His wife is a cleaning lady in the
Hanover hospital. She is earning good money. Her oldest son has his own shop,
he is a locksmith, and is doing well. One son is a baker, learnt his trade here
in Dannenberg. The third is a shoemaker, he has also learnt his trade in
Jürgen Maatsch says Hello,
While we were in Germany, we looked at Church records in Quickborn where family records were found. We did find a son listed as Theodor August Wilhelm Julius Vieregge, born 30 Nov 1888 Christen in Quickborn Church. But August was in the St. Joseph Missouri Directory by 1887. So, I am thinking the 1888 should of been read as 1886?
Also listed were two girls that most likely were his. One Anna Maria Luise Julie Vieregge, born 24 Mar 1880 AND Maria Elise Ida Betty Vieregge, born 1 Jan 1883. We also found in the city of Dannenberg records of August being a school teacher in Siemen just beyond (?) Gusborn.
And then there is Germans to America lists of passengers: Vol 54, Jan 1887 (8-8420-2617-7)pg 392: ship: Main, from Bremen to Baltimore, arrived 21 June 1887 Vieregge, Aug. 50 male, Labr, GRZZZZ, USA. (right age)
The records list a Johann Aug. Heinrich in 15 Nov 1873 married Catharina Maria Elisabeth LAU. (August would have been 36 & this would seem right after he spent 12 years in the Army)
We did not find the other two sons, but the book was not well researched, or easy to read.
NOW, Below is ERNST, my Grandfather. I never met him. I was not born until 1930.
5. Ernst August Heinrich Vieregge. Born 21 Jul 1847 in Klien Gusborn, Germany.
Died 12 Dec 1924 in St Joseph, MO. Buried 15 Dec 1924 in Mt Mora cm. St. Joseph, MO. Occupation, pub owner, RR policeman, and Gardner. As Gardner he worked on Krug Park in St. Joseph, MO.
Ernst first renouncing allegiance to the King of Hanover, in Cook Co., IL 26 Dec 1868. His pitition for citizenship was in St. Joseph, MO on 15 Nov 1880. Ernst first shows up in the St. Joseph directory in 1876. We wonder where he was from the time he first landed, to when he came to St. Joseph, where he would spend the rest of his live.
Ernst married Elizabeth (Lizzie) KENDEL, daughter of Frederick KENDEL & Mary Ann (Maria Anna) WEGMANN 13 Oct 1877 buchanan Co., St. Joseph, MO. Mary Ann was born 10 Jan 1858 in Iowa. Died 15 Jan 1902. Buried 17 Jan 1902 Mt. Mora cm. St. Joseph, MO.
Ernst was born in Klein Gusborn, a very small village between Hamburg & Berlin was hardly 300
in population when Ernst was born there. His birthplace was the VIEREGGE GUESTHOUSE It was originally in the CRUMMASEL family. It served at the time as
hotel, restaurant, bar and also the P. O. and grocery store. Today, it has been made into apartments. It's age is not known, but the INN is first mentioned in the 1560s.
Ernst and Mary had the following children:
i. Marya (Mayme) Lisetta Veregge; Born 20 May 1878. Died 29 Mar 1944. She
married Theadore G. Chartrand, 30 Dec 1900. no children.
ii. Augusta Magie Veregge; Born 1 Aug 1879. Died 2 Aug 1880. Buried in Calvary
cm. (no record).
iii.Nellie Veregge. She married Harrie Emett Meyers. They had two daughters: Eunice Frankie and Margaret J Elizabeth. She married Frank C. Trubee, 24 Jul 1949. no children.
ii.Margaret J. Elizabeth Meyers married John B R Greene and had 3 sons born in the 1940s
iv. Fred Lewis Veregge MY FATHER. Age 48 when I was born. More at the bottom
of this page).
v. Albert Ernest Veregge; Born 25 Sep 1884 in St Joseph. Died 10 Jul 1949.
Buried in Mt Mora cm. He married Sara A (Sadie) VanBuskirk, 27 May 1909 She was
Born 15 Sep 1890. Died 19 Dec 1981. Buried in Mt Mora cm., St Joseph, MO. no
. Emma Veregge; Born 14 Sep 1886 in St Joseph. Died 22 Apr 1966. Buried in Mt
Mora cm. She married Frederick Burton Watts, 7 Apr 1923. Born 12 Apr 1883. Died
22 Aug 1952. Buried in Mt Mora cm. No children
.Viola Veregge; Born 1 Jun 1890. Died 1990. Buried in Calvary cm. no record
. Grace Ethel Veregge. Born 27 Nov 1892. Died 12 Jul 1955. Buried in Lincoln,
NB. She married Earl Henry Meyer, 7 Apr 1925. Born 2 Oct 1895. Died 24 Dec
1945. They had one child, Marilyn
ix. Mildreth Charlotte Veregge, she married Lewis O. Bishop who was born 17 May 1895, died 26 Sep 1974.
They had a child, Dorothee Dee who is my 1st cousin. She in turn had a son, Andy, and a daughter Monica, who is along with her mother great family researchers. Saving family history is their passion.
That's about it, except for my Mother and Dad.
8. Fred Lewis Veregge. Born 25 Nov 1882 in St. Joseph, MO. Died 18 Mar 1964 in
Springfield, MO:. Buried 21 Mar 1964 in Greenlawn cm. Occupation Veregge's Auto
Shop, St. Joseph MO.
He married Myra Ethel Carmichael, daughter of Lewis W. CARMICHAEL & Lelia
Louella CARTER, 25 Nov 1920 in St Joseph, MO. Born 12 Dec 1897 in Camdenton
County, MO. Died 22 Oct 1986 in Springfield, MO. Buried 25 Oct 1986 in
They had the following children:
i. Marjorie Jean Veregge, Married Wm. Buron, one daughter, one son.
ii. Elizabeth Louann Veregge, Married Ken Lindquist, two daughters one son.
iii.Frederick (Fred) Lewis Veregge. (That's me) I married Ramona Yates. We have
one daughter, one son, and among the four grandchildren and two great
grandchildren, we have a grandson with the Veregge name.
That's about it. Only three Veregge male survive from ERNST AUGUST HEINRICH VIEREGGE came to AMERICA. Lots of girl cousins though, and that aint all bad.
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