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SEARCHING FOR OUR FAMILY ROOTS

    Walker, Opp, Furniss, Tinsworth
Mielke, Gustafson, Klint, Baker

By Coleen (Walker) Mielke

coleen_mielke@hotmail.com   

WALKER

JACOB WALKER, my paternal grandfather, was born in 1873 in Neu Freudenthal, Russia. His surname was originally spelled WALCKER, but he dropped the letter "C" after coming to America; my Aunt Tina told me that it was to make the surname sound more American.

The Walcker's left Steinheim, Marbach, Württemberg, Germany in 1817 (due to war and famine) and moved to Neu-Freudenthal, Russia where they were promised free farm land and no mandatory military service. In 1885, after 70 years in Russia, the Walcker's came to America, settling in McPherson County, South Dakota. I've been able to trace my Walcker line back to 1744.

My paternal grandmother was ROSENA OPP, born 1880 in Glückstal, Russia. The Opp's came from Rockenhausen, Rheinland-Pfalz,Germany and left there in 1784 (due to war and famine). They lived in Tscherwenka, Hungary for 21 years before continuing on to Glückstal, Russia. They lived in Glückstal for another 80 years before coming to America and settling in Harrison Township, McPherson County, South Dakota. I've been able to trace this Opp line back to 1650.

  

The Jacob and Rosena (Opp) Walker Family  1940
Standing in back: Adolph, Edwin, Iver, Oliver (my dad), Samuel, Welentina
Seated in front: Leah, Jacob, Rosena, Pauline

My paternal grandparents never learned to speak English, although I'm told they understood
a little. They spoke Schwäbisch, a high-German dialect.


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MY MOTHER's FAMILY IN ENGLAND

My 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 Airlines. 


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 to 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



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THE MIELKE FAMILY TREE
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Johann Paul Mielke 1854-1934
Frank Paul Mielke 1886-1962
Marie Francis Mielke 1883-1918


The Mielke's came from Flötenstein, Germany. Today, Flötenstein is called Koczala (Miastko) Koszalin, Poland. Most early records for that area were destroyed during WWII.

The first generation of Mielke's (in our family tree) to come to America, started with Johann Paul Mielke and his wife Susanna (Roggenbuck) Mielke and their 4 children: Lizzie, Marie, Frank and John Albert. They came aboard the ship AMERICA, landing in Baltimore in 1892 with $5 to their name.

Johann Paul was the son of KARL MIELKE AND MARIANNE RYMON. Susanna H. Roggenbuck was the daughter of FRANZ ROGGENBUCK and ANNA ELIZABETH LEO. Susanna was married once before she married into the Mielke family. Her first husband was Ferdinand Butzke; the oldest 2 daughters in the Mielke family that came to America were biologically Butzke children.

The Mielke's first settled in Laq Qui Parle County, Minnesota, then the shifted to Slope Count, North Dakota and finally Big Horn County, Montana.


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THE   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.


August Klint 1858-1932
(wife) Emma Helena Krantz 1863-1924

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THE GUSTAFSON  FAMILY TREE


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.



Ida Gustafva Johannisdotter Gustafson

1858-1940

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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.

Clephane Holbrook Baker 1851-1928
(wife) Hannah Emogene (Wiseman) Baker 1856-1906
(sons) George Baker 1879-1953
Walter Baker 1882-1956


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*Alaska Genealogy (looking for your roots?) *


A Note about myself:
My husband and I were born in Alaska. I've been researching our family trees for  30+ years.

None of my grandparents were born in the United States. Maybe that is the reason I
felt so compelled to learn all I could 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.


I've included just a rough outline of each family branch here.
If you have specific questions, let me know.




    You can e-mail me at: coleen_mielke@hotmail.com