SEARCHING FOR OUR FAMILY ROOTS
Walker, Opp, Furniss, Tinsworth
Mielke, Gustafson, Klint, Baker
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
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.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE: WALCKER - WALKER
CLICK HERE FOR MORE: OPP
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.
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.
grandparents wedding in 1913 Cambridge, England
Seated center is my grandfather Thomas William Furness
Seated center is my grandmother Kate Maud Tinsworth
HERE FOR MORE: FURNESS
CLICK HERE FOR MORE: TINSWORTH
THE MIELKE FAMILY TREE
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.
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.
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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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
HERE FOR MORE: KLINT
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
HERE FOR MORE: GUSTAFSON
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.
(wife) Hannah Emogene (Wiseman) Baker 1856-1906
(sons) George Baker 1879-1953
Walter Baker 1882-1956
HERE FOR MORE: BAKER
*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.
You can e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org