Sunday, September 1, 2013

There's that Kunz name again

The G. Jacob and Katy Margheim Family, about 1906
In my posts of August 10th and August 11th, I wrote about the discovery that my paternal great-grandfather was married to Mary Katherine "Katy" Winter or Kunz. At the Margheim website that has published the research done by Clarence Jake Margheim, the following paragraph is entered for my great-grandfather George "Jacob" Margheim: 
  • Came to the USA from Wiesenmuller, Samara Province, Seelmann District, Russia. Arrival date was December 1886 at New York.
  • Wiesenmuller is a daughter colony of Merkel, and was founded in 1860. Georg Jacob probably left Merkel as a young man to take advantage of the new land made available by the Russian Government. 
  • Declaration of Intention was filed November 2, 1889 in Russell County, Kansas. Age listed as 32, and had been born in Russia. Filed as Jacob Margheim. 
  • Dr. Igor Pleve, Saratov State University, Saratov, Saratov Province, Russia, included a copy from the Merkel Church Book of the page registering the birth of Georg Jacob Margheim on May 7, 1857. Baptised Lutheran in the church by Pastor Ludwig Marpurg. Sponsors: Colonists Jacob Margheim, Heinrich Templing, and Catherine Kunz. Note in right margin: Moved (Ausgesiedelt). The copy is included in the Documentation Section of the Margheim Family History Book.
I had not noticed this piece of information until my cousin Charlene West-Scheneman posted it on Facebook yesterday.
I noticed that KUNZ name again, this time belonging to a woman who was a Sponsor for my great grandfather when he was baptized. Further research is definitely needed to identify this Kunz connection! 

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