Individual stories of emigrants

1. Friedrich Lange

Friedrich Lange (* 01.06.1860) immigrated in 1883 to the USA (with the ship "Habsburg" from Bremen, Germany),got married in the state of New Jersey and owned a construction company. Thanks to the research oportunities on the Internet, it was established that he had four children, one girl and three boys. The family history until the 21st Century was also traced, and we have contact to a descendant.

The interesting part of this story is that a son of Friedrich (in the USA: Frederick, last name partly delivered by false copies - for example, Lang, Laug, Large, Lango), Frederick Jr., as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces (Paramedic) after the end of World War I in 1918 appeared in uniform in Datterode, stood on the doorstep of his uncle and aunt, Peter Hartmann and Marie Elisabeth, born Lange, at the street “Falltor”. Peter Hartmann was then mayor of Datterode. Knocking on the door, he identified himself to Peter Hartmann to be recognized as the son of his brother Friedrich (brother of the wife of Peter Hartmann). Peter Hartmann hit him with the remark that “there is no place for enemies here” and closed the door in his face. Despite that, the family ties overseas provided care packages for subsequent years when very poor economy hit. Among other things, also photos of the four children were sent across the ocean. One of these photos has been preserved. It shows Peter Jr. on the right and on the left Wilhelm Hartmann, barefoot in the living room in the house on “Falltor” - around 1918:

2. Emilie Vogeler

Noelene and Murray Mincher from near Auckland, New Zealand visited Datterode at the beginning of October 2008. Mr Mincher is the grandson of Emilie Vogeler, daughter of Christoph Vogler, who was born in 1863 in Datterode. She  emigrated - possibly with other siblings - on November 5th, 1884, from Hamburg with the shipe "Marsala" to Adelaide, Australia. Later she came to New Zealand and amrried. The descedants try to figure out how and when she came to New Zealand (see: Auf der Spur der Ahnen).

Emilie's uncle, Johann Georg Vogeler (*26.11.1824 in Datterode), son of Johann Sebastian Vogeler and his first wife Anna Sybilla, née Möller (*09.24.1801 in Lüderbach), emigrated (date not yet know) first to the British capital London. There he lived for several years and also married. His wife passed away at the birth of their first child, a daughter, who also died. He married again and had a son, Carl Georg(e). The family then immigrated to New Zealand, where George's sister Anna Sybilla Christina Vogeler (*09.19.1831 in Datterode), aunt of Emilie, lived since January 1856. She married Diedrich Kruse whom she had met on the passage (cf. passenger ship "Isabella Hercus"). Diedrich Kruse then supported the immigration of Johann Georg(e) Vogeler and his family to New Zealand. Later Johann Georg(e) Vogeler and his family later moved to Canada, where the descendants still live. Emilie Vogeler obviously followed their relatives to New Zealand. With support of the Heimatverein the descendants of the Vogeler clan could now clarify their kinship relations.

3. Carl Wieditz and Johann Heinrich Bierschenk

These family links existed from the start of World War II on,  confirmed by some “legacy” at the family Wieditz (“Obermüller” = Upper Miller).

On the back of the cover are other addresses of  Kaspar Wieditz (brother of Carl) in Iowa recorded. Another note was found with the address of the Elise Bierschenk, Iowa, descendant (daughter or daughter-in-law) of Johann Heinrich Bierschenk and his wife Anna Catharina, nee Gier:

These are the descendants and relatives of Carl Wieditz (“Wieditz” at the “Anger” = village green), who arrived on January 28, 1909 with the ship “König Albert” from Bremen at the age of 23 years in New York. A corresponding entry was found at

Through research it was confirmed, that Carl took his brother Hermann Casper (Kasper) and his sister Katharina to America. The latter then got married to a person by the last name Stück (possibly also from Datterode?). Hence the letter above from the family Steuck (Stück) of 1936 is therefore from the family of Carl Wieditz’s sister, Katharina.

Other descendants of Carl Wieditz found at currently include:

GARRISON - Marcella A. Wieditz Seboldt, age 84 of Vinton and formerly of Garrison, died early Saturday morning, May 15, 2004 at the Vinton Lutheran Home following an extended illness. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Garrison with Rev. Mark Leckband officiating. Interment will be held at St. John Cemetery in Newhall. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton from 4 to 7 P.M., Monday. A memorial fund has been established. She was born June 27, 1919 at Newhall to Carl and Mary (Rinderknecht) Wieditz . Marcella never missed a day of school while receiving her education in country schools and later graduating from Vinton’s Lincoln High School in 1937. On February 16, 1941 she married Ernst Seboldt at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton. A member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Garrison, Marcella enjoyed gardening, bowling and playing cards with family and friends. She is survivied by her husband, Ernst of Vinton; her sister, Lucille Phillis and husband, Carlos of Burbank, CA; three brothers, Vernon Wieditz and wife, Lois, and Wayne Wieditz, all of Garrison, and Richard Wieditz and wife, Ruth of Vinton; brothers-in-law, Albert Seboldt and wife, Leone of Van Horne and Otto Seboldt and wife, Patsy of Indianapolis, IN; and sisters-in-law, Frances Wieditz of Garrison, and Hulda Stueck of Van Horne; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Walter Wieditz.

About Richard Wieditz, brother of Marcella, we can read at: \;rssfeedu003drss04 :


VINTON - Richard "Dick" Wieditz, 72, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, at Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab following an extended illness. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Trinity Lutheran Church, Vinton, with the Rev. Clarke E. Frederick officiating. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. Friends may call at Phillips Family Center, 605 Second Ave., Vinton, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Richard was born May 11, 1936, at Vinton, to Carl and Mary (Rinderknecht) Wieditz, and graduated from Washington High School in 1954. From October 1958 to October 1960, he served his nation in the U.S. Army. On Sept. 27, 1971, he married Ruth Woodhouse in Las Vegas, Nev. Richard was employed in the parts department of Cedarapids Inc. for 44 years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, and loved traveling and nature. He restored gas engines and John Deere tractors and was a member of the Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Association. He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Vinton; his brothers, Vernon (Lois) Wieditz of Garrison and Wayne Wieditz of Vinton; his sister, Lucille (Carlos) Phillis of Burbank, Calif.; his sister-in-law, Frances Wieditz; many nieces and nephews; and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Walter; and his sister, Marcella Seboldt.


When Reinhard Wieditz from Datterode was a prisoner of war in the U.S.  incidentally, local relatives there visited him in Iowa in the prison camp!

This quote is courtesy of  our member Werner Wieditz from the diary of his father, Reinhard:

“Finally, the address of my relatives arrived.
In the first letter I received from my father in this camp there was the address of my relatives in Iowa. Writing at the earliest opportunity, I sent a card to Kasper Wieditz in Van Horne. After about 14 days I received an answer. I also had been making inquiries at the company of Karl Wieditz and Katharina Stück. A visit request was made by Kasper Wieditz. I also got a a letter from Karl Wieditz of Vinton Benton.

Relatives that visited me on the Augus 5th, 1945
On the 5th of August 1945 Karl Wieditz and Catherine came to visit me. Unfortunately, during the journey they had a slight mishap with their car, so they arrived about an hour later here than anticipated., This allowed us to convers only for about three-quarters of an hour.  I learned then that I am not in next degree of kinship to them. So I will no longer write to these relatives. At home I had very little idea of when, how  and why these people have emigrated to America. Katherina Stück wrote to  me a few times.( postmarked Oct. 3rd,.1945 8am). From Kasper Wieditz I have heard nothing more. He once said that his three sons were recruited, while his brother Charles’ sons and also those of Katharina had been excempt for they were farmers.”

Over the yearsWerner Wieditz has explored the connections “Wieditz- Bierschenk-Stück” and was able to get in touch with the great-grandson of Carl Wieditz, Matt Garber. From this contact the following can be added to the history:

“Carl Wieditz was born in Datterode / Germany as son of Reinhard and Dorothea (nee Gier) Wieditz. 4 years of military service caused him to go to America before World War I began. His cousins helped him to come to America. A Bierschenk had married a daughter of Gier. A sister, Dorothea (Gier) Wieditz. After he had worked and savedenough money, he helped Hermann Casper and Katharina Wieditz to come to America. There was another family Wieditz who went to America. They are cousins of my family. They moved to Hartly in Iowa.”

Some descendants have not been identified up to today, where we are saving more details at this point. However, we have added some photos and articles on this “Wieditz-Bierschenk-Stück” story, which Werner Wieditz received from Matt Garber:

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