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 www.ellisisland.org.
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 http://www.genealogybuff.com/ia/ia-benton-obits15.html 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: \http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AIDu003d/20081105/DEATHNOTICES/711059962/-1/rss04amp;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: