People, Place, and Time

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The Bergelers

Charles Muehlbauer married Irma Wilhelmine Johanna Bergeler on September 25, 1915 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Irma’s family has been real trouble for me, genealogically speaking. 

Irma was born February 7, 1897 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Carl Bergeler and Maria Tank. Just so you know, ‘Carl’ is the German form of ‘Charles,’ and ‘Maria’ is commonly turned into English ‘Mary.’ Irma was the 7th of 8 children in the family, all of whom were born in Milwaukee:

  1. Frederick (b. Aug 29, 1880), married Emma Fleisch about 1900, had 2 children, Anita and Elva.
  2. Clara (b. Sep 30, 1882 – d. Nov 14, 1882)
  3. Charles (b. Oct 10, 1883)
  4. Laura (b. Aug 12, 1885 – d. Mar 30, 1970), married Frederick Gemeinhardt, had at least 1 child, Irene.
  5. Mary (b. Nov 29, 1887 – d. before 1900)
  6. Edna Elizabeth (b. Oct 10, 1893)
  7. Irma Wilhelmine Johanna (b. Feb 7, 1897 – d. Nov 20, 1971), married Charles Muehlbauer, had 8 children.
  8. Herbert John (b. Aug 11 1898 – d. Dec 19, 1970) 

Carl was born August 21, 1861 in Milwaukee, the son of Friederich Johann Bergeler and Johanna Herlemann, who were born and married somewhere in Prussia and had 11 children. Of those 11, I only know of names for 5.

  1. Henrietta (b. 1849, Prussia), married William Schultz in 1870 in Milwaukee.
  2. Wilhelmina (b. June 1851, Neumark, Prussia), married Heinrich Haase Oct 10, 1869 in Milwaukee, had 4 children.
  3. Friedrich (b. Aug 5, 1857, Milwaukee), married Paulina Diertler Apr 2, 1877 in Milwaukee, had 2 children.
  4. Carl (b. Aug 21, 1861 – d. Mar 23, 1844), married Maria Tank June 5, 1880, had 8 children.
  5. Emilia (b. Sept 16, 1863, Milwaukee.

So, the only thing I have to go on is ‘Neumark,’ which was listed as the birthplace on Wilhelmina’s marriage certificate to Heinrich Haase. I’ve done some rooting on Neumark, and think this refers to the province sometimes called “East Brandenburg.” This was the part of Brandenburg that was located east of the Oder river. It was absorbed into Prussia, then into the Weimar Republic, and then, after World War II, was ethnically-cleansed of its German population by the Allies and given to Poland. 


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Age: 37 Lives: All over the place. Education: PhD, linguistics, UBC.

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