Brakhage Family

The ancestral home of the Brakhage family was in the Lippe Detmold region of Germany.  Marriage and birth records for generations of the family can be found in the records of St. Johann Lutheran Church in Lemgo.  The christening record of Louise Wilhelmine Henriette Brakhage (pictured left) and her siblings show a birthplace of Entrup.  Louise's father, Johann Heinrich Brakhage moved his family to America in the mid 19th century.  They settled in the Marion Township of Ft. Wayne, IN.  According to Louise Brakhage Reisinger's granddaughter Frances Natho Sutton, the Brakhage farm was located near Concordia College.  Young George Reisinger boarded with the family while he was a ministerial student at that college.  At the Brakhage farm he met his future bride, Johann Henrich Brakhage's daughter Louise.  The couple married in 1856, a week after George was ordained a Lutheran minister. 

Family of Louisa Wilhelmine Henriette Brakhage

Louise Wilhelmine Henriette Brakhage (Johann Heinrich, Johann Heinrich) was born February 06, 1839 in Entrup, Lippe-Detmold, Germany, and died February 17, 1888 in Wilton, Muscatine Co, IA.  She was christened February 17, 1839 in St. Johann Lutheran Church, Lemgo, Lippe-Detmold, Germany.   She married Rev. George Christian Reisinger, third son of Johann Georg Reisinger and his 2nd wife Maria Barbara Beilstein, on September 21, 1856 in Ft. Wayne, Allen County, IN. He was born April 05, 1831 in Wembach, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, and died May 23, 1902 in Springville, Erie Co, NY.  Louise was initially buried on Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton, IA on February 21, 1888. She appeared to have been moved, first to the Natho plot in Springhill Cemetery, Danville, IL, then again moved to the Reisinger plot in Springhill after the death of her husband.

Children of Louise Brakhage and George Reisinger are:

1. Louise Wilhelmine Reisinger, born February 1, 1858 in Auglaize Co, OH;  died May 10, 1949 in Chicago, Cook Co, IL.  She married Peter G. Ritter September 30, 1886 in Muscatine Co, IA; He was born about 1855 in Germany. (1940 residence - Chicago, IL)

1910 Cook Co, IL Census, City of Chicago, Tract AB11, ED 1239, Ward 28, Household #292
1930 - Enumerated in the Cook Co, IL household of son-in-law Phillip G. Milleville, 6642 Keota, #22-22, Precinct 1, Chicago City, Ward 41, Block 26, ED 16-1479, Sheet 7a, p. 175, Supv Dist 3

2.  Amaila Rosina Reisinger, born May 21, 1859 in Auglaize Co, OH, died before 1870, probably in Pekin, Tazewell Co, IL.

3. Amalia Katharine Reisinger, born October 4, 1860 in Auglaize Co, OH; died before 1870, probably in Pekin, Tazewell Co, IL.

4. Ottilin Elise C. Reisinger, born February 11, 1862 in Auglaize Co, OH; died February 25, 1864 in Pekin, Tazewell Co, IL.  Buried Old City Cemetery, Pekin, IL.

5. Elise Marie Engelina "Lillie" Reisinger, born April 08, 1864 in Pekin, Tazewell Co, IL; died January 22, 1957. She married Frank L. Natho, son of Louis Natho & Carolyn Lorentz, June 16, 1887 in Muscatine Co, IA; He was born November 1860 in New York; died September 04, 1921.  (Lillie was a long time resident of Danville, IL and is buried there in Springhill Cemetery.)

1900 Vermilion Co, IL Census, Vol 151, ED 67, Sheet 9, Line 47, 180A, 148-210, 601 Wayne Street, Occupation - Salesman Book Store
1910 Vermilion Co, IL Census, Danville Township, Danville City, ED 137, Sheet 2B, Supv Dist 9, 601 Wayne St, Occupation - Merchant/Book Store, 39-42
1920 Vermilion Co, IL Census, Danville Township, 601 Wayne Street, #169-171, Danville City, 3rd Ward, 1st Precinct, ED 153, Sheet 8a, Supv Dist 10, Treasurer - Book Company

1930 Vermillion Co, IL Census, Danville, 601 Wayne St., ED 92-13, Sheet 14A, p. 35, Supv Dist 16, #315-344, Occupation-Assistant Manager Book Store (Occupation is that of Lillie's son-in-law Jesse Sutton, who was listed as head of household in this census.)

6. Johanna Dorothea Marie Reisinger, born 1866 in Pekin, Tazewell Co, IL and died 1900-1910, probably in Vermilion Co, IL. She married John Kolberg, son of Gustaph Kolberg & Friederika Weier,  July 23, 1895 in Vermilion Co, IL.

1900 Vermilion Co, IL Census, Vol 151, ED 75, Sheet 14, Line 40, Germantown, Danville Township, 723 English Street
1910 - John Kolberg was enumerated in the Vermilion Co, IL household of his father Gustaph Kolberg, Salesman - Groceries.  Johanna was not listed and was not shown as a survivor in the obituary of her sister Amelia, who died in 1912.

7. John George Reisinger, born 1868 in Pekin, Tazewell Co, IL; died before 1870 in Pekin, Tazewell Co, IL.

8. Wilhelm Friedrick Reisinger, born June 01, 1869 in Pekin, Tazewell Co, IL; died March 09, 1889 in Danville, Vermillion Co, IL  Buried Springhill Cemetery, Danville, Vermillion Co, IL..

9. Clara Katherine Reisinger was born July 22, 1871 in Pekin, Tazewell Co, IL and died April 11, 1954 in Knoxville, TN.  She married Albert L. Miller on September 8, 1892 in Knox Co, TN.  He was born August 22, 1866 in Tennessee and died November 16, 1947 in Knoxville, TN.  Both are buried in Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, TN.  (1940 residence - Knoxville, TN)

1900 Knox Co, TN Census, Vol 37 ED 60, Sheet 9, Line 96, 715 Clinch Street, Saloon Keeper
1910 Knox Co, TN Census, Knoxville, 1st Civil District, ED 84 Ward 5, Supv Dist 2, 715 Clinch E, Occupation - Restaurant, p. 74, #9-9
1920 Knox Co, TN Census, Civil District 2, 15th Ward, 2405 Magnolia Ave, Supv Dist 2, ED 106, Sheet 1A, Knoxville City, #1-1
1930 Knox Co, TN Census, 2405 Magnolia Ave, #588-683, Knoxville City, Ward 15, ED 47-38, Sheet 30B, Supv Dist 7

10. Friedrick Wilhelm Philipp Reisinger, born June 16, 1873 in Danville, Vermillion Co, IL. He married Mary A. Barton about 1897 probably in Crittenden Co, AR.  She was born November 1870 in Arkansas.  From the 1982 letter of Frances Natho Sutton to Lillyan Johnson Holmberg:  "Uncle Fred Reisinger went west when the Arkansas land was opened up to homesteders, stayed in Ark. opening up a small grocery store. He met his wife, Aunt Mary from there and he decided to stay there, later moving in Memphis to make his home....Aunt Amelia your mother went to Ark then & stayed with him."  Fred Reisinger later moved to Los Angeles, CA.

1900 Crittenden Co, AR Census, Vol 10, ED 113, Sheet 20, Line 99, Jackson Twp, #424-465
1920 Shelby Co, TN Census, boarder with Herbert F. Avery, Vol 75, ED 206, Sheet 4, Line 87, 1065 McLemore Ave, Memphis, #73-83
1930 Los Angeles Co, CA Census, Pasadena Township, Pasadena City, ED 19-1202, Supv Dist 15, Sheet 10b, 1821 La Cresta Drive, Pasadena City, #288-293

11. Paul Gustaph Martin Reisinger, born January 14, 1875 in Danville, Vermillion Co, IL; died October 8, 1876 in Danville, IL Buried October 10, 1876 in Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown Township, Vermillion Co, IL.

12. Alma Wilhelmine Friedereike Reisinger, born January 21, 1877 in Danville, Vermillion Co, IL, died before 1930 probably in Buffalo, NY. She married Carl Frase on October 30, 1900 at Salem Lutheran Church, Springville, NY.  (Last know residence - Buffalo, NY)  Carl Frase was enumerated as a Widower in the 1930 Buffalo, NY household of his son Carlyle Frase.

1910 Erie Co, NY Census, Concord Town, Springville Village, ED 265, Sheet 13B, Supv Dist 19, Park St, #318-344, Retail Merchant - Grocery
1912 Buffalo, NY City Directory Carl E. Frase w Hens & Kelly Co, r 290 W Tupper
1913 Buffalo, NY City Directory w Hens & Kelly Co r 245 Riley
1917 Buffalo, NY City Directory listed as asst. supt. at Hens & Kelly (a department store) and residing at 34 Waverly Street
1919 Buffalo, NY City Directory, Carl E. Frase, w Hens & Kelly Co r 92 Johnson pk
1925 Buffalo, NY City Directory Carl E. Frase listed residing at 54 Freeman
1930 - Carl Frase was enumerated in the Erie Co, NY household of his son Carlyle Frase

13. Emilie Henriette Elise "Amelia" Reisinger was born February 07, 1880 in Wilton, Muscatine Co, IA and died December 21, 1912 in Wheatridge, Jefferson Co, CO. She married Robert Macklin Johnson on December 31, 1901 in Crittenden Co, AR.  He was born July 24, 1876 in West Point, White Co, AR and died August 26, 1920 in England, Lonoke Co, AR.  (Amelia was a resident of England, AR at the time of her death.  Her family made the journey to Denver, CO, in hopes that the climate there would arrest the tuberculosis she had developed.  She died shortly after arrival.)  Amelia Reisinger is buried in Springhill Cemetery, Danville, Vermillion Co,  IL  Robert M. Johnson is buried in Mulberry Cemetery, England, Lonoke Co, AR.

1910 Lonoke Co, AR Census, Gum Woods Township, Town of England, Dry Goods, ED 142, Sheet 14A, Supv Dist 6. p. 116, #278-286

Descendants of Johann Heinrich Brakhage

Generation No. 1

Johann Henrich Brakhage was born Abt. 1773 in Germany. He married Catarine Elisabeth Ehlenbrok July 15, 1804 in St. Johann Lutheran Church, Lemgo, Lippe Detmold, Germany.

Child of Johann Henrich Brakhage and Catarine Elisabeth Ehlenbrok is:

1.  Johann Heinrich Brakhage, born August 04, 1804 in Lippe Detmold, Germany; died October 03, 1880 in Marion Township, Allen County, IN.

 

Generation No. 2

Johann Heinrich Brakhage (Johann Henrich) was born August 04, 1804 in Lippe Detmold, Germany, and died October 03, 1880 in Marion Township, Allen County, IN. He married Maria Wilhelmine Buhr November 12, 1826 in St. Johann Lutheran Church, Lemgo, Lippe Detmold, Germany. She was born January 02, 1804 in Germany, and died February 14, 1884 in Marion Township, Allen County, IN.

1860 Allen Co, IN Census, Marion Township, p. 565, #897-898
1870 Allen Co, IN Census, Marion Township, p. 539, #47-47
1880 Allen Co, IN Census, Marion Township, p. 408D

Children of Johann Heinrich Brakhage and Maria Wilhelmine Buhr are:

1. Heinrich August Brakhage, born March 17, 1827 in Entrup, Lippe Detmold, Germany.

2. Friedrich Wilhelm August Brakhage, born May 22, 1829 in Entrup, Lippe Detmold, Germany; died October 06, 1895 in Knox Co, IN. He married Conradine Pielmeier 1853; born December 11, 1826; died May 13, 1902 in Knox Co, IN.

United States of America, State of Indiana, County of Allen,
Be It Known, That on the 19th day of August A. D. 1854, personally appeared in the Allen Circuit Court, before the Clerk thereof August Brakhage an alien and reports himself for NATURALIZATION, and being duly sworn on oath declares that he is a native of Lippe Detmold aged about 26 years and owes allegiance to the Prince of Lippe Detmold that he emigrated thence, embarked at Bremen and arrived at New York in the United States, on the 16th day of June A. D. 1853, and that it is bona fide his intention to reside in and become a citizen of the United States, and to renounce forever ALL ALLEGIANCE AND FIDELITY to every Foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever and particularly to the Prince of Lippe Detmold. Sworn to and subscribed the 19 day of August 1854 August Brakhage.
In Testimony Whereof, I Joseph Sinclair of the Allen Circuit Court, hereunto set my name and affix the Seal of said Court this 19 day of August 1854, Joseph Sinclair, Clerk

3. Friedrich Heinrich Wilhelm Brakhage, Rev., born January 29, 1833 in Entrup, Lippe Detmold, Germany; died May 27, 1917 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co, NE. He married Anna Margarith Zelt April 21, 1861; born April 25, 1842 in Jackson Township, Hamilton County, IN; died November 26, 1919 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co, NE.

4. Wilhelmine Henriette Sophie Brakhage, born May 12, 1835 in Entrup, Lippe Detmold, Germany; died December 27, 1903 in Ft. Wayne, Allen Co, IN. She married (1) Unknown Beilfuss. She married (2) Jacob John Buehler November 09, 1854 in Ft. Wayne, IN; born January 1825 in Switzerland; died July 01, 1911 in Ft. Wayne, Allen Co, IN.

5. Simon Heinrich August Brakhage, born September 05, 1837 in Entrup, Lippe Detmold, Germany.

6. Louise Wilhelmine Henriette Brakhage, born February 06, 1839 in Entrup, Lippe Detmold, Germany; died February 17, 1888 in Wilton, Muscatine Co, IA. She married Rev. George Christian Reisinger  September 21, 1856 in Ft. Wayne, Allen County, IN.  He was born April 05, 1831 in Wembach, Hessen-Darmstadt; and died May 23, 1902 in Springville, Erie Co, NY.

7. Sophie Louise Amalia Brakhage, born April 29, 1843 in Lippe Detmold, Germany; died March 20, 1923 in Ft. Wayne, IN. She married Heinrich Evers, Rev. January 05, 1862 in Ft. Wayne, IN; born November 28, 1826; died December 31, 1898 in Ft. Wayne, IN.

8. Marie Elizabeth "Elise" Brakhage, born August 10, 1847 in Lippe Detmold, Germany; died April 04, 1934 in Allen Co, IN. She married Diedrich Wiehe 1869; born December 11, 1836 in Holland; died October 20, 1900 in Allen Co, IN.

St. Johann Lutheran Church, Lemgo Parish, Lippe-Detmold (translations from original church records courtesy of James D. Batchelor of Wilton, IA)

Marriage:  Johann Heinrich Brakhage N. 11 from Entrup, and Catharine Elisabeth Ehlenbrok from Horn. Lemgo? July 15, 1804

Their son, Johann Henrich was born August 4, baptized August 12, 1804,  Witnesses: 1. Joh. Friedrich Brakhage, 2. Franz Henrich Schfer, 3. Simon Niebuhr, all from Entrup.

Marriage: November 12, 1826 Johann Henrich Brakhage from N. 11, Entrup to Marie Whilhelmina Bueren __?____ Lindemann from N. 36 from Wehrendorf from ___?_____

Baptism: Louisa Wilhelmina Henrietta born Feb. 6, and baptized Feb. 17, 1839, Father: Johann Henrich Brakhage, Mother Wilhelmina Bueren. Witnesses 1. Henrietta Marie Herm, 2. Louisa Prost, 3. Henrietta Niebuhr,

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