Learned some new things from Ancestry today regarding family heritage. According to the updated info, my DNA results are:
- Germanic Europe 70%
- Sweden 10%
- Scotland 7%
- England & Northwestern Europe 4%
- Eastern Europe & Russia 3%
- Ireland 3%
- Wales 2%
- France 1%
1% French! Who knew!
And this is interesting stuff about Carl Hohenwald, your great-grandfather and Clara’s grandfather. (The spelling is different, sometimes as Hollenwaldt.) He was born in Prussia, which we knew. Here it says he came from Briesen, Kries Pyritz, Pommern, Prussia. I looked up info for Kries Pyritz and found this short list of historic facts:
- Pyritz became a Kreis in 1818, and was part of the administrative district of Stettin until 1945.
- Pyritz received city rights in 1263, and a wall with eight towers and 26 guardhouses surrounded the city.
- A large fire almost destroyed the city in 1496, and again in 1596.
- Pyritz burned for the third time in 1634 during the Thirty Years’ War.
- On 16-18 February 1945, a German counter attack changed the course of the World War II, prolonging it almost three months and dooming Pomerania and Silesia. The Soviets decided to clear out both provinces moving toward Berlin.
- Kreis Pyritz was known for wheat fields, cattle, milling, brickworks, distilling, sugar, fishing, and colorful costumes with rich embroidery.
- Lake Madü in Pyritz is ten and a half miles long.
- The city of Pyritz is now known as Pyrzyce.
- In 1919, The Agricultural Directory of Pomerania lists Captain R. Michels as a large property owner at Barnimskunow; he owned the land until 1945.
- Regierungsbezirk (Administrative District) Stettin
So your great-grandfather was Pomeranian. He immigrated in 1882, lived in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, and died in 1930.
Also it turns out this area that used to be Pomerania might be where the Knights Templar hid the Holy Grail. This article popped up on CNN yesterday, coincidently:
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