17 May 2010

Monday Madness: Johann August Fredrick

My maternal great grandfather, Johann August Fredrick is a brick wall in my research. He was born 8 Jan 1845 in Germany. His obituary states he came from Paden, Germany. The family believes he came from Posen, Germany. I have not been able to verify either of these. The 1880 United States Federal Census lists his birthplace as Prussia. He came to Manistee County, Michigan in 1872 and was naturalized in 1909. The naturalization records are not available for Manistee County, Michigan.

Johann August, also known as August, had three sisters: Amelia Fredrick married Leo Englehuber, Henriette Fredrick married John Zobel, and a third sister married August Guske. I have tried researching the sisters to find out more to no avail. So, I patiently wait for any new piece of information that will lead me down a new path. Any suggestions on where to go next?


  1. Those passenger lists are hard to read, and sometimes the writng on the census is as well. I hate it when they used the fancy pancy handwriting which makes that first letter so hard to figure out. I suspect your Paden may have been Baden, which I know little about. I know even less about Bayern, and Posen and Pommern.

    Nothing is easy i guess, but worth it all in the end. Happy Hunting. I enjoy your blog.

  2. This is what keeps me addicted to genealogy. Eventually you get the one missing piece and it opens up a whole new line of ancestry. I am happy you enjoy my blog. Thank you.