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The Descendants of Friedrich Wilhelm and Justine Draheim

Updated March 12, 2010

Charles Draheim
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Researching the ancestors and descendants of Friedrich Wilhelm Draheim and Justine Schoenke. I am also researching the family of Lucinda Lorentine Sophia Vath Draheim, my paternal grandmother.

A note for those who have visited this site before: Friedrich Wilhelm seems to have been known as Wilhelm for a good portion of his life. Church records showing the births of his children always show his name as Wilhelm but his christening record shows his full name as Friedrich Wilhelm. For purposes of clarity he will be referred to as Wilhelm in the remainder of this text. Since he had two sons who were also named Friedrich Wilhelm adding a third identical name would only add confusion.

Wilhelm and Justine arrived in America on March 18, 1882 aboard the ship Vandalia. They were accompanied by six of their eight living children. Three children had died at very young ages prior to emmigration. (Friedrich Wilhelm #2, Wilhelmine Amilie and Charlotte Emilie)

The two oldest boys, August Friedrich Julius (AKA Julius) and Friedrich Wilhelm (AKA Fred) had preceded the rest of the family. Family lore says that they were sent ahead to avoid being "drafted" into, supposedly, the Prussian army. This has not yet been confirmed but it remains an interesting story. Recently uncovered information indicates that Julius came to this country in 1880, spent a short time in Illinois and then came to Minnesota.

The children of Wilhelm and Justine are: August Friedrich Julius, Henrietta Wilhelmina, Friedrich Wilhelm (Fred) (#1), Friedrich Wilhelm (#2), August, Wilhelmine Amilie, Charlotte Emilie, Amelia Amanda, Herman, Gustav Eduard and Rudolph Charles (my grandfather).

Why two Augusts and two Friedrichs? I wish that I knew the answer.

My search for family members has been interesting and educational. Through my research I have become acquainted with many living family members I never new existed. The most interesting thing about these discoveries has been that many of my new found relatives live very near to my home, some as close as ten miles.

On December 20, 2002 the last of the grandchildren of Wilhelm and Justine passed away in Hackensack, Minnesota at the age of 102.

Also researching my Norwegian roots through the names Winje, Jacobson (Sveio area), Seymore and Carlson (Trondheim area).

Other names of interest: Senske, VonEschen, Umphrey, Gustave Abraham, just to name a few. If they are listed in my tree I am interested.

Family Photos

  • George Wetzstein Farmstead - Olivia, MN (103 KB)
    George Wetzstein (Sr.?) farmstead, Olivia, MN. Taken by Alfred George Wetzstein about 1910. Copy of a house in Dysart, Iowa owned by the sister of George John Wetzstein, Sr. (Mrs. Kate Schreiber)
  • Abraham - Fahse Farm (90 KB)
    This farm was owned first by Gustav Abraham and then by his son-in-law Henry Carl Fahse, husband of Ida Abraham.
  • Irvin Abraham Wedding Announcement (179 KB)
    Announcement of the wedding of Lillian Jane Merkley and Irvin Abraham - 1927.
  • The family of Gustav and Henriette Abraham (118 KB)
    Picture circa 1902.
  • Jesse Draheim Farmstead (40 KB)
    Jesse Draheim farmstead, location and date unknown. Location assumed to be near Waseca, MN.
  • Fred Draheim Home (311 KB)
    Fred Draheim home in Hammond, Minnesota
  • Lucinda Lorentine Sophia Vath Draheim (49 KB)
    Lucinda Vath Draheim as a young woman. I think my grandmother was quite an attractive young lady, no wonder she landed my grandfather who was quite a handsome man (in my humble opinion).
  • Harry Abraham (103 KB)
    Harry Abraham is the son of Gustave and Henriette Draheim Abraham
  • SS Vandalia (352 KB)
    This is the ship that I believe carried my grandfather to America.
  • Henry and Ida Abraham Fahse (126 KB)
    Ida Abraham Fahse is the daughter of Gustave and Henriette Draheim Abraham.
  • Rudolph Draheim Home (92 KB)
    This is a photo of the second home owned by Rudolph Draheim in Kanabec County, Minnesota. This is the way it looked when they first moved into the house. Over the years many trees and shrubs were added.
  • Pine Grove Farm (36 KB)
    Pine Grove Farm was the third farm owned by Rudolph Draheim. Stanley Draheim, his wife, Aldora,and two of their four children lived on this farm.
  • Stanley Draheim Family (97 KB)
    This photograph was taken at Stanley's 80th. birthday party held at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora, MN in June of 1999.
  • Graduation Booklet - Olivia High School - 1927 (220 KB)
    Graduation booklet from Olivia (MN) High School - 1927. Erwin R. Draheim was one of the graduates. Erwin went on to earn his PhD and worked for the Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, D. C.
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