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Family Tree of the Rabe Westphalen families of Iowa

Updated February 6, 2005

I have been researching my family tree for about one year now.
Specifically the Westphalen and Rabe side of the family.

The Westphalens hailed from the town of Drelsdorf, Schleswig Holstein Germany (LandSchaft Bredtstedt). They emigrated in 1881 on the SS Frisia, first traveling through Le Havre, France and then to New York. They eventually settled in Crawford County, Iowa.

The Rabes came from Anklam, Prussia. Gustav came over in 1869, went from New York, to Chicago, and eventually came to Crawford County, Iowa, where he raised one of the largest families in Iowa, having 19 children!

From both of these families comes the SCHRIEVER, BLANK, FISCHER, HANSEN, and THOMSEN families.

More family names that have recently come up are Jurgens and Andresen. They hail from the county of Husum, in Schleswig-Holstein.

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Family Photos

  • Detlef Westphalen oo Martha Pranschke (390 KB)
    Detlef Westphalen and Martha Pranschke Evers circa ab. 1907. Their children include Amalie Evers, Edlef, and Mathilda Westphalen.
  • Edlef Westphalen oo Sophia Rabe (525 KB)
    Edlef Westphalen and Sophia Rabe were married in Charter Oak, Crawford County. MayLou Clausen and Albert Rabe stood up for them.
  • Gustav Rabe with the Blunk Children (454 KB)
    Here is a "rough rider" photo of Gustav Rabe with his neighbors, the Blunk (Blank) children.
  • Heinrich Schriever oo Wilhelmine Plumhoff (552 KB)
    Here is a photo with Henry "Heinrich" Schriever, with Wilhelmine Plumhoff. Standing next to them may be Henry Plumhoff. This farm is located in Ute, Monona County, Iowa. Behind them is a large cistern. Heinrich and Wilhelmine were born in/around Neinburg, an der Weser in Hannover, Germany. Wilhelmine Plumhoff either had a daughter, or a half sister named Sophia Plumhoff who came over with Henry and Wilhelmine, and Henry's mother Sophia Quiader from Neinburg. They attended St. Martins church in Neinburg.
  • Gustav Rabe oo Fredericke Fischer (268 KB)
    Can you believe it? 19 children (sans Sophia who died in infancy)! They married in 1876 in Chicago, and shortly thereafter moved to Crawford County, Iowa.
  • Edlef Westphalen with Fred Gierstorf (439 KB)
    I love how this photo looks. These two friends look so happy! I wonder what they were talking about right before the photo was taken!
  • Edlef Westphalen b. 1906, as a baby (394 KB)
    Edlef Westphalen, as a baby. He was born in 1906 in Crawford County, Iowa. Three years later, they would be living in Pierce County, Nebraska.
  • The Martha Rabe Wedding (479 KB)
    Who can resist a fun wedding reception at a large farm house? Gustav planted each cottonwood tree outside his farm house with his bare hands (and with the help of 18 other bare hands!) Within 50 years of planting them, they were over 100 feet tall!!

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