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Descendants of John GROBBEL 15
Some of Their Stories
Children of John & Mary Ann GROBBEL 15
Anna Victoria GROBBEL 16 (b. 13 NOV 1864, d. 20 MAR 1955) was the first child of John and Mary GROBBEL 15. She married William Peter DeGRANDCHAMP (DesGrandchamps) on 10 JUL 1883 in St. Clement Church. He was born 8 NOV 1857 to Peter DeGrandchamp and Rosalie DUFLOT (Dufloo) and died on 29 NOV 1920. William was a farmer, first on the 47 acre family farm in Center Line, which was located on the east side of Sherwood in Section 28 of Warren Twp.; then later (some time after 1895) at a large farm on Van Dyke in the area of Seven Mile Road and Outer Drive. Their first home, a large brick house, was destroyed by fire, and was replaced by a smaller brick house. Their seven children were all born in Center Line, Macomb Co., MI.
Ferdinand GROBBEL 16 (b. 13 MAR 1866, d. 21 FEB 1919) was the eldest son of John and Mary GROBBEL 15. He married Apollonia WIEGAND in 1887 at St. Clement Church. She was the daughter of Frank Wiegand and Barbara Wiegand.
Barbara shared Frank's last name, however they were not closely related. Frank was born 6 MAR 1828 in Kassel, Hessen, Germany and died 24 SEP 1875 in Center Line. Barbara was born 15 JUN 1832 in Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany (about 100 miles to the south of Kassel) and died 30 APR 1905 in Center Line. The family name is variously spelled as Wigant or Wigand in the St. Clement Parish records.
Ferdinand took over the management of the family farm from his step-father, Joseph Rinke, and by 1895, the Warren Twp. map shows that the farm was in his name. Ferdinand and Apollonia had thirteen children, all of them born in Warren Twp., MI.
Around 10:00 a.m. on the morning of 17 SEP 1913, Ferdinand's 15 year-old son, Raymond (also known as Jim), was cutting firewood with a gasoline-powered saw. Frances, his 21 year-old sister, was helping him with the chore. Suddenly, something on the saw broke loose and hit her. Knocked towards the moving saw blade, it caught her clothing and pulled her into it's path. She was severely cut by the blade down the side of her body. The doctor was called and he arrived by 1:00 p.m., but the situation was hopeless, since vital veins and arteries had been severed. She died the following day. A few months later, Jim lost his right hand when his glove got caught in the machinery while cutting corn stalks for silage.
Ferdinand was Supervisor of Warren Twp. from 1903 until his death in 1919. He died from pneumonia and the shock and grief caused by the sudden deaths of his son, Frank, daughter-in-law Mary, and four of their five children. They all died within days of each other in January 1919, victims of the Spanish Influenza Epidemic that swept the entire country at the end of World War I.
John Anthony GROBBEL 16 was born on 15 OCT 1867, and died 10 MAR 1911 from cancer. On 8 MAY 1894, he married Elizabeth Mary ELLIOTT, who was born 17 APR 1873 to Joseph ELLIOTT and Catherine KALTZ. Elizabeth died on 22 MAR 1947 from a cerebral hemorrhage. Both John and Elizabeth died in Center Line and are buried in St. Clement Cemetery. The 1910 U.S.Census listed his occupation as "laborer-odd jobs". John and Elizabeth had two children, Bert, who was born in Detroit, and Mildred, who was born in Center Line.
After John's death, Elizabeth married August (Gus) MILLER (b. 24 JUN 1880, d. 28 AUG 1951), who was the proprietor of Gus Miller's Tavern next to St. Clement Church in Center Line. Elizabeth and Gus had two children, Edwin and Marion.
Edwin MILLER was born on 2 FEB 1915 and died on 18 MAY 1950. He married Rita BURG, who was the daughter of Jacob BURG and Elizabeth BERGER. Edwin and Rita had three children, Robert, Elizabeth and Edwin MILLER. After Edwin's death, Rita married Russell JOHNSTON, and they still reside on Central Ave. in Center Line.
Marion MILLER married Melvin SCHOENHERR (b. 9 MAY 1911, d. 6 JUL 1955) and they had three children, Ilene, Melvin and David.
[Notes on Jacob and Elizabeth BURG; he was the son of Matthias Burg and Anna ROTARIUS. Jacob's first cousin, Peter BURG, married Catherine "Kate" GROBBEL 16 . Jacob Burg was kicked by a mule and died from the injuries. Elizabeth BERGER was the daughter of Charles and Mary Berger. Jacob and Elizabeth had four children: Clement, Rita, and twins, Jacob and James].
Josephine Magdalene GROBBEL 16 (b. 1 AUG 1869, d. 15 MAR 1925) was the youngest child of John and Mary GROBBEL 15 . She married Frank (Franz) LINTO about 1886, and they had 8 children, all who were born in Detroit.
Frank LINTO was born 18 DEC 1851 in Reiste, Westphalia, Germany and died on 8 JUN 1912. He was the son of a shoemaker, Franz Adam LINTO (b. 28 MAY 1808 and d. 3 NOV 1861 in Reiste) and Anna Maria Christine SIEWERT (b. 11 JUN 1816 and d. 17 DEC 1855 in Reiste). Franz Adam's parents were Hermann LINTO and Maria Elisabeth MÜLLER. Anna Maria Christine was the daughter of Hermann SIEWERT and Elisabeth KORTE.
Frank LINTO's name first appeared in Detroit directories in 1881 when he was living in a boarding house at 480 Gratiot owned by Joseph LINTO (evidently his uncle). As he moved, subsequent directories show him living on River Rd., Beaubien, St. Aubin, and eventually Hurlburt Ave. with his wife. Frank started working as a shoemaker, like his father, but from 1895 to 1900 he ran a Grocery Store (first in partnership with his brother-in-law as "Frank Linto & Bert Rinke Grocers" and later as "Frank Linto Groceries"). From 1900 until his death, he ran a saloon.
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