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Searching for any information regarding the following surnames:
Drips, Clarke, Nelson, Shaff, Adams, Bessler, Stamminger, Kieser, Stoik, Rauber and Woodward.
My 5th great-grandfather was Thomas Drips, who married Agnes Nielson. They had William Allison, Andrew, John, and I believe there were some other brothers and sisters. My grandmother told me several times the story of the Drips family and how they changed their name from Seldon to Drips. In fact, I have a poem that was written by Wion King-Barlow which explains the entire story. This was given to my grandmother by her grandmother, Jennie(Jane) Drips.

The Drips, Clarke, Nelson, Shaff, Adams, Stoik and Woodward surnames derive from my mother's side of the family. Bessler, Stamminger and Kieser are from my father's side.

I am also very interested in any information regarding the Bessler Family from the Wuertemberg area prior to 1890. My great-grandfather was Frederick Bessler, who emigrated to the United States around 1884-85. He married Hannah Holliger and then after Hannah's death married Catherine Frank.
I have recently had much luck in discovering the names and whereabouts of the Stoik family. Franz Stoik emigrated to the United States from Prussia(possibly Posen)in 1854 from the port of Buffalo and came to Manitowac Co., WI. It is uncertain as to when he married Catharine Schultz(b.1832 d.1920). Catharine was previously married to John Schultz. They had 1 daughter, Maria Suzanne. John allegedly died in a canooing accident. Catharine then married Franz, who adopted Maria(americanized name to Mary). The family was listed in the 1870 Oshkosh, Winnebago County, WI Census. Apparently they moved to Escanaba, MI around 1883. I have been searching for any information regarding the death of Franz(changed to Frank). He apparently died in 1888. Catherine and Franz(Frank) had the following children: Mary b. 1852 (from the prior marriage of Catherine); Martha b. 1855; Josephine b 1857; Frank b.1868 d.1954(married Agnes O'Brien); George b.1879 d. 1944(married Charlotte McCauley); Ella b.abt 1866(married Daniel Canty); Alvina (Vinnie) b.Jan 1, 1864(married David Henry Edwards);Ida b. 1870; Anna b. abt 1871(married William George Kuhns); Estella(Vanessa?) b. 1859(married Seth Sage Goodell); Theodore b. 1860 d. 1948(married Lulu Jay Woodward). Any information on any of the descendants of these brothers and sisters would greatly be appreciated.

It is also important to mention the ancestors of Catharine Stoik. She emigrated to the United States at the early age of 3 years old in 1835. She was called Katharina and was the daughter of Stephan and Katharina(Holzer)Rauber from Tholey, Landkreis St. Wendel, Saarland, Germany. She was one of 8 children. The Raubers were a large family who settled in Monroe, Steuben, Livingston, and Allegany counties in New York. It is believed that Stephan and Katharina Holzer Rauber were one of the first arrivals in America 1835. At the time of their migration to America that area of the Rheinland, Tholey, was part of Prussia.
Besides Katharina were the other children Nicolas(b.1825), Susanne(b.1827), Johann(b.1830), Stephan(b.1833), Petre(b.1835), and 2 others unknown.

The Woodward family has been traced to Laughlin H. and Lovenia Wilson. Laughlin fought in the Civil War in Co. K 102nd Infantry Regiment of the State of Illinois. He and his wife, Lovenia, later settled in Belle Plaine, IA. Children of Laughlin and Lovenia are as follows: Lulu Jay b. 1868 d.1932(married Theodore Stoik); Jenny S. b.1864 d.1946(married Herbert A. Buffington); Josie(married Bramwell A. Turnbull); Gracie b.1875; 2 unknown sisters.
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Updated March 25, 2002

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