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* A Bartow-Nikolaus Family Tree (Wisconsin)*

Updated May 27, 2011

I want to thank all the family members who have contributed to this family tree. It started with the union between Jacob Paul Nikolaus and Marie Hattie Bartow (my parents). Family members have been so generous in their contributions that the site's scope now spans distant cousins and ten generations. For information beyond the scope of this site, see the links to sites managed by cousins Jeff Nikolaus and Linda Vindick below.

This site's earliest, listed ancestor is Peter Groom, born in 1670, ancestor to Sylvia Elizabeth Raven (Mrs. Bert Arthur Bartow). The earliest known ancestors in the Bartow line are Elijah Bartow (b. 1770) and his wife, Elizabeth Carpenter (b. 1775). The Nikolaus line extends back to Ferdinand Nikolaus and Elizabeth Neujel, born circa 1855 and married in Budapest, Austria-Hungary in 1875. The Bartow-Nikolaus Family has served our country with honor in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq.

There are photos going as far back as 1900. Letters home from Sylvester Bartow during the Civil War and Robert Henderson Bartow during WWI are also here. Finally, there are geneology reports for Ferdinand Nikolaus, Elijah Bartow and Joseph Peppino Garofalo, each rife with data on thier descendents.

Gerald Jacob Nikolaus
W278N5394 Hanover Hill Road
Sussex, WI 53089
United States

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Family Photos

  • The Robert Henderson Bartow Family circa 1928 (451 KB)
    By 1928, the Robert Bartows had moved into an 11th Street home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The children pictured with Justyna and Robert are (LtoR); Marie, Edward, John, Robert and Arthur (b. November 5, 1927).
  • The Joseph Frank Nikolaus Family circa 1903 (30 KB)
    Joseph Frank Nikolaus with Terezia Schlutt Nikolaus and their oldest child, daughter Terezia (a.k.a. Peggy) who was born in 1903.
  • Garofalo-Mania Wedding - November 8, 1941 (75 KB)
    Yolanda (Babe) Garofalo weds John Mania Front: (LtoR) Mary Prince (bride's niece), Leanora (Eleanor) Garofalo Messina (bride's sister), Emily Garofalo (bride's sister), Judy Prince (bride's niece). Back: Lawrence Garofalo (bride's brother), William Mania (groom's brother), Robert Prince (bride's brother-in-law), the happy couple, Fred Messina (Leanora's husband), and Joseph Zaino (close family friend).
  • Robert Henderson Bartow, Blacksmith (186 KB)
    This photograph shows Robert H. Bartow in the Brandon, Wisconsin blacksmith shop where he worked. It was here one of my favorite family stories takes place. Once upon a time, before Jake and Marie married, Joseph Frank Nikolaus brought a horse to the shop to be shod. The horse was acting up too much for Robert H. Bartow, so he refused to work on the horse until it calmed down. To expedite things, Joseph positioned himself under the horse's flanks and lifted the horse's hind quarters on his shoulders and up from the floor, so Robert was able to do the job. True story, folks.
  • The Robert Henderson Bartow Family circa 1924. (31 KB)
    Robert Bartow, Justyna Witucki Bartow, their daughter Marie, sons Edward (standing) and Robert (in Justyna's arms)
  • Eurilla Bartow Simmons et al. (52 KB)
    Thomas Jefferson Bartow's children by Nancy Nichols are the primary subjects for me in this photograph taken in Long Beach, California. These are: 1. James Volney Bartow and 4. Eurilla Bartow Simmons. The others are Eurilla's issue and their spouses.
  • Bartow Memorial in Omro (104 KB)
    This memorial is in an Omro cemetery on Highway 21, just west of Oshkosh. Here rest James Volney Bartow's young wife, Permelia (1847-1870), and two daughters, Cora (1866-1867)and Laura (April 1869-October 1869). Life can't have been easy. James V. eventually moved to Long Beach, California.
  • The Girls of Oshkosh, Wisconsin's W. 11th Street (358 KB)
    This photograph was taken circa 1943. Seated on one of the three bridges in beautiful South Park in Oshkosh are 11th Street (now Avenue) neighbors:(LtoR) Virginia Callas, Marie Bartow Nikolaus, Donna Voelkl (she'd one day be Mrs. Edward Bartow), and Florence Phillips.
  • The Bartow-Nikolaus Wedding (35 KB)
    Jacob Paul Nikolaus marries Marie Hattie Bartow on August 6, 1938 at St. Mary's Church near Brandon, Wisconsin. With them LtoR are Marie's brother Edward, Jake's brother John, and Marie's cousins Rose Marie Bartow & Helen Bowker. Standing behind are Marie's father Robert and the priest (name unknown).
  • Helen & Leverett's Family (3549 KB)
    LtoR Back Row: Winifred, Dale, Charles, Robert, Bertie and Hattie. LtoR Front Row: Darius, Helen, Marshall and Leverett. Photo is not dated, but Marshall was born in June 1913.
  • Four Generations of Bartow - Part 2 (557 KB)
    In another four generation photo on this site, Marie Hattie Bartow is the youngest. In this four generation photo, she is the matriarch. Shown here are: Marie Bartow Nikolaus, her son - Dennis Nikolaus, Dennis' daughter - Karla Nikolaus Schweda, and Karla's daughter - Carolyn Schweda.
  • Karmann-Bartow Wedding (2435 KB)
    On May 5, 1951, Arthur Bartow, the youngest child of Robert H. Bartow and Justyna Witucki Bartow, married Shirley Karmann at St. Joseph's Church in Waupun, Wisconsin. Left to right - John Bartow (Arthur's brother), Marge Demlar Bartow (John's wife), Audrey Walloch (Shirley's cousin), Shirley and Arthur, Edward Bartow (Arthur's brother), Margene Micheels (Shirley's friend), Robert Banse (Shirley's cousin), and seated Mary Kathryn Karmann (Shirley's sister).
  • Jake and Marie (29 KB)
    Circa 1943,looks like South Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
  • Leverett & Helen Bartow's Family in 1918 (3280 KB)
    After the Great War: LtoR Back Row: Bertie, Robert, Charles, Dale and Guy Bowker. LtoR Front Row: Helen holding Myron, Leverett, Justyna Witucke Bartow, Hattie, Marshal, Darius, Winifred Bartow Bowker and Mary Jane McCumber Bartow Bessex.
  • Thomas Jefferson Bartow & Nancy Nichols Bartow (632 KB)
    Thanks to cousin Patricia Paffenroth we have this incredible photo of Thomas Jefferson Bartow and his wife, Nancy Nichols Bartow. Thomas was born in 1810, Nancy in 1815. Thomas died in 1890, making this image at lease 113 years old the day it was posted here (11/15/2003).
  • Elwing-Bartow Wedding (1139 KB)
    Marion Elwing marries Robert Frank Bartow, Robert H. and Justyna Bartow's third child.
  • Helen Chase Bartow and Leverett H. Bartow (124 KB)
    Circa 1900
  • Irving Moon & Clarrissa Bartow (37 KB)
    Don't know the date of this photo, but Irving and Clarrissa married in July 1885. Thanks to Linda Vindick for the photo.
  • Mary Jane McCumber Bartow Jones et al. (350 KB)
    Another fantatstic photograph provided by Patricia Bartow Paffenroth. (Where does she find these things?) Shown here is Mary Jane McCumber Bartow Jones with her three children by Chester Henderson Bartow: (LtoR) Chester W., Leveret H. and Clarrissa E,. We know Chester H. died in Denver (date unknown) and Mary then wed Owen Jones on Ferbruary 1, 1887 in Ring (Winnebago County), Wisconsin. Chester, the youngest was born in 1869, so this photo was likely taken circa 1900.
  • Voelkel-Bartow Wedding (2096 KB)
    Donna Voelkel marries Edward Bartow, Robert H. and Justyna Bartow's second child and first son.
  • Muriel Decker Moon & husband, Harold, et al. (32 KB)
    Picture from the Clarrissa Bartow Line: On the right are Muriel Decker Moon & her husband, Harold Moon. On the left are Muriel's brother Fred Decker & his wife Lucinda.
  • James Volney Bartow (372 KB)
    This is James Volney Bartow. Born in 1842, he fought beside his older (by three years) brother, Chester H., on the Union side during the Civil War, participating in the Seige of Petersburg, Virginia in June 1864. It was James who had the huge memorial erected for his young wife, Permelia (d. 1870), and two very young daughters (d. 1867 & 1869) in an Omro, Wisconsin cemetery. Land records indicate James purchased acreage in Minnesota in 1876 and 1883, so it seems he left the painful reminders behind to homestead and farm there.
  • Demlar-Bartow Wedding (688 KB)
    Margaret (Margie) Demlar weds John Bartow, the fourth child of Robert H. and Justyna Bartow.
  • The Joseph Frank Nikolaus Family circa 1906 (139 KB)
    This photograph was taken by Star Studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin circa 1906. The infant in the photograph is Joseph Gustave Nikolaus, who was born in 1906. Also pictured are Joseph Frank, Terezia Schlutt Nikolaus and daughter Terezia (a.k.a. Peggy). Shortly after this photograph was taken, Terezia and the children returned to Europe and settled near Paleshnik, Croatia. Joseph Frank joined them during the following year. While in Croatia, they were blessed with another son, Ferdinand, who was born on April 22, 1907. As of August 25, 1910, the entire family was permanently back in the USA.
  • Page 1 of Civil War Letter Home (82 KB)
    A transcript of a June 1863 letter home written by Sylvester Bartow
  • Berth-Stecker Wedding (221 KB)
    The formal sitting for the marriage of Adele Berth and Edwin Stecker in 1914.
  • Witucki-Bartow Wedding (85 KB)
    This is the formal sitting for the marriage of Justyna Witucki of Princeton, Wisconsin, and Robert Henderson Bartow of Brandon, Wisconsin. They were wed in Princeton on July 14, 1917, after Robert's return from the War (WWI).
  • Four Generations of Bartow (232 KB)
    This is a photograph of Helen Chase Bartow (b. 1876), her son Robert Henderson Bartow (b. 1895), her granddaughter/Robert's daughter Marie Hattie Bartow (b. 1920) and Helen's mother, Harriet (Hattie) Boyden (b. 1850).
  • Page 2 (52 KB)
    Sylvester Bartow's letter home dated June 1863
  • Cobb-Krieg Wedding (195 KB)
    Bessie Martha Cobb (b. 1884) weds Carl Henry Krieg (b. 1885). Year of wedding tbd.
  • A Band of Brothers - World War I (29 KB)
    In their World War I US Army uniforms (LtoR) are brothers Dale, Charles and Robert H. Bartow, sons of Leverett and Helen. Born in 1898, 1896 and 1895, respectively, they were old enough to serve when duty called.
  • The Bartow-Nikolaus Wedding, The Formal Sitting (148 KB)
    This photograph of the formal sitting for the August 6, 1938 wedding of Jacob Paul Nikolaus and Marie Hattie Bartow was provided by Daniel Nikolaus, son of Jake's older brother Ferdinand (a.k.a. Fritz). LtoR: Marie's cousin Rose Marie Bartow, Jake's brother John (a.k.a. Huntz), Marie's brother Edward, and Marie's cousin Helen Bowker.
  • Those Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys from Company C (164 KB)
    Like their father and uncles, Edward, John, Rob and Art served their country in war time. Unlike the earlier generation, they served in seperate units, in fact, seperate branches. Ed was Navy; John, Marines; Rob, Army and Art Army Air Corps.
  • Seeing Bud Krieg off to the War in 1943. (518 KB)
    This photo was taken at the Krieg cottage in July 1943 in Wisconsin's Calumet County. The family sends its son/brother off to war. L to R: Lorane (Lorraine) Krieg Stecker, Bessie Cobb Krieg, Carl Krieg, Jr., Carl Kreig, Sr., and Sylvia Krieg Kruck - Just prior to Carl Jr. (Bud) going into the Army. In the same month this photo was taken, the Allies landed on Sicily, the German offensive in Russia was floundering, and the Allied bombing of German cities, such as Hamburg, intensified.
  • Terezia Schlutt Nikolaus at Home (284 KB)
    These two photographs of Terezia Schlutt Nikolaus were taken circa 1938.
  • Adolph (Nick) Diebert's Smithy (2624 KB)
    This photograph was donated to this site by Twilah DeBoer of the Brandon Historical Society. It shows Adolph Diebert (center) in his Brandon smithy with Robert Henderson Bartow (on viewer's left) and (Brandon sources surmise) Fred Comstock (on the viewer's right). Mr. Diebert is said to have been a very generous man, sometimes literally doing jobs for a song. A stained glass window made in this shop still graces its church today.

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