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LINDNERs & SCHA(E)FERs; PETRICHs & GAULKEs

Updated October 16, 2003


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ADDITIONAL SURNAMES: Stre(h)low, Genrich, Galow, Heller, Dickelmann, Rudolph

The family tree was first put together by my sister Patsy as a school assignment. All ancestral roots were included, not just one family line. She gathered information through interviews and visits to the neighboring cemeteries. Not all info was added to the final product because the assignment insisted on equality of the information on all branches. So if she had the dates for the greatgrandparents of one branch, but not for another no dates were to be included.

I had pulled out the Petrich (my mother's maiden name) information and added to it, printing the results (with errors) for interested relatives in the 1970's. Most of the information is about the descendents of Herman Frank Petrich, my grandfather, who died in 1954. Through a second cousin in Germany, Charlotte, we got information on surviving relatives in Germany and direct ancestors back to Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Petrich, 1824-1873. Much of the Petrich information is not verified through documents. It's put here to help find possible connections. There are errors.
The Friedrich Petrichs came to the US from Kreis Arnswalde which was in the Frankfurt am Oder district of Brandenburg. The district is historically also known as Neumark and is currently in Poland. In the 1700's the area had been largely depopulated by plague. The ruler at that time urged people to colonize the region. He apparently gave special encouragement to the Germans who were Protestants and little to the Polish who were Catholic. After WWII most (perhaps all) German descendant families were forced out of the area that had been turned over to Poland.

I took up checking on the Lindner side (my father's family)a few years ago. Unlike the Petrichs the Lindner relationship is more distant (One first cousin compared to cousins in the tens). Also they weren't as easy to track. LINDNER is a very common German name with numerous spelling variations. I could find only one who had filed a Declaration of Intention. A real break came when I was told about a distant cousin who was working on the family. We each knew of relatives the other did not. This tree has more documentation associated with it, but includes guesses as well, and should not be taken as absolute.
The Gottlob Heinrich Lindner family came from "Saxony". His wife Gustina (Tauscha, possibly Kleintauscha) and eldest son at least were born in Sachsen-Altenburg, a duchy, which is now part of Thuringia. GH himself was perhaps born in the Kingdom of Saxony.
The Valentin Lindner branch is closely related to the Heller family. There are three connections. Valentin's wife Anna Margaretha Heller (Margaret) was the aunt of her son Wilhelm's wife Emily Emma Heller (Molly). Her granddaughter Alma Auguste Lindner married Margaret's grandnephew Charles Frank Heller.
There is a Heller-Lindner connection in another branch of the family as well. This connection is through the Doerns. Each family had its Doerns. In one case a Lindner Doern married a Heller Doern.
The Heller family came from Schweina, Saxe-Meiningen, which is also now part of Thuringia.

That brings us to the Scha(e)fers (my paternal grandmother) and the Gaulkes (my maternal grandmother). I haven't done much on either line, but plan to include what little I have.

The Wilhelm Schäfers came from Framersheim, Kreis Alzey-Worms. Formerly part of Hesse-Darmstadt, it is now part of Rheinland-Pfalz.

Wilhelm Gaulke is said to have immigrated with his new bride's brothers (the Strehlows). The following year they sent for the womenfolk.

This site is still being built. Almost all information is subject to change as new or conflicting information is received. I invite you to send me additional material or corrections.

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