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Table of contents Dedication and Legend of Symbols Foreword and Acknowledgements The History of the name “Gottschalk,” and
the origin of the Family Coast of Arms The Geography and description of Remsede, Germany, the parental home, the church, and
the village The beginning of the Gottschalk Genealogy
Descendants of Heinrich Clemens August Gottschalk, Germany Descendants of Bernard Henry Gottschalk, Pittsburg, PA
Descendants of John Henry Gottschalk, Pittsburg, PA. Descendants of William Ludwig Gottschalk—Pittsburgh, PA. Descendants of
George Henry Gottschalk—Kansas Priests and Nuns in our history Index of Families
DEDICATION To all our parents , grandparents, who inspired us with their courage and good example, and above all, who kept our
religious heritage in highest esteem, we dedicate this volume, so as an humble return of our love and gratitude. LEGEND OF SIGNS
AND SYMBOLS 1) In This book, every name is followed by a date, which always signifies the date of birth. 2) 2) Within each of the 5
main branches, each child will be given its own special serial number, which will also be used to identify the child and sits spouse
when they are listed as a family. All married persons can thus be traced back to the family which they were born. 3) 3) 00=this sign
indicates “double rings” and is a symbol of marriage. 4) 4) ==this cross, following a name, indicated that they are deceased, and the
date following, when available, and tell of the date of death. FOREWARD With the celebration of the Bi-Centennial year of our
Country, many documents and date have come alive, to awaken in the minds of our American citizens how rich their heritage over
the past two hundred years has been. It makes people more proud of their Country, and spurs them on to learning more about it s
history. In the same spirit, many family histories have appeared in print in recent years to motivate, to remind the present
generation and those yet to come, just who their ancestors were, from where they originated and what kind of people their
forefathers really were. It has been a matter of great curiosity for me over a span of years, to wish for a clearer picture of our own
Gottschalk relationship. For many years my relives have suggested that somebody should make this research! It is difficult for me to
understand how George Henry Gottschalk (188 to 1917), with his education and years of teaching, never thought to set to writing
the history of his family, together with the migration of his three brothers and himself over to America. , beginning with the year
1867. The written documents and information an of those years in our relationship were, to say the least very meager. Over the last
fifteen years, this feeling of curiosity that possessed me became a determined desire to find an answer. It became clearer to me,
that if there was to be a Family Tree Record, I had better take the task in hand now. Being inexperienced in this type of work the
beginnings were naturally difficult and disheartening, because I could not find sources of information about whether there were
relatives of our Grandparents will living in Germany, and if so, what was their present address. Without this first step, I knew there
would be no adequate “Family Story”. At least three or four persons going to Germany had promised me an honest search in the
area of Osnabrueck, but it always ended in failure. In May of 1973, I met a man in Victoria, Kansas, named Mr. Heinrich Witteman,
whose wife was a nice to Fr. Jordon Hammel, Capuchin. This gentleman was from Mannheim, Germany, working in the Police
Department. He listened to my story of frustrations, and then made me a solemann promise to make a thorough search in the
Remsede, Germany, area, where our grandparents were born and raised. This was in May. His promise was” You will hear from me,”
Nothing happened for eight months, and I thought it would end in the usual failure. Suddenly in January a letter arrived from
Germany, telling me that Mr. Witteman had located a living relatiutiveve in that area, named Elizabeth Gottschalk, age 74 years,
together with her address. I wasted no time writing alerter to her, explaining my projected Family Tree. Very quickly, Elizabeth
Gottschalk’s married daughter, Hedwig Holtmeier, answered my letter, assuring me that her grandparent and pours were truly
brothers. The rest of the history is in the first portion of our genealogy, Mrs. Holtmeir very graciously got all possible records from
the old parish church, and whose records date back three hundred years. Through her efforts we have all the information from the
home of our grandparents that was possible to find. It remained bow only to gather the information of the relatives in Pittsburg,
Pa., and the Kansas area, which make up the contents of these books. HE NAME “Gottschalk” HAS A VERY ANCENT AND
MAY BE DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH. It contains two words: “Gott” and “Schalk.” The word Gott obviously means Gods. The problem
arises with the second word “Schalk.” This is the crucial word, in old English writings, this word appeared with precisely the same
spelling as in the family name, and it meant simply “servant.” Men, who worked in the service of royalty or people of greater means
and wealth, were called “Schalks. This word was taken forever into the early German language with the same meaning of servant. In
later years, the meaning of Schalk grew to take the meaning of a mischievous fellow. In very early centuries in Germany, the name
Gottschalk appeared as a family name, meaning very simply “God’s servant.” Through the centuries, this name took on many
variations in spelling, due to doubt, to the fact that names were carelessly written as they sounded, or the fact that many people
simply could not spell their name correctly. The word “Gott” alone, sometimes appears as “Got.” “God,” “Gad,” “Cut,” or “Gat.” The
second wor5d, “Schalk” appears in many more variations, for example,” “Schlat,” “Schall,” “Schalck,” or Shalk.” It you join these two
words in all their possible variations; you can understand why the family name took on endless variety of spellings. It might be of
interest to mention some people in early history bore this name. 1. Gottschalk of Orbits, who lived from 803 to 869, a Benedictine
monk and theologian. He defected from the Catholic Church mainly because of his false teachings on the doctrine of Predestination.
2. 2. Gottschalk of Limburg, Germany. He lived from 1010 to 1098. He was a poet. 3. 3. HISTORY OF THE GOTTSCHAL NAME AND
COAT OF ARMS THE REMSEDE AREA Remsede is a small village, which is situated in the northern section of Germany, at the end of
the Teutoburg forest, surrounded on both sides at the base of a series of low foot hills. The big city of Osnabrueck is jus t 13 miles to
the north, a city of about 150,000 inhabitants. Remsede was always a rather small rural village, and at the present time there are
only about 800 inhabitants. It is a lush farm area which is set back from any heavy highway traffic. Up until a few years ago,
Remsede was an independent town, but in recent years they joined three little villages under one mayor. The area is now called
Laer-Remsede. The two little towns are about two miles apart. In earlier 1800, the address for Remsede inhabitants was written in
this way: Kingdom of Hannover, Principality of Osbabrueck, and town of Remsede. Hence you see that Remsede used to belong to
the Kingdom of Hannover, not the town of Hannover. This led some of our relatives to say that our ancestry was from Hannover,
Germany, which was not too accurate. The nearest large city, Osbabrueck, is just 13 miles to the north. Most of their busines s,
advanced schooling, and other needs, were taken care of in this large city. On the map of Germany, just look for Osnabrueck, and
Remsede is just 13 miles due south. In modern West Germany, the country is divided into States, similar to our division in America.
Remsde is in the state known as Lower Saxony. The pictures in this chapter show you: 1) The picture of the little village 2) A
composite of four buildings in the town 3) A picture of their very famous, ancient church 4) An aerial view of the home, just outside
Remsede, of our earliest known relatives. The white portion of the building was the original home, and a portion in dark, has been
added in the course of time. "Today the home is no longer in existence. All members of the first family were born and raised in this
home. One of the most unique buildings in Remsede is the little parish church, under the patronage of St. Augustine. In 1935 they
celebrated the eleven hundred the year of it counting. What makes it so unique is that is became an official pilgrimage chapel. It is
quite authentic, that this altar was built back in the year 734. Many people from as far as Cologne made pilgrimages to this highly
indulged chapel. Pictures show its earliest form with the tall, spire, but in recent years a new tower has been built, giving it a
different look. The pictures of the village will give you some idea of the lovely, quiet Remsede, in which our early grandparents lived
their early lives. Being nestled in this valley-like forest, away from the thoroughfare, it is easy to see that they loved its quiet and
peaceful retreat. The Beginning of the Gottschalk Genealogy Since the parish of St. Anthony's at Remsede was a Pilgrimage Chapel
over the centuries, all of the church records for both Remsede and Laer, Germany, were kept in the St. Mary's Parish Church records
for both Remsede and Laer, Germany, about two and a half miles from Remsede. In these books, which date back three hundred
years, the following is written by its pastor: "The oldest entries at Laer, with the family name of "Gottschalk" date back to the year
1794." The very first parents found in that area were: Anton Gottschalk and A. Catherina Leinker There is no record of where they
came from, or who their forbearers were. They simply appeared suddenly, with the baptism of their son, Bernhard Heinrich
Gottschalk who is the ancestor of all the Gottschalk’s mentioned in this book. Whether or not they had other children is unknown.
Bernhard Heinrich Gottschalk FATHER: Bernhard Heinrich Gottschalk Oct. 10, 1794 MOTHER: Sophia Massmann May 9, 1801 to Jul
21, 1826 First Marriage: September 28, 1824 CHILDREN: 1. Johann Heinrich Gottschalk Feb. 20, 1825 to Jul 27, 1837 Second
Marriage: MOTHER: Anna Maria Hagedown Apr 5, 1802 Marriage: Nov 21, 1826 CHILDREN: 2. George Heinrich Gottschalk Sep 13,
1827 to Jan 8, 1830 3. Maria Catherine Gottschalk Feb 13, 1829 to Aug. 8, 1830 4. Maria Catharina Gottschalk Oct. 4, 1830 to May 12,
1833 5. Maria Elizabeth Gottschalk Dec. 24, 1832 to 1894 6. Franz Anton Gottschalk Oct. 2, 1834 to Dec. 27, 1834 to U.S.A. 7.
Bernhard Heinrich Gottschalk Feb 7, 1836 to Apr 26, 1915 to U.S.A. 8. George Heinrich Gottschalk Feb. 18, 1838 to Nov 15, 1917 to
U.S.A. 9. Johann Heinrich Gottschalk May 6, 1839 to Mar 9, 1907 10. Wilhelm Gottschalk Jun 16, 1841 to Dec. 22, 1842 11. Heinrich
Clemens August Gottschalk Nov. 21, 1842 to Dec. 22, 1906 to U.S.A. 12. Wilhelm Ludwig Gottschalk May 9, 1844 to Jul 22, 1877
HEINRICH CLEMENS AUGUST GOTTSCHALK was the eleventh child born of the union to Bernard and Anna Maria (Hagedown)
Gottschalk, of Remsede, Germany. Of the five boys who survived birth and were married, August Gottschalk was the only one to
remain in Germany. He inherited the home where the family was born and raised. He most likely had military service in the German
army, and when he retired from that, he took up the trade of farmer, village official and father. In the earlier years after the
brothers separated, there was some communication between August and those in the United States. Unfortunately it did not
continue, so that the only information remaining to us in the United States was the fact that there were relatives in Germany.
Fortunately, Father Timothy succeeded in making contact with them, and as a result we have the complete record of the first family
21, 1842 to Dec. 22, 1906 Mother: Gertrude Knefler Jun 6, 1838 to Aug. 3, 1894 in Remsede, Germany MARRIED: September 5, 1867
in Remsede, Germany CHILDREN: Bernhard Gottschalk Dec 14, 1867 to Dec. 3, 1954 2. Anton Gottschalk Dec. 30, 1872 to Feb 15,
1927 3. George Gottschalk Dec. 28, 1876 to Feb 3, 1938 4. Heinrich Gottschalk Aug 12, 1881 to Nov 8, 1871 1. FAMILY OF BERNHARD
GOTTSCHALK 2. FATHER: BERNHARD GOTTSCHALK Dec. 14, 1867 to Dec. 3, 1954 3. MOTHER: Katherina Dierker Jan. 1, 1867 to Dec.
6, 1933 Marriage date Unknown CHILDREN: 4. August Gottschalk Oct. 20, 1895 to May 24, 1966 5. Bernhard Gottschalk Oct. 10, 1897
to Apr. 25, 1928 6. 7. Gertrude Gottschalk? 1900? 1907 7. Anton Gottschalk Jan 17, 1902 to Nov 10, 1965 8. George Gottschalk? 1904
to Abt. 24, 1927 9. Gertrude Gottschalk Apr. 12, 1907 to June 4, 1955 5. FAMILY OF AUGUST GOTTSCHALK 6. FATHER: August
Gottschalk Oct. 20, 1895 to May 24, 1966 7. MOTHE: Elizabeth Riepe Jan. 4, 1898 MARRIED: No v. 29, 1922 CHILDREN: 10. Hedwig
Gottschalk Nov. 3, 1923 to May 7, 1957 11. Hilde Gottschalk Jan. 28, 1926 to Sept. 22, 1954 12. Else Gottschalk May 19, 1928 to Oct.
4, 1956 11. FAMILY OF HEINRICH HOLTMEYER FATHER: Hienrich Holtmeyer Apr. 11, 1922 to Aug. 9, 1969 in Galen, Germany
MOTHER: Hedwig Gottschalk Nov. 3, 1923 MARRIED: May 7, 1957 in Glane, Germany CHILDREN: Angelika Holtmeyer Apr 6, 1958
Ulrike Holtmeyer Sept. 30, 1959 Rudolf Holtmeyer Jan. 3, 1962 2. FAMILY OF ANTON GOTTSCHALK FATHER: Anton Gottschalk Dec.
30, 1872 to Feb. 15, 1927 MOTHER: Anna Maria Pohlman Jul 24, 1879 to Nov. 6, 1960 Marriage date unknown CHILDREN: 17. August
Gottschalk Feb. 13, 1906 to Aug. 20, 1972 18. In Wellendorf, Germany 19. 187. Maria Gottschalk (no dates) lives Hitler, Germany
Klara Gottschalk (no dates) lives in G. M. Huette, Germany 20. Regina Gottschalk (no dates) lives in Dissent, Germany 21. Gertrude
Gottschalk (no dates) lives in Remsede, Germany 3.fMILY OF GEORGE GOTTSHALK FATHER: George Gottschalk Dec. 28, 1876 to Feb.
1938 MOTHER: Gertrude Dammann Feb. 7, 1881 to June 22, 1954 In Harsewindkel, Germany CHILDREN: 22. Bernhardine Gottschalk
Jun 19, 1921 Heinrich and Klara Gottschalk from Bad Rhotenfelde, Germany. Klara Gottschalk is the oldest and nearest living relative
in Germany at the present time. She writes to Father Timothy very faithfully. 3. FAMILY OF HEINRCH GOTTSCHALK FATHER: Heinrich
Gottschalk Aug. 12, 1881 MOTHER: Clara Louise Hemsath Apr 25, 1890 MARRIED: May 9, 1914 CHILDREN: 23. Josef Gottschalk Killed
in WWII 24. Paula Gottschalk Jun. 26, 1921 in Bad Rothenfelde, Germany 23. FAMILY OF KURT BRUKE FATHER: Kurt Brunke Jul 24,
1925 MOTHER: Paula Gottschalk Jun 26, 1921 MARRIED: August 29, 1953 CHILDREN: 24. Mechthild Brunke Dec. 16, 1954 25. Petra
Brunke Jul 12, 1960 BERNARD HEINRICH GOTTSCHALK was the oldest of the four boys who came to America August 17, 1867. Also it
states that he was married in Breese, Illinois, and Nov. 28, 1867. We have a strong suspicion that he came alone, and that the other
brothers followed later. Before leaving his home stead, his records tell of his freely enlisting in 1st K.D.R. (A German army regiment)
of the Hannover Germany Government. This enlistment lasted from 1855 to 1856. Shortly thereafter, he set sails to America. Not
too long after his marriage in Breese, Ill., he came to Pittsburg, Pa., where he finally made his permanent home, and raised a large
family of 14 children. Unfortunately, so many of the children died in early age, or infancy. His must have been a distressing life, since
only five of the large family became of marriageable age, and did marry. He did visit his brother George Henry in Schoenchen,
Kansas once. They also corresponded very much by mail and their letter were very lengthy and of a very spiritual nature. FAMILY OF
BERNARD HENRY GOTTSCHALK FATHER: Bernhard Henry Gottschalk Feb. 7, 1836 to April 26, 1915 in Remsede, Germany MOTHER:
Anna Weber Oct. 30, 1843 to Oct. 16, 1906 in Burlage, Germany MARRIED: Nov. 26, 1867 in Bresse, Ill. CHILDREN: 1. Bernard
Gottschalk Feb. 1, 1868 to Jul 29, 1870 2. Henry (Heinrich) Gottschalk Apr 1, 1869 to Dec. 27, 1881 3. Katherina (Mary Catherine)
Gottschalk Feb 22, 1870 to May 19, 1871 4. Bernard William Gottschalk Sept 29, 1871 to Sept 12, 1872 5. Anna Bernadine Gottschalk
Jun 24, 1873 to June 23, 1875 6. Bernard Henry Gottschalk Mar 15, 1875 to Sept 23, 1941 7. Mary Caroline Gottschalk Jan. 17, 1877
to June 17, 1888 8. Anna Marie Gottschalk Jul 14, 1879 to Oct. 1, 1880 9. Mary Regina Gottschalk Jul 14, 1879 to Feb 23, 1923 10.
Francis William Gottschalk Mar 12, 1881 to Nov. 20, 1922 11. Casper Bernard Gottschalk Mar 12, 1881 to Dec. 9, 1883 12. Anna
Elizabeth Gottschalk Jul 31, 1883 to Dec. 9, 1883 13. Michael Joseph Gottschalk Jun 21, 1885 to Nov. 22, 1947 14. Julius Gottschalk
Jan. 24, 1889 to June 12, 1890 6. FAMILY OF BERNARD HENRY GOTTSCHALK FATHER: Bernard Henry Gottschalk Mar 15, 1875 to
Sept. 23, 1941 MOTHER: Anna C. Keitgen Dec. 17, 1878 to Dec. 6, 1946 MARRIED: August 28, 1900, Pittsburg, Pa. CHILDREN:
Angelbertum (Anna Elizabeth Gottschalk Mar 10, 1902 to May 28, 1924 Henry Bernard Gottschalk Jul 24, 1903 to Dec. 20, 1903
William Bernard Gottschalk Oct. 16, 1908 to Jul 28, 1909 There is somewhat of a mystery or doubt surrounding the Name of Mary
Regina Gottschalk. In the family record, kept in the Family Bible of Bernard Henry Gottschalk, the name Mary Regina Gottschalk
does appear, born on the same date as that of Mary Regina Gottschalk. Anna Maria, however, died on October 1, 180, and Mary
Regina lived a long married life. The Grandchildren of Mary Regina insist that she belongs to the family of Bernard Henry Gottschalk,
but we cannot find her baptismal certificate. We have accepted the word of the grandchildren, and concluded that Anna Maria and
Mary Regina Gottschalk were twins. 8. FAMILY OF JACOB CARL BONGARTZ FATHER: Jacob C. Bongartz Oct. 15. 1873 to Jun 19, 1980
MOTHER: Mary Regina Gottschalk Jul 14, 1879 to Feb. 23, 1923 MARRIED: May 20, 1894 at St. Augustine’s Pittsburgh, Pa. CHILDREN:
17. ANNA Mary Adelaide Bongartz Dec. 24, 1895 to May 7, 1960 18. George Aloysius Bongarzt Nov.3, 1899 to Jan. 5, 1898 19.
Bernard Jacob Bongartz Oct. 30, 1898 to May 15, 1899 20. Agnes Catherine Bongartz Nov. 3, 1899 to May 2, 1945 21. Anthony Emil
Bongartz Sept. 25, 1901 to May 24, 1943 22. Jacob Henry Bongartz May 30, 1904 to Jul 4, 1952 23. Francis William Bongartz Aug 11,
1906 to Jul 15, 1972 24. Bernard Aloysius Bongartz Oct. 31, 1908 May 15, 1966 25. George Albion Bongartz Oct. 31, 1908 to April 8,
1960 26. Hyacinth Joseph Bongartz Dec. 4, 1911 to Jul 6, 1966 17. FAMILY OF CHARLES JOHN FRANCISCUS FATHER: Charles John
Franciscus? MOTHER: Anna Mary Adelaide Bongardtz Dec. 24, 1895 to May 7, 1960 MARRIED: May 26, 1920 CHILDREN: 27. Mary
Adelaide Franciscus Feb 24, 1921 28. Charles Jacob Franciscus Jun 15, 1922 29. Anna Agnes Franciscus Feb 26, 1924 30. Regis
Anthony Franciscus Apr 28, 1926 26. FAMILY OF SAMUEL J. McAFEE FATHER: Samuel J. McAfee? MOTHER: May Adelaide Franciscus
Feb 24, 1921 MARRIED: August 10, 1940 CHILDREN: 31. Charles William McAfee Dec. 7, 1941 32. Regis Samuel McAfee May 17, 1945
33. Michael James McAfee Sept 10, 1947 34. Kevin Joseph McAfee Feb 27, 1953 35. Mary Anne Adelaide McAfee May 17, 1955 31.
FAMILY OF CHARLES WILLIAM McAFEE FATHER: Charles William McAfee Dec. 7, 1941 MOTHER: Mary Louise Dancison? MARRIED:
MAY 24, 1963 CHILDREN: 36. Renee Louise McAfee Mar 16, 1966 37. Charles John McAfee Nov. 22, 1967 38. Kelly Anne McAfee Apr
15, 1971 32. FAMILY OF REGIS SAMUEL McAfee FATHER: Regis Samuel McAfee May 17, 1945 MOTHER: Norma V. King? MARRIED:
June 25, 1967 33. FAMILY OF MICHAEL JAMES McAFEE FATHER: Michael James McAfee Sept 10, 1947 MOTHER: Kathleen Klaybor?
MARRIED: Aug 19, 1967 CHILDREN: 39. Robert James McAfee May 30, 1968 40. Jeremy Thomas McAfee Sept 22, 1969 41. Melissa
Anne McAfee Jul 1, 1973 First Generation 1. Philip Frederick1 Gottschalk was born in Hortonville, NY December 17, 1882. Philip died
December 1966 in Hankins, Sullivan Co., NY, at 83 years of age. He married Edith St. John October 13, 1910. Edith was born in
Fremont, Sullivan Co., NY March 13, 1888. Edith was the daughter of Berdine St. John and Helen Sarah Strain. Edith died July 1985 in
Hankins, Sullivan Co., NY, at 97 years of age. Philip Frederick Gottschalk and Edith St. John had the following children: + 2 i. Philip S.2
Gottschalk was born July 15, 1911. + 3 ii. Robert Bruce Gottschalk was born April 11, 1913. + 4 iii. James Joseph Gottschalk was born
July 27, 1918. Second Generation 2. Philip S.2 Gottschalk (Philip Frederick1) was born in Hankins, Sullivan Co., NY July 15, 1911. He
married Dorothy McGuire March 20, 1938. Dorothy was born in Calicoon, NY March 20, 1918. Philip S. Gottschalk and Dorothy
McGuire had the following child: 5 i. Lou Ann3 Gottschalk. She married Sigfried Kelting. Sigfried was born in Germany. (See Sigfried
Kelting for the continuation of this line.) Living individual, details withheld From "Standard History of Adams and Wells Counties,
Indiana," Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1918, p. 866-869. ANDREW GOTTSCHALK. Without doubt Andrew Gottschalk is one of the
most widely known men of Adams County. His business and personal interests have been identified with the town of Berne almost
from its establishment, and through his business and participation in business affairs he has been one of the constructive forces in
the growth and development of that community. Mr. Gottschalk is a former county treasurer, and viewed from whatever angle his
life presents many achievements which reject honor upon the name. While he is himself a native of Indiana, he belongs to a long
line of German ancestors of the Kingdom of Wuertemberg. A professor in a Pennsylvania college as a result of much research has
established the fact that this branch of the Gottschalk’s has a continuous history in Wuertemberg for fully a thousand years. Mr.
Gottschalk's grandfather Andrew was a tiller of the soil and spent all his life in Wuertemberg. The family was Lutherans. The
grandfather had six children, three sons and three daughters. All of them came to the United States. The oldest was Jacob
Gottschalk, who was born October 15, 1808. His first wife died in Germany, leaving two children, Barbara and Mary, the former now
deceased, and the latter the widow of John Shigley, living at Berne. For his second wife Jacob Gottschalk married Christina Fox, who
was also born in Wuertemberg. Their oldest child, George, was born in that country. In 1845 Jacob Gottschalk and his little family
consisting of his wife, their one child and his two older children, set sail from Havre, France, and after ninety-three days on the
ocean landed in New York City. They first located in Montgomery County, Ohio, where three other children were born. The oldest of
these, Sarah, is now a widow, Mrs. Betzner, living in Miami County, Indiana. Michael is a resident of Wells County, Indiana, and has
a family. John died after his marriage in Fulton County, Indiana, and left sons and daughters. Towards the close of the decade of the
'40s the Gottschalk family came over the rough roads and through the woods into Wells County, Indiana, locating on a farm in
Nottingham Township, where the industry of Jacob Gottschalk cleared up about eighty acres. He lived there as an industrious and
competent farmer until his death on January 26, 1877. His wife died in 1855. He was a democrat and both were active members of
the Evangelical Association. Several other children were born to them after they moved to Wells County. Mathias is now a farmer in
Miami County and is married and has a family. Jacob, Jr., died in childhood in Wells County. The next in age is Andrew. Fred R. lived
for many years on the old homestead in Wells County, where he died January 26, 1907, just thirty years to the day after his father's
death. He was then forty-nine years of age and left a family of children. Noah, the youngest child, still lives on a part of the old
homestead in Wells County and is married and has a family. Mr. Andrew Gottschalk was born on a farm in Nottingham Township of
Wells County, November 13, 1850. He was only five years old when his mother died. His father afterwards married Mrs. Elizabeth
Walters Shepherd. She was a native of Germany and by her first marriage had two sons and by her marriage to Jacob Gottschalk was
the mother of five. One of these second children, Amanda, now makes her home with Mr. Andrew Gottschalk. Andrew Gottschalk
grew up on his father's farm was educated in the district and private schools of his native county and his first occupation away from
the farm was teaching in his home township. He followed that occupation for about two years. Besides the local schools he
attended a normal school at Bluffton. On May 7, 1872, Mr. Gottschalk moved to Linn Grove in Adams County, and there went to
work as a druggist. A few months later he formed a partnership with Mr. Peter Hoffman under the name of Hoffman & Gottschalk.
Mr. Hoffman took the business at Linn Grove, while in November, 1872, Mr. Gottschalk came to Berne, which was then just an
incipient village, possessing only two general stores and a blacksmith shop and saloon. The railroad had passed through this section
of Adams County in the summer of 1871. Their pioneer drug enterprise was established in a small building east of the railroad,
where the office of the Berne Lumber Company was later established. Mr. Gottschalk began selling drugs from that site on
November 12, 1872. On July 1, 1874, they moved the stock into a new building, and in September, 1907, the partnership was
dissolved, Mr. Gottschalk becoming sole proprietor of the store at Berne. In 1912 he supplanted his old business house by the
erection of a fine block 22 by 80 feet, two stories and basement, but on the same lot which he has occupied since July, 1874. Here he
is proprietor of one of the best equipped and stocked stores of its kind in Adams County. Mr. Gottschalk is a licensed pharmacist,
having received his certificate as a result of many years' practical experience. All of his early contemporaries in business at Berne
have since died or retired, and he is now the oldest business man in the town and has one of the oldest stores in the county. As a
business man he has been very popular as well as successful and has made his store a center of the social life of the community. Mr.
Gottschalk is a director of the Bank of Berne. Early in life he became a local leader in the Democratic Party. From 1877 to 1883 he
was postmaster of Berne, and from 1880 to 1882 was local justice of the peace. He was a member of the Democratic Central
Committee of the county from 1882 to 1884, and in the latter year was a delegate to the Democratic State Convention at
Indianapolis. In 1884 Indiana was one of the two states that decided Mr. Cleveland's election, and Mr. Gottschalk thus had more
than local prominence in the election of the first democratic president from the time of the Civil war. He was also on the county
ticket the same year, and was elected treasurer, moving to Decatur in September, 1885, to assume the duties of that office. He was
re-elected in 1886 and served two terms. Among other offices he has been trustee of Monroe Township, for many years was notary
public and has been especially influential among the English speaking people of the southern half of Adams County. It is said that his
services have been in demand more than those of anyone else in advising people in matters of business transactions, in the drawing
up of wills and the settling up of estates. On May 9, 1875, in Shelby County, Ohio, Mr. Gottschalk married Miss Laura Sheets. She
was born in Texas January 22, 1852, daughter of Philip and Cornelia (Monger) Sheets, both natives of Germany. At the time of her
birth her father was a regular soldier in the United States Army, stationed near San Antonio, Texas, guarding the frontier against
Indian troubles. When the War of the Rebellion broke out in 1861 he was at San Antonio, and was offered the privilege of remaining
with the Confederate forces or going north. He chose the northern side, and going to Shelby County, Ohio, enlisted with an Ohio
regiment and was all through the Civil war. He died in Shelby County October 1, 1882, and his widow passed away in 1889 at the
home of her daughter in Berne. Mrs. Gottschalk's mother was a Catholic. Mrs. Gottschalk was a devoted wife and mother and was
the type of woman whose presence is greatly missed in any community. She died at Berne January 11, 1910. Mr. Gottschalk has long
been prominent in the Evangelical Association, has been an official member of his church, class leader and superintendent of the
Sunday school. And otherwise interested in every moral and religious influence in his home community. Mr. and Mrs. Gottschalk
had five children. The second, Oliver E., died May 15, 1883, when about four and a half years of age. The oldest, Cora B., is a
graduate of the State Normal School at Terre Haute, was a successful teacher in her home county for several years, also taught at
Anderson, and is now the wife of Hon. Benjamin F. Welty. Mr. Welty is a graduate of the Law School of Michigan University and is
now a special attorney at Lima, Ohio, and congressman from the Fourth Ohio District. Mr. and Mrs. Welty have one daughter, Gene
G. Thurman A. Gottschalk, the oldest son, was educated in the Berne High School, in an institution of higher education at Naperville,
Illinois, and also in Indiana University. He lives near Berne and by his marriage to Nellie Simison has two children, John R. and
Elizabeth L., both now in school. Wilda M. is a graduate of the Blaker School of Indianapolis and is now the wife of E. K. Shally of
Berne. They have two children, Marcelle G. and Andrew D. The youngest of the children is True Palmer, who graduated from the
Berne High School in 1912, later from Heidelberg College at Tiffin, Ohio, and had entered upon a successful career as a teacher when
he resigned to enlist in the National Army. He is now in the Medical Corps of the Nineteenth Field Artillery, located at Fort Sam
Houston, San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Andrew Gottschalk is a past chancellor of Berne Lodge of Knights of Pythias, and represented his
district in the Grand Lodge at Indianapolis in 1900. He is a charter member of the Knights of Pythias. A Godshall Family Tree Godshall
and other Related Web sites: The Central PA Godshall Site Anthology of Montgomery and Bucks Co., PA Genealogical Sources
Montgomery Co, PA Websites Ann M. Woodlief, Compiler (contact at, please, for comments, additions,
corrections... European line of Bishop Jakob Gottschalk, Mennonite Immigrant from Germany/Holland, and his American
Descendents The German heritage of Bishop Gottschalk are taken from a handwritten genealogy in the Montgomery County
Historical Society, PA. {I can't attest to its accuracy!} Jacok was the son of Gottschalk Thonis (Theunissen) & Lehntgen Henr ichs He
was born ca 1625 München Gladbach-Alst (w. of Düsseldorf). She was born ca 1630 München Gladbach-Har-Terbroich. They married
in 1654. He died after 25/1/1709; she died about 1676 in Goch. [Gottschalk Thonis] Son of: Thones Comes He was born around 1596
in München Gladbach-Alst or Venn. He was living in the Alst by 1625. He had been driven from Benn in 1654 because of his
Mennonite belief by the Elector Palatinate and probably went to Goch then. He died before 1/2/1668. [Thones Comes] Son of:
Gottschalk comes & Sophie Veit Vitgen He was born ca 1565 München Gladbach-Venn and der Heiden and died before 1606. He was
the son of Thonis Comes, born about 1535 München Gladbach-Venn. He was the son of Gottschalk Comes, born ca. 1510 München
Gladbach-Venn and died before 17/1/1557. Rev. Jacob Gaedtschalck (ca. 1666-1763) & Aeltien (Adelheid) Hermans (ca. 1667-1706)
He was born ca. 1666 Goch Germany (near Kleve, by Dutch border SE of Nijmegen), son of Gottschalk Thonis; she was born ca. 1667
in Goch.

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