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Fenske's of Wisconsin

Fenske's of Wisconsin

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My GT.Grandfather Andrew Fenske 1818-1886 was born in possibly Province Posen Prussia and is buried in Catholic Cemetery Kingston,Green Lake Co. Wi. Wife (2,nd)Rosa buried in a Lutheran Cemetery Town of Manchester,Green Lake Co.Three siblings born in Prussia were William,Leonard and Wilhelmina and there were 11 more children born in Green Lake Co.There is no record of Andrew having brothers or sisters.There is no known connection with other Fenske's in that area of Wi.Some family moved to Minnesota and California.

Andrew Fenske

Richard Fenske (View posts)
Posted: 952675445000
Your message states that Andrew Fenske's second wife was named Rosa. Do you have any information regarding who his first wife was? Do you have any info regarding names of any children?

I'm trying to find the name of my great great grandfather. My great grandfather was Hermann Fenske (b. 1856 in Posen, Prussia). His mother was Louise Lieske, but his father says "unknown." Louise married a Martin Baumgart, but Hermann always went by "Fenske." Obviously, he knew who his father was, whether he was born out of wedlock, etc. (divorce was unheard of at that time, yet not impossible)

Any info appreciated. Thank you.

Fenske's of Wisconsin

Posted: 957699066000
Edited: 993413480000
From "Memorial Record of the counties of Faribault, Martin, Wantonwan and Jackson, Minnesota" by the Lewis Publishing Co., 1895: John C. Fenske was born in Prussia 1829, son of Joseph and Teresia (Hintz) Fenske. Their family was composed of four sons and three daughters. In 1851 John and his brother Andrew emigrated to America, first going to Princeton, WI and from there to Neshkoro where Andrew took a homestead claim where he lived until 1863, when he removed to Green Lake Co., WI, where he still resides [1895].

John C. Fenske married Louise Kruger April 5, 1856, daughter of John G. and Willimena (Dotzauer) Kruger. In September 1866 they moved to Faribault Co., MN. Their children were Mary, wife of William Oelke; Louise, wife of Gustavus Schneider; Albert; Sarah, wife of Rudolph Gartzke; William F.; Emma Amelia, who died in infancy; Lydia, wife of Fred G. Levenick; Lillie, wife of John F. Zupp; Eva May, wife of Paul Meyer, of Elmore; Joseph S.; and Edward J.

This is a summary of the article. Contact me at if you would like a copy of the complete article.

Nancy Arendsee

Fenskes of Wisconsin

Mike Woods (View posts)
Posted: 958674616000
My greatgrandmother, Emma Bertha Fenske, immigrated to Wisconsin from Germany around 1900 with infant sons and possibly other sons. Since she caom here alone I suspect she had family here. Her sons names were Walter, Oswald and Bruno. She settled and remarried in Oconto County in Lena Township. Fenske was most likely her mainden name which she appearently kept and passed on to her male sons. I would be interested in the article you referenced and any other infomration you have on Fenskes in Wisconsin that might help find more information about these Fenskes.

Fenske's of Wisconsin

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My Great Grandmothe was Emelie Ponto and she
married Edward Fenske. They had 5 or 6 childern
My grandmother Mary(Marie) Theresa Fenske born 2 feb 1876
in Shields, Marquette Co. WI. She also had a sister
Ella and a brother Henry. Mary Fenske was married twice,
first marrage to Emil Bethke who died 7 nov 1901. She then
married my grandfather Paul Ludwig Albert Kelm in 1903.
She died in 1955 in Princetion WI.
Do you have any information on Edward or other possible relations?


Tom Kelm


Beverly (View posts)
Posted: 974734516000
Hello. As far as I can tell we are double cousins-
in-law. Martin Baumgart and Louise Lieske, his wife,
had daughters that married into your family.
Lena Baumgart married Julius August Baethke and
Emma Baumgart (b.1871) married a Fenske.Probably Edward"s son--
Edward Fenske was a few farms over from the Baumgart farm--
1876 plat map.Do you have a birth date on Edward. I did
see an Eduard Fenske on the IGI that looked promising.
Do you know the first name of the Fenske that married
a Baumgart? Email me directly at
and we can share what we have to date! Beverly

Andrew Fenske

Wayne (View posts)
Posted: 977553824000
An Andrew Fenske is my gr-gr-grandfather. The only info I have on him is that he was married to an Anna Rose Swanke (also born in Germany)and that they had 3 children: John, Minnie and Ida (who is my great grandmother). Do you think that Anna Rose could be the second wife Rosa you mentioned in your note?

Re: Fenske's of Wisconsin

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Classification: Query
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I would like any information on John Fenske of Minnesota that you could give me... this is for my husband (a Fenske) who knows nothing of his past.


Re: Fenske's of Wisconsin

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Classification: Query
Edited: 1023816692000
I am new at "the search", but was reading postings. Gustave and Louisa Kruger Schneider were my gg parents. I had birth and death dates for John Fenske and Louise Kruger, but not a lot more history. I would love to her from you.

Re: Fenskes of Wisconsin

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my grandmother bertha, was from germany,and married a john woods.who worked for railroad many kids.
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