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Fehring Family in Michigan

Fehring Family in Michigan

Posted: 1122089357000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fehring, Phillips, Arnold, St. Germaine, Germaine
I am desperately seeking my mother's family to no avail. I can only find her in the 1930 census where she is listed with her twin as "Phillips" This probably in not their birth name. She had 4 older brothers and a sister, all with the surname Fehring. The census states they were born in Michigan. I suspect grandma never married "Fehring" and an aunt said they were from Ironwood, although it might be Iron River or Iron Mountain. Grandma's birth name may have been Arnold. The 4 older siblings are Lorraine, Gerald, Kenneth and Bonita. Bonita died quite young and is buried here in Milwaukee. I also have the name Germaine or possibly St. Germaine as a great grandmother who may have come from New York. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

My mother told me at one point that she discovered that Phillips was not the name on her birth certificate (born 1919) and she was very embarrassed over this.


Re: Fehring Family in Michigan

Posted: 1262020934000
Classification: Query
I suspect that there isn't really any connection, but the coincidences are remarkable:
--My parents, Raymond H. and Rose Cassell Fehring, moved to Holland Michigan in 1937 where my little sister, Linda, and I were born and lived until moving to CA in 1954.
--My maternal grandmother was a Phillips from the Boston area. She had a cousin who married Arnold Weeks and lived in Situate Mass.

It would be interesting to learn if you have any luck in clearing up some of the puzzles you have encountered in your search for better info.

Regards, Kenneth Fehring, Napa, CA

Re: Fehring Family in Michigan

Posted: 1262045264000
Classification: Query
I think I saw your Fehrings listed but mine were from the Upper Peninsula. I did finally track them down with the help of a friend who made contact with a local historian in Wakefield. My grandmother was born an Arnold and they originally came from out east, VT and NY, NH area. Grandma Evelyn moved to Antigo sometime before 1900 to live with an Uncle. I went to Antigo to find the marriage certificate but that only created more confusion. There was an earlier marriage to someone named Luther Winney! Still no Fehring but I do know that they were married after she divorced Winney, moved to Ironwood and Louis Fehring died of pneumonia in 1915 or so, leaving her with 2 young children. We also found out that the name Phillips was adopted to deflect the anti German sentiment in Milwaukee around the time of WWI. George Gloff (Phillips) was her last husband (we think a total of 5 now!)and George worked as a church interior painter and the name change was to keep the work coming. Milwaukee of course was a very German city. We also suspect she may have met George in Ironwood as he seems to have lived down the street from her and Fehring. She seemed to have a penchant for men who were fond of drink and Fehring was actually a good guy from a well thought of family in Antigo. My family tree is now pretty much a collection of wood chips (both sides). I do appreciate your answering though and yes, it really is a coincidence and might even be some relationship there depending on where your Fehrings came from.

I found a whole bunch of the Arnolds (maiden name for grandma) in the Oshkosh cemetery and spent a day cleaning the fungus off them. Gamaliel Arnold was the patriarch and the name goes back to the 1700's out east and back to England I think before that.
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