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Posted: 1119125439000
Classification: Query
I am looking for information regarding Jürgan Gerhard ONKEN and his family who resided in Fedderwarden, Oldenbürg, Germany in the early 1900's.

He married Gratja RADEMACHER, and either he or she re-married as I am aware that Jürgan's son, Hinrich Gerhard ONKEN, had half-siblings. Jürgan died in Heidmühle, Schortens, Oldenbürg, Germany.

Hinrich Gerhard was born 4/29/1881 in Heidmühle, Schortens, Oldenbürg, Germany. He married Rieke Tiebbend SIEBELS, daughter of Johann Hinrich SIEBELS and Louisa Maria Henrietta Wilhelmina REINERS. Rieke was born 3/26/1886 in Belfast?, Bant, Rüstringen, Oldenbürg, Germany.

They came to Illinois in the summer of 1910 and moved to Minnesota in 1912.

I have information on Hinrich and Rieke's children, but I would like more information on their parents and siblings/half-siblings.


Posted: 1122670713000
Classification: Query
I have discovered that Gratja (RADEMACHER) ONKEN remarried after Jürgan Gerhard ONKEN died. She married a BOHLKEN and had at least three more children - one male, two females.

One of Gratja's girls was Hilda (BOHLKEN) WIECHMAN - born July 28, 1898 and died July 31, 1989 in Meeker county, Minnesota.

I would appreciate information on Gratja's families.


Posted: 1128439916000
Classification: Query
I have learned even more about Gratja. Before she married Mr. ONKEN, she was married to a PITTELSTICH (unsure of spelling). Mr. PITTELSTICH had some children, but I don't believe any belonged to Gratja.

Any help would be appreciated.


Posted: 1161725897000
Classification: Query
Jürgan Gerhard ONKEN (d. Heidmühle, in the 1880's) and Gretje RADEMACHER (b. 2 June 1851 in Aurich-Oldendorf to Schweer Reiners RADEMACHER and Anna Gerhards GOEDHALS) had (probably) three children - Edo (unsure
of spelling), Enno (unsure of spelling), and Hinrich "Henry" Gerhard ONKEN.

When Jürgan died, Gretje re-married to a BOHLKEN and later to a PIELSTICK (unsure of spelling). She had at least three children with Mr. BOHLKEN; I'm not sure about the PIELSTICK marriage.

Hinrich "Henry" Gerhard ONKEN (b. 29 April 1881 in Heidmühle, baptized 19 June 1881 in Heidmühle, confirmed 7 Apr 1895 in Reepsholt, d. 28 Dec 1945 in Ewington twp, Jackson, Minnesota) married Rieke Tjebbend SIEBELS (b. 26 Mar 1886 in Belfort, baptized 10 Apr 1887, confirmed 8 Apr 1900 in Fedderwarden, d. 18 Apr 1950 in Worthington, Nobles, Minnesota) on 24 June 1905 in Fedderwarden. The marriage was performed by ? TIARKS and witnessed by Julius Gustan SIEBELS, a carpenter, and Louisa Frederika PAPKEN (or POPKEN?) geb. FOLKERS. I am unsure how or if these people are related.

Rieke Tjebbend SIEBELS was the daughter of Johann Hinrich SIEBELS (b. 3 May 1857 in Germany, d. 7 Dec 1931 in Blomberg) and Louisa Maria Henrietta Wilhelmina REINERS (b. 21 Feb 1861 in Prussia?, d. 25 Aug 1935 in Blomberg).
Louisa REINERS was the daughter of Jüliüs Ricklef(s) REINERS (b. about 1835, possible mother - Rike or Rieke) and Gesine Catharine GERDES (b. 22 June 1838 in Fedderwarden). I have more information on Gesine GERDES' ancestors, but none on any of the other ancestors.

Hinrich ONKEN and Rieke SIEBELS had ten children:

1. Marie Gretchen Louise ONKEN HULS (b. 19 July 1906 in Neuender, baptized 23 Sept 1906 in Neuende)
Godparents were Georg Wilhelm ONKEN (unsure of relation), Tantye Marie ONKEN (unsure of relation), and Louise Marie SIEBELS (either the grandmother or an aunt).

2. Johannes "Hans" Jürgan Heinrich ONKEN (b. 20 June 1908 in Heppens, baptized 16 Aug 1908 in Heppens)
Godparents were not listed.

*In 1910, the family moved to Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois.

3. Lisbeth Gesine Auguste ONKEN SAATHOFF (b. 9 Aug 1910 in Sterling, baptized 20 Aug 1911 in East Genessee, d. 1932)
Godparents were Auguste BUHROW (an aunt) and Gesine IDEUS (an aunt).

*In 1912, the family moved to Rost twp, Jackson county, Minnesota.

4. Gerhard "Jerry" Schwerd Richard ONKEN (b. 10 Sept 1912 in Rost twp, baptized 6 Oct 1912 in Rost twp)
Godparents were Gerhard RADEMACHER and Sara RADEMACHER (grand uncle and wife).

5. Friedrich "Fritz" Wilhelm Theodor ONKEN (b. 22 Apr 1915 in Rost twp, baptized 9 May 1915 in Rost twp)
Godparents were Fritz HENNING and Wiebkea? HENNING (unsure of relation, if any).

6. Arnold Albert Bernhard ONKEN (b. 11 July 1917 in Rost twp, baptized 22 July 1917 in Rost twp, d. 1935)
Godparents were Albert SCHOONE and Bina SCHOONE (unsure of relation, if any).

* The family moved to Ewington twp, Jackson county, Minnesota.

7. August Ludwig Karl ONKEN (b. 13 Dec 1919 in Ewington twp, baptized 4 Jan 1920 in Rost twp)
Godparents were Albert RADEMACHER and Albertine RADEMACHER (first cousin once removed and wife).

8. Anna Leonore Dorothea ONKEN SCHULTZ (b. 24 May 1922 in Rost twp, baptized 11 June 1922 in Rost twp)
Godparents were Louis GRUESSING and Anna GRUESSING (first cousin once removed and husband).

9. Walter Herman Lehnert ONKEN (b. 12 Nov 1924 in Rost twp, baptized 14 Nov 1924 in Rost twp)
Godparents were Lehnert H. ACKERMANN and Dorothea ACKERMANN (neighbors - probably not related).

10. Reinold "Mike" Herold Alfred ONKEN (b. 5 July 1927 in Ewington twp, baptized 24 July 1927 in Rost twp)
Godparents were Hilda BOHLKEN (aunt), Rolf SCHMIDT (unsure of relation, if any), and Anna SCHMIDT (unsure of relation, if any).

I have more information about some off Schweer's children and his ancestors. Does anyone recognize any of the other names? Any help in finding ancestors or more information about those listed would be appreciated. Thanks!
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