Name: Wilhelmina KRUEGER
Birth: 29 SEP 1829 in ,,,Germany
Change Date: 13 JAN 2002
Reference Number: 2001
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KRUEGER BOOK 1977 2nd EDITION
Wilhelminia Krueger Reinke Behnke, the oldest daughter of MichaelDorothea,
was married to Johann "David" Reinke while still in Niederhagen, Germany.
When their oldest son, Albert was 11/2 years old they left withherparents for America. Albe r t was separated from his parents aftertheyreached New York and
he was crying and crying until someone asked him what was wrong, thenhewas
set in a store window and told to stay there until his parents foundhim.Imagine the rejoici n g when they finally located the lost child.
Five more Children were born to David and Wilhelminia: Herman,Johanna,Friederich, Frank, a n d Bertha Reinke, and then David diedsuddenly. Hisdeath record has not been found and we d o n ot know hisparentage, but thetombstone in the Rockland Ev. Cemetery says he died7/25/186 3 a t the ageof 43. He could be a close relative to ErnestineReinke Rusch Brinkman,Friederik e Re inke Zahn,
Christina Reinke Nienneman, and Gottfried Reinke, all coming from thesamearea to Manitowo c C ounty.
David Reinke died intestate. Guardianship papers were filed 12/23/1872(recorded page 33 , vol .3) for the 6 minor Children who resided withtheirmother.
Fred Krueger, an uncle desired to be Guardian. The estate was probatedand
John Boenke (Behnke) was appointed administrator. (pages 550-551).Theland was appraised a t $ 200. , personal estate- 1 yoke oxen, 1yokesteers, 3 cows, 1 plow, 2 sheep, 1 dray, 1 wag on f or a total valueof$177.
Perhaps out of necessity Wilhelmina then married Johann F. Behnke, SpanofJohann and Louis a B ehnke. Johann was born in Lobez (Labes) andMaybe
came over with his mother and younger sister, WIlhelminia, who were inthe1870
census living next door. Louise was 58 years old and the daughter was29years
old. It is not known if Johann F. is related tap hisbrother-in-lawFerdinand Behnke,
Emelia Krueger's husband, but they were not brothers. Johann was astricthusband and stepfat h er and Wilhelminia had a hard life, such aswas thelot of most of the pioneers. The stor y i s told that when theyclean thestove pipe, he let the soot fall on the floor, and steppeda rou nd in it,making more work to clean it up. When they went to churchon Sunday theyhad nothi n g but a big lumbar wagon to ride in. The roadswere rough andhad deep ruts, so if it wasn ' t for their strong regliousfaith, they mayhave preferred to stay home. The believed in t h e oldadage, " seven dayswithout prayer makes one weak."
Johann and Wilhelminia had 5 Children: Henry, Ida, Louis, ReinhartandEdward Behnke. Som e sta yed in Rockland, but some moved to SheboyganandShawano. It has been impossible to ge t all th e families complete.
Wilhelmina Reinke Behnke, as she will be referred to often in thisbook,was born 9/29/182 9 an d died 3/12/1917, WIth burial in the RocklandEv.Cem. her tombstone has this inscription:
HIER VERWANDELT SICH DAS LEBEN AUS DEM STAUB Indiana EINIGKEIT
AUS DER HULLE AUFZUSCHIEBEN 1ST DER SEELE SELIGKEN.
( Here the life is changing, out of dust into unity,
when you push out of the mortal frame, the soul is free and blessed.)
Father: Michael F. KRUEGER b: 19 JUN 1800 in Neiderhagen, Kries Regenwalde, Pomerania
Mother: Dorothea Ann RUSCH b: 18 JAN 1808 in Neiderhagen, Kries Regenwalde, Pomerania