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  • ID: I0161
  • Name: Anna Sophie Marie Helene EMCKEN
  • Sex: F
  • ALIA: Helene /Emken/
  • Birth: 8 FEB 1839 in Eckwarden, Oldenburg Grand Duchy, Germany
  • Death: 1 MAY 1921 in German Old People's Home, Forest Park, Illinois 1 of Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Immigration: 24 MAY 1864 Left from Bremen and arrived in New York on the ship "Adler"
  • Burial: 4 MAY 1921 Forest Home Cemetery, Oak Forest, Illinois 2
  • Residence: 1920 2455 N. Kedzie - Helen Property Owner
  • Note:
    In 1900, Per the census - Helen was living at 884 Milwaukee Ave., with her daughter Johanna and her family. She is listed as Helen Corengle in the census - Listed as a cook, age 61, widow.

    In 1904, Helene traveled back to Germany. Per the Ellis Island records she arrived back into the United States on October 16, 1904 on the ship "Blucher". Port of Departure was Cuxhaven, Hamburg, Germany. She is also listed as a US Citizen. (As of this writing, I am still unable to locate the family naturalization documents)

    In 1920, the year prior to her death, Helene was the owner of the property at 2455 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL. She was living at the residence with her son-in-law, George Toborg (husband of deceased daugher, Johanna), and her grandson, Edward Toborg.

    It appears that Helene outlived all of the original four children (including her natural born daughter) and her husband who made the voyage to America with the exception on John F. Chorengel, who was living in California at the time of her death.
    Printed in the Chicago Daily News, Monday, May 2, 1921, pg 29 - Obituary:

    CHORENGEL - Helen Chorengel, beloved mother of John F. Chorengel, grandmother of Edward Toberg, Alfred Toberg, Mrs Anna Generauex, and Adolph Chorengel. Funeral Wednesday, May 4, at 2 p.m. from chapel, 1235 N. Ashland av., near Milwaukee av., to Forest Home cemetery.

    Father: Johann Diedrich EMCKEN b: ABT. 1800 in Burhave, Oldenburg, Germany
    Mother: Helene Margaretha BOYKEN b: 15 SEP 1798 in Blexen, Germany

    Marriage 1 Gerd Friedrich CHORENGEL b: 27 SEP 1823 in Feldhausen, Langwarden, Oldenburg Grand Duchy, Germany
    • Married: 21 APR 1857 in Langwarden, Langwarden, Oldenburg Grand Duchy, Germany
    • Note:
      Marriage Record for Gerd Chorengel and Helene Emcken - Parish of Langwarden, Oldenburg:

      21.4.1857: Gerd Friedrich Chorengel, Zimmermeister zu Feldhausen, ein Wittwer
      und Anna Sophie Marie Helene Emcken, geboren zu Eckwarden, 1839 Febr. 8, des
      Johann Diedrich Emcken, heuerlichen Hausmanns in Langwarden und der weil.
      Helene Marg. geb. Boyken eheliche Tochter.

      Translation: April 21, 1857: Gerd Friedrich Chorengel, Master Carpenter from Feldhausen, a widower, and Anna Sophie Marie Helene Emcken, born in Eckwarden, February 8, 1839, legitimate daughter of Johann Diedrich Emcken, a farmer from Langwarden, and his deceased wife, Helene Marg., born Boyken.

      When Helene married Gerd her father was a farmer (one who leased his land from another, he did not own any land of his own) in Langwarden, Oldenburg, Germany. Her mother was already deceased at the time of their marriage in 1857. Helene was eighteen when she married Gerhardt, who was then thirty-three. Gerhardt had just lost his wife and had three sons to raise. One only an infant. Gerhardt and Helene lived in two seperate villages. It was not unusual for the time, that a widower would marry someone so much younger than he. Helene was sixteen years younger than Gerd.
    1. Has Children Helene Johanne Friederike CHORENGEL b: 15 APR 1858 in Oldenburg, Oldenburg Grand Duchy, Germany
    2. Has No Children Johann Diedrich CHORENGEL
    3. Has No Children Stillborn CHORENGEL
    4. Has No Children Theresa Wilhelmina CHORENGEL

    1. Title: Cook County Dept Vital Records
      Text: Death Certificate Obtained
    2. Title: Forest Home Cemetery
      Text: Copy of burial records obtained
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