DATE SUBMITTED: 12 05 2010
Johan Ferdinand TISCHER and Christiane Fredericke (PETZOLD) TISCHER
I have a "brickwall" that I hope someone can help with.
I am the gr-great grandson of Johan Ferdinand TISCHER and Christiane Fredericke (PETZOLD) TISCHER. Ferdinand was born in 1813 in Bromberg Prussia (now Bydgoszcz,Poland). Christiane was born in Neustadt-in Saxony, Saxony in 1813.
Ferdinand is first found (by me at least) listed as a shoemaker in the 1866 Watertown directory working for F&H Meyer (Ferdinand's father, Johan Samuel TISCHER had been a "master shoemaker" in Bromberg). He is also found with his wife and youngest daughter Alwine, in the 1870 Jefferson County census. His surname is recorded as TISHER in the 1870 census. Ferdinand was listed in the 1872 Watertown directory with his own shop located at the corner of Main and 5th.
His wife, Christiane, and three of his children arrived in Watertown to join him in late 1866 having boarded the ship "Palmerston" in Hamburg on 1 September 1866. Ferdinand and one other son were not traveling with them. Christiane later is listed in the 1871 Edwards' "Chicago Census Report" as a "widow." She bounced back an forth between Chicago and Kansas City until she died of injuries incurred in a fall in Chicago in 1892. The oldest known daughter of Ferdinand and Christiane, Mathilde TISCHER, was my gr-grandmother. Mathilde married my gr-grandfather, Julius CLAUSSEN, in Chicago in 1873.
Area for research:
The death of Ferdinand TISCHER. I have tried through the Watertown Library to find any death record for him -- church burial record, obituary, tombstone listing -- with no luck.
I am very interested to find out the date of his death and the place of his burial, likely in either Dodge or Jefferson counties. Based on the 1871 Chicago "census" listing for Christiane and the 1872 listing for Ferdinand's shoe business in Watertown, I assume (a very bad word in genealogy research) that Ferdinand actually died in the Watertown area sometime in 1871-1872 period. Alternatively, he may have died in Chicago.
Please let me know if any of your members and/or records might help answer these questions.
Thanks for any suggestions or insight anyone can give me.
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