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Pollei Family History

I have spent many years researching my Pollei ancestors. Someday I will figure out exactly where August Pollei is from and hook into some Polish Prussians.  The biggest problem is that 80% of the church- and civil registration records of this region were lost as a result of World War II.

[2018 - One possible match is August comes from village Rzecko (German: Rietzig) in the administrative district of Gmina Choszczno, within Choszczno County, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, in north-western PolandRietzig, County Arnswalde].

Neal Ekengren - 2017

Pollei in Wisconsin

August Pollei

HISTORY and ANALYSIS

1848 - August Pollei is born in Prussia.  Probably the Province of Posen based on various relationships and evidence I have uncovered.

The "Po-" prefix is usually an indication of an eastern Slavic heritage.

1848 - The Greater Poland Uprising was smashed by Prussian and Russian forces.  The Posen area had been taken by Prussia in 1772 during the Polish Partitions that ended the 400 year existence of the historic Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.  This area was returned to Poland in 1945 after World War II.

1848 - Princeton, WI is founded in the USA.

1867 - August emigrates to USA.

Did August emigrate to avoid the Austro-Prussian War and its economic impacts?

The actual port of entry, fellow passengers and family, and timeline into Green Lake County, Wisconsin is not known.

Baker oral history says that August emigrated through England with a brother.  The brother ended up in Kentucky.  

I have found August Bernard Pollei in Kentucky and maybe someday I can document the connection.  

[yes same first name and children with given names strikingly parallel to brother August in Wisconsin]

The closest immigration info I can match.

1865 - The USA Civil War ends

1866 - Austro-Prussian War

Otto von Bismarck aimed to unify the northern German states.  Denmark had been defeated and now Austrian possessions (especially Saxony) were targeted in an alliance with Italy.

Most German family names in central Wisconsin can trace their origins to Prussia's Netze River (Polish: Notec) valley marshlands region.  In Green Lake County, most Prussian immigrants were from County Arnswalde (Polish: Choszczno), in Province Brandenburg's Neumark region (which became part of Poland in 1945).

These included German Lutherans and Polish Slavic Catholics.  In Green Lake County the Germans made up roughly one-third of the population, outnumbering all other ethnic groups.  

1871 - August marries Wilhelmine “Minnie” Kopischke in

St. John's Lutheran Church [founded 1864] in Princeton, Green Lake County.  This is the first record found of any kind for August Pollei.

St. John’s church of Budsin was named after a small village in Posen, Prussia

August is listed as railroad section laborer in census records.  He likely immigrated to work the labor gangs and stayed in labor camps.

Did August get married after finishing the railroad projects which have just ended?

Was August of Polish heritage as indicated by his surname?  Or was he Germanic heritage as indicated by his church affiliation and as indicated by numerous records found in the German language?

1869 - 1871 - A massive amount of railroad construction is being completed in Green Lake County.

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1873 - 1893 - August and Minnie have 11 children including our Otto Pollei ancestor.

1890 - The family has moved to Milwaukee.  Some of the children are born here.  By 1900 August has separated from Minnie.

1923 - August dies and is buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Forest Home Cemetery

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1930 - Minnie dies and is buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee a large distance away from August’s grave.

Pollei in Minnesota

Otto August Pollei

HISTORY and ANALYSIS

1875 - Otto is born in Princeton, Green Lake County, Wisconsin.   He moves to Milwaukee as a child with the family.

1898 - Otto marries Alvina Knack.

1899 - Otto and Alvina moved to New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota.  He is a miller at the Eagle Roller Mill Company.

His older brother Reinhart “Fred” Pollei also moves here with his wife Amelia.

Otto is certainly following the Netzelander narrative.

Many of the Prussian Netzelanders would go on to the flat prairie lands across southern Minnesota, especially Brown and Blue Earth Counties.

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1899 - 1912 - Otto and Alvina have 5 children including our Elmera Carrie Pollei.

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1955 - Otto dies and is buried in the New Ulm City Cemetery.

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Elmera Pollei

HISTORY and ANALYSIS

1908 - Elmera is born in New Ulm, Minnesota.

1931 - Elmera marries Cornelius “Neil”  Isaac Baker in 1931.  

Neils first wife had died shortly after giving birth to Vivian Baker in 1929.

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1932 - 1935 - Neil and Elmera have 3 children.  

1933 - The family moves to Chicago, IL, later to Texas, and finally to Knoxville, TN.  Neil works in a meat packing plant.

1935-present – Patsy Baker

Patsy and her twin brother Pat are born in Knoxville, TN

She marries Alvin Ekengren and they have 5 children.

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1957-present – Neal Ekengren

Neal is born Independence, MO.

He marries Matilde San-Andres and they have one child.

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Descendant List of August Pollei 29 June 2018
Index of Names 29 June 2018
1-August POLLEI (Mar. 9, 1848-Oct. 1, 1923)
+Wilhelmine "Minnie" KOPISCHKE (Jun. 6, 1854-Feb. 3, 1930)
. . . . 2-Rheinhard Fredrick "Fred" POLLEI (Nov. 5, 1873-Jul. 5, 1946)
. . . . +Amelia "Emily" ABRAHAM (Jul. 31, 1878-Mar. 2, 1941)
. . . . . . . . 3-Erma L. POLLEI (May 22, 1899-)
. . . . . . . . +Arnold LOOSE (1896-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Otis LOOSE (Jul. 10, 1920-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Peggy HAMMOND (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Shirley LOOSE (Aug. 10, 1926-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Robert SCHNEIDER (-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Elmer J. POLLEI (Aug. 6, 1901-Oct. 31, 1970)
. . . . . . . . +Adelaide FORSTER (Oct. 7, 1899-Feb. 1993)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John Reinhart POLLEI (Sep. 1, 1928-Jun. 21, 2016)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Linda POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Husband MERTENSOTTO (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Jacqueline POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Timothy NEESE (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Christine POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Tom POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Sharon POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Michael Hugo POLLEI (Jul. 25, 1934-Mar. 4, 1990)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Dorothy GORR (-May 17, 1989)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Jill POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Chris FEUK (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Melanie FEUK (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Jane POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Julie POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Richard James "Dick" POLLEI (May 18, 1938-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Lois POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Steve POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Lisa POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Monica POLLEI (-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Edna POLLEI (Nov. 14, 1908-Feb. 27, 1971)
. . . . . . . . +Egbert O. FENSKE (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William FENSKE (May 8, 1934-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Mary Lou SCHMITZ (-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Arthur Gottlieb POLLEI (Dec. 15, 1896-)
. . . . 2-Otto August POLLEI (Jul. 21, 1875-May 27, 1955)
. . . . +Alwina KNACK (Jan. 12, 1876-Jan. 15, 1913)
. . . . . . . . 3-Lyomie POLLEI (Aug. 18, 1899-Aug. 28, 1899)
. . . . . . . . 3-Helen Emma POLLEI (Mar. 10, 1901-)
. . . . . . . . +Edward HEMPEL (-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Harold Otto POLLEI (Oct. 26, 1902-Dec. 1977)
. . . . . . . . +Adelaide POLLEI (Oct. 7, 1899-Feb. 1993)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Kenneth POLLEI (Sep. 19, 1924-Mar. 9, 1990)
. . . . . . . . 3-Elmera Carrie POLLEI (May 2, 1908-Oct. 15, 1968)
. . . . . . . . +Cornelius Isaac BAKER (Mar. 12, 1904-Aug. 4, 1984)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Evonne Helen BAKER (Aug. 11, 1932-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Charles William MORGAN (-1949)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Ella Francis MORGAN (Jul. 14, 1948-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Roy CRAFT (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Johny CRAFT (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Traci CRAFT (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Bill MORGAN (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Mike MORGAN (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Gail Donna BAKER (Oct. 21, 1935-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Alvin Francis EKENGREN (Dec. 16, 1932-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Neal Alvin EKENGREN (Nov. 28, 1957-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Matilde SAN ANDRʓ P곥z (Nov. 7, 1954-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Asa Francis EKENGREN (May 5, 1987-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Gary Lee EKENGREN (May 5, 1959-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Geneva Marie EKENGREN (May 8, 1960-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Jim BRUNS (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Christopher Joel EKENGREN (1980-1980)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Jeremy EKENGREN (Sep. 2, 1989-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Hugh Ian EKENGREN (Feb. 2, 1963-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Francie CLARK (May 28-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Erika Kaye EKENGREN (Dec. 22, 1992-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Adam Francis EKENGREN (1994-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Benjamin Jay EKENGREN (Jun. 15, 1966-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Valerie SCHWARZ (Nov. 27, 1971-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Christopher Michael EKENGREN (Oct. 5, 1991-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Benjamin Jay EKENGREN (Oct. 7, 1992-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +April QUISENBERRY (1968-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Jessica Nichole EKENGREN (Apr. 18, 1986-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Savanah Diane EKENGREN (Mar. 9, 1989-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Neil Arthur BAKER (Oct. 21, 1935-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Shirley BRIDGES (Aug. 5, 1946-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Amy Elmira BAKER (Apr. 5, 1978-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Mary Katherine BAKER (1996-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Ernie Reinhard POLLEI (Aug. 31, 1912-Jan. 12, 1916)
. . . . +Theresa LAWAY (May 11, 1883-Mar. 14, 1971)
. . . . . . . . 3-Donald POLLEI (Oct. 26, 1916-Mar. 20, 1971)
. . . . +Wife GARVEY (-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Howard Otto POLLEI (Mar. 22, 1922-Aug. 1976)
. . . . . . . . +Erma BERHOW (Nov. 23, 1920-Aug. 3, 2007)
. . . . 2-Wilhelmine B. POLLEI (Aug. 15, 1877-Sep. 28, 1881)
. . . . 2-Bertha POLLEI (abt 1878-Apr. 20, 1971)
. . . . 2-Alwine "Alvina" POLLEI (abt 1880-1968)
. . . . +William DEGNER (1875-1949)
. . . . . . . . 3-Leroy A. DEGNER (Feb. 3, 1901-1964)
. . . . . . . . +Grace H. DEGNER (1901-1977)
. . . . . . . . 3-Etna  (Apr. 10, 1892-1893)
. . . . 2-Linda P. POLLEI (Jan. 26, 1880-1940)
. . . . +Hugo HOLZ (Feb. 27, 1880-May, 1965)
. . . . . . . . 3-Gladyce Edith HOLZ (Feb. 23, 1908-)
. . . . 2-Edward H. POLLEI (Jan. 5, 1884-Feb. 1967)
. . . . +Helen T. PRIEBE (1887-1963)
. . . . . . . . 3-Harvey POLLEI (Aug. 16, 1908-Feb. 19, 1909)
. . . . 2-Ella POLLEI (Dec. 1885-)
. . . . +Husband KNEISLER (-)
. . . . 2-Clara A. POLLEI (Nov. 1887-)
. . . . +Clarence W. NICORD (abt 1883-)
. . . . 2-Alma Ida POLLEI (Aug. 1889-)
. . . . +Harvey E. ANDERSON (-)
. . . . 2-Agnes POLLEI (May, 1893-)
. . . . +Husband OLIN (-)
 
Preparer:
 Neal Ekengren
 317 n fox chase pt
 longwood, fl
 nekengren@gmail.com
<NO SURNAME>
Etna (b. 1892) . . .
ABRAHAM
Amelia (b. 1878) . . .
ANDERSON
Harvey E. . . .
BAKER
Amy Elmira (b. 1978) . . .
Cornelius Isaac (b. 1904) . . .
Evonne Helen (b. 1932) . . .
Gail Donna (b. 1935) . . .
Mary Katherine (b. 1996) . . .
Neil Arthur (b. 1935) . . .
BERHOW
Erma (b. 1920) . . .
BRIDGES
Shirley (b. 1946) . . .
BRUNS
Jim . . .
CLARK
Francie . . .
CRAFT
Johny . . .
Roy . . .
Traci . . .
DEGNER
Grace H. (b. 1901) . . .
Leroy A. (b. 1901) . . .
William (b. 1875) . . .
EKENGREN
Adam Francis (b. 1994) . . .
Alvin Francis (b. 1932) . . .
Asa Francis (b. 1987) . . .
Benjamin Jay (b. 1966) . . .
Benjamin Jay (b. 1992) . . .
Christopher Joel (b. 1980) . . .
Christopher Michael (b. 1991) . . .
Erika Kaye (b. 1992) . . .
Gary Lee (b. 1959) . . .
Geneva Marie (b. 1960) . . .
Hugh Ian (b. 1963) . . .
Jeremy (b. 1989) . . .
Jessica Nichole (b. 1986) . . .
Neal Alvin (b. 1957) . . .
Savanah Diane (b. 1989) . . .
FENSKE
Egbert O. . . .
William (b. 1934) . . .
FEUK
Chris . . .
Melanie . . .
FORSTER
Adelaide (b. 1899) . . .
GARVEY
Wife . . .
GORR
Dorothy . . .
HAMMOND
Peggy . . .
HEMPEL
Edward . . .
HOLZ
Gladyce Edith (b. 1908) . . .
Hugo (b. 1880) . . .
KNACK
Alwina (b. 1876) . . .
KNEISLER
Husband . . .
KOPISCHKE
Wilhelmine (b. 1854) . . .
LAWAY
Theresa (b. 1883) . . .
LOOSE
Arnold (b. 1896) . . .
Otis (b. 1920) . . .
Shirley (b. 1926) . . .
MERTENSOTTO
Husband . . .
MORGAN
Bill . . .
Charles William . . .
Ella Francis (b. 1948) . . .
Mike . . .
NEESE
Timothy . . .
NICORD
Clarence W. (b. 1883) . . .
OLIN
Husband . . .
POLLEI
Adelaide (b. 1899) . . .
Agnes (b. 1893) . . .
Alma Ida (b. 1889) . . .
Alwine (b. 1880) . . .
Arthur Gottlieb (b. 1896) . . .
August (b. 1848) . . .
Bertha (b. 1878) . . .
Christine . . .
Clara A. (b. 1887) . . .
Donald (b. 1916) . . .
Edna (b. 1908) . . .
Edward H. (b. 1884) . . .
Ella (b. 1885) . . .
Elmer J. (b. 1901) . . .
Elmera Carrie (b. 1908) . . .
Erma L. (b. 1899) . . .
Ernie Reinhard (b. 1912) . . .
Harold Otto (b. 1902) . . .
Harvey (b. 1908) . . .
Helen Emma (b. 1901) . . .
Howard Otto (b. 1922) . . .
Jacqueline . . .
Jane . . .
Jill . . .
John Reinhart (b. 1928) . . .
Julie . . .
Kenneth (b. 1924) . . .
Linda . . .
Linda P. (b. 1880) . . .
Lisa . . .
Lois . . .
Lyomie (b. 1899) . . .
Michael Hugo (b. 1934) . . .
Monica . . .
Otto August (b. 1875) . . .
Rheinhard Fredrick (b. 1873) . . .
Richard James (b. 1938) . . .
Sharon . . .
Steve . . .
Tom . . .
Wilhelmine B. (b. 1877) . . .
PRIEBE
Helen T. (b. 1887) . . .
QUISENBERRY
April (b. 1968) . . .
SAN ANDRʓ
Matilde P곥z (b. 1954) . . .
SCHMITZ
Mary Lou . . .
SCHNEIDER
Robert . . .
SCHWARZ
Valerie (b. 1971) . . .