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Groth family
Germany to Iowa
page 3 - Generation V


8. Ida C. Groth.
(Frederich H.L.4, Hans G.3, Hans Juergen2, Claus1)
Ida was born in Mechlenburg, Germany, c 1871, but her exact birth-year is unknown - her age is given as 39 on the 1910 census and 40 on the 1920. She, her sister & mother joined her father Frederich & brother Ernest in America about 1880.

In the Postville Review, November 1882 & May 1883, Ida Groth appears on the Honors Roll for the Postville public school. That she, a new immigrant, would be on the honor roll is not surprising. Ida, like her brother Ernest must have had command of English prior to leaving Germany. Prior to her marriage she was a teacher.

She married August Engelhardt, of Wagner twp. Clayton Co. IA. He was the son of William Engelhardt & Louisa Groth (see #17 below). Their marriage occurred between September 11, 1897 (signs her name as Ida C. Groth) and June 23, 1899 (signs her name as Ida C. Engelhardt) on her fathers probate papers. Most likely they were married in late 1898 or early 1899.

A.W. & Ida (Groth) Englehardt

They removed to South Dakota by 1900 when their first child was born. Between 1905 & 1908 they removed to New Mexico for a time, and their son Erwin was born there in 1908. By 1910 they are back in South Dakota, living in Wellington twp., Minnehaha co. and by 1920 they have moved to Sioux Falls. I have been unable to locate them on the 1930 census.

August Englehardt attended a family reunion in Luana, Clayton Co. in 1926. Ida wasn't mentioned as attending.

Ida C. Groth - undated

August Englehardt 1928


I don't know the death dates or burial place of Ida and August.

Ida Groth and August Engelhardt had 4 children, one of unknown sex dying very young:


28. Elmer C. Engelhardt (c1900 - ? )
29. Lloyd S. Engelhardt (1905-1973)
30. Erwin E. Engelhardt (1907-1992)

 

9. Ernest Groth
(Frederich H.L.4, Hans G.3, Hans Juergen2, Claus1)
He was born in Gustrow, Mecklenburg-Stralitz, Germany on October 6, 1862. His early education was thorough & had command of five languages before leaving Germany, including Latin, Greek, French and English, besides the native tongue. When he was 17 years old, he came to the US. Family lore says he traveled with his father but I suspect that they came separately although possibly in the same year. The ship Weiland departing from Hamburg & arriving at the Port of New York on 10/22/1879 records an 18 year old Ernest Groth from Mechlenburg, on the ship manifest.

He worked for 2 years in NYC in a store. I have been unable to locate Ernest & his father together in the 1880 census, but I believe that I have found Ernest living with the family of Philip H. Busch, a retail grocer, in New York City. He is working as a clerk and his surname is spelled Grote on the census.

After just a couple years he removed to Cresco, IA where he worked for the Milwaukee RR for a short time. Later he bought a farm in Post twp, Allamakee Co., just on the edge of Bloomfield twp. Winneshiek Co. IA

Ernest became a Naturalized US citizen on November 21, 1887.

He married Augusta M. Kempke [#3 Kempke family] on September 20, 1894 at Postville, Allamakee Co. IA. Augusta was born in IA on February 1, 1868; the daughter of John Kempke & Maria Sass of Bloomfield twp., Winneshiek Co. IA.

Ernest & Augusta can be found on the 1900, 1910 & 1920 census living on their farm in Post twp., Allamakee Co. They lived on the farm except for a period of five years, from 1913 to 1918, when they lived in Minnesota. In 1945 Augusta moved into the town of Postville.

Ernest died June 13, 1937 on his farm in Allamakee Co. IA, at 74 years of age. He is buried in the Frankville, Winneshiek Co. IA cemetery. Augusta died March 5, 1947 in Postville, Allamakee Co. IA, at 79 years of age. She is buried next to Ernest.

Ernest Groth and Augusta Kempke had 7 children:

31. Walter Groth +
32. Esther Groth +
33. Arthur William Groth +
34. Frederick William Groth +
35. Ruth Groth +
36. Luther Charles Groth +
37. Harold Groth +

 

10. Caroline Groth
(Frederich H.L.4, Hans G.3, Hans Juergen2, Claus1)
She was born in Germany in 1873. Three years later, in May 1883, she has made the honor roll in the Postville school:
POSTVILLE SCHOOL REPORT. Pupils whose average is above 95 percent.
Intermediate department, Lucretia Beducgeck, teacher: George Leithold, Royal Allen, Jennie Showden, Lena Skelton, Amelia Schmidt, Effie Harman, Caroline Groth.

She was studying to be a teacher when she contracted TB and died on December 16, 1894 in Winneshiek Co. IA, at 21 years of age. She is buried in the Frankville, Winneshiek Co. IA cemetery next to the grave of her mother.

 

17. Louisa Groth
(John J.4, Hans G.3, Hans Juergen2, Claus1)
She was born in Germany c1850. She emigrated with her parents aboard the ship John Bertram, to Clayton co. IA in June 1857.

About 1870, Louisa married William Engelhardt, son of John & Marie (Schmidt) Engelhardt. William was born in Auklan Pommen, Germany and emigrated with his parents to America in 1862. They settled first near Garnavillo, Clayton co. IA. and later on a farm near St. Olaf in Wagner twp.

The 1880 census for Wagner twp., Clayton co. enumerates William & Louisa and 4 of their children. William was a farmer.

William died near Humboldt, S.D. before 1906, having removed to S.D. at the turn of the century. It is unknown when Louisa died, or where either are buried.

Louisa Groth and William Engelhardt had at least 4 children:

38. Henry Engelhardt (1872 - ?)
39. August Engelhardt (1875 - ?)
40. Mary Engelhardt (1878 - ?)
41. Ida Engelhardt (1880 -?)

 

18. Bertha Groth
(John J.4, Hans G.3, Hans Juergen2, Claus1)
She was born Bertha Sophia Maria Friedericke on May 3, 1852 in Mechlenburg, Germany. She emigrated with her parents aboard the ship John Bertram to Clayton co. IA in 1857.

On July 20, 1870 she married John Luckerman. John soon died and by 1880 Bertha is a young widow, living in Giard, Clayton, Iowa working as a seamstress.

December 23, 1886 Bertha married Johann 'John' F. Kruse.

Bertha Groth died September 27, 1907 and is buried in the St. Paul's Lutheran cemetery, Monona, Clayton co. IA.

Bertha Groth & John Kruse had at least 2 children:

42. Amanda Kruse
43. Adele Kruse


19. Ida Groth
(John J.4, Hans G.3, Hans Juergen2, Claus1)
Records are conflicting as to when Ida was born:
1) Birth date of April 23, 1856 is from a handwritten Groth family tree [author unknown].
2) Her gravestone in Giard cemetery is inscribed with birth date April 23, 1855
3) On the ship John Bertram manifest her age is recorded as 3/4. I'm assuming this is 3/4 year of age or 9 months old.

Ida emigrated with her parents aboard the ship John Bertram to Clayton co. IA in June 1857.

Ida worked as a hospital nurse and never married.

Ida Groth died of consumption on February, 1902 and is buried in the Giard cemetery, Clayton co. IA next to her mother.

 

22. Clara Groth
(John J.4, Hans G.3, Hans Juergen2, Claus1)
She was born in Clayton co. IA on July 25, 1871 and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona, Iowa on April 18, 1886.

Clara married Albert Barthenay. They were living in LeRoy, Minnesota in 1929. I don't know if they had children.

 

23. Lucy Groth
(John J.4, Hans G.3, Hans Juergen2, Claus1)
She was born in Clayton co. IA on December 3, 1873 and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona, Iowa on April 14, 1888.

Lucy was married to Henry Heyl, born c1873 in Illinois, the son of George & Catherine Heyl.

They removed to South Dakota between 1903 and 1907 and are found in Union twp., Big Springs co. in 1920. Lucy's adopted brother Henry is living in their household. In 1929 they are living in Alcester, S.D.

Lucy Groth & Henry Heyl had at least 5 children:

44. Walter Heyl (1899- ?)
45. Nina Heyl (1901 - ?)
46. Ruetta Heyl (1903 - ?)
47. Wyatt Heyl (1907 - ?)
48. Russell Heyl (1914 - )

 

24. Ella Groth
(John J.4, Hans G.3, Hans Juergen2, Claus1)
She was christened October 23, 1875 in Clayton co. IA and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona on April 14, 1889.

On March 14, 1900 Ella was united in marriage to Adolph 'Edward' Heyl, son of George & Catherine Heyl. Ed was born c1875 in Dixon, Illinois and came to Iowa with his parents as a young child.

Ella and Ed removed to Laurel, Nebraska by 1929 and can be found on the 1930 census living in Cedar co. Nebraska. I don't know if they had children.

 

26. Emma Groth
(John J.4, Hans G.3, Hans Juergen2, Claus1)
She and her twin sister Mary were born on February 14, 1878 in Clayton co. IA. Her given name was Emma Martha Wilhelmine Groth. She was confirmed March 26, 1893 at St. Paul Lutheran church in Monona.

Emma married Charles Baldwin about 1907. Charles died within a couple years and she remarried to Edgar Hilton between 1909 and 1920. Edgar and Emma are enumerated in Eden, Lincoln co., South Dakota in 1920. Living with them are his adult son and her 2 young children. By 1930 they have removed to Hudson, Lincoln co., S.D. and the children are gone from the home.

Emma Groth & Charles Baldwin had 2 children:

49. George Baldwin (1908-?)
50. Senela Baldwin (1909 - ?)

 

 


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