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Transition Generation

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Chapter A - Heinrich "August" Julius Brennecke

Chapter B - Heinrich (Henry) Ludwig Brennecke

Chapter C - Georg August Friedrich Brennecke

Chapter D - Carl August Friedrich (Fred) Brennecke

Chapter E - Georg Friedrich Wilhelm (William) Brennecke

Chapter F - Hanna Justine Louisa (Louise) Brennecke

Chapter G - Johann Heinrich Christian Carl (Charles) Brennecke (our line)

Chapter H - Johanna Caroline Friedrike Brennecke

Chapter I - George (Schoose) H. Brennecke

Chapter J - Johann Franklin (Frank) Brennecke

Chapter K - Johann Jacob (Jake) Brennecke

The Transition Generation


Our genealogy begins with the Transition Generation, that is, the generation that made the transition from Germany to America. August, his wife, Minnie, and six of their children arrived in New Orleans on November 11, 1844. They traveled up the Mississippi to Cape Girardeau and west to where they settled.

Each child of August & Minnie begins a different chapter in our book. Earlier generations are listed separately.

The translated letters in Chapter A and K reveal something of the family relationships at that time, the difficulties they endured both here and in Germany, and their strong belief in God.

The father, Johann August Friedrich Brennecke, came from at least three generations of farmers and wheelwrights, all in the Sebexen area. The third of several children, he resided in Oppershausen, near Sebexen, in 1825 when his first child was born. Between 1825 and 1829, he lived with (illegible) in nearby Wiershausen, according to church records. He and Wilhelmine lived in Sebexen from 1929, when they were married, until at least 1835, after Wilhelm was born. Since the births of their next three children were not recorded in Sebexen, they may have moved before emigrating because the next record we have of him is when they emigrated in 1844. He gave his occupation as farmer in 1929, weaver in 1831 and 1833, weaver and ironworker in 1834, weaver at immigration in 1844, and farmer in the 1850 Cape Girardeau census.

Engel Christine Wilhelmine Eickemeier came from several generations of land-owning farmers in Sebexen and Ahlshausen (three miles west of Sebexen). She and August had 11 children, the last three born in Missouri.

When August died in 1856, the children ranged in age from 27 to just 3 years old. When the Civil War erupted five years later, the family was hard hit and ravaged by bands of marauders.

When Wilhelmine died in 1874, she left an estate $770, a horse, a cow, and a bed. The estate was settled within a few months. August's estate, on the other hand, was not settled expeditiously, in part because no will could be found. After three years, an initial distribution was made in 1859 to his children of $220 each from public sale of his personal belongings. The main part of his estate, the land, went unsold for 27 years, possibly because no buyers could be found before a neighbor, Elmer Schaper, bought the property and a final settlement could be made of August's estate. The eldest son, a teacher out of work in Germany due to illness, pleaded for years for his sorely needed share. Wilhelmine sympathized with him and, from time to time, sent him a little money. That is probably why he was not an heir in her will. Sadly, it was seven years after his mother's death before anyone informed him of it.

Each child of August & Minnie begin a different chapter in our book. Earlier generations are listed under a separate chapter.

Children of Johann August Friedrich Brennecke & Engel Christine Wilhelmine Eickemeier

(Spouses are shown in the boxes to the left of the descendent)

chartKEY
b: born
d: died
m: married
+: spouse
1, 2,: generation

Children of Johann August Friedrich Brennecke & Engel Christine Wilhelmine Eickemeier



PARENTS  

Johann August Friedrich BRENNECKE

b: November 5, 1801 in Sebexen, Hanover, Germany

d: October 8, 1856 in Zion Methodist Church Gordonville, MO

Age at death: 54

Number of children: 11

Occupation: farm laborer and linen weaver

Special Comment: Emigrated to USA November 1844



+Engel Christine Wilhelmine EICKEMEIER

b: December 5, 1806 in Alshausen, Dukedom of Braunschweig, Germany

d: March 20, 1871 in Zion Methodist Church Gordonville, MO

Age at death: 64

m: July 12, 1829 in Sebexen, Hanover, Germany

Number of children: 11



CHAPTER A

Heinrich August Julius BRENNECKE 

b: September 26, 1825 in Sebexen, Hanover, Germany

d: October 25, 1901 in Herzberg (died in Goslar)

Age at death: 76

Number of children: 5



+Louise Wilhelmine Emilie Mathilde NIENSTAEDT

b: March 17, 1836 in Osterode

d: Bet. 1883 - 1901Age at death: 47 est.

m: October 20, 1855 in Willensen

Number of children: 5



CHAPTER B

Georg Heinrich Ludwig BRENNECKE

b: August 19, 1829 in Sebexen, Hanover, Germany

d: August 7, 1856 in near Gordonville, Missouri

Age at death: 26

Number of children: 2



+Johanne Wilhelmine Sophie ALTENTHAL

b: August 29, 1832 in Sehlem, Hanover, Germany

d: 1869 in near Jackson, Missouri

Age at death: 37 est.

m: November 11, 1852 in near Jackson, Missouri

Number of children: 2



CHAPTER C

Georg August Friedrich BRENNECKE

b: April 13, 1831 in Sebexen, Hanover, Germany

d: June 18, 1831 in Sebexen, Hanover, GermanyAge at death: 0



CHAPTER D

Carl August Friedrich BRENNECKE

b: April 17, 1833 in Sebexen, Hanover, Germany

d: January 7, 1907 in Fairmont Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, MO

Age at death: 73

Number of children: 8



+Johanne Henriette Conradine "Dina" HUNZE

b: April 17, 1843 in Schlewecke, Germany

m: August 23, 1859

Number of children: 8



CHAPTER E

Georg Friedrich Wilhelm BRENNECKE

b: November 8, 1834 in Sebexen, Kingdom of Hanover, Germany

d: December 3, 1910 in Zion Methodist Church Gordonville, MO

Age at death: 76

Number of children: 9

Special Comment: known as Capt. Wm F. Brennecke



+Caroline NOTHDURFT

b: September 28, 1845 in Tilset, Missouri

d: September 15, 1929 in Zion Methodist Church Gordonville, MO

Age at death: 83

m: August 29, 1861 in Zion Methodist Church Gordonville, MO

Number of children: 9

Marriage comment: Marriage record by Cape Co. Recorder office, Book C., p. 216



CHAPTER F

Hanna Justine Louisa BRENNECKE

b: October 8, 1837 in Ahlshausen, Dukedom of Braunschweig, Germ

d: February 10, 1899 in Kinder Cemetery, Hornsby, IL

Age at death: 61

Number of children: 6

+Henry MEYER

b: February 2, 1828 in Sebexen, Kingdon of Hannover, Germany

d: April 28, 1900 in Kinder Cemetery, Hornsby, IL

Age at death: 72

Number of children: 6



CHAPTER G

Johann Heinrich Christian Carl (Chas.) BRENNECKE

b: December 15, 1838 in Germany

d: February 3, 1884 in Kelso, MO

Age at death: 45

Number of children: 8

Military: Co. K, 5th Mo. S-M-CAV.

Special Comment: Birth record according to Jacob Brennecke Catechism



+Caroline MARTENS

b: August 8, 1848

d: March 10, 1896 in Kelso, MO

Age at death: 47

m: May 9, 1868 in Cape Girardeau, MO by Rev. Brayton, Baptist Minister

Number of children: 8



CHAPTER H

2 Johanna Caroline Friedrike BRENNECKE

b: July 16, 1841 in Kingdom of Hannover, Germany

d: August 24, 1921 in Zion United Methodist Church, Gordonville, MO

Age at death: 80

Number of children: 11



+Karl NEUMEYER

b: February 1, 1833 in Bernsdorf, Germany

d: August 30, 1921 in Zion United Methodist Church, Gordonville, MO

Age at death: 88

m: April 4, 1861 in Jackson, Missouri

Number of children: 11



CHAPTER I

George H. (Schoose) BRENNECKE

b: July 10, 1845 in Tilsit, Missouri

d: March 24, 1924 in Fairview Cemetery, Burfordville, MO

Age at death: 78

Number of children: 8

Special Comment: Birthdate by old German Catechism Cover

Special Comment (2): deathdate by Cape Gir. probate records



+Christine LUDWIG

b: February 7, 1840

d: December 18, 1882 in Zion United Methodist Church, Gordonville, MO

Age at death: 42

m: December 19, 1867

Number of children: 7



*2nd Wife of George H. (Schoose) BRENNECKE:

+Johannie M. Reitmann (REDMAN)

b: October 29, 1854

d: December 4, 1886

Age at death: 32

m: January 10, 1884

Number of children: 1

Special Comment: Birthdate by Cape Co. Recorders Office, F-240



*3rd Wife of George H. (Schoose) BRENNECKE:

+Louisa Sperling CRIDDLE

b: January 19, 1845 in Germany

d: December 16, 1936 in City Cemetery, Jackson, MO

Age at death: 91

m: August 23, 1888



CHAPTER J

Johann Franklin "Frank" BRENNECKE

b: February 9, 1848 in Tilsit, Missouri

d: February 7, 1902

Age at death: 53

Number of children: 5

Special Comment: His birthdate in Zion church records is listed as 2/15/48

Special Comment (2): His birthdate in Jacob's catechism is 2/9/48



+Anna KUEHLE

b: January 3, 1850d: August 1, 1885

Age at death: 35

m: May 16, 1872

Number of children: 2

Marriage comment: Cape Co. Recorder's Office, D -165



*2nd Wife of Johann Franklin "Frank" BRENNECKE:

+Alvine KUEHLE

b: August 6, 1856

d: February 24, 1939

Age at death: 82

m: February 7, 1886

Number of children: 3



CHAPTER K

Johann" Jacob" BRENNECKE

b: July 14, 1853 in Tilsit, Missouri

d: December 30, 1935 in Russell Heights Cemetery, Jackson, MO

Age at death: 82

Number of children: 6

Special Comment: birth records from old Catechism Cover;

Also Anna Brennecke Schaper list.

Special Comment (2): death records from Cape Co. records of Book D, page 356.



+Henrietta PEETZ

b: April 6, 1855

d: July 4, 1936 in Russell Heights Cemetery, Jackson, MO

Age at death: 81

m: February 6, 1877 in by Rev. Delvean

Number of children: 6