Happy Birthday Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner




Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner (1810-1885)

Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner was born on 19 Oct 1810 in Posen, Prussia, Germany as the child of Friedrich August Aschbrenner.

When he was 25, he married Anna Christine Prochnow in 1836 in Posen, Prussia (Dzierżążno Wielkie [Gross-Drensen]).

Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner and Anna Christine Prochnow had the following child:

  1. Gustav Edward Aschbrenner was born on 21 Sep 1837 in Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia. He married Johanna Fenhaus on 27 Jun 1866 in Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin. He married Emilie Friedricke Caroline Graveen on 19 Sep 1867 in Town of Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin. He married Johanne Caroline Wilhelmine Kluender on 16 Feb 1871 in Wausau, Marathon, Wisconsin. He died on 13 Apr 1907 in Easton, Marathon, Wisconsin.

Anna died 21 Oct 1837 in Hansfelde. Friedrich was left with his infant son.

When he was about 26, he married Wilhelmina Mathwich, daughter of Anna Marie and Daniel Mathwich, about 1837 in Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia.

Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner and Wilhelmina Mathwich had the following children:

  1. Frederick Wilhelm Aschbrenner was born on 14 Feb 1839 in Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia. He married Anna Teske on 07 Mar 1866 in Marquette, Wisconsin. He married Bertha Auguste Henriette Kluender on 03 Mar 1871 in Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin. He died on 29 Dec 1935 in Stratford, Marathon, Wisconsin.
  2. Adolph Friedrich Wilhelm Aschbrenner was born on 13 Jun 1841 in Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia. He married Friedrike Mary Wilhelmine Woller on 15 Mar 1875 in Marathon, Wisconsin.  He died on 16 May 1913 in Wausau, Marathon, Wisconsin.
  3. Herman August Ernest Aschbrenner was born on 29 Sep 1843 in Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia. He married Wilhelmina Henrietta Louise Prechel on 18 Dec 1868 in Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin. He died on 18 Sep 1909 in Merrill, Lincoln, Wisconsin.
  4. Mathilda Alvine Aschbrenner was born on 13 Aug 1847 in Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia.  She married Johannes Casper Fenhaus on 27 Jun 1866 in Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin. She died on 20 Jan 1939 in Wausau, Marathon, Wisconsin.
  5. Albertina A. Aschbrenner was born on 19 May 1855 in Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia. She married Ferdinand F. Quade on 18 Oct 1877. She died on 13 Mar 1916 in Wisconsin.

Little more than a year after the birth of their last child, Friedrich and Wilhelmina Aschbrenner immigrated from Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia. Friedrich and his family departed from Bremen, Germany on board the Shakespeare, and arrived in New York on 20 Aug 1856. From there, they made their way to Wisconsin. The Aschbrenner family sailed on the same ship as the family of another ancestor – Carl Friedrich Fehlhaber. Like the Fehlhabers, the Aschbrenners settled in Marathon County, Wisconsin in 1857. The Aschbrenner and Fehlhaber homes were two of the first farm settlements in Marathon County. Other families who settled in the Town of Berlin that same year also came directly from Germany. These included the families of Schmidt, Plish, Klinger, Anklamm, and Hartel.

The book, Berlin Memories in 1976, included an account of the Aschbrenner family. (State of Wisconsin collection)
The book, Berlin Memories in 1976, included an account of the Aschbrenner family. (State of Wisconsin collection) Article erroneously lists their arrival year as 1855; they arrived in 1856.

On 10 August 1859, Friedrich became a land owner when his purchase of land was confirmed at the land office in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He lived near the Town of Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin for the remainder of his life and was recorded in the federal census records there for the years 1860, 1870 and 1880.

Friedrich Aschbrenner, 1860 Federal Census.
Friedrich Aschbrenner, 1860 Federal Census.

Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner died on 09 Dec 1885 at the Town of Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin, at the age of 75. He was buried in the Friedenshain cemetery about 2-3 miles east of Little Chicago, Wisconsin.

Friedenshain Cemetery.
Friedenshain Cemetery.

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How do I learn more?

The Aschbrenner Family


Berlin Memories in 1976, 1976, page 10, The State of Wisconsin Collection, Web, 18 Oct 2016, http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.Berlin.

Ancestry.com, New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Year: 1856; Arrival: New York, United States; Microfilm serial: M237; Microfilm roll: M237_165; Line: 50; List number: 819.

Marchetti, Louis, History of Marathon County Wisconsin and representative citizens, Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., 1913, http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.HistoryMarathon.

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    Interesting delay in finalizing the land purchase. It might have been that possession of the land was nine-tenths of the law. Otherwise they appear to have been in Marquette County from late ’55 to early ’57, if they spent at least a year there. Imagine they moved to Berlin, Marathon County in early ’57. Land clearing and dug out construction may have begun while the family lived in Marquette County but the men were actually working in Berlin – ’57. The family moved to Berlin and construction of a house possibly took place in ’58. Now “firmly” established, they finalized the land purchase in ’59? Was this common? I can believe it was after consulting with the Register of Deeds a year or two earlier and “laying claim”, verbally, to a certain parcel.

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      The family was still in Germany in 1855, immigrated in 1856, began establishing their home and farm in 1857, and officially owned the land in 1859. Friedrich purchased the land, “according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820 entitled, ‘An act making further provision for the sale of Public Lands.’” He probably registered his land when he arrived in Wisconsin in 1856, and then got his proof that he had made full payment in 1859. I could order the full package of the land transaction from the National Archives, but it is expensive and there is no guarantee that it will have much information (so many things to spend money on in this hobby so I have to pick and choose). It was common then to pick out your land (stake a claim), build your house and make other improvements, and then actually purchase the land. This land was purchased as a “cash sale” from the government under the 1820 Land Act. Under that act, he would have had to pay $1.25/acre for the 320 acre farm. You can see the original land survey here: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/survey/default.aspx?dm_id=99508&sid=s3iwvqph.2yw#surveyDetailsTabIndex=1 and Friedrich’s land patent here: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=WI3420__.398&docClass=STA&sid=gw3cezhu.or0#patentDetailsTabIndex=0. On both of their screens, there are several tabs you can click to see different things. Really hard to imagine pulling up roots and starting over (with all those little kids) in a place that started out having nothing but natural resources. You have to give them some respect for making that move.

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