Although these stones are very simple, they caught my eye because they dated back to 1797. I didn’t expect to find too much about this couple, but when I looked on Ancestry.com, the first thing I found were their names on passenger lists.
I found Fred arriving in the United States on June 19, 1856, born in Hoth, coming from Bremen, Germany, and arriving in New York City on the ship named Dorette. Sophia was with him, as she is also listed as arriving on that date, from Bremen.
In all of the census data I found, they are living in Sheboygan (which is where this cemetery is), with both of them listed as having a birthplace of Prussia (a country which doesn’t exist today, as it was officially abolished in 1947). The 1860 census lists their children, Gottlieb (age 30 at that time) and Louisa, age 23. In 1860, Friedrich is listed as a cabinet maker, although his occupation changes in the 1870 census to being a farmer, and then in 1880, he is listed as a carpenter. The 1860 census shows Gottlieb as also being a cabinet maker, so I like to think that father and son created furniture together.
(Wildwood Cemetery, Sheboygan, WI)
Evergreen Cemetery, Red Wing, MN.
The first thing I did when I was looking for more information about this man was to look up what all of those abbreviations meant. I could figure out Private, Battery A, but wanted to know what the rest was. On http://forums.military.com/, I found more information, as well as in this document by William C. Gaines: 577 would be the Division, AAA was “Antiaircraft Artillery,” AW = “Automatic weapons”, BN is “Battalion,” CAC = “Coastal Artillery Corps (the original branch of anti-aircraft artillery).”
Looking on Ancestry.com, I found a Eugene Winters in the 1940 census, living in Wabasha, MN (which isn’t too far from Red Wing). His age is 28, and his occupation is listed as being a truck driver for a road company, and the census record shows he has a wife, Alberta, and one son, Dean, and two daughters, Marion and Arlene. I also saw that there were other families with the same last name, which included Harold Winters. Harold Winters is buried near Eugene, and I will do a post on him at a later date. From this census record, it looks like Harold would have been a nephew (?) of Eugene’s. Going backwards, the 1930 census shows Eugene as single, living in Wabasha, the third child of John and Matilda Winters (both hailing originally from Sweden). I did find the marriage record for Eugene and Alberta, apparently from Decorah, Iowa. That record shows Eugene, aged 23 and a farmer by occupation, married Alberta Peterson, aged 17. Both were showing a residence of Weaver, Minnesota (which makes me wonder about why this record is from Decorah, Iowa).
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any more information. And, sadly, I did find the obituary of Arlene Winters, who passed away on March 17, 2013.
I am always interested in learning more, both about service in war, and about anyone that I am posting about — please feel free to leave a comment!
(many thanks to JPfromTN on this forum, who posted very helpful information!)