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Gustav Witt
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Birth: Mar. 26, 1856
Death: Jun. 29, 1938
Jay County
Indiana, USA

Born in Schulitz, Posen Dist. of Prussia, the second of eight children of Karl and Elizabeth Hoffman Witt, he immigrated from Berlin to Hamburg and arrived on 20 April 1881 on the S. S. Circassian at Boston with friend, Gustav Pretzlaf, who later married his sister, Ernstina.

Both men worked for Hiram Sibley Estate of Ford Co. as carpenter/laborers.

On Jan. 14, 1885 Gust married Augusta Fritz in Anchor, IL. Eventually they had 7 children. While Gust hired out to Sibley Estate, Augusta and the children farmed a small plot near Fairbury, IL.

About 1887/8 Gust and his family moved to Rochester, NY where he worked as a cabinatemaker/ joiner for C. J. Hahden Furniture Co. on Exchange St. About 1891/2 the Witts returned to Sibley, IL. Gust worked there as farm laborer and as Sibley School janitor for 18 years.

He became a naturalized citizen in Pontiac on Oct. 27, 1896. Augusta died in 1899 and Gust married widow Margretha Fornoff Strauss of Pekin, IL on Jan 1, 1903. Two of her children also joined the Witt family in Sibley.

Widowed again, Gustav died while visiting his son Bill in Portland, IN. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran church of Sibley, IL.

The town where Gutav was born in now Solek Kujawski in Poznan Dist. Poland.

Mary Ann Farnks O'Neill and John Franks assisted with this material. 
Family links: 
  Carl (Karl) Witt (1825 - 1887)
  Elizabeth Hoffman Witt (1829 - 1920)
  Augusta Fritz Witt (1858 - 1899)
  Margretha Strauss Fornoff Witt (1862 - 1930)*
  Johanna Helena Adelgunda Witt Gerken (1886 - 1943)*
  Henry Karl Wilhelm Witt (1887 - 1957)*
  William Albert Witt (1888 - 1943)*
  Friedrich Ernest Witt (1890 - 1957)*
  Marie Adelgunda Helena Witt Brucker (1892 - 1917)*
  Ida Martha Witt Franks (1894 - 1974)*
  Herman Gustav Witt (1896 - 1923)*
  Gustav Witt (1856 - 1938)
  Ernstina Witt Pretzlaff (1861 - 1951)*
  Amelia V. Witt Winter (1863 - 1891)*
  Wilhelmina Witt Dittberner (1864 - 1921)*
  Helena J. Witt Winter (1867 - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Ford County
Illinois, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 40.58885, -88.39714
Created by: Rosetta
Record added: Jul 21, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6625617
Gustav Witt
Added by: Rosetta
Gustav Witt
Added by: Rosetta
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You saw a lot of corn in your life, either shucking, shoveling or stacking the stalks in shocks.
 Added: Dec. 12, 2005
You were a driven worker, g-grandpa. Time to rest.
- Rosetta
 Added: Oct. 29, 2004

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