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Julia Sieder Welke Damrow
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Birth: 1855
Berlin, Germany
Death: Feb., 1883
Sanilac County
Michigan, USA

Julia Welke married twice:
1) Peter Sieder
2) Gottfried Damrau/Damrow

The maiden surname in some records was spelled WILKIE or Wilke, not WELKE. However, her half brother Charles Peter Sieder has consistently spelled it as Welke, not some other variation. We've always heard it pronounced as "well-key" in our family, although we realize it may have been Americanized; normally it should sound like Vel-ke in German ).

NOTE: Married surname used by Julia is probably DAMROW (like her 2nd husband did), but could be DAMRAU (high probability) or DEMROW (unlikely). The German surname DAMRAU is actually the correct (original) name, but later became Angelicized over time to Damrow, then Demrow. The spellings on this surname on all sorts of records varied wildly: Damrau, Damron (which could have been mistaken for Damrau), Damerow, Damero, Damerau, and so on, it's crazy! The transcribers had a hard time deciphering this last name and I can see why. (see Gottfried's memorial for more clarification).


Julia WELKE (It is pronounced like well-key, not Well-ka or Will-key or Will-ka) married Peter SIEDER on 24 Apr 1875, Lapeer County, Michigan, USA. They had a son Charles Peter SIEDER, b. 14 Mar 1876 in Attica, Lapeer, MI. The family shuttled back and forth between Sanilac/Lapeer and Macomb Counties. Peter took his logs on Lake Huron through Port Huron River to Macomb County and unloaded them there.

Peter was seriously hurt in December 1876 by falling logs, crushing him. Julia took him and young Charles Peter back to Detroit and tried to nurse him back to health. Charles Peter was just over a year old when Peter died. In desperation, Julia went back up north in the Thumb area to try to find another husband. She married her 2nd husband Gottfried/Godfrey DAMRAU/DAMROW in August 1877 and together they had a daughter Christina Angeline Demrow in 1880 (all of Gottfried's children's birth records show Damrow, but most of them used DEMROW instead, as evidenced by their records and headstones).

In the summer of 1881, there was no rain. Everything dried up. Even the rivers dried up or drastically reduced to low levels. Many people in the Thumb area were in the logging business one way or another and were always burning pieces of wood. In Sept 1881, "The Thumb Fire of 1881" (there was another one that took place 10 years earlier) raged and burned everything. As a result, Gotfried and Julia lost their brand new home they had just finished building on their farm. All the records and photos that Julia, Peter, and Gotfried brought from Germany are gone. Many people went to Lake Huron to escape the fire, since there was no place to go. Gottfried and Julia rebuilt their home and their lives.

Julia died at childbirth along with the baby in Feb 1883. Consequently, her two children were raised apart, her son Charles Peter Sieder was raised by her first husband's brother George Sieder in Detroit and her daughter Christina Angeline Damrow was raised by her 2nd husband Gottfried in the Thumb. She is buried at Croswell Cemetery, according to our family records.

Update: The cemetery checked its records and could not find Julia in its records. I will keep trying to find her burial grounds.

Family links: 
  Gottfried Damrow (1849 - 1930)
  Peter Sieder (1856 - 1877)*
  Charles Peter Sieder (1876 - 1961)*
  Christina Angeline Demrow Holeton (1880 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Unmarked burial.
Croswell Cemetery
Sanilac County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Dorothy
Record added: Feb 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85225252
Julia Sieder <i>Welke</i> Damrow
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