|Birth: ||Sep., 1881, Germany|
Josephine Hackbarth Bethke was born in W.Prussia in September of 1881. She left there with her Parents, Carl and Mathilda, her elder siblings, Emil, Leo, Lena and Robert Hackbarth in the Spring of 1882 and traveled to Hamburg, Germany where they boarded the SS Selisia and sailed to America.
They arrived in N.Y. Port on 17 April, 1882 and journeyed to Minnesota soon after where they settled and enjoyed farming together for about ten years until a drought that eventually forced them to abandon farming. They moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan before their last child Paul was born there in 1887. They knew they could expect to find friends in the large, ever growing, and close knit community of German immigrants there and it was a place where Carl could find work to support his family. The move proved later to be a wise one: Carl did find work and was able to quickly recover from his losses in Minnesota then purchase a very nice parcel of property and two lots on Pauline Street in a lovely neighborhood, build a home on it and still have plenty of room for a nice garden, his Bee Keeping hobby and later a Garage for his beloved tools.
Josephine probably met Ernest Bethke, an immigrant from Germany like herself, in Ann Arbor around 1900. They married and became the parents of three sons: Albert Bethke in 1903, Richard Bethke in 1905 and Frederick Bethke in 1909, all born in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan.
Jopsephine died in 1916 when she was only forty-two years old, leaving her parents,several siblings, a husband, three young children and many friends to grieve her loss. She was preceded in death by one brother, Leo Hackbarth (Dora Bohlman), a Fireman in New York, New York who died on duty in an apartment house fire in January of 1911. She is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan, next to her parents, sisters Bertha(Lemm) Minnie (Coy) and a brother Albert who, like his brother Leo before him, died in a tragic accident.
Carl Hackbarth (1842 - 1922)
Mathilda Makelski Hackbarth (1854 - 1943)
Walter Edwin Bethke (1901 - 1902)*
Josephine Hackbarth Bethke (1881 - 1916)
Leo Hackbarth (1883 - 1911)*
Bertha Hackbarth Lemm (1885 - 1934)*
Albert Hackbarth (1887 - 1912)*
Minnie Hackbarth Coy (1890 - 1985)*
Paul Johannes Hackbarth (1897 - 1969)*
Forest Hill Cemetery
Plot: Blk 1, N/2
Created by: Jackie
Record added: Aug 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40614549
Added: Aug. 13, 2009