|Birth: ||Feb. 9, 1897|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1975|
As told by: Charles Battig, The Eldest of known ones
They lived in Posnan, Poland. The father died. There were six kids. They were very poor. The mother tried to keep her family going, but she died. Then the six kids were taken to relatives in Switzerland. The two oldest boys, William and Charles, took off, wandered around the countries, eventually in France. They got jobs on the dock unloading and loading ships. They were destitute and alone. No place to live.
They got jobs on a freighter ship. There they done work as "hands." They were given sailor clothes and shoes. They worked about two years. Then they were unloading the ship on the East Coast of the United States. They couldn't read or speak English so they didn't know what port they were at.
They jumped ship -- went walking mostly at night. They found that the new strangers were not so friendly. Eventually they met a man, Henry Grundley, from Toledo. So they went there. They got jobs and Charlie --who became, our father. He married a very young girl, Josephine Younker. They had 12 kids. But they were so poor as could be. William went on to Wisconsin, around Wanewac and Kenosha. They had a family too. Some of these came to Ohio, around Cleveland, Seville, Akron and Medina, Ohio. We met them, we went and looked them up.
Charles and William came to this country, about 1870?? Charles was naturalized October 31, 1886 in Toledo. Charles was a hard man, given to drinking and quarrelsome. He claimed to be German. But his wife was a good kind woman. He wasn't good to their family. She was a long suffering lady. They lived out on Angola Road, Holland, in a one room house. It burned down about 1886 or 87, a woods fire. It was all woods then. They only had Fred, Freda and Annie then. They went north of Crissey, north of the Angola Rd. That's where Charlie was born (our Charlie) 1897, February 6.
The Battig that wrote from Canada is no relation. If so, it is way back and we don't know anything about the other four that were left in Switzerland.
I do not go in for genealogy or looking for "Roots." I don't care who they were or where they came from. A professor from the Yale University put out an article. He went 11 generations back on his families.
He said 1200 people in 11 generations had some thing to do with our being here. He said there's a skeleton in every grave. You'll get shocked and wish you hadn't been so nosey. He said--don't dig at the roots--look at the tree that looks to the sky. The lovely leaves in Fall, the Harvest is all above ground--leave your ancestors alone. He said he found undesirables and didn't like what he found in every family.
There are the bad apples. So, I am advising this family--just forget the past-- live in the Now and Future.
This is about all I can tell you of the Battig family. Wagoner--the old man--knew Charles and William in Posnan, Poland. He said they knew them as Bettinger -Bet-en-asjer there, but we don't know. Old Mr. Grundke called him Bet-en-jer.
In an old atlas, we found him also listed as that name neither Battig nor Betinger are Polish names though. Many people changed their names after they came here. There are no other papers of Charles's. Only a death certificate and cemetery lot paper. Luella and Irving have it. They couldn't find any other records. We don't know what year Charles was born either.
William was a cheese maker in Wisconsin.
The Pope comes from Posnan Poland too.
Charles Herman Battig (1865 - 1952)
Josephine Yunker Battig (1871 - 1937)
Helen Mildred Minnich Battig (1900 - 1992)*
Florence Ruth Battig Shurgot (1920 - 1984)*
Carl Glenn Battig (1922 - 1995)*
Raymond Frank Battig (1924 - 1988)*
Marion Irene Battig Cline (1926 - 2006)*
Frederick William Battig (1890 - 1967)*
Anna Louise Battig Wopshall (1892 - 1966)*
Frieda Amsele Battig Geiser (1894 - 1913)*
Charles Herman Battig (1897 - 1975)
Henry Albert Battig (1899 - 1920)*
Helen A. Battig Beroske (1901 - 1983)*
Richard R. Battig (1908 - 1974)*
Elizabeth Battig Kandik (1910 - 1970)*
John Julius Battig (1913 - 1920)*
Maintained by: Al Wopshall
Originally Created by: gabbybug
Record added: Aug 26, 2003
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