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Gertrude Louise "Truda" Gentz Hilgers
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1805
Radgoszcz
Malopolskie, Poland
Death: Feb. 27, 1889
Potosi
Grant County
Wisconsin, USA

UPDATE, APRIL 2014 - Please click on the photos for the thoughts and information provided regarding both of these images possibly being of Truda - Thank You.

UPDATE 13, APRIL 2013 - Please link to the memorial page of Truda's husband, Johanne, as well as that specifically of their son Theodore "Teddy Boy" Hilgers - a great, great deal of information has been discovered, verified and corrected in the last two days!

Gertrude Louise Gentz is the mother of the Five Brothers in the Hilgers line, presently being traced so dilgently due to medical history issues.

She and Johann(e) Herbert Hilger(s) are recorded as having been married on November 22, 1837, but there is no place noted, nor do I have a marriage certificate, etc.

As with her husband Johann(e), Gertrude's birthplace seems almost too detailed in some family notes to be incorrect; I had always just heard 'Poland', and then, once in awhile 'Prussia' (There is a difference!). It was only after I began asking family members to really, really search through any sort of paperwork, comments in Bibles, etc. at all, that a relative quoted the above information, stating that "Radgoszcz" was so clearly written down that it had absolutely no errors in its' spelling.

As noted on her husband's page, I have heard many times through the years that "Truda" and Johann(e) never quite recovered from the loss of their son Theodore - "Teddy Boy" - in the Civil War. New information - verified on the Fold3 website - has just proven that Johanne in fact had died in Prussia in 1848 - there is only one other way to go with the paperwork statements, documents and sworn comments, and that would be that perhaps Johanne abandoned his family and they came to the United States without him. This scenario is simply gossip and conjecture at this point, and there is no reason to not believe that Johanne did in fact die as all paperwork states: However, I agreed to note the one other possibility on this page, as so much about Johanne, his absence and his death does seem to be 'up in the air'.

New information has also recently come to light that the brothers, in fact, fought on separate sides during the war, which no doubt caused the Hilgers' family, and Truda, especially, a peculiar sort of heartache.

I have absolutely no proof to back up the little information I have on Truda's place of death, and so I will leave that blank for now, following up with information, as soon as possible.

Lastly, the latest documented information throws into question the identification of the people in the photo on this page - please see Johanne's page for further information...I can only state that I am in my fifties, and I remember this specific couple ONLY being identified as Truda and Johanne. If it is in fact other family members, I can, with a clear conscience, state that I do believe them to be Hilgers, and perhaps other family members tracing through these pages might be able to update or correct this matter for me. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Johann Herbert Hilgers (1797 - 1848)
 
 Children:
  William Hilgers (1839 - 1883)*
  John Peter Hilger (1840 - 1908)*
  Theodore James Hilgers (1843 - 1862)*
  Michael M. William(s) Hilger/Hilgers (1846 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Other.
Specifically: Possibly buried - information incomplete/vague
 
Created by: Rhonda C. Poynter & Frie...
Record added: Jul 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94322072
Gertrude Louise Truda <i>Gentz</i> Hilgers
Added by: Rhonda C. Poynter & Friends
 
Gertrude Louise Truda <i>Gentz</i> Hilgers
Added by: Rhonda C. Poynter & Friends
 
Gertrude Louise Truda <i>Gentz</i> Hilgers
Added by: Rhonda C. Poynter & Friends
 
 
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