Karl Wilhelm Fenske and Rosalia Mielke were married on January 22, 1850 in Zakrzewo Parish near Karlsdorf, West Prussia. At the time of his marriage Karl was 26 years old which would indicate he was born in 1823. His parents are listed in the church record as Friedrich Fenski and Anna Fredrick, from Blugowo, a tiny village located about seven miles northeast of Karlsdorf.
Karl was a blacksmith and may have done some farming. Following their marriage, he and Rosalia lived briefly in the village of Neu Pottlitz (two miles from Karlsdorf), but they soon moved back to Karlsdorf to be closer to her family. In 1862 or 1863 the Fenske family returned to Neu Pottlitz.
Karl and Rosalia had ten children: Johann (b.1850), Peter (b,1852), Anna (b.1853), Anton (b.1854), Elizabeth (b.1855), August (b.18570, John (b.1858), Rose (b.1859), Julius Franz (b.1862) and Catherine (b.1863). Johann, Anton and Julius died in infancy or early childhood. The fate of Elizabeth is unknown, though she probably died in infancy or early childhood. The six remaining children survived to adulthood.
The family moved to Russian controlled Poland around 1865. They moved in search of land or in hopes that Karl's blacksmithing skills would be in greater demand there. Around 1870 Rosalia died. Her death may have precipitated the decision to move to America. Karl and his six surviving children came to the U.S. in the mid 1870s.
A family story says some of the boys worked in the harvest in Iowa shortly after their arrival. Some of the children worked and settled in St Louis. Karl may have chosen to move to Pierce City because other families form Karlsdorf had settled there.
Karl settled in Capps Creek township, south of Pierce City, in Barry County. He worked as a blacksmith according to the 1880 census. In 1880 he married a widow Prudence Crumley. Seventeen years later they divorced.
At first Karl's grave was not marked. When Peter's family put a new more modern stone on his grave they moved the old stone to Karl's grave.
This bio is taken from Gary M. Miller's History of the John Kutz and Rose Fenske Family written in 2009.
Rosalia Mielke Fenske (1822 - ____)*
Peter Fenske (1852 - 1914)*
Anna Fenske Hagedorn (1852 - 1948)*
August Martin Fenske (1857 - 1941)*
John Stephen Fensky / Fenske (1858 - 1928)*
Rose Fenske Kutz (1859 - 1926)*
Catherine Ursula Fenske Droste (1863 - 1930)*
Saint Marys Cemetery
Plot: 66, Old Part
Created by: Jim Kutz
Record added: Jun 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72261622
Added: Dec. 17, 2015
"The blacksmith was the most important person in a Western town. He knew everybody. Everybody came to him for horseshoes. He knew what these people were like and where they lived. When anyone wanted to find somebody, they went to the blacksmith."|
Added: Mar. 20, 2014
Rest in Peace|
Added: Oct. 2, 2012