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Friedrich Reineking

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Friedrich Reineking

Birth
Kreis Lippe, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death
1861 (aged 71–72)
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial
Herman, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, USA Add to Map
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Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 256 - 258
Friedrich Reineking, who was a carpenter by trade, was a man of some prominence in his neighborhood. Having heard much of the advantages for acquiring wealth in the United States, he organized a company of thirteen families to emigrate to the United States, and on the 4th of May, 1847, this little band embarked aboard a vessel at Bremen for the New World. By common consent Frederick Reineking was made leader. They purposed to land at New York and come direct to Sheboygan County, but as the number of passengers aboard was so great each did not have the number of cubic feet of space on the vessel required by the United States Government, and knowing they would not be permitted to land, they changed their course, and after eight weeks, dropped anchor at Quebec, Canada. Continuing their course Westward, they in due time reached Sheboygan, which was then a mere village, having about as many wigwams as it had cabins of the white man. On the 25th of July, the thirteen families above spoken of reached what is now town of Herman. A more honest, industrious and religious colony has never settled within the borders of this county. Of those who came as head of families, only two survive: Caroline Reineking, now Mrs. Humke, of Franklin; and Frederica Marten, who is also a resident of Herman Township. Frederick Reineking at first purchased a quarter-section of land, to which he subsequently added another one hundred and sixty acres. The country was an unbroken forest; Indians and wild animals were numerous, and there were no roads save such as the Indians had made going from one point to another. Mr. Reineking, assisted by his sons, helped to cut out the roads, clear away the forests, and make Herman one of the best towns in the county.
Only five weeks after arriving in this county, Mr. Reineking was bereft of his wife, and he was left to make the rest of life's journey alone. In September, 1851,(sic) while at work in the field, he was killed by a falling tree. The loss to the community by the death of this worthy couple was a sad one; both were zealous members of the German Reformed Church, to the upbuilding of which they gave their time and substance. They left a family of five children, as follows: Mrs. Humke, spoken of above; Amelia, who died many years ago; Frederick, who owned the old homestead, and died October 9, 1881; Simon, who was also a farmer of Herman Township, and died April 7, 1893; and William, who is the youngest. The last-named also has the initials R. J., though they are never used, he being universally known as William Reineking.
Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 256 - 258
Friedrich Reineking, who was a carpenter by trade, was a man of some prominence in his neighborhood. Having heard much of the advantages for acquiring wealth in the United States, he organized a company of thirteen families to emigrate to the United States, and on the 4th of May, 1847, this little band embarked aboard a vessel at Bremen for the New World. By common consent Frederick Reineking was made leader. They purposed to land at New York and come direct to Sheboygan County, but as the number of passengers aboard was so great each did not have the number of cubic feet of space on the vessel required by the United States Government, and knowing they would not be permitted to land, they changed their course, and after eight weeks, dropped anchor at Quebec, Canada. Continuing their course Westward, they in due time reached Sheboygan, which was then a mere village, having about as many wigwams as it had cabins of the white man. On the 25th of July, the thirteen families above spoken of reached what is now town of Herman. A more honest, industrious and religious colony has never settled within the borders of this county. Of those who came as head of families, only two survive: Caroline Reineking, now Mrs. Humke, of Franklin; and Frederica Marten, who is also a resident of Herman Township. Frederick Reineking at first purchased a quarter-section of land, to which he subsequently added another one hundred and sixty acres. The country was an unbroken forest; Indians and wild animals were numerous, and there were no roads save such as the Indians had made going from one point to another. Mr. Reineking, assisted by his sons, helped to cut out the roads, clear away the forests, and make Herman one of the best towns in the county.
Only five weeks after arriving in this county, Mr. Reineking was bereft of his wife, and he was left to make the rest of life's journey alone. In September, 1851,(sic) while at work in the field, he was killed by a falling tree. The loss to the community by the death of this worthy couple was a sad one; both were zealous members of the German Reformed Church, to the upbuilding of which they gave their time and substance. They left a family of five children, as follows: Mrs. Humke, spoken of above; Amelia, who died many years ago; Frederick, who owned the old homestead, and died October 9, 1881; Simon, who was also a farmer of Herman Township, and died April 7, 1893; and William, who is the youngest. The last-named also has the initials R. J., though they are never used, he being universally known as William Reineking.


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