Wilhelm Christoff “William” Ahrens

Wilhelm Christoff “William” Ahrens

Death 5 Jun 1905 (aged 72)
Thayer County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Deshler, Thayer County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 64858475 View Source
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Willam Ahrens Born: January 23, 1833 Died: June 5, 1909.

Carolina Kornemann Ahrens Born: Oct 20, 1834. Died: July 7, 1902.

William Ahrens and Carolina (Kornemann) Ahrens immigrated America from Hanover, Prussia.

After their marriage, they settled for a time in Wisconsin. Four children were born in Wisconsin: William, Caroline (Lena), Wilhelmina (Minnie) and Anna.

The family then moved State Center, Iowa. Here nine more children were born to the family: Augusta, Fred, August, Mary, Henry, Louis, Charley, Edward and Emma.

In 1879 the family made a move to a farm two miles north and three miles west of Deshler, Nebraska (known to many as the Henry Tambke farm).

The majority of the thirteen children lived in and around the immediate area. Son William wed Marie Hinze and moved the West Coast and later returned to the Edgar-Sedan area; Caroline (Lena) married Fred Kassebaum; Wilhelmina (Minnie) married William Lipker; Anna was wed to John Tambke and lived at Deshler, Nebraska; Augusta was married to Ernst Meyer and lived at Oak, Nebraska. They owned the Oak Mill and later lived in Deshler; Fred married Margaret Asche, who passed away at an early age and he later married Minnie Atenhan, they also lived at Kiowa, Davenport and later in Deshler; August wed Emma Tuepker and resided in the Sedan-Edgar, Nebraska area; Mary married John Miller and lived at Deshler and Friedensau area and later moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota; Henry was married to Tempe and moved to Colorado; Louis wed Augusta Schoenfeld and lived in and around Deshler; Charley married Carolina Grosshans and resided in the Fairbury, Nebraska vicinity; Edward married Dorette Kramp and resided in the local area; Emma, the youngest daughter was wed to Dick Sedenberg, John Harms, and Henry Wulf. She also lived in the Deshler vicinity.

Several of the family members are buried in a small cemetery one mile south of the family farm, known as St Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.

As all the families were quite large by today's standards it isn't unusual to visit with someone for a while and later find they are probably a distant relative. by Bernice Koch Anderson