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 Carl Christian August “Christian” Rathsack

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Carl Christian August “Christian” Rathsack

  • Birth 27 Jan 1811 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
  • Death 21 Jan 1901 Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Plot W2-124
  • Memorial ID 9052329

Carl Christian August Rathsack was born in the village of Alt Kentzlin in Prussia, close to the border with Mecklenburg. His parents were Fritz (Friedrich) Rathsack and Maria Schmidt.

In April 1838 he married Maria Louisa Timm at Vilmnitz on Rügen, Germany's largest island. She had been born at Campe in Kreis (County) Putbus, Rügen on December 10, 1813.

The Rathsacks lived for a time on Rügen where their first child was born in 1838, then moved to Alt Kentzlin where seven more children were born. Of these eight children, five died before the age of nine.

They were:
Carolina Maria Friedericka Rathsack, age 5, died June 1844, Alt Kentzlin
Louisa Maria Ernestina Rathsack, age 7, died December 1848, Alt Kentzlin
Wilhelmina Rathsack, age 8, died April 1851, Alt Kentzlin
Ludwig Albert Rathsack, age 1, died May 1853, Alt Kentzlin
Alwine Maria Friedericka Rathsack, age 1, died Spring 1855, Alt Kentzlin

On June 14, 1856 he boarded the bark Elise Rübcke in Hamburg. Besides himself and his wife, the party consisted of his mother-in-law Maria Lorenz (nee Volling) & his three surviving childre; Johanna "Minna", age 10 years & twins Carl & Wilhelm, age 7 years. They arrived in New York on Sunday, August 3rd, after a voyage of 46 days.

The Rathsacks must have reached Manitowoc in the late summer or early fall of 1856, as Carl Christian Rathsack filed a petition for citizenship in November of that year.

On Jan. 3, 1857 a daughter, Lucinde Maria Friedericka, was born.

The family appears in the 1860 Census (Christian RatRoch) living in the First Ward, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Louisa died in 1873 & in July 1879, Christian married Louisa Sophia Messmann (nee Kuhfeldt). She died in 1886.

He appears in the 1900 census living in the home of his son, Charles Rathsack, in the Fourth Ward, Manitowoc, Wisconsin & was living with son, William, at the old family home on South 9th Street when he died on Jan. 21, 1901,
a week short of his 90th birthday.

His newspaper obituary stated that he "operated a blacksmith shop for many years, until old age made him give it up and retire."

Doctor Falge, (in his biography of William Rathsack) wrote:
"Carl Christian August Rathsack held the office of mayor in Vorpommern, determined to come to America because of the revolution in Germany. He worked at the blacksmith's trade in early manhood but later purchased a farm in Manitowoc and subsequently divided the property into lots. He possessed only eleven hundred dollars at the time of his arrival in this country, but met with prosperity in his undertakings and eventually became a wealthy man. His demise occurred in 1898, when he had attained the age of ninety years, while his wife was called to her final rest in 1893 at the age of seventy-four. Both were buried in Evergreen cemetery. They had long resided in this county and were well known and highly esteemed within its borders."

He & both his wives are buried in Evergreen cemetery.

Family Members


The tombstone in these photos is not that of Carl Christian Rathsack. Look at it closely: the dates (born 1826, died 1911) are wrong. This is the family marker of Karl Rathsack, a tailor from Hasseldorf, Prussia, who emigrated in 1852.





  • Created by: Denise T
  • Added: 6 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9052329
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Carl Christian August “Christian” Rathsack (27 Jan 1811–21 Jan 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9052329, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Denise T (contributor 46560600) .