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Subject: [GANSBERG] GAINSBOROUGH/GANSBERG from Hannover
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2012 14:25:38 -0600
I've been wondering if you have learned any more about your Gansbergs from and aince the Hull wedding certificate you had ordered.
Other than US Federal Censuses from 1900 onward, I have established nothing firm as yet. The man apparently hid well.
However, for YOUR information, a Johann Friedrich Whilhelm Gansberg from Neinberg in Hannover, b. ca. 1852, emigrated with his mother to DuPage County, Illinois, USA ca. 1868. He had many children. The first child was named Hermann, indicating his paternal grandfather's name in most German families.
BUT, since his mother Catherine Charlotte Gansberg never married and was called a "camp follower" in the 30 Years' War -- I wonder if HER father was Hermann. She also had two daughters, older than Wilhelm, who married and came to the USA ahead of her.
Her grandson Hermann left Illinois as a young man to seek his fortune in Minnesota. Then he went west to North Dakota for cheaper land, and the weather there was too severely cold. He lost his livestock and crops in ND, so moved on the more temperate climate in the northwest corner of the USA, the State of Washington. He has live descendents there with whom I am in touch and who have a family tree going back to the immigrants who came from Neinberg.