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William Henry WIEDBRAUK[1]

Male 1852 - 1936  (83 years)


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  • Name William Henry WIEDBRAUK 
    Born 18 August 1852  Vesbro Brunswick,Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1853  NY to IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Immigration 15 September 1853  NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1860  Bainbridge,Geauga Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1870  Crystal Twp.,Montcalm Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census 1880  New Haven Twp.,Gratiot Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census 1900  Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1910  Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1920  Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1930  Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 27 January 1936  Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9
    Cause: Bronchial Pneumonia 
    Buried 30 January 1936  Curran Cemetery,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 10, 11
    Notes 
    • From Walter Wiedbrauk/Ann MacCreery's Records:
      After being married in 1882, son Samuel was born in 1883 in the Carson City, Mi. area. The family later moved to Minnesota, and son Lewis was born in 1885 at Ottertail City, Mn. They then moved to Curran, Michigan. William drove his team, but he put his pregnant wife and two small sons on the train. Eliza arrived in Curran just prior to Nov. 30, 1887 when son William Arthur was born. They did not make any more geographical moves during their lifetime.

      W.H. Wiedbrauk maintained a daily log book from December 1, 1890 to August 1915, which was a span of 25 years. The book was a heavy duty hard bound book and is presently in the possession of Hazel Phetteplace. I have a copy of the pages and have made the following observations after reading the entire script.

      The first page made mention of William's father's citizenship record and then there was written "WIETBRAUK FAMILY RECORD." On the same page was the family record of names and birth dates with the spelling of WIEDBRAUK. (It is my belief that this reinforces how WIETBRAUK may have been the spelling that was used in Germany). WIETBRAUK was a known name in Brunswick, Germany in the 1850 era according to the Mormon Church International Genealogical Index.

      The handwriting was and is excellent. It was learned that William was a township supervisor, a member of the board of review, of the township board, of the school board and of the election board. He was very active in the Baptist church. He was on the road a lot going to Harrisville, to the mill, later to the mill at Lincoln, to Alpena, to McKinley, to Mud Lake, to Glennie, to Fairview, to Lewiston, to Oscoda, to Tawas, to Turner, to Hale, and to North Branch. Many of the trips were for someone else. He had a team and wagon for hire which was one source of income for him.

      William made the following notations: 11-5-1893, father-in-law J.S. Fullerton expired; 8-25-1896, put a fence around J.S.'s gravesite; 9-10-1897, Robert Fullerton died; 3-10-1898, Willie got kicked in the face; 3-12-1898, Dr. Tiffney done up Willies face; 10-13-1899, shingled the play house; 10-9-1900, went to get Philo Hensey home, Philo was found dead on Ed Baldwin's place with a bullet hole through his arm; 12-30-1903, went to Will Hensey's wedding; 9-13-1911, Norman Jacques killed at Pinconning; 12-5-1912, Winnie moved to Saginaw; 10-14-1913, took Walter to Dr. Weeds; 10-21-1913, took Ben to Dr. Weeds.

      Additional notations were: 6-8-18-1903 and 8-18-24, 1904, went to Carson City to see parents; 9-1-1904, Henry A. Wiedbrauk expired; 11-14-1905, baby, born Oct. 4, expired and was buried in the Fullerton Cemetery on the 16th.

      Notations continued as: 10-10-1907, Eliza went to Ohio and returned on 11-14-1907; 9-3-1908, Hattie Hotaling visited us; 5-13-18-1909, visited Mother in Carson City and brought her home; 5-28-1909, took Mother to the station; 2-24-1914, got word that Mother was dead, on 27th went to her funeral; 3-10-1911, Sam's baby expired at 6PM; 6-4-1912, Sam came home to bury son Richard.

      William's log did not list the births of any of the children, except on 4-30-1911, "was born at 10AM" (referring to his daughter Tresa). The log listed his personal notes with no mention of family events. In later years, William made note where he did work for the elder boys and when Sam, Lew, Willie and Joe helped him. The elder boys had purchased farms nearby. He appeared to have a special relationship with his father-in-law, John S. Fullerton and, the two did many things together. It was recorded in William's log.

      While at Curran, William made Canthook's and sold them to the people who were lumbering in the area. His daughter Tresa says he made the stocks, sold them for 10 cents each and would make $1.00 a day which was more than he could earn lumbering. He used a hand powered lathe and a piece of broken glass to make the surface smooth.

      Wm. H. Wiedbrauk signed his name as Justice of the Peace on May 1, 1894 on
      Grace Fullerton's probate papers to appoint Samuel McCormick as Grace's
      guardian during the John S. Fullerton's estate settlement in Alcona Co. Probate Court.

      While at Curran he made Canthook's and sold them to the people that were doing lumbering in the area. His daughter Tresa says he made the stocks and sold them for 10 cents each and would make $1.00 a day which was more than he could make lumbering. He used a hand powered lathe and a piece of broken glass to make the surface smooth.

      His daughter Tresa said that her father was a quiet person. If you asked him a question he would answer but never volunteered information. They all went to church every Sunday and she sat between her mother and father. He regularly read the bible after the noon dinner.

      Their frame house was built in 1925-1926 Mr. Jaakkee started it with Silas Roth helping him. Silas was hard of hearing and would not be doing things right and Mr. Jaakkee would holler at him with directions and Silas would stay his course. Mr. Jaakkee finally got fed up and quit and Silas also quit. Frank Reeves finished up the building.

      BIRTH: 1900 Census record said that he was born in Ohio.

      DEATH: From Walter Wiedbrauk's Records. This doesn't match the death record I found. I sent a message to Walter asking if he had the actual record.
      DEATH CERTIFICATE - The certificate states William died of Bronchial Pneumonia complicated by the flu. His place of birth is listed as VEAT PRA or PRO, but could be VEST PRO or PRA. The information was given by his wife and was likely written down by the registrar as it was given phonetically. His mother was listed as CARLINA MUNT, which reinforces the spelling of her maiden name. The only other clue of William's birthplace was Aunt Tresa's pronounciation as "VESBRO." Searches of early maps have not revealed a city or area that is a likely location.
    Person ID I2338  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 5 February 2007 

    Father Henry Andrew WIEDBRAUK,   b. 1 September 1818, Vesbro Brunswick,Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 September 1904, Crystal Twp.,Montcalm Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Caroline MUNT,   b. 28 October 1826, Vesbro Brunswick,Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 February 1914, Carson City,Montcalm Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 1850  Vesbro Brunswick,Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F16  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Eliza Jane FULLERTON,   b. 16 July 1865, Cayuga,Cayuga Co.,NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 March 1936, Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [12
    Married 4 April 1882  Bowling Green,Wood Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Samuel Stever WIEDBRAUK,   b. 9 July 1883, Prob Gratiot Co. or Montcalm Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 February 1931, Alpena,Alpena Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    +2. Lewis Andrew WIEDBRAUK,   b. 22 December 1885, Ottertail,Ottertail Co.,MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 February 1952, Zephyrhills,Pasco Co.,FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +3. William Arthur WIEDBRAUK,   b. 30 November 1887, Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 August 1950, Alpena,Alpena Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     4. (Male) WIEDBRAUK,   b. 13 February 1890, Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 February 1890, Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +5. Winnie Mabel WIEDBRAUK,   b. 26 March 1891, Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 September 1961, Alpena,Alpena Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +6. Philo Joseph WIEDBRAUK,   b. 13 July 1893, Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 March 1980, Dade City,Pasco Co.,FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +7. Lenabelle Elmira WIEDBRAUK,   b. 27 January 1895, Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 January 1969, Millen Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     8. [Female] WIEDBRAUK,   b. 14 September 1898, Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 September 1898, Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +9. Walter Fullerton WIEDBRAUK,   b. 6 April 1900, Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 October 1974, Zephyrhills,Pasco Co.,FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     10. Benjamin Orval WIEDBRAUK,   b. 16 July 1902, Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 December 1918, Detroit,Wayne Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
     11. John W.H WIEDBRAUK,   b. 4 October 1905, Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 November 1905, Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +12. Tresa Erma WIEDBRAUK,   b. 30 April 1911, Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 June 1995, South Haven,VanBuren Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Family ID F995  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1508] WIEDBRAUK William Henry Journal 1890 - 1914.

    2. [S1124] 1900 US Federal Census - WIEDBROCK Wm and Eliza Family, (Mitchell, Alcona Co., MI, Lines 1-8, Image 1 of 2 ).

    3. [S2221] WIEDBRAUK William Henry Obituary 1936, (Alcona County Review; Harrisville, Alcona Co., MI; Thursday, 30 Jan 1936; Page 1).

    4. [S1155] WIEDBRAUK Henry - VIETBROUK Heinrich Citizenship Record.

    5. [S1257] Germans to America - WIELBROCK Henry Family, (Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports 1850-1855, Volume 5 May 1853-Oct 1853, Edited by Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby).

    6. [S1364] 1860 US Federal Census - WIEDBRAUK Henry A. Family, (Bainbridge, (Bissell Post Office) Geauga Co., OH; Page 85; Image 8 of 20 ).

    7. [S1256] 1870 US Federal Census - WIEDBRAUK Henry A. Family, (Crystal Twp., Montcalm Co., MI, Page 48, Lines 9-16 ).

    8. [S1367] 1880 US Federal Census - WIEDBRAUK Wm. H., (New Haven Gratiot Co., MI; Page 14B, Line 28, Image 12 of 28 ).

    9. [S1298] WIEDBRAUK William Henry Death Record 1936, (Alcona Co., MI Deaths, Page 142, Rec 2792-142 ), M/F 0963960.

    10. [S1327] Curran Cemetery, Alcona Co., MI Location.

    11. [S1555] WIEDBRAUK William & Eliza & Ben Cemetery Marker.

    12. [S1360] WIEDBRAUK Eliza Obituary 1936, (Publ: Alcona County Review, Harrisville, MI; Thursday 30 Mar 1936, Page 1).


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