Ancestry of Gertrude Kathlena Koenning

The great grandparents and grandparents of Gertrude Kathlena Koenning were German immigrants. Both Joachim and Helene Wemken Koenning emigrated from Germany with their families, the Koenning’s in 1873 and the Wemken’s in 1870. Joseph, Anna Klüch Kram and children arrived in the United States in 1888.

As a novice family researcher, I realized early on I would need assistance researching their German ancestry. In 2007, I engaged the services of Suzanne Bettac, a professional genealogist and specialist in the German ancestry research. With the assistance of Suzanne Bettac, other family researchers and my own delving, I have documented four generations of Gertrude’s ancestry. There are certainly areas that need further study, but this book is my “report” on work accomplished, as of 2015.

Using christening records for Joachim, William and Caroline, as well as the naturalization records of two of their sons, John and William, we determined that Johann and Dorothea Könning/Koenning lived in Brandenburg, Germany. Though we have no immigration record, it is believed they departed Germany with their three children from the Port of Bremen and arrived in the Port of Galveston, Texas in 1873. Some family members think they may have arrived at Indianola, Texas.

Note: Due to the hurricane of 1900, there are no passenger lists for the Port of Galveston before 1892. The same is true of Indianola. The town was never rebuilt following a hurricane in August 1886.

Alerd and Caroline Wilhelmine Wemken immigrated to America with their five children on the SS New York, leaving from the port of Bremen and arriving at the port of New Orleans, Louisiana on February 12, 1870.

Joseph and Anna Margaretha Klüch Kram departed from the Port of Bremen and arrived in the Port of New York, August 24, 1888. By 1900, they were living in Lavaca County, Texas.

The focus of this book is Lloyd and Gertrude Koenning Croft; Adolph and Mary Kram Koenning; Joachim “Joe” and Helene Wemken Koenning; and John F. and Dorothea Berger Koenning.

Other surnames include: Berger, Klüch/Kluck, Kram, Stratmann and Wemken.

Variations in the spelling of Koenning include Kenning, Koenig, Koening, Koning and Könning. The meaning of the name is probably a respelling of Dutch Koenning, either from koning “king” or a derivative of Koen, or of German Könning.

The great grandparents and grandparents of Gertrude Kathlena Koenning were German immigrants. Both Joachim and Helene Wemken Koenning emigrated from Germany with their families, the Koenning’s in 1873 and the Wemken’s in 1870. Joseph, Anna Klüch Kram and children arrived in the United States in 1888.

As a novice family researcher, I realized early on I would need assistance researching their German ancestry. In 2007, I engaged the services of Suzanne Bettac, a professional genealogist and specialist in the German ancestry research. With the assistance of Suzanne Bettac, other family researchers and my own delving, I have documented four generations of Gertrude’s ancestry. There are certainly areas that need further study, but this book is my “report” on work accomplished, as of 2015.

Using christening records for Joachim, William and Caroline, as well as the naturalization records of two of their sons, John and William, we determined that Johann and Dorothea Könning/Koenning lived in Brandenburg, Germany. Though we have no immigration record, it is believed they departed Germany with their three children from the Port of Bremen and arrived in the Port of Galveston, Texas in 1873. Some family members think they may have arrived at Indianola, Texas.

Note: Due to the hurricane of 1900, there are no passenger lists for the Port of Galveston before 1892. The same is true of Indianola. The town was never rebuilt following a hurricane in August 1886.

Alerd and Caroline Wilhelmine Wemken immigrated to America with their five children on the SS New York, leaving from the port of Bremen and arriving at the port of New Orleans, Louisiana on February 12, 1870.

Joseph and Anna Margaretha Klüch Kram departed from the Port of Bremen and arrived in the Port of New York, August 24, 1888. By 1900, they were living in Lavaca County, Texas.

The focus of this book is Lloyd and Gertrude Koenning Croft; Adolph and Mary Kram Koenning; Joachim “Joe” and Helene Wemken Koenning; and John F. and Dorothea Berger Koenning.

Other surnames include: Berger, Kluch/Kluck, Kram, Stratmann and Wemken.

Variations in the spelling of Koenning include Kenning, Koenig, Koening, Koning and Könning. The meaning of the name is probably a respelling of Dutch Koening, either from koning “king” or a derivative of Koen, or of German Könning. (www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surnames=koenning)

 

The Koenning, Wemken and Kram families come to America from Germany.
The Koenning, Wemken and Kram families come to America from Germany.