Sunday, March 27, 2022

Wilhelm Dombrowe, Johanna Christiane Tilgner, and their children

Wilhelm Dombrowe and Johanna Christiane (Tilgner) Dombrowe were my great-great-great-great-grandparents. Their son Emil Dombrowe was my great-great-great-grandfather, his daughter Augusta (Dombrowe) Stacke was my great-great-grandmother, and her daughter Lydia (Stacke) Revie was my great-grandmother.

Wilhelm Dombrowe
born August 8, 1821 in Poland
died 24 Mar 1862 in Wembowitz, Prussia (modern-day Wąbnice, Gmina Krośnice, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)

Johanna Christiane (Tilgner) Dombrowe Meier
born ????
died ????

Wilhelm Dombrowe and Johanna Christiane Tilgner (who went by her middle name Christiane) lived in Silesia, Prussia, which is currently a part of Poland. Wilhelm and Christiane had at least two children before Wilhelm's death, after which Christiane married August Meier and had at least one more child. Wilhelm and Christiane are buried at the Lutheran cemetery in Wembowitz, with their headstone being one of the few that remain.

The two children of Wilhelm and Christiane (Tilgner) Dombrowe:
  1. Friedrich Wilhelm Dombrowe (1852-1945)
  2. Emil Dombrowe (1855-1924)
The child of August and Christiane (Tilgner) Meier:
  1. Paul Meier (1863-1940)

1. Friedrich Wilhelm Dombrowe
born December 16, 1852 in Guhre, Prussia (modern-day Góry, Gmina Cieszków, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died October 1945 in Krośnice, Gmina Krośnice, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland

Wilhelm, who went by his middle name, was married to Pauline Kohl. Wilhelm and Pauline had four children: Martha, Friedrich, Richard, and Paul. Pauline died on November 8, 1912 in Kraschnitz (now Krośnice), and Wilhelm died in 1945, just after the end of World War II.

2. Emil Dombrowe
born January 23, 1855 in Wembowitz, Prussia (modern-day Wąbnice, Gmina Krośnice, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died November 26, 1924 in Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin

Emil Dombrowe married Caroline Gammer on April 20, 1881 and they had six children together before immigrating to the United States. Emil arrived in New York City, New York County, New York, on September 30, 1891, along with his future son-in-law Carl Frederick Stacke. Caroline and the six children followed, arriving in Baltimore, Maryland on May 19, 1892. After settling on a farm in Pine Valley, Clark County, Wisconsin, outside of Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin, they had two more children. Their children were Augusta, Frederick, Augusta, Louise, Otto, Paul, Rudolph, Oscar, and Edith. The family briefly moved to Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, before moving to Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin, and then in 1912 to Abbotsford. Emil suffered a “stroke of paralysis” several years before his death, and died at his home. Caroline died of “old age complications” in her home less than six years later. Caroline and Emil are buried at Abbotsford Cemetery.

1. Paul Meier
born October 23, 1863 in Wembowitz, Prussia (modern-day Wąbnice, Gmina Krośnice, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died April 18, 1940 in Wirschkowitz, Germany (modern-day Wierzchowice, Gmina Krośnice, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)

Paul married Pauline Böhm on April 22, 1888 in Wembowitz.