52 Ancestors 52 Weeks: Week 20 Ernst Goesch

Another post in a series in the challenge of posting about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks by Amy Johnson Crow

Ernst Friedrich Ferdinand Goesch was my great grandfather and was briefly mentioned in the post about Goesch Family Immigration. Ernst was born September 8, 1848 in Grammentin, Pommern, Prussia which today is known as Mecklenburg – Vorpommern, Germany.  On March 17, 1869, at the age of 20, Ernst sailed from Hamburg, Germany on the ship Saxonia bound for New York. When exactly he arrived is not clear but it was probably in April of 1869.

Ernst Goesch Naturalization

Ernst Goesch Naturalization

Where he went after he arrived is not precisely known but by 1880 he was living in the city of Chicago, Illinois and married with four children. His wife Amelia’s country of birth is given as Austria and the two oldest children are listed as born in Illinois while the two youngest as born in Nebraska. I can only surmise that when he arrived in New York he made his way to Illinois and ended up west of Chicago in what is now Lee County. He apparently met and then married Amelia Karner there on February 16, 1874. Family history has his oldest son Wilhelm born on December 21, 1874 in Amboy, Lee County, Illinois. On February 18, 1875 Ernst was granted his naturalized status in Lee County Court, Dixon, Illinois.

Ernst and Amelia Goesch

Ernst and Amelia Goesch

His daughter Emma was born in August of 1876 in Illinois but his son Frederick (my grandfather) was born in March of 1878 in Nebraska and his next son Louis was born in November of 1879. So, sometime between August of 1876 and March of 1878 the family moved from Illinois to Nebraska. On March 1, 1878 the family lived in Buda Precinct in Lancaster County, Nebraska and two days later my grandfather Frederick was born. Then between November of 1879 and June of 1880 (when the US Census was taken) they moved from Nebraska back to Chicago, Illinois. That is a lot of moving at that time!! Their fifth child Minnie was born in November of 1881 in Illinois.

1878 Census Lancaster County, Nebraska

1878 Census Lancaster County, Nebraska

Sometime between the end of 1881 and 1884 the family moved to Minnesota and Ernst’s sixth child Albert was born January 10, 1884. A few years later tragedy struck and Amelia Karner Goesch died in White Bear Lake, Ramsey County, Minnesota on February 14, 1888. With four children of ten years or younger, Ernst definitely needed help and wasted no time. In August of 1888 he married Bertha L Schlange, who had been born in Minnesota of German parents. Their first child Louise was born in June of 1889 and they had a total of six children. Between June 1889 and January 1891 (when the second child Anna was born) they moved to Nebraska and in June of 1900 (US Census) were living in Momence Township, Fillmore County, Nebraska. Included in the family in 1900 were two of Ernst’s children with Amelia (Minnie and Albert), Edith (Bertha’s daughter by a previous husband) and five children with Bertha (Louise, Anna, Alma, Clara and Martha).

1920 US Census Marshall Township, Clay County, Nebraska

1920 US Census Marshall Township, Clay County, Nebraska

In May 1906, two days before her 17th birthday, Ernst’s daughter Louise (Lucy) died. According to the 1910 US Census Ernst had moved to Logan Township in Clay County, Nebraska along with Bertha and five of their children; Anna, Alma, Clara, Martha and Edward who was born in May 1903. The move from Fillmore County to Clay County might have taken place before Louise’s death since she is buried in the Edgar (Clay County) Cemetery. The 1920 US Census shows Ernst living in Marshall Township, Clay County with wife Bertha and son Edward who would turn 17 in May. On November 13, 1920 Ernst Friedrich Ferdinand Goesch died and is buried in the Edgar Cemetery. His wife Bertha joined him in July 1944.


  1. Staatsarchiv Hamburg; Hamburg, Deutschland; Hamburger Passagierlisten; Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 023 A; Page: 121; Microfilm No.: K_1714. Staatsarchiv Hamburg. Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. (Thanks to German blogger and genealogist Barbara Schmidt for this information.)
  2. Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950 (M1285); Microfilm Serial: M1285; Microfilm Roll: 61. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project
  3. Source Citation: Nebraska State Historical Society; Nebraska State Census; Year: 1878; Series/Record Group: RG207; County: Lancaster; Township: Buda; Page: 12. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Nebraska, State Census Collection, 1860-1885 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors in partnership with the following organizations:Nebraska State Genealogical Society
    Bismarck Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society
  4. Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Marshall, Clay, Nebraska; Roll: T625_984; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 44; Image: 261. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls).  Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29.  National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).



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5 Responses to 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks: Week 20 Ernst Goesch

  1. that is a great picture of the two! I am always jealous when I see some of these old pictures 🙂

  2. Pingback: 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks: Week 24 Frederick August Gerhardt Goesch | larrysgroup

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