Hackel, Mary Anna (*1872 near Pentwater?, Oceana, Michigan, United States ✝︎1966 Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska, United States)
The Hackel family history book gives Mary's birthplace as "Bentwater, Michigan", but there is no such town in Michigan. It is probably Pentwater or Benton Harbor, but how can we be sure? I could find no mention of a Hackel birth around that time in the local Pentwater press. The 1875 Kansas census says she was born in Nebraska, The 1880 federal census gives her birthplace as Wisconsin, and the 1885 Nebraska census lists her birthplace as Michigan. Keeping in mind that her father Charles A Hackel declared his intent to become a citizen at the district court in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, on 29 Aug 1872, only six weeks after her birth, it is quite possible that she was indeed born in Nebraska. If so, it may have been somewhere near Columbus. There is a Loup Township just to the west of Columbus, and "loup" could possibly be interpreted as "bent water".
Where is Dehmen bei Stralsund?
Gierke, Johann Salomon (*Dehmen bei Stralsund, Pommern, Germany ✝︎1817 Dömitz, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany)
A musketeer in the garrison of the Dömitz fortress in the Napoleonic era, Johann Salomon Gierke is listed in 1809 in the Dömitz church records as being the son of the late Johann Friedrich Giercke from "Dehmen bei Strahlsund", "Dehmern beÿ Stralsund", or just Stralsund. Where is this Dehmen/Dehmern bei Stralsund?
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