Karl Altwasser and Christine Frieske
Karl Altwasser is The Fourth Child of Johann Friedrich Altwasser and Anna Wiesner.
Where they lived in Central Poland
Uniejow is located about 13 kilometers south of Dabie
Karl (Karol) Altwasser was born November 4, 1820 Czepow Dolney, Poland. He married Anna Christine Frieske on October 26, 1840 in the Evangelical Church in Dabie, Poland. Destination: Yellow Grass evolved from the stories written about three of his sons and their descendents. The Frieske spelling is the oldest of the German spellings that researcher Karl Lenz found for this family. The later Polish records generally spell the name Friske, Fryske or Frisske.
Karl Altwasser, like his two older brothers and his father, was also a miller. His first job as a miller other than when he worked at home in Czepow Dolney, was at Dabrowa, Rozniatow. It was here that his wife's family lived. Their oldest child Johann August was born in Dabrowa in 1841 and sometime after this date the family moved to Chwalborzyce. Three children, Johann Wilhelm who died as a baby, Anna Julianna and Friedrich Wilhelm were born there. Around 1848 the family again moved to Czepow Dolney where Karl continued working as a miller. In 1849 the family was living in Ladawy, which is about seven kilometres south and east of Czepow dolney. The remaining four children, Karl Julius, Gottlieb, Justine Caroline and Emilie Teofilie were all born at Ladawy.
On March 15, 1855, within three weeks of the birth of their daughter Emilie, Karl died at the young age of 34. The records don't list the cause of death, but it must have been tragic to lose a husband and father with seven children ranging in age from one month to thirteen years of age.
Christine married her second husband, Daniel Hiller on May 18, 1857 in Dabrowa, Rozniatow, Poland. They had three girls, all born in Poland. There is a possibility Christine and Daniel later immigrated to Volhynia because one of their girls, Louise Hiller, married Michael Weber in Shitomir Parish on October 14, 1876. Louise and Michael later came to Canada and settled in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan.
Three sons of Karl (Karol) Altwasser and Anna Christine Frieske moved from Poland to the Russian controlled Province of Volhynia in the 1870's and early 1880's. Two sons, Friedrich Wilhelm Altwasser and his brother Gottlieb emigrated from Volhynia, Russia, to Canada in 1894 and 1905 respectively.
The Children of Karl Altwasser and Christine Frieske
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