|About Gall, Grassmann & Bolzmann Families from Northern Germany
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Through this site, I will provide family information about my ancestors and their families who arrived in North America in the 1800s from northern Germany. Like many Americans, my ancestry includes a variety of nationalities. Some of my ancestors arrived in America centuries ago (Huguenots from France, Puritans and Quakers from Great Britain, and Dutch and Danish immigrants who settled in New Amsterdam in the 1600s). Others arrived relatively recently (immigrants from Germany in the 1800s and Finland in the early 20th century). My German immigrant ancestors were my maternal great grandfather CARL GUSTAV REINHOLD GALL, born in 1862 in Schlesien (Silesia), Germany, and my maternal second great grandparents, MICHAEL GRASSMANN (born in 1829 in Prenzlau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) and his wife DOROTHEA SOPHIA CHRISTINE BOLZMANN (born in 1842 in Sukow, Kreis Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany). Their daughter Malvina Grassmann married my great grandfather Gustav Gall in 1888. Gustav Gall, his three brothers, Herman, Wilhelm, and Robert, and their younger half sister Ottilia emigrated from Kölpin, Kreis Usedom, Pommern, Germany to Sebewaing, Huron County, Michigan in the 1880s. Michael Grassmann immigrated to Niagara County, New York State from Prenzlau, Mecklenburg, Prussia with his first wife Friedericke Wilhelmine Witte in 1857. He married Dorothea Sophia Christine Bolzmann (1842-1913) in 1864. She had immigrated to New York from Mecklenburg-Schwerin. They relocated to Sebewaing, Michigan in 1871. They had nine children. Several siblings of Christine Bolzmann also immigrated to America. Family records indicate that some of the Bolzmann immigrants were part of a missionary group of the Lutheran Synod of Germany, whose mission was to evangelize the Chippewa Indians in Michigan. Led by Reverend Johann Auchs, many of these families were members of the New Salem Church in Freedom Township of Washtenaw County near Ann Arbor. Such missions by the Lutheran Synod of Germany also established towns in the Saginaw Valley, such as Frankenmuth, Frankenlust, and Richville. This endeavor represents a partial listing of our Grassmann and Gall ancestors and relatives. It contains original research and material compiled from published sources. Source information is provided. This family history is a work in progress. Any corrections or additional information about the families listed here would be greatly appreciated. Please use this information as a guideline only, which should be verified with other sources. I hope that this website will be of value to those of you who are interested in the Gall, Grassmann, Bolzmann, and related families. Sandra Johnson Witt, PhD Gainesville, Florida