Grab a cup of hot chocolate and a comfy chair and let me tell you a story! Yesterday I wrote about Clara TURK WOLF. Today I want to tell you about her father-in-law, Charles Johann WOLF- Bart’s 2nd great grandfather. If you’re lighting Yarzeit candles with me, go ahead and light yours. Charles passed away on this date in 1946 and today we’re going to honor his life and remember him.

Charles and Therese BRUMM WOLF with some of their children.

Charles was born in 1857 to Heinrich and Christiana CHRISHARD WOLF. Some records state he was born in Prussia (a kingdom of the German Empire in 1857). You can find a Prussian map circa 1857 at University of Alabama Historical Maps of Europe digital collection. They have a map of Saxony there as well.

Charles was the brother of William’s Uncle Ernest who was mentioned in yesterday’s post. Charles’ family began their immigration journey to the United States from Germany in 1874. Here is a Hamburg passenger list dated 16 October 1874 listing Charles’ mom Sophia (that was her middle name), Charles who went by Carl, and his younger brother Ferdinand (who later went by Fred). These three departed from Hamburg, Germany and came to New York, USA via Liverpool, England on the steamship Hansa. The captain was Captain BRANDT (a surname that came up in yesterday’s post) and the shipping clerk was M. Otto W. Möller.

Sophia, Charles, and Ferdinand WOLF on the passenger list.

A photo of the steamship Hansa found at Roger Kreuz’s website where you can also learn more about the steamship Hansa.

Another family that jumped out at me from the passenger list was the BRUMM family including Charles’ future wife, Therese Rosa.

Both the WOLF and BRUMM families on the passenger list.

The passenger list shows that Charles was 16 years old at the time the family immigrated. The family was residing at Crimmitschau, Sachsen at the time of immigration. Sachsen was another Kingdom State in the German Empire in the 1870’s. You would recognize it better as ‘Saxony’. (There are some beautiful photos of Crimmitschau online at Crimmitschau’s official website. You can also google for images and even Youtube videos.)

Circa 1840 postcard scene of Crimmitschau found on Wikipedia with original credits to Saxonia Museum fuer saechsische Vaterlandskunde (a Saxon museum).

Just a note about the immigration date. Charles gave an immigration date of 1873 on more than one census record and Bart’s Uncle Bob- who knows far more about this family than I do- says that Charles, along with his dad (Henry) and brothers (Christopher, Ernest, and Fred), came to America in 1875. I am by no means an immigration expert- I’m barely a beginner in that area so I am giving you all of the information I have available to me. I know some families immigrated in small groups at different times meaning some came earlier than others so it’s entirely possible to have multiple immigration dates in one little family. One interesting immigration story that Bart’s Uncle Bob told me was that when Charles and his dad and brothers arrived in Michigan Charles, his dad Henry, and the two younger brothers settled in upper Sanilac County in the thumb of Michigan but their brother Christopher continued on to Alpena, Alpena County, Michigan which is in the northern part of Michigan. Christopher’s branch then began spelling their last name WOLFE.


On 20 November 1884 in Delaware, Sanilac County, Michigan (where both the WOLF and BRUMM families had settled after immigration) Charles WOLF and Therese BRUMM married. Together they had at least 9 children, four of whom had passed away by the time the census taker came in 1900. The year his son Wallace was born (1896), Charles also became a naturalized American. If I’m reading the census abbreviations correctly, Theresa was not naturalized in 1900 at the time of the census.

Uncle Bob told me Charles was a stone mason and a farmer. Charles built many chimney’s in the Delaware, Michigan area. When my mother-in-law’s and Bob’s dad, Carl, built his house about 1945 or so, Charles wanted to build the chimney. Carl wouldn’t let him because at that point Charles was much too feeble to do the job.

Charles’ wife Therese passed away in 1907. To my knowledge, he never remarried. Charles lived another 39 years without Therese. Charles and Therese are buried together at St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery in Minden City, Sanilac County, Michigan.

There’s a lot more to Charles’ life but I’m going to leave his story for now. We’ll revisit him in October of this year to celebrate his birthday. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about him with me. Don’t forget to check in tomorrow when I’ll be talking about Bart’s grandma, Esther MOELLER WOLF, and then again on Saturday when I’ll recap the entire week and include information and stories that didn’t quite make it into the blog posts about all the ancestors we’ve learned about this week. Also, if you can’t get enough of historical and genealogical stories, head on over to my sister-in-law Becky’s blog and read about her people.

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives blog

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