My 2nd great grandparents, Heinrich (Friedrick) Heinke, and his wife Eliese (Schroebke), along with their two daughters, landed in New York at Castle Garden on October 27, 1860. The ship’s record indicates that they had been living in Bretwisch (West Pomerania) Prussia (later a part of East Germany) before going to Hamburg to board the ship, “Deutschland”. They arrived in Eldorado Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI in the fall of 1860. Three children, including my great grandmother Laura, were born to them while living there. In 1879, they moved to the farm in Royalton Township, Waupaca Co. Laura would have been 17 at the time. Four years later she married Frank Weller.
We have been unable to trace the Heinke line farther back than Heinrich. His father may have been name Karl, but that hasn’t been substantiated. Heinrich and Eliese are buried in Little Wolf Cemetery – Manawa, Waupaca Co.