My mother's ancestors came from Germany. Her father's name was John Henry Wolf, and her mother was Anna Taphorn.
Henry's parents were Joseph Heinrich Wolf (b. 1842 in Prussia, d. 1926 in Cincinnati), son of Lucas Wolf, and Franzisca Brüegge (b. 1821 in Cincinnati, d. 1920 in Cincinnati), daughter of John Bernard Brüegge and Elizabeth Termer. Joseph Heinrich was reported in the 1920 Census to have been naturalized in 1877. He and his wife were buried in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Henry Wolf was born on 25 Mar 1874 in Cincinnati. Henry worked for his father in his dairy business, which was located a little north of Mt. Healthy, Ohio. He died on 5 Mar 1919 as a result of the influenza epidemic that swept the country in 1918-19. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery. His mother died of influenza the following year.
I read that this was one of the most devastating epidemics the country has experienced. It killed at least 21 million people worldwide, possibly as many as 50 million, and killed 700,000 people in the U. S. (2-3% of the population). A quarter of the U. S. population had the flu during this pandemic.
Source: Paul Recer, Associated Press, 3/21/1997
There is a family group sheet for the Wolf family in pdf format.
I've compiled information about the recorded birthplaces of foreign-born Wolfs in Cincinnati in the 1850-1870 Censuses. The later Censuses tended to give the localities of their births, rather than the county, which is more helpful in tracing people back to their origins.
After Henry Wolf died, Anna married John Fritz on 22 Feb 1922. They had one daughter, and raised the children of Henry and Anna until their maturity. Anna was born on 29 Jul 1883 in Cincinnati, and died on 22 Oct 1963. She was buried in Arlington Memorial Gardens, Mt. Healthy, Ohio.
John Fritz was born 6 Jan 1883 in Cincinnati, a son of William Fritz and Caroline Brossart. He died on 9 Aug 1979, and is buried in Arlington Memorial Gardens.
Anna's parents were Heinrich Taphorn and Maria Feldhaus, who married on May 1, 1866 in Cincinnati at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was born in Oldenburg, in northern Germany on May 1, 1841. He was six feet tall, had blue eyes, brown hair, a ruddy complexion, and weighed 245 pounds in his later years. Heinrich emigrated on the ship Schiller from Bremen to Baltimore, arriving on October 26, 1860, and worked as a teamster in Cincinnati. He served in the Civil War in Company A, 4th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry Volunteers from September 8, 1862 to June 24, 1865. Following the war, he continued to work as a teamster until failing health forced his retirement. Henry died on 20 Nov 1917, and was buried on 23 Nov 1917 in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Henry Taphorn, beloved husband of the late Mary Taphorn (nee Feldhaus), suddenly, Tuesday, November 20 at 3:30 p.m. aged 76 years. Funeral Friday from residence of his daughter, Mrs. August Selzer, 4928 Marion av. East Norwood, at 8:30 a.m. Requiem high mass at St. Peter and Paul's Church at 9 a.m. Autos leave Busse & Bergmann Co.'s office at 7:30 a.m.
From a clipping sent by Velma Schonder.
Maria Feldhaus was born in Germany on 21 Jul 1846. The part of Germany she was from is unclear from the existing records. (The inscription on her memorial is difficult to read in the photo on the above Web page.) She died on 14 Jul 1908, and was buried on 16 Jul 1908 in St. Joseph Cemetery, next to her husband.
On Tuesday the 14th of July 1908 at 6:35 in the morning, at the age of 62 years, Mary Taphorn, born Feldhaus, in her residence at 1173 Sherman Avenue. The Funeral will take place at 7:30 this morning from the funeral home. Requiem High Mass in St. Heinrich's Church at 8 A. M. Friends are cordially invited by the grieving surviving relatives.
From the July 16 issue of the Cincinnati Freie Presse, p. 8.
Translated from the original German.
There is a family group sheet for the Taphorn family in pdf format.
I've compiled records of Taphorns living in Cincinnati from the 1850-1870 Censuses. A sizable percentage said they were from Oldenburg, especially in the 1860 Census. I've only been able to trace one Taphorn back to German records, but as more become available online, I expect to be able to trace more.
Note: I read in Angus Baxter's book In Search of Your German Roots that boys were sometimes given first names in honor of a grandfather or other relative, but that these names were never actually used. The middle name was the one that would be used in addressing them. The Wolf family has two examples of that practice. Joseph Henry Wolf and his son John Henry Wolf both went by their middle names, although in one Census return the name Joseph was used instead of Henry.
I also read on this Web page that it was customary to give a spiritual name as a first name, and a call name as a second given name. It was the call name that was the everyday name.
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