The Gartz Family

by Ellen M. Rohr
additional information from Marilyn Rohr

[Wilhelmina Schmidt, the daughter of Dorothea Gartz and Johann Schmidt, married Charles Meineke.  Their daughter Leona Meineke married Alvin Jindra.]

Christian Gartz and Dorothea Tagert

CHRISTIAN GARTZ (surname sometimes seen as Garz or Gurtz), was born about 1817 in Riebau, Germany. He married DOROTHEA TAGERT. She was born 15 Feb 1815 also in Riebau. The couple brought their family to America in 1862.

Christian died 24 March 1867. He is buried in Pioneer Rest Cemetery, Two Rivers. Dorothea died 7 April 1903 and is buried in Wunders Cemetery, Chicago.

In the 1900 Federal census Dorothea is living with her daughter, Minnie, and son-in-law, William Kleist, in the 26th Ward in Chicago, District 783. She is shown as being the mother of 6 children. 6 are still alive.

The children of Christian and Dorothea Gartz:

  • Dorothea Gartz
  • Wilhelmine Gartz
  • Friedericke Gartz
  • Albertine Gartz
  • unknown Gartz
  • unknown Gartz

Wilhelmine, known as Minnie, married William Kleist. Minnie and William were boarding house keepers in a home at 959 Clybourn Ave, Chicago. They had five children. Two were still surviving in 1900.

Lena, one of the two surviving children, was born Sept 1875 in Illinois.

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