My grandfather, John Grell, was born in Keisd in 188a.He came to Cleveland Ohio in 1905/1906.He married Katherine Krauss in 3/1906 in Elyria OH.Their first born, Katherine was born in 1907.About 1908, they returned to Europe, had two additional children, Susan in 1909 and Margaret in 1911.I found today his naturalization card stating he arrived back here in 1912.He purchased property here early in 1914.A fourth child, Michael was born in 8/1914.From then until 1923, I have no real record for them.The property they purchased was considered farmland/suburb of Cleveland until 1923 and from what older cousins have indicated, they lived and worked a farm in Brooklyn township.The house built on property here wasn't occupied until 1926.A fifth child George, was born in 1923 and Jeanette, my mother was born in 1926.
My grandfather shared very little with any of us and until recently I did not know that he had siblings, most of whom remained in Europe. My mother had written their names on a piece of paper, which I found in my father's family genealogy book.
There was a Michael Grell, a little older than John, that resided at the same place in 1906 according to city directories.He apparently was from the same village.I have been unable to determine if Michael was John's older brother or cousin.Children descended from Michael and I have communicated recently and there are too many factors that could indicate that we are related.Marriages in both lines between Grells and Fograschers, the name Knall, Scheel, Zekeli, are familiar to both lines.Stories from both sides indicated those who married Catholic were banned from the family.
I also know that he returned to Europe at some point after 1914, but I don't know if his wife and children returnec with him.I can't confirm any location here until 1923.I know he was there in 1917, as I had found a shipping tag with that date. I also was told that he returned to Europe several times to bring people to Ohio as he 'sponsored' several individuals.I also have been unable to locate his point of entry in to the US.
My grandfather John, married Katherine Krauss, who was raised in a convent, soon to become a nun, and one of the other Grell family's uncles was always shunned.Both grandparents rarely shared information about their families in Europe.
I had traveled in August 2006 with the ATS to Transylvania and was able to communicate with a woman in Keisd,visited the church,but unfortunately was unable to access church records or visit the cemetery, due to a knee injury.The woman informed me that there were descendants of a Grell-Fograscher union who lived a few houses away, but they were not home at the time.A few days later, I might have been able to make connections with other relations that would be arriving from Germany for a visit.I seemed to miss all the connections.
I understand that all the church records were actually in Schassburg and if I could write to the bishop there, I might be able to get some information.Does anyone know what that address is, and how exactly to I address the envelope - here it is:
city, state, zip
I know the the numbers are much different in Romania.Is there an email address?
It is a long story, but before I left for Europe, I had made connections with the grandniece of the woman I visited.After my return, she informed me that she knew my mother's cousin and then supplied me with information which I did not have.
My great great grandfather:
AMichael Grell b. 2/11/1802 d. 1860 m. Susanna Klemens b 12/10/1805 d. 12/9/1879
My great grandfather
BMichael Grell b. 3/2/1843 d.10/9/1892m. Dorothea Ehrmannb. 12/29/1854d. 3/25/1942
Their children (that I know of)
1 (My grandfather)John Grell b. 4/4/1881 d. 1958 m. Katherine Krauss 3/1906, b. 1883 d 1932
Katherine Grell b. 1907 Cleveland, OH d. 1978
Susan Grell b. 1909 Europe d. 1992
Margaret Grell b. 1911 Europe d. 1974
Michael Grell b. 1914 Cleveland, OH d. 1981
George Grell b. 1923 Cleveland, OH d., 1976
Jeanette Grell b. 1926 Cleveland, OH d. 1976
Susanna Grell b. 4/1/1889 d. 9/6/1976 m. Rudolf Gutkowski b. 1/26/1879 d. 12/27/1941
Hildegard Gutkowski b. 6/26/1912
Susanna Gutkowski b. 6/17/1909 d. 5/5/1940
Rudolf Gutkowski b. 9/29/1917 d. 1999
Alfred b. 11/17/1925 d. Austria
Sarah Grell m. Andy Zekeli
Katherine Grell m. John Fograscher
Dorothea Grell m. John Scheel
Andy Scheel 8/23/1897 Trans. d. 1982 OHm. Katherine Herberth b. 1901 d. 1981 OH
Andrew Schhel b. 7/19/1935 OH d. 11/28/1989 OH m. 1959 Katherine Dietrickb. abt 1940
Dorothy Scheel b. 1924 OHm. ? Szabo b. 193? d. ?
The other Grell family in Cleveland (as you view the names and dates, you will see why I'm assuming their relationship.
I also know that George Albert Grell resided in Elyria, Lorain, OH around the time my grandfather John, married Katherine Krauss in 1906.George Albert Grell was the uncle in their line that married Catholic.
Descendants of ? Grell
2Michael "Michel" Grell b: Abt. 1878 in Transylvania -d: Bet. 1930 - 1939 in OH
+Sarah P. "Sara" Fograscher b: Abt. 1878 in Trans.
m: Abt. 1898 d: 12/1951 in OH
3Pauline R. Grell b: 12/26/1900 in OH d: 6/1/1991 FL
+Arthur "Arthur Jantz" Gantz b: Abt. 1901 in OH m: 1925 d:1/1971 in FL
3William M. Grell b: 10/2/1902 d: 6/23/1977 OH.
+Mary M. Roberts b: 10/8/1907 m: <1938 d: 11/11/2003 OH
3 Ida Grell b: 6/24/1904 OH d: 6/1973 in OH
+Joseph Wehner b: 7/3/1902 PA m: <>1929 d: 4/1984 in OH
3Albert G. Grell b: 6/24/1906 OH d:1/1983 OH
+Rose Marie Magoch b: 1911 WV m: <> 1946 d: 12/1/1961 OH
3Elsie "Ellsie" Grell b: 12/1/1907 OH d: 10/23/1999 OH
+Gunnar Jacobson b: 3/18/1904 Sweden m: <1939 OH d: 1/6/1965 OH
2George Albert Grell b: 8/12/1890 Transylvania d: 1/27/1958 OH
+Elizabeth Smolka b: 8/6/1893OH m: <>1914 d: 8/16/1966 in OH
3Joseph Grell d: Aft. 1958
3Edward A. Grell b: 8/1914 in OH d: Aft. 1958
Any connections, leads, etc. would be truly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!