My name is Roger Borcherding.My grandfather, Henry Borcherding, came to the U.S. from Vilsen, Province Hanover, Germany at the age of 16, entering at New York. He lived in Belmont, WI except for 5 years in Sutherland, IA. Coming to the U.S. with him was a teenage friend, John Stauffregen, who settled in Elgin, IL. Apparently some of my grandfathers relatives also migrated to the Elgin, IL area from Germany. My grandfather had seven children:
Dora, born 4/8/1892, married Ferdinand Masbruch 1/22/1892, died 5/4/1984 at Platteville, WI;
Carl, born 9/20/1893, married Catherine Landon 5/27/1924, died 9/5/1957 at Platteville, WI;
Harry (my father), born 9/12/1895, married Velma Bailey 12/25/1929, died 8/29/ 1971 at Madison WI;
Lena, born 10/1/1897, married Elmer Riechers 10/24/1917, died 4/12/1987 at Platteville WI;
John, born 3/3/1901, married Inez Bockhop 12/8/1926, died 2/21/1978 at Salem, OR;
William, born 3/9/ 1905, married Agnes Bockhop 10/22/1930, died 5/5/1993 at Dodgeville, WI;
Henry, born 8/31/1908, married Francis Elizabeth "Beth" Doescher 8/19/1938, died 5/2/1968 at Dodgeville, WI
My grandfather's parents were Wilhelm Borcherding and Hanna (Danker aka. Deckter) Borcherding of Vilsen, Germany. There are relatives still living in Vilsen who were visited by my first cousin while he was stationed in Germany in the 1960's. I have information indicating my great grandfather had 14 children. I have a picture of these great grandparents, one of their mothers (unidentified) and 4 children (unidentified), the two oldest are girls. Following is what I know about the children:
Karl born 10/26/1862, died in 1932 in Germany;
Dora born in 1864, married Charles Brinkman, died in 1964 in Elgin, IL;
Henry born 10/31/1866, married Sophia Amenda 12/1/1890, died 11/13/1953 in Platteville, WI;
Sophie born ?, married a Stauffregen;
Marie born 5/20/1870, married a Wohlers, died in 1930 in Vilsen Germany;
Dietrick born 9/2/1873, never married, died in 1959 in U.S.;
Georgborn 9/27/1877, died in 1965 in Germany;
Wilhelm born ?, married Frances Teasdale;
No info yet on the other children.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone with knowledge about this family.
P.S. I also have info on the Borcherding name and coat of arms.