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My great great great grandfather was Christian Doering who at one time lived in the Province of Hanover, Germany. His son was my great great grandfather, Carl Doering, born January 18, 1837 in the province of Hanover, Germany, lived in the area of Zu-Pederfitz in the town of Korlin near the Persante River which flows into the North Sea, northeast of Berlin. At the age of 43, Carl immigrated to America with his wife and three children (August, my great grandfather, Wilhelmina and Caroline) departing from Bremen, Germany, on the ship Donau, arriving in New York on April 12, 1880. Carl settled in St. Louis where he worked as a laborer, according to his death certificate. Carl died April 5, 1922, of cerebral apoplexy with arterio sclerosis as a contributing factor and is buried in Concordia Cemetery, St.Louis. There is no headstone for either Carl or his wife, Johanna (nee Doering same surname as Carl). Their daughter, Wilhelmina (Minnie) is buried next to them.
Carl's wife, Johanna Doering (same surname as Carl) was the daughter of John Doering and Carolina Schissllein(sp?). Johanna was born about August 22, 1846 but there was other info discovered that said Johanna was born about 1839. Johanna's occupation was listed as a homemaker. Johanna died May 24, 1927, of general arterio sclerosis with apoplexy cerebral hemorrhage as a contributing factor and is buried in Concordia Cemetary, St. Louis. The ship Donau's passenger list says that she was 41 and born about 1839 when she immigrated, but her death certificate says she was 81 when she died in 1927 making her 34 when she immigrated and her birth year 1846.
The ship's passenger list stated that Carl Doering was a farmer. No family member had heard of a third child accompanying them, which leads us to believe that their youngest daughter, Caroline, age four at the time they left Germany, died before the family reached St.Louis.
Heinrich Wolters, my great great grandfather, was born March 17, 1833 possibly in Charleburg, Berlin, Germany. Henry Wolters was some kind of supervisor for the city of St.Louis and helped my other great great grandfather Carl Doering find a job in Carl's later years. Henry died February 23, 1909 in St. Louis.
Henry's first wife, Louise Sachleben, my great great grandmother, was born December 25, 1839. The Sachleben family came from an area called Thuringia, near the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) area of Germany. Henry and Louise were married May 30, 1857. Their children were Friedrich, Heinrich, Bertha, Louise, Emma (my great grandmother), Wilhelm, Louis, Herman and Anna. Louise died January 20, 1904.
Henry's second wife, Charlotte Butt was born in 1857. Henry and Charlotte's children were Gustav, Ida, Otto, Oscar, Martin, Minnie and Carl. Gustav, Otto, Martin and Carl all died in infancy.
August Doering, my great grandfather, was born August 31, 1865 in the province of Hanover, Germany. August was educated in Germany and probably did not attend school in America. August was 14 years old when he immigrated to America. August married Maria Eckelman approximately 1891. Maria died May 3, 1894 with no children. August stayed in contact with Maria's parents, taking his children to visit the Eckleman's at their farm till they moved to another state. August died on April 16, 1948 from hardening of the arteries and is buried in Concordia Cemetary in St. Louis.
Emma Wolters Doering, my great grandmother, was born November 16, 1867 in St. Louis. She worked as a housekeeper for Rev. Bartels till she married. August is reported to have asked her to marry him first, but her father would not approve, wanting her to stay and help care for the family. After Maria died, August asked Emma again, and this time she refused to say no. Emma died February 9, 1945 of breast cancer. She is buried in Concordia Cemetery in St.Louis on Bates Ave.
August and Emma were married on April 19, 1897. They were truck farmers in Afton, MO, south of St.Louis selling their fruits and vegetables and raising cows, pigs, chickens and eggs for themselves. Their horses Topsy and Kate pulled the plow, and when the horses needed rest, Emma pulled the plow while August guided it. They later moved to St.Louis where they both held a variety of jobs.
August and Emma had 6 children: Lydia, Emma, Friedrich Louis August "Gus" (my grandfather), Martin (died in infancy), Herman and Martha.
Gus Doering, my grandfather, was born November 28, 1904. He held many different jobs including motorcycle stunt rider, policeman among others. He died on August 26, 1974.
Gus's first wife was Marie Scherer Doering, my grandmother.
Marie was born March 14, 1904. She died December 9, 1977. I'll never forget the drive to St.Louis for her funeral since it was during winter and around the time a freezing rain hit central Illinois which we had to drive through. I was sixteen and had just learned to drive. It was a nerve racking drive because you could slip off the road so easily. We had to get to St.Louis asap to help with the arrangements. I took my turn at the wheel and have never been so nerve racked in my life.
Gus and Marie had 2 children, Melvin, born May 25, 1926, (my father) and Norman, born February 22, 1929. Uncle Norm died December 5, 2002. Norm is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery. Norm was married to Karla Knaus Doering on March 30, 1957. They have one daughter, Denise, who lives in Blue Springs, MO (Kansas City).
Gus's second wife was Grace Keller Doering. Gus and Grace had 2 children, Terry, born January 8, 1945 and David, born June 8, 1952. Terry was married to Kathy Purtell Doering on August 18, 1972. They have one son, Christopher. David was married to Marleen Sukolik Doering.
Melvin married my mother, Martha Elizabeth (Liz) Steyer Doering on July 4, 1954 in Lafe, Arkansas.
Mel and Liz live in Valparaiso, IN and had 6 children, Norman born June 5, 1955 in Valparaiso, Donna born October 6, 1956 in Appleton, WI, Melvin Edward born October 9, 1958 in St.Louis, Terry (myself) born April 18, 1961 in St.Louis, Rebecca born April 26, 1967 in St.Louis, David born September 29, 1968 in St.Louis.
Norm lives in Valparaiso and is a free lance artist, Donna is a law librarian with Arnold & Porter of Washington DC and lives in Arlington, VA. She is married to Andrew Gelfman. Melvin Edward lives in Valparaiso and works for a cardboard producer as a machine operator. Terry lives in Indianapolis and is a former trucking company dispatcher. He is married to Jill Hall Doering. Terry had three children by a previous marriage to Rebecca Shelton Doering of Mt.Vernon, IL, Dustin Ty, born September 12, 1985 currently serving in Okanawa, Japan in the U.S. Marine Corp. and engaged to Paulette Hollis of San Antonio, TX, Christian Dane, born February 2, 1988 and works as an assistant restaurant manager in Mt.Vernon, IL and will be attending the Flashpointe/Tribeca Media Arts Academy in Chicago. Danielle was born June 28, 1984 and died on November 26, 2001 in an automobile accident. Becky lives in Bloomington, MN and works in the fleet services department of G.E. Leasing. Becky is married to Mark Serstock. Becky and Mark have 2 children, Megan, born October 12, 1999 and Kiana, born May 5, 2002. David lives in McKinney, TX and works for Tango Management Consulting in Irving, TX as a Senior Consultant in the Retail Analytics area.