Hello To All- I'm hoping that someone out there who is researching Eng or Engh will read this and make a connection to their family.
My Engh/Eng ancestors were from Nes, Akershus, Norway. I have just recently found out that the original spelling was ENGH and not ENG but I have found them using both. Here is a brief history- JOHAN ANTONE ENGH (JOHN ANTONE ENG) b. 1834 Occupation-Master Tailor married in 1858 IMIGINE "GINA" OLINE SORENSEN (GINA ENG) b. 1837
They left Norway for the US in 1870 arriving in New York in late August. i believe they stayed in New York. There is a couple in the 1880 Census that may be them...I have not yet been able to verify them. At some point, they adopted a little girl. Her name was Virginia Margareth Eng. She was their blood related Niece. I'm not positive which side of the family.
THIS IS WHAT I NEED HELP WITH......If you have any family where there is a girl born and then just disappears...but you can't find death information on....I'm thinking this is the only way I'm going to be able to find out who her birth parent/s were. According to some information left by my grandmother, she received a visit in 1923 from a "distant" relative from Oak Park, IL. This woman told her that her mother was from a large family (7 brothers and 2 sisters)....and that her mother was adopted by her Uncle..this leads me to believe it was on John's side of the family. It was common in Norway to just give a child to another family member to raise.... Since it was a blood relation, I believe there wouldn't have been any adoption paperwork. According to this same note, the woman told her that her mother still had siblings living in the DAKOTAS and IOWA. Virginia died at only 32 from a lung ailment..leaving my grandmother and her younger brother too little to ask questions.... Her mother being adopted never became a subject until she received the visit and information from this "distant" relative. I don't have a name.... Any researchers with lines in IL,SD,ND,NY or IA....please contact me if you have any information you think may help.
John and Gina Eng(h) moved to San Francisco around 1900. Virginia (the adopted daughter) had married Casper Henry Lutterkort in 1898 in Birmingham, Alabama....joined them there when Virginia was pregnant with my Grandmother Madie Florence. Her younger brother was Henry Adolph.
John and his son-in-law (Casper Lutterkort) worked together as Tailors in San Francisco. The had a shop in the Phelan Building on Market and Geary.
If it is true that Virginia had so many siblings...there has to be someone out there that has information that might fit. I would have to imagine that she was born Virginia Margareth...If the couple in the census in NY is them, they didn't have a child living with them at that time. She would have been 5 in 1880....so that would mean she was adopted after that time. I can't imagine they would change her name at that age. She may have been born in Norway (family info)...but when I found her in the 1900 census in Alabama, it states she was born in NY...New York....so there is conflicting information there.
I don't have John/Johan's parents names......not yet. He had a brothers Christion and Emil. Gina's parents were Søren Nilsen & Gorine?? Dorthea Christensdatter. She had a sister named Gustava.
Hope we make a connection somewhere! Thanks for reading...