Max Figel (1842 - 1883) married Anna Biehler (1850 -1889).They had five children: Louisa (1873 - 1895);Henry Bernard (1875 - 1952); Anna (1877 - 1895); George J. (1880 - 1962) and Frederick (1882 - ?).
Both girls died young before marriage and children.
When Max died in 1883, his oldest child was only ten, his youngest an infant.Six years later, Anna died just a few days before her youngest child's 7th birthday.The oldest child was about sixteen.At some point after this, the children were split up. Louisa is listed in the 1892 census as being a domestic and living in the household of George Hite, a minister.Hite also had a daughter the same age as Louisa, so perhaps they were friends.Anna and Henry went to live with the next door neighbor, John Rickert, a butcher.George and Fred, the two youngest, were placed in the Albany Orphan Asylum - (currently called Parson's Child and Family Center).
Henry married Anna Kraft and had eight children.George married Margaret Welter and had eleven children.Fred left the Albany, New York area for Chicago.He married Bouwina Boult (sp?).Fred had no biological children, but he did adopt Bouwina's son from a previous marriage.
Max is buried in a cemetery on Krumkill Road in Albany, New York.His wife and daughters are also buried there.Only one headstone exists, which was placed by his wife Anna.Other than his name and dates of birth and death, the tombstone carries a simple inscription in German - "Hier ruht mein Gatte" (Here rests my husband).
Information on Max's family in Germany is also available.