August Furst (1874-1931) was my grandfather. I was not yet 5 years old when he died in April, 1931, so I have only a very hazy recollection of him. The family lived on Linden Street, in the Ridgewood section.
I am--or rather, had been--something of a "do-it-yourself" genealogist. His father--my great-grandfather--August Furst (more correctly Fürst) was born in November 1832 in Rippenberg, near Schwetzingen, in Baden. He came to the U.S. around 1857; he enlisted in April 1861, and served in Company "C," 8th New York Infantry. The brigade of which this regiment was a part was commanded by Brig. Gen. Julius H. Stahel, who was later awarded the Medal of Honor--the forerunner of the Congressional Medal.
Great-grandfather was very seriously wounded on June 8, 1862, at the battle of Cross Keys, Virginia. His name is listed on page 2.22 of "Fursts of the Civil War" published by Halbert's Family Heritage, but the company listed is incorrectly listed as "F" rather than "C."
Great-grandmother Hulda Behrens (sometimes spelled Behrend or Behrendt) was born in 1843 in Schwetz, near Kulm, in Westpreussen. I had planned on doing some research on this branch of the family, and joined the Arbeitsgemeinschaft ostdeutscher Familienforscher a few years ago. The records from Schwetz are preserved in Berlin at the Evangelisches Zentral archiv. Both these organizations have websites which you can check.
I am a retiree from Bayer USA; originally started with the company in New York (425 Park Avenue) as property accountant, and was transferred to company's U. S. headquarters in Pittsburgh in 1973.
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