I too, am happy to finally have a forum for my family's name.Our emigrant ancester was Christian Macke, who came to America from Hanover Germany around 1857.He settled in southwest Wisconsin (Grant Co.) near Potosi Wi.,at an area called British Hollow.He was born 14July1799 and died 1July1879.He is interred at British Hollow Cemetery along with his wife Dorthea (Vesperman) born 11Sep1810 and died 20Mar1897.They were married in Germany (no date or location), and had two sons who were born in Germany and came to America with them. (I have no information on the ship, nor the port of entry.)
Frederick, born 22May1837 died 2Mar1912. He married Cecelia Mueller, born 2Mar1845 and died May 1916.I think they are interred at Platteville, Wi. Frederick chose to add a "y" to the end of his name, spelling it "Mackey".Their children were, Minnie A. (b 24Aug1874 dunknown), a female child who died in infancy on 27Sep1880, Amelia (b 1864, d 1946) married Luther Schmalken - lived in Orleans Ne.), Harry C. (b 1876, d 1961) lived in Lincoln, Ne., Gussie Jeanette (b 1881, d 1957) (married Ed Krog), Beata (unknown dates) (married a Kemler), and William F. (b 1884, d June 1933) married Jessie Orton.
Henry, born 18June1841, died 29Apr1924.He first married Johanna Moehrig (b 30May1843, d 27Feb1870) on 4Dec1865 in Milwaukee Wi. They had two sons, Albert (b 5Oct1866, d 8Jan1957) married Anna Sophie Bryhan/Broihahn (b 1Jun1866, d 19Jun1956) on 3Mar1891, and Henry (b 4Apr1868, d 1943) married on 18Jan1893 to Odelle Bryhan (b 1870, d 1937).After the death of Johanna, Henry married Barbara Miller/Muller (b 11Jun1852, d 7Feb1872) on 14Dec1870.They had one son, William (b 2Feb1872, d 7Mar1957) married first to Myala Dawson (b 2Jul1870, d14Aug1944) on 12Apr1899, second to Bessie L. Harper Riggs on 21Dec1944.Barbara died and Henry married again, to Johanna Kuester (b 29Feb1856, d 28Jan1917) on 10Jun1874. They had 4 children, Fredericka (b 7Jan1875, d 28May1946) married Edward Meyer (b20Mar1874, d 11Dec1941) on 27Dec1895, August ( b 10Feb1877, d 6Jan1878), Clara (b 15Mar1882, d 23Nov1945) married Thoedore Langmeier (b 29Jan1877, d 6Dec1945) on 24May1904, and Wallace H. (b 24Jul1886, d 23Mar1951) married Mary Regina Uppena (b 18Jan1886, d 23Mar1942) on 18Jan1916. Henry and all three wives are interred at British Hollow Cemetery. Henry's children remained in southwest Wisconsin.
I am decended from Albert and Anna Macke, through their second son Clarence who was my grandfather.I have had trouble tracing my family back to Germany.I don't know who Christian and Dorthea's ancesters were,nor where in Hanover area of Germany they came from.They came to America with two sons, but may have left some older children in Germany.(Christian was 37 years old and Dorthea was 27 years old when Frederick was born.Since I don't know the date of their marriage, I can assume the possibility of older children who had established themselves in their homeland and chose not to travel to America.)Furthermore, I have had trouble tracing Frederick's side of the family. Though Frederick chose to spell his name "Mackey", that doesn't mean the following generations chose to do the same.I would welcome any help from anyone.You may respond by adding a followup to this message, or by contacting me at my e-mail address.