I'm descended from Peter's older sister, Johanna (1857-1923), who married Johann/John Metz at St. John, Town of Woodville, Calumet Co., WI on 6 July 1875.Johanna was my great-grandmother.I don't have Peter's actual birthdate, but from census info, he was born circa 1862.(Are we talking about the same person??)
The "children," in order of birth from from oldest to youngest, were JOHANNA, Nicholas, Franz, PETER, Elizabeth, Anna, Joseph, and Mathias.
Among the (relatively few) photos I have of the Philippi branch of the family is one marked "Mary Kuemmel's parents," taken on their wedding day at Groh's Studios in Sheboygan, WI, which has been tentatively identified as Peter Philippi and Mary Braun.Does the "Kuemmel" name show up on your family tree?If so, we may be on the "same track" with our research.
I have not yet tried to track down the descendants of Peter and Mary, but have been concentrating on Peter's parents, Peter ("Sr.") and Anna Maria (Sehr) and their ancestors.
Peter (Sr.) was killed in an accident in 1885, and the family apparently fell on "hard times" (i.e., the farm was sold at a sheriff's sale, the kids "scattered," etc.)It has been extremely difficult to document this family, but I have managed to assemble SOME information on Peter and Johanna's parents, their origins in the Rhineland, and "bits and pieces" of related information.When their mother died in 1909, Peter was listed as living in Milwaukee, but it also referred to three other sons, "whose whereabouts are unknown."
Because of the various spellings of "Philippi - Philippi - Phillipi," etc., and the number of people with those names in their "trees," it's been difficult to locate ancestors of this particular family.I'm hoping that some of this information will point to a "match," because I'd love to share what I've found with some other direct descendants.If our "cousin connection" can be verified, it might give us both some new direction for our searches.
So...does any of this "track" with your information?I'll keep my fingers crossed!