I was so excited to get your answer. I really do not know much about the Raabe family except my two connections, Ida & Pauline but I will give you what I have. Our Pauline could be August's daughter. The information you have certainly confirms what I do have and adds more except for the wife of August FW. Where did you get the names for Auguste (Sproener or Zeuckner)? Was it the Rock Creek cemetery online? I have found so many instances where something is off just a bit but you can still figure it out if you can make other connections. We'll see what happens. The Ida information is even clearer. I will start with Ida's connection to our family.
Father-Georg Joachim Melcher born in Germany. Son John Martin Melcher (1821-1918) wife Christina Frederica Stein (1822-1893) This information On Georg comes from a descendant of John Frederick son of Oakley Arthur son of Frederick Wilhelm Melcher. I have not verified it other than newspaper articles that mention it.
I found three marriages in Cuming County with John Melcher and Christina Stein as parents. (1) August Melcher to Mary Krueger on June 10, 1870. (this is who we descend from) (2) Jno. Ernest Melcher to Martha Miller on Aug. 20, 1879. (3) Frederick W. Melcher to Miss Ida Rabe on Jan. 13, 1876.
Dec 1870 Cuming County West Point Precinct Census: John Melcher age 50 b. Prussia - farmer wife Christina age 49 b.Prussia - housekeeper (2) Son Ernest age 20 b. Wisconsin (3) Son Fred age 18 b. Wisconsin Dau. Bertha age 11 b. Wisconsin (she is listed as an idiot) Dau. Wilhelmina age 8 b. Wisconsin Dau. Louisa age 6 b. Wisconsin Dau. Minnie age 4 b. Nebraska (so they must have come to NE between 1865- 66) Son Herman age 2 b. Nebraska (1)Son August b. 1845 is shown on another page with wife Maria (Mary) Krueger. No children born until 1874
* Only 5 of John & Christina's children survived to adulthood. The 3 sons, Bertha & Henrietta (Mrs. Lewis Hotchkiss)
Here is a bit of information from a lady in Nebraska who has the Raabe family history 1864-1964 that she is copying and sending to me. She and I connect our families so far on two branches. You may notice the dates may not be exact. I have not verified everything but I do have a newspaper article regarding FW Melcher and it mentions the fire and is very interesting.
This is what she sent about the Raabe/Rabe name that is in The Raabe Family History
Ida Raabe Melcher daughter of Robert Ludwig Raabe, was born 1855 and died 1879. She died of burns from a lamp. She married Fred Melcher about 1874. They had two children: Edwin who died as a child, and Ida Melcher, who was born April 22, 1877, and died March 2, 1946. The daughter, Ida taught school for many years. She spent many summers and vacations with Stanton cousins. Raabe and Rabe are actually the same family. BUT! sometime way back when? there was a falling out between the brothers part of the dispute being the spelling of the name and from then on each claimed they were not related to the other. Why this carries on from one generation to the other I do not know. Robert Raabe, my Great Great Grandfather and his brother August Raabe and his wife and their families came to NE from WI in about 1856. They settled in Cumming County NE. When they traveled they changed the spelling to Rabe and went with that spelling for some time but Robert wanted to go back to the orignal spelling of Raabe and spent considerable money to get this done. August did not want to go back to the orignal spelling and from rumours passed down through the generations they no longer spoke. Robert and his family seem to have in time settled in Stanton County as both and his wife are buried in the Stanton, Ne cemetery.My great Grandfather was their son August Raabe who married Bertha Prawitz. They farmed near Stanton and in 1917 they built a house in Stanton and lived the rest of their lives there.
Pauline Rabe Paege I am in contact with another lady who descends from the Paege family as we do to. We descend from the daughter Ottelia who married Arnold Melcher, son of (1) above. So my husbands grandparents were first cousins, this always makes things interesting! Anyway, she gave me this information and so much more on the Paege family. If this is in fact the same Pauline, I have pictures and a family history of Pauline's daughter Olga. We are still working to verify.
Otto Paege married Pauline Rabe, age 20 born in Ger., daughter of August Rabe & Augute Schisner, on Dec. 21, 1882 in Cuming County. I will check but I believe she got this from marriage records. Otto F. Paege was the son of Robert & Dorothea Paege. 1. Otto Paege, born Jan. 1860, on Stanton Co., NE, Haymow Precinct census in 1900 with (second) wife Pauline Middlestadt, m. Nov. 17, 1887 in Cuming Co., NE, b. Oct. 1866 in NE, parents Carl Middlestadt and Amelia Kloth; and children Olga, b. Feb. 1885, Laura, b. Aug. 1888, Emma, b. Dec. 1889, Robert, b. Sep. 1981 and Helen, b. Mar. 1896. Note: Olga was born prior to the marriage, we believe this makes her first wife Pauline's daughter. It doesn't help to marry two Paulines either! I have been in contact with Otto's son Frank (97 years old) who does not show on this census as he was born in Canada where the family moved in 1903. I have not asked him about Pauline/Olga but plan to do that - soon.