This is a reply to Thomas Sindorf's posting of November 29, 2005. Your e-mail address (from Genealogy.com) is not valid, so this is the only way to respond. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I got a message from you via Genealogy Forum asking me to contact you. We have been in touch before, since I have you in my e-mail address list. However, I can’t find the string in my files, so I guess we never connected or I have to start over.
Sindorf is my mother’s family name. Her father was Raymon, his father was Frederick, and his father was Jacob, who was an older brother of Wilhelm’s. This Wilhelm Sindorf was one of three brothers who immigrated to Wisconsin in the 1850’s. My great great grandfather Jacob was the eldest. I am fairly certain that Jacob and Wilhelm and their wives came at or about the same time (1856). I have Jacob’s passport and naturalization papers. A third brother, Matthias came a bit later. He was the only one of the three to serve in the Civil War.
The three brothers and their sons worked together as carpenters, initially. Then as time went on, their sons pursued different careers and, as families do, the various Sindorf lines lost touch with each other. My uncle Tom Sindorf did not know he was related to the Sindorf who co-owned Sindorf and Stein Clothiers in Milwaukee from around the turn of the 20th century.
Anyway, if these facts match your family information, I have lots more information to share and can give you several other people I have “found” and e-mailed who come from this line. By the way, I also have a translation of the letter their father, Philipp Sindorf, wrote to them from Argenthal, Germany. I don’t yet know whether any others of this large family left Germany for the United States.
Thanks for contacting me, and I hope to hear from you soon.