Born around 1838 in the Schwerin area of Germany, Heinrich "Henry" Pommerencke came to the United States around 1850 at the approx. age of 12, possibly as a stowaway. He settled in Brooklyn, NY where he eventually met and married Katherina "Katie" Storck, the daughter of Johann Ludwig and Friedericke(Reeb)Storck. He served in the Civil War in the New York 46th Infantry as an ambulance wagon team driver. Henry and Katie had 7 children, some of which remained in NY while others moved across the Hudson into New Jersey and possibly elsewhere.
The Storcks were from Soedel, Hessen (Germany)and came to the US some time between 1847 and 1852. The children's names were Ludwig, Marie (Mary), Friedericke, Katherina (Katie), Magdalena and Charles.
Heinrich and Katherina's children where Charles, Louis, John, Mary, Louisa & Henry William, all of which were born in Brooklyn.
Some of the more common family tree names are as follows: Heimrath, Sohn, Kallenberger, Von Bergen, Bommersheim, Dillenberger, Mueller, Maher(Meagher), McKeogh, Gilchrist, Hagel, Doris(Dorris), Berkel, Ackermann, Hawley, Bird, Gallagher, Fuller, Fullerton, Hunt, May, McDonald & Caffrey.
The spelling of the name Pommerencke, does not seem to be as common in the US as it is in Germany. Some decendants may have shortened it to Pomerenke, Pommerenck, Pomrank etc. Other variations have been Pomring, Pomrink and Pommerening.
I would love to hear from anyone who may have information on my ancestors or who may have a family tie, even distantly.
Houston, Texas USA