According to a descendant of Alvine (Zordel) Henspeter Dombrowsky, John and Caroline Zordel along with two of their children, Alvine and August immigrated to America in the summer of 1874. Caroline reportedly died in August of 1874. Their daughter Hulda Zordel had immigrated prior to this with a family she was working for. Another son Albert Zordel immigrated in 1873. Their son William J. Zordel and his family immigrated in 1887. A son, Karl Zordel stayed in “Prussia” and his daughters Bertha and Augusta Zordel immigrated later. All those who immigrated lived in Berrien County, Michigan. This name is spelled Zordel, Zordell, Zardel, Yordell and even Sordel in Berrien County records.
August Zordel moved on to Ness County, Kansas. Eight of his children were born in Ransom, Ness County, Kansas, between 1890-1904.
According to these records John and Caroline (Neitzel) Zordel had children:
William J. Zordel b. 17 Jan 1847 in Germany
Hulda Zordel b. 28 Apr 1848 in Berlin, Germany
Karl Zordel stayed in “Prussia”
Albert Zordel b. 24 Nov 1850 in Lossin, Pommern
August Helm Zordel b. 06 Jun 1858 in Germany
Alvina Laura Zordel b. 09 Jan 1861 in Sellin, Pommern
A living relative in Germany, Andreas Zordel has helped compile these dates and places. Albert Zordel was born in Lossin in the District Stolp, Pommern. Alivina Zordel was born in Sellin in the District of Rummelsburgh, Pommern. Pommern was an old Prussian province in Northern Germany also known as Pomerania. Pommern was located south of the Baltic Sea and West of Poland. In 1815 all of Pomerania came under Prussian control.
The books Germans To America, edited by Ira A. Galzier and P. William Filby and published in 1996 by Scholarly Resources Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware, volume 31, December 1873-December 1874 contains the following:
On June 23, 1874 the ship “Nevada” arrived in New York last from Liverpool and Oueenstown with German passengers:
Zerdell, Johann who was 52 years of age and was a farmer
Zerdal, Mrs. who was 57 years of age
Zerdal, Alvine who was 13 years of age
Zerdal, August who was 15 years of age and was a laborer
This is John and Caroline Zordel with two of their youngest children. Alvine Zordell married 1st Christoph Henspeter and 2nd Adolph Dombrowsky.
Volume 54, January 1887-June 1887 contains the following:
On May 20, 1887 the ship “Weser” arrived in Baltimore from Bremen, Germany. Aboard this ship were:
Zordel, Emilie who was 41 years of age
Zordel, Elsie who was 9 years of age
Zordel, Anna who was 7 years of age
Zardal, Wilhelm who was 40 years of age and was a farmer
Zardal, Emil who was 9 years of age
Zardal, Bertha who was 5 years of age.
This appears to be William J. Zordel as listed above. It is not clear who Emilie Zordel was? William’s wife was named Emelia and this may actually be the record of one family?
Liber E page 181 of the Berrien County Marriage Records shows that Hulda Zadel (Zordel) married Frederick Albert Westphal in St. Joseph, Michigan on 29 Sep 1873. She was 21 years of age. Their witnesses were John Westphal and Mrs. Emily Westphal. Hulda was born in "Zilia Court, Berlin, Germany" and Frederick was born in "Tangin Court Biton, Prussia".
Liber D page 376 of the Berrien County Death Recods shows that Hattie Hulda (Zordel) Westphal died on 17 Feb 1922 in St. Joseph. She was 72 years, 9 months and 21 days old when she died. According to this record she would have been born 04 May 1849 in "Germany". Her father was listed as John Zordell born in Germany and Caroline Nitzel who was also born in Germany.
Liber G page 273 of the Berrien County Marriage Records shows that Emile Zordl (Zordel) married Matilda Ladwig in St. Joseph on 13 Feb 1897. Both were living in St. Joseph and were born in "Germany". His father was William Zordl and his mother was Emila Klau. Matilda's mother was Wilhelmine Ladwig and her father's name was not listed. Their witnesses were Franz Ladwig and Lisce Zordl.
Liber C of the Berrien County Death Records lists the death of Wilhelm Zordell. He died on 30 Aug 1910 from a "Ry Accident" (Railway ?). He was 63 years, 7 months and 13 days old at the time of his death. His birth date would have been 17 Jan 1847 according to this record. The record states he was a "farmer" and he was born in Germany. His father was listed as Johona Zordell and his mother as Caroline Nitgte (Neitzel?). This was Alvina's brother. He was the son of John and Caroline Zordel who are buried next to Alvina in the Lakeview Cemetery in St. Joseph.
William (Wilhelm) Zordel filed an intention to become a citizen on 30 Apr 1890 in St. Joseph
William Zordel’s wife was Emelia Klau. Emelia Zordel died in Bainbridge Township as a widow on 14 Sep 1928. She was 83 years, 1month and 12 days old when she died. Her birth date would have been 02 Aug 1845. William and Emeila Zordel are buried in the Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Albert Zordel filed an intention to become a citizen on 19 Apr 1879 in St. Joseph. His citizenship certificate was granted 26 Oct 1890. It says he was about 43 years of age and left Hamburg, Germany for the U.S. in 1873 arriving in Michigan that same year. He would have been born about 1847.
Emil Zordell died on 11 Aug 1944 in Baroda. He was the son of William and Emelia (Klau) Zordell. His wife Mathilde was still living at the time of his death. The record says he was born in Pommern, Germany. He was 71 years, 11 months and 12 days old when he died. His birth date would have been 31 Sep 1872. Matilda (Mathilde) Zordell died 30 Mar 1947. She was born 03 Mar 1875 in Pommern, Germany. Matilda’s father was Frederick Ladwig and her mother was Wilhelmina Krugel. She died in the St. Joseph Hospital.
Alfred Zordell married Florence Brown on 03 Jul 1924 in St. Joseph. Alfred was listed as a bank teller from Niles, Michigan. His father was Emil Zordell and his mother was … Ladwig.
Anna Zordell married Herman Tollas on 08 Nov 1924 in Baroda. Anna was the daughter of Emil Zordell and her mother was … Ladwig.
Herbert Zordell married Elsie Geike on 21 May 1921 in Baroda. Herbert was the son of Emil Zordell and his mother was … Ladwig.
Bertha E. Zordell married Richard H. H. Marutz on 12 Sep 1914 in St. Joseph. Bertha was the daughter of Carl Zordell and her mother was … Keutschke. Bertha was born in Germany.
Augusta Zordell married Willie Kebschull on 09 Mar 1928 in St. Joseph. Augusta was the daughter of Karl Zordell and her mother was … Kulschke. Augusta was born in Germany.
The 1900 census of Berrien County reveals:
Albert Zordell who was single and living at 607 Ship Street in St. Joseph, Michigan. This record indicates he was born in Dec. 1885 in Germany and that he was 44 years of age at the time of the census.
Amil (Emil?) Zordell who was living at 310 Pine Street in St. Joseph Township, St. Joseph. This record indicates he was born in Aug. 1872 in Germany and that he was 29 years of age at the time of the census. Living with him was his wife, Tillie, who was born in Mar of 1875 in Germany. This is the son of William and Emelia Zordell. Their son was:
Herbert Zordell b. Nov. 1897 in Michigan
William Zordell who was living in Benton Township. This record indicates he was born in Jan. 1847 in Germany and that he was 52 years of age at the time of the census. Living with him was his wife, Amelia (Emelia?), who was born in Aug of 1845 in Germany. Also living with them was a Herman Kloss who was born in May of 1863 in Germany. This may have been Amelia’s brother? Their child was:
Bertha Zordell b. Mar 1882 in Michigan
Z. Annie Zordell who was a boarder in the August Schmidt house at 821 Price Street in St. Joseph. She was born in Aug. 1879 in Germany. This may also have been a daughter of William and Emelia Zordell?
The 1910 census of Berrien County reveals:
Albert Zordel living alone in St. Joseph and was 59 years of age. Albert Zordel had a leather business in his home and made harnesses, boots and shoes at 607 Ship Street in St. Joseph.
Amel Zordel who was living in St. Joseph and was 37 years of age. Living with him was his wife, Mathilda, who was 35 years of age. Both were recorded as having been born in Germany. The children were all born in Michigan. Their children were:
Herbert Zordel 12 years of age
William Zordel 9 years of age
Alfred Zordel 8 years of age
Annie Zordel 5 years of age
Edwin Zordel 1 year of age
William Zordel was living alone in Benton Township and was 63 years of age and was born in Germany. This record says he became a citizen in 1897 and that he had been married for 30 years. William Zordel appears to have been living separate from his wife? This census was taken in April of 1910 and William Zordel died in of 1910. W. J. Zordell owned 40 acres of land in Benton Township in 1903.
Amelia Zordel was living at 715 Church Street in St, Joseph when the 1910 census was taken. She was 65 years of age. This was the wife of William Zordel.
The 1920 census of Berrien County reveals:
Albert Zordell living alone at 607 Ship Street in St. Joseph. The record indicates he was born in Lazien, Germany and was 68 years of age when the census was taken.
Ameliah Zordell living alone at 715 Church Street in St. Joseph. The record indicates she was born in Pommern and was 75 years of age when the census was taken. In City Directories she is listed as the widow of William Zordell.
Emil Zordell was 47 years of age and was born in Germany. Living with him was his wife, Mathilda, who was 44 years of age and was also born in Germany. The children were all born in Michigan. Their children were:
Herbert H. Zordell who was 22 years of age
William F. Zordell who was 19 years of age
Alfred E. Zordell who was 17 years of age
Anna M. Zordell who was 14 years of age
Edwin F. Zordell who was 10 years of age
Apparently these were the children and grandchildren of John and Caroline (Nitzel or Knutzel) Zordel. Alvina's marriage states she was born in Pommern (Pommerania). Her sister Hulda was born in Berlin, Germany. No record has been found of John And Caroline Zordel in Berrien County. They do have tombstones near Hulda (Zordel) Westphal, Albert Zordel and Alvina (Zordel)Henspeter Dombrowski in the Lakeview Cemetery in St. Joseph. No dates are on their tombstones?
Christoph Christian Joseph Heinspeter was born in Mecklenberg, Germany in 1852/53. He married Alvine Laura Zordell. Alvine was the daughter of John Zordel. Alvina Laura Zordel was born 09 Jan 1861 in Sellin, district Rummelsburg, Pommern.
Liber “E” of the Berrien County Michigan Marriage Records lists the marriage of Christoph C. J. Hinzpeter and Alovine Laura Fordell (Zordell) on page 300. Christoph was 25 years of age and Alovina was 17 years of age. They were married in St. Joseph, Michigan on 28 Dec 1877. Christoph was recorded as living in Chicago, Illinois. Alovine was recorded as living in St. Joseph. The record says Christoph was a "teamster" and Alovine as being "at home". This record also states that Christoph Hinzpeter was born in Mecklenberg (Germany) and Alovine Zordell was born in Pommern (Pomerania, Germany). The marriage was performed by Ed Ch Georgii. (Edward Charles Georgii ?). Their witnesses were Frederick Westfal of St. Joseph and John Rosirtzki also of St. Joseph. The marriage was recorded on 31 Dec 1877.
Christoph Henspeter died on 02 Oct 1889 in Chicago, Illinois. His death certificate states: He was 36 years of age at the time of his death; he died a 7 o’clock P.M. on October 2, 1889. His occupation was “Stationary Engineer”. His nationality was German and he was born in Germany. He had been a resident of Illinois for 12 years. His death occurred at 115 Samuel Street in the 16th ward of Chicago. He was married at the time of his death. He died from complications of Typhoid Fever. His Burial place is listed as Waldheim (Cemetery). This certificate was filed on 04 Oct 1889. This certificate also spells his name “Christian Hinspeter”. In most records I have seen he was called Christ and it is probable that the Dr. extended that into Christian rather than Christoph. Their children were:
Charles H. Henspeter b. May 1881
Alvina Henspeter b. May 1883
William Henspeter b. Oct 1886
Frederick Joseph Louis Henspeter b. 15 Oct 1888
After Christoph’s death Alvina Henspeter returned to Berrien County and remarried. She married second on 27 Jan 1893 Adolph Dombrowsky. Adolph Dombrowsky was born 29 Apr 1841 in Garzigar, district Lauenburg, Pommern and died in 23 Jul 1929 in St. Joseph, Michigan. Alvina died 25 Feb 1927 in St. Joseph, Michigan. She and Adolph are buried in the St. Joseph City Cemetery (Lakeview). Their children were:
Clara Hulda Dombrowsky b. 07 Jun 1893
Laura Dombrowsky b. 09 Dec 1895
Mary Dombrowsky b. 14 Feb 1897
Clyde Carl Dombrosky b. 04 Jul 1900
Mable Dombrowsky b. 03 Sep 1902
Frederick Joseph Louis Henspeter was born on 15 Oct 1888 in Chicago, Illinois. He came to Weesaw Township when he was two years old. He married Clara Angolin on 29 Oct 1910 in New Troy, Michigan. Clara was born in Royalton Township of Berrien County, Michigan on 14 Oct 1890. Clara was the daughter of Charles and Mary (Marie) Angolin. Frederick died in Weesaw Township of Berrien County, Michigan on 21 Jun 1944. Clara died 10 Jan 1954. Both are buried in the Galien Township Cemetery. Their children were:
Henry C. Henspeter b. 18 Sep 1911 d. 20 Sep 1911 in St. Joseph, Michigan
Gertrude Henspeter b. 08 Jul 1913 in St. Joseph, Michigan
Margaret Henspeter b.13 May 1915 in St. Joseph, Michigan
Lillian Henspeter b. 22 Oct 1918 in St. Joseph, Michigan
William Henspeter b. 1921 d. 1921 in Galien, Michigan
Henry C. Henspeter is buried in the St. Joseph City Cemetery (Lakeview) near his grandmother, Alvine (Zordel) Henspeter Dombrowsky. The stone is not dated but says son of F & C. Henspeter. William Henspeter is buried in the Galien Cemetery as “baby Henspeter”. Gertrude (Henspeter) Herman told me his name was William.
Lillian Henspeter married John Hauch (II) of New Troy (Weesaw Township) Berrien County on December 21, 1934. They married in South Bend, Indiana. John is the son of John Hauch and Tillie Schlacht who were both reportedly born in Russia. John Hauch (I) was born about 1880 and Tillie was born in 1886. John and Lillian Hauch had eight children:
Lucille Ann Hauch born in 1936
Loretta Lee Hauch born in 1938
John Hauch (III) born in 1940 also called Buck
During World War Two John Hauch (II) served with the Marines and upon his return after the war the following children were born:
James Dean Hauch born in 1946
Jane Rae Hauch born in 1949
Joyce Elaine Hauch born in 1951
Julia Joy Hauch born in 1952
Jerry Joe Hauch born in 1954
Jane Rae Hauch married William Earl Brackett in 1970 in Lakeside, Berrien County, Michigan.