Parensen and Hilfer families in Brakel, Hoxter, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Seeking information on Carl Josef PARENSEN and Ferdinandine "Dina" HILFER.They married in Brakel on 7 September 1872 and emigrated to the United States soon after.
Josef PARENSEN was born in Brakel on 18 May 1846, and on 21 May was baptized at Katholische Kirche Sankt Michael.I believe he was the son of Johannes Casparus PARENSEN and Friederika Louisa Wilhelmina HOKE.Josef settled in Chicago, Cook county, Illinos and was employed as a grocer.He died 19 February 1882.
Dina HILFER was born 24 July 1854 in Germany.I'm not sure if she was from Brakel, though.Her death certificate lists her parents as Edward HILFER and Dina OEHNHAUSEN.She had a brother, Joseph, who also emigrated to Chicago with Josef and Dina.
Would love to share information with anyone researching PARENSEN and related lines.