Schmidt Behnke from Gross Zirkwest West Prussia (now Duza Cerkwica, Poland)
I'm looking for information on my Great Grandparents. I know they had 6 children in what was Gross Zirkwitz, West Prussian in the 1870's. I believe that to be Duza Cerkwics, Poland today. I believe Martin and Catharina married in 1870, and would like to find their marriage record.
Martin Schmidt is my Great Grandfather and Catharina or Catherine (aka/ Katharina & Katie) maiden name Behnke or Banke. Martin immigrated to Minnesota in 1881, and Catherina and children in 1883. They farmed in Gilmanton, Benton County, MN and retired in St Cloud, Stearns, Mn where they both died (he in 1929 and she in 1933). They had a total of 16 children.
Martin's Father was George Schmidt born about 1810 and died in Gilmanton, MN in 1898. I think George was widowed when he came to the US about 1881. Handed down family history felt family was from Konigsberg? Perhaps it was Gross Zirkwitz??
Catharina's Father was a Frank Behnke and her Mother may have been a Mary Von Liser. I think the name could have been Lieser, Luser, or something close? It was said that she had family connections in Prague who had tailors and millinery shop, and a bakery in Prague.
Any assistance appreciated!!
Tom McMillan (Washougal, WA)