Sue I sent a note directly via email but just in case I'm posting here as well:
Thanks a million for your fast reply.I have been working for some months trying to find information on my elusive Dietz family roots.Here’s the basics that I know for certain:
My Grandmother on my father’s side of the family was Mary Elizabeth Dietz.She was born and lived in Baltimore, MD and married my grandfather (Lynn Thomas Gruber) in 1885.For some reason there was little information or communication with her family after the marriage so most family members knew little about her branch of the family.They moved to my grandfather’s home in Shelbyville, KY upon marriage.She was born in Baltimore on 3/18/1868 (or at least that’s what she always said her birth day was).She died in Louisville, KY in 1950.On her death certificate she listed her father and mother as Frank Dietz and Margaret Wode Dietz.She did speak of two sisters Annie and Minnie.When I found you information it all went into place….but on reading your posts and doing further research I find that we may not be linked at least at this level.Here’s the rub:
There were two Frank A. Dietz’s living in Baltimore in 1860 both in the census and with very similar information:
1)Francis Dietz dob about 1836 living in Ward 12 of Baltimore who is married to Margaret and was born in Bavaria.Subsequent census show the family with Mary (my grandmother), Minnie and Annie by 1880 and I can follow them into the 1900’s.Francis is shown as a carpenter. 2)Francis Dietz dob about 1839 living in Ward 16 with his Mother and brothers who is from Bavaria and who’s a “cabinet maker” and who I believe is your line..
I only had the 1870 and beyond census when I wrote you and was sure that the 1860 Francis (2) was one and the same as the one who married Margaret and had Mary, Annie and Minnie.He died sometime between 1871 (Annie’s birth) and 1880 where Margaret is shown as a widow living with her three girls.There were six children in total born but three must have died near childbirth as they never show on a census.I had also thought that the naturalization paper that I found for “Frank Dietz” and witnessed by “Louis Dietz” (one of the brothers) was my Francis but most likely it is not and is for Francis Dietz (2).
Boy is this complicated!!There are so many Dietz’s in Baltimore about the same time and all from Bavaria I have to believe there’s a connection but so far it escapes me.In short, when I wrote, I thought that my Francis Dietz was yours (one of the 6 brothers who came with their mother in the 1850s) but the facts just don’t match up with respect to subsequent life events and the fact that both are shown in the 1860 census separately.(Unless he took the census on 6/19/1860 at home in Ward 16 with his Mother and then married and set up house in Ward 12 by June 29, 1860 when that census was done…NOT LIKELY!!)
So what looked so promising this am now puts me back to square 1….who are Francis Dietz and Margaret Wode Dietz, who are their parents and when did they come to the US?
I’d still be glad to give you the family history from Francis Dietz (1) forward if you want but I don’t think it’s your line unless it connects further back in Germany somewhere.