Part of my family has our branch of Draeger's as being from Grossdressen, Kreis Charnikam, Posen, Pruessia.I know that my Great Grandfather August Draeger was married to Augusta Steigmann first and then his second wife was Emma Albertin Hoffman (believed to be the daughter of the first wife's older sister).
The Hoffman and Steigman/Stiegman/Stegmann/Steigment branches here have been found to definately go to what is now Czarnikau, Poland.It seems that in the 1800's, Posen was a Preussian Province, Czarnikau was a county just southeast of the river Nietze across the present eastern border of Germany and now in Poland.By family stories, the German Lutherans in the area and the Polish Catholics were very segregated village by village and the area was horribly volatile with constant fighting;religious and ethnic.Our branch of Hoffmann's and Steigmann (probably jewish part) chose to come to America.
I believe that my Draeger side also may have come from the same area due to the location I mentioned above at the beginning as well as the close connections with the Hoffmann and Steigmann clans. My August Draeger came over about 1863 roughly, sister Wilhelmine (married Alfred Kutzner in Illinois) and some more siblings came over in 1867.Michael, and wife Louise and remaining children came over later.All to the Chicago general area.Michael Draeger lived his life out in Ford County, and died at a sons in Chicago.
After all this background, what I hoped was that some Draeger'sor Hoffmann's or Steigmann's might be able to help clarify if this branch of Draeger's also came from the Czarnikau area, of the lost Province of Posen, of the now defunct Kingdom of Preussia.Specifically, did this branch migrate to America with the Hoffman and Steigmann Clans?With conflicts in this region, I suspect that many of the Czarnikau Draegers left that area for America, and may well have fostered several of the American Draeger clans----although obviously this is a common German/Preussian name.Stan