Person:Fredericka Unknown (5)

Fredericka Unknown
b.Apr 1834 Prussia, Germany
  • HCarl Polkow1837 - 1914
  • WFredericka Unknown1834 - 1903
m. abt 1866
  1. Mary Polkow1867 -
  2. John C. Polkow1869 -
  3. Sophia Caroline Polkow1870 - 1952
  4. Minnie Polkow1875 - 1893
  5. Louis Polkow1879 -
Facts and Events
Name[1] Fredericka Unknown
Gender Female
Birth[2][1][3] Apr 1834 Prussia, Germany
Immigration[3] bet 1862 and 1866 United States
Marriage abt 1866 to Carl Polkow
Residence 1870 Thornton Township, Cook, Illinois, United Stateswith Carl Polkow
Residence 1880 Thornton Township, Cook, Illinois, United Stateswith Carl Polkow
Residence 1900 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Stateswith Carl Polkow
Death[4] 28 Feb 1903 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

Fredericka's original name may have been Maria Friederike, as suggested by the fact that she used the name Mary in the 1870 census[5], and her death certificate[4] and gravestone[6] both use the name Friederike. It was common in Germany to give children 2 names, and it was often the second name that the person normally used.

Fredeicka and Carl (Charles) Polkow immigrated sometime between 1862 and 1866. The 1900 census lists their immigration date as 1862, four years before Carl and Fredericka were married. This does not agree with other records which have an immigration date closer to the date of their marriage.

Carl and Fredericka lost their youngest daughter Minnie to typhoid fever in 1893. She was 18.

Census

Fredericka Polkow Census
Year Source Image
1870 1870 US Federal Population Census: Thornton Township, Cook County, Illinois
1880 1880 US Federal Population Census: Thornton Township, Cook County, Illinois
1900 1900 US Federal Population Census: Thornton Township, Cook County, Illinois
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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1880 US Federal Population Census: Thornton Township, Cook County, Illinois, 1880.
  2. Cheryl Ahner Ashenfelter. Ahner Family Tree. (Family Tree, ca 1997).
  3. 3.0 3.1 1900 US Federal Population Census: Thornton Township, Cook County, Illinois, 1900.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916: Polkow Records. (Online Database), 1903.
  5. 1870 US Federal Population Census: Thorton Township, Cook County, Illinois, 1870.

    She is listed as Mary. She likely had 2 given names, as was common in Germany - possibly Maria Friederike. All later records use the name Fredericka (or some variation of that).

  6. Friederike Polkow, in Find A Grave.
  7.   Fredericka Polkow in "Black and Feaster Lineages" at Ancestry.com