Genealogy of the ancestors of Eldora Clara (Lange) Bair

Includes information on the Lange/Roggenbuch; Voeltz/Kieso; Leistikow/Ziebell; and Kiesow/Nietzel Families

These families originated in Pomerania, Prussia, and migrated to the Dodge/Jefferson County area, Wisconsin in the mid 1800's.

Genealogy of the ancestors of Eldora Clara (Lange) Bair

These pages were developed by Jeff Donofrio, and they contain information that I have collected over the last 20 years on the family history of the Caspar Lange and his descendants, as well as other families that are related to Caspar Lange and his descendents via marriage. Anyone who has additional information on any of these family members is encouraged to contact me. I am interested in any information that is available such as photographs, old documents, or corrections.

These include the following ancestral families:
Descendants of Caspar Lange, b. approximately 1760, from the Fernosfelde area, Pomerania, Prussia, and Maria Sophia Roggenbuch, his wife.
Descendants of Gottlieb Voeltz, b. approximately 1760 in Wollin, Pomerania, Prussia, and Luise Kieso, his wife.
Descendants of Carl Leistikow, b. 1796, Nuthagen, Pomerania, Prussia, and Caroline Ziebell, his wife.
Descendants of Johan Kiesow, b. 1839, Labenz, Pomerania, Prussia, and Caroline Friedricke Wilhelmine "Minnie" Neitzel, b. 7 Dec 1842, near Schloenwitz, Pomerania, Prussia, his wife.

Graphical Family Charts

Caspar Lange - 3-great grandfather of Eldora Clara Lange.
The earliest ancestor in the Lange family is Caspar Lange, who lived in Pomerania in the country of Prussia. Pomerania has been part of Poland since the end of World War II, when Germany lost this area. Therefore, it is important to know that the towns of our ancestors have both Polish and old German/Prussian names. The name Pomerania itself comes from the Polish or other Slavic language and means 'country by/next to/along the sea'.

Christian Lange and Maria Sophia Roggenbuch - 2-great grandparents of Eldora Clara Lange.

We know that Caspar Lange's son Christian lived in a town called "Fernosfelde" (means "Fernos' field", and is now Rabiaz, Poland). The small village of Fernosfelde is north of Wollin (now Wolin, Poland), and just south of Dannenburg (now Domyslow, Poland).

Gottlieb Voeltz and Luise Kieso - 2-great grandparents of Eldora Clara Lange.
Gottlieb Voeltz was born in Pomerania in the town of Wollin. At some point he moved to Fernosfelde and married Luise Kieso. Together they had 5 children, one of whom, Regina Maria Caroline Mathilde Voeltz, married one of Caspar Lange's grandchildren, Johann Christian Freidrich Ferdinand Lange. They married on Feb 18, 1841 in Fernosfelde. At the time of Luise's death, two of children had emigrated to the U.S., and three of them still lived in Fernosfelde.

Johann Christian Frederick Ferdinand Lange and - Great grandparents of Eldora Clara Lange.

Carl Leistikow and Caroline Ziebell - Great grandparents of Eldora Clara Lange.
Carl Leistikow was born 15 December 1823 in the very small village of Nuthagen (now Netno, Poland), near the town of Dramburg (now Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland). He married Caroline Ziebell around 1845 in Pomerania, and he immigrated to the U.S. in 1869. Carl and Caroline had 5 children. One of their children, Johanne "Hanna" Augusta Leistikow, married Johann Ludwig Ferdinand Lange, son of Ferdinand Lange mentioned above.

Johann Kiesow and Caroline Friedricke Wilhelmine "Minnie" Neitzel - Grandparents of Eldora Clara Lange.
Johann Keisow was born in Labenz (now Lobez) in Pomerania in 1839. He married Caroline Friedricke Wilhelmine "Minnie"" Neitzel, who was born near or in Schloenwitz (now Slonowice) on 7 December 1842. They married on September 1, 1871 in Labenz, and immigrated to Wisconsin in 1873. They had 4 children, and one child, Henrietta Keisow, married Arthur Carl Johannes Lange. Henrietta and Arthur were the parents of Eldora Clara Lange.
It is also worth mentioning that there are two "Kiesow/Kieso"'s listed here. It is not known at this time whether these families are directly related or not. More research needs to be done to trace Johann Kiesow's ancestry. Note also that there is a town in Pomerania named "Gross Kiesow." This town resides in Germany, not Poland. It is just south of the larger town of Greifswald. This town may be the ultimate origin of one or both of the Kiesow families listed here.

Biographies of the Lange and Kiesow Ancestors

This section is still in work, January 2009. Come back soon for more...

Seven Generations Back

Six Generations Back

Five Generations Back

Four Generations Back

Three Generations Back

Family Photos

  • Lange & related family pictures - (It may be easier to view these pictures by opening the "Pictures and Portraits" folder directly. You can also select thumbnail view to get an overview of the pictures in this folder.)

Family Documents & Census Records
Meanings of the Family Names
    Lange - Definition: A descriptive surname given to an unusually tall individual, from the Old English "lang" or "long," meaning long or tall. LANGE is a common German variant, while LANG is more prevalent in Scotland and northern England. LONG is another common English variant.
    Surname Origin: English, Scottish, German
    Alternate Surname Spellings: LANGE, LONG, LUNG
    Leistikow German: of Slavic origin, a habitational name from either of two names so named in Pomerania.
    Source: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
    Kiesow - German: habitational name from Kiesow, a place near the Baltic port of Stralsund.
    Source: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
    Neitzel 1) from a Slavic pet form of the personal name Nikolaus (see Nicholas), or from a Germanic personal name formed with nit ‘hostility’.
    2) nickname for an obnoxious person, from Middle High German nit ‘hostility’.
    Source: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
    Roggenbuch 1) Roggen is German for rye.
    Source: Introduction to German Surnames, by Thomas Rueffer.
    Buch : 1) German: topographic name for someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, from Middle High German buoche, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places so named with this word, notably in Bavaria and Württemberg. (The beech tree is the main tree in the forests of central Europe.)
    Putting these two names together, may mean that the name designates someone who had a rye field near an area of beechwood trees.
    2) Danish: from German (see 1) or a nickname from buk ‘he goat’.
    Source: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
    Voeltz Voeltz is a German variant of Volz. Volz: German (Völz): from the personal names Vol(k)mar or Volkmer (see Vollmer).
    Source: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
    Ziebell 1) Ziebell is German: metonymic occupational name for an onion grower or seller, from Middle High German z(w)ibolle, zwibel (from Late Latin cepulla).
    Source: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
    2) Origin Displayed: German
    Spelling variations include: Siebold, Sibbald, Siebel, Sieble, Siebelt, Siebald, Sieboldt, Siebolt, Sieboltt, Sibbalt, Sibbaltt, Siebeld, Siebeltt, Siebalt and many more.
    First found in Bavaria and Hessen, where this family name became an important contributor to the development of the district from ancient times.
    Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: John Sieble, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751. Peter Sieboldt came to Pennsylvania in 1803; Mary Sibbald came to California in 1853; Paul Siebald came to Allegheny Count, Pa. in 1855.
    Source: Copyright © 2000 - 2004 Swyrich Corporation, all rights reserved

Emmigration, Immigration, and Ships
  • Germans In Wisconsin By Richard H. Zeitlin for The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, 1977.
    A very informative article on the early Germans emigrating to Wisconsin.
    "The common route followed by immigrants to Wisconsin was by steamboat up the Hudson River to Albany, thence by canal or railroad to Buffalo, and finally by steam or sailboat to the port of Milwaukee, a trip lasting about ten days. The journey from New York to Milwaukee was greatly reduced after rail service was made available all the way to Chicago via Detroit during the 1850's."

  • Sailing Ships - Representative pictures of ships that were used during the time of the Pomeranian immigration, 1850-1870

  • Bremen - A possible port used by the Lange & related families for emmigration
  • Information on German Emigration ports
  • Hamburg - Another possible port
  • Stettin - Another possible port
  • more on Stettin
  • German Ports: Gateway to America – Raymond S. Wright III, Ph.D., AG
  • Arrival port Possibly Castle Garden

Areas and Regions of historical interest to the Lange Family

Pomerania Coat of Arms

Religion & Churches

  • Churches - (It may be easier to view these pictures by opening the "Churches and Schoolhouses" folder directly.)

  • Burial sites and graves - (It may be easier to view these pictures by opening the "Burial Sites" folder directly.)

Pomeranian Language
DNA & Genetics
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Wars that involved ancestors:
Sources & some interesting articles:

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