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Special thanks to Renata Fromme di Battista who emailed me back in 2010 and sent me a vast amount of information concerning the Pralle/Fromme roots that I have from my great-grandmother Caroline (Pralle) Fleischhauer. Familysearch.org provided information concerning the parish of origin and christening records with their record collection of Germany. No immediate finds in the passenger lists, so far it seems I will need to be more creative when searching the surname of immigrants. For example, William H Pralle my second great-grandfather can be found arriving on the ship SAALE in New York on 17 Jun 1887 recorded as “Wilh Praell”. Confirmation that the individuals are the same comes from the age at arrival, 16 years old, and the date of arrival which matches his naturalization record.

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(Wilh Praell, age 16, last row)

Source: New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Arrival Date 18 Jun 1887, New York, New York. Microfilm Roll M237, 1820-1897, Roll 508, Line 1 List Number 742.

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Catherine Wilhelmina1 Hammers was born 25 Aug 1831, baptized 04 Sep 1831 at the Evangelical Church in Versmold, Westphalia, Prussia to Heinrich Christian Hammer and Margarethe Agnese Laugemann.[1] Catherine married Friedrich Wilhelm Fromme 04 Aug 1861 in Versmold.[2] She died 01 Oct 1915 in the Borough of Brooklyn, Kings, New York. (Source: New York State, Department of Health, Death Record no. 18693, 1 Oct 1915, copy from Renata di Battista)

Children of Friedrich Wilhelm and Catherine (Hammers) Fromme (all christened at the Evangelical Church in Versmold, Westphalia:

  1. +i. Heinrich Friedrich Fromme, born 23 October 1861; christened 3 November 1861

2 ii. Franz Heinrich Fromme, christened 9 July 1865.

3 +iii. Friedrich Wilhelm “Charles” Fromme, christened 6 December 1868.

4 + iv. Catherine Wilhelmine Fromme, born 31 Aug 1872;[3] christened 15 Sep 1872.[4]

  1. Heinrch Friedrich2 (Friedrich Wilhelm2 ) was born 23 October 1861; christened 3 November 1861 in Versmold, Westphalia, Prussia. He immigrated to the United States circa 1884, most likely arriving in the port of New York. He found marriage in Johanne Kopf[5] and in 1889 they married. Johanne Kopf’s origins are unknown, her listing in the 1900 US Census has her stating she was born Feb 1866, immigrated to the United States in 1886 and she had 5 children.[6] Frederick became a naturalized citizen 19 Oct 1892 and took oath at Kings County Court, New York.[7] As a family, the Frommes settled in the Borough of Brooklyn. In the 1900 US Federal Census, the family lives on 69 Ralph Ave.[8] By 1920, the Frederick and Johanne removed to 5 Melville Place in Queens.[9] Frederick most likely came from an agricultural background but had to divert occupations in his struggle to survive in New York City. His first evidence of occupation is found in the 1890 City Directory for the Borough of Brookyln listing Fred and his younger brother Charles. At 990 Jefferson Ave, Fred Fromme is listed to be selling milk.[10] In 1900, he had listed his occupation as “ice man & coal” and comparatively in 1920 he had been working as an entreprenuer in the industry of selling milk.[11],[12]
  2. Friedrich Wilhelm2 “Charles” Fromme (Friedrich Wilhelm was born circa Nov 1868, christened 6 Dec 1868 at the Evangelical Church in Versmold. It is unknown whether he immigrated over with his older brother Fred. He became a naturalized citizen 14 Oct 1891 and took oath at he City Court in the Borough of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.[13] In his oath, he stated he was residing at 976 Jefferson Ave, Brooklyn.[14] Charles may have owned 990 Jefferson Ave bought was probably used for the family business of selling dairy provisions like milk and butter.[15] Under Charles he is also referenced to 58 Ralph Ave in Brooklyn.[16]
  3. Catherine Wilhelmine2 Fromme (Friedrich Wilhelm1) was born born 31 Aug 1872;[17] christened 15 Sep 1872 at the Evangelical Church in Versmold, Westphalia, Germany.[18] 16 October 1895 in Brookyln, Kings, New York to William H Pralle, son of  Christian Pralle and Louise Borenkamp.[19],[20] William H1 Pralle was born probably 29 Dec 1870 or Apr 1871 in Bad Nenndorf, Germany.[21]

The early years of William and Catherine Wilhelmine’s life in Germany remains unknown.  Based on his stateside occupation as a butcher and deli clerk, it may have been a passed down family skill. He immigrated to the United States just barely upon reaching adulthood in 1887, which suggest the disparity of German peoples in the late 19th century [historical context]. His first known address is the United States is found in his marriage certificate, where he is listing as residing on 275 Reid Ave in Brooklyn. By Aug 1899, when he took his oath of citizenship he had moved to 201 Chauncy St. He found a family in the following years and his stability must have been considerable since William’s mother-in-law Catherine Wilhemine (Hammers) Fromme lived with their family until her death in 1915. William and Minnie had the desire to travel back to Germany based upon their Passport Application filed in 1925. That summer they sailed from New York to Germany, sailing back from the port of Bremen on the S.S. Republic to New York in October. The passport application provides a different birth date; William Pralle testifying he was born 29 December 1870 in Germany to father Christian Pralle, who was at the time deceased. The recollection of William’s personal history was not entirely accurate, he testified that he was married to Minnie Pralle on 16 December 1895, who was born 31 August 1872 in Germany. The marriage date is three months off from the actual record. He reportedly emigrated from Bremen around 18 June 1886 and was naturalized on 2 August 1899. In 1925 was living in Woodhaven, Long Island, New York at the corner of 97th Ave and 82nd Street.[22] We know of two known cousins that lived in Germany, Anna and Louise Pralle. There discovery is present in a record of detained aliens dated 2 June 1926 who called their cousin William Pralle.[23]

Children of William Pralle and Mimie Fromme are:

5       i.                Mimie L Pralle born Aug 1896 in New York.

6                   i.     Caroline MariePralle, born 09 Jan 1901 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York; died Oct 1983 in Westbury, Nassau, New York.

[1] “Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen 1558-1898,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5ZC-Z9H : accessed 11 Nov 2014), Catharine Wilhelmine Hammer, 04 Sep 1831; citing ; FHL microfilm 1052429.

[2] “Deutschland, Heiraten 1558-1929,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JH7D-H91 : accessed 11 Nov 2014), Friedrich Wilhelm Fromme and Cathrine Wilhelmine Hammer, 04 Aug 1861; citing Evangelisch, Versmold, Westfalen, Prussia; FHL microfilm 473603.

[3] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, 25 Feb 1925, certificate no. 517582, (Online database. Ancestry.com).

[4] “Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen 1558-1898,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NDF2-4SC : accessed 11 Nov 2014), Cathrine Wilhelmine Hammer in entry for Cathrine Wilhelmine Fromme, 15 Sep 1872; citing ; FHL microfilm 473603

[5] Renatta Di Battista, Correspondence with Author, 2010.

[6] 1900 US Federal Census, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Ward 25, Enumeration District 452, page 5, house 458. Household of Frederick Fromme.

[7] Index to Naturalization of Fred Fromme, County Court, Kings County, New York Vol 236, Record 248, 19 Oct 1892.

[8] 1900 US Federal Census, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Ward 25, Enumeration District 452, page 5, house 458. Household of Frederick Fromme.

[9] 1920 US Federal Census, Queens, New York, ED 453, Household 81. Househod of Frederick Fromme.

[10] 1890 City Directory, Borough of Brooklyn.

[11] 1900 US Federal Census, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Ward 25, Enumeration District 452, page 5, house 458. Household of Frederick Fromme.

[12] 1920 US Federal Census, Queens, New York, ED 453, Household 81. Househod of Frederick Fromme.

[13] Index to Naturalization of Fred Fromme, County Court, Kings County, New York Vol 236, Record 248, 19 Oct 1892.

[14] Index to Naturalization of Charles Fromme, City Court, Borough of Brooklyn, (vol and record not listed)

[15] 1890 City Directory, Borough of Brooklyn.

[16] 1890 City Directory, Borough of Brooklyn.

[17] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, 25 Feb 1925, certificate no. 517582, (Online database. Ancestry.com).

[18] “Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen 1558-1898,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NDF2-4SC : accessed 11 Nov 2014), Cathrine Wilhelmine Hammer in entry for Cathrine Wilhelmine Fromme, 15 Sep 1872; citing ; FHL microfilm 473603

[19] Certificate of Marriage, Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Certificate No. 4946. Marriage of William Pralle to Minnie Fromme.

[21] Certificate of Marriage, Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Certificate No. 4946. Marriage of William Pralle to Minnie Fromme.

[22] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, 25 Feb 1925, certificate no. 517582, (Online database. Ancestry.com).

[23] Record of Detained Aliens, 2 June 1926, SS Muenchen MGL Line, (Online database. Ancestry.com).

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Jake Fletcher, “Exploring Germanic Roots: Catherine Wilhelmina Hammers of Versmold, Westphalia, Prussia,” Travelogues of a Genealogist, posted 13 Nov 2014. https://fletcherfamilytree.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/exploring-germanic-roots-catherine-wilhelmina-hammers-of-versmold-westphalia-prussia/

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