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Frederick T.* Kettler (c. 1862-1896), A Brief Biographical Sketch

Frederick (Fritz) Kettler was born in Friesland circa 1862: perhaps the son of Christian Kettler and Gertrude (unknown). Fritz immigrated to the United States, date unknown, where he married Johanna (Hanna) Petersen (Peter/Peters) who was born in Norway. They had four children born in Brooklyn, New York and Hoboken, New Jersey. Frederick Kettler died in Hoboken in 1896.

Most records connected with Fritz Kettler indicate that he was born in Germany. "Friesland" was an area in both Holland and Germany.

*"T" as a middle inicial per death Certificate.

Birth of Frederick Kettler c 1862 Friesland

Frederick, AKA Fritz or Fred, Kettler was born in Friesland circa 1862 to Christian and Gertrude Kettler.

Notes on the place of birth:

  • On the birth record of his daughters, Maria Sophia in 1886 and Gertrude in 1889, place of birth of father was listed as Friesland.
  • In censuses in the 1900's his children listed him as born in "Germany".
  • Friesland is a part of the Netherlands.
  • Oustfriesland is a part of Germany.
  • Maureen Foley Albano, the great- granddaughter of Fritz Kettler, said she thought he was Dutch.
  • The name as spelt in the US records is more German than Dutch. However, the name was spelt Ketelaar in the Netherlands.

Note: The middle initial and the parent's names were taken from his death certificate. It should be noted that death certificates are notoriously bad for the accuracy concerning birth records.

Immigration of Frederick Kettler c. 1883

Based on information on his death certificate, Frederick Kettler immigrated to the United States in 1883.

Cannot find immigration. Not on Bremen seamen's lists.

Marriage of Frederick Kettler and Johanna Peters



After 1883 (Fritz's immigration) and before 1886 (The birth of their first known child, Maria Sophia)

Place: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Hoboken ???

Records Checked:

  • The Norwegian church at Van Brunt and William Street, Jacob Bo, pastor.

    This church building still exists and is being used as a residence at 111 Pioneer Street (formerly Williams Street)

    This was the Norwegian Seamen's church. The Norwegian Seaman's Church mainly catered to seamen but also ministered to the immigrant community. The church moved to 33 First Place (Corner of Clinton and Henry) in 1928. It is currently a condo.

    I checked the Seaman's records and did NOT find the marriage of Hanna and Fritz.

  • The 1883 marriage of Fritz Kettler in Manhattan is NOT this Fritz Kettler.

  • No Kettler/Ketelaar marriages listed in New Jersey between 1879 and 1900.

Note: Marriages were frequently not reported to the city or state during this period. The best hope of finding a record is in church records.

Other Possibilities Not Checked: I do not know where the records are for these churches.

  • The Norwegian Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Henry Street near 4th Place. A public school is now on this site.

  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church, on Henry near 3rd Place, John Huppenbauer, pastor. This is also listed as a German congregation. It is now vacant.
Hanna appears from the birth certificates of their daughter's, Marie and Gertrude to be two years older than Fritz.

For more information on Hannah Peter/Petersen Kettler see Hanna Peters/Petersen Kettler Jensen

Children of Frederick and Johanna

Frederick and Johanna had at least the following children:

  1. Marie Sophia, 1886

    Birth: Marie Sophia Kettler, born 21 February, 1886, at 10:00 AM at 206 Richard St., Ward 12, Brooklyn, NY, mother, Johanna Kettler, nee Peter, age 26, born Norway, father, Fritz Kettler, longshoreman, age 24 born Friesland, Birth reported by Mathilda Ruppanner.


    • 206 Richards Street is in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
    • While there were other Kettler births in Brooklyn between 1877 and 1888, this was the only one in Ward 12.

    Further Records: She was listed with her parents in the 1895 census in NJ. I did not find her in the 1900 or 1910 censuses, unless she was the person listed as Manny Jensen born January 1886 listed in the 1900 census with Hanna Kettler Jensen.

    • I have not found any further records for Marie Sophia Kettler.
    • I did not find a death record for her under Marie (Mary) Kettler (Ketelaar) in NYC (Brooklyn and Manhattan) 1891 to 1948.
    • View New Jersey, U.S., Marriage Index, 1901-2016, Name: Marie Kettler, Maiden Name: Kettler, Marriage Date: 1906, Marriage Place: New Jersey, Spouse: Thomas McKee Certificate Number: 20 10
    • I did not find a death record for her in New Jersey between 1895 and 1900.
  2. Gertrude Frederike, 1889 married Louie Blanck

    Birth: Gertrude Friderike Kettler, female, second child of mother, born 11 April, 1889, 9 P.M., at 87 "Fery" Street, ward, 12, Brooklyn, to Johanna Kettler, maiden name, Johanna Peter, born, Norway, age 29, and Fritz Kettler, laborer, age 27, born in Friesland Exp., reported by Mathilde Ruppannaer, 53 Dikeman Str, certificate #3401.


    • This address should be "Ferris" Street. Frederick Kettler was listed at 87 Ferris rear in the 1889/90 Brooklyn city directory.


    Gertrude's father, Fritz Kettler died in Hoboken, New Jersey on February 16, 1896.

    Gertrude and her brother, Fredrick, were placed in the Brooklyn Orphans Asylum on October 21, 1896. Gertrude was discharged to her mother April 3, 1901 - 4 and a half years later

    The records for the Brooklyn's Orphans Asylum are now at the University of Minnesota. In reply to my inquiry Linnea M. Anderson, Interim Archivist, Social Welfare History Archives Research Services Coordinator, Archives and Special Collections 320 Elmer L. Andersen Library 222 21st Ave S. Minneapolis MN, 55455 wrote:

    During the time that the children were in the home, institutions did not always create case files of the type that are used now. Rather, they used register books to records entries and discharges.

    A record dated October 21st, in the admissions register for 1896 shows the following: Gertrude Kettler, 7 years, February 1, 1896. [1896 may be a mistake by the person making the entry. Usually, the child's date of birth is recorded] Also, the number 528 appears next to this entry. From my experience with other records, this is mostly likely her case or "board" number.

    Frederic Kettler, 5 years, November 29, 1896 [another probable mistaken entry] 529
    Mother Mrs Hannah P. K.
    135 Coffey St
    Board gratis
    Father b. Germany
    Mother Norway
    Children B'k'n

    The discharge register for 1901 shows that Gertrude was discharged to her mother on April 3, 1901. The mother's address is listed as 226 Conover St*. Frederic was discharged to his mother on September 16, 1901. The mother's address is listed as 407 Fourth St, Hoboken. There is a note on the side of this entry that says "committed." It is not clear what that means since this is a discharge register.

    *This address, 226 Conover Street, cannot be correct as there were large warehouses at 226 Conover street on the 1886, 1899 and 1916 Brooklyn Ward 12 maps.

    1900 Census: 1900 Census: Brooklyn, New York, 1428-1485 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Orphans Asylun, Kettler, Gertrude, pupil, born Feb 1889, age 11, Kettler, Fredric born Nov 1891, pupil, age 8, both listed as born in New York, father born Germany, mother born Norway.

    Marriage: Gertrude Kettler married Louie Blanck in 1907. See Louis Blanck now or at the bottom of the page.

    For more information on Gertrude see Gertrude Kettler Blanck now or at the bottom of the page.

  3. Frederich Cristian Kettler, (1891 - 1959) married Minnie (Emily) Stoll

    Birth: November 29, 1891 Hoboken per Draft Registrations.

    Friedrich P. Kettler gender: Male birth date: 29 Nov 1891 birthplace: Hoboken, Hudson, New Jersey father's name: Friedrich Kettler father's birthplace: father's age: 29y mother's name: Hanna Peterson mother's birthplace: Nor. mother's age: 27y indexing project (batch) number: C01206-0 system origin: New Jersey-EASy source film number: 494220 reference number: v 38 p 125 (FamilySearch.org)

    According to his 1917 and the WWII draft registrations he was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on November 29, 1891 and his middle initial was C. C was also the middle initial on the 1920 census.

    Orphanage: Brooklyn Orphans Asylum Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn October 21, 1896 to September 16, 1901 - 5 years - See Gertrude above.

    1900 Census: Brooklyn, New York, 1428-1485 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Orphans Asylun, Kettler, Gertrude, pupil, born Feb 1889, age 11, Kettler, Fredric born Nov 1891, pupil, age 8, both listed as born in New York, father born Germany, mother born Norway.

    1910 Census: With Gertrude and Henry in Hoboken. See below.

    1911: Jersey Journal, October 9, Expiration of Service (Honorable Discharge) 4th Regiment Company L Fred Kettler, Sept., 22 1911.

    Marriage 1914: Fred Kettler, Gender: Male, Marriage License Date: 26 Jun 1914, Marriage License Place: Bronx, New York City, New York, Spouse: Minnie Stoll, License Number: 2625

    Birth- Emily Stoll Gender : Female Race : White Birth Date: 20 Oct 1893 Birth Place: Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, USA Residence Address: Home St Bet Tinton & Prospect Avenue Certificate Number: 42227 Father: Charles Stoll Mother: Minnie Bartlett Stoll Mother Maiden Name: Bartlett

    1900 census Bronx, Home street, Charlie Stoll, 38 Head, barber, Minnie Stoll, 30 Wife, Rose Stoll, 12 Daughter, Charlie Stoll, 11 Son, Herbert Stoll, 9 Son, Minnie Stoll 6 Daughter, (October 1893) May Stoll 11/12 Daughter

    WWI Draft Registration: Frederick Kettler, age 25 years, born November 29, 1891 Hoboken New Jersey, occupation, electrician and locksmith at J.E. Kenna, 419 Washington Street, Hoboken, married, next-of-kin, wife, physical description, tall, slender, gray eyes, dark brown hair, no disabilities, address, 107 Willow Avenue Hoboken.

    The registration says he is (or was) a private in the infantry for 3 years in the New Jersey National Guard, 4th Regiment. If he had done three years of service before he registered for the draft in June 1917 it would mean he enlisted by at least 1914.

    According to Wikipedia the 4th Regiment of the New Jersey National Guards

    "Mustered into federal service 25 March 1917 at Newark; drafted into federal service 5 August 1917. Consolidated 11 October 1917 with the 4th Regiment, 2nd Regiment (organized in 1899 through consolidation of the 3rd Regiment (organized in 1866 in the New Jersey Rifle Corps with Headquarters at New Brunswick) and the 7th Regiment (organized in 1869 in the New Jersey National Guard as the 3rd Battalion with Headquarters at Trenton; expanded, reorganized, and redesignated in 1872 as the 7th Regiment with Headquarters at Lambertville) and consolidated unit reorganized and redesignated as the 113th Infantry and assigned to the 29th Division Demobilized 27-28 May 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey

    In 1916, the 1st New Jersey Brigade, consisting of the 1st, 4th and 5th regiments, plus three batteries of artillery and cavalry, was sent to patrol the Mexican border in response to raids by Pancho Villa.

    During World War I, the New Jersey Guard joined other Guard units, primarily from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, as part of the 29th Division (Blue and Gray). The New Jersey units were the 112th Artillery, 113th Infantry, 114th Infantry, 104th Engineer, 119th Medical and the 102nd Cavalry.

    These units participated in the battles of Alsace, Verdun and Meuse-Argonne. After the war, the state's Guard became part of the 44th Division, with African-American units designated as the First Separate Battalion New Jersey Guard.

    New Jersey National Guard

    In September 1916 the 1st and 4th Regiments of the New Jersey National Guard were ordered from Douglas Arizona to the the mobilization center at Sea Girt. The 4th Regiment was from Jersey City.

    Service: The 1930 census listed Frederick as a veteran of WWI. See Draft Registration above.

    1915 Census, New Jersey State: The 1915 New Jersey census listed the family of Freidrich Kettler renting at 107 Willow Avenue, Hoboken as follows: Freidrich, October 1891, age 23, born in New Jersey, electrician, Minnie, November 1893, age 21, born in New York


    • The Kettlers are living at the same address as Louis Blanck and Gertrude Kettler Blanck and as Louie Blanck's brother, Herman and his family.
    • I didn't find Henry Kettler in the 1915 New Jersey Census.

    1915 Jersey City directory: Fredk Kettler, electr, h 109 Willow (only Kettler listed - included Hoboken)

    1918 Directory: Kettler, Fredk usa h 107 Willow and Mrs. Minnie Kettler 107 Willow, Munition Wkr.

    1920 Census: Willow Ave Hoboken Kettler, Frederick C age 27, longshoreman docks, Minnie wife, age 26

    1922 Directory: Kettler, Fred (Minnie) locksmith, h 107 Willow (Henry lab at same address)


    1. May, 29 Apr 1927. Married Charles Lundberg/Lunberg - Charles Lundberg in 1947 in New Jersey, - he died in Point Pleasant in 1997 - they had six daughters.

      May M Lundberg, [May Minnie Kettler], Gender: Female, Race: White, Birth Date: 29 Apr 1927, Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, Death Date: 22 May 1999, Father: Frederick C Kettler, Mother: Minnie Stoll, SSN: 152209572, Notes: Sep 1947: Name listed as MAY M LUNDBERG; Dec : Name listed as MAY MINNIE KETTLER

    2. Dorothy circa 1930, per 1940 census

      Dorothy M Kettler, Maiden Name: Kettler, Gender: Female, Marriage Date: May 1955, Marriage Place: Hoboken, Hudson, New Jersey, USA, Spouse: Richard P Gorman, Certificate Number: 12531

    3. Notes: Fred and Minnie were married in 1914. That is a very long span of time to go from the marriage to the birth of the first child.

  4. 1925 directory: Kettler, Fred C (Minnie) locksmith J E Kenna h 107 Willow av Kettler, Ny (Eliza) longshoreman h 88 Park ave

    1930 Census: Locksmith in Hoboken with wife Minnie and daughter Mary age 2 years a 11 months. See below.

    1940 Census: 408 Washington street, multifamily, Frederick Kettler 49, born New Jersey, 8th grade education, electrician, building, Minnie Kettler 46, 6 grade education, born New York, May Kettler 12, born New Jersey, Dorothy Kettler 10, born New Jersey, same house in 1935,

    WWII Draft, 1942: Fred C Kettler, 1102 Washington St., Hoboken, age 50, born Hoboken, November 28, 1891, wife Minnie Kettler, employer, Hoboken Land and Imp Co. Hoboken.

    1957: $8,500 Settles Injury Suit - a $8,500 settlement was made on Mrs. Minnie Kettler of Hoboken, N J. after she fractured her shoulder in a fall on the steps of the home of Rose Yazzetti of 16 Eastview Ave, Yonkers.

    Death of Frederic Kettler: Frederick Christian Kettler, Record Type: Military Service, Birth Date: 29 Nov 1891, Military Date: 31 May 1919, Military Place: Hoboken, NJ, Death Date: 15 Mar 1959

    SS index: Frederick C Kettler Spouse: Minnie Stoll, Child: May M Lundberg

    Death of Minnie Stoll Kettler: Uncertain. After 1957. Not listed SSDI. May be Minnie Kettler, Death Date: 7 Mar 1971, Death Place: Guttenberg, Hudson, New Jersey, USA. Kettlers in the NJ Death index included: Henry in 1957, his wife Elizabeth in 1972, Frederick in 1959 (all listed in Hoboken) Jennie in 1923 (Hoboken) and Minnie in 1971 in Guttenberg.

  5. Henry Clarence Kettler (1894-1957) and Elizabeth Nagel (1898-1972)

    Birth: Henry Kettler was born on November 21, 1894 at 406 Grand St. in Hoboken, New Jersey. Fourth of four living children.

    Clarence taken from the birth of his son Robert in 1921.

    1900 Census: With his mother in Hoboken. See Hanna Peters Kettler Jensen.

    1910 Census: With Gertrude et al, see below.

    1912 Enlistment Record: Kettler, Henry, April 15, 1912, enlisted at Jefferson Bks Montana, for 3 years, born Hoboken, New Jersey, age 21, and ? laborer, eyes blue, hair, dark, complexion, med. height 6 foot, regiment 18 Inf H, honorable discharge April 15, 1915.


    • Henry was only 18. In fact, his brother, Fredrick, was 21 in 1912.
    • The 18th Infantry in Front of Old Faithful in 1912.
      "The U. S. Army administered the park from 1886 to 1918. During that time, a few hundred soldiers were stationed at Fort Yellowstone. There were also many more soldiers who were stationed at nearby posts such as Fort Ellis and may have visited or traveled through the park (and taken pictures). "

    Soldiers were brought into Yellowstone to help police the park during the busy summer season. The 18th also served along the Mexican boarder at Texas City, Texas in February 1913.

    Marriage: Elizabeth M. Nagel. Born c. 1898 Texas, per 1930 census October 15, 1897 per SSDI.

    In June 1971 Willie Nagel age 71 of Alice, Texas died after a long illness. A native of Fredricksburg he had lived in Corpus Christi for 15 years. He was a retired carpenter. He was survived by a son, Harvey W. Nagel of Chicago and three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kettler of Hoboken, New Jersey, Mrs. Katherine Kotch of Houston and Mrs Matilda Garcia of Alfred and three brothers, Richard, Paul and Walter.

    1910: Justice Precinct 5, Starr, Texas, Phillip Nagel 43, born Germany, farmer, Mary Nagel 34, born Texas, Lizzie Nagel 12, Willie Nagel 10, Paul Nagel 9, Walter Nagel 4, Heinrich Nagel 40, brother, born Germany, farmer


    1. Henrietta M, born circa 1919, per 1930 census.

      Henrietta married someone with the surname, Fisher. Henrietta Fisher was buried in 1997 in the same grave in Hoboken Cemetery as Robert Kettler born 1921, see below.

      1940: Home in 1940, Hancock Avenue Jersey City. Home in 1935 Hoboken John Fisher 24, freight handler, railroad, Henrnetta Fisher 21 wife

      SSDI: Henrietta Fisher, 17 Mar 1919, 10 Dec 1997, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey.

    2. Robert Henry Kettler, March 19, 1921, father, Henry Clarence Kettler, age 26, born in USA, labourer, 110 Park Avenue Hoboken, mother, Elizabeth Nagee (?), age 23, housewife, second of two children, certificate #704.

      Robert Kettler, born 1921 was buried in Hoboken Cemetery in 1980.

  6. 1920 Census: Did not find them.

    1922 Directory: Kettler, Fred (Minnie) locksmith, h 107 Willow (Henry lab at same address)

    1925 directory: Kettler, Fred C (Minnie) locksmith J E Kenna h 107 Willow av Kettler, Ny (Eliza) longshoreman h 88 Park ave

    1930 Census: Jersey City, Henry, age 35, born New Jersey, father born Germany, mother born Norway, laborer ship yard, Elizabeth 32, born Texas, and children Henrietta 11, born New Jersey, and Robert 9 born New Jersey.

    WWII Draft Registration, 1942: Henry Kettler, 1308 Wash Street, Hudson Co. New Jersey, no telephone, age 47, born Hoboken, date of birth Nov. 21, 1894, Elizabeth Kettler 1308 Wash. Street. Employee, President Lines Inc. Pier 9, Jersey City.

    1925 directory: Kettler, Fred C (Minnie) locksmith J E Kenna h 107 Willow av Kettler, NY (Eliza) longshoreman h 88 Park ave

    1940 Census: Kettler, Henry, 45, born New York, 5th grade education, longshoreman S S Piers, Elizabeth, wife, 42, born Texas, 4th grade education, Robert, son, 19, born New Jersey, 6 grad education, lived in same house in 1935

    Death of Henry Kettler: December 16, 1957, buried Hoboken Cemetery, New Jersey. Death date from tombstone.

    Marker reads:

    NOV 21 1894 DEC 16 1957

    Application for Headstone marker: Kettler, Henry, age at enl 24 years and 6 months, enlisted May 14, 1915, discharged June 4, 1919 Honorable, service # 1194547, grade SGT, state, New Jersey, medals, none, dob Nov 21, 1894 dod Dec 16, 1957 applicant Elizabeth Kettler, Hoboken Cemetery

    Note: The 41 Infantry was a National Guard Unit in April 1917 when the US entered World War I. They trained at Camp Green, North Carolina. In November 1917 the division left for Europe. In February 1918 men of the 41st were aboard the SS Toscania when it was sunk by a U-boat in the North Channel on its way to Liverpool carrying over 2,000 American troops. About 210 men were lost. She had departed for her final voyage from Hoboken.

    Feb 5, 1918: U.S. steamship Tuscania is torpedoed and sinks

    Death of Elizabeth Kettler: Elizabeth Kettler born October 15, 1897, died August 1972, Hoboken, New Jersey (SSDI, SS#154-32-5905)


Freidrich Sr. worked as a longshoreman.

When they lived in Brooklyn Fritz surely worked on one of the docks in Red Hook. Brooklyn was one of the busiest ports in the world in the late 1880s. Access for goods and people from the end of Hamilton Ave to lower Manhattan on the New Ferry was a 12 to 15 minutes trip. The area was active from the mid-1800 until well after the "turn of the century".

In April 1886 when Marie Sophia Kettler was not quite 2 months old the Brooklyn longshoremen went on strike. About 2,500 longshoremen were dissatisfied with their wages which were 20 cents an hour. The problem was not the wages per se but the number of hours worked which might be only three or four house per day. The longshoremen were asking for 25 cents per hour and 30 cents an hour for work done after 6 o'clock at night. The longshoremen removed merchandise from the vessels. Other workers called storemen worked inside the warehouses.

See Brooklyn and Life in Red Hook, Brooklyn now or at the bottom of the page.

Hoboken was another major shipping center in the New York area.

See Hoboken now or at the bottom of the page.

Fritz Kettler in the Directories

One way to track people over time is through the city directories, sort of a phone book before phones.

Frederick Kettler Location 2: r* 87 Ferris Occupation: laborer Year: 1889, 1890 City: Brooklyn State: NY

* "r" = "rear" The 1886 map of Brooklyn shows only a building at the rear of 87 Ferris. 87 Ferris was the address given at the birth of Gertrude in 1889.

Fredk Kettler, 111 Willow Avenue, H, laborer, 1891-93, Hoboken, Jersey City/Hoboken Directory.

Note: There were four listings for Kettler in Hoboken in the 1891-93 Directory: Fredk, Henry, Adelheid and Leopold, see below.

The Move to New Jersey

Fritz and Hanna moved to Hoboken, NJ sometime after the birth of Gertrude in April, 1889 and before the birth of Frederick, Junior in November, 1891. It would seem likely that they moved to Hoboken by at least 1890, since Frederick Kettler was listed in the 1891 Jersey City/Hoboken directory in 1891.

The Hoboken docks were the New York Harbor home of two German and one Scandinavian Steamship line. Hoboken was almost completely dominated by German ethnic influences from the 1840's to the start of World War I. (WWI started in Europe in 1914. The US entered the war on April 6, 1917.) Hoboken was known for it's river walks, German parks and German beer gardens. Thousands of people came over by ferry from Manhattan each weekend to enjoy the recreational pleasures of Hoboken. There was a Norwegian community in Hoboken and there was a Norwegian church there. I do not know why they made the move. Were their problems on the docks in Brooklyn? Did either Fritz or Johanna have family in Hoboken? Were the opportunities or the pay better in Hoboken? Certainly it would appear that Hoboken had a more hospitable environment. Red Hook Brooklyn was filled with noisy, smelly factories. There was little or no access to the waterfront except by the dock workers.

1892 Kings County Census

There were no Kettlers listed in the 1892 Kings County Census, Ward 12, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

While there were Peters and Petersens listed from Norway, but there is nothing to connect them to Hanna Peters/Petersen.

1895 Census in New Jersey

The 1895 New Jersey State Census was taken for statistical purposes and does not include much genealogically helpful material. However, it does establish that the Kettler family was living in Hoboken in 1895 and included Fritz, Hanna, Marie, Gertrude, Fred and Henry. This census is available at the New York Public Library call # ZI-528 reel 24, Ward 3 page 573, very poor quality.

Fritz and Hannah as Witnesses to the Marriage of Ernst Herman Selke and Johanna Sophia Maier, 1894

In January 1894 Fritz and Hannah were witnesses to a wedding in Hoboken.

Germany Gen listing:

7-Jan-1894 Pastor Dr. Johann Rudolph,
Grooms Information: Selke, Ernst Herm., Father, Selke, Adam, Date of Birth: 5-Dec-1872, Birth Place: Deutschland, Occupation: Labourer, Mother,
Brides Information Maier, Joh. Sophie, Father Date of Birth: 2-Dec-1873 Birthplace: Deutschland,
Witness #1 Surname: Kettler, Fr.
Witness #2 Surname: Kettler, Mrs. Hannah

(German Reformed Church of Hoboken as compiled by the German Genealogy Group)

Church record: 1894 January 7 - Ernest Hermann Selke Hoboken, geb 5 Debr. 1873 in ------land (parents) ---- and Wilhelmina geb Jacob to Johanna Sophie Maier, Hoboken, geb 2 Debr. 1873 in (same word as for Ernest), (parents) Jacob und Johanna geb Borst. Witness Friedr. and Fr. Hannah Kettler


  • Olga Solke Birth Date: 15 Apr 1893 Birthplace: Hoboken, Hudson, New Jersey Father's Name: Ernst H. Solke Father's Birthplace: Ger Father's Age: 21y Mother's Name: Sopfie Maier Mother's Birthplace: Ger Mother's Age: 20y Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C05073-5 System Origin: New Jersey-EASy GS Film number: 494226 Reference ID: 173 LDS

  • 1895 NJ state census - Not listed

  • 1900 Census 259 Third Street, Selke, Herman, Dec 1872, age 27, married 7 years, born Germany, day work, immigration 1892, Sophie, Dec 1873, Germany, 2 children 2 still living, immigration 1892, August Apr 1894 age 6, New Jersey, Elsa, May 1896, New Jersey
  • In the 1900 Census Herman and Sophie Selke were listed in the building next to Fred Erxmeyer. Fred Erxmeyer was the maternal uncle of Louie Blanck who married Gertrude Kettler (the daughter of Fritz and Hannah) in 1907.

  • 1905: Sophie Selke Census 1905 Event Place: Hudson, New Jersey, United States Age: 31 Birth Year (Estimated): 1874 Family Number: 254 Page: 11 Line Number: 31 GS Film number: 1688606 Digital Folder Number: 004881586 Image Number: 00178 Household Gender Age Birthplace Herman Selke M 32 Sophie Selke F 31 Olga Selke F 11 Ellie Selke F 9 Emily Selke F 0

  • 1910 in Hoboken: Selke, Herman, Sophie, Olga? age 16, Elsa 14, and Emily age 6

  • 1918 Draft Registration: Herman Ernst Selke, born German Dec 5, 1872, 1456 Smith Street, North Bergen, longshoreman, US Government, 14th street, Hoboken, wife Sophia

  • Herman was listed on Smith Street North Bergen in 1920 - age 47, widow, born Germany, in US 32 years, naturalized, longshoreman docks with his daughter Emily age 15. (immigration circa 1888?).

  • Nothing on Johanna Sophie Maier before her marriage

Why were Fritz and Hannah witnesses to this marriage? What connection did they have to either Ernst or Sophia? Fritz and Hannah were 10 (more or less) years older than Ernst and Sophia?

Death of Frederick, February 16, 1896

Fred T. Kettler, age 33, longshoreman, born in Germany, father, Christian, mother, Gertrude, both born in Germany, in the USA for 13 years, last residence, 228 Washington Street, Hoboken, died on February 16, 1896 in St. Mary's Hospital in Hoboken, New Jersey of Bright's disease. He was buried in Hoboken Cemetery. Information from the death certificate of Fred Kettler.

Note: Bright's disease was any severe disease of the Kidneys, after Richard Bright (1789-1868) English Doctor.

No will listed in the New Jersey State Archives for any Kettlers in Hoboken, August 2008

Addresses for Hannah Peter Kettler 1896 to 1901

When Fritz died in February 1896 the family was at 228 Washington Street, Hoboken.

When Gertrude and Frederic were placed in the Brooklyn Orphans Asylum on October 21, 1896 Hannah's address was listed at 135 Coffey Street, Brooklyn.

When Hannah married John Jensen in September 1898 her address was given as 228 Washington Street, Hoboken.

When the 1900 census was taken Hannah Peter Kettler Jensen was listed at 113 Monroe Street, Hoboken

In April 1901 at the discharge of Gerture Kettler from the Brooklyn Orphan's Asylum Hannah's address was 226 Conover Street, Brooklyn

In September 1901 when Frederic was discharged from the Brooklyn Orphan's Asylum Hannah's address was 407 Forth Street, Hoboken.

Second Marriage of Johanna Peter/Peterson

Hanna Petersen married Johannus Jensen in Hoboken in 1898. For more information on this marriage and Hanna Petersen in general, go to Hanna Petersen, now or at the end of the page.

Kettlers in the 1900 Federal Census

The 1900 US census lists as pupils in the "Orphan Asylum Society of the City of Brooklyn" at 1423-1435 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.:

  1. Gertrude Kettler, born Sept, 1889
  2. Frederic Kettler, born November, 1891

Note: According to the 1898 Brooklyn Directory, the Orphan's Asylum was a Protestant institution located near Kingston on Atlantic. This was in what is now the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Mrs. Geo H. Nichols was the President.

The asylum took orphans and half orphans.

The original building on Cumberland near Myrtle was erected circa 1850 to accommodate 100 children. A new building was under construction in 1880 on Atlantic Street near Herkimer street and Kingston Ave. intending to house 300 inmates.

In May 1901 there were 309 children in the Asylums building on Atlantic Avenue - , 117 were admitted during the year and 104 were discharged for having reached the age limit. The older girls in the asylum apparently were industrious and worked at darning socks, hemming napkins and towels, making pillow cases, aprons and doll's clothes as well as a few pieces of fancy needlework.

An Annual fair was held and the Academy of Music to raise money for the asylum

The rest of the family in the 1900 census:

  • Hanna and Henry were listed with Hanna's second husband, John Jensen, in Hoboken. See Hanna Peters Kettler Jensen
  • I did not find a definite listing for Mary Kettler. However, it is possible, that she was the person listed as "Mannie" with Hanna and John Jensen. I did not find a death record for her in New Jersey from 1895-1900.


Why were Gertrude and Frederick in an orphanage in Brooklyn?

Why not in an orphanage in New Jersey?

Why was Henry not in the orphanage with them?

Were there no relatives or friends to help Hannah with her children?

The 1910 census in New Jersey

The 1910 US census in Hoboken, New Jersey lists:

  • Louie, age 22, head of household, married 3 years, occupation, wagon driver for a moving van, out of work 5 weeks in 1909.
  • Gertrude, age 22, wife
  • Henrietta, daughter, age 2
  • Louie, son, age 10 months
  • Frederick Kettler, brother-in-law, age 18, born in NJ , German father, Norwegian mother, occupation, locksmith
  • Henry Kettler, brother-in-law, age 15, born in NJ, German father, Norwegian mother
  • Herman Jensen, brother-in-law, age 17, born in Denmark, both parents Danish, immigrated in 1893, occupation, running drill press in electric works

Note: Relationship is to head of household, in this case Louis Blanck.

Herman Jensen was Louie's "step" brother-in law.

Why were Fred Kettler, Henry Kettler and Herman Jensen living with Louie and Gertrude instead of Johannus Jensen and Hanna Peter/Petersen Kettler Jensen?

Kettlers in the 1909/10 and 1910/11 Directories Hoboken

There were no listings for Kettler in the 1909/10 and 1910/11 Hoboken Directories.

The 1930 Federal Census

Henry Kettler

Henry Kettler and his family were listed in the 1930 US Census in New Jersey at 243 New York Avenue in Jersey City as follows:

  • Henry L Kettler, head, age 35, renting, $32 per month, born New Jersey, father born Germany, mother born, Norway, occupation, labourer, ship yards
  • Elizabeth M, wife, age 32, born in Texas, occupation, none
  • Henrietta, age 11, born in New Jersey
  • Robert, son, age 9, born in New Jersey

Frederick Kettler

Frederick Kettler and his family were listed in the 1930 US Census in New Jersey at 1102 Washington Street, Hoboken listed as follows:

  • Frederick, head, R $36, age 36, married at 22, born in New Jersey, parents both born in "Germany", locksmith, (either "for" or Fox") Key Co., veteran WW
  • Minnie, wife, age 34, married at 19, born in N.J., father born in N.Y., mother born in Canada/French
  • Mary, daughter, age 2 and 11/12

Gertrude Kettler and Louis Blanck

Gertrude Kettler Blanck and her husband, Louie Blanck, were in Union City in 1930.


What happened to Maria Sophia? She is not with Gertrude and Fredrich in the orphanage in 1900. I can't find her death recorded in either New Jersey or New York from 1895-1900. Maybe she too old to be in an orphanage.

Kettlers in the Records in Brooklyn and Hoboken

Most people immigrated to an area where there were already family, friends or neighbors from the old country. With this in mind I have looked at the other Kettlers in both Hoboken and Brooklyn.


  • 1898 Directory for Brooklyn: The 1898 Directory for Brooklyn lists several Kettler's.
    • Three of them live in what is now Bed-Sty and Tompkins Park
    • Otto Kettler, at 61 9th St. This address is in Red Hook He is not in any census

  • 1870 Census:

  • 1880 Census:

    The 1880 census indexes indicate that there were 6 Kettler "families" In Brooklyn. However, none of them were in Red Hook. There were two Kettler "families" in Manhattan with no obvious connection to Fritz Kettler. None of the Kettlers indicated that they were either from Friesland or Hanover.

  • 1900 Census: No Kettlers in Ward 12. There were other Kettlers in Brooklyn.

  • 1910 Census: No Kettlers in Ward 12. There were other Kettlers in Brooklyn.

  • 1920 Census

  • 1930 Census :

  • Civil Records:

    I checked the birth records for Brooklyn from 1866 to 1888. There were 12 births recorded. The only ones in Red Hook were Maria Sophia the daughter of Fritz born in 1886 and Gertrude the daughter of Fritz born in 1889.


The Kettle records in Hoboken are equally scant:

  • There were no Kettler marriages listed in northern Jersey through 1900
  • There were no Kettler deaths listed in northern Jersey through 1880
  • There were three Kettler births listed:
    1. Male Kettler, father, Richard Kettler, 253 Garden Street, Hoboken, born in Germany, age 37, salesman, mother, Ernistine Walter, born in USA, age 25, second child of the marriage, September 6, 1884
      Further Records: No further records for Richard or Ernistine Kettler.
    2. Andrew Leopold Carl Kettler, father, Leopold Kettler, 131 Madison Street, Hoboken, born in Hoboken, age 25, labourer, mother, Fanny Baumann, born in Germany, age 34, second child, one still living, May 10, 1894.
      Further Records:
      • Andrew Kettler - no further record
      • Leopold Kettler, driver, was listed at 126 Madison, h, in the 1891/93 Jersey City/Hoboken Directory.
    3. Henry Kettler, the son of Fritz and Hanna born November 21, 1894. See above.
  • 1870 Census: There were no listings for Kettler in Hoboken in the 1870 census index.
  • 1880 Census: There were no listings for Kettler in Hoboken in the 1880 census index
  • 1900 Census: Two - both in Ward 4
    1. Henry and his wife Alena, in Ward 4 see below.
    2. On Jackson Street in Ward 4, Charles Kettler, Head, age 48 born Feb 18?? married 15 years, born Germany, immigrated 18??, labourer, Maggie wife born Mar 18??, age 46, 6 children 2 still living, Jessie daughter age 12, Dec 1887, Emma daughter, age 8 ??? 1891 Alice Lynch mother in law born Ireland, 1840, age ?? 9 children 3 living
      Further Records: Not listed in other censuses.
  • 1910 Census: No other Kettlers listed in Hoboken.
  • 1920 Census: Augusta Kettler age 25 immigrated 1912 keeper lodging house Ward 2.
  • 1930 Census : There were four Kettler families listed in the 1930 census in Hoboken:
    1. Henry, the son of Fritz Kettler, see 1930 Census above
    2. Frederick, the son of Fritz Kettler, see 1930 Census above
    3. Emma Kettler and her son, Charles at 139 Garden Street:
      • Emma, head, R $150, married at age 22, age 46, widowed, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, immigrated in 1923
      • Charles, son, single, born in Germany, immigrated in 1923, painter, houses
    4. Emil Kettler, age 23, and Elizabeth Kettler, age 19, immigrated in 1929
  • Social Security Death Index: There was nothing relevant in the social security death index except where noted.

Kettlers in the Hoboken Cemetery in North Bergen

Hoboken Cemetery in North Bergen has fallen on hard times and has been in receivership for several years. Most times the cemetery is closed.
  1. Frederick Kettler, who according to his death certificate was buried in Hoboken Cemetery in 1896. In reply to my inquiry of June 2013 Epstein Management Corporation said they had no record of the burial of Fritz Kettler.
  2. Gertrude Kettler Blanck and her husband, Louie Blanck, who according to their death certificates were buried in the Hoboken Cemetery in 1938 and 1935 respectively. In reply to my inquiry of June 2013 the Epstein Management Corporation stated that:
    • Louis Blanck dod 06/08/1935 was buried in section QNEP Row 6, Grave 83
    • Gertrude Blanck dod 11//08/1938 section QNEP Row 6 grave 86

In a visit to the Cemetery some years ago we found four Kettler graves. They are all in the same general area although not right next to one another. I checked the records for the three deaths that are available through the New Jersey State Archives. I also checked the birth record of Robert Kettler born in 1921.

  1. Robert Kettler born 1921 died 1980. He was buried with Henrietta Fisher born 1919 died 1997.

    Robert Henry Kettler was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Kettler and the grandson of Fritz and Hanna Kettler. Henrietta Fisher was most likely the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Kettler born in 1919.

    Robert H Kettler was not listed in the SSDI.

  2. Henry Kettler born November 21, 1894, died December 16, 1957. Not listed in the SSDI.

    Based on the date of birth, this was the son of Fritz and Johanna Kettler and the father of Robert Kettler.

  3. Heinrich Kettler, Born March 24 1830, Germany, Died August 9, 1904 buried with Adelaid Kettler, Geb (born) Knollenberg Born Dec 10, 1845, Died February 24, 1909.

    Birth: December 10, 1845, Germany

    Marriage: Adeline (Alena, Adelhied, Adelaid), Date and place unknown. Circa 1860, in US. (based on 1900 census)

    Immigration: I did not find an appropriate listing in Germans to America.

  4. Children:

    1. Rudolph Kettler

      Birth: born February 10 1866, male, father, Henry Kettler, Hoboken, New Jersey. (IGI LDS). Note: I did not find this birth record in the New Jersey Archives.

    2. Death: Died April 15, 1903. According to the death record, Rudolph Kettler, age 37, labourer, born in the USA, how long in the state of New Jersey, life, father, Henry, born in Germany, mother, "Adeline", born in Germany, died on April 15, 1903, cause of death, nephritis. Buried in Flower Hill Cemetery. Cert. # 7591.

    3. Unknown
    4. Unknown
    5. Unknown

    Note: "Alena" Kettler was the mother of four children according to the 1910 census.

    1891-1893 Directory, Jersey City/Hoboken:

    • Henry Kettler, 40 Adams, h, beer, Hoboken
    • Adelheld Kettler, 40 Adams, h, saloon, Hoboken

    Henry Kettler in the 1900 Census in Hoboken: Henry Kettler was listed at 80 Adams Street as follows:

    1. Kettler, Henry, head, born March 1835, married 40 years, age 70, born Germany, immigrated 1860, nationalized, grocer
    2. Alena, wife, born December 1843, age 56, married 40 years, four children, three still living, born Germany, immigrated 1863

    Death of Henry Kettler: Henry B Kettler, age 74 years, 5 months, occupation, grocer, born in Germany, lived in Hoboken for 40 years, address, 229 Monroe Street, Hoboken, father, Bernard, born in Germany, mother, Elizabeth, born in Germany, date of death, August 9, 1904, cause of death, vavular disease of the heart. Buried Flower Hill Cemetery. Cert # none

    Adelaid Kettler in 1905 New Jersey State Census: Adelaide Kettler was listed at 227 Monroe Street, Ward 4, ED 18, born December 1844, in US 42 years, born in Germany, grocer. Note: This indicates an immigration date of circa 1863.

    Death of Adelaid Kettler: Adelaid Kettler, age 64, housewife, born in Germany, address, Union Hill, Union, died at Christ Church Hospital, Jersey City, father, Rudolf Knollenberg, born in Germany, mother, Margaret (no maiden name), date of death, February 24, 1909, cause of death, Myocarditis, duration 5 months. Buried Flower Hill Cemetery. Cert # 12020

I visited again in August 2006. Things are in slightly better shape with more of the area mowed. There are a lot of tumbled tombstones and quite a bit of trash (bottles, cans etc.)

Other Kettlers Here and There

There were some Kettlers in southern New Jersey in the records in the mid 1800s.

No Kettlers listed in New Jersey in the 1870 or 1880 censuses.

There were a few Kettlers in the New York City records:

  1. Fritz Kettler 1883 marriage #24906 . Cabinet maker born in Hanover.
  2. Sophie Kettler marriage 2889 #6306 born in Bavaria.

Exit Permits From Ostfriesland

LDS microfilm #1257603 contains exit permits from Ostfriesland Germany from 1881 to 1912. Fritz Kettler says he immigrated in 1883. He was not listed on LDS film 1257603.

Others from Friesland in Brooklyn

George H Simons (1840-)

January 1899: The Rev. George H. Simons was born on July 7, 1840 on the Island of Amrum in North Friesland, Germany to a family that had immigrated to Friesland from England several generations before his birth. He went to sea from the age of 16 until the age of 27. He later became a minister serving in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, California and New York. He came to Brooklyn as the German Methodist Minister at the Port Mission. He preached in German and English. In 1899 he was married with four sons and one daughter. One son was the Rev. George Albert Simons.

1890: George H Simons (Rev.), h[ome] 298 Sackett, 1892: Ward 18, George H "Simmmons" age 51 member of the clergy, born Germany, John F age 19, George A 17, Arthur A 14, Tillie 9, Irvin O 18 months, Tillie 40 wife

1895: German Salem's Church Vanderveer Park Minister, The Rev. George H. Simons.

A society of German Methodists led by Rev. George H. Simons, pastor, erected a small chapel at Avenue D and East 38th Street that was dedicated on April 28, 1895

Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church 3114 Glenwood Road at East 31st Street Brooklyn, N.Y. 11210

Death 1899: George H Simons 58 Death Date: 31 Jan 1899 Death Place: Kings, New York, USA Certificate Number: 2011

John Ris ( 1822 - 1899)

John Ris born in Friesland, Holland, in 1822 died in Brooklyn in June 1899. He lived at 369 77th street, Bay Ridge. He was the son of the Rev. Nicholas Ris a well known Baptist minister in Holland. John Ris came to New York in 1828 and married Antonia J. Van Wynan of Brooklyn. After his marriage he went to Grand Rapids Michigan where he set up a cabinet making manufacturing plant. He returned to Brooklyn in 1854 and established a cabinet making establishment on Clinton street near Degraw. He retired in 1894. He was survived by his wife and five sons, Anthony, Henry, George, John and Bernard, two daughters, Mrs. Joh H. Addicks and Miss J. I Ris and 18 grandchildren.

Early Dutch Settlers from Friesland in Brooklyn

Dutch settlers from Friesland settled in New Amersfoort in Brooklyn as early as 1636. Early Brooklyn settlers from Friesland were the Van Ness family and the Boerum family (from Burum) Willem Jacobse (van Boerum), and Peter Sluyter, of Wiewerd, in Friesland. Peter Schermerhorn (1781-1852) and his brother Abraham Schermerhorn (1783-1850) from Friesland had a farm in Gowanus. Schermerhorn is a town in North Friesland province in the Netherlands. The Van Ness family originates from the town of Nes on the isle of Ameland, Province of Friesland.


"The Mennonites, followers of Menno Simons of Friesland, Holland, reject infant baptism and enjoin non-resistance to violence, washing the saints' feet, the use of excommunication and the shunning of expelled persons, and refuse to take oaths. They are otherwise orthodox in their Christianity, but have many unusual ceremonies. There are twelve branches.

Brooklyn Citizen Almanac 1894


Friesland, an historical region, bordering the North Sea, was settled by the Frisians in prehistoric times. Most of the land was low lying and exposed to the incursions of the sea. The inhabitants lived on man-made mounds called terps.

In 1815 Friesland was divided into a province in the Netherlands and the Ostfiesland and Nordfriesland regions of northwestern Germany. It is a predominantly Protestant area. Friesland has maintained it own language which is closely related to English.

  • Friesland is a coastal province in the northern Neterlands. It includes an inland section around Leeuwarden (the capital and only large town) and four West Frisian Islands off the north coast. It is a low lying area rarely exceeding 50 feet above sea level and is drained by a vast system of canals, waterways, and lakes.
  • Oustfriesland includes coastal marshlands in the northwestern section of Lower Saxony in north central Germany.
  • Nordfreisland is on the west coast of the Jutland Peninsula.
In January 2012 Larry Vanderlaan wrote:
The ancient history of the Friesians included a North Sea flood in the eleventh century, which created the former 'Zuyderzee' and as a result there is a small section called West Friesland now part of North-Holland province of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is improperly called Holland, since Holland is one of the twelve provinces comprising the present nation called 'Kingdom of the Netherlands' and we have a queen as king.

The remaining part of Friesland eventually became split again into the present Friesland and Groningen provinces of the Netherlands. The eastern part became part of Germany where their languare 'Deutsch' is translated as 'German' and the area known as 'Ost Friesland'.

The language in the Netherlands is 'Nederlands' for some reason translated as 'Dutch. Hence when WWI broke out, the Dutch people in the US quickly referred to themselves as 'Holland-Dutch'. The Netherlands had been a neutral nation since the seventeenth century and stayed out of the war. Not in WW2 when ol' Adolf decided to break the signed treaty in May 1940 and we had five years of Nazi rule.

The Friesians of the Netherlands, besides being taught 'Dutch' in school, now are also allowed their ancient dialect/language 'Frisian', so as you enter Friesland province today, the signs are in two languages.

In my opinion Fritz Keller was a German as he dealt with the North German Lloyd ships alias the Bremen Line (foot of Third St.).

The Dutch translation for his name would have been Frits Ketelaar and as a matter of fact we (I am retired from Holland-America Line in NYC) had a person with the name Piet Ketelaar as manager of the Operating department at our piers in Hoboken, foot of Fifth end Sixth Streets and later moved to Pier 40 in Manhattan.

HAL was started in 1873 as the Netherlands American Steamship Company and became known first as the Rotterdam Line and later as the Holland-America Line, which under this name was sold to the Carnival Cruise Line people. Their passenger ships ended their name in '-dam' and their freight ships in 'dyk'. Carnival continued to name their ships as 'Dam ships' (on tee shirts). Freight ships are history.

More notes from Larry Vanderlaan, May 2012 :
  • My experience with Frisians is that they are a proud people and insisted on having their language/dialect accepted in the Netherlands. Hence, if I see the local 'Fryslan' tv station on my cable, I don't know what they are talking about. Luckily they learn Dutch (Netherlandish) in school first, so we can communicate and their history is like any other, many farm boys and girls migrated to our port cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam and emigrated to many countries in the world, as also the United States.
  • Similar story on the Ostfrieslanders. They have a local dialect called 'plattdeutsch' and of course learn 'hochdeutsch' (high german) in school.
  • Ostfriesland had/has only one port city named Emden on the 'Ems' river ending in the 'Dollard/Dollaert' connection to the North Sea, which is now the border between The Netherlands and Germany.
1878: The cheapest railroad in the world was said to be in East Friesland. It connected the village of Westertede with the Oldenberg-Leer Railroad. Five miles long it was built at a cost of $50,000.

The Oldenburg-Leer railway connects the Emsland line near Leer with the city of Oldenburg. It is 62 miles from Bremen to Leer by rail.

1879: The German Admiralty was surveying to build a canal between Ems and Jade so coal and other articles including "war materials" could be easily and safely moved from East Friesland to Wilhelmshaven. (New York Times Nov. 2, 1879)

For more information on Hanna Petersen, see Hanna Petersen

For more information on Gertrude Kettler Blanck, see Gertrude Kettler Blanck

For more information on Louie Blanck, see Louie Blanck

For more information on Hoboken, see Hoboken

For more information on Brooklyn, see Brooklyn and/or Life in Red Hook Brooklyn and/or Red Hook Waterfront

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