HENSPETER

Contributed by: William Brackett
brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Henspeter is of German origin, possibly in Mecklenburg. Malte Hinzpeter of Stuttgart, Germany believes the name derives from the first name of Hinz (Heinz in northern German), which is short for Heinrich and that the first Hinzpeter was probably “Peter son of Hinz” or Hinzpeter. There was a Georg Ernst Hinzpeter who was the tutor to William the 2nd of Prussia about 1865. The name has been located in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg, Posen, Rhineland and Westphalia in Germany. There the name is spelled Hinzpeter, Hintzpeter, Heinspeter or Hinspeter.

The Hinspeter name in Germany 1740-1870:

The town/region in Mecklenburg for this family was Gnoien. They appear in Mecklenburg as early as 1750.

Anna Elisabeth Hinzpeter married Joachim Schultz in Stuer, Mecklenburg on 17 Apr 1750.

Hinrich Wilhelm Hintzpeter b. 1735? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married Christine Catharina Horns and they had children:

Johann Vollrath Hintzpeter b. 20 Dec 1761 in Gnoien

Catharina Elisabeth Hintzpeter b. 22 Oct 1763

Catharina Maria Hintzpeter b. 21 May 1765

Catharina Maria Elisabeth Hintzpeter b. 28 Oct 1769

Samuel Friederich Hintzpeter b. 28 Apr 1772

Johann Jacob Hintzpeter b. 26 Jun 1774

Ludwig Zacharias August Hintzpeter b. 27 May 1777

Johann Joachim Hintzpeter b. 14 Mar 1779

Michel Hinzpeter had a daughter, Anna Elisabeth Hinzpeter in Plau, Mecklenburg on 28 Mar 1770.

Adam Nicholas Hintzpeter b. 1740 ? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married 1st Catharina Margaret Wertows or Wardowen? And had children:

Johann Christopher Hintzpeter b. 24 Oct 1764 in Gnoien

and possibly Anna Catharina Hintzpeter b. 08 May 1767

He married 2nd Elisabeth Charlota Nagels and had children:

Andreas Wilhelmann Hintzpeter b. 20 sep 1772

Christopher Frieden Hintpeter b. 21 Nov 1775

He married 3rd Maria Elisabeth Heyden

He married 4th Catharina Dorothea Ehrbecker

Jochim Hinrich Hintzpeter b. 1745? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married Gretta Lies Nehls and had a child:

Hans Friederich Hintzpeter b. 27 Apr 1771 Sietow, Mecklenburg

Lucia Caroline Hintzpeter b. abt 1752 Bobrow, Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg who married Carl Chirstoph Krueger

Joachim Andreas Hinzpeter b. 1775? Gnoien, Mecklenburg?had a child:

Maria Sophia Hinzpeter b. abt 1800 Fuerstensee, Mecklenburg

Margaretha Sophia Dorothea Hinzpeter was born in Ribnitz, Mecklenburg on 09 Apr 1799.

Johann Christoph Hinzpeter b. 24 Oct 1764 Gnoien, Mecklenburg ? who married Johanna Dorothea Druehlen. He was the son of Heinrich Wilhelm and Christine Catharina (Horns) Hinzpeter. Their children were:

Adam Friederich Johann Hintzpeter b. 22 Jul 1791 in Gnoien

Catharina Wilhelmina Beata Hintzpeter b. 05 Dec 1793

Christina Sophia Elisabeth Hintzpeter b. 25 Apr 1801

Andreas Wilhelm Ludwig Hinzpeter b. 21 Jul 1803

Sophia Dorothea Catharina Hinzpeter b. 13 Oct 1805

Joachim Ernst Christian Hinzpeter b. 23 Feb 1812

Andreas Wilhelm Hintzpeter b. 1780? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married Sophia Elisabeth Schulzer. He was the son of Adam Nicholaus and Elisabeth Charlota (Nagles) Hintzpeter. Their children were:

Johann Nicholas Friederich Hintzpeter b 30 Oct 1800 in Gnoien

Dorothea Maria Johanna Hintzpeter b. 16 Nov 1803

Adam Wilhelm Hintzpeter b. 21 Oct 1806

Johann Christian Friederich Hintzpeter b. 26 Jun 1808

Johann Wilhelm David Hintzpeter b. 27 Nov 1809

Maria Sophia Johanna Hintzpeter b. 28 Oct 1813

Jochim Friederich Hintzpeter b. 02 Aug 1816

August Ludwig Hintzpeter b. 1780? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married Maria Catharina Retzlaff and had children:

Johanna Sophia Elisabeth Hintzpeter b. 18 Nov 1805 in Gnoien

Maria Hedwig Johanna Hintzpeter b. 07 May 1809

Dorothea Elisabeth Ernestina Hintzpeter b. 07 May 1809 (twins?)

Hedwig Charlotta Eleanora Hintzpeter b. 13 Jul 1810

Maria Magdalena Henrietta Hintzpeter b. 25 Sep 1812

Carl Andreas Christoph Hinztpeter b. 21 Feb 1818

Friedrich Ludwig Theodor Hintzpeter b. 06 Jan 1822Adolph

August Hintzpeter b. 1790? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? (maybe same as above?) who married Maria Guesloff and had a child:

Charlotta Maria Christine Hintzpeter b. 22 Nov 1819

Gustav Hintzpeter b. 1780? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married Dorothea Koesters and had a child:

Charlotta Sophia Hintzpeter

Johann Jochim Christian Hinzpeter b. 1780? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married Margareta Eleonora Joachima Vonthien. He may have been the son of Heinrich Wilhelm and Chirtine Catharina (Horns) Hinzpeter? Their child was:

August Christoph Friederich Daniel Christian Hinzpeter b. 09 Apr 1804 in Poppentin, Mecklenburg

Johann Friederich Hintzpeter b. 1795? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married 1st Anna Maria Krueger and had a child:

Wilhelm Heinrich Friederich Hintzpeter b. 08 Mar 1818 in Gnoien

He married 2nd Catharina Elisabeth Wardow and had children:

Ewald Martin Johann Heinrich Hintzpeter b. 23 Nov 1823

Friederich Wilhelm Detloff Heinrich Hintzpeter b. 10 Sep 1826

Johann Nicholaus Friederich Hintzpeter b. 1800? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married Friederike Sophia Margareta Jaeger. He was the son of AndreasWilhelm and Sophia Elisabeth (Schulzer) Hintzpeter. His children were:

Franz Johann Wilhelm Hintzpeter b. 21 May 1826 in Gnoien

Carl Christoph Nicholaus Hintzpeter b. 27 Apr 1828

Mina Maria Luisa Hintzpeter b. 14 Mar 1830

Heinrich Conrad Johann Hintzpeter 01 Apr 1832

Adolph Heinrich Friederich Hintzpeter 03 Nov 1835

Dorothea Maria Johnna Hintzpeter 08 Apr 1839

Heinrich David Friederich Hintzpeter b. 1800? Gnoien, Meklenburg? who married 1st Juliana Catharina Magdalena Schroeder and had children:

Carolina Friederika Wilhelmina Hintzpeter b. 14 Nov 1824 in Gnoien

Friederika Sophia Johanna Carolotta Hintzpeter b. 21 Jan 1827

Heinrich Friederich Johann Hintzpeter b. 26 Jul 1829

Charlotta Friederika Dorothea Hintzpeter b. 30 Jun 1834

He married 2nd Elisabeth Eggert and had children:

Friederich Heinrich Johann Hintzpeter b. 16 Aug 1839

Wilhelmina Maria Jokoina Sophia Hintzpeter b. 06 Mar 1842

Carl Andreas Christoph Hinzpeter b. 21 Feb 1818 in Gnoien, Mecklenburg he was the son of August Ludwig Hintzpeter and Maria Catharina (Retzlaff) Hintzpeter. He married Sophia Christina Dorothea Berkmann and had children:

Wilhelm Johann Friedrich Hinzpeter b. 02 Apr 1848 in Gnoien

Maria Christina Johanna Hinzpeter b. 26 Sep 1849

Heinrich August Johann Hinzpeter b. 23 Feb 1851

Carl Friedrich Theodor Hinzpeter b. 06 Mar 1853

Wilhelm Ludwig Friedrich Christian Hinzpeter b. 12 Oct 1855

Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Joahnn Hinzpeter b. 07 Aug 1859

Adolph Christian Johann Hinzpeter b. 16 Sep 1861

Wilhelm Heinrich Friederich Hinzpeter b. 1824? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married Maria Elise Sophia Westen. He was the son of Johann Friederich and Anna Maira (Kruger) Hintzpeter. They had children:

Carolina Johanna Diederica Hinzpeter b. 18 Feb 1849 in Gnoien

Freiderika Sophia Dorothes Hinzpeter b. 11 May 1851

Carl Christoph Nicholas Hintzpeter b. 27 Apr 1828 in Gnoien, Mecklenburg. He was the son of Johann Nicholaus Freiderich Hintzpeter and Friederike Sophia Margareta (Jager) Hintzpeter. He married Christine Dorothea Henrietta Oemkes and had children:

Elise Sophie Friederike Hintzpeter b. 11 Jun 1858 in Gnoien

Ludwig Wilhelm Christian Friedrich Hintzpeter b. 03 Jul 1859

August Carl Friederich Theodor Hintzpeter b. 17 Feb 1861

Ewald Martin Johann Heinrich Hintzpeter b. 1830? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? He was the son of Johann Friederich Hintzpeter and his second wife Catharina Elisabeth (Wardow) Hintzpeter. He married Eleonora Elisabeth Sophia Drews and had children:

Wilhelm Ludwig Friederich Theodor Hintzpeter b. 24 Nov 1854 in Gonien

Agnese Christine Friederike Hintzpeter b. 20 Sep 1857

Carl Johann Jakob Hintzpeter b. 16 Sep 1859

Franz Johann Wilhelm Hintzpeter b. 21 May 1826 inGnoien, Mecklenburg. He was the son of Johann Nicholaus Friederich Hintzpeter and Friederike Sophia Margareta (Jager) Hintzpeter. He married Dorothea Maria Johanna Kroepplin and had children:

Friederich Carl Christian Hintzpeter b. 29 Jan 1854 in Gnoien

Sophia Caroline Friederike Hintzpeter b. 02 Aug 1856

Heinrich Ernst Karl Johann Hintzpeter b. 27 May 1859

Friederich Wilhelm Nicholaus Johann Hintzpeter b. 06 Oct 1861

Heinrich Friederich Hintzpeter b. 1840 ? Gnoien, Mecklenburg? who married Friederike Christiana Wilhelmine Silber and had a child:

Wilhelm Carl Friederich Theodor Hintzpeter b. 23 Sep 1860 in Gnoien

In Brandenburg there were the following by the name of Hinspeter:

Joachim Anton Hintzpeter b. 1775? Brandenburg? who married (Anna) Maria Dorothea Marwegen (Harwegen) and had children:

Carl Friederich Hinzpeter b. 29 Jun 1800 in Brandenburg

Maria Dorothea Hintzpeter b. 14 Jul 1805

Dorothea Feiderike Hintzpeter b. 01 Nov 1807

Daniel Hinspeter b. 1800? Brandenburg? He married Henriette Wilhelmine Lohrbeer and had children:

Carl Friederich Hinzpeter b. 24 Feb 1822

Carl Friederich Hinspeter b. 10 Sep 1824

Carollota Friederike Hinspeter b. 23 Sep 1825 Brandenburg

Heinrich August Hinspeter b. 09 Mar 1827

Daniel Wilhelm Hinspeter b. 24 Sep 1828

*Children born while he was in the Military

Carl Frederich Hintzpeter b. 29 Jun 1800 in Brandenburg. He is probably the son of Joachim Anton Hintzpeter and Anna Maria Dorothea (Marwegen) Hintzpeter. He married 1st Maria Caroline Grabow and had children:

Wilhelm Ernst Hinzpeter b. 29 Mar 1829 in Brandenburg

Carl Anton Hinzpeter b. 13 Feb 1831

He married 2nd Johanna Caroline Grabow (may be same as above?) and had children:

Johanna Caroline Hinzpeter b. 28 Apr 1833

Carl Fedor Hinzpeter b. 08 Jun 1835

Johann Joachim Hintzpeter b. 1805? Brandenburg? who married Christiane Dorothea Weise and had children:

Carl Rudolph Hinzpeter b. 07 Mar 1830 in Brandenburg

Johann Carl Friederich Hinzpeter b. 01 Oct 1832

Dorothea Auguste Hinzpeter b. 06 May 1832

Carl Otto Hintzpeter b. 02 Nov 1834

Friederike Mathilde Hinzpeter b. 10 Dec 1837

Louise Wilhelmine Hintzpeter b. 28 Mar 1847

Christian Friederich Hinzpeter b. 1810? Brandenburg? who married Charlotte Wilhelmine Schroeder and had children:

Wilhelmine Freiderike Louise Marie Hinzpeter b. 07 Apr 1839 in Pommern

Friederich August Hinzpeter b. 11 Jul 1841 in Brandenburg

Friederike Wilhelmine Hinzpeter b. 21 Aug 1842

Carl Friederich Hinzpeter b. 28 Jul 1844

Carl August Hinzpeter b. 01 Nov 1846


Christian Hintzpeter b. 1820? Brandenburg? (maybe same as above?) who married Maria Dorothea Kluth and had a child:

Wilhelmina Hintzpeter b. 08 Oct 1848 in Manitz

Adam Hintzpeter b. 06 Jan 1822 Brandenburg

Adolph Hinzpeter b. 1820? Brandenburg ? who married Johanne Marie Dorothes Wilke and had a child:

Wilhelm Adolph Gustav Hinzpeter b. 30 May 1847 in Brandenburg

Wilhelm Hintzpeter b. 1815? Brandenburg? who married Caroline Garbow and had a child:

Johanna Sophie Hintzpeter b. 30 Oct 1842 Brandenburg

Johann Daniel Hintzpeter b. 1800? Brandenburg? who married Caroline Wilhelmine (Friederike) Karnitz (Kernitz, Carnitz) and had children:

Friederike Charlotte Hinzpeter b. 04 Apr 1825 in Brandenburg

Friederich Wilhelm Hintzpeter b. 25 Mar 1827

Robert Theodor Hintzpeter b. 08 Jun 1829

Maire Louise Hinspeter b. 18 Jul 1830

Albertine Josephine Hintzpeter b. 06 Jan 1833

Friederich George Hintzpeter b. 01 Nov 1835

Carl Fedor Hintzpeter b. 08 Jun 1835 in Brandenburg. He was the son of Carl Friederich Hintzpeter and Johanna Caroline (Grabow) Hintzpeter who married Anna Friederike Thomas and had a child:

Emilie Louise Hinztpeter b 19 Feb 1863 in Gnoien

*also recorded as being born in Brandenburg?


Carl Albert Hintzpeter b. 1835? Brandenburg? who married Anna Friederike Toma and had a child:

Maria Hintzpeter b. 15 Jul 1861 in Brandenburg

Carl Anton Hinzpeter b. 13 Feb 1831 in Brandenburg. He was the son of Carl Frederich Hintzpeter and Maira Caoline (Garbow) Hintzpeter who married Pauline Helene Polster and had children:

Carl Wilhelm Hinzpeter b. 19 Jul 1857 in Brandenburg

Caroline Wilhelmine Hinzpeter b. 12 Sep 1858

Rudolph Eduard Hinzpeter b. 18 Feb 1864

Carl Otto Hintzpeter b. 02 Nov 1834 in Brandenburg. He was the son of Johann Joachim Hintzpeter and Christiane Dorothea (Weise) Hintzpeter. He married Bertha Leopoldine Runge and had children:

Wilhelmine Ottilie Hintzpeter b. 02 Jun 1859 in Brandenburg

Franz Paul Hintzpeter b. 21 Sep 1860

Carl Rudolph Hintzpeter b. 07 Mar 1830 in Brandenburg. He was the son of Johann Joachim Hintzpeter and Christiane Dorothea (Weise) Hintzpeter. He married Auguste Sophie Elisabeth Doering and had children:

Carl Paul Hermann Hintzpeter b. 28 Mar 1858 in Brandenburg

Gustav Rudolph Georg Hintzpeter b. 12 Feb 1860

Rudolph Max Ernst Hintzpeter b. 02 Feb 1862

Louise Amalie Marianne Dorothea Hintzpeter b. 07 Jun 1863

Agnes Louise Hintzpeter b. 11 Dec 1864

Friederich Herrmann Hans Hintzpeter b. 15 Jul 1866

Anna Amalie Luoise Helene Hintzpeter b. 26 Feb 1869

Friederich Heinrich Carl Hintzpeter b. 13 Jul 1871

Louise Marie Elisabeth Hintzpeter b. 05 Nov 1871?

In Rhineland there were the following by the name of Hinspeter:

Andreas Wilhelm Ludwig Hinspeter b. 1808? Rhineland, Prussia? who married Gerturde Fabri and had a child:

Gertrude Charlotte Hinspeter b. 08 Dec 1833 in Rhineland

Wilhelm Hinspeter b. 1805? Rhineland? who married Gertrude Fabri and had children:

Ludwig Jakob Adam Hinspeter b. 08 aug 1830 Rhineland

Anna Lisette Hinspeter b. 02 May 1832

Freiderich Wilhelm Hinspeter b. 10 Jan 1836

Carl Christian Wilhelm Hinspeter b. 1823? Rhineland? who married Wilhelmine Mathilde Blum and had children:

Carl Max Ludwig Hinspeter b. 18 Nov 1858 in Rhineland

Emma Bertha Alwine Hinspeter b. 04 Aug 1860

Anna Augusta Hinspeter b. 18 Feb 1862

Emma Maria Hinspeter b. 05 Jun 1863

Friedrich Wilhelm Hinspeter b. 21 Nov 1864

Emma Bertha Ida Antonie Hinspeter b. 13 Jun 1866

Emma Ida Hinspeter b. 04 Nov 1869

In Westphalia there were the following by the Hinzpeter name:

Friederich Wilhelm Hinzpeter b. 1800? Westpahlia? who married Josephine Devens and had children:

*George Ernst Hinzpeter b. 03 Nov 1827 in Westphalia

Friederich Wilhelm Hinzpeter b. 06 Mar 1831

*George Ernst Hinzpeter became the tutor to the Emperor of Germany, Wilhelm II about 1865. Much has been written about George Ernst Hinzpeter.

In Posen there were the following by the Hinspeter name:

Johann (Wilhelm) Christian Hintzpeter b. 1800? Posen? (Bromberg) who married Caroline Regine Hensel and had children:

Carl Wilhelm Hintzpeter b. 04 Aug 1822 in Posen

Caroline Emilie Hinzpeter b. 13 Jun 1824

Emma Louise Hinzpeter b. 22 Oct 1826

Herrmann Julius Hinzpeter b. 08 Feb 1829

Ferdinand Eduard Hintzpeter b. 11 Sep 1831

Marie Louise Hinzpeter b. 29 Sep 1833

Gustav Adolph Hinzpeter b. 13 Aug 1837

Wilhelm Hintzpeter b. 1822? in Posen (probably Carl Wilhelm above) who married Louise Geil and had children:

Hedwig Bertha Hintzpeter b. 30 Oct 1859 in Posen

Albert Max Hintzpeter b. 14 Jul 1861

Clara Minna Hintzpeter b. 08 Aug 1863

Richard Wilhelm Hintzpeter b. 05 Jun 1865

Hermann Julius Hintzpeter b. 05 May 1867

The Henspeter name in America 1850-

In his book The Germans of Chicago Rudolph A. Hofmeister states that "In the wake of the unsuccessful Revolution of 1848, innumerable outstanding men came to the new world with the first high tide of German immigration that brought 502,873 Germans between 1852 and 1854."

In volume one of Germans to America: lists of passengers arriving at U. S. ports on page 169 there is an entry for Hinspeter, Heinrick (Henry). It says he was 19 years of age and had sailed from Hamburgh, Germany to New York on 05 Jul 1850 aboard the ship “Guttenburg”. It also has his province and village of origin coded. There is a problem with this code though. The province is coded MK for Mecklenburg and the village is coded 0B6. There is not a village code by this designation. If the code were 006 it would be Oberlangenstadt, if it were 036 it would be Ohio, and if it were B06 it would have been Borkum. I believe this is a "typo" and probably was meant to read B06? There is also no designation for a village code of 086. Henry would have been born about 1831.

Carl Henspeter who was 32 years of age and was a smith by occupation arrived in New York on 03 Oct 1853 aboard the ship "Louisiana" which had sailed from Hamburg, Germany. His province of origin is listed as Mecklenburg but no village was listed.

Johann Hinzpeter who was 23 years of age, his wife Auguste who was 20 years of age and their daughter Sophie arrived in New York on 07 Sep 1855 aboard the ship "Eldia" which had sailed from Hamburg, Germany. Their village of origin is not listed and they were recorded as being from the province of Prussia.

F. H. C. Hinzpeter who was 42 years of age and was a carpenter by occupation, his wife Maria who was 40 years of age, along with their daughter Line who was 10 years of age and their son Heinrich who was 7 years of age arrived in New York on 07 June 1866 aboard the ship "Palmerston" which had sailed from Hamburg, Germany. Their province of origin is listed as Germany and their destination is recorded as Illinois. No village of origin was recorded. The name Linnie (Line/Lena) was also used by the Charles Hinzpeter family that was in Chicago in 1870 as well as the families of Shiawassee County, Michigan. It is probable that these three groups are related as Linnie is an unusual name.

Johann Hinzpeter who was 36 years of age and was a farmer by occupation, his wife Friederike who was 22 years of age along with their son Heinrich who was 7 years of age and their daughter Dorothea who was 6 years of age arrived in New York on 24 May 1869 aboard the ship "Reichstag" which had sailed from Hamburg, Germany. Their province of origin is listed as Germany and no village was coded.

Maria Hinspeter who was 20 years of age and single arrived in New York on 15 Jun 1872 aboard the ship "Allemannia". Her province of origin is listed as Germany and no village was recorded.

The 1860 census index for Will County, Illinois includes:

Henspeter, Henry who was 29 years of age and was born in Mecklenburg, his wife Dorothy who was 26 years of age and also born in Mecklenburg, their children Rosa who was 7 years of age and Louis who was 5 years of age. Both children were listed as being born in Illinois. Also listed is a Christian Henspeter who was 14 years of age. Christian is listed as being born in Illinois? Also living with them was Christian Sufried who was 54 years of age and was a weaver who was born in Mecklenburg. They were living in Frankfort Township of Will County. Christian is probably a brother or nephew? This Henry was born about 1831 and Christian would have been born about 1846. If Christian was actually born in Illinois this would indicate a Henspeter in Illinois prior to 1850. This Henry is believed to be the same as Heinrick Hinspeter who arrived in New York on 05 Jul 1850.


Henry Henspeter located in Pennsylvania after his arrival in the U.S.. He remained there about six months and then moved to Illinois where he engaged in farming. About 1855 he made the long trip, with ox teams to California and engaged in gold mining for about three years. He returned to Illinois, via the Isthmus of Panama and he bought eighty acres of land in Cook (Will?) County. He married and remained on that farm until about 1870 when they went to Indiana where he was engaged in the sawmill and lumber business for a while. His wife was Dorothy Herbst who was born in Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany. Their children were: Rose, Louis, Henry C., Ann, August, Beanny, Emma, Fred E., Frank, and Caroline. In 1871 they went to San Francisco on one of the first through trains and from there by boat to Puget Sound, Washington. They settled in Whatcom County, Washington where he can be found in the 1880 census.

The 1870 census of Chicago, Illinois, in ward 16 includes:

Heinspeter, Charles, who was a carpenter, he was 47 years of age and was born in Prussia, his wife Sophia who was 41 years of age and was also born in Prussia, Their children Dora who was 17 years of age who was born in Prussia, Linnie 15 years of age and Henry 13 years of age. Linnie and Henry were born in Illinois. This family would have immigrated between 1853 and 1855. Charles would have been born about 1823. This may have been the Carl Henspeter who arrived in New york in 1853 aboard the

“Louisiana”. He is possibly a brother to Henry Henspeter.

The 1870 census for Will County, Illinois includes:

Heinspeter, Christian who was 23 years of age as living with the Conrad and Maria Buchmeyer family in Monee in Will County. This is most likely the same Christian Henspeter who was living with Henry Henspeter in 1860. This Christian was born about 1846.

Hinspeter, Frederick who was 50 years of age and was born in Mecklenburg, his wife Dorothea who was 45 years of age and was born in Mecklenburg, their children Maria who was 19 years of age, Frederick who was 14 years of age, John who was 13 years of age and Henry who was 8 years of age. All these children were born in Mecklenburg. They were living in Green Garden in Will County. This family would have immigrated after 1862. Frederick would have been born about 1820. He is probably a brother to Henry Henspeter of Will County. Maria Hinspeter maybe the one that married Peter Knepper on 22 Sep 1870 in Will County.

Hinspeter, Mary who was 36 years of age was living with the Joachim and Maria Jarchof family in Green Garden. Mary would have been born about 1834. She may have been a sister to Fredrick and Henry Henspeter. Mary Henspeter may be the one that married Christian Frohboese on 14 Jul 1871 in Will County.

The 1880 census for Will County, Illinois, in Frankfort Township shows only:

Hinspeter, Frederick who was 26 years of age and was born in Hanover, Germany, his wife Bertha who was 21 years of age who was born in Illinois and their daughter Marie who was 1 year old who was born in Illinois. Bertha's maiden name was Stockfish and they were married 07 Mar 1878 in Will County. This Frederick would have been born about 1854. This may be the son of Frederick and Dorothea Hinspeter above.

A naturalization index was checked and the following were found:

Fred Hinspeter was naturalized in the Joliet, Illinois Will County Courts on 19 Feb 1897. It says he was from Germany and the witnesses were August Wishover and Christ Kohlhagen. It is recorded in Volume 7 page 556.

John Hinspeter was naturalized in the Dane County, Wisconsin Circuit Court on 16 Dec 1859. It says he was born in Prussia and the witnesses were Charles Baker and Frederick Kohr. It is recorded in A8-148.

The Civil War Muster Rolls for Missouri 1861-1865 shows:

Hinspeter, Ferdinand Company "F" 2nd U. S. R. C. Missouri Infantry. He enlisted as a Sergeant. This may indicate previous military training in Germany?


The 1870 census of Missouri includes:

Ferdinand Hinspeter who was 38 years of age living in the third ward of St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri, he was born in Wald(hiem), (Germany). This would have been the Ferdinand who was the Civil War soldier. This is possibly Ferdinand Eduard Hintzpeter b. 11 Sep 1831, the son of Johann and Caroline (Hensel) Hinzpeter of Posen, Prussia about 1830.


Charles Hinspeter who was 24 years of age living in the third ward of St. Louis, he was born in Missouri, probably Ferdinand's brother.


In Racine County, Burlington Township, Wisconsin:

The 1870 census includes:

John Henspeter 39 years of age who was born in Prussia, his wife May who was 36 years of age and also born in Prussia and their daughter Dorothea who was 14 years of age and was born in Prussia. John would have been born about 1831.

And the1880 census shows:

John Hinspeter 50 years of age who was born in Mecklenburg, his wife Frederica who 47 years of age and also born in Mecklenburg and his son Henry who was 25 years of age along with Henry's wife Lana who was 20 years of age and their daughter Mary who was 8 months old. Henry was born in Mecklenburg and Lana and Mary were born in Wisconsin. Henry would have been born about 1855. They would have immigrated after 1855 and before 1859?


The 1860 census for Indiana includes:

Mary Hinspter living in Pine Township of Porter County, Indiana

Anna Hintzpeter living in Philanthropy Township of Vanderburgh County

Gertrude Hintzpeter living in Philanthropy Township

William Hintzpeter living in Philanthropy Township

The 1870 census of Indiana shows:

Louis Hinspeter living in ward nine of Evansville in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, he was born in Prussia

William Hinspeter living in ward nine of Evansville, he was born in Prussia, probably same William as in 1860 census.

The City Directories for Chicago were searched for the name Henspeter and show:

1864-1868 none listed

1869 not found

1870 lists* Carl Hanspeter, carpenter living at 240 Vine Street and his wife Dorothea

1871-72 none listed

1873 lists* Charles Hinzpeter, carpenter living at 240 Vine Street and his son Henry Hinzpeter also a carpenter, same address

*Note Carl in German is Charles in English

1874 lists Charles Hinzpeter, carpenter living at 240 Vine Street

1875-76 none listed

1877 lists Charles Hinspeter, carpenter living at 313 23rd Street

1877 also lists Christian Hinspeter, teamster living at 21 North May Street

1878 Hinzpeter, Christian who was a teamster and lived at 312 N. May

1879-80 none listed

1881 Hinspeter, Christian who was an engineer and lived at 14 McReynolds

1882-85 none listed

1886 lists Christian Hinspeter, teamster living at 135 Elston Avenue

1887 Hinspeter, Christian who was an engineer and lived at 135 Elston, Ave.

1887 Hinzpeter, Gerhard who was a Carpenter and lived at 50B Uhland

**1889 Hinspeter, Christopher who was an engineer and lived at 115 Samuel

**Note: This is the year of Christoph's death.

It is believe these Christians and Christopher are actually Christoph Christian Joseph Heinzpeter as he listed being a “teamster” and that he resided in “Chicago” on his marriage license in 1877 and his death record in 1889 stated he was an “stationary engineer”.

In order to locate these individuals in the 1880 census of Chicago you have to convert the address to a modern day address, look it up on a city map and use the corresponding number to locate the enumeration district they lived in. 312 N. May is today 802 N. May and is in enumeration districts 141 or 147. 14 McReynolds is today 1617 LeMoyne and is in enumeration district 149. These three enumeration districts were searched and no one by the Henspeter name was found. This coupled with the lack of soundex information indicates Christoph and Alvina Henspeter were not in Chigago from 1879 through 1880?

The Death Index for Cook County, Illinois 1871-1916 includes:

Hinspeter, Henry died 28 Jan 1879- 6 days old (*possible twin with C. Alvina?)

Hinspeter, Christian died 02 Oct 1889 and was 36 years old. This Christian was born about 1853.

The Birth index for Cook County 1871-1916 shows:

*Hinspeter, C. Alvina born 23 Jan 1879 This is Christoph and Alvina's first child and she must have died young. She may have been a twin with Henry (above)? The death of this child/children may have been the reason they left Chicago briefly.

Hinspeter, Charles born 30 May 1880 This is Christoph and Alivina's second child.

Hinzpeter, G. Doris born 19 Apr 1883

Hinzpeter, C. Alvina born 25 Mar 1884 This is Christoph and Alvina's third child.

Hinzpeter, Anna born 12 Dec 1885

Hinzpeter, Elsa born 31 Dec 1892

Hinzpeter, Mathew born 16 Sep 1897

Hinzpeter, Edward born 16 Sep 1897 also

There are several Henspeter marriages listed for Illinois:

Maria Hinspeter married Peter Knepper 22 Sep 1870 in Will County

Mary Henspeter married Christian Frohboese 14 Jul 1871 in Will County

Fred Hinspeter married Bertha Stockfish 07 Mar 1878 in Will County

Fred Hinspeter married Mrs. Maria Knack 30 Sep 1880 in Will County

George Hinzpeter married Lottie Haill 15 Oct 1887 in St. Clair County

Max Hinspeter married Blanda Daigge 23 Feb 1892 in Cook County

Mary Hinspeter married William Minger 15 Mar 1899 in Will County

Malte Hinzpeter, of Stuttgart, Germany indicates that Max Hinzpeter who married Blanda Daigge in Cook County, Illinois, was a great uncle. Max was born in Rostock, Germany in 1858. Four of their children were:

Norma Hinspeter

Elsa Hinzpeter b. 31 Dec 1892

Mathew Hinzpeter b. 16 Sep 1897

Edward Hinzpeter b. 16 Sep 1897

Malte said this family moved back to New York City and some of their descendants are still living on the east coast.

In 1881 Herman C. Hinztpeter came to the U.S. He lived in Chicago and worked in life insurance. His office was at 108 S. LaSalle Street in Chicago and his home was on Sheridan Road in Kenilworth, Illinois. He was born 05 Jun 1874 in Berlin, Germany. He was the son of Herman C. and Charlotte (Rhode) Hintzpeter. On 02 Jun 1900 he married Eugenia E. Dyer of Chicago. Their children were: Edward C., Ervin H. and Herman C. Jr.. He began as an office boy on 01 May 1889 with the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. In 1906 he was promoted to branch manager in Chicago and in 1909 to associate manager. This listing was in a who’s who of Chicago.

The 1860 census of Wayne County, Michigan includes:

Henspartar, Charles who was 36 years of age and his wife Henrietta who was 32 years of age. They were both born in Prussia, Germany. Also listed is their daughter Louisa who was 3 and one half years of age and was born in Michigan. They were living in Dearborn Township and their Post Office was Dearbornville. Charles is listed as a farmer. This is the Charles/John and Henrietta Henspeter who appear later in Shiawassee County, Michigan in 1870. Also listed with this family is Mary Slayde who is 68 years of age and was born in Prussia, Germany. This probably was not Henrietta's mother as Henrietta's maidne name is recorded as Bigole unless she had remarried? It could also have been Charles's mother if she had remarried? Mary Slayde's relationship was not recorded.

In Shiawassee County, Michigan in the township of Bennington there were two families by the name of Henspeter:

The 1870 census of Bennington Township shows:

Frank Hanspeter 41 years of age was born in Germany. His wife Mary 42 years of age and their children, David 13 years of age, Minnie 11 years of age, Linnie and Frederica both 8 years of age and Frank 4 years of age. Note name of Linnie also used by Charles Hinspeter of Chicago and F.H.C Hinspeter.

John Hanspeter 45 years of age was born in Germany and his wife Henrietta 42 years of age. Their children, Henrietta 9 years of age, Henry 7 years of age, Julia 5 years of age, Sophia 2 years of age and Lydia 4 months old. Note names Henry and Sophia also in common with the Charles Hinspeter Chicago family.

The 1870 census of Owosso, Shiawassee County, Michigan includes:

Elizabeth Hanspeter who was 14 years of age and was house-help in the Samuel Lamfren family. Samuel was a clothing merchant who was born in Wurtemburg, Germany.

According to a history of Shiawassee County, in 1875 the Emmanuel Church of The Evangelical Association of Bennington was built. Among the “corporators” in 1876 there was a Frederick “Hinspader”. This name is believed to be Henspeter.

The 1875 Plat Map of Bennington Township lists in section five: M. Henspeter 40 acres and C. Henspeter 40 acres. M. is probably Mary, Frank’s wife and C. is probably Charles?

The 1880 census of Bennington Township shows:

Etta Henspeter (this is Henrietta above) who is 52 years of age and was born in Mecklenburg. No husband is listed. Her children were Etta 19 years of age, Henry 17 years of age, Julia 15 years of age, Sophia 12 years of age and Letta who was 10 years of age. No others by this name are in the 1880 Michigan soundex.

The1880 census Bennington, Shiawasee County, Michigan includes:

Fred Henspeter who was 51 years of age and who was born in Mecklenburg, his wife Mary who was 52 years of age and who was born in Michigan, with Mina who was 18 years of age, David who was 22 years of age, Rickey who was 18 years of age and Frank who was 14 years of age. The way these children are recorded they appear to be from two different families. They are not listed by age which is the ususal process. This is thought to be the same person as Frank in the 1870 census.

The 1910 soundex of Bennington Township shows:

Frank Henspeter 71 years of age who was born in Michigan? And his wife Mamie who is 28 years of age. There are two of her children also listed, Alfred 7 years old and Francis 5 years old. Their last names are not given. Frank and Mamie also had a son named Frederick who was two years old.

The 1920 soundex of Bennington Township shows:

Herbert Henspeter 26 years of age and born in Michigan with his wife Doris 21 years of age. Their children, Clayton 2 years and 8 months old, Gordon 1 year and 6 months old. His three brothers, Charles who was 24 years of age, Arthur 23 years of age and Donald 18 years of age.

A check of the Shiwasasee County Court naturalization, death and marriage records was made for Henspeter and the following were found:

Naturalizations: None were found.

Marriages:

26 Nov 1876 Lena Hanspeter married John Freeman. It says she was born in Michigan and he was born in "Europe". Lena (Linnie) was the daughter of Frank and Mary Hanspeter. She would have been born about 1861?

January 1884 in Bennington, David Hinspeter married Cory Miller. He was 26 years of age and she was 18. He was born in Michigan and she was born in Indiana. David was the son of Frank and Mary Hanspeter. He would have been born in 1857.

03 Dec 1884 Mina "Hamepeter" (Hanspeter) married Harou W. Belhumer. She was born in "Detroit" and he was born in Pennsylvania. Mina (Minnie) was the daughter of Frank and Mary Hanspeter. She would have been born about 1859?

19 Aug 1891 in Bennington, Henry Henspeter married Estella Watkins. He was 28 years of age and she was 26. They were both from Bennington and were both born in Michigan. Henry's father was Charles Hinspeter and his mother was Etta Bigole. Stella's father was Albert Watkins and her mother's name was not recorded. Henry would have been born in 1863. Their witnesses were Steven Watkins and Sophia Hinspeter (his ister) who were both from Bennington. In the 1870 census Henry's father is listed as John Hanspeter, possilby John Charles Hanspeter?

Deaths:

01 May 1900 Rachel Henspeter died in Bennington. She was 90 years, 1 month and 0 days old. She was born in "Germany" and her father was "F. Henspeter". Rachel is listed as being "single" at the time of her death. Rachel Henspeter would have been born 01 Apr 1810.

02 Nov 1900 Etta Hinspeter died in Owosso. She was 72 years, 4 months and 0 days old. She was born in "Germany" and her father was Mr. Bigole. Henrietta (Bigole) Hinspeter would have been born 02 Aug 1828. It is known she was born in Mecklenburg.

14 May 1908 Helen Henspeter three and one half day old daughter of Henry and Estella Henspeter diedin Bennington.

11 Apr 1924 Doris Hinspeter died in Bennington. She was 25 years 5 months and 28 days old. Her parents were not listed. She is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Owosso. This was her maiden name.

08 Jan 1926 Elinor Jane Hinspeter in Bennington. She was the 3 year old daughter of Charles and Edith (Broker) Hinspeter. She is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Owosso.

A surname card file was checked at the Shiawassee County Library in Owosso and the following cemetery marker records were found:

Oak Hill Arthur Hinspeter b. 27 Aug 1896 d. 09 Jan 1951

Oak Hill Charlie Hinspeter b. 1895 d. 1975

West Riverside Cleo Hinspeter b. 1904 d. 1980

Hillcrest Bertha Hinspeter b. 1897 d. 1981

West Riverside Donald Hinspeter b. 1902 d. 1923

Oak Hill Doris Hinspeter b. 1897 d. 1924

Oak Hill Edith Hinspeter b. 1897 d. 1955

Oak Hill Elinor Hinspeter b. 1923 d. 1926

Oak Hill Estella Hinspeter b. 1865 d.20 May 1923

Oak Hill Florence Hinspeter b. 1903 d. 1967

Oak Hill Gerald Hinspeter b. 1927 d. 1950

St. Paul's Frank Hinspeter b. 1864 d. 1936

Hillcrest Harold Hinspeter b. 1898 d. 1931

Oak Hill Henry Hinspeter b. 1863 d. 1935

Oak Hill Herbert Hinspeter b. 1893 d. 1954

Oak Hill Maud Hinspeter b. 1906 d. 1920

Hillcrest Robert Hinspeter b. 1923 d. 1969

Oak Hill, St. Paul's and Hillcrest Cemeteries are in Owosso and West Riverside Cemetery is in Henderson, just north of Owosso, Michigan.

The 1913 Directory for Villages under the village of Bennington lists a business: Henspeter and Butcher well borers.


After analysis of names that occur in both the Michigan and Illinois Henspeter familes, Frank/Franz, Charles/Carl, Henry/Heinrich, Fred/Friederich, Dorothea/Doris, Sophia, Christoph, John/Johann, Mina/Minnie, William/Wilhelm and comparison with families in Mecklenburg about 1800 one famliy has a large combination of these same names and similar dates. That family is: Johann Nicholaus Friederich Hintzpeter and his wife Friederick Sophia Margareta Jaeger of Gnoien, Mecklenburg. I feel this is the highest probability of a match. It is probable their son Heinrich Conrad Johann Hintzpeter was the Henry Hinspeter who immigrated in 1850. It is probable their son Carl Christoph Nicholaus Hintzpeter was the father of Christoph C. J. Hinzpeter and probable he was the Charles Hinspeter of Chicago in the 1870's. It is probable their son Franz Johann Wilhelm Hintzpeter was the Frank Hanspeter of Shiawassee County, Michigan in 1870. It is probable that Adolph Heinrich Freiderich Hintzpeter was the Frederick Hinspeter in Shiawassee County, Michigan in 1870. There appears a naming connection between the Illinois and Michigan families. There is also a connection to carpentery and lumbering and railroading. There is also a connection to Indiana and saw mills there. The Mina (Minnie) Hanspeter of Shiawassee County in 1884 could have been named for their sister Mina Maria Luisa Hintzpeter. They may have had an earlier son Johann Carl /Charles Hintzpeter about 1825 who could be the John or Charles Hinspeter of Shiawassee County, Michigan in 1870. These are of course suppositions but seem to be a real possibility.

Christoph Christian Joseph Hinzpeter named his sons, Henry, Charles, William and Frederick. These names are repeated in the Illinois and Michigan famliy groups.

In Berrien County, Michigan the following are recorded.

Christoph Christian Joseph Henspeter was born in Mecklenberg, Germany in 1852/53. He married Alvina Laura Zordel. Alvina was the daughter of John and Caroline (Neitzel) Zordel. Alvina was born 09 Jan 1861 in Sellin in the District of Rummelsburg Pommern. Pommern also known as Pomerania came under Prussian control in 1815.


Liber “E” of the Berrien County Michigan Marriage Records lists the marriage of Christoph C. J. Hinzpeter and Alovine Laura Fordell (Zordel) on page 300. Christoph was 25 years of age and Alovina was 17 years of age. They were married in St. Joseph, Michigan on 28 Dec 1877. Christoph was recorded as living in Chicago, Illinois. Alovine was recorded as living in St. Joseph. The record says Christoph was a "teamster" and Alovine as being "at home". This record also states that Christoph Hinzpeter was born in Mecklenberg (Germany) and Alovine Zordell was born in Pommern (Pomerania, Germany). The marriage was performed by Ed Ch Georgii. Their witnesses were Frederick Westfal of St. Joseph and John Rosirtzki also of St. Joseph. The marriage was recorded on 31 Dec 1877.

Note: In the St. Joseph cemetery next to Alvina Dombrowsky's grave there is a large stone that reads "Mother Hulda Westphall". It is possible that this Frederick Westfal was Alvina's brother-in-law. A Federick Westpahl married Hulda Zordel in 1875 and was 35 years old at that time. He would have been 20 years old in 1860 the year Alvina was born. Alvina’s parents are believed to have died by this time as no record has been found of them in Berrien County. There are grave markers for John and Caroline Zordel in the Lakeview Cemetery in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Christoph C. J. and Alvina Henspeter’s children were born in Chicago, Illinois:


possibly Henry Hinspeter b. 23 Jan 1879 died 28 Jan 1879

C. Alvina Hinspeter b. 23 Jan 1879 died before 1884

Charles H. Henspeter b. May 1881

C. Alvina Henspeter b. 25 May 1884 who married Amos Carpenter

William Henspeter b. Oct 1886

Frederick Joseph Louis Henspeter b. 15 Oct 1888 who married Clara Angolin


Christoph Henspeter died on 02 Oct 1889 in Chicago, Illinois. His death certificate states: He was 36 years of age at the time of his death, he died a 7 o’clock P.M. on October 2, 1889. His occupation was “Stationary Engineer”. His nationality was German and he was born in Germany. He had been a resident of Illinois for 12 years. His death occurred at 115 Samuel Street in the 16th ward of Chicago. He was married at the time of his death. He died from complications of Typhoid Fever. His Burial place is listed as Waldheiem (Cemetery). This certificate was filed on 04 Oct 1889. This certificate also spells his name “Christian Hinspeter”. In most records I have seen he was called Christ and it is probable that the Dr. extended that into Christian rather than Christoph although his second name was Christian and maybe he was known by that name.


The cemetery records for Waldheim Cemetery were searched and lists: # 11374 date of interment, 05 Oct 1889, Christian Hinspeter, of 115 Samuel Street, 36 years of age, born in Germany, died 02 Oct 1889, of Typhoid Fever, location of the grave is C 446, surviving relative Mrs. Hinspeter, of 113? Samuel Street, physician Reynolds, undertaker Klamer, remarks $ 4.00 Gon 2.50. The letters Gon are not very legible and may be something else? Note: His death notice was carried in the Chicago Times and the Chicago Daily News. The listing in the Chicago Daily News under "Deaths" reads, Hinspeter-Christian Hinspeter 36 115 Samuel. These entries were normally one liners.


After his death Alvina Henspeter returned to Berrien County and remarried: Adolph Dombrowsky on 27 Jan 1893. Adolph Dombrowsky was born in Garzigar in the District of Lauenburg, Pommern on 29 Apr 1841and died in St. Joseph, Michigan on 23 Jul 1929. Alvina died 25 Feb 1927 in St. Joseph, Michigan. She and Adolph are buried in the St. Joseph City Cemetery (Lakeview). Their children were:


Clara Hulda Dombrowsky b. 07 Jun 1893 who married Jim Snyder

Laura Dombrowsky b. 09 Dec 1895 who married Albert Wessendorf

Mary Dombrowsky b. 14 Feb 1897 who married August Wiek

Clyde Carl Dombrowsky b. 04 Jul 1900 who married Tillie Summerfelt

Mabel Dombrowsky b. 03 Sep 1902 d Jan 1976 who married Clyde Fetke


Liber “E” of the Berrien County Death Records lists the death of Alvina Dombrowski on page 166. This was Alvina Zordell-Henspeter-Dombrowsky. She died on 25 Feb 1927 in St. Joseph, Michigan. She was 67 years, 1 month and 14 days old at the time of her death. This would make her birth date 11 Jan 1860 according to this record. The record says she was born in Germany and that her father's name was John Yordell. Her mother's name was not listed.


Amos and Alvina (Henspeter) Carpenter had children:


Grace Carpenter who married Orie Johns

Martha Carpenter who married Jack Sheyse

Richard Carpenter who married Katherine …

David Carpenter b. 16 Aug 1910 d. May 1978 who married Virginia …

Dorothy I. Carpenter b. 1913 d. 1967 who married Ivan Mittan

Ruth Carpenter

Clarence Carpenter b. 13 Nov 1918 d. 28 Aug 1966

Lawrence Carpenter

Harold Carpenter

Mae Carpenter who married Charles Klupp


Frederick Joseph Louis Henspeter was born on 15 Oct 1888 in Chicago, Illinois. He came to Weesaw Township when he was two years old. He married Clara Augusta Angolin on 29 Oct 1910 in New Troy, Michigan. Clara was born in Royalton Township of Berrien County, Michigan on 14 Oct 1890. Clara was the daughter of Charles and Mary (Tohman) Angolin. Frederick died in Weesaw Township of Berrien County, Michigan on 21 Jun 1944. Clara died 10 Jan 1954. Both are buried in the Galien Township Cemetery. Their children were:

Henry C. Henspeter b. 18 Sep 1911 d. 20 Sep 1911 in St. Joseph, Michigan

Gertrude Henspeter b. 08 Jul 1913 in St. Joseph, Michigan d. 17 Dec 2002 in Dowagiac, Michigan

Margaret Henspeter b.13 May 1915 in St. Joseph, Michigan

Lillian Henspeter b. 22 Oct 1918 in St. Joseph, Michigan

William Henspeter b. 1921 d. 1921 in Galien, Michigan

Henry C. Henspeter is buried in the St. Joseph City Cemetery (Lakeview) near his grandmother, Alvine (Zordel) Henspeter Dombrowsky. The stone is not dated but says son of F. & C. Henspeter. William Henspeter is buried in the Galien Cemetery as “baby Henspeter”. Gertrude (Henspeter) Herman told me his name was William.

Gertrude Henspeter married Wilson Herman in South Bend, Indiana on 11 Jun 1931. Margaret Henspeter married Thad Breland in South Bend, Indiana on 29 Jul 1937 And Lillian A. Henspeter married John Hauch in South Bend, Indiana on 21 Dec 1934.

The Plat Maps of Berrien County for 1929 shows F. L. Henspeter on Elm Valley Road east of Cleveland Avenue and east of Gardner Road but west of Boyle Lake Road. The property was on the north side of Elm Valley Road.

Liber “K” of the Berrien County Marriage Records lists the marriage of William Hinspeter and Barbara Beldin on page 333. William was 26 years of age and Barbara was 22 years of age. They were married in St. Joseph, Michigan on 02 Nov 1912. The record says he was born in Illinois and that she was born in Illinois also. They were both recorded as residing in St. Joseph at the time of their marriage. He is recorded as being a "clerk" and she was a "waitress". His father was listed as Christ and his mother's maiden name was recorded as Zordel. William Hinspeter was the oldest son of Christoph and Alvina Henspeter.


Liber “L” of the Berrien County Marriage Records lists the marriage of Charles H. Henspeter and Ruth Snodgrass on page 216. Charles was 34 years of age and Ruth was 24 years old. They were married in Niles, Michigan on 30 Dec 1914. The record says he was born in Illinois and she was born in Michigan. They were both listed as living in Niles at this time. His father is listed as Chris and his mother's maiden name was recorded as Zordell. Her father was listed as Henry and her mother's maiden name was recorded as Esper. Charles was listed as a "motion picture operator" and she was listed as "at home". Charles was the second oldest son of Christoph and Alvina Henspeter. Charles Henspeter is listed as a contractor.


Charles and Ruth Henspeter apparently lived in Niles until around 1918. The 1918 Benton Harbor City Directory lists them as living at 941 Pavone Street. Charles and Ruth are reportedly working at Patricks, a dry good store, at 136 Pipestone Street. In 1920 Charles and Ruth had moved to 957 Lavette Avenue in Benton Harbor, Michigan.


In 1922 Charles and Ruth have moved to 818 Harrison in St. Joseph, one block from his mother's home (Alovina Dombrowsky) at 914 Harrison. Also listed in the 1922 St. Joseph directory is a Henspeter Electric Shop and Charles is the proprietor. They sold electrical appliances, wiring, washing machines, irons, vacuum cleaners, etc. The business is at 418 State Street in St. Joseph. There are not children noted. After his wifes death on 02 Jan 1940 he moved to Panoma (Pamona?), California. Ruth (Snodgrass) Henspeter is buried in the Galien Township Cemetery in Galien, Michigan.


The 1915 St. Joseph City Directory lists Frederick L. Henspeter and his wife Clara as living at 811 Michigan Avenue where he had lived since 1913. He is listed as a foreman at Brown Ice and Coal Company. In the 1910 City Directory Clara Angolin was listed as being a domestic at 1621 Forres Avenue in St. Joseph. In 1918 Fred and Clara are still living at the same address and he still holds the same job. In 1920 Fred is listed in the Benton Harbor City Directory as working as a molder at the Benton Harbor Foundry Company. No address is given with this listing. This family later moved to a farm on Elm Valley Road in Weesaw Township of Berrien County just northeast of Galien, Michigan. Lillian Henspeter Hauch once told me that this family name used to be pronounced Angolina.

Clara Angolin's parents were Charles Angolin and Marie (Mary) Tohman. Both are recorded as having been born in Germany around 1860. They had four children, Marthia Angolin who married Max Yeske, Charles Angolin Junior, Herbert Angolin and Clara Angolin. Charles Jr. was born in Berlin, Germany on 29 Sep 1886.

Liber “I” of the Berrien County Marriage Records lists the marriage of Amos Carpenter and Alvina Hinspeter on page 282. They were married in St. Joseph, Michigan on 09 Jan 1906. He was a "farmer" from Weesaw Township of Berrien County and she was a "domestic" from St. Joseph, Michigan. He was 44 years old and she was 23 years old. This was his second and her first marriage. The record states that he was born in Michigan and she was born in Illinois. His father is listed as Marcus and his mother's maiden name was recorded as Lake. Her father is recorded as Christ and her mother's maiden name was recorded as Zerdell. Their witnesses were Fred Heinspeter of St. Joseph, Michigan and Amanda Kraft of New Troy, Michigan. This was the only daughter of Christoph and Alvina Henspeter.


None of these German families are listed in the 1892 Berrien County Directory. The 1912 St. Joseph City Directory lists Charles Angolin as a laborer and as boarding at 814 Hoyt Street. This was probably Charles Junior and this could have been the family address. By 1917-21 this family had moved to Weesaw Township north of Galien. Their son-in-law, Frederick Henspeter with his wife Clara (their daughter) and Herbert Henspeter moved to this same area. Some of the Angolins and Henspeters are buried in the Galien Cemetery.

Lillian Henspeter married John Hauch (II) of New Troy (Weesaw Township) Berrien County on December 21, 1934. They married in South Bend, Indiana. John is the son of John Hauch and Tillie Schlacht who were both reportedly born in Russia. John Hauch (I) was born about 1880 and Tillie was born in 1886. John and Lillian Hauch had eight children:

Lucille Ann Hauch born in 1936

Loretta Lee Hauch born in 1938

John Hauch (III) born in 1940 also called Buck

During World War Two John Hauch (II) served with the Marines and upon his return after the war the following were born:

James Dean Hauch born in 1946

Jane Rae Hauch born in 1949

Joyce Elaine Hauch born in 1951

Julia Joy Hauch born in 1952

Jerry Joe Hauch born in 1954

Jane Rae Hauch married William Earl Brackett in 1970 in Lakeside, Berrien County, Michigan.

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