Husband: Kruspe
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Wife: Catherine (1 2)
Born: about 1804 in Prussia
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01 (F): Mary E. Crasp, Krusp (3 4 5)
Born: 31 Mar 1834 in Germany
Died: Jan 1906 in Oakland, California (6)
Spouses: Henry Zimmerman
02 (M): William Kruspe (7 8)
Born: 1830 in Germany
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Footnotes
  1. Ancestry.com, Family Tree of Boeck/Nomsers.
  2. Census, Federal - 1870 - Fillmore Co., MN, Preston Twsp, Preston Village, p. 12.

    Line 5 Dwelling 57 Family 58

    Krusp, William age 40 Laborer Prussia
    Catherine 66 Saxe Gotha
    Fred 12 Canada
    Pauline 10 Canada
    John 6 Canada
    Katie 4 Minnesotaa

  3. Ancestry.com.

    [California Death Index for son, Edward, lists surname as Kruspe.]

  4. Census, Canada - 1901 - Ontario, Elgin (West/Quest), Aldborough, ancestry p. 85 of 111.

    line 22 29 31

    Zimmerman, Henry head feb 16 1835 66 b. O>R Evangelical Occ: Bee-Keeper own acct
    Mary E. wife Mar 31 1834 67 Ger imm: 1846 Evan.
    Albert son Aug 2 1874 26 O>R Meth. Artist - employed 12 mos, earnings: $900

  5. Ancestry.com, Travel info for John Dennstedt family.

    1840s - The Dennstedt and Krusp families came from Grossengottern, Sachsen, Deutschland to Ellice Township, Perth County, Ontario, which is about 18 miles west of the railroad town of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Grossengottern is NE of Frankfurt am Main and North of Gotha. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro%C3%9Fengottern



    The following is a summary of written memories by Fred Dennstedt (son of Charles Dennstedt, oldest son of John E. and Minnie [Krusp] ):
    1863-64 - John E. Dennstedt and Wm. Krusp (probably cousin to his wife, Wilhelmina) and their families took a journey. They:
    1. drove a team and wagon to Port Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    2. They sold the team and wagon
    3. Crossed the river via ferry to Port Huron, Michigan
    4. From there took a train to Chicago, Illinois and on to LaCrosse, Wisconsin
    5. Steamboat to Winona, Minnesota
    6. Train to St. Charles, Minnesota
    7. Stage to Preston, Minnesota8. Arrived October, 1864



    Also according to Fred, John E. left a half-brother, named Christ, in Seberingville, Ontario, Canada. Sixty years later (~ 1904) he moved to Hale, Michigan. He had four boys: George, John, Sam, and William. William was in Tawas City, Michigan in 1967.



    1863 - The Kleimenhagen Family and Clara Schmidt came from Schmalkalden District, Thuringen State, Deutschland about 1863. Herrenbreitungen, Fambach (Parish), Estate Winne are little villages surrounding Schmalkalden, and just south of Gotha.One story is that Clara came with girlfriends, landing in New York and taking the train across the country to the Preston, Minnesota area.



    Another story is that she came with the Kleimenhagen family possibly as a maid/mother’s helper. The rest of Clara Schmidt’s family stayed in Germany according to her obituary.



    Johanna Kleimenhagen became John E. Dennstedt’s wife after Minnie died.Clara Schmidt became the wife of Charles Dennstedt (son of John E.)

    1888 – John E. Dennstedt, his wife and unmarried children moved to Winfield Township, Renville County, Minnesota.







    Dennstedt - Johann Ernst and Johann Gerhardt Dennstedt were first cousins. According to Dale Bast these men crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to America in ~ 1845 in their own homemade sailboat. (Seems almost impossible) They took up residence in Ellice Township in southwestern Ontario in the vicinity of what was to become the village of Wartburg.




    They established themselves and sent word back to Grossengottern that they should come to the new land. Johann Friedrich (father of Johann Ernst), his wife, Anna Maria and sons George Heinrich (17), Friedrich Wilhelm (5) and Christian Dennstedt (1) and several other families (including Kruspe) came and established farms. They all continued to prosper. Sometime around 1860 a rift begins to appear in the families. No one knows the reason for the rift and split, but in 1864 Johann Ernst Dennstedt and William Krupse pack up their families and journey to Minnesota. Then George Heinrich Dennstedt moves his family to Waterloo County. No contact was maintained and the split became final. One hundred plus years later we are trying to reconnect.




    William Kruspe, who emigrated to Minnesota with John Ernest and Minnie Dennstedt, is thought to be a brother-in-law. Records cannot be found to verify this. On early census records and in the cemetery in Preston, his mother is given as “Christena Kruspe”. This would more likely make him a first cousin to Minnie.




    First cousins probably married sisters. Dale’s research indicates that the parents of Maria Louisa Elizabeth Kruspe (1822-1909) were John G. Kruspe (c. 1788-1861) and Anna Maria (c. 1791-1873). Elizabeth married Johann Gerhardt Denstedt about 1852.




    I found a marriage index notation that indicates that they were also the parents of Wilhelmina “Minnie” Kruspe (c.1832-1868). Minnie married Johann Ernst Dennstedt. This same notation gives a marriage date of November 16, 1852 for Minnie and John E. Dennstedt.




    Both families had children in 1853, possibly the first Dennstedt people born in North America.



    The following is a summary of written memories by Fred Dennstedt (son of Charles Dennstedt, oldest son of John E. and Minnie [Kruspe] ):




    1863-64 - John E. Dennstedt and Wm. Kruspe (brother-in-law, probably brother to his wife, Wilhelmina) and their families took a journey. They:



    1. drove a team and wagon to Port Sarnia, Ontario, Canada



    2. They sold the team and wagon



    3. Crossed the river via ferry to Port Huron, Michigan



    4. From there took a train to Chicago, Illinois and on to LaCrosse, Wisconsin



    5. Steamboat to Winona, Minnesota



    6. Train to St. Charles, Minnesota



    7. Stage to Preston, Minnesota



    8. Arrived October, 1864




    Also according to Fred, John E. left a half-brother, named Christ, in Seberingville, Ontario, Canada. Sixty years later (~ 1904) he moved to Hale, Michigan. He had four boys: George, John, Sam, and William. William was in Tawas City, Michigan in 1967.




    1863 - The Kleimenhagen Family and Clara Schmidt came from Schmalkalden District, Thuringen State, Deutschland about 1863. Herrenbreitungen, Fambach (Parish), Estate Winne are little villages surrounding Schmalkalden, and just south of Gotha.




    One story is that Clara came with girlfriends, landing in New York and taking the train across the country to the Preston, Minnesota area.




    Another story is that she came with the Kleimenhagen family possibly as a maid/mother’s helper. The rest of Clara Schmidt’s family stayed in Germany according to her obituary.




    Johanna Kleimenhagen became John E. Dennstedt’s wife after Minnie died.



    Clara Schmidt became the wife of Charles Dennstedt (son of John E.)




    1888 – John E. Dennstedt, his wife and unmarried children moved to Winfield Township, Renville County, Minnesota.




    For more detailed information on the Dennstedt Families with pictures and much old history, see the book published by Dale Bast entitled “West of Grossengottern” published in 1992. His address in 2003 is:



    125 Windemere Crossing, Stratford, ON, CA N52 649.



    Phone: 519-271-8829. email: dbast@orc.ca .

  6. Annie Marie Zimmerman Nelson, Zimmerman Family History and Stories;forward by Allan Leslie VanLehn (Unpublished work (c) 2008 by (ALVL)), Ch. 6, p. 4.

    It was here that Uncle Henry's
    wife died while on a visit with her daughter Lydia, but she is buried in Watsonville.

  7. Ancestry.com, Travel info for John Dennstedt family.

    [See Mary Krusp]

  8. Census, Federal - 1870 - Fillmore Co., MN, Preston Twsp, Preston Village, p. 12.

    Line 5 Dwelling 57 Family 58

    Krusp, William age 40 Laborer Prussia
    Catherine 66 Saxe Gotha
    Fred 12 Canada
    Pauline 10 Canada
    John 6 Canada
    Katie 4 Minnesotaa

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