Robert Rasch Family History

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----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1a Robert Rasch * (picture) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Birth Date: March 3, 1832 Birth Place: Oldersdorf (near Frankenstein, present day Zabkowice Slaskie), Silesia, Prussia Baptism Date: March 25, 1832 Baptism Place: Parish church in Protzan, Silesia, Prussia Death Date: February 10, 1908 Death Place: Grand Rapids, MI Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI Father: Florian Franz Rasch I (1791-1855) Mother: Barbara Gutkorn (1804-1843)
Notes: Birth name was Robert Adalbert August Rasch. Arrived in the US with family on May 19, 1852. Became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1856. He ran a hotel in Grand Rapids, MI, for a while. It is possible he was part owner of "The Rasch House." Apparently he was joint owner of another piece of property in Grand Rapids, known as "The German-English Schoolhouse" with Alois and Julius Rasch. In 1880 the school was forced to close for financial reasons, the title was conveyed to Joseph Jacoboice, who soon adapted the building to manufacturing. Dorothy Glick remembers her Uncle Robert in very dark suits ... and hard candies for them in his pockets. The 1870 Census has his occupation listed as wagonmaker, the value of his real estate was $8000, and the value of his personal property was $5000. His birthplace was Prussia, and his parents were "foreign born". His death certificate states that he had 7 children, of whom only 1 was living at that time.
Former Spouse: Louisa B. Schindler (picture) Birth Date: 1837 Death Date: August 18, 1875 Death Place: Grand Rapids, MI Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI
Spouse Notes: The 1870 Census has her occupation listed as keeping house, the value of her personal property was $1000. Her birthplace was Prussia, and her parents were "foreign born".
Children: Emma Helen Louisa Minnie Edith Pauline Marriage Date: February 5, 1855 Marriage Place: Michigan Other spouses: Bernadine Bohlen Research: 1 2 3 4 8 14 26 49 75 87 109b
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1a.1 Emma Rasch ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Birth Date: December 1857 Birth Place: Grand Rapids, MI Death Date: September 23, 1876 Death Place: Grand Rapids, MI Burial Place: Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI Plot: Block 9 - Lot 37 - Space 2 Father: Robert Rasch Mother: Louisa Schindler
Notes: The 1870 Census has her listed being born in Michigan, aged 13, her parents were "foreign born", and she attends school. Died of consumption (T.B.) Death record has the name as Eunice
Research: 8 26 41 49 100
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1a.2 Helen Rasch (pictures) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Birth Date: December 11, 1859 Birth Place: Grand Rapids, MI Death Date: December 28, 1876 Death Place: Grand Rapids, MI Burial Place: Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI Plot: Block 9 - Lot 37 - Space 3 Father: Robert Rasch Mother: Louisa Schindler
Notes: The 1870 Census has her listed being born in Michigan, aged 11, her parents were "foreign born", and she attends school. Died of consumption (T.B.)
Research: 8 26 41 49 100
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1a.3 Louisa Rasch ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Birth Date: March 8, 1861 Birth Place: Grand Rapids, MI Death Date: June 14, 1876 Death Place: Grand Rapids, MI Burial Place: Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI aka: Lizzie Father: Robert Rasch Mother: Louisa Schindler
Notes: The 1870 Census has her listed being born in Michigan, aged 9, her parents were "foreign born", and she attends school. Died of consumption (T.B.)
Research: 8 26 49 100
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1a.4 Mina Rasch (picture) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1863 Death Date: 1881 Burial Place: Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI Plot: Block 9 - Lot 37 - Space 8 aka: Minnie Father: Robert Rasch Mother: Louisa Schindler
Notes: The 1870 Census has her listed being born in Michigan, aged 6, her parents were "foreign born".
Research: 8 26 49 100
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1a.5 Edith Rasch (pictures) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Birth Date: March 20, 1867 Birth Place: Grand Rapids, MI Death Date: 1886 Burial Date: May 15, 1886 Burial Place: Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI Plot: Block 9 - Lot 37 - Space 15 Aka: Edie Father: Robert Rasch Mother: Louisa Schindler
Notes: The 1870 Census has her listed being born in Michigan, aged 3, her parents were "foreign born".
Research: 14 26 49 100
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1a.6 Pauline Rasch (pictures) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Birth Date: December 20, 1870 Birth Place: Grand Rapids, MI Death Date: July 23, 1953 Death Place: Los Angeles, CA Father: Robert Rasch Mother: Louisa Schindler
Notes: The 1920 Federal Census had her living in Los Angeles two years before she was married. She married late, at age 51 and had no children.
Spouse: John Britt Marriage Date: September 30, 1922 Research: 2 8 70
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1b Robert Rasch * ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (See above) Spouse: Bernadine Bohlen (picture) Birth Date: July 4, 1845 Birth Place: Michigan Death Date: March 5, 1932 Death Place: Detroit, Michigan Burial Date: March 10, 1932 Burial Place: Mt. Elliot Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan aka: "dena" Father: John Wiethoff Mother: Mary Anna Knoche Wiethoff
Notes: Bernadine Wiethoff married Joseph Boland at age 21 in 1866, and had a son, Edward Boland, who died while still a child. Her first husband died in 1876. In the 1930 Federal Census she was living alone in Detroit at the age of 84. She was buried with her birth family, sharing her brother's headstone.
Marriage Date: 1880 Other spouses: Louise Schindler Research: 71 103


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