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Pictured here are my great-grandfather's brother, Albert (right, in WWI-era uniform), his wife (center, we do not her name but her initial may have been "M"), and his oldest son, Fritz (right, also in uniform). They lived in Gross Gansen, Stolp, Pommerania. I have had the recent good fortune to be contacted by another Jaffke researchers in Germany, and they have been helping me with translating the inscriptions written on the backside of these pictures, and providing transcripts of old church records. This information has helped in not only indentifying these long-ago family members, but has added new members to these families. I have added additional information about the people in each picture; just click on the links above to see the new pages. Use your BACK button to return to this page.
Carl Jaffke (1) was born around 1843, probably in Stolp Kreis, Pommerania, and may have died in or around 1901, probably in Stolp Kreis, Pommerania. He married Pauline Lieder possibly between 1865-1867. She was born between 1840-1850, possibly in Stolp Kreis, Pommerania; her date of death is unknown.
Children of Carl Jaffke and Pauline Lieder are:
We have little information about Frank Jaffke's family in Germany. Most of what we know comes from some old pictures with some names and dates written on the back, as well as a few old documents.
These pictures all date from before the Second World War, and are the family of Frank Jaffke, Sr's brother, Otto Jaffke and his wife, Trude (Gertrude?). I have no idea how the family fared during and after World War II. Stories I heard as a child told of members of great-grandfather's family who lived in Potsdam, not far from Berlin. The address of the photographer for several of these pictures is in Berlin.
From the information written in German on the backs of these pictures, they are Left: Otto Jaffke and Family, taken around 1920. His wife's name was Trude, likely short for Gertrude, but the daughters' names are not known to me. Center: A family picture taken around 1934 or '35. Otto and Trude are seated in front, the two daughters stand in back. The gentleman standing with them may be the husband of one of the girls. Right: An outdoor picture taken in 1935. Otto is seated on the right, and Trude on the left. The older woman seated next to Otto is named Frida, but I am unsure who she is related to. Perhaps she is Trude's mother.
Franz "Frank" Frederick Jaffke, (Frank Sr 2, Carl 1) was born September 26, 1868 in Gross Gansen, Stolp, Pommerania, and died May 02, 1952 in Toledo, Ohio. He married Mathilde (Matilda) Caroline Zupke May 02, 1891 in Gross Dubsow, Stolp, Pommerania, daughter of Heinrich Zupke and Karoline Schroeder. She was born on March 11, 1870 in Klein Dubsow, Stolp, Pommerania; she died November 07, 1926 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. For more information on the ZUPKE family, click here.
Franz, Mathilda and their infant son Paul sailed in 1893 from Hamburg, Germany to America aboard the ship Dania.
They came to Toledo, Ohio where Mathilda's sister and brother-in-law, Frederick and Emma Taube, were already living. Franz "Americanized" his first name to Frank, and declared his intent to become a naturalized citizen of the United States, and was sworn in as such in 1900. Mathilde apparently never became a citizen, perhaps following the old world custom of the husband being the person responsible for all such matters.
The population of the part of Toledo where the Jaffkes lived was made up of two predominent ethnic groups -- German and Irish. Echoes of these German ancestors can still be found in the names of churches and businesses in the area -- St. Lucas Lutheran Church and her sister congregation, First English Lutheran Church (so called because the church was founded by members of St. Lucas who decided to have their services conducted in English rather than German), and Titgemeier's Feed Store, a business Frank Jaffke worked for and that is still a thriving enterprise.
Frank's brother-in-law, Frederick Taube, sold the Jaffkes their house, located on Morton Street. The Jaffkes were members of St. Lucas Lutheran Church, and Frank helped with the construction of the present church building, a beautiful "old world" style stone bulding.
Sailing to America
The ship Dania. This is the ship that Frank, Matilda and their infant son sailed upon when they left Hamburg for America. From the Ellis Island site (www.ellisislandrecords.com). Click here to see a copy of the original ship's manifest with their names on it. Their names are on lines 11, 12 and 13. If you search the Ellis Island site, you will find no reference to Paul Jaffke. On the original manifest, you can see where the transcriber mistook "Paul" for "Danl" (It is a large file, so give it time to load.)
Pictures from Toledo's "Old South End"
Children of Frank Jaffke and Matilda Zupke are:
Four of the sons of Frank and Mathilda Jaffke.
From left to right, they are: Frank Jaffke, Jr. at the time of his confirmation.
Frederick "Fred" Johann Theodor Jaffke 3 (Frank Sr 2, Carl 1) was born June 06, 1896, and died September 1964 in Toledo, Ohio. He married Leda Marie Duval in Toledo, Ohio. She was born March 15, 1896, and died November 16, 1984 in Toledo, OH.
Child of Frederick Jaffke and Leda Duval is:
Pictures with two grandmothers, Cleophee (Lemieux) Duval and Mathilda (Zupke) Jaffke.
Left: Cleophee Duval, Mathilda Jaffke and their infant grandson, Howard Jaffke. Picture may have been taken on Easter Sunday, 1925.
Franz "Frank" Herman August Jaffke 3 (Frank Sr 2, Carl 1) was born August 25, 1898 in Toledo, Ohio, and died December 17, 1968 in Toledo, Ohio. He married Margaret Mollie Zanter June 20, 1931 in Toledo, OH, daughter of Herman Zanter and Amelia Schmidt. She was born August 04, 1908 in Toledo, Ohio, and died October 04, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio.
Children of Frank Jaffke and Margaret Zanter are:
Left: Frank and Margaret's wedding picture, June 20, 1931.
Anna Ida Augusta Jaffke 3 (Frank Sr 2, Carl 1) was born April 03, 1904 in Toledo, Ohio, and died February 22, 1973 in Toledo, Ohio. She married Joseph Charles Walker November 25, 1923 in Monroe, Michigan, son of Michael Bendzela/Bengela and Anna King. He was born March 16, 1904 in Horvat Gurab, Hungarian Empire (now Slovakia), and died December 31, 1950 in Toledo, Ohio.
Left: Anna Jaffke's confirmation picture. Anna, along with all of her family, was a member of St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio. The church was founded by German immigrants and their families, and still had services in that language until the late 1930s-early 1940s.
Children of Anna Jaffke and Joseph Walker are:
Harry Heinrich Fritz Jaffke 3 (Frank Sr 2, Carl 1) was born March 08, 1906 in Toledo, Ohio, and died November 1974 in Maumee, Ohio. He married Alam Burmeister May 11, 1927 Toledo, Ohio. She was born February 06, 1905, and died December 1968 in Maumee, Lucas County, Ohio.
Child of Harry Jaffke and Alma Burmeister is:
St. Lucas bowling team; Harry is seated front row, left.
August "Augie" Heinrich Franz Jaffke 3 (Frank Sr 2, Carl 1) was born May 22, 1908 in Toledo, Ohio, and died July 19, 1996 in Sugarland, Texas. He married Alice Hurdlebrink May 25, 1929 Toledo, Ohio.
Child of August Jaffke and Alice Hurdlebrink is:
Margarethe Emme Mathilda Jaffke 3 (Frank Sr 2, Carl 1) was born February 27, 1909 in Toledo, OH, and died Abt. 1955 in Toledo, Ohio. She married (2) John Dullinger July 14, 1934 in Toledo, OH.
Children of Margarethe Jaffke and John Dullinger is:
Martha Augusta Jaffke 3 (Frank Sr 2, Carl 1) was born September 11, 1912 in Toledo, Ohio, and died February 1992 in Toledo, Ohio. She married Johann "John" Putz November 12, 1932 in Toledo, OH. He was born October 08, 1904 in Bavaria, Germany, and died December 1982 in Toledo, Ohio.
Child of Martha Jaffke and John Putz is:
Left: Confirmation picture of the twins, Marie and Martha Jaffke.