The Misfeldt Family Website
|Top row, left to
right - Henry, John, Charles, and Will Misfeldt
Middle, left to right
- Fred, Margaret, Ida, Ernest, and Christian
Bottom, left to right - Emma, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Christina
This website is devoted to the Misfeldt
family; in particular that branch of the family that originally settled in the Jim Falls and Chippewa Falls area of
Wisconsin when Margaret and her husband, Ernest Friedrich Misfeldt, emigrated to the United States
from Germany (flag at right above) in 1878 with their three oldest children, Christian,
Henry, and Christina. They sailed from the port of Rendsburg that
September, according to passenger lists. Ernst was born in Schlwig (sp.) in
the Schleswig-Holstein area of Germany on February 26, 1849. His
father, according to public records, was Christian Detlef
Missfeldt (nee February 23, 1818, in Surendorf, Germany). Margaret's
maiden name was Lensch or Lentsch and her first name also shows up in various forms,
including Margaretha. The region of Germany were Ernst was born was
primarily Lutheran in religious mindset, following
Martin Luther's teachings on
Christianity. John was born in 1879, the first of Ernest and Margaret's 11
children to be born in the
United States. This was also the time of Otto Von Bismarck's expansion of
the Prussian Empire in the 1860s, which may have precipitated the emigration to
this country. Ernst dropped the second "s" in Missfeldt between the census
of 1900 and 1910. He became a farmer in Eagle Point township in Chippewa
County, Wisconsin, and also
worked in the lumber industry at a mill and as a top loader. He
died June 24, 1931.
Ernest and Margaret had eleven (11) children
from their first-born, Christian, in 1873 until their baby, daughter Ida, came
along in 1896. The navigation bar above shows their children in birth
order, with links to what information we have been able to gather on each of the
children, thanks primarily to Jim Misfeldt, grandson of Charles Amile Misfeldt.
A website has been discovered at
http://www.horst-missfeldt.de/surendorf.htm that has a
wealth of information about the Misfeldt family lineage dating back
to Jochim Misfeldt around 1550. It is one of those pivotal
pieces of the puzzle we are trying to piece together for future
generations. Thank you, Horst!
|Margaret "Maggie" Misfeldt
(nee Lentsch) is shown above with her six sons, (from left to right): Fred, Chris,
Maggie, Will, Charley,
We're not sure who the people are in
the shadows, but it doesn't look like either of them were taking the photograph.
We hope the mystery will be solved some day. It could be two of the
brothers' five sisters, or spouses.
Now that we have an updated version of a web
development software program, we should be making regular updates to the site
again. If you have information about the Misfeldt family, including old
(or new) photographs, you would like to share, please forward that stuff to
Terry Misfeldt via E-mail at
PackingSteel@gmail.com. No, it doesn't mean Terry packs a firearm.
It means he has been a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers and a fan of the
Pittsburgh Steelers since the early 1970s. You can also chat with Terry
through Google's chat service at gmail.
Throughout this website, if you click on the Misfeldt family
crest, shown below at left, you should return to this page.