2. Ferdinand John Braatz (2) was born on 10 Jul 1865 in Stettin, Germany. He died on 10 Feb 1927. First wife, Emelie Manthie, was pregnant coming over on the ship from Germany. They came to Stephensville, WI, US., through New York. His application for citizenship shows that they came over in September of 1886. Ferdinand was a well digger in his homeland. He dug and lined wells with stone. He hurt his shoulder in an accident, which was one of the reasons he came to the US. They were sponsored by Herman and Louise Miller, who lived in Stephensville on the corner of HWY MM and 76. They came over with 2 sons, Wilhelm and Ferdinand, who were 5 and 2 years of age, respectfully. A son Paul died and was buried in Pommern. My grandfather, Frederick, was born 1 April, 1888. Anne, Martha, Mary, Emma, and Emelie were also born of this couple.

Second wife, Augusta Manthie, came from Pommern to marry Ferdinand. She was the younger sister of first wife, Emelie. She gave birth to 2 children, Irene and August. She died on 5 June, 1894, the birth date of son August.

The 1900 census shows Ferdinand on a farm in the township of Hortonia, near Stephensville, as a farmer. Sons Wilhelm, Frederick, and August were living with him. He had given the four daughters still living, Mary, Emma, Emelie, and Irene to relatives to help raise.

The third wife was Johanna Warnke. She was from Schonelanke, Schneidermelle. Her father was a depot agent there. She had 5 children, John, Bertha, Karl, Ella, and Louise.

In 1902, they moved to Thorp WI, where they lived for 10 years. They then moved to Dale WI, where he bought a 40 acre farm and 6 cows. He remained on this farm until his death, 10 February, 1927.

He was married to Emilie Manthei in Germany. Emilie Manthei was born on 3 Dec 1860 in Nakel, Germany. She died on 2 Jan 1892. Percy's notes also show death in 1890 Ferdinand John Braatz and Emilie Manthei had the following children:

child+3 i. Frederic Herman Braatz.
child+4 ii. Anne Braatz.
child5 iii. Martha Braatz was born in Stephensville, WI. She died in Stephensville, WI. She was buried in Stephensville Cemetery. Born in Germany
Died as an infant
child+6 iv. Wilhelm Braatz.
child+7 v. Ferdinand J Braatz.
child+8 vi. Mary Braatz.
child+9 vii. Emma Braatz.
child+10 viii. Emelie Braatz.
child11 ix. Paul Braatz was born in Germany. He died in Germany. He was buried in Germany.

Augusta Manthie died on 5 Jun 1894. She was born in Germany. Ferdinand John Braatz and Augusta Manthie had the following children:

child12 i. Irene Braatz.
child+13 ii. August W. Braatz.

Johanna Warnke was born in Germany. Ferdinand John Braatz and Johanna Warnke had the following children:

child14 i. John Braatz was born on 19 Jan 1902 in Town of Hortonia, Outagamie Co. Wisconsin. He died on 3 Jul 1996 in Manawa Community Nursing Home, Manawa, WI. He was buried on 5 Jul 1996 in Dale Union Cemetery.
child15 ii. Bertha Braatz.
child16 iii. Louise Braatz.
child+17 iv. Karl Braatz.
child+18 v. Ella Braatz.

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