ERNST RUDOLPH POPPE
Born: 25 Apr 1828
Birth Place: Hohengrape, Soldin, Prussia, Poland
Death: 30 Nov 1913
Death Place: Longwood twp, Clark, Wisconsin, USA
Buried: Sylvan Cemetery, Reseburg, Clark, Wisconsin, USA
Spouse: Barbara Elizabeth Hassenpflug
Married: Poole, Perth, Ontario, Canada
Father: Johann Gottlieb Poppe Sr.
Mother: Charlotte Roloff
Children: William Poppe, Wilhelminne "Minnie" Poppe, Baby girl Poppe, Albert Poppe, Charles Poppe, Henry Poppe, Eduart Poppe, Emielge Poppe, Matilda "Tillie" Poppe
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Notes for ERNST RUDOLPH POPPE:
By Gerald (Jim) Jorstad (Great-Great Grandson of Ernst Rudolf Poppe)
Copied from the book "Poppes" by Jerome L Poppe:
Ernst was born in Hohengrape, Soldrin, Prussia. The Archives of Old Records in Warsaw, Poland has no record of his birth but other sources confirm his birth there. Ernst learned the carpenters trade and worked at it in Prussia for 20 years before serving in the German Army for 4 years during the Polish Revolution of 1848.
Ernst was married in Kollin, Bradenburg Province, Prussia November 23, 1854 to Louise Lau, daughter of Friedrich and Susan Wilhelmina Lau. Louise was born in Prussia August 13, 1836. Her father was born in Prussia May 12, 1812 and died in Poole, Perth County, Ontario, Canada February 28, 1900. Her mother was born in Prussia February 12, 1818 and died in Poole December 20, 1878. Both parents are buried in Poole and were members of the Lutheran Church.
In 1857, Ernst, Louise and son Gustav (my Great-Grandfather) left Prussia. The following is an unverified account from family sources giving the reason for Ernst to leave Prussia: "The Prussian government had thought that Ernst and his associates were plotting to kill the Kaiser. He left Prussia for fear of his and his family's lives. They arrived in Toronto,Ontario, Canada approximately about 1860 after first moving to Denmark, then Sweden." They moved from Toronto and settled in the town of Poole, Ontario, Canada where he worked as a carpenter and a cabinet maker. In 1865 he purchased from the British Crown 5 acres of land in Poole, bordered by Louise, Albert, Augusta, and Alfred Streets.
Louise died of TB in Poole at the age of 29. She is buried in a small cemetery located behind a house owned by a British couple which had been abandoned when it was visited in 1976. The stones had been pulled up and stacked in piles. Overgrown with trees and shrubs, part of had been cleared and plowed for farmland. This cemetery was close to the church cemetery where her mother and father were buried. When Louise died, her parents helped Ernst taking care of his children.
Ernst re-married October 8, 1866 Barbara Elizabeth Hassenpflug, a daughter of Johann Von Hassenpflug, born in Hessia, Prussia. Barbara spoke high German while Ernst spoke low German.
Barbara Elizabeth left Prussia following her boyfriend to Canada. She became sick during the boat trip and found that she was pregnant. Her luggage, which contained her boyfriends address in Canada was lost and upon arriving in Canada found herself stranded. A German couple took her in and introduced her to Ernst and explained the dilemma to him. Ernst agreed to be father to her unborn child (William) if she would be a mother to his five small children. This is one version of how Ernst and Elizabeth were introduced. The other version is that Barbara was already married to a person with the name of Schutz. Her and her husband got separated and she moved in with some German friends whom she knew from Prussia. Since she was pregnant and not knowing that her husband would ever return, she agreed to marry Ernst so that her child would have a father.
In 1874 Ernst and family moved to to the U S entering at Detroit. He then traveled to Sheboygan County, Wisconsin living there for 3 months while his son Charles was born. He found the cost of land much more expensive than what he had thought, so in August of that same year moved to Clark County, where the cost was cheaper. He settled in the town of Greenwood until October 1874 when he moved to a farm of 320 acres west of the town of Longwood. He homesteaded 140 of these acres. Joe Gibson was his nearest neighbor who lived 3 miles away and the Black River flowed near his house. Besides farming, Ernst worked as a carpenter building homes, barns, banks, schools, and office buildings in the area. Ernst built a house on his homestead where he retired, later selling his farm and living in a smaller house on his son Charles's farm near the town of Longwood.
Barbara Elizabeth died February 21, 1929 in Longwood Township. Barbara was buried next to Ernst in the Reseburg Cemetery. The stones of Ernst and Barbara are incorrectly marked. They show for Ernst: b. 1830 d. 1913, and for Barbara: b. 1846 d. 1929. Two of their children, Eduard and Emielge are buried next to them and their stones are written in German.
(Photos were taken of these grave stones by Jim Jorstad when attending a Poppe Family Reunion in 1997 at Greenwood, Wi)
Ernst served 4 years as a member of the Town Board, several years as a member of the School Board and Treasurer. He was a member of the Lutheran Church.
Ernst died in his sleep of 83 years old, and is buried in the Reseburg Cemetery.
Ernst Rudolph Poppe - From the Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin
ERNST R. POPPE
From the Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin (1891-Lewis Publishing Company) pages 214-215
Ernst R. Poppe, of section 20, Hixton Township, Clark County, was born in Hohengrab, Kreis Soldin, Reg. Bezirk, Frankfort-on-the-Oder, Prussia on april 25, 1828, the son of John G. Poppe, who died when Ernst was but two years old. The latter learned the cabinet-maker's trade in the old country, at which he worked for twenty years, and then served four years in the German army during the Polish rebellion of 1848. He removed to County Perth, Upper Canada, in 1857, where he worked at the carpenter's trade in the summers and the cabinet-maker's trade in winters until 1874. In that year he came to Wisconsin, spent three months in Sheboygan County, and in August of the same year came to this county, settling in Greenwood. In October he came to his present farm of 320 acres, over sixty of which has since cleared. His nearest neighbor at that time was Joe Gibson, three miles distant. Besides his general farming, he has also worked at the carpenter's trade, and has built most of the barns and frame houses in his neighborhood.
Mr. Poppe was married in Kollin, Province of Brandenburg, November 23, 1854, to Louise Lau, daughter of Frederick Lau, a native of Canada. They had five children: Gustav B., Frederick, Elizabeth and Augusta (twins) and Ernst G. The mother died in the spring of 1866, and Mr. Poppe was again married, October 8, 1866 to Barbara Elizabeth Hassenpflug, a daughter of Johan Hassenpflug, deceased. They had nine children, six of whom are now living, viz.: William, Wilhelminie, Abert, Charles, Henry and Matilda. r. Poppe was a member of the Twon Board four years, has been a member of the School Board several years, and is now serving as School Treasurer. He is a member of the Lutheran Church.