Walter Karstens from California c. 1880 married to Lea Hibbard

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I am seeking information about Walter William Karstens, born in California on Feb. 1, 1880 (I believe).  He married Lea Hibbard (Hibbard-522) and was father to Alyce Karstens Dods Coleman (Karstens-11) and a second daughter Elinor or Eleanor, who may be alive.  I know he worked as a sign painter in San Francisco, and probably died in California.  He is not buried with Lea, so they may have divorced. At one time I believe they lived in Alameda, California.

Thank you for any assistance or information you are able to provide!


WikiTree profile: Walter Karstens
in Genealogy Help by Joan Copping G2G Rookie (280 points)

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U S  Census, 1880 San Francisco, CA

Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (

Self  Charles Carstens  M 39 GER

Wife  Maria Carstens  F 26 GER

Son  Walter Carstens  M 0 CA

Dau  Otelia Carstens  F 5 CA

Son  Irvine Carstens  M 1 CA

Dau  Alice Carstens  F 4 CA   


Walter lived in CA, KS, MO, wife Lea/Maude:   Mother Maria is widowed in 1900

If you trace the above  brother Irvine/Erwin Karstens,  husband of Adeline Esrey  of PA– his parents are also listed as Karstens/Zweig on his death cert as are Walter's.

Charles Karsten b. abt 1841 Germany:  mostly found on CA voter lists prior to 1880 census

by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (767k points)
selected by Joan Copping
Very helpful, very informative.  Thank you so much!
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I believe this may be him:

California, Death Index, 1940-1997 about Walter William Karstens

Name: Walter William Karstens
Social Security #: 067031471
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 1 Feb 1880
Birth Place: California
Death Date: 7 Feb 1948
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Zweig
Father's Surname: Karstens


by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
Thank you...that is him!  Definitely helps clarify a point or two!

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