Family #473 in the 1897 Grimm census.
Christina Margaretha Grosch was born about 1872 in Grimm, Russia. By 1897, she was married and living with her husband, Jakob Grosch, with his parents in household #473.
Christina and Jakob Rusch had five children by 1913:
A 1920 United States census record for the family has not yet been located. It may be because their surname was misspelled, as it had been numerous times is documentation through their lifetimes.
Many families first settled in Colorado, Kansas or Nebraska and worked in the sugar beet fields after their first arrived. After saving enough, they then moved to another location, like Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, or Chicago, Illinois. This may be why a 1920 census cannot be located for the family. They could have been in transit from one location to another at the time the census was taken. The only problem with this theory is that her daughter Maria married Jakob Saltzmann in Chicago, Illinois, in 1915. This means as least one family member was in Chicago as early as 1915, two years after they set foot on American soil. Realistically, the entire family was probably in Chicago, not just one family member.
Christina Margaretha died between 1913 and 1930, probably in Chicago, Illinois, if she ever immigrated to the United States from Russia. Her death year range was estimated based on the fact that her husband was a widower in the 1930 census. That said, however, Christina Margaretha may have died much earlier than the late 1920s, and her husband just remained a widower for an extended period of time. A search for immigration records for her at a later date have come up with nothing. At this point, it's not clear if she ever successfully immigrated to the United States. So far no passenger manifest that match her age have been found. The location of a 1920 census record entry for their family would be very helpful in determining if Christina Margaretha ever made it to the United States.
1897 Grimm Census 
1913 New York, Passenger and Crew Lists 
In this record, Christina Rusch, his wife, is listed as her husband's closest contact back in Russia. Clearly, she and her husband did not immigrate at the same time. Her husband Jakob made the journey to the United States with four child, ages 16, 11, 10 and 8. It's unclear if she had any younger children who remained with her in Grimm. There us also the possibility that she was pregnant and chose not to immigrate until after her baby was born.
1920 United States Federal Census 
If Christina Margaretha immigrated after her husband and four children, she would have probably been listed in the 1920 census with her family. She is missing from this record. The actual census states her husband was married, so this suggests that she was still living somewhere, just not with her husband and children. It could be that she was deceased already and her husband remarried, and it was his second wife who was missing from this census. This seems unlikely. Either she was still living but not at home at the time of the census, or she was deceased and the notation that he was married was an error.
Death Record for her Son Jakob Rusch 
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