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Ferdinand Henke (1866 - 1941)

Ferdinand Henke aka Hoenke
Born in Kulm, Bessarabia, Russiamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1891 in Russiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 74 in Golden Valley, Mercer, North Dakota, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Dec 2009
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Black Sea Germans
Ferdinand Henke was a Black Sea German.

Ferdinand Henke was born on 29 January 1866[1] in Kulm, Bessarabia, Russia to Christian Henke/Hoenke and Anna Karoline Hintz/Hinz. [2]

Ferdinand and Carolina Klaus (1872-1949).were married in 1891 by Pastor Schlarb.[2]

They had several children:

  1. Gustave Henke (1897-1930)
  2. Wilhelm Henke (1899-1955)

Ferdinand, Karoline, and their son Gustav immigrated to the United States about 1898.

In 1900, Ferd, Caroline, and their sons Gustav and Wilhelm were living in Mercer County, North Dakota.[3]

In April 1917, a destructive prairie fire started on Ferdinand's farm. Several buildings and more than one hundred stacks of hay were destroyed by the fire that burned a large part of land northwest of Golden Valley.[4]

Ferdinand resided in Mercer County, North Dakota.[1]

Ferdinand passed away at age 66 in rural Golden Valley in Mercer County, North Dakota on 25 June 1941.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 North Dakota Department of Health. Division of Vital Records: Public Death Index. "Ferdinand Henke," 25 June 1941, Mercer County. : 4 December 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Information provided by this source - Ferdinand Henke/Hoenke b 1866 Kulm, Bess., Russ. m Karolna Claus/Klauss. Mr. Flegel's source - Film # 1766565 marriage 1891-Ferdinand is 25, father Christian. She is 19, her father Michael, Pastor Schlarb Flegel, Arthur E., Certified Genealogist. Extended Relationships of the Kulm, Leipzig, Tarutino Communities in Bessarabia, Russia . Fargo, ND; Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, page 265.
  3. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 December 2020), Fred Henke, Townships 141-144-Ranges 88-93, Mercer, North Dakota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 94, sheet 2A, family 28, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,229.
  4. "Flicker Tales," Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, North Dakota), 1 May 1917, page 7, column 3. : 4 December 2020.


First-hand information as remembered by Elden Matcke, Saturday, September 13, 2014.

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