Johann “John” Kroeckel (né Kröckel) was born in October 1862 in or around Hammelburg, Unterfranken, Bavaria, Germany to Johann Kröckel and Margaretha Beck. He had at least two brothers: Lorenz (aka Lawrence) and another with an unknown name who stayed in Germany, as well as a sister named Genofeva. He worked as a manual laborer and served in the Deutscher Militar Verein before immigrating to the United States.
Life In America
John, along with Genofeva, boarded the SS Dania in Hamburg, Germany on 9 August 1890 and arrived to New York City on the 23rd. He went to Rochester, New York and eventually married Marie Messer there on 10 February 1891. John found work as a gas maker and then as a fireman, and he and Marie lived together with their infant son, John, in Ward #13 on Thomas St. at the 1892 New York State Census, after which the younger John died a few months later. They had 2 or 3 more children in Rochester before moving the family to Irondequoit around 1898 and eventually settled on St. Joseph Ave, where their other 2 or 3 children were born. He worked as a laborer on a farm for a while before obtaining employment at a market as a gardener, where he worked for several years.
John died on 13 September 1929 in Irondequoit and was buried four days later in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester.
Ancestry.com: Staatsarchiv Hamburg; Hamburg, Deutschland; Joh Krackel, Hamburger Passagierlisten; Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 068 A; Page: 806; Microfilm No.: K_1742.
Ancestry.com: Johan Krockel, New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957. Year: 1890; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 554; Line: 48; List Number: 1246.
"United States Germans to America Index, 1850-1897," database, FamilySearch, Johann Krockel, 23 Aug 1890; citing Germans to America Passenger Data file, 1850-1897, Ship Dania, departed from Hamburg, arrived in New York, New York, New York, United States, NAID identifier 1746067, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
Ancestry.com: New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; John Krockel to Marie Messer, New York State Marriage Index, 1891.
Marriage of John Kroeckel and Maria Messer. Rochester (NY) Municipal Archives and Records Center. 10 Feb 1891, pg. 388. Parents listed as John Kröckel and Margr Beck.
"New York State Census, 1892," database with images, FamilySearch, John Krickle, 1892; citing Rochester, Ward 13, E.D. 05, county offices, New York; FHL microfilm 833,784.
Ancestry.com: U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. John Krockel, Rochester, New York, City Directory, 1892.
Ancestry.com: U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. John Krockel, Rochester, New York, City Directory, 1893.
"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch, John Grickel, Irondequoit Township, Election District 2, Monroe, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 16, sheet 12A, family 238, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,072.
"New York State Census, 1905," database with images, FamilySearch, John Krackal, Irondequoit, A.D. 01, E.D. 02, Monroe, New York; citing p. 36, line 17, various county clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 833,791.
"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch, John Kroeckel, Irondequoit, Monroe, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 19, sheet 3A, family 46, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 988; FHL microfilm 1,375,001.
"New York State Census, 1915," database, FamilySearch, John Kroeckel, Irondequoit, A.D. 01, E.D. 02, Monroe, New York, United States; from "New York, State Census, 1915," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing p. 39, line 25, state population census schedules, 1915, New York State Archives, Albany.
"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch, John Kroeckel, Irondequoit, Monroe, New York, United States; citing ED 22, sheet 6B, line 90, family 146, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1119; FHL microfilm 1,821,119.
Ancestry.com: New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; John Krockel, Election District: 06; Assembly District: 01; City: Irondequoit; County: Monroe; Page: 34.
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924", database with images, FamilySearch, John Kroekel in entry for Josef Kroekel, 1923. Listed as Josef's uncle.
"New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956", database, FamilySearch, John Kroeckel, 1929.
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