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Franzen / Frantzen Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Franzen Frantzen
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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Franzen/Frantzen Lines

Johann Frantzen was born about 1665 in Schale, Kr. Tecklenburg, Westfalen (now Germany). There were a large number of Frantzens in Schale in the 1600s through the mid-1800s. Some of them moved to The Netherlands, which wasn't far from Schale, and others went to DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The book Schale Ein Dorf Stellt Sich Vor has an auswanderer list in section XII, which includes:

  • Johann Gerhard Franzen (b. 12 Aug 1787) [Note: This birth date is off by about 3 months]
  • Margaretha Elsabein Franzen (b. 7 Nov 1817) [Note that the birth date is off by about four months]
  • Fenne Margaretha Elsabein Franzen (b. 4 Oct 1818) [Name actually Fenne Margaretha Elisabeth, but birth date matches and she is part of the family listed above and below her]
  • Fenne Adelheid Franzen (b. 13 Oct 1820) Dühne
  • Anna Adelheid Franzen (b. 30 Aug 1826) - Went to Leyden Township, Illinois, United States in 1843
  • Johann Bernhard Franzen (b. 23 Dec 1792) - Heuermann (hired man)
  • Johann Heinrich Franzen (b. 9 Jul 1828)
  • Catharina Adelheid Franzen (b. 22 Sep 1830)
  • Johann Wilm. Franzen (b. 20 Jul 1836, m. Louise Eitermann) - Went to America in 1837
  • Johann Gerhard Frantzen (b. 12 Aug 1805) - Heurmann und Tagelöhner (Hired Man and Day Laborer) [Note that this birth date is off by slightly less than two years]
  • Bernhard Heinrich Frantzen (b. 20 Dec 1837)
  • Gesina Friederike Frantzen (b. 30 Dec 1844) - Emigrated to America 29 Mar 1853 ohne Consen heimlich (secretly without consent) [As she was 8 years old at the time, likely the entire family emigrated on that date, without consent]
  • Johann Heinrich Frantzen (b. 1 Oct 1813) - Knecht (servant)
  • Johann Gerhard Frantzen (b. 1818) - Emigrated to America with parents and seven people in May 1834
  • Johann Heinrich Frantzen (b. 24 Sep 1815)
  • Hermann Heinrich Frantzen (b. 28 Nov 1818) - Emigrated to America in 1836 with his parents [Note - someone with same name and birthdate listed below]
    • Johann Heinrich Frantzen
    • Catharina Adelheid Dresselhaus
  • Hermann Heinrich Franzen (b. 11 Feb 1814) - Arbeiter (worker), emigrated to America in 1835
  • Heinrich Franzen - Emigrated to America in 1835 with wife and three children
    • Anna Adelheid Köster
  • Johann Heinrich Franzen (b. 24 Sep 1815) - Hollandgänger - Emigrated to America in 1836
  • Gerhard Franzen - Emigrated to America with his wife and children in 1836
  • Hermann Heinrich Franzen (b. 28 Nov 1818) - Hollandgänger - Emigrated to America in 1836 [Note - Someone with same name and birthdate listed above]
  • Gerhard Heinrich Franzen (b. 29 Dec 1818) - Hollandgänger - Emigrated to America in 1835
  • Johann Bernhard with wife and children - Emigrated to North America in 1836
  • Johann Gerhard Franzen (b. 3 Dec 1818) - Hollandgänger - Emigrated to america in 1834
  • Catharina Adelheid Frantzen (b. 4 Jul 1830) - Magd (maid)
  • Fenne Adelheid Frantzen (b. 7 Nov 1832) - The two sisters secretly emigrated to America on 26 Feb 1852

Task List

  • Add sources to unsourced Franzen or Frantzen profiles
  • Merge any duplicate Frantzen or Franzen profiles
  • Connect any unconnected Franzen or Frantzen profiles
  • Review suggestions list for Franzen and Frantzen profiles and clean up as needed
  • Adopt orphaned Franzen or Frantzen profiles, verify their information and clean up, research or add sources as needed
  • Add additional Franzen profiles
  • Identify various Franzen lines and investigate if/how any are related
  • Research Christian Franzen and his family, namesake of the town of Franzen, Wisconsin.
  • Figure out who the Mary Franzen was who married Frederick Dunterman (Duntemann?) on 25 Aug 1867 in DuPage County, Illinois
  • Figure out who the Maria Franzen was who married Ernst Olerich on 11 Aug 1887 in DuPage County, Illinois
  • Figure out who the Louisa Franzen was who married August Rotemund (Rotermund?) on 23 Oct 1874 in DuPage County, Illinois.
  • Add people with the surname Franzen on wikipidea:
    • Anders Franzén (1918–1993), Swedish underwater archaeologist
    • Arvid Franzen (1899–1961), Swedish-American accordionist and bandleader
    • Christian Franzen (photographer) (1864–1923), Danish photographer and diplomat based in Spain
    • Cola Franzen (1923–2018), American writer and translator
    • Frans Michael Franzén (1772–1847), Swedish poet
    • Ingemar Franzén (1927–1985), Swedish weightlifter
    • Ivar Franzén (1932–2004), Swedish politician
    • Jens Franzen (1937–2018), German paleontologist
    • Johan Franzén (politician) (1879–1946), Finnish farmer, bank director and politician
    • Lauro Franzen (1911–1971), Brazilian rower
    • Nell Franzen (1889–1973), American actress
    • Nils Franzén (1910–1985), Swedish politician
    • Nils-Olof Franzén (1916–1997), Swedish author
    • Sixten Franzén (1919–2008), Swedish scientist
    • Torkel Franzén (1950–2006), Swedish academic
    • Ulrich Franzen (1921–2012), German-American architect

Notable Franzten / Franzen's on WikiTree

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