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Endres Family genealogy 1700-1900 Compiled by Barbara Endres (Mrs. Rollan Anthony Endres) 1975

Maria Magdalena Klein and her brother Peter also came to Wisconsin. The youngest Klein sister arrived at the port of New York, November 18, 1853 with her husband, Peter Koltes from Baldringen, Germany, and their 3 children. HEr brother, Peter, came on the same ship. The group left germany September 15, 1853 for American and finally reached Dane county on Deember 9, 1853. Maria and Peter Koltes settled on a farm adjoining the farm of Peter Endres n the Township of Springfield. Peter Klein lived in the Township of Berry and was listed there in the sTate Census of 1855. He was not a proeprty owner and lived, perhaps, with anotehr family or rented a room. It is not known what he did for a living unless he was a laborer. He was unmarried, living only 5 years after coming to Wisconsin. He died on July 4, 1858., The story is told that he died of homesickness and that he wanted to return to Germany. Nevertheless Peter Klein signed his intent of citiizenship papers in Circuit Court in Madison, Wisconsin Oct 23, 1855. Peter Klein is buried in St. Martin's cemetery in the same plot as his sisters, Margaretha Endres and anna Maria Endres.

Maria Magdalena Koltes was a pretty woman and could not speak English. She was always appreciative for favors and would say "Das ist schön." She was a sober woman andit appeared that she was an unhappy person as she never smiled. Peter Koltes took it in stride and never said anything. He was a tremendous person who believed it was foolish to argue if you didn't have to. With his grandchildren he was tops. The countryside from where he came to germany was hilly and so he settled in the hilly country around Springfield Corners. However he soon realized that farm land should be flat, not hilly, and so he sold his farm and bought flat land. He moved a lot and was successful in real estate. With a few other families he started the town of Dane and he gave a great deal of money to the church. He was a man of even, pleasant temperment and before he died he gave each of his children money for them to invest.

He and Maria Magdalena had eleven children, ten of whom survived.

They were Peter B. Born 1848, Nicholas born 1850; Joseph P born 1852; all in Germany. The others were born in Wisconsin; John born 1855; Frank born 1856; Anna born 1859; Mary born 1860; J Ambrose born 183; Mary Magdalena born 1865; catherine born 1867.

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