George Engel

Georg Johann Engel

  • 10 children
  • 43 grandchildren


Marriages and children


Georg Engel 1775-1853
Magdalena Wingert ca 1778-/1853

George Engel 1816-1870


1 - Ortsfamilienbuch Bahlingen

Aus Friesenheim/Lahr.

2 - Find A Grave

George Engel was born in Friesenheim, Baden on February 13, 1816 to Georg and Magdalena (nee Wingert) Engel.

Generations of the ancestry of Georg Engel, Sr., can be found in the Friesenheim Ortsfamilienbuch. Magdalena's ancestry is found in the Oberweier Ortssippenbuch.

George was a lifelong farmer and in his native land was also a teamster. He served the regulation time in the German army, and as a member of the firefighting crew in his village.

On December 2, 1839 George married Anne Marie Köhl in Friesenheim. Their first son, George Martin Engel, was born a year later in Friesenheim and died after a few weeks. By the time their next child, Emma, was born, the family had moved to Anna's home village, Bahlingen.

In early 1856 two of the children, Emma and John, departed with Anna's parents, Martin and Katharina Köhl, for America. They moved to the area west of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where two daughters of the Köhls already lived with their families. They were Peter and Barbara Fritz, and Jacob and Barbara Gasser.

The pastor in Bahlingen inscribed a Bible for the Engel family in 1857 and George and Anna, with their remaining children, Catharina, Geo. Jacob, Christine, Mary Magdalene, and the seven month old baby Salome, sailed for America.

The family boarded the ship Mercury (Havre Second Line) in Havre, France and arrived at Castle Garden, New York on 23 March 1857. The New York Times reported that on this voyage the ship had experienced heavy weather, started (or loosened) the cutwater, head rails, etc., with one death and one birth among the 160 passengers.

Name Age Sex Occupation From Destination

Engel, Georg 41 M Farmer Baden USA - Anna 40 F Farmer Baden USA - Catharine 12 F Farmer Baden USA - Georg 9 M Child Baden USA - Christine 6 F Child Baden USA - Magdalene 2 F Child Baden USA - Salome .06 F Infant Baden USA

George and Anna settled in Sec. 17 on Clinton Township, Linn County. George filed his Declaration of Intention to become a citizen of the United States in District Court, Linn Co., Iowa on December 14, 1859. He was naturalized in the same place on July 13, 1863. He is named in the voter registration lists of Clinton Township.

George Engel was farming 200 acres at the time of the 1870 federal census, shortly before his death. He had 8 horses, 5 milk cows, 3 other cattle, and 17 swine. The total value of the livestock was $1,140, and the value of animals slaughtered in the prior year was $230. In the prior year the farm produced 1,190 bushels of spring wheat, 800 bu. Indian corn, 400 bu. oats, 125 bu. barley, 40 bu. Irish potatoes, 375 lbs. butter, 30 tons of hay. The total value of the farm was $7,350. The value of the prior year's output was $1,777.

George died in 1870, possibly of typhoid fever. Anna died a few months later, in 1871.

George Engel died intestate. His estate was probated in Linn County, Iowa.

The Engel family Bible presented by the pastor in Bahlingen remains in the family's possession to this day, 155 year later, It records in German script the deaths of George and Anna, Anna's father (Martin Köhl), and a son-in law (Jacob Huber). It also lists the births of some of the children and grandchildren.

George Engel was a first cousin to Christian Engel, who settled in Columbus, Franklin Co., Ohio. Christian was born in Friesenheim, Baden, Germany, just as George was.

"Engel" is the German word for "angel."

- person: OFB Bahlingen
- burial: Find A Grave

Note: Missing data can be supplemented and incorrect data corrected, please contact Geneee.