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Pine Lake Settlers

Merton & Delafield Townships
Waukesha County Wisconsin Genealogy

Early Settlers

This information is summarized from a book entitled, "Pine Lake", by William F. Stark There is far more detail in the book than I have described here. Please be sure to check out the book. It may be available through interlibrary loan through your local library.

See also Pine Lake Norwegian settlers as listed in: A History of Norwegian Immigration to the United States From the Earliest Beginning Down to the year 1848, by George T. Flom, Ph.D. privately printed, Iowa, City, Iowa, 1909

The early colony of Pine Lake included Swedish, Norwegian, and 1 Danish settler. Four Swedish men all strangers, arrived at the same time in the oak grove near Pine Lake in July 1842. Of the four men, only two remined in the colony. Groth and Gustaf Unonius were the other two, but they moved away by 1846.

Bergwall, George Edward 	(one of the first four men)
Thott, Baron 			(second of the two that remained)
Petterson, Bengt 		(arrived a few weeks later, Summer 1842)
Bottiger, Knut			(arrived Summer 1842) 
Von Schneidau, Polycaspus	(arrived Summer 1842)
Von Proschwitz, A.F.		(arrived 1843)
Wohlin, Lars			(arrived 1843)
Wohlin, Anders			(arrived 1843)
Rudberg, John O.		(arrived 1843)
Balkman, Charles		(arrived 1843)
St. Sure Lundsfeldt, Adolph	(arrived 1843)

Norwegian Settlers

Gasmann, Hans			(arrived 1843)
Bellerud, John			(arrived 1843)
Olson, Christian		(arrived 1843)
Tufte, Gregorius		(arrived 1843)

Danish Settlers

Fribert, Lauritz (arrived 1843)

Settlers 1880-1920

Land and Summer home owners

George Edward Bergwall

Age at Arrival:			36 years
Residence in old country:	Gothenburg, Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Customs Inspector
Status: Widower (5 years before his departure)
Children: Johan, left with his brother in Sweden

Baron Fredik Thott

Age at Arrival:			37 years
Residence in old country:	Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Swedish Nobelman, officer in Swedish Army
Status: not mentioned
Children: not mentioned
Moved north and died in poverty and alone in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a 
victim of chlolera in 1850, only eight years after leaving Sweden

Bengt Petterson

Changed his name from Hallstrom to Petterson when arriving in America.
Age at Arrival:			46 years
Residence in old country:	Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Regimental Paymaster in Swedish Army
Status: Married wife Charlotte
Children: Seven children, remained in Sweden until Spring 1843
Intended on establishing himself here, then send for his family.
Settled for a spell in Cincinnati, Ohio and learned the shoemaking trade.
Died:				December 12, 1845 (2 years after arriving)

Knut Bottiger

Age at Arrival:			26 years
Residence in old country:	Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Lieutenant in Swedish Army
Status: not mentioned
Children: not mentioned
Remained at Pine Lake 2 years
enlisted in U.S. Army May 1845 at Fort Winnebago (Portage)
died in Vera Cruz of yellow fever 1847

Polycaspus von Schneidau

Age at Arrival:			30 years
Residence in old country:	Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Lieutenant in Swedish Artillery Unit, 
				Swedish Nobleman
Status: married Caroline Jacobson May 4, 1842 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Children: none mentioned

A.F. von Proschwitz

Age at Arrival:			24 years
Residence in old country:	Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Lieutenant in Varmland Regiment
Status: not mentioned
Children: not mentioned
Remained in Pine Lake 2 years.
Did not like the pioneer life, moved to New Orleans.
Enlisted in 7th U.S. Infantry Regiment.
2 months later deserted.
Never heard from since (believed to have been captured and hanged)

Lars Wohlin

Age at Arrival:			36 years
Residence in old country:	Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Blacksmith
Status: not mentioned
Children: not mentioned
Brother Olaf remained in Sweden

Anders Wohlin

Age at Arrival:			27 years
Residence in old country:	Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Blacksmith
Status: not mentioned
Children: not mentioned

John O. Rudberg

Age at Arrival:			26 years
Residence in old country:	Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Surveyor-forester
Status: not mentioned
Children: not mentioned
Surveyed the original roads in the area.

Charles Balkman

Age at Arrival:			Unknown
Residence in old country:	Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Sailor
Status: not mentioned
Children: not mentioned

Adolph Fredrik St. Cyr von Lindsfelt

(name Anglicized to St. Sure upon arrival)
Age at Arrival:			36 (born of Swedish nobility in 1806)
Residence in old country:	Sweden
Occupation in old country:	Former Swedish Army Officer, appointed 
				Chamberlain to the Court while in his 20s
Status: married
Children: 5 children
arrived with 2 servants to escape creditors in Sweden
In 1847, moved to Chicago, his wife and most of the children
returned to Sweden.  Adolph, took up the medical trade and entered
Rush Medical School.  By 1850, he had a successful practice in Sheboygan.
Served during the Civil War as a surgeon of the 15th Wisconsin Volunteer 
Infantry and died a prominent doctor in Sheboygan, at seventy.

His granddaughter, Miss Violet St. Sure died at the age of eighty 
in Sheboygan, in 1968.

Hans Gasmann

Age at Arrival:			Unknown
Residence in old country:	Gjerpen, Norway
Occupation in old country:	Proprietor of large farms as well 
				as a mill, represented the district 
				in the Norwegian Parliment
Status: married
Children: 13 children

John Bellerud

Age at Arrival:			Unknown
Residence in old country:	Norway
Occupation in old country:	Sheriff
Status: not mentioned
Children: not mentioned

Christian Olson

Age at Arrival:			22 years
Residence in old country:	Norway
Occupation in old country:	unknown
Status: married Christine Sodergren (Unonius' maid) 
	in 1845
Children: one, Christine died in childbirth

Gregorius Tufte

Age at Arrival:			unknown
Residence in old country:	Norway
Occupation in old country:	unknown
Status: married
Children: 5 children

Lauritz Jacob Fribert

Age at Arrival:			Unknown
Residence in old country:	Zealand, Denmark
Occupation in old country:	Judge, Editor of 
				Danish newspaper
Status: not mentioned
Children: not mentioned
Became active in law and later wrote a book that was 
published in Oslo in 1847.
Eventually a Notary Public in Watertown, Dodge County, Wisconsin

1880-1900

RESIDENT OWNERS AND SUMMER HOMES

Brumder (1892)
Christenson
Cudahy (1910)
Finkler (1906)
Friend (1885)
Gallun (1906)
Gerstner (circa 1892)
Goes (1911)
Hansen (1910)
Herzfeld (1916)
Hoerig (1909)
Jones (bef 1883/4)
Joys (late 1870)
Kirk (1885)
Koch (1885)
Luedke (abt. 1900)
Manegold (1892)
Mayer (1894/5)
Niedecken (1889)
Nunnemacher (1883/4)
Oakland (bef 1887)
Ott (cira 1890)
Pritzlaff (1905)
Rietbrock  (abt 1870)
Schulz (1887)
Stapps (circa 1894)
Swallow (1919)
Trecker (1918)
Trumpf (bef 1887)
Vilter (1886)
Vogel (1885)
Winkler (1887)

LAND DIVISION 1895

Angus, John
Atkins, A. H.
Balkman, Nels 
Barth, John
Best, Charles
Booth, J.
Brumder, George
Dorestan, U.
Friend, J.E.
Gibson, Louis
Gibson, Mark
Grau, W.H.
Gunther, A.
Hansen, O.C.
Helmholz, A.C.
Hotel Interlachen
Hoyt, H.H.
Huck, L.C.
Iversen, J.C.
Jacobson, J.L.
Joys, A.M.
Kirk, James A.
Koch, J.C.
Koch, J.C.
Lester, H.V.
Leuthstrom, C.A. (Dr.)
Luedke, A.H.
Manegold, H.
Manegold, W.H.
Mayer, A.J.
Mayer, Fred J.
Mayer, George P.
Mendel, H.M.
Milbrath, Charles W.
Niedecken, E.
Niedecken, H.
Nunnemacher, Emilie
Nunnemacher, Herman
Nunnemacher, Marie
Nunnemacher, Robert
Olson, C.
Parker, George A.
Plathner, F.W.
Rietbrock, F.
Rietbrock, F.
Rudberg, Mr.
Sands, A.J.
Schulz, D. Mrs.
Schwarz, J.
Smith, A.A.L.
Tufte, Mrs.
Tuley, M. F.
Vilter, E.
Vogel, A.H.
Vogel, Auguste
Wahl, Christian
Weickert, Mr.
West, E.K.
Whaling, J.A.
Winkler, F.C.

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