Wedding Wednesday – Mielke/Jensen

On this Wedding Wednesday, I will be continuing my Amanuensis Monday post about the family of John and Augusta Strauss Mielke, today I will discuss Conrad Ferdinand William Mielke and his marriage to Karen Margrethe Jensen.

Conrad was born on the 26th of Nov 1874 . He lived with his parents until his marriage to Karen Margrethe Jensen, daughter of Peter Christian Jensen and Laurine Dorothy Winther, on 19 Aug 1914 in Norwich, Newaygo, Michigan. Margrethe was born on  the 1 Aug 1894 in Norwich, Newaygo, Michigan.

This their marriage record (found on family search). Part of the record was cut off in the book were the father’s names were written.

In 1920, Conrad and Margrethe were living on their own farm in Norwich. Carl was 45 and Karen Margrethe was 25. The census shows that Conrad’s parents were from Germany and Margrethe’s were from Denmark.

By 1930, they had moved to Woodward Avenue in Big Rapids, Michigan. Carl was an unemployed laborer and Margrethe was staying home. He owned his own home worth $1500. He was also renting to his sister Martha and her daughter Josephine, but that’s for another post!

On the 10 Mar 1932, he died in Big Rapids, Michigan and is buried at Highland View Cemetery in Big Rapids. Margrethe on  24 May 1974. Click here to see their findagrave memorial.

Happy Searching!



Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 March 2012), Conrad Mielke (1914).

Year: 1920; Census Place: Norwich, Newaygo, Michigan; Roll: T625_787; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 180; Image: 1109. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).

Year: 1930; Census Place: Big RapidsMecostaMichigan; Roll: 1011; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 7; Image: 332.0; FHL microfilm: 2340746. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.


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