Johann “John” Ludwig Mielke

As a continuation of my Amanuensis Monday post, I’m going to talk about my great-great grandfather Johann “John” Ludwig Mielke.

I don’t have a lot information about him before he and his wife came to America. I know that he was born on 20 Dec 1841 in Prussia.  In 1867, he married Augusta Fredrica Strauss. In 1868, their daughter Elisa Sophia baptized at Sankt, Katharinen, Danzig, Stadt, West Preussen, Prussia.

 1880 Census

In 1880, they were living on Warren Avenue in Big Rapids, Mecosta, Michigan. Mielke was misspelled “Mealke”. There children listed here are: Charles this was actually Carl (born in 1873 ), Conrad (born in 1874), George (born in 1877), twins Walter and Voleska (born in 1879). It also states that John and Augusta and their parents were born in Prussia and all the children were born in Michigan. Note that in this census Elesa Sofia is missing. She would have been about 12 years old during this census, so I’m thinking that she possibly died sometime before this census was taken.

 1900 Census

In the 1900 census, the family was living in Norwich Township, Newaygo, Michigan. In this census only Karrl (Carl) and Conrad were living with their parents. Augusta had 9 children but only 5 were living by this time. They owned their own farm and son Conrad was working for the family. It also shows that son Karrl was “Idiotic” and that everyone except for him could read, write, and speak English.

I know out of the 9 children they had 5 were living by 1900, Carl, Conrad, George, Walter, and Martha (born in 1882). Also according to this census it states that John and Augusta immigrated to the US in 1872 and that John was a naturalized citizen.

1910 Census

In the 1910 census, they were still living in Norwich, Newaygo,  Michigan and children Carl and Conrad were still living with them.  I can’t completely make out what was written in the parent’s birth places other than Germany.

On 7 Mar 1912, John died in Norwich at the age of 70. According to Family Search’s Death Record his father’s name was Carl. He was buried at Highland View Cemetery, Big Rapids, Michigan.

Happy Searching!!



Year: 1880; Census Place: Big Rapids, Mecosta, Michigan; Roll: 594; Family History Film: 1254594; Page: 640D; Enumeration District: 180; Image: 0744. and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: 1900; Census Place: Norwich, Newaygo, Michigan; Roll: 735; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 96; FHL microfilm: 1240735. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.1910 United States Federal Census Year: 1910; Census Place: Norwich, Newaygo, Michigan; Roll: T624_666; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 111; Image: 443. Year: 1910; Census Place: NorwichNewaygoMichigan; Roll: T624_666; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0111; Image: 447; FHL microfilm: 1374679.

Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 March 2012), John L. Mielke (1842). Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: “Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800–1995.” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.


Amanuensis Monday – A family history

The past week has been quite hectic around my house! Between juggling a job, school. and family, I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like. I set a goal when I started this blog, to write something everyday or every other day and as I got on here today realized it’s been almost a week since you’ve heard from me. Well enough with the rambling!

Today is Amanuensis Monday! What, you may ask, is Amanuensis Monday? Well, fellow blogger Transylvanian Dutch gives the definition for amanuensis as a person who is employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Why is Amanuensis Monday important? Well, I’m glad you asked! It’s important because papers get lost and ink fades over time.

So today I’m going to transcribe the first page of a set of notes that my Great-Aunt Marion left about our family. As the week goes on I will add information to my blog about each of the ancestors mentioned! So check back often! Click on the name to go to the post about that person.

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Daddy’s (George Arthur Johann Mielke 2-20-1977 died 11-30-1943) family:

Mother: Augusta Fredrica Strauss Mielke (cousin to Johann Sebastian Strauss) born 2-17-1840 died 1919

Father: Johann Mielke born 12-20-1841 died 1912



Happy searching!!