Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Carl Wittenburg

The photo is of Carl and Lena Wittenburg



Carl Franz Christian Friedrich Wittenburg was born in August 4, 1862 in Germany; his parents were Christian Friedrich Johann and Friedericka Schroeder Wittenburg. Carl married Caroline “Lena” Johanna Christiane Friedericka Eggebrecht on December 17, 1884 in Jordenstorf, Mecklenburg Schwerin, Germany. Caroline was born on December 4, 1865 in Germany; her parents were Joachim and Henriata “Maria” Tesner Eggebrecht. Carl and Caroline came to the United States in 1885. In 1887, Carl Wittenburg worked as a salt packer for the Nelson Holland Company and resided at 116 Schemm Street in Saginaw, Michigan.


Carl and Caroline had the following children:

  1. Louise F. “Lizzie” Wittenburg was born November 28, 1886 in Saginaw, Michigan.

  2. Emil Wittenburg was born in June 1889.

  3. Edna Wittenburg was born in July 1892

  4. Ernest Wittenburg was born July 18, 1895 in Lakefield Township.

  5. Clara Wittenburg was born December 2, 1898 Lakefield Township.

The photo is of Carl and Lena Eggebrecht Wittenburg and Carl and Christena Wittenburg Eggebrecht.


In 1896, Carl, Caroline and their family were living in Lakefield Township in Section 10 on a 60 acre farm on the south side of Swan Creek Road between Merrill and Fenmore Roads. Their neighbors were Caroline's sister and brother-in-law, Edmond and Wilhelmina Eggebrecht Lux; Charles Zarbock, L. Downing; Jesse Baker; George W. Long; Felix Carpenter and Ed Vondette.


By 1900, Carl, Caroline and their family were living in James Township, Saginaw County on Swan Creek Road.



Sources: Charlotte Huebner; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat map; 1900 United States Census; Louise “LizzieWittenburg birth record”, Ernest and Clara's birth record; Mecklenburg Germany Parish Register Transcripts 1740-1918.



Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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