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Posted by Lynn on January 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (70)

Ober Kostenz Rheinland Pfalz 

     Church built in 1745




Waldorf belonging to the Lemberg/Lviv/Lvov group was founded in 1796, it was a colonist village sent from Pfalzer, Germany, the mother colony. During the colonization of the area by Austria. It was protestant independent and was abandoned in 1810. Although the colony was abandoned it was in the parish of Janow which today is Ivano Frankove, northwest of Lviv.                                                   


Theodorshof belonging to the Josefow group was founded in 1784. It was a colonist village sent from Pfalzer, Germany, the mother colony. During the colonization of the area by Austria. It was protestant independent, had 571 families in 1824 and a German majority in 1930. Today in the Ukraine the name of the village is Teodorsgof or Teodorshof, lviv, Ukraine



Korolowka now Karolufka in the parish of Brody,  has been a bit elusive to locate. There are 3 Korolowka villages in the Austrian Hungarian galician area and the borders changed a few times. Staying with the family information received from Dorothea Rodenbush that the family was from Brody   I examined the 1880 map of the area and consulted with some genealogical friends who were able to confirm that Korolowka is Korolivka, Brodivskyi Raion, Lviv Oblast. Korolivka means village of the king in the parish of Brody.   


                                                                         1920 map of Korolowka

Jozefow now Yosypivka, Ukraine, January 24, 1863 to April 24, 1863 fighting between the Poles and the Cossacks. 1853-1855 Josefow was struck by an outbreak of cholera that took a toll of about 200 lives out of 1022 persons. In 1865 Jozefow was 71% jewish.   


Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

Martin Rothenbusch Immigration

Posted by Lynn on January 13, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

(Pictures Port of Hamburg 1876)

Source: Book: Hamburg Passenger Lists 1850-1934 Volume 373-7 I, VIII B 1 Band 067

Book: Migration from Russian Empire Lists of Passengers arriving at US Ports Vol 3 May 1886 - December 1887

Martin Rothenbusch - Age 42 years; Departure date November 9, 1886, Destination: New York, Residence: Korolowka, Russland (now in Ukraine just east of Theodorshof and Lviv/Lvov/Lemberg, northwest of Brody). Occupation: Arbetier; Ship - Juno; Captain: Bee; Ship Type: Dampfschiff; Accomodation: Ohne Angabe; Ship Flag: England; Port of Departure: Hamburg via Liverpool ; Port of Arrival: Hull/New York, Amerika.

- on the passenger list Martin appears to be travelling with the Jacob Haug family also from Korolowka -

HMS Juno\

Martin Rothenbusch's Shipping Record


Source: Book: Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934 Volume 373-I, VIII B I Band 078 Page 804

Website: Library and Archives Canada, Quebec City Passenger Lists Index 1865-1900, copies of original documents

Dorothea Rothenbusch - Age 40, Departure date June 3, 1889; Destination: Amerika (USA) via Grimsby (London, England port); Residence; Korolowka, Galicia; Occupation: Landleute (housewife); Ship: Warrington; Captain: Hollingsworth; Ship Type Dampfschiff (steamship); Acomodation: Ohne Angabe; Ship Flag: England; Port of Departure: Hamburg via Grimsby; Port of Arrival: Amerika

Dorothea is listed with her children Gustav, Philip, Daniel and Catherine. She changed ships at Grimsby to the Allan Line, and is listed there as:

Dorothea Rothenbusch - Departure date June 6, 1989; Destination: Quebec; Destination: Regina, NWT; Ship: S.S.Caspian, Captain: Alex McDougall;


Dorothea Rothenbusch's Shipping Record

Western Land Grants (source: Canadian Archives)


Western Land Grants (1870-1930) Legal Land Description   

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Martin Rothenbusch



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Gustaf Rothenbush




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Dora Rodenbush




Posted by Lynn on January 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

1886 Martin immigrated to Montreal and worked for the CPR railroads, he came west in 1888 and sent for his wife Dorthea and children Gustav, Daniel, Phillip and Katherina, they came in 1889.

The Martin Rothenbusch family settled in the Edenwold area.

In 1899 Martin was crushed when a team of horses ran away with him, he complained of stomach pains therafter, died in 1900 with suspected untreated burst appendicitis???

Dorothea went to live with Gustav and family.

Rodenbush Drive, Regina, Saskatchewan is named for Philip Martin Rodenbush, this is the notation from the Book, Regina Streets.

Philip Martin Rodenbush was an active member of the board of Pioneer Village from 1964 to 1968, and served in several other capacities with community organizations. He was on the General Hospital Board from 1959 to 1967, a member of the Regina Local Housing Authority from 1968 to 1978, and served three years on the Regina Low-Income Housing Authority.



Family Legends

Posted by Lynn on January 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

- Martin and brother hid in a wood pile during an altercation, parents were killed and they were sent to live with an aunt and uncle in Germany, Martin ran away in 1854 to Austria. Further research is needed in this regard. 

Many family stories are some fact, some fiction and some misunderstanding.  Since Martin does not seem to have a brother to run to Austria with, nor is there any relation near his age living with other family members that may have been his brother, perhaps this is generationallty confused.  Johann Daniel, Martin's father born in 1816 died when Martin was 9 years old in 1855 and is buried in Suzno, now Ukraine.  Johann Daniel was a shoemaker.  1855 happens to be in the midst of the Crimean war in which Johann Daniel may have been called up and subsiquently killed?  If this family story is generationally confused it may mean that Johann Daniel and a brother also serving may have hidden in a wood pile and subsequently killed.  As more information becomes available and translated into english this would be something to explore with Ukrainians killed during the Crimean war.