This is a short history of Carl Ludwig Marks and many of his descendants. This would not have been possible without the cooperation of many of the people who are listed in the following text. Years of time and effort have gone into this and many more years of work will follow. Something of this nature is never complete and there is always one more name, one more date, and one more trail to follow or blind alley to end up in. We hope that this will stimulate anyone who reads this to send in corrections and further information.
The format or form this genealogy is in is called "Register style." This style was originally used in THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER. This journal is put out by the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. The first person or earliest ancestor is given the number "1." Then all of his children are given Roman numerals in the order of their birth. Any of his children who had children are also given another number like 2 or 3, etc. That person is then listed in the next generation along with their spouse and their children. Their children who have children will also be given their own number and will be listed in the next generation along with their spouse and children. This system may seem hard to understand at first, but it is a very good at organizing the large number of descendants in this book. With some practice, this system will be very easy to understand and use.
All we know of Carl and Justine or Augusta Marks is that they came to the United States and then to Manitowoc county. Family tradition has them come from West Prussia. One reasearcher listed his birth place as Neiderberksen, Prussia. I check Ravenstein's ATLAS OF THE GERMAN REICH of 1883, Meyers-Ort (MEYERS GAZETTEER OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE) and the index listed on line for the the series by Family Roots called MAP GUIDE TO GERMAN PARISH RECORDS but could not find that name listed. West Prussia is a very large area now in present day Poland. We are still looking for the "missing link" to a parish or town in that area. They probably came to Buffalo, New York, by ship. This means that there are no passenger ship lists available to search for an exact date or place they left Prussia. The Hamburg Passenger lists were search to no avail. This means they could have left from Bremen or any other port in Germany. Another lead that needs to be followed are the people that settled in the same area that Carl did. Tradition is that many were from the same area and one of them might have left a clue as to Carl's place of birth.
We wish to thank all of the people who have helped us in our work. A special thanks is due to Hazel Goldbeck Henrickson. She has helped me greatly in this effort. I had interviewed her one time for this history and she became interested. She helped with many hours of correspondence and telephone conversations with relatives all over Wisconsin. She was much better at talking to the living and I am much better at researching the dead. Without her help this history would not be as large as it is. The help of the many other relatives who kindly sent us information is also very much appreciated. In the past other people have compiled lists of relatives and family histories or collected stories. These have been incorporated as much as possible. In the future it is hoped that we can add photographs to this. Terrence Halfen has even put out a one hundred page book on his connection to the Marks family called LIVES NOT FORGOTTEN. We incorporate some of the same material as he did but come to some different conclusions and different formats for the material. I have tried to add personal information on the people listed. Unfortunately this comes mostly from obituaries. Any additional information will be welcomed.
In conclusion, this is only one step in the history of the Marks family. We hope that there will be many more steps in the future.
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