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1. Carl Ludwig Marks, born 21-Jul-1823 in Prussia, died 23-Apr-1889 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, ,buried in St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, Manitowoc Co., WI, , military U.S. Civil War 1861-1865, immigrated Jul-1854 to Port of Buffalo, New York. According to tradition the family came 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. We do know that they entered the U.S. through the Port of Buffalo, New York on or about July of 1854. This date was listed on his Declaration of Intention to become a citizen and filed at Manitowoc, Wisconsin on 17 August 1854. A farm of about 82.65 acres was purchased in the north 1/2 of the northwest 1/4 of section 3 of Eaton township, Manitowoc county, Wisconsin. Less than a mile to the west is a Lutheran church and cemetery where the family members are buried. This is in Rockland township. Property records state that Carl sold the farm to his son Frederick on October 27, 1883 for $3,000. On June 6, 1889 Frederick sold the farm to his brother Michael. Michael then sold the farm on May 1, 1907 to Charles Schneider for $8,000. The original sale of the farm to Carl Marks has not been found. It may never have been recorded as many deeds in the early years were never recorded.
The family is listed in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 U.S. census and the 1885 state census for Eaton. In the 1900 census his son, Michael Marks, was running the farm.
On September 30, 1864 Carl Ludwig Marks was drafted into Company "I" of the 18th Wisconsin Volunteers Regiment at Greenfield, Wisconsin. Unfortunately there is no specific history of Company "I" but Carl was considered a non-Veteran and was probably involved in the following engagements that the non-veterans were part of. After Carl joined he was probably involved in the Engagement at Allatoona, Ga. on 5 October 1864; The Campaign against Savannah, and the Siege of Savannah from November 15 through December 21, 1864. 1864. The last two engagements were part of General Sherman's March To The Sea. For this the non-Veterans were attached to the 93rd Illinois Regiment. They served with that unit through The March To The Sea and the Campaign of the Carolinas from January 30 through April 26, 1865. He was probably at the Battle of Bentonville, N.C., March 19 through March 21, 1865 and the occupation of Goldsborough, N.C. on March 21, 1865. In April of 1865 the unit was reunited at Goldsborough, North Carolina. From there they were part of the advance and occupation of Raleigh, N.C. April 10 through April 14, 1865. Next his unit was at the surrender of the Confederate forces in North Carolina on April 26, 1865 at Bennett's Court House, Durham Station, North Carolina.
Three days after this surrender the 18th Wisconsin was ordered to march to Washington, D.C. They arrived there on May 19, 1865 and took part in the Grand Review of the Western Armies on May 24th. His pension record indicates he was mustered out of service at Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1865. The regiment was ordered to Louiseville, Kentucky, in early June, and it was mustered out of Federal Service there on July 14, 1865.
During the regiment's entire career from its formation in February and March of 1862 to July, 14, 1865, they lost 4 offices and 52 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. An additional 2 officers and 167 enlisted men died from disease or other non-combat causes.
While on active duty in February of 1865, Carl contracted a bad cold from which he never fully recovered. This was caused by being exposed to the cold and wet weather while he was at Kingston, North Carolina. His application for a disability pension stated that after the war he could only do a half days worth of work and a few years later he couldn't do much at all and that he was totaly disabled because of this. He had a bit of trouble at first but the pension was given him in 1887. This was Invalid Pension #601,968. In this document he was listed as being 5 foot 3 inches tall, 130 pounds, dark hair and grey eyes.
There is an old story that a child died on the voyage to the United States. The family did not let on the infant died because they did not want the infant buried at sea. When they reached land the infant was buried. The grave may be in Buffalo, New York.
He married 1851? in Germany, Justine Rautzke, born 08-Mar-1829 in Prussia, died 28-Mar-1881 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, buried in St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, , immigrated Jul-1854. Justine : Her name is spelled variously. Her grave stone reads Gustina and in some records at St. John-St. James Ev. Lutheran Church, Reedsville, Wis. it is Christine. Her last name is also spelled Runtsky on some of these records.
2. i. Wilhelmina Marks born 21-Oct-1852.
3. ii. Augusta Marks born 10-Nov-1856.
4. iii. Frederick Wilhelm Marks born 13-Apr-1857.
5. iv. Emilie (Amelia) Marks born 10-Jan-1858.
v. Bertha Emilie Marks, born 13-Apr-1860 in Eaton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, baptized 01-Jul-1860 in St John-St James Ev Luth Ch. Records, died 24-Jul-1880 in Eaton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, buried in St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Cemetery.
vi. Michael Ludwig Marks, born 29-Sep-1861 in Eaton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, baptized 21-Oct-1862 in St John-St James Ev Luth Ch. Records, died 11-Dec-1907 in Rockland, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, buried 13-Dec-1907 in St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Cemetery. Family is in the 1900 census Eaton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, Purchased the family farm from his brother Fred on June 6, 1889. He sold the farm on May 1, 1907 to Charles Schneider for $8,000. He was confirmed April 9, 1876, St. John-St. James Ev Lutheran Church Records. Brother, Charles, was living with them in 1900. He married 12-Sep-1889 in Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, Wilhelmina "Minnie" Wilke, born 27-Aug-1858, (daughter of John Wilke and Frederike Wendt), died 26-Mar-1911 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, buried in St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Cemetery.
6. vii. Anna Louise Marks born 20-Mar-1863.
viii. Charles Ludwig Marks, born 29-Oct-1865 in Eaton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, died 12-Nov-1947 in Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, buried 16-Nov-1947 in Wayside, Brown County, Wisconsin, obituary 20-Nov-1947 in De Pere Journal-Democrat. He lived in Wayside before moving to Morrison to live with his nice, Esther Fuelle (Mrs. Ernest Siebert.) He died in a Green Bay Hospital. St. John-St. James Ev. Lutheran Church, Reedsville, Wis. list him as being confirmed 12-June-1881. In 1900 was living with his brother Michael in Eaton.
7. ix. Paulina Ernestine Marks born 10-Nov-1866.
8. x. Louisa Friederike Marks born 16-Nov-1869.
xi. Wilhelm August Marks, born 19-May-1871 in Eaton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, died 09-Feb-1874 in Eaton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, buried in St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Cemetery.
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