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Peter Michael Kraushaar
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Researcher of Kraushaar History

Below you can take a trip through time with Pete as your guide and trace the Kraushaar and Korte family line back through time to 1330!  Along the way you'll visit parts of America, Hungary and Germany!
 
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I have recieved a confirmation letter from the Archdiocese of Cologne that my forfather Peter Henrichs Korte was married in the Cologne (Koln) Catherdral in 1678 next to the "Shrine of the 3 Kings" that contain the relics and remains of the three wise men who witnessed Christ's birth.  I highly recommend a Google or Wiki search on the "Shrine of the three Maji" or the Cologne Cathedral to learn more.
 
I have included the service records of Kraushaar's who served in the American Civil War at the bottom of this page.  Credit goes to the National Park Service that has a soldiers/sailors name search (find it through a Google search), also there was a Kraushaar that served in the French-Indian wars as well.
 
I participated in the National Geographic DNA Geneographic project which mapped our male line-Y Chromosome back to one man who lived in Africa about 50,000 years ago who is related to all human males alive today.  If you are from the Hatzfeld or Deutmecke-Schoenholthausen Kraushaar's and Korte's then you are in Haplogroup R1b, subgroup M343 on the Human Family Tree.  Go to:

National Geographic Human Genome Project

* Wait for the Flash Player to load, go toward the bottom of the Flash screen then click on "Genetic Markers"  When the list comes up on the right scroll to "M343-Y Chromosome-Haplogroup R1b" and click for all of our migration history out of Africa, maps links etc.  We are direct decendants of Cro-Magnon man!  I think you'll enjoy this fascinating project and website from National Geographic!  Be sure to come back to this page where, at the bottom you'll see my male line (including names and data) back 16 generations!  If you'd like sign my guestbook below.
 
So it turns out there is a little Neandrathal in most of us:
 

DNA Proves Neandrathals and Modern Humans engaged in "Hanky Panky"!

Another fun genetics link answers the question "How many people have ever lived on earth?"

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2002/HowManyPeopleHaveEverLivedonEarth.aspx

Now let's get to our family history!

 
Kraushaar, Korte (pronounced Kor-tay) & Henrichs Family History  back to the year 1330, as researched  by Peter Michael Kraushaar.  Peter spent 3 years researching Kraushaar genealogy and constructing this website so that our family history remains alive for future generations. He has traced the male line  back to about 1550 on the lower portion of this page and Kraushaar history in Deutmecke, Germany back even further at the Deutmecke Kraushaar History link below. Peter, who prefers his middle name Michael spent much of his career as a police officer and criminal investigator, experience that would prove valuable in researching family history and genealogy! Please copy any of the information on this website.
 
Note the German language was not really organized until the 1800's so when you read the material  family names and the names of towns etc. may have several similar spellings such as Kraushaar & Cruishaar, Henrichs & Heinrichs, Schulte & Shulte, Korte & Corten, or Wichtmann and Wichtman, both being the same family!  Also until about 1700 in the Sauerland region of Germany it was very common to use a diiferent last name (or add an additional name to your own) depending on which farm you lived on or the profession you had.  So we see the name of Korte added onto the Henrichs name quite often, as the Korte family worked and lived on the Henrichs farm for many generations and used both Korte & Henrichs as surnames. 
 
The family origins go back to Deutmecke, a small hamlet in the Sauerland region, just outside of the larger towns of Schoenholthausen-Finnentrop in the kreis (county) of Olpe (formerly Meschede and before that called Eslohe) in the state of Westfalia, Germany.  In 1330 there were a eight homes & farms in Deutmecke inhabited by the following families: Kraushaar, Henrichs, Steckebrock, Rinke, Hachen, Heimes, Gehren, Schulte and Hagemann.
 
Some Kraushaar's became Donau-Schwabisch who are the tens of thousands of Germans that immigrated to and homesteded in the Banat Region of Hungary (some parts later became Romania) from the 1700s until 1850. These German farmers left the Sauerland and Trier regions of Germany due to harsh economic and political conditions, war and high taxation on farms. They followed Queen Maria Theresia's invitation to homested, farm and own land in the Banat after the area was de-populated after the Austrian-Ottoman war.  Our family lore suggests the Kraushaar's immigrated to Hatzfeld in April 1766 (the year the town was founded and open to homesteding), although records in Schoenholthausen indicate it was in 1786 that Johann Herman Kraushaar  immigrated to Hatzfeld.  Some Kraushaar's & Korte's remained in the Sauerland in Germany. My research indicates there are a total of 3 Kraushaar clans that I have been unable to link, all from within 250 kilometers (150 miles) of Frankfurt. My clan from Deutmecke-Schoenholthausen, one from near Fulda and one from the Black Forest region. To experience the fascinating history of the Donau-Schwabisch people, the Banat region & Deutmecke-Schoenholthausen, Germany I have split the links into 2 sections below.  We will march backward in time as the first link covers our Kraushaar family experience in Hatzfeld and the Banat.  This link will take you to the Hatzfeld page with its history and MANY  other Hatzfeld and Banat links.  The 2nd link covers WHY the Kraushaar's immigrated from Germany to Hatzfeld.  Then below that you'll find the Schoenholthausen-Deutmecke links & history followed by my Kraushaar family male lineage traced back to the 1500's.  A special thanks goes to my team, including my friend Stephanie Kraushaar (still unable to link any relation to our clan as hers originates from the Fulda area of Bavaria about 100 miles east of Deutmecke) who assisted with research and Gary Lorentzen who assisted with translation. 

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My Kraushaar male lineage is listed below with links for your research for Deutmecke & Hatzfeld-Banat including records, photos and files. For the entire written genealogy and history without the pics, bells & whistles etc. use this link:

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Origin of surname Kraushaar

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See Kraushaar historical photos  by clicking "Genealogy Photos" on the top left navigation bar.  The Kraushaar male liniage is below!

*If you have Kraushaar historical or genealogy related photos or info I'd love to include them. Just e-mail them to me or contact me!

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My Kraushaar Family traced back 500 years:

Jacob Edvard Kraushaar: Born in 2007 in Vancouver, Washington to Peter Michael Kraushaar and wife Mara Anita Jurisons Kraushaar and he has one sister, Dominique Marie Kraushaar: Born in 1992 in Portland, Oregon.  Her father is Peter Michael Kraushaar, Mother is his first wife Vicky Knecht Kraushar. 
 
Peter Michael Kraushaar, Born in 1960 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently resides in Vancouver,Washington and Sunset Beach,Oregon. Known as Mike to close family and friends, grew up in Tucson, Arizona and graduated from Sabino High School in 1978 then served in the US Army Military Police in Germany for 3 years. Graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985. Married Vicky Knecht in 1986 then moved to Portland, Oregon. One child from this marriage is Dominique Marie Kraushaar (see above) Peter and Vicky divorced in 1997 and Peter married Mara Jurisons on August 27th, 2005 after meeting her at her place of employment at the Portland Veterans Hospital. One child from this marriage is Jacob Edvard Kraushaar (see above). Peter is employed as a radio announcer and police officer and worked at radio stations KLPX,KWFM and KSTM in Arizona in the 1980's, and KUIK in Portland in the 1990's. He served as a deputy sheriff for Multnomah County, Oregon and as a US Government Police Officer. Peter started the first radio station at Sunset Beach, Oregon KBFD on May 11th 2005. After well over a year of genealogy and history research Peter was able to trace our family history back to the year 1330 in Duetmecke and published the history on this website and preserved it on paper.
 
Joseph Peter Kraushar, Born November 11th, 1915 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Died April 11th 2004 (Easter Sunday) in Tucson, Arizona. Known as Pete by family and friends, he grew up in Cincinnati and was the oldest of five brothers including Robert,Carl,Frank, and Mathew (who died at age 11). He graduated from Woodward High Night School in Cincinnati and enlisted in the Ohio National Guard's 107th Horse Cavalry in 1940 and served through World War II when the unit was taken into the regular army and mechanized.  During the war he transfered to a Hospital unit and learned how to be a Lab Technician and then worked for the Hamilton County, Ohio Department of Health until he and his wife Betty Ward Kraushar moved to Tucson in 1965 where he worked at both St Joseph Hospital and the Veterans Hospital. He has three children, Christine Carlton, Signe Woods and Peter Michael Kraushaar (see above). Peter Michael Kraushaar has a son & daughter-Jacob Edvard Kraushaar & Dominique Marie Kraushaar (see above) and Signe Woods has three children (and several grandchildren) Scott Woods, Kevin Woods and Laura Woods Diller.
 
Peter Kraushaar (11 Nov 1890-30 Dec 1976), a barber by trade, Born in Hatzfeld (now Jimbolia), Timis County, Hungary (now Romania) (and married Eva Kretten and they had one son Peter who lived in Cleveland, Ohio) divorced,then married Anna Focht after immigrating to the United States in 1911.  She was born in 1899 and came from Perjamos, Hungary with her father who was Stephan Focht born in 1868 and died July 1964 and they also came through Ellis Island. Records show Peter Kraushaar immigrated through Ellis Island in 1911 on the ship Cincinnati and he has a memorial brick there that his son's purchased in his honor. They had five sons Joseph Peter (see above),Robert,Carl,Frank, and Mathew.
 
Franz Kraushaar (1860-1932) was married to Anna Hoefler (1863-1949) and lived in Hatzfeld.  They had 11 children as follows:Franz (1885-1914), Peter 1890-1976 (my Grandfather see above), Matts 1895-1986, Marishga (1898-?), Katherine (1892-1974), Lizzie (late 1890's-?), Josko (about 1900)Josef (1904-?), Hans and Nickolas who both died very young plus twins who died at birth.  I was able to meet and get to know Matts Onkle while I was stationed in Germany and also met Katherine (Kate). Note:For unknown reasons information on Franz Kraushaar's marriage and children were not recorded in the Hatzfeld Familien Buch kept by the church.  The information in this entry was passed to me from my father, who had it written down.
 
Nickolaus Kraushaar lived in Hatzfeld all his life (August 28th,1828-1887) married Theresia Zappe (1827-1880). They had 6 boys (one was Franz, see above entry) and 1 girl.   The girls name was Margarethe.  Legend has it that after a huge flood Nickolaus became disenchanted with farming and traded away most of his land in Hatzfeld for several barrels of wine.  The Kraushaar family in Hatzfeld, which had been fairly wealthy farmers up to this point, never fully recovered financially from this incident.
 
Jacob Kraushaar-born in Hatzfeld (Nov 26th 1792-Dec 19th 1864) was the first Kraushaar child born in the Banat.  He married Elisabeth Wegesser and had 12 children, one was Nickolas Kraushaar (see above).
 
Johan Wilhelm Kraushaar, born in Deutmecke near Schoenholthausen in the Sauerland region in Westfal, Germany (Jan 9th 1770-Oct 29th 1814) Died in Hatzfeld. Married Margaretha Linster and had 11 children, one was Jacob (see above)
 
Johan Herman Kraushaar (19 Oct 1740-Aug 11th 1795) born in Schoenholthausen, Westfal, Germany and died in Marienfeld, Banat (some records indicate his death date is 1812).  He married Anna Katharina Schmittkens from Elspe in 1768 and had 10 children, one was Johan Wilhem Kraushaar, (see above).  Johann and Anna sold THEIR portion of the Kraushaar farm in Deutmecke to a Kramer family to settle a debt ruling by the church and the court in a case that went on for years.  This debt may have stemmed from the dowry of his Aunt Maria Catharina Kraushaar (sister of Maria Elizibeth and daughter of Anton Kraushaar) when she married Wilhelm Vigener in Attendorn November 13, 1753. You can read the Englsih translation of this debt court ruling at the above Kraushaar Deutmecke History(English) link above.  Johann and Anna joined thousands of others from the Sauerland and immigrated to the Banat (the new frontier in Hungary) in 1786.  A reduced Kraushaar farm remained that was owned by Anna Maria Kraushaar, another of Anton Kraushaar's daughters. (See more information on the Deutmecke Kraushaar History/Photos (English) link above)
 
NOW HERE'S WHERE THINGS GET INTERESTING WITH A NAME CHANGE!
 
Johan Jodokus Korte (Also spelled Corte and Corten), (Born 18 OCT 1713 in Schoenholthausen, Westfalen Germany, Died in Schoenholthausen 2 JAN 1779)  On 12 OCT 1739 he married Maria Elizabeth Kraushaar (Born 31 MAR 1716 in Deutmecke/Schoenholthausen, Died 12 OCT 1788 buried in Schoenholthausen) He took the Kraushaar name as Maria Elizabeth was the oldest Kraushaar daughter (no sons) and she would inherit the farm, and his family was already working on the Henrichs (Korte) &  Kraushaar farms. In this region it was usually the local priests that would make the decisions about who took what name in a marriage such as this. They had five children. One was Johan Herman Kraushaar (see above) who immigrated to the Banat in 1786 after a court case reducing the size of the Kraushaar farm, according to Deutmecke records.  Some of Johann Jodokus's other children took the Henrichs or Korte names remaining in the Schonholthausen-Deutmecke area while other family members eventually immigrated to the Banat. More information is available on the Schonholthausen & Deutmecke links above as there you'll see one of his sons Christoph Korte (b:26 Aug 1753 d:31 Oct 1831) remained in Deutmecke and married Sophia Shafer-Hoffman and they had one son Johann Theodor.   Johann Jodokus also had a famous half brother (they shared the same mother) the Rev. Philipp Korte - See his link up above.   One other brother, Johan Christopher Korte ( born: 08 March 1722) and his decendants, remained in the Deutmecke-Schoenholthausen area.  In 1845 all of his decendants, except one, immigrated to Dearborn, Michigan.  One remained behind in Deutmecke.  A John Kraushaar served with Company A, 2nd Michigan Infantry in the Civil War.  To see all Kraushaar's who served in the Civil war go to http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm and type the last name in.
 
SINCE I AM TRACING THE MALE LINIAGE I WILL NOW CONTINUE WITH KORTE (HENRICHS), AFTER THAT I WILL CONTINUE WITH MARIA ELISIBETH KRAUSHAAR'S FATHER AND GRANDFATHER. 
 
Johann Engelbert Henrichs-Korte Born about 1690 and Died 31 AUG 1727 (at the young age of 37) married Catharina Boge (also spelled Boegge and Bog) on 2 OCT 1712 (Born in Deunschede, year unknown & died 15 Feb 1744). Their oldest of six children was Johann Jodokus Henrichs-Corten (see above)  After Johann's death she remarried Anton Spielmann and had three more children, but the family estate stayed with Johan Englebert Korte's decendants.
 
Peter Henrichs-Korte, a judge (Born 1661 in Schoenholthausen, Died 23 MAR 1731) married Klara Steckebrock (died 2 May 1733). They married in Koln (Cologne) in 1678  in the Cologne Cathedral which behind the alter hold the remains of the 3 Wisemen (Magi) who witnessed Christ's birth - known as "The Shrine of the Three Kings", the oldest of their three children was Johan Engelbert Henrichs-Corten (see above).  Peter Henrichs-Korte was the first Director of the Chapel in Deutmecke/Schoenholthausen and also the head of the court in Schlipruthen.  I believe, from documents I have seen his father was Bernhard Korte, and his grandfather Johann Korte all with unknown dates of birth or death. You'll find them mentioned in the Deutmecke Kraushaar History link above and by clicking on the Westfall Genealogy link above (then click on Sauerland Arbeitkreise and research Schlipruthen).  It is also possible he is related to Eberhard Korte (1615-1685) and/or Eberhard's father Henneke Korte born in 1585 as they lived in the area. It is my opinion, and you'll probably agree after viewing this link, that by 1633 a person & family named Korte began working and living on the Henrichs farm as its during that period their name Korte began showing up on farm documents and they started using the Henrichs name about that time. For several generations they used both Korte & Henrichs, as was customary.  As you'll see on this link the Henrichs farm dates back to at least the early 1300's.
 
Bernhard Korte (No DOB available) and Margaretha Kampman married in 1659 were very probably Peter Henrichs Korte's parents as you'll see on the Deutmecke history link above.
 
Jobst Korte and Johanna Schulte (No DOB's available), were married on 10 January 1634. They *may be Bernhard's (see above) parents.  They also had at least two other children named Heinrich (born April 1643) and Margaretha (born in 1649).  Johann Korte married Ursula Richardes on June 18th 1628, they are *more likely Bernhard's parents due to records of people living on the Henrich's farm that you can read about on the Deutmecke link above.
 
Henneke Korte born in 1585 * ( other records show his birth in 1590) may have been Jobst and Johann's (see above) father.  He definately was father to Eberhard and Hans Korte who, according to records had marriages to local women in 1641.
 
*UNFORTUNATELY BIRTH RECORDS ARE MISSING PRIOR TO 1641 ALTHOUGH MARRIAGE RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE. ALL RECORDS FROM 1661 TO 1700 ARE MISSING, MAKING RESEARCH DIFFICULT.
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NOW I WILL CONTINUE WITH THE KRAUSHAAR LINIAGE:
 
Anton Kraushaar was Maria Elisibeth Kraushaar's (see above) father.  He was born about 1670 and died in 1741, he married Anna Gertrud Willecke(Rhode?) from Fretter in 1712 and she died 26 SEPT 1737.  This couple had six daughters, which could be why when the oldest, Maria Elisabeth married Johann Jodokus Korte (Henrichs) (see above) and he took the Kraushaar name, although it was usually the local preist that gave a final blessing (permission) for a name change, and they immigrated to the Banat in Hungary sometime in 1786.  Their third oldest daughter, Anna Maria (Born 03 May 1722) married Casper Steckbrocke on February 16th,1745 and she apparently had control of a large portion of the Kraushaar farm which she passed down to her daughter Maria Catherina Steckebrocke who married Johann Franz Wichtmann in 1774.  The decendants of this union, Kraushaar-Wichtmann still live on the farm in Deutmecke today.
 
Johann Kraushaar (Born about 1650 and died 5 DEC 1715) was married to Elisibeth, AKA Lisa??? (unknown maiden name) and she died 20 NOV 1711.  One of their eight children was Anton Kraushaar (see above).  I have not been able to find out who Johann Kraushaar's father is, although it is possible it was Hans Kraushaar (See the Kraushaar-Duetmecke-English link above for more info) Whoever he is he's surely a decendant of Heinemann Cruishair who owned the Kraushaar farm in 1524.  Remember names and words were simply spelled in numerous ways, even on official documents by the way they sounded in German until the 1800's when the language became organized.
 
 
FOR MORE INFO ON ALL THE ABOVE NAMES AND FARMS, SEE THE SCHOENHOLTHAUSEN FAMILIEN BUCH LINK AND THE DUETMECKE KRAUSHAAR HISTORY LINK ABOVE. ALSO VISIT THE WESTFAL GENEALOGY LINK ABOVE - CLICK ON SAUERLANDE ARBEITKREISE NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AND  RESEARCH THE TOWN RECORDS OF SCHLIPRUTHEN FOR A VAST AMOUNT OF INFO ON THE KORTE & HENRICHS FAMILIES. THERE'S ALSO A GOOD LINK THERE ON THE REGIONS HISTORY.
 
AND THIS IS WHERE THE JOURNY ENDS, SO FAR ANYWAY.  I HAVE FOUND RECORDS ON KRAUSHAAR'S IN OTHER AREAS OF GERMANY GOING BACK AS FAR AS 1520. THE KRAUSHAAR FAMILY CREST DATES BACK TO THE CRUSADES. ONE INTERESTING NOTE IS ALL OF THE ABOVE LISTED KRAUSHAAR'S FROM MY FATHER ON BACK TO WHEN THE FAMILY FIRST ARRIVED IN HATZFELD, WERE ALL BARBERS (AND/OR FARMERS), IF NOT FULL TIME, AT LEAST PART-TIME, AS WAS MY DAD'S CASE.
 
 

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Our Kraushaar family, along with tens of thousands of other Germans from 1700 through 1850 migrated from the Sauerland and Trier areas of Germany to develop the vibrant farmlands of the Banat (now part of Romania) under Queen Maria Teresia of the Hungarian-Austrian empire.. These German homesteders were called the Donau-Schwaben people of the Banat. The Kraushaar's lived in the town of Hatzfeld in the county of Tims in the Banat region, which is now Romania, but was then Hungary. From there family members immigrated throughout the 1900's to America,Argentina,Canada,Austria and some back to Germany during and after the demise of the Soviet Union.

Below are the names of Kraushaar's who served during the American Civil War.  There also was a Kraushaar that served in Genneral Forbes campain during the French-Indian wars of 1757-1758 in the Eastern portion of America.  His last name is on the muster roles with no further information.

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