I received an amazing email from Lisa Louise Cooke regarding my Matzdorf ancestors. She got information from Baerbel Johnson on my Matzdorf family. Sophia and her children left from Hamburg, Germany on 18 November 1874. There last place of residence is listed as “Stralsund.” Stralsund is a large city in Western Pommerania with six Lutheran Parishs. It would make sense that they lived in a city because Carl was a brick mason by trade. This is amasing to me as my Grandmother, Alma Matzdorff Grashoff, did not even know where her father came from. I can not thank Lisa or Baerbel enough for this information! It gives me some place to go from here!

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