The following archived Guestbook entries cover the period from April 24 2000 to 11 April 2006 and used an older entry method which was subject to 'Bot' and Spam attacks. I have removed all email addresses from these postings to prevent the web 'bots' from stealling them and overloading your email inbox with spam.

I coincidentally found your Site by visiting the World wide Web.

My name is Inge Trageser-Glaser, I am living in Speyer, Germany, a small town on the river Rhein in south-west- Germany (palatine= Pfalz).  I was born in Frankenthal/Pfalz. My father, Johann Ferdinand Trageser was born 1919 in Mainz, married with Elisabeth Glaisner. My grandfather was named Ferdinand Trageser, he was married with Elisabeth Zimmer, they lived in Frankenthal and in Mainz before.
I didn´t know about so many people with the name Trageser, in our region there are no Tragesers except of my mother and my sister, and me.  If you want to know more abaout my town, you can find a lot of informations  at
Kind regards  

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Inge Trageser-Glaser
- Tuesday, 11 April 2006 14:34

ich habe die historische Trageser Familien-Chronik (Brother Joseph) mit Begeisterung im WWW gelesen. Ein großes lob für den Web-Master!  Ich  möchte für die Familienchronik als Ergänzung auf den ersten Ortsplan (Ur-Kataster) von Humprechtshausen aus dem Jahr 1847 hinweisen. Die WWW-Adresse:
Info: Die Nummern auf den eingezeichneten Grundstücken gehören zu den alten Hausnummern der Wohnhäuser. Im Juli 2003 wurden neue Straßennamen und Hausnummern in Humprechtshausen eingeführt.
Die Liste der alten Hausnummern und der neuen Straßenbezeichnungen sind im Dateianhang: NeueHausnummernNEW.doc (114.0KB).
Seit 1978 ist Humprechtshausen ein Ortsteil der neu gebildeten Großgemeinde Riedbach.
Viele Grüße aus Humprechtshausen
Humprechtshausen Aidhäuser Weg 14 D-97519 RIEDBACH  Saturday March 11, 2006 at 14:44

I havn't yet located any TRAGESER in my line. But, while reading the earlier messages, I saw the HUTH name. I have traced my HUTH line back to Michelbachand would like to hear from anyone who also has that name.
Thank you. Peggy

Peggy Damon
SC USA-Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 21:29:05

Thank you so much for a wonderful site. Johann Georg Trageser was my 3rd great grandfather. I have pictures of Fr Louis Tragesser and his brother Fr George Herman Tragesser (I don't know when the extra "s" was added). They are the two sons of Johann Georg and his second wife Mary Ann Shanefelter. I also have pictures of tombstones of Vorstegs.

Karen Sessions
Havre de Grace, MD USA-Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 00:22:03

My great-great grandparents were John Trageser, 1822-1888, founder of Trageser Copper Works in New York City, and his wife Augusta (Ackerman). I'm descended through their daughter and probably eldest child, Adelheid. John was born in Alzenau, Bavaria, and Adelheid in New York City in 1849 (several years earlier than he shows up in city directories. Daughters included besides Adelheid (who m. Edward Welcke in the 1860s): Augusta (m. John Werrick); Amelia (m. ? Lautz), and Emma (m. Samuel Taylor). Sons included a John, who went west at an early age, William and Albert.

Bill Devlin
New Milford, CT  USA - Friday, November 25, 2005 at 21:24:41

Francis John Seikel,wife Catherine and children came to America from Germany in 1854 to start a new life. They lived in Peoria, Ill first, and then moved to St Marys Ks. He lived there for some time and their family moved to I. T. and bought land from an indian family and settled there. I need to find more exact info on this family while they lived in Ill. I need to know if they had land there before moving to Ks. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you in advance. Charlotte Seikel

Charlotte Seikel
Shawnee,  OK USA - Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 01:31:54

My name is Curtis Morrison.
I am looking for my German ancestry. My mother is Margaretha M. Schussler. She was born in a small town which is now Somborn. Her mother was Emma Schussler is buried in Somborn. Emma's father name was Karl Iffland. Emma's husband and my mom's father's name was Adam Schussler he is buried in Bernbach.
Margaretha married James W. Morrison of the US army in the early 50's. At this time she thinks she has no living relatives.
If anyone has any information so I can research my mother's family please let me know.
thanks, Curtis.

Curtis Morrison
Los Angeles, CA USA - Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 21:55:00

I'm looking for familily members of Reinhard Mathias Streb, born in Münchweiler/Palatine *6.2.1901 in Münchweiler, died 6.6.1954 in New Jersey.  He was married in Germany with Olga Wadle, born in Münchweiler 10.9.1896, two children, Alfred and Elvira.  In USA he started a new life.
Who belongs to his family?
I'm also interested in members of family Wadle, Münchweiler.
I'd be glad to have answers!
Many Greetings,

Barbara Riebel
Stuttgart, Germany - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 02:50:07

I am Pam Trageser, married to John George Trageser, son of John Rolland Trageser (age 91),son of George Nolte Trageser, Pipestone, MN. Have more info as a cousin of my husband did geneology on Trageser name- Johann Nickolas Trageser line. Cool web site.

Pam Trageser
Berea, KY USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 20:31:52

I came to your site because we're restoring an old (original) 1895 Victorian house. One item we're looking for is the large copper hot water storage tank. This tank was close to and connected by pipe to the wood burning cookstove in the kitchen. It seems the heat from the stove would heat the water in the copper storage tank for many household uses. No gas or electricity was ever used. Help!

Glenda Galvan
Ada, OK USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 12:18:19

Hello all..
I looked my name up on this website and found people with the same last name as me!.. this is cool.. just wanted to say hi

James Charles Tragesser
Melbourne, FL USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 22:25:14

I found your name on the web.
We just moved into a 1905 Brooklyn house and we will have to replace the good condition hot water heater - w/ the Trageser name in copper on it.  Between the quality and family name, I thought maybe someone might actually want it, or part of it? Of course, it would be free; I just didn’t want to throw it away w/out checking with someone first.
We’ll be replacing it soon.

Donald Jurkoic
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 16:06:54

I live in San Antonio, Texas and my great grandmother was Magdalena Herrman/Herrmann/Hermann born 14 Sep 1854 in Michelbach near Alzenau, Unter Franken, Bavaria. Her father was Adam Hermann II and her mother was Suzannah Hoffman. I am searching for more information about these two families.

Waltraud Skerhut Crumlett
San Antonio, TX USA - Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 10:59:08

I am a descendant of Johann Adam Kress b. 7/1/1763, d. 7/29/1838, who married Elisabeth Trageser b. 8/1/1769 of Bernbach, Freigericht, Germany. Also tie into the Huth family. Would love to hear from you.

Laurie Szuch

Brunswick, OH USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 09:39:40

From German mapquest and Google, links to online maps zoomed in on Hof Trages:
Mapquest link to Hof Trages
(You can zoom out to see surrounding areas or scroll North, South, East, west.)

Google link to Hof Trages
(With satellite view)

Kar Trageser
San Rafael, CA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 00:21:24
Links updated by Kar, 12 April 2008
In searching for family connections to Perpetua Bertha Heidt, I came across this site -- fascinating! My father(Henry, Sr.,) was first cousin to Albert Trageser and his sisters, Gert and Grace. When I moved to New York after World War II, I met them fairly often, as well as with Albert, Jr., who, I Understand, still lives in Rockville Centre, NY. Again, thanks for an informative and interesting site. It provided lots of information for me.

Henry (Hank) J. Volker, Jr

Boca Raton, FL USA - Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at 10:30:35

I have created new secured bulletin Board on my web site. The purpose of new bulletin board is to share information on most surnames included trageser.

Mikey Graziano
Havre de Grace, MD USA - Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 11:08:03 (CST)

Great site, I come back from time to time for updates. Please update my email address to

Tom Trageser

Brick, NJ USA - Friday, February 11, 2005 at 18:07:07 (CST)

Your site cleared up a family mystery as our Huth ancestors came from a town in Germany recorded "Altimittou" I was able to deduce, from its location that I was really looking for Altenmittlau. Thanks for the map and history. Any Huth or Rommel connections out there?

Peggy Koenig
Erie, PA USA - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 13:41:21 (CST)

Thanks, Will

William E Diliberto

Pittsford, NY Monroe - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 16:28:56 (CST)

Thank you for taking the time to detail the Huttinger linage back to 1848. I would love to know your resources. I believe I am the great-great granddaughter of your earilest entry for John Huttinger. I think we herald from the Rhine region of Germany (black Forest - black German for the dark hair color). I had found nothing until I found your entries. Your databases are giving me information that time had erased from my fathers memory. Thank you so very much. If you have direction you can give me for both free and fee based sites I would appreciate it, I am just starting this journey.

Carol Ann Huttinger Stevens

Bulverde, TX USA - Monday, January 03, 2005 at 02:55:17 (CST)
---Editors Note:
Carol's entry is addressing the work of Mikey (Michael Graziano),
ref: ---

I have 6 Trageser lines plus singles:
1) James/Johann Tragser born abt 1805
Children: Jacob 1830, John 1847, Catherine
2) Peter Trageser born 1830
3) Johann Trageser born 1632
4) Frederick Trageser born 1822
5) Conrad Trageser born 1805
6) Conrad Trageser 1775
Please visit
Single one: Elizabeth Trageser 1801

Mikey Graziano

Havre de Grace, MD USA - Saturday, January 01, 2005 at 19:45:35 (CST)

I think this site is great but it needs more pictures. I came on it to do a state report on Connecticut and it was very helpful. Thanks!!!

Jacob Lonnie

Dalton, Ga USA - Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 11:34:46 (CST)

I have 4 trageser lines:
1) Frederick Trageser B. November 18, 1822
2) Johann Trageser ( 1632
3) James Trageser about 1800
4) Peter Trageser about 1820
Visit our Web Pages
There are free St James the Less Registers on that web I am trying to connect all four

Mikey Graziano

Baltimore , MD USA - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 20:46:32 (CST)

We returned from a visit to Freigericht, Germany and have more information on Trageser family lines. We meet many new cousins, relatives and friends; and, made new genealogy contacts. It appears that nearly everyone who has 17th century ancestors from the villages of the Municipalities of Freigericht and Alznau are related. We are trying to put the entire picture together.

Michael N. Seikel

Lafayette, IN USA - Wednesday, December 08, 2004 at 18:03:36 (CST)

I found your great site while trying to find your early ancestors copper core water heater company. I just wanted to let someone there know that one of your water heaters is still heating water today as it has been for over 50 years in my mothers home. Steve

Steve Wyborski
Lk. Orion , MI USA - Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 17:33:57 (CST)

In my February 2004 Tragesers in Manhattan entry, I said that my ancestor Conrad Trageser (born about 1842) was the Brother of John Trageser of Steam Copper works, but Conrad was not old enough to be John's brother and what I was really told was that "John the boiler maker" was the uncle of Conrad's son. Now I think perhaps great uncle is more accurate. If anybody knows who the parents of John Trageser founder of Steam Copper Works was I would like to know. I have no leads on where Conrad came from or when he came other than that he was born in Germany. I am also curious whether the other people who's email addresses were in this guestbook last February have been receiving the African "dear please won't you give us money the we will give you more money" scam spams. Kar Trageser.

Kar Trageser
San Rafael, Ca USA - Monday, November 01, 2004 at 03:00:51 (CST)

LOL, Hi Kristen & Heather, this is your cousin Jimmy... Tommy's son. Anyway... the guy that made this site is named "Jim Trageser" too. I used to talk to him on the internet but I don't think he is around anymore. Try too. It's the same site. By the way, I would like to see Anna and so would Amy. Tell Aunt cindy to make her own kid and give our little sister back.
(Editors Note: and are not the same sites. belongs to my son, James Michael, and deals more with literary endeavors and music reviews)

James Trageser
York, PA USA - Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 01:12:39 (CDT)

We are most interested in the Seikel family in this website. Our family of Seikels came to the US by way of NY to Chicago to Peoria tp St. Mary's Ka. to Shawnee area Ok. Dale is just west of Shawnee. Francis John Seikel, 1810-1887 and his wife Katherine 1806-1875 are the ones that came from Somborn area of Germany. Contact us if anyone has any info or interests in this family. Charlotte Seikel

Charlotte Seikel

Shawnee, Ok. Pottawatomie - Sunday, September 19, 2004 at 20:12:43 (CDT)


Dempsy Allback

ILLINOIS, USA - Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 11:01:01 (CDT)

I am a trageser that was born in Baltimore, Maryland (1966). This is a great website. Thought I would pass on my family info for other to view. My father was George Trageser (born in 1933 in baltimore). His father was George Trageser (Born in Baltimore in 1893. His father was John Trageser (date ??). We believe that the father to John (John again) arrived here from frankfurt germany in the mid 1800's. Interesting fact - There was a local pub in baltimore on harford road that was named Trageser's. It was on Harford Road. The owner was my grand father George's brother. The pub is no longer in existance. I traveled to Germany in 1999 and spent some time in Munich & Dachau. There were many Tragser's listed in the phone book in Dachau, north of Munich. Interesting.

Steven C. Trageser

Baltimore, Md USA - Friday, September 17, 2004 at 12:08:02 (CDT)

I'll have to come back when I have more time -- this looks like a fascinating website. I am a gggrand-daughter of Conrad Tregesser and Gertrude (Weigand) Tregesser who arrived in New York in September, 1837 and went directly to join other family members from Freigericht who had settled in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Their daughter Mary Magdalena married my ggrandfather, Leonard Huth, in 1866. I've done a lot of research on the Huths, but am just getting into the Tregessers. Catherine Deichmann

Catherine Deichmann

- Monday, August 16, 2004 at 00:14:50 (CDT)

I discovered that someone in the Trageser family listed a Katherine Langhirt on Ancestory.Com. I would like to get in touch with you to see if we can compare notes. Thank you. Have a good day.

Melanie Herr Greenwalt

Baltimore, Maryland USA - Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 04:05:35 (CDT)

Hi Jim, I just wanted to update you on my new info. With the help of Michael Antoni, I was able to connect my Mary Antonia Trageser to Johann Adam Trageser and Margaret Bozum. I am so excited. I was also able to get two more generations for Mathias Streb. Of course, it is still a work in progress! Vicki J.

Vicki Jones

Pasadena, MD United States - Sunday, August 01, 2004 at 15:00:12 (CDT)

I am the Daughter of Margaret Ann Trageser and Herbert William Trageser.My Grandmother was Grace and my Grand father was John Trageser from Wheaton Md.My Father is still alive and I have two Brothers Herbert Jr. and Ronald F. and A sister Brenda J. and a brother George E.And one Brother that died in nov.5th 1999.If anyone is from this side please let me know.

Peggy Trageser Gurick

Finksburg, Md Carroll - Sunday, July 25, 2004 at 19:06:15 (CDT)

I updated St James the Less Church Marriage and Baptism Registers on Trageser's, Heilmann, and many others. Visit

Mikey Graziano
HDG, MD USA - Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 12:15:12 (CDT)

I am searching for a grand-grand-father of mine Willhelm Benzing who came to Moldova in the 19th century. then during the 2nd world war dissapeared. if you could help me i will be very greatfull. pls. my mother's name is "Benzin Rodezia" and her father's Benzing Stefan and his father's Benzing Karp and his father's is Willhelm who'm i look for! pls help. Peace! Vicol Dorian

Vicol Dorian

Chisinau, MDA Moldova - Sunday, July 11, 2004 at 14:18:22 (CDT)

Hey, I Carly, have a website about the newest generation. Claire and Jerry's grandkids. If u could, please email me back at Here is my website. Youll love it!

Joe Trageser, Sherry, Carly, and Patrick

Jupiter, FL USA - Friday, July 02, 2004 at 13:16:43 (CDT)

I have many ancestors and cousins that are from the area known as Freigericht. I have information on thousands of individuals that have known connections to my relatives and I in the villages of Freigericht, Germany and Tuscarawas and Stark Counties Ohio. I am always interested in exchanging information.

Michael N. Seikel

Lafayette, IN USA - Friday, June 25, 2004 at 21:17:14 (CDT)

Hello. My Father was Robert Arthur Trageser, his father was Stephen Arthur Trageser of Minneapolis MN. His was Peter Trageser of Gary South Dakota. His father, Johann Trageser, came to the U.S with his family in the late 1800's, from Alzanau, near Frankfurt. I have two brothers, Jack Arthur in San Jose, CA and Robert William in Mexico City. I have a son, Joseph Stephen, who is also from Placerville, CA. So greetings to all the Tragesers from the Steve Tragesers in Placerville.

Stephen Thomas Trageser (Steve)

Placerville, CA USA - Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 16:38:01 (CDT)

Hi, Great Grandparents were Mary Rabb and George Trageser from Somborn. They had 9 children. Monika, Anne, Clara, George, Joseph, Elizabeth, Wilheim, Henrich, and (grandma) MaryAnna Trageser . MaryAnna Trageser and George Flinker married in Cincinnati, Ohio and had 3 children. Vera (mother) Lillian, and Frederick. I have only been able to search as far as Great grandparents. Does anyone know of any others in California.
Thanks Joanne

Joanne Woods

Pasadena, CA USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 20:08:17 (CDT)

Jim, I just wanted to update my info.
My email has changed from to
I am interested in the Trageser/Streb marriage.

Vicki Jones

Pasadena, MD united States - Friday, March 26, 2004 at 10:54:14 (CST)

Just happened to have a dialogue about inmigrants and Jim pointed out some pertinent information and this site was mentinoned by him, great experience, a site I will visit because so much information to learn about, viewing others history i can learn from myself -inner discoveries, and as Kelly Doughty pointed out ther comes a time when the cycle is almost entire and you realize how close we are from our family, even if we are apart!Thanks for sharing-Chiván

José Iván Santiago Rivera

Punta santiago, PR USA - Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 11:48:04 (CST)

Referred by a cousin and have just begun to explore.
A great grandfather was Michael who came to New York in early 19th century.
Know very little else now.
Previous research exhausted!

Edgar Moutoux

New York, NY USA - Monday, March 01, 2004 at 13:57:23 (CST)

Thank you for the web site Jim.

This is an Incomplete list of Tragesers in Manhattan during the late l800s which may include some inaccuracies.

My Sister wrote in the 1970s that our ancestor Conrad was the brother of John the Boiler maker, which would make me some a cousin to some of you. I asked my sister where she got that information but she does not remember. Conrad's son Henry/Harry built a steam car and gave car rides for money at Coney Island back when cars were still a novelty. I wonder if the Steam Copper Works played a role in the creation of the Henry's steam car.

You can piece together some family relationships by looking at the addresses.

John, Copper Smith, 47 Green Street

1869-1870 Trows
John, occupation cooper, Home 441 West 24th Street
John, occupation smith, Work 447 West 26th Street, Home 339 West 30th Street
Mathew, occupation morocco, Home 2150 Third Ave
Michael, occupation beer, Work 728 Ninth Ave Home 425 West 47th Street
Michael, occupation gardener Home 425 West 47th Street

1870 Census Index
James age 32 born Prussia, Henry age 25 born Prussia, Michael age 42 born Germany.

1870-1871 Trows
Adam, occupation smith, Home ?141(?339?) West 30th Street
John, occupation smith Work 447 West 26th Home 339 West 30th Street
John Jr., occupation smith Home 441 west 24th Street
Michael, occupation beer, work 778 Ninth Ave

1876 Trows
Conrad Trageser, occupation baker, 434 West 19th Street
The steam copper clan work 447 W. 26 Home for W.C. 441 W. 24th

1878-1879 Trows
George Trageser, occupation baker 434 West 19th Street (living where Conrad lived two years earlier)
Conrad, occupation baker, Home 337 West 17th Street
Lena/Helen, Widow (John) 1878 Home 60 First ?Ave
Gustav and Edward 60 First ?Ave

1880 Census
living at 833 2nd Conrad a Baker age 38 born Germany, Christina 38 born Prussia, Henry 8 and Lilly Trageser 6
living in 5th election district, James Trageser a Baker born in 1838 in Prussia

1880-1881 Trows
Adam, occupation engineer, Home 143 West 31st Street
Christopher, occupation turner, Home 310 West 43rd Street
Conrad, occupation baker, 833 Second Ave

J. T. steam copper add page 25 "For Brewers, Distillers, Plumbers, Sugar Houses, Confectioners,
Celebrated round tube beer cooler, specialty galvanized boilers.
John the founder is living in Fort Washington NJ

Peter, occupation upholsterer, Home 241 West 32nd Street
Valentine, occupation varnisher, Home 228 West 29th
Tragesser Mathew, occupation porter, Home 525 5th Ave

1882 Trows
Conrad, occupation baker, Work and Home 463 West 46th Ave
John T. Steam Copper add on page 28 addresses 447 and 449 West 26th Street and 273 Pearl
John, copper clan founder Home ?? 152 d N Broadway
William, occupation clerk, Home 441 W 24th
Michael, occupation interpreter, 369 West 56th Street
Tregesser Mathew, occupation finisher, 525 5th Ave

1885-1886 Trows
Adam, occupation engineer, 143 West 31st Street
Frederick, occupation upholsterer, Work 510 West 50th Street
George, occupation plumber Work 506 7th Ave, Home 143 West 31st Street
John, occupation Copper, 447 West 26th Street and 273 Pearl , Home 441 West 24th Street
Michael, occupation interpreter, Home 366 West 50th Street
William C, occupation copper, 447 W 26th, Home 441 W 24th
Valentine, occupation varnisher, Home 510 West 50th
Tragessaer John, occupation varnisher, Home 251 East 4th Street
Tragesser Mathew, Finisher, Home 65 Ave B

1889-1890 Trows
Adam, occupation engineer, Home 391 7th Ave
Augusta, widow John Work 447 West 26th Street, Home 237 West 71st Street
Business John Trageser Steam Copper Works 447 West 26th Street and 35 ?Ferry
Mathew, Home 251 East 4th Street
Michael, occupation interpreter, 366 West 50th Street
Valentine, occupation varnisher, Home 510 West 50th Street
William C. occupation copper, Work 447 West 26th Street, Home 441 West 24th Street

1890 Census
Living at 441 West 24th Street, William C. age 35, Mary age 30, Thekle female age 8, Emma age 3
1882 birth record unamed daughter to a W.C. and Marie born 5/28/1882 ?belongs to above?
Living at 449 West 24th Street, Allbert age 29 Bertha age 28, Grace 4, Gertrude 1

1900-1901 Trows
Albert F. Work 447 West 26th Street Home 306 West 105th Street
Augusta widow (John (steam copper)) Home 310 West 89th Street
William C. occupation President of Steam Copper Works, Work 447 West 26th Street, Home 328 West 87th Street

1910-1911 Trows
Albert, occupation President (steam copper) Work 447 West 26th Street Home 306 West 105th
Jas, occupation Reverend Home 389 East 150th Street
John E. occupation salesman Home 424 West 33rd Street

George and Marie Trageser were born in Germany, Married in New York, moved to Cincinnati Ohio, and finally had a large extended family living with them in California during the 1910 census. One or both of them were 65 years old in 1910. George could plausibly be the George that was probably another brother to Conrad and John the Boiler maker. (Steam Copper Works).

"Michael Trageser who was born about 1828 in Bavaria, Germany according to the 1850 Federal Census. Michael married Margaret Jacobs in the 1850's by 1870 they had seven children and lived in New York City where his occupation was listed as Saloon in the census. His fathers name as Peter and his mothers name as Mary."

Kar Trageser
San Rafael, CA USA - Sunday, February 15, 2004 at 02:32:34 (CST)

Hi Jim, My husband comes from the Tragesers and Strebs of Altenmittlau. His 3rd ggrandfather was Mathias Streb b. January 17, 1807 in Altenmittlau and d. July 20, 1882 He married Mary Antonia Trageser. She was born January 14, 1808 and died October 20, 1887. Both are buried in Baltimore. They came to Maryland July 31, 1851. They were part of St. James Parish in Baltimore. I was wondering if you know of anyone that we could contact to find out more on the Strebs and Tragesers of Altenmittlau? Thanks Vicki Jones

Vicki Jones

Pasadena, MD USA - Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 19:04:29 (CST)

My name is John Trageser Great-Great-Grandson of Conrad and Great Grandson of Lorenz, Grandfather Jerome Lawrence, and my father Jerome Lawrence Jr. I saw some people were looking for some info on Conrad and Lorenz I have some info, if you are still interested. And would like to here from any family in pittsburgh area ar anywhere for that matter.

John Trageser

Pittsburgh, PA USA - Thursday, November 06, 2003 at 10:46:36 (CST)

New Mailing List for Trageser.

Mikey Graziano

havre de grace, md 21078 - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 19:14:35 (CDT)

My ancestory is connected to the SEIKEL and TRAGESER in the villages of Somborn, Bernbach, and nearby villages. I am interseted in the descendants of SEIKEL, MULLER, HUTH, BOZUM, HORNICK, SCHNEIDER, KESSLER, TRAGESER, etc..

Michael N. Seikel

West Lafayette, IN US - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 10:43:05 (CDT)

Jacob Trockayse in census 1860 and Jacob Trahze in census 1860 this man spoke german to census taker.

Mikey Graziano

Havre de grace, md USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 11:46:32 (CDT)

A nicely done web site and I thank you. I have a Gertrud Trageser married to a Johann Jakob Heilmann (1671-1835) on January 15, 1693 and I know no more about her that this. I have an Anna Maria Trageser (1753-1873 married to Johann Sebastian Heilmann (1756-? )on September 08, 1778 in Altenmittlau. Can anyone tell me more about these two Trageser women? My ancestors are from Michelbach, Unterfranken, Kingdom of Bavaria.

Ken Wiltz

Novato, CA USA - Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 19:56:26 (CDT)

Das Göästebuch ist klasse. Ich besitze eine Ahnentafel, die über die Trageser in Freigericht von meiner Abstammung viel Auskunft geben kann. Diese geht bis in das 16. Jahrhundert zurück. Einfach weitermachen.

Norbert Trageser
Freigericht, D Hessen - Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 20:39:22 (CDT)

From a distant cousin to today's Trageser's... I am inviting other visitors to this site to review the contents of my online family history file, to be found at... ...for the purpose of sharing information on the families of the Freigericht area, and for commenting-upon or adding-to or correcting or critiquing any information that may be of common interest. My own immigrant ancestor, Nicolaus Muller II (1844-1902) came to America in 1870 after leaving his home in Freigericht-Neuses; settling in the vicinity of 134th and Indiana Avenue on the extreme southern fringe of Chicago (border with the suburbs of Riverdale, Dolton and Blue Island, Illinois - where many immigrants from Freigericht settled in the nineteenth century). According to various research I am descended from two branches of the Trageser Family, dating back to the late 1600's and early 1700's, and would certainly welcome additional information on those lines, as well as sharing what I have. Freigericht-area family names that can be found in my file include: Muller, Franz, Schneider, Bozum, Trageser, Huttel, Dornhecker, Benzing, Simon, Kress, Huth, Zeiger, Reber, Weber, Remmel, Steffan, Hales, Betz, Beltz, Bilz, Biba, Michel, Jenior, Kuntzmann, Kunkel, Hoffmann, Hohenberger, Kern, Auhl and others.
Good hunting! John Muller

John A. Muller III

Woodridge, IL USA - Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 12:16:32 (CDT)

The preceding message by George Trageser of PA was the result of a mis-interpretation of a message posted by my son, Jim (James Michael) Trageser who had created a web page "Trageser World Headquarters" on his web site. My son Jim is closing down the "Trageser World Headquarters"page on his site. This site,, will not be affected and may pick up some of the things that my son had on his site. Thanks to all for your continuing interest and support.

Jim (James Henry) Trageser

San Diego, CA USA - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 20:18:10 (CDT)



DOVER, PA. USA - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 15:23:44 (CDT)

I once worked for Non-Linear Systems in Solana Beach, CA. If there is a 'connect' here, please contact me by E-mail.

Robert (Bob) Martin

Palm Desert, CA USA - Monday, May 05, 2003 at 12:48:21 (CDT)

I just found out from my brother Doug & sister Julie that this site existed and was very excited about hearing that there was a site about the Trageser's. I surely don't know if were are related but to know there are many of you out there is quite interesting. I'm the granddaughter of George & Loretta Trageser from the Cincinnati, Ohio area. I'm also the great grandaugher of Jacob & Clara Trageser who I believe lived in the same area but I'm not certain since my grandfather is deceased and not able to ask more questions. If anyone that may be related please email me. Thanks for this site.

Terri Trageser

Chattanooga, TN USA - Saturday, May 03, 2003 at 22:50:29 (CDT)

Hi, my name is Wade Rodgers. I was researching on the net about John Trageser copper works factory. I ran accross your site and have read all of the interesting facts about the family. I have one of John's bathtubs from the 1870's. It is a very interesting piece. I have e-mailed with pictures of it so he might be able to share them with anyone else. Thanks, Wade Rodgers 918-649-7629

View bathtub circa 1870s
Photos courtesy Wade Rogers

View John Trageser Steam Copper Works Catalogue (circa 1882) Wade Rodgers
Poteau, OK US - Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 17:08:47 (CDT)

I rediscovered marriage and baptism register books at St James the Less Church in baltimore. Jacob Trageser son of Jacobi Trageser and Margaretha Aul or Ruel married Margaret Mueller daughter of Peter Mueller and Gertrud Glueth on 1st october 1855 They had 8 children: Peter E, Adam, John M or John Adams, Margaret, Elizabeth, Michael, Mary, Andrew Elizabeth and Michael were never married.

Mikey Graziano

Havre de Grace, MD USA - Monday, March 31, 2003 at 20:08:43 (CST)

Hello there! Accidentally I found your website and I have to say it`s really, really great and interesting. Unfortunately I have no records of my anchestors so I can´t tell anything about that. But if can help you with some informations or Photos, then let me know and I see what I can do!! It`s really interesting to have sort of "relatives" all over the world! Continue your work - it´s really great!

Silke Trageser

Alzenau, Germany - Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 11:57:24 (CST)

I was doing some genealogy research and by chance found this information. It is my understanding that Drageser is Trageser, I have an Agnes Drageser b.)23 Sept 1797 married to Georgius Herr. I have her father as Joannes Drageser, again I am thinking that the "D" should be a "T". Thanks for any help.

Phyllis Herr

Battle Creek, MI united states - Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 15:18:03 (CST)

Love the website. I often wondered if my family was the only Trageser's in the Southern part of the United States. Many people ask me where the name Trageser name orignated. I tell them I have no idea and thought it orignated in Germany. I can now tell them with confidence it is German. My brother is Doug Trageser from Marietta, GA and he was wondering if there is any information on the Trageser's from Cincinnati Ohio. My grandfather's name was George Trageser.

Julie Trageser Tiller

Signal Mountain, TN USA - Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 11:48:13 (CST)

Hello, thank you for the best website about our name Trageser. Everytime I visit your web pages I learn more about my name and other Tragesers. I'm Ulrich Trageser from Ingelheim, Germany. My ancestry came from (Freigericht-)Somborn. The oldest Trageser I found (in my ancestry) were: Johann Georg Trageser (14.10.1701 - 5.10.1769) his father: Johannes Trageser (? - 12.9.1743) his father: Johannes Trageser (? - 20.12.1699)

Ulrich Trageser

Ingelheim, RLP Germany - Friday, February 21, 2003 at 05:10:51 (CST)

I will be visiting in Bernbach this Sat. Feb. 22 and would love to make contact with other Tragesers/Tragessers. I will be checking my email upon arrival in Frankfurt on Friday night. Thanks!

Cathy Tragesser Devine
Worthington, OH USA - Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 19:33:13 (CST)

Interesting facts

Danielle Trageser
Lake Benton, MN United States - Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 11:49:11 (CST)

My name is Sergio Primavera from Geneva. I'm a friend of Alvera Trageser, but I have no news than years and I would like to know if you know something about her. She's comes from Scottsdale ( Arizona ). Let me know please something. You can reply to me at this e-mail CROSSINGSOUNDS@HOTMAIL.COM. Thanks very much Sergio.

(Editor's note: This request came to me as an email and I am posting it here in the hope that some visitor to this site may have knowledge of Alvera to pass on to Sergio and help him locate his friend Alvera Trageser.)

Sergio Primavera
Geneva, - Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 23:45:00 (CST)

Did these parents ever have more than a kid?
Konrad Trageser and Maria Anna Schneider b. March 15, 1804, Altenmittlau, Germany d. Feb. 11, 1872, Altenmittlau, Germany b. June 03, 1810 d. Jan. 02, 1878

Michael Graziano

havre de grace, MD 21078 - Sunday, February 09, 2003 at 10:00:23 (CST)

1. JACOB1 TRAGESER was born April 11, 1830 in Bernbach Germany, and died August 25, 1911 in Baltimore, MD, Death Certificate C48153.
He married MARGARET MÜLLER1 Bet. 1854 - 1856 in St James the Less, daughter of CARL MÜLLER.
She was born October 14, 1834 in Altenmittlau, Hessen-Nassaus, Preussen Germany1, and died February 21, 1924 in Baltimore, MD, Death Certificate D84116.
Ship Record
Trageser, Jacob
Gender : Male
Age : 24
Occupation : Farmer
Country of Origin : Germany
Last Residence : Bernbach
Arrival Date : May 6, 1854
Final Destination : Baltimore
Port of Embarkation : Bremen
Port of Debarkation : New York
Ship's Name : Adolphine
Captain's Name : J. H. Thiernau
Purpose for Travel : Staying in the USA
Mode of Travel : Steerage
Manifest ID Number : 00015136
2. i. PETER E2 TRAGESER, b. July 30, 1856, Baltimore, MD; d. March 18, 1931, Baltimore, Md.
ii. ELIZABETH TRAGESER, b. November 30, 1858, Baltimore, MD; d. 1929, Baltimore, MD.
3. iii. JOHN M TRAGESER, b. November 09, 1866, Baltimore, MD; d. October 20, 1952, Baltimore, MD.
4. iv. MARGARET TRAGESER, b. May 22, 1870, Baltimore MD; d. November 21, 1932, Baltimore MD.
v. MICHAEL TRAGESER, b. March 09, 1873, Baltimore MD; d. June 22, 1899, Baltimore, MD.
vi. ANDREW J TRAGESER1, b. August 03, 1879, Baltimore MD; m. MARY C HUBER, 1905; b. 1880, Baltimore, MD.
MARY TRAGESER, b. January 12, 1876, Baltimore, MD; d. Baltimore, MD; m. CHARLES F. TEWES; b. 1874, Baltimore, MD; d. Baltimore, MD.
5. viii. ADAM J TRAGESER, b. April 27, 1863, Baltimore, MD; d. 1908, Baltimore, MD.

Michael E Graziano

Havre de Grace, MD USA - Wednesday, February 05, 2003 at 13:53:34 (CST)

I was aquainted with your uncle, Brother Joe. I happened to be looking up some info on Bergamo East and came across your dedication page to
Joseph Anthony Trageser .

I lived at Bergamo East while Brother Joe was there. My family's house had burned down and we stayed there while it was being rebuilt. I have so many fond memories of Brother Joe. I was around ten years old when I met him and he was so sweet and kind to me. I was painfully shy and Brother Joe and I would sit quietly working on the button machine and talk about anything. I fell out of touch with Brother Joe 18 or so years ago and I would have loved to have met up with him again before he passed on.
I just wanted to share the warm thoughts I had and let you know what a trail of friendship and love he left behind.
Beth Holmes

(Editor's note: The note from Beth Holmes was emailed to my son (James M.) and is reprinted here with permission. The dedication page to Joseph Anthony Trageser, my uncle Joe, is maintained by my son Jim.)

E Holmes

Mon, 11 Nov 2002 07:06:55

Jim, I would like to please have my E-MAIL address changed on my original entry dated Dec 12, 2000 (
Did you ever think this idea would reach and touch so many good people

(Editor's note: email reference on Dec 12, 2000 entry, corrected as requested.)

George Trageser

Dover, PA USA - Friday, November 08, 2002 at 18:34:43 (CST)

Hi, maybe the following web site could help in obtaining info on German ancestors from Freigericht.
bye, Mathias

Mathias Müller
Berlin, Germany - Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 13:03:14 (CST)

Greatings to everybody from Freigericht-Altenmittlau. I didn`t know that the name Trageser is known in the USA. Therefore I have to say that I´m really excited to see this great page. Was anybody of you already in Freigericht and what do you thing about our region? Next week I´ll fly to New York. I guess that I should have a look at the New Yorker telephonebooks. Maybe there are more of us. This would be nice. If anybody of you visits Freigericht, please let me know. I´d like to talk to Trageser`s from the States

Christoph Trageser

Altenmittlau, Hessen Germany - Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 03:28:19 (CDT)

Rosina Trageser married John Zeller in Cincinnati in about 1848. I have no clue as to where to go from here. Suggestions

Anna Lythgoe

- Sunday, August 18, 2002 at 12:42:04 (CDT)

I am so impressed by this website. Keep up the good work. I will echo the sentiments of those who have said that they are surprised at the number of Tragesers. I don't know much about my ancestry except that my father is James Walter Trageser, son of George Trageser(late) and Loretta Ott. George and Loretta were from the Cincinnati, OH area. Loretta still lives there today. I would love to hear from other Tragesers to learn as much as I can.

Doug Trageser

Marietta, GA USA - Thursday, August 01, 2002 at 19:13:34 (CDT)

Hello... Saw this web site.... and guess what... my maiden name is "Trageser".
I don't know much about my family, due to the fact that my mother and father did not stay together. What information I do have is this:
My father is - Glen Allen Trageser - Died Nov.2000 - died young.
My Grandfather is - Herald Trageser - Still Alive, resides in Maryland.
I have an Aunt named - Peggy Trageser - Still Alive, resides in Maryland.
Is there any other information you have as far as family tree information. I would like to know who I belong to. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Nikki Trageser-Marlatt

Baltimore, MD USA - Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 17:12:07 (CDT)

Hello all. I am the youngest of 7 children from Albert H. Trageser jr. and Marcella as mentioned below.
Obtaining family history was somewhat difficult and it is good to know the origin of my last name, finally.

My father sold the copper factory in the 1970's after the death of his wife Marcella. The 7 children were raised primarily by father and paternal grandmother Virginia Clarke Trageser.
From what I can gather, the copper factory produced copper water heaters, and fabricated various tanks and fixtures. During WWII the factory manufactured the LCM III used in the d-day invasion, in addition to parts for the h-bomb. The factory was the recipient of the prestigious army navy "E" award during this period. Trageser Copper Works was bought by a conglomerate, International Utilities, around 1972 (I was 3). International Utilities was bought out by someone else. To the best of my knowledge no resemblence of the firm in any way shape or form presently exists.
However, my great uncle Eugene Clarke(brother of Virginia Clarke Trageser) was a water heater repairman up to his death 3 years ago was still seeing Trageser copper core water heaters in the field. Additionally, the company made most of the underground oil storage tanks for levittown, NY. The factory is still at 5000 grand avenue in Maspeth, Queens, NY. Although now it is a warehouse or something.

The family grew up in Rockville Centre, NY. Albert Jr. still lives there. The seven children reside in the tri-state area. Gertrude(Gertie) and Grace were sisters of my grandfather Albert H. Trageser. They died when I was very young, perhaps even before I was born in 1969.

Thanks again for the informative site. I will be sure to return.

Thomas Trageser

Brick, NJ USA - Tuesday, July 02, 2002 at 16:15:39 (CDT)

Hallo, my name is Klaus Trageser.
I was born and raised in Freigericht-Altenmittlau (25.09.1964) and now I reside in Friedberg (40km from Freigericht). I grew up in the family home of Friedrich Trageser (12.11.1935) who is married with Klara Trageser (born Guirten/Freigericht Somborn 09.03.1937). My Grandpa is now 96 years (born 1906) and lifes with Friedrich and Klara in Freigericht Altenmittlau. His wife was Ida Trageser (born Schirmer at Gelnhausen/Hailer). I have a sister (Heike 02.05.1961). She lives in Schlüchtern/Herolz, is married with Peter Modis (born in Schlüchtern) and they have 2 Kids (Jasmin 16 and Karsten 14). I am married with Iris Trageser (born Jakobi in Saarbrücken/Ensheim; 03.12.1967) since 1994. We have 3 Children: Sarah 29.09.1995), Nadja (01.01.97) and Tim (12.10.2001).
I would love to hear from other members of our family line.

Klaus Trageser
Friedberg Germany - Friday, May 10, 2002 at 3:54 AM (PST)

First, my english is not the best, but i'll do my best ;-)
My name is Stefan Trageser, I' am born 14.08.1965 in Freigericht-Bernbach and now live in Freigericht-Horbach. My father is Rudolf Trageser, live in Freigericht Bernbach an my grandfather was Gottfrieds Trageser, also from Feigericht-Bernbach. Today I found this site and after the first shrot look I say: very great. I'll listen and read intensiv this site on weekend, because I am on work now.

Thanks for this site

Stefan Trageser
Freigericht-Horbach Germany - Thursday, May 2, 2002 at 12:03 AM (PST)

My name is Margaret (Peggy) Trageser-Kay I was born and raised in Pgh. Pa.and now reside in South Carolina. I grew up in the family home of Jacob Trageser, brother of Lorenz and Konrad. Jacob was married to Catherine Kress whose mother's name was Anna Trageser. Jacob and his brothers came from Frankfurt with their widowed mother in approx. 1801. My father was their youngest son. I would love to hear from other members of our family line.

Margaret (Peggy) Trageser-Kay
South Carolina USA - Friday, April 12, 2002 at 7:30 PM (PST)

Hi. My name is James Tragesser. Yes, I know that I spelled it with the double "s", but that's the way that it has been passed down from my great grandfather, Lorenz or Laurentius (born 24 Dec 1818). The surname was spelled with the single "s" when he came to the U. S. with his parents. I am trying to trace back more information on the family. I know that they arrived in Baltimore on September 17, 1833. The only records that I've found so far shows on the manifest that "J. G. Tragesser, with wife and 4 children" were the passengers. No other names were given. I believe that his name was Johann Georg and that his father was Laurentius (born 10 May 1739) from Bernbach. From my research, it is likely that we are distant relatives in some way from the same area of Germany. It appears that this is the first group of Tragesers to immigrate to America.

Jim Tragesser
Hammond, IN USA - Friday, March 08, 2002 at 2:08 PM (PST)

Wonderful web site on the Trageser family. I've been trying to make the connection back to Germany for my own family line, but haven't had much luck. I don't know if my line is directly related to yours. Even though we both descend from Henry Tragesers of Baltimore, they are clearly different Henrys. Interestingly, my grandfather George Charles Trageser and my uncle Jack (John L.) Trageser looked very much like your ancestor Johanne Konrad (III) Trageser.

I'm also a descendent of a Frederick Trageser of Baltimore, who emigrated from Germany (Prussia), and it may be the same Frederick Trageser mentioned earlier. I believe I'm also related to those who mentioned the Trageser's Cozy Inn which was owned by my grandfather's brother, John Trageser. I've done most of my research on this line through the census. I would appreciate any information you or others might have.

Frederick Trageser was born around 1822, emigrated from Germany to Baltimore, but I don't know when. He married Mary A. (don't know her maiden name) and they had 11 children (John, George (1849), Henry A.(1850), Elizabeth, Mary, MaryAnn, Margaret, Rosa, Frederick, Josephine, Harry). Three of these brothers married three sisters in the William Sommer family (George to Katherine, Henry to Eleanora M, John to Rose). Frederick was a tailor, as were many of his children, and he lived on Central Avenue in Baltimore.

Frederick's son Henry A. Trageser (1850) was my great grandfather. Henry married Eleanora M. Sommer (1860) and they had seven children [Rosa (1884), Mary/Mame (1885), Katherine/Kate (1888), John W.(1890), George Charles (1893), Henry/Harry (1897), Eleanora (1902?)]. George Charles (also known as Umbrella George since there were three George Tragesers living on Aisquith Street when he grew up there) was my grandfather. John owned the Trageser's Cozy Inn.

All attended St. James Church growing up and many of the Tragesers are buried at Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Baltimore. When I spoke to the cemetery office recently, she told me they have burial records on 143 Tragesers. I'd like to learn more that might help connect my ancestry back to Germany.

Linda Kale

Columbia, MD USA - Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 9:30 PM (PST)

Perpetua Bertha Heidt
born Dec. 1861, NYC
married Albert F. Trageser * (died <June 1, 1930; son of John Trageser

1. Grace Trageser
never married; lived at 2 Shoreview Road, Port Washington, Long Island, in Oct. 1939
died March 22, 1946

2. Gertrude Trageser (SS 111-36-2193)
born March 23, 1890, NY
never married; received a PhD. in philosophy, Fordham University, NYC; lived at 2 Shoreview Road, Port Washington, Long Island, in Oct. 1939
died March 1970, Rockville Centre, NY

3. Albert Heidt Trageser
married Virginia Mary Clark (daughter of Eugene Clark of 124 E. 93rd St., NYC), Jan. 3, 1931, Church of St. Jean Baptiste, NYC
lived at 49 E. 96th St., NYC; lived in Manhasset, Long Island, in Oct. 1939

a. Albert Trageser Jr.
born March 22, 1932, Doctors Hospital, NYC
married Marcella _____ (died young); seven children

            died >Oct. 1912 & <June 1, 1930
            *Al owned a copper boiler factory, originally located in Manhattan & later moved to Long Island.

View John Trageser Steam Copper Works Catalogue (circa 1882)

My husband, James H. Dee, is the great-great-grandson of Christian and
Perpetua Heidt. They had 8 children, the oldest was Wilhelmina Monica
Caterina Heidt (1854-1901) and the 5th child was Perpetua Bertha Heidt
(1861->1912 & <1930) who married Albert F. Trageser.

Johannes Bech (deBecque) [156] & Babara Harbach [157]
parents of

Johannes Bech [78]
father of

Perrpetua Bech Heidt [39] (1834-1912)
mother of

Wilhelmina Monica Caterina Heidt Volker [19] (1854-1901)
mother of

Angela Bertha Volker Derrenbacher (Dee) [9] (1881-1970)
mother of

Leo Henry Dee (Derrenbacher) [4] (1913-2001)
father of

James Howard ("Jim") Dee [2] (1943-

The decendents of Albert Trageser listed above is mostly family history.
Grace Becker, youngest child of Rosalia Anna Heidt (b. 1858)
and 3rd child of Christian & Perpetua wrote a letter in October 1939
w/many details. My father-in-law supplied the info about the boiler factory.
I understand Leo and his sister knew Gertrude Trageser fairly well.
In fact, I understand that a pair of antique dragon andirons
still in the family came from the Tragesers.

Anne Dee
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 15:32:28 (PDT)

That's great that there is some many Tragesers. for a long time I thought that the family I knew of was the only one's, but i guess not. If anyone wants to talk more about our family it would be get. My e-mail is

Jay Trageser
McHenry, IL McHenry - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 15:54:03 (PDT)

Can you please change my e-address on my message to the above. Thanks, and thanks for the web site.

David Stewart Trageser
(Editor's note: email reference corrected in previous entry as requested. 1-23-2002)
Orchard Park, NY - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 16:15:42 (PDT)

Hello everyone! I'm Karolin, 15, from Germany. My grandfather Hermann Trageser was born in Sonborn. He is the oldest of four brothers, two of them still live in Sonborn, the other one lives in South Africa (near Bloemfontein) as a missionary. I really like this site and hope to learn more about the connections between the Tragesers all over the world!! (By the way, I accidentally found somebody called Trageser living in France!) I would really love to make contact with any relatives!!

Karolin Trageser
Kirn Germany - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 09:26:37 (PDT)

I've learned so much from your website. Thanks for putting it together!

My grandmother was Cecelia Mary Trageser (1901-1985). Her Father was John George Trageser (1874-1949). He went by the name George his whole life. I only learned that his given name was John when I saw his baptismal record from St. James in Baltimore. Anyway, George was the youngest child of John Adam Trageser and Ann Margaret Thalheimer. His siblings were John F. (1857), Josephine (1859), Rosa (1861), Teresa M. (1863), Charles (1865), Mary A. (1868), Alphonsus (1869), Francis Anthony (1871), and Joseph Frederick (1873). I know very little of the descendents of George's siblings.

I've also been trying to learn more about John Adam Trageser and his connection to the other Tragesers in Baltimore in the mid-1800s. He was born about 1828 in Altenmittlau. In Baltimore, he worked as a shoemaker. I believe he died between
1890 and 1900. I do not know when he arrived in America, but I have seen emigration records referring to Johann Adam Trageser that give the date of emigration as 1837 (it also indicates that he emigrated with 4 relatives). However, I don't know for sure that this record refers to my John Adam Trageser.

John Adam Trageser and his family were long associated with St. James Church in Baltimore. Apparently, that was the church of many of the Tragesers in Baltimore.

I'd love to correspond with others and try to connect my Trageser family to their
origins in Germany.

John Kennedy
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 08:31:59 (PDT)

I am descended from Johann Trageser and wife, Gertrude Trageser, who reportedly came from Cologne approx. 1854 and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio Have nothing further back on them but have just started searching and would enjoy corresponding with others from the Cincinnati area.

I just found your website by surfing and just wanted to say thanks for a job well done. A very nice and informative site.

Ed Thompson
Brandon, FL USA - Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 09:47:13 (PDT)

Hello, I found by accident your info about Trageser. I have a hand-written ahnentafel which contains Johan Trageser and his wife Catharina Betz, and I have some of Catharina's ancestors back to 1615. If I knew the ancestors of Bozum (Botzum) and Antoni (my name!) too, I could possibly also send the information about them you. I am using PAF 4.0, so I could send that kind of file or a gedcom to you. The first Bozum in that region died before 1699 and came from Belgium, the first Antoni arrived at the same time, they are both in my ancestry.
Greetings, Michael
I live 12 miles from Sombor

Antoni, Michael

Bruchköbel de - Wed, Jul 25 15:19:13 2001

Hallo Tragesers,
viele Grüße von den Tragesers aus Freigericht-Somborn und Altenmittlau.
Wer Interesse hat, schaut doch mal auf die Homepage des Männerchor Altenmittlau:

The following is a computer assisted translation to English!
Hello Tragesers,
Many greetings of the Tragesers from Freigericht-Somborn and Altenmittlau.
Whoever has interest, sometimes see Altenmittlau on the Homepage of the men's choir:

Ehrfried Trageser
Freigericht,Germany - Mon, Jun 25 11:24:45 PDT 2001

Very interesting site. Originally from Pittsburgh where my great grandfather emigrated about 1870. This piques my interest in discovering a more about him. I am happy you posted this site

Don Trageser
Acton,MA - Fri, Jun 22 14:49:41 PDT 2001

An alle Trageser wir Grüssen euc
------- Translation by Editor -------
-- To all Tragesers, we greet you. --

Stefan Trageser

Gelnhausen,Hessen in Deutschland - Mon, Jun 4 13:58:35 PDT 2001

My mother is a Trageser - Mary Eleanor Trageser. Her mother was a Trageser as was her father. Her uncle John owned a bar on Gorsuch Avenue in Baltimore, M

stephanie friedel myers

towson,maryland USA - Wed, May 23 07:08:31 PDT 2001

My Mother was a Tragesser. She was from Jeannette,PA. I have a lot on this line.

Michael Hartman

Talking Rock , GA.USA - Wed May 16 16:28:39 PDT 2001

Think the site is great! Would love to see it
expanded further.

Susan Pauline Trageser
Greensboro,NC USA - Wed, May 16 14:07:18 PDT 2001

I am the great-grandson of Alphonse Trageser (a shoe maker) who immigrated to Baltimore in mid-1800's. He married a Margaret Rose Kennedy, thus adding a sense of humor to the family genes.

David Stewart Trageser
Orchard Park,New York USA - Thu, Mar 29 08:17:58 PST 2001

I am interested in locating decendents of Leo J. Trageser, my first cousin, who died in October 1985. I know he married and had children. Lost touch. His mother was Alice Hoeckel-Trageser-Collins (my Aunt), who was my father's ONLY sister. Leo was their ONLY son.
Thank you for any help.

Elizabeth Hoeckel-Fair
Bel Air,MD USA - Thu, Mar 8 22:51:55 PST 2001

I would be interested in learning if anyone has information about my grandfather, Albert James Trageser who was from Baltimore, Maryland. (Would have been born sometime in early 1900's. The only relative I am aware of, other than my dad--William Albert Trageser, is my dad's cousin Rose. I belive my dad also had an uncle who lived in Baltimore. My grandfather left his family at the age of 14 -- so we know very little about his backgroung. He moved to Pines on the Severn, near Annapolis where we lived in the 1950's and 1960's.Since there seem to be a number of Baltimore Tragesers, there might be some relatives involved. Send me an e-mail--we now have a clan of nine additional Trags! Nice to find this website.

carol trageser jones
atlanta, ga,usa - Fri, Mar 2 18:41:02 PST 2001

Wow, I never realized how many Tragesers there really are! At work my name badge has both my first and last name and not a day goes by when a customer asks me "are you related to _______ Trageser?" I've never heard of anybody they ever ask about so we must be a very widespread family.
smiles and laughter,

(daughter of Michael and Susan Trageser)

Sarah Trageser
Eldersburg,MD USA - Tue, Feb 20 08:07:36 PST 2001

Fantastic site with a wealth of information. Keep up the good work!

Lee Trageser
London,United Kingdom - Sat, Feb 17 11:38:09 PST 2001

Hello! I'm the grandson of Benedict and Mary Trageser, the son of Charles R. and Rita Trageser. My Dad's family was from the Oldtown section of Baltimore City before moving to the Clifton Park area. Would like to hear from any long-lost relatives.

Stephen (Steve) Trageser
Nottingham (White Marsh),Maryland USA - Sat, Feb 17 08:56:08 PST 2001

You have a very nice site....especially the history of the name and such.
I am descended from the Tragesers that settled in Pittsburgh PA in the 10s. Lorenz, Conrad and Jacob came to PA with their mother Barbara. I have never heard any mention of their father.

John Trageser

Millersville,MD USA - Tue, Jan 9 18:34:15 PST 2001

Hallo allen Trageser's in Amerika!
Ich habe mit Vergnügen Eure Web-Site gelesen und dabei viel gelernt über den Namen Trageser. Ich bin überrascht, das es so viele von uns in den USA gibt. Macht weiter so. Viele Grüße aus Deutschland

(The following is an attempt by this web-site manager to translate the message from Hans into English. Those of you with a better command of the German/English language please send me any corrections necessary.)**

"Hello all Trageser's in America!
I have read your Web-Site with enjoyment and learned much about the Trageser name. I am surprised that there are so many of us in the USA, . Do further so. Many greetings from Germany."


Hans Trageser

Bremen,Deutschland - Sun, Jan 7 08:03:16 PST 2001

My grandfather's name was Frank Daniel Trageser and I was just checking this site to see if I could obtain any information. As far as I know, he was born shortly after his parents arrived in the U.S. in Oswego, New York.

Mon, Jan 1 06:22:11 PST 2001

Jim, I'm thoroughly impressed & pleased with this presentation. You've surpassed my wildest imagination. Congratulations--you should be very proud. I will try to get back to George T. in York soon.

For those of you who are wondering how Holtman got in here--I am the oldest grand child of Joseph Trageser and Jim's first cousin.

Cecilia (Cele) Holtman
Towson,MD USA - Thu, Dec 28 21:08:50 PST 2000

Hello to all the Tragesers!
It was great to see all the pictures from the wedding it reminded me of how beautiful the whole ceremony was.
Just browsing....

Robert Gayo
Baltimore,MD USA - Tue, Dec 12 17:54:03 PST 2000

This is so great,Ihave chills all over.My grandfather was Benedict Trageser(wife- Mary) They had 4 boys-Bernard(past),George(past),William(past),and Charles,also a daughter Mary.The family grew up around ST.James Church,then to Gorsage(?)Ave.There use to be a bar up the street owend by a second cousin of my father"cousin Jonny" it was my pride and joy, because of its name"THE TRAGESERS COZY INN".Please let me know where I fit in.

George Trageser
YORK ,PA USA - Tue, Dec 12 07:11:28 PST 2000 (corrected Dec 21st)

Great job! One of my gr-gr-grandparents was Friedrich
Trageser, b. ~1822 in Germany, in or around Altenmittlau
according to some limited research I have done on this branch.
Emigrated to Baltimore ~1847, married a Mueller and went on to
have a host of kids. It's possible/probable that he and your
ancestors are related; there were then and are now a ton of
Tragesers in Baltimore. Vielen Dank for the site!

Chris Deboy

Mount Airy,MD USA - Fri, Dec 8 08:09:43 PST 2000

Thanks for putting this site together. Perhaps you could also include a page on how to pronounce our name. The American version is something like TRAY-GUESS-ER, and the Germans say something close to TRAY-geezah. I'm told you have to "swallow" the final r.

Andrew B. Trageser
Pittsburgh,PA USA - Mon, Nov 20 18:39:20 PST 2000

I am trying to trace Peter Janson and Catherine Trageser from Alsace Lorraine to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
There son, Charles William Janson, was born there in 1848. I have just tried to contact one of the Tragesers
from my area in Baltimore. I may even have attended school with them. If anyone can help, you can reach me at

Patti Janson

Glen Burnie,Maryland, USA - Fri, Nov 17 19:43:44 PST 2000

I LOVED this website- what fun! Thanks for telling me about it! Especially loved the photos!


Kelly Doughty
Fairbanks,AK USA - Mon, Nov 13 23:57:49 PST 2000

Hi Jim!
You deserve big praise for your website... you've done a great job! I'm totally impressed!
... awesome pictures!

San Diego, CA USA - Wed, Nov 8 18:27:15 PST 2000

I was born in 1964 in Alzenau/Germany. I'm very glad to find information about my name in US wabpages. Thank you for your affords!

Klaus Trageser

Goldbach,Germany - Sun Oct 22 13:16:32 PDT 2000

Hello, my name is Bernhard Josef Trageser. I born April, 15. 1947 in Bernbach. My american it&acute;s small. Thanks for the informations of "TRAGESERS". I have more information from FREIGERICHT and TRAGESER. Give me a mail, please, when intress. Thank you and by by.

Bernhard Josef Trageser.

Bernbach (Freigericht),Germany, Hessen - Tue, Sep 5 08:02:18 PDT 2000

I'm looking for any information on a Lorenz Trageser (or Tragesser) who arrived with his father J.G. Trageser in Baltimore, MD in 1833. They were also from Bernbach, GERMANY.

Walter Parr
Ashburn,VA USA - Fri, Sep 1 21:45:54 PDT 2000

Remember me! I hear you emailed my sisters to ask if I was their sis.  Cool.  bye bye

Zoey trageser
md USA - Wed, Jul 12 15:29:15 PDT 2000

Eldest son of Alberta Trageser Craig ,second to youngest daughter of George Trageser who arrived in Pgh. at 14 yrs of age from Frankfort,Germany. George was born in 1863,came here in or about 1877.George was a barber by trade and had his own shop for many years. My mother Alberta had eight siblings Joseph,also a barber,Rupert,a priest,George an accountant for Gulf Corp.,Marie housekeeper for her brother Rupert in Ft.Madison Ia. Fabaiola who took care of her parents,Gertrude who was married to James Coyle, and Othwinna who married William Douglas of Miami Fla. We are going to Oberamagau on 7/26/oo and to Altamittlau looking for ancestory and would appreciate any assistance you can give.

John l. Craig JR
Penna.USA - Mon, Jul 10 15:40:34 PDT 2000

Hey! My dads name is trageser.  So my last name is Trageser!

MD USA - Fri, Jun 30 16:46:12 PDT 2000

Wow! This is so cool that there is a! We never would Have thought it!

Heather & Kristin Trageser
Maryland USA - Fri, Jun 30 11:42:19 PDT 2000

I still have no idea how I'm related to any of you folks... I'm the first in my grandfathers' line (Hans Trageser, son of Jean Trageser) to leave Germany. There are way more of us than I thought...!

Dina Trageser
Seattle WA USA - Monday June 12, 2000 19:49:17 GMT

My grandfather Lorenz Trageser came to the Pittsburgh with two brothers (Jake and ?) and their mother in about 1870 as a small boy from the area in Germany that you describe in your web pages. There are a number of Trageser's in Pittsburgh, some spell it Tragesser we spell our name Trageser.

James J. Trageser
Pittsburgh PA USA - Wednesday June 07, 2000 14:26:20 GMT

Great site. Saw the golf outing pictures on the main site. God I have poor form. I'll work on that. We need to pitch in and get Jimmy some new clubs. He has the Maryland nickname of Jimmy two iron Trageser now.

Steve Trageser
Marriottsville MD USA - Tuesday May 16, 2000 23:38:14 GMT
Thanks for all your efforts. Web site is great. Bob.

Trageser, Robert Joseph
McMurray PA U.S.A - Tuesday May 16, 2000 18:00:18 GMT

This is fantastic and keeps me awake half the night. Have you heard from any of the German side of the family yet?

Towson MD USA - Friday May 12, 2000 05:02:30 GMT

Jim and I are first cousins.

Cecilia (Cele) Holtman
Baltimore MD USA - Wednesday April 26, 2000 03:54:51 GMT

Great job!!

George T. Parr
Baltimore MD USA - Monday April 24, 2000 15:24:16 GMT

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