My name is David Golem
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Much of the information on this site was compiled in 1987 by Margaret (Mrs. Russell) Golem and Ruth (Mrs. Melvin) Golem. Also contributing are Jay Nellis, Cheryl Robinette and Beth Baran. Additions and corrections will be welcome.
The 2012 Golem Reunion was held in Elmwood at the picnic shelter half a mile west of the flashing light, on Saturday August 26 from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm. About 30 members of the family attended. Unfortunately, I was forced to miss the reunion because of illness.
Russell and Margaret Golem attended the reunion both this year and in 2011. Margaret has provided some additional information about our roots. Gottfried (b 1820) and Christina (b 1849) are listed as passengers on the "vessell" Leibig, captained by Bornholdt, sailing from Hamburg on May 1, 1868, and landing in Quebec on July 2, 1868. While this information conflicts with the earlier information that the family landed in New York, both may be true since other members of the family must have travelled on another ship. If anyone out there knows any details about that voyage, or perhaps several voyages, please contact me.
In the spring of 2011, I was able to make contact with Angela Tanner and Clyde Ziegler who both are related to living descendants of the Tchorsch family. There are family members living in the area of Alpena, Michigan, where Gottfried "Torsch" born Sept 19, 1854, settled and farmed after emigrating from Riesenkirch on Mar 29, 1881, sailing from the port of Bremen on the ship "Salier" and landing in New York. At first the family settled in Wayne County, but then moved to Alpena around 1900. He had six sons and four daughters, so there is a large family still living partly in that area.
This past year I contacted Regina Volkmann who lives in Germany, and who is an avid genealogist. She is a distant cousin, being a direct descendent of the Volkmann line in Riesenkirch where Louisa married Gottfried Manz. Their daughter, Anna Dorothea, married Jacob Krupp, whose daughter Eva married the second Gottfried Golem. There is a large family on Regina's side which includes other family lines called Philipowski, Klein, Kruger, Zerwer and Priebe.
During the past year I underwent a yDNA test which can predict distant origins. The Golem line appears to have come from the area north of the Danube River, perhaps having specific origins there about 20,000 years ago. DNA testing is really in its early stages with much work continuing, so I have joined a project which hopes to uncover more specific results as time goes by. The Golem "Haplogroup" is I2a2 (that is a capital i, not a 1), and probably I2a2a called Dinaric. If it is the latter, the origins are about 8,000 years ago.
I have just finished reading "God's Playground: A History of Poland" by Norman Davies. This is the first of two volumes, and deals with a very well researched review of the history of middle Europe from early times up to 1785. The latter date is significant since it approximates the third partitioning of the Polish territories. The book chronicals the many, many wars and uprisings that tore this part of Europe to pieces over the prior three centuries. The territory around Riesenkirch, West Prussia, was in constant flux, and although it seems it remained generally in the hands of Prussia, the entire countryside was mauled by Russian armies, Swedish soldiers, Austrian military thrusts, and attempts at invasion by the Ottoman Empire. In retrospect, it is hard to imagine how any of our ancestors could have survived in this chaos. In 1794 alone, the Russian army slaughtered some 20,000 people in Praga, an outskirt of Danzig (Gdansk today) only about 40 kilometres nor...
Joel Penfold, son of Allan and Jackie (Dirstein) Penfold married Corrinna Terwoord in Walkerton, on Sept. 22, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Joel is a Grandson of the late John L. Dirstein and the late Florence (Bluhm) Dirstein of Hanover, and a Grandson of Earl and Della (Hamilton) Penfold of Hanover.
While I grieve for her, it is with some relief that I tell you all that Mother passed out of this life about 9:30 pm this day October 10, 2010. She was the best Mother anyone could have wished to have. At 96 years of age she was prepared for her end and secure in her Faith in God. The last couple of days were difficult for her, and for the immediate family, as congestive heart failure slowly took her from us. But I know that she faced the end with the same stoic determination that characterized most of her life. She was a fighter, an acedemic, a philosopher, a down to earth worker, and the kindest, most understanding person that any of the many people she touched, could hope to meet. I will miss her forever.
It is with sadness that we note the passing of Ruth Golem on Dec 4, 2009, after an extended period of illness. She, together with Margaret Alles (Mrs. Russell Golem), did much of the research into the genealogy of the Golem family, and they published the "Golem Family History" in 1987. Personally, I am indebted to her for her contribution in searching for, and recording, the history of our family, and in sparking my own interest in furthering that work. Ruth, we will remember you always.
At Dec 1, 2009, there are 31 Bluhms listed on the website. A number of Bluhms in North America have record of emigrating from Germany from towns in the immediate area of Riesenkirch where the Golem records exist. Many of those Bluhms settled at first in Sullivan and Bentick Townships in Ontario, and raised families, some of whom still live in the Chesley area.
German towns called Marienwerder, Garnsee, Seubersdorf, Nogath, Neudorfchen, Wallenburg and Bischdorf all are located within about 15 miles of Riesenkirch, which would have been an easy day trip by horse and buggy during the 1850's. Bluhms and Golems and Lipskies came to Canada from these towns, many arriving in Ontario late in the 1860's and early in the 1870's. There are other families who may also have come from the same area of Germany, but I will not include them until there is more evidence.
If anyone has information which you think might support family connections in Germany prior to em...
I'm learning new details and capabilities of this site. There are a lot of possibilities.
Keith suggested that we establish separate photo albums so we don't have one big mish mash of pictures. I have added one for each family, excepting Norman, which I can do later if we have any pictures.
Other albums could be added if needed. For example, I have photos of Caroline Golem and Michael Bluhm who moved to Oregon. There are many relatives out there who may want to add photos, and Beth Baran is a decendent of Jacob Golem whose sons settled in Tonawanda, and I have some pictures of her side of the family which she may want to add.
If anyone can suggest an improvement to this system please let me know.