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Germania Elizabeth Rux [Jahnke]
or Yankee or Yonkie

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Born: Born in Prussia (according to her husband John Jahnke's obituary and on the 1880 Federal Census). Date unknown.
Parents: Unknown
Married to John Jahnke
John Jahnke's obituary said that he was married to Elizabeth Rux in Prussia, and they had two children. [SOURCE: Transcription on roots.web from a Montello Express obituary on Mar. 23, 1923]
Child 1:
Augusta Jahnke
b. 1859 (?)
d. 1943
For more information, go to Augusta's web site.
Child 2:
Gustus Jahnke (?)
The 1880 Federal Census shows that John Junka had a son (age 17 at the time) named Gustus (see census entry below). This may or may not be Augusta's brother. I've posted a photo of John Gustave Yonkie, who was identified as "Uncle Gust" by a family member. I'm deducing this is the Gustus named in the 1880 census.
Step Children: The obituary of John Jahnke said that he was survived by two children plus one stepson and one stepdaughter. If this information is correct, it suggests that either John or his wife Elizabeth Rux had another marriage with children. The obituary also says that John moved in with his daughter after the death of his wife, and no other wife was mentioned.
Possibly 1872
The 1900 census says that John [and his daughter Gusta] immigrated in 1872 and had been in America for 28 years as of 1872 (see census details).

John's obituary said he immigrated in 1872 when he lived on a farm near Princeton. [SOURCE: Transcription of obituary posted on] Elizabeth likely immigrated when he did since they married and had children together while still in Prussia.

Census Record:
1880 Federal Census
Newton, Marquette Co., WI
The 1880 Federal Census in Newton, Marquette Co., WI, has a John Junka [as spelled]. This could be John Jahnke, Elizabeth's husband. His age matches the 1900 census (born about 1830) but not the obituary year of birth. Elizabeth's first name matches the wife's name in John's obituary. John (age 50, farmer, born Prussia) was living with:
  • wife Elizabeth (age 57, born in Prussia)
  • son Gustus (age 17, farm laborer, born in Prussia).
Died: Unknown

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