Glaesman, Maria Friesen

Maria Friesen Glaesman

Maria Friesen Glaesman (seated behind Katherina the blonde child front center).  Maria’s father was John Friesen and her mother was Gertrude Peters.  Maria was born in Russia December 24, 1865,Glaesman Family Tree


Maria Friesen Glaesman was German and Swedish.  Maria married Johann Glaesman in Russia January 16, 1888.  Their first two children were girls.  The girls both died from cholera during an epidemic.

In 1891 Johann and Maria Glaesman were living in Kouban, Transkaukasien, South Russia, near the Black Sea, when on March 21st, their home was blessed with a daughter whom they named Katharina.  This area is called Kaukasus (German translation: Transkaukasien).  Some German-Russian villages were close to Tifilis.  This area is on the East side of the Black Sea  in the area now known as Tbilist, Georgia.  This area is next to Azerbeijan and Armenia, and  is very near Iran and Turkey.

In the next 18 years their home would include sons and another daughter.   For a total of 7 children living to adulthood.

Katharina b. March 21, 1891

John  J., b.1893

Henry b. 1895

Gustav b. 1900

Jacob F 1903

Renata (later Schultz) b. 1906

William b. 1909.

Later, Katherine recalled crossing the Black Sea by ship with her mother, Maria to go visit her grandmother (in Germany?).  Katie saw storks there and thought it odd that they would be making nests when they should be delivering babies.

In 1902 John and Maria left Russia and immigrated to America seeking religious freedom and a peaceful world.  They were joined by some uncles and their families.  The name of the ship they left Germany on  was named the Konigin Luise. Their arrival was scheduled for July 30, 1902.

By the time they reached Ellis Island, New York, the passengers on the ship had been exposed to an illness (small pox?) and they were rejected in port.  It appears that they changed ships, and were deferred to the port of Galveston Texas.  Once there, they were not allowed to disembark until August 22, 1902.

They lived near Fairview Oklahoma for a short time, they then moved to Corn Oklahoma and by 1903 they were homesteading in Roll, Day County, Oklahoma Indian Territory.  Day County later became Roger Mills County.    John Glaesman made a “dugout”  (like a cave dug into the side of a hill) on his homestead where the family lived for a few years.  No other German people lived nearby, so John and Maria decided after 5 years, to move back to Fairview.

Maria and Johann moved to Canada briefly.  The census shows them in the District of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in the village of Herbert.  in 1911

John Glaesman and Maria Friesen Glaesman

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1700’s 1800’s Russian German Settlements

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