Franz Werner Sobke (father-in-law of Patrick McGuire), my 3x-great-grandfather, was born in Prussia about 1855. He arrived in the USA at Castle Garden, NYC, on 28 April 1882 . He traveled on the S. S. Suevia with his sister, Ernestina. I believe they were from Weitenhagen, what is now Wytowno, Poland, but I am still working on confirming that! Franz "Frank" married Bertha Henriette Albertine Schroeder in Jersey City 22 August 1882. They had six children, and Frank worked as a laborer. He never became a US citizen, from what I have been able to determine. Three of Frank's brothers, and his mother, also came to live in Jersey City. Frank died 9 August 1896 in the middle of a massive heat wave in Jersey City that left dozens dead. He was buried in Flower Hill Cemetery in North Bergen, NJ.
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