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Welcome to the Thurkow Family Page!

Updated: 09 November 2013


If you have information (births, marriages, deaths, obituaries, photographs, etc.) for the Thurkow & related families, please contact Jim Adamsfor inclusion on these pages.


Thurkow-Manning Family Tree at ancestry.com


Leitz Family Tree at ancestry.com (Thurkow & Manning)


Descendants of John (20 Jan 1829 - 01 Dec 1885) and Hanna Miller Thurkow (27 Oct 1829 - 14 July 1893). They had 9 children:
  1. Frederick "Fritz" Thurkow (25 March 1850 in Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Germany - 26 Oct 1920 in Marcellus, Cass, MI, USA) married (1) Fredericka Harriet "Hattie" Timm (06 Dec 1849 in Mecklenberg, Germany - 02 April 1929 in Marcellus, Cass, MI, USA). Married (2) Ella M. Silvernail Lanning (15 Oct 1867 in Hillsdale Co., MI, USA - 06 Jan 1929 in Marcellus, Cass, MI, USA) on 25 December 1897 in Marcellus, Cass, MI, USA. 
  2. Heinrich Thurkow (1851 - )
  3. Anna Thurkow (1857 - )
  4. Friederika Thurkow (1859 - )
  5. Emma Thurkow (1860 - )
  6. Hellmuth Thurkow (1861 - )
  7. Karl Thurkow (1863 - )
  8. Johann Thurkow (1864 - )
  9. Ida Thurkow (1866 - )


Generation 2Frederick "Fritz" Thurkow (25 March 1850 in Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Germany - 26 Oct 1920 in Marcellus, Cass, MI, USA) married (1) Fredericka Harriet "Hattie" Timm (06 Dec 1849 in Mecklenberg, Germany - 02 April 1929 in Marcellus, Cass, MI, USA). They were married in Marcellus, Cass, MI, USA on 27 Oct 1869. He married (2) Ella M. Silvernail Lanning on Christmas, 1897 in Marcellus. Fritz and Hattie had 10 children:
  1. Martha Timm Thurkow (09 Sept 1870 - 13 Jan 1898) married Samuel William Lucas. They had a son, Raymond C. Lucas.
  2. Fred Thurkow (Dec 1872 in Marcellus, Cass, MI - 14 March 1929 in Three Rivers, St. Joseph, MI) married Carrie M. (Power (19 Sep 1881 in Adrian, Lenawee, MI, USA - 06 Aug 1953 in Kalamazoo, MI, USA)
  3. Bertha Thurkow (29 Sep 1874 in Marcellus, Cass, MI - 15 May 1966 in Cassopolis, Cass, MI) married Frank Arthur Hasbrouck (1869 - 1948) on 05 Aug 1895 in Marshall, Calhoun, MI, USA. 
  4. William (26 Oct 1876 in Flowerfield, St. Joseph, MI - 27 Jan 1965 in Marcellus, Cass, MI) married Bessie M. Whitenight (See William's obituary below)
  5. Albert (12 Dec 1878 in Fabius, St. Joseph, MI - 15 July 1913 in Marcellus, Cass, MI)
  6. Regina "Jennie" Thurkow (14 Jan 1881 in Fabius, St. Joseph, MI, USA - 05 April 1917 in Cass, MI, USA) married
Frank June Manning (20 June 1878 in Cass, MI, USA - 1927 in Cass, MI, USA). 
  7. Eliza Thurkow (20 April 1883 - 22 Oct 1942) married George C. Ketchum (1879 - 1951). They had a son, Kenneth K. Ketchum (1903 - 1975).
  8. Bessie Thurkow (31 March 1886 in Marcellus, Cass, MI - 31 Jan 1959 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI) married Edward Blaine Barker (17 Dec 1884 in Barry County, MI - 09 June 1959 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI)
  9. Vera Thurkow (1888 - 1944)
  10. John T. Thurkow (16 June 1890 in Marcellus, Cass, MI - 25 Oct 1946 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI) married Nettie Viola Frost on 11 Aug 1922 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI.


Generation 3: Regina "Jennie" Thurkow (14 Jan 1881 in Fabius, St. Joseph, MI, USA - 05 April 1917 in Cass, MI, USA) married Frank June Manning (20 June 1878 in Cass, MI, USA - 1927 in Cass, MI, USA). They had 3 children:
1. Rex Thurkow Manning (06 Oct 1903 in Marcellus, Cass, MI - 05 Sept 1908) 
2. Helen May Manning (27 Jan 1905 in Marcellus, Cass, MI - 12 June 1973 in Kalamazoo, MI) married Carl Valentine Adams (14 Feb 1898 - 25 Oct 1989)
3. Maxine Mae (b. 05 Nov 1910 - d. 25 Oct 1969) married Hugo Karl Knoefel. They had a daughter, Jeanne Manning Knoefel (12 Nov 1945 - 07 Feb 1994). She married William C. Leitz.


Thurkows buried in Bly Cemetery, Marcellus, Cass County, MI, USA:

Thurkow, Albert, b. 1878, d. 1913
Thurkow, Bessie M, b. 1884, d. 1967
Thurkow, Carrie, b. 1881, d. 1953
Thurkow, Fred, b. 1872, d. 1929
Thurkow, Fritz, b. 1850, d. 1920
Thurkow, John, b. 1890, d. 1946
Thurkow, John, b. 19 Apr 1894, d. 23 Jan 1946
Thurkow, William, b. 1876, d. 1965



William Thurkow Obituary

  MARCELLUS - William Thurkow, 88, died about noon Wednesday in his home at 128 W. Arbor St. in Marcellus, following a week's illness.

   He had lived in the Marcellus area and moved to his present home 10 ½ years ago, when he retired from farming.

   He was born Oct. 26, 1876 in Flowerfield Township, St. Joseph County, a son of Frederick and Hattie (Timm) Thurkow. He was married Nov. 23, 1904 to Bessie M. Whitenight at Cassopolis.

   He was a member of the Marcellus Methodist Church, Marcellus Masonic Lodge 291, of which he had been a member for 61 years, and a past worshipful master, a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 167 for 18 years and a member of the Marcellus Farm Bureau.

   Surviving besides his widow Bessie are: two daughters, Mrs. Bert (Emmanell) Lekarczyk of South Bend, Ind., and Mrs. Albert (June) Schmidt Jr. of Burr Oak; one sister, Mrs. Bertha Hasbrouck of Cassopolis; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Three brothers and five sisters preceded him in death.

   Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Romig Funeral Home in Marcellus, with the Rev. Dale Spoor, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Marcellus Cemetery with Masonic graveside services.