Updated:23 May 2024

Lucas Merkel

Eusebius Merkel

Lucas Merkel Born: 2 Apr 1832 Gausbach, Baden, Germany - Died: 11 Nov 1907 Rochester, New York

Stephanie Ruckenbruk
Born: 1834 - Died: 4 Oct 1890 Rochester, NY


Here is a link to Lucas Merkel.

Here is my indirect connection to the family of Lucas Merkel and Stephanie Ruckenbruk. This explanation may be more confusing than helpful but it ties Lucas and his family into my database on my maternal side. Lucas and Stephanie had a daughter Caroline. She married Valentine Brauch. Valentine's parents are Peter Brauch and Cath. Knapp. Valentine has a sister by the name of Louisa Margaretha Brauch who marries Peter Heberle. Peter has a brother by the name of John who marries Susanna Pfitsch. The parents of Susanna Pfitsch are Henry Pfitsch and Maria Weingartner. Susanna has a brother by the name of Valentine who marries Mary Merkel. Mary's parents are Johann Merkel and Maria Anna Doerrer. Johann Merkel and Maria Anna Doerrer are part of my Maternal Merkel family.

The following information comes from Joe Struble. You can contact him at jost@geh.org Joe works as an Assistant Archivist in the Photo Collection of George Eastman House. His interest in photography stems from discovering some late 19th Century photographs of his Merkels (and other branches of the family) about 20 years ago.

From Joe: The family came to America around 1873. The story is that they were going to St. Louis Missouri, where Stephania Merkel's brother Herman lived, but that they learned that there was an epidemic in St. Louis and that they would not allow anyone to come there. So they went to Rochester NY instead, maybe because they had met someone on the boat that was going there, maybe because they had relatives here too. The family parish in Rochester was Holy Redeemer Church, a German speaking congregation at the corner of Clifford and Hudson Avenues. Although the church building is still standing, the congregation has combined with another church. The parents of Lucas are John Merkel and Mary Steinbach. The spelling of Stephanie "Rockenbruk" may vary.

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