Descendants of (Unknown) Pergande

At this point, we have traced the Pergande branch of our family back to (Unknown) Pergande, who was born in about 1765 in Kreis (County) Saatzig in the southern part of the Pommern (Pomerania) Province of Prussia.

His son, Gottlieb Gotthilf Pergande (1787-1847), remained in Prussia, and is believed to have been a brother of the father of Friedrich August "Fred" Pergande, who was born in 1818. Friedrich (whose surname originally was spelled "Pergander") arrived with his wife, Wilhelmine Brehmer, and their son and daughter in Ridgeville Township, south of Tomah in Monroe County, WI, in 1857. He was one of the first settlers of Ridgeville Township, as well as one of the charter members of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, the first Lutheran church in the area.

Friedrich's son, Franz Friedrich August, changed the spelling of the family name to Pergande in the 1880's, but the reason for the change is not known. The Pergander spelling was used on the gravestone of Friedrich and his wife.

The maternal grandfather of Franz Friedrich August Pergande's wife, Wilhelmine Louisa Wilde, was the Gottlieb Pergande that was mentioned above. So, a descendant of one Pergande family eventually married a descendant of another Pergande family.

The Pergande and Griggs families came together with the marriage of Bernice Gertrude Pergande and James LaVerne Griggs in November 1939 in Tomah.

Gary Griggs
202 Sugar Loaf Lane
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Created 18 January 2024 with RootsMagic Genealogy Software