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Christian Albert Dornfeld
Male 1831 - 1919


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  • Nickname  Albert 
    Birth  5 Jan 1831  Altglietzen, Brandenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Emigration  1843  New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    from Hamburg, Germany aboard the ship Bachus 
    Census  1900  North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  May 1919  North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery 
    Died  26 May 1919  Martinsville, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I12970  haseley
    Last Modified  18 Feb 2015 

    Father  Christian Albert Dornfeld, Sr.,   b. 1 May 1799, Altglietzen, Brandenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1882, Martinsville, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Dorothea Hanns Sophia Muehlenhaupt,   b. 14 Mar 1803, Gabow, Brandenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1859, Martinsville, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Feb 1824  Altglietzen, Brandenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F4379  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Augusta Mathilda Pritzel,   b. 7 Sep 1834, Martinsville, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1888, North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Feb 1853 
    Children 
     1. Johann August Albert Dornfeld,   b. 12 Dec 1853, Martinsville, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1855, Martinsville, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Augusta Mathilda Paulene Dornfeld,   b. 19 Jan 1856, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1896, Town of Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Gustavus Dornfeld,   b. 21 May 1858, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1908, Martinsville, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Hanna L. Dornfeld,   b. 1 Sep 1860, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1863, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Louis Gregor Dornfeld,   b. 12 Mar 1863, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1941, North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Maria Helene Theresa Dornfeld,   b. 26 May 1865, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1938
     7. Edward Albert Theodore Dornfeld,   b. 18 Jan 1868, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Mathilda Dornfeld,   b. 1870, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1870, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. George Karl Christian Dornfeld,   b. 12 Jul 1875, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F5014  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Friedericke Maria Hoffman,   b. 1840, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1918, Martinsville, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Feb 1889  Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F5015  Group Sheet

  • Event Map Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 5 Jan 1831 - Altglietzen, Brandenburg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Address:
    from Hamburg, Germany aboard the ship Bachus - 1843 - New York, United States
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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Feb 1889 - Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery - May 1919 - North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York, United States
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    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 May 1919 - Martinsville, Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Christian Albert Dornfeld
    Christian Albert Dornfeld
    Status: Located

  • Notes 
    • Albert Dornfeld, of the town of Wheatfield, was born in Prussia, Germany, January 5, 1831. In 1843, when twelve years of age, he came to America with his parents, settling at the now known village of Martinsville, and when about fifteen years old followed boating and other occupations for eight years. He then went to Wisconsin where he remained during 1856 and 1857. He then returned to Martinsville and conducted a saw mill and boat yard for some time, when he removed to Buffalo and remained three years, during one of which he was on the police force. He then returned to Martinsville and taught a private school for twenty years. In 1891 he was elected trustee of the extended village of North Tonawanda. In 1893 he was appointed postmaster by President Harrison at North Tonawanda, N. Y., and was reappointed by President Cleveland in 1895. This post-office has risen under Mr. Dornfeld's charge from a fourth class to a second class office, and he is very popular with the people. He also held the office of postmaster at Martinsville under Cleveland's first administration. Mr. Dornfeld was assessor in Wheatfield from 1857 to 1860, was justice of the peace eight years and was nominated by his party for supervisor. He has been twice married ; his first wife was Augusta M. Pritzel, who died leaving six children: Augusta Sahr, Gustavus, Louis, Mary Meyer, Edward and George. In 1886 he married Maria Hoffman. George Dornfeld is assistant postmaster at North Tonawanda since 1893.
      Landmarks of Niagara County by William Pool
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      Albert and his family were members of St. Martin Lutheran Church in Martinsville, a congregation of the Buffalo Synod. In 1861 a schism developed in the church regarding synodical affiliation and St. Martin then affiliated with the Ohio Synod while many of the membership dissociated with the congregation and created St. Paul Lutheran Church and affiliated with the 14 year old German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Missouri, Ohio and Other States. The synod name was shortened to the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod at its 100th anniversary in 1947. Albert was among those who joined with St. Paul Church and was active in its development. One can imagine the discussions over the dinner table regarding the decisions to break apart. Albert and his brothers were partners in a freight loading and sawmill business built by their father. The sawmill was know in the community as the Dornfeld Mill and it was operated by the family for several generations. Albert and his brother William lived in homes next door to the mill. St. Paul Church operated a school for its young people to teach them not only the three “R’s” but also to teach them the Word of God, a task of primary importance. Albert taught in the school for twenty years from his age 42 to age 62. He taught from 1973 to 1886 and skipping two years, from 1888 to 1893. And they worked on the Erie Canal. Employment was always available on the Erie Canal Project for those willing to work hard. The canal was originally completed in 1825 and was 363 miles long running from the mouth of the Tonawanda to the Cayuga River. The 1869 Niagara County Directory has Albert listed as being a Justice of the Peace and a tailor, also a general merchant and farmer with 51 acres.
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      Lockport NY Union Sun Journal - 11/23/1922 
      Two sons, Louis G. Dornfeld, of North Tonawanda, and George Dornfeld, of Tuckahoe, N. J. were appointed executors of the estate of the late Albert Dornfeld who died at North Tonawanda on May 26, 1919. The petition gives the value of the estate as $4,600 real and $200 personal property. Another, son. Edward Dornfeld, of North Tonawanda, one daughter Maria Meyer, of Buffalo, and two grandsons, Edward Sahr and George Caatellion, both of North Tonawanda, also survive. The property is bequeathed to these, and the executors.

  • Sources 
    1. [S219] Headstone Inscription.

    2. [S7] UPROOTED FROM PRUSSIA TRANSPLANTED IN AMERICA.

    3. [S135] Cemetery Visit - St. Paul's, Martinsville.