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Christian Friedrich Rollenhagen
and his wife
Hanna Frederike Theel 
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The Rollenhagen moved to Grand Isle, Erie Co., New York before moving to MI sometime in 1866 or 1867. In August 1870 the family, along with Fred's brothers Hermann and August and August's future wife Augusta Dubeck, was living in Crockery township, Ottawa Co., MI. Frederick worked there as a farmer. By 1880, the Rollenhagens had moved to Ravenna twp in Muskegon Co.. The Rollenhagens lived their with their son Otto and his family in 1900.

Friedrich died 10 or 11 October 1906 after suffering from dropsy of the heart in Ravenna township, Muskegon Co., NI. His death was reported in the Coopersville (MI) Observer 1906:

" The funeral of Frederick Rollenhagen, who died last week Thursday at his home near Dennison, was held Tuesday morning with services at the home at ten o'clock and in the church at eleven o'clock. The burial took place in the Coopersville cemetry. The Rev. L.E.K. Hagen of Grand Haven officiating. Mr. Rollenhagen was one of the oldest residents of the community and had lived in the vicinity of his late home for about fifty-four years. He was born in Germany, September 10, 1832, and is survived by four children and eighteen grandchildren. Death was caused by dropsy of the heart."

Frederike died from pneumonia on 18 April 1914 in Ravenna township, Muskegon Co., MI. Her obituary appeared in a May 1914 issue of the Coopersville (MI) Observer:

"OBITUARY

Fredericka Theel, daughter of Gottfried and Anna Theel, was born in Germany, december 12, 1833, and died April 18, 1914. She was married to Frederick Rollenhagen, February, 12, 1857. Six years later together they left their native land for America, settling first in New York. After about three years residence in New York they removed to Nunica, Ottawa Co., MI. Then in 1871 to the home in Ravenna township, Muskegon Co., where she lived until her death. She was the mother of six children, Emilie A., Mandu, Herman A., Anna M., Otto F., and Edith A., three of whom, one buried at sea, together with her husband, have gone before. There remain two daughters, Mrs. Anna Clawson, of Traverse City, and Edith, now Mrs. Hoyt Taylor, of Coopersville, one son Otto F. Rollenhagen who now occupies the old home in Ravenna township, thirty-five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren with many friends and neighbors.

She was an earnest Christian, a loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed by the church, family and friends.

Card of Thanks

We take this method of thanking our friends and neighbors, who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and burial of our beloved mother. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

MR. AND MRS. O. ROLLENHAGEN
MR: AND MRS. HOYT TAYLOR
MRS. ISAAC CLAWSON"

Frederick and Fredericka are buried in the Coopersville Cemetry, Coopersville, MI.

 

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