Heinrich Adam Degener

10 November 1831–11 March 1912 (Age 80)
Göttingen, Hanover, Prussia, Germany

The Life of Heinrich Adam

When Heinrich Adam Degener was born on 10 November 1831, in Göttingen, Hanover, Prussia, Germany, his father, Johann Heinrich Degener, was 40 and his mother, Johanna Catharina Goldschmidt, was 26. He married Ernestine Fredericka Lestina Verch on 20 February 1862, in Princeton, Green Lake, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Pine Island, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States for about 10 years and Minnesota, United States in 1895. He died on 11 March 1912, in Pine Island Township, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Poplar Grove Cemetery, Pine Island, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Heinrich Adam Degener
Ernestine Fredericka Lestina Verch
Marriage: 20 February 1862
Henrietta Degener
Maria Louise Degener
Agnes Elizabeth Degener
Augusta Degener
Henry W Degener
Johanna Amalia Degener
Carl Friedrich Andrew Degener
Emma Degener
William Degener
August Edward Degener

Spouse and Children

20 February 1862
Princeton, Green Lake, Wisconsin, United States


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Parents and Siblings



    Franz Degener


    Margaretha Degener


    Gottfried Degener


    Bernard Heinrich Degener


    Auguste Mat. Degener


+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1852 · The Book of Mormon Published in German

Age 21

On May 25, 1852, the Book of Mormon is published in German.

Age 27

Minnesota is the 32nd state.

Name Meaning

North German: from a Low German variant of an old personal name Degenher ( see Degenhardt ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Family Visiting Pine Island Record 15 February 1912

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Degener Lewis Degener Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Verch of Green Lake, Wis., were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Runge Saturday

Sources (3)

  • Henry Degener, "Minnesota State Census, 1895"
  • Henry Degener, "Minnesota State Census, 1905"
  • Henry Degener, "Minnesota State Census, 1885"

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