Carl Eggebrecht

1834 – 1888

Wilhelmina Boldt Eggebrecht

1832 - 1888

By Roger Kemps  © 2009


Carl (also known as Charles or Karl) Eggebrecht was born in Prussia (Germany) in May of 1834. There he married Wilhelminia (also called Minnie and Minna) Boldt (also spelled Bolt and Bolte) who was born on February 16, 1832. They arrived in New York on June 1, 1866 on the ship, Freihandel, which had departed from Bremen, Germany. Their final destination was Chicago, Illinois and along with them were their two children and Wilhelminia’s sister, Maria Boldt. The details can be found on the Ship Passenger List.


Carl’s fathers name was Johann and he appears on page 2 of the same passenger list. Carl had a brother named Frederick (River Fritz) and it is believed that Carl also had brothers named William and John. Carl's sister, Sophia Massmann, also appears on page 2 of the same passenger list with her husband and children. Wilhelmina’s sister, Maria, married John Sotan and they lived near Wilhelmina. They appear on the same page of the 1880 Census, with five of their children.


Carl and Wilhelminia had five children:

·      Wilhelm or William was born in Prussia on April 10, 1861. He married Augusta Man in 1891 and died on January 10, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois.

·      Augusta was born in Prussia in April 1866.

·      Bertha was born in Chicago in April 1870.

·      Ida Henrietta was born in Chicago on March 7, 1872 and died on December 19, 1889. She is buried with her parents (Grave 3).

·      Robert was born on June 9, 1874 and died on June 13, 1941.


Charles shows up in the 1869 Chicago City Directory. He is listed as a laborer living at 250 Orchard Street (currently this is 1961 N. Orchard).


The 1870 Census shows Charles (a laborer), Minne, William, Augusta and Bertha living in the 16th Ward.


The 1871 Merchants’ Chicago Census Report shows Carl as a laborer, born in Germany, residing at 250 Orchard. Included in the household were two males, one female with a total of three.


The 1871 Chicago City Directory shows Carl as a laborer living at 250 Orchard.


The 1874, 1877 and 1878 Chicago City Directories show Charles as a laborer and the house address was now 254 Orchard.


The 1880 Census  information must have been provided by a less than knowledgeable third party and is somewhat illegible. It shows the family of five living at 254 Orchard. It appears to indicate that Charles was a hostler and William was working in a broom factory.


The 1882, 1884, 1885 and 1887 Chicago City Directories show Charles (Carl in 1885) as a laborer living in a house at 254 Orchard.


Wilhelmina died on July 31,1888 at the age of 56 years, 5 months and 15 days. She is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Section I, Lot 120, Grave 1. She was originally buried in a different lot; but, moved when Carl died. See the Graceland Cemetery Lot Card for additional details.


Carl died on November 22, 1888 of Typhoid Pneumonia at 254 Orchard Street in Chicago, Illinois. He is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Section I, Lot 120, Grave 2. See his Death Certificate and the Graceland Cemetery Lot Card for additional details.


When Carl died, he left his property at 120 Howe Street (currently 1953 N. Howe) to his son, William. The property at 254 Orchard was left to Robert and Henrietta.


Reference files:



Carl_Eggebrecht_Passenger_List_June_1_1866.jpg  see line 41

Carl Eggebrecht Passenger List page 2  see lines 76 through 87

1870_Charles_Eggebrecht.jpg  see line 34

1880_Charles_Eggebrecht.jpg  see line 15

1900 William_Eggebrecht.pdf  see line 69

1910 William_Eggebrecht.pdf  see line 72

1920 William_Eggebrecht.pdf  see line 3

William Eggebrecht Marriage.jpg


Ida Eggebrecht Birth Register 3 7 1872.jpg  see line 24



Eggebrecht notes.pdf













Maria_Boldt_Sotan_child_1_14_1873.jpg  see line 12

Lizzie_Sotan_Birth_Register_9_11_1878.jpg  see line 1



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