The Marriage Of Emma Hutop and August Hilger

GGS member Cynthia Jacobson shares a wedding portrait of her ancestors.

Appendix I August Hilger marriage portrait

Emma Hutop and August Hilger arrived in New York City in 1905 after living in Essen, Germany for about five years. A few weeks later they were married in New Jersey.

For an unknown reason Emma was listed as the wife of August Hilger on the passenger manifest of the Kroonland.

A photograph taken shows a formal wedding portrait of the young couple. Emma was known to be an accomplished seamstress and made her own dress, perhaps starting it in Essen. A family story reports that August thought the pastor asked him to take his hat off, and he reached for his hat. The pastor, perhaps, was asking him about his bride, Emma Hutop, whose name (Hutop) he mistook for a high hat! In the photo it is Emma who is wearing the “high hat” and August doesn’t even have a hat! Thus, the photograph is inconsistent with the family story. In 1970, according to her wishes, Emma Hilger was buried in the same dress in which she was married.

By 1910 the Hilger family was recorded on the U. S. Census in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Shortly after that, August Hilger bought a farm near Charlotte, Michigan. They lived the rest of their lives in Michigan.

About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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