Framed black-and-white image of farmer, next to pipe sculpture.

German Farmers

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Jeremy Curtis, October 8, 2019.

By Jeremy Curtis

The vast majority of my family originated from Germany. Needless to say, this ancestry is a source of pride for several members.

Gathering data [about my family] wasn’t an easy task, as several family members live outside of [Michigan]. The earliest known ancestor on my mother’s side, Ernest Knust, my great-great grandfather, immigrated from Germany some time in the late 19th Century (the actual year is unknown) when he was 7 years-old.

He made the journey across the Atlantic with his elder sister and parents. The immigration process went fairly straightforward for the family.

After landing in the United States, the Knusts moved to Michigan, where they settled down somewhere within Macomb County, near the Richmond area.

Eventually, Ernest managed to set up an 80-acre farm, where he settled down, married, and had children.

Framed black-and-white image of farmer, next to pipe sculpture.
An old photograph of Alfred Hahn from around 1920 sits next to the pipe that he is smoking in the photograph. Photo by Jeremy Curtis, October 8, 2019.

At the same time, another young German man made his journey across the Atlantic with his family to start a new life with his family.

Julius Hahn too, like Ernest, set up a farm along Fisher Road in Macomb County, and eventually started a family there.

The two families would eventually come together, and they continue to live in Macomb County to this very day.

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The barn my great grandfather, Alfred Hahn, built on his farm still stands on Fisher Road in Macomb County. At the end of the First World War, the American Flag was painted on the roof. Photo by Jeremy Curtis, October 5, 2019.

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