Where In Time" Presents
THE ANCESTORS &
DORIS TORRANCE COLEMAN
The Andreas family originated
from Frankfurt, Germany. Catherine The Great of Russia
invited them to move there and live. She promised
them many things, including not having to pay taxes.
My family did, indeed, move to
Russia, settling in Warrenburg. Catherine the great gave
them everything she promisedbut it took ten years
for this to happen. In the meantime, my family members
died of starvation, and had a very unhappy life.
When the good things started
happening, the andreas familyalong with others who
moved to Russia from Germanywere able to build nice
homes and start their own businesses. They loved being
there, and were happy.
When Catharine The Great died,
everything changed, that is why so many Andreas families
immigrated to America and Fresno, California, North
Dakota, South Dakota, Canada, and other parts of our
country. hey were called Volga Germans, and in a short
time they became very important to Fresno and the central
Unlike my Torrance family, they
came through Ellis Island when they came to America.
My Torrance family went straight to Pennsylvania. The
second generation traveled down the Ohio River. Some of
them went to Ohio, and the rest went to Kentucky.
DANIEL was born in 1737 in
Braunfels Naumburg Germany, and died in 1798 in
Warrenberg Russia. He married ANNA MARIE KOHLER. She was
born in 1740 in Braunfels Germany, and died in Warrenberg
Russia in 1900.
DANIEL and ANNA were my great great great great
Children of DANIEL and ANNA
JOHANNES EBERHARDT. He was born
December 15, 1765, in Braunfels, Germany. My sister
HAZEL'S daughter DI ANNE was born onDecember 15th too,
but in 1952. He died December 1, 1844 in Warrenberg,
Russia. He married MARIA CATHARINA ARNST. She was born in
Warrenberg, Russia in 1775, and died there August 11,1843.
JOHANNES & MARIA'S children were
JOHANNES CHRISTOPH, born March 11,
1811 in Warrenberg and died there February 20, 1841. He
married CHRISTINA BARBARA LIEDER, who was born January 3,
1811 in Straub Village Russia. JOHANNES & CHRISTINA
had seven children, but only two survived.
Their children were
HEINRICH PHILLIP, born September
10,1835 in Warrenberg, and died March 29, 1884 in
Warrenberg. He married ANNA MARGARET KARLE.
DANIEL JR. was born in Braunfels.
CATHARINA MARGARETHA was born in Warrenberg Russia.
JOHANNA CATHARINA was born in Warrenberg.
MARIA BARBARA was born in Warrenberg.
HEINRICH PHILLIP was born September 10, 1835 in
Warrenberg, and died March 29, 1884 in Warrenberg. He
married ANNA MARGARET KARLE
The children of HEINRICH & ANNA were
JOHANN MICHEL, born April 24,
1880 in Warrenberg Russia and died in Fresno, California
USA on April 23, 1951. My father FRANK TORRANCE died in
1951 also, but on November 30th. JOHANN (called MIKE)
married CATHARINA MARGARETHA FRIES in December, 1902, in
the Luthern Cross Church in Fresno. Their daughter
BERNICE (my mother) was married in December too, but in
1924. MIKE and CATHARINA were my grandparents. CATHARINA
was the daughter of GEORGE CHRISTIAN FRIES and SUSAN
OBAUDUREE. CATHARINA was born October 1, 1881 in Stahl,
Russia, and died May 30, 1933 in Fresno, California.
GEORGE & SUSAN are my great grandparents.
NOTES ON MIKE & CATHARINA
Both had German born parents.
CATHARINA was 18 years old when she came to America with
a brother or an uncle. It is not know if he remained in
Fresno, or went back to Russia.
MIKE was 18 years old when he came to America with his
mother ANNA MARGARET and three siblings in 1898, on the
Ship Westernland. The other son's name was JOHANN DAVID.
ANNA'S parents were MICHAEL KARLE & CHARLOTTE
MICHAEL, and they were my great great grandparents. ANNA
AND HEINRICH PHILLIP were my great grandparents.
When ANNA and her two sons Mike and DAVID came to
America, HEINRICH PHILLIP Stayed in Russia to sell their
business and home. Before he was able to come to AMERICA
with his family, he died of a stroke.
Some of HEINRICH and ANNA'S children died as infants or
children. Four surviving children immigrated to America
and Fresno, California (Fresno County) as adults.
CHRISTINA ELISABETH was born
August 9, 1855 in Russia, and died in Fresno, California
on May 13, 1927. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetary
in Fresno. She married MICHAEL KARLE, and her second
husband was AUGUST LUNG.
KATHERINE ELIZABETH was born in Russia in 1859, and died
there. She was married to HENRY JACOB SCHMALL.
HEINRICH was born on October 18, 1862 in Russia, and died
in Fresno on March 13, 1920. He was buried in Mountain
View Cemetary. He married CATHARINA CLARA STUMPF.
JOHANN MICHEL (my grandfather)
MIKE & CATHARINA (my grandparents had 12 childrenone
HENRY was born in Fresno on May
26, 1903. He never married.
DAVID was born May 12, 1904. He married ADRIENNE, and
they lived in Los Gatos, California.
There children were
Other children of MIKE
BERNICE ANNA (called ANNIE by the
family)my motherwas born
January 5, 1906 in Fresno, and died there on June 7, 1993.
She married my father THOMAS FRANKLIN (called FRANK)on
December 26, 1924 in Fresno. FRANK was born December 9,
1902 in Georgetown, Williamson County Texas. He was the
son of JOSEPH ALVIN TORRANCE & MAGGIE LOUELLEN FARRIS.
FRANK died of a travelling blood clot that went to his
brain. BERNICE died from complications of a stroke. They
are buried in Belmont Memorial Park in Fresno. BERNICE
was buried on June 9th, and FRANK was buried December 3rd.
FRANK & BERNICE had four children
THOMAS FRANKLIN JR., born in July
of 1926, and died three days later, because he was born
without an esophogus.
BARBARA JEAN was stillborn in May of 1928
Both were born in Fresno, and were buried in the Mountain
View Cemetery with their grandparents MIKE &
DORIS ALBERTA (ME). I was born February 10, 1930 in
HAZEL BERNICE, was born in Fresno on December 21, 1932,
and died in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 18, 1987.
Footnotes on DORIS
DORIS married MARTIN LOUIS COLEMAN ON Dcember 8, 1951 in
They were divorced after a 30 year marriage on January 30,
MARTIN (called MARTY) was born March 27, 1924 in
Bellingham, Washington to parents RUPERT FRANK COLEMAN
and MAE THERESE BURKA. MARTIN was married twice after
For more information on DORIS & MARTIN, please read
the TORRANCE FAMILY TREE on this website.
FOOTNOTES ON HAZEL
HAZEL is buried with her second husband TED TODD in
More information on HAZEL and TED, and her first husband
BERT MYERS is on the TORRANCE FAMILY TREE.
Back to the children of MIKE & CATHARINA
GEORGE was born January 6, 1908 in Fresno. He married
HILDA. GEORGE & HILDA had two children
BILLY (He is deceased.)
Back to Generation #6
PETER was born in Fresno on Augut 13, 1910. He married
They had two children
CAROL LEE. She married JERRY
O'BRIEN. Her first marriage was to GEORGE,
and they had one sonGEORGE JR. He married JAMIE.
TED JR. married SANDI and they had four children.
BACK TO GENERATION #7
EMIL, who was born November 19, 1913 in Fresno.
He married CHRISTINE, and they had three children
KATHERINE was born January 15,
1918 in Fresno. She married TOM, and they had one sonTOM
HARRY was born in Fresno on February 2,1916.
PHILLIP was born December 6, 1917. He married Liddie, and
they lived in Eureka, California.
ALBERT was born April 7, 1919 in Fresno
MARIE (called Betty) was born March 23, 1921 in Fresno.
She married Nick Bevanda, who is deceased.. They had no
ADAM (called Bob) was born January 25, 1923 in Fresno. He
married Faye, who was born in Missouri.
They had three children
After FAYE died, BOB married a second time.
There is more information on
Doris, Martin, Hazel, BERT and TED on THE TORRANCE FAMILY
|May I Introduce My
Wonderful ANDREAS Family~~~
Front Row, Left to RightPHILLIP; EMIL; my
grandfather MIKE; HARRY; my grandmother
CATHARINA; ALBERT; KATY; and GEORGE.
Top Row, Left to RightPETER;
DAVE; my mother BERNICE when she was 12 years
old; and HENRY.
This picture was taken in Fresno, California
prior to 1921. Two children weren't born yetBOB
mother, BERNICE ANDREAS TORRANCE
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Doris Torrance Coleman
February 10, 2002