|Hinrich Kuck Homestead|
When I had first started researching the Kuck line, I had taken a shot in the dark and filed off an email to a genealogical society in Adolphsdorf, Germany where my ancestor John Kuck was born inquiring at to who I might contact to learn more about the family. In a rare event, I was actually put in touch with a historian for the church where my Kuck ancestors attended who was putting together a book on emigrants of the congregation and where they ended up at. She was able to give me another five generations back beyond John Kuck. I posted all that information on my family tree online and several years later, it would be seen by another German citizen who was writing a historical report on the area and its inhabitants. We communicated back and forth for awhile and then drifted apart.
Then on last week he wrote me an email asking if I would update the first person, the church historian, with some info on the other Kuck siblings who immigrated here and after affirming that I would I happened to ask if his report had ever been completed. The answer was no but he sent me some satellite pictures of the Kuck family farm to tide me over.
Up until now, I had only the picture at the top of this post that related to their homestead in Germany. Besides the vague description that they live in or near Adolphsdorf, I knew not where they lived. I had hoped that one day I may be able to visit Germany and see the town for myself but I never thought I would actually be able to see the place where John Kuck had been born along with three more generations before him. Now that has all changed. The satellite picture sent to me wasn't the best quality but it provided enough details through the road labels that within two minutes of firing up Google Earth, I was able to find it and produce a much better quality satellite photo.
|Satellite view courtesy of Google Earth of Hinrich Kuck farm 44 WSW of Hamburg and only 14 miles NE of Bremen where young John Kuck caught a boat to America at age 16.|
My conversation also confirmed what I had previously only suspected in that John's older brother Johann had died in early childhood along with the three other children of the family who did not immigrate. This meant that John as eldest son, was in line to inherit the family farm and he gave it all up to try his luck at the American dream. It just reinforces how strong that dream was during those times. As the historian commented after reading some of my ramblings on the family, John Kuck made the right choice. When John's mother Anna Gerken Kuck died, the remaining two siblings sold the farm, caught a boat to America and joined their two older brothers.
|A satellite 'closeup' view of the Hinrich Kuck farm|