Martin Kroetsch, 1793-1849
According to tradition, the first stopping point in their emigration was Buffalo, Erie County, New York. George, the oldest child, stayed in New York. The rest went to Ontario.
The Kroetsch family was one of the first settlers of Bamberg, Canada, arriving there in 1842. Kunard Kroetsch (named after the patron saint of Bamberg, Germany) was listed as the sawmiller, in the 1851 census. John Kroetsch, his son, was the town clerk for a number of years.
Martin's son, John Baptist Kroetsch:
John was born in Weisman, Upper Franconia, January 16, 1826. He died October 28, 1898 at Conception, Missouri and was buried there. On October 10, 1848, he married Catherine Batte. They had nine children. After Catherine died in September 1866, John married Agatha Rich on January 7, 1873 at Carlsruhe, Ontario. They had 5 children together. Sometime in 1874, John & Agatha moved to Conception, Mo., joining a number of Germans that had settled there among the Irish Catholics, near a Benedictine Abbey. Four of their children were born in Conception. Agatha lived until 11/27/1918, residing with her daughter Catherine Schenkel in Louisianna, Mo. She is buried at St. Clements, Mo., about 4 miles from Bowling Green.
John is listed in the 1871 Federal Census for Ontario, Canada,Microfilm # C-9935, page 46, division #3, subdistrict-Carrick, District: South Bruce. He was 45 years old, listed as Roman Catholic, from Germany, with the occupation of "millwright".
Per the "History of Northern Kansas", page 226:
" J.B. Kroetsch, Hardware and Stoves: Among those who have aquired prominence in business circles, we mention the name of J.B. Kroetsch. His commodious store room is 20' x 60', and is well-stocked with everything a first class firm usually carries. He was formerly engaged in the banking and lumber business in this city, and in that capacity thoroughly convinced the public of his ability as a man to carry on business beneficial to those with whom he deals. He has a large corps of competent clerks, and his stock is selected with a view to the wants of the people. "