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From Sourwine.org:

NOTE: This website is no longer online so descendents provided this summary.

"Two German born Sourwine's and their two American born half brothers are the nucleus of the Iowa Sourwine family that once met annually and nearly filled the shelter house at Perkins Park in Burlington. George and Valentine were the German immigrants. Bernard and William came along some years later. What follows is an attempt to link the four branches of the family to their common ancestry in the principality of Hesse in what is now Germany.

Recording only this brief history of the Sourwine family was some 43 years in its accomplishment. It was in 1952 that this compiler began to scribble down notes of what her father, Clarence Sourwine, recalled of the family and its origins. As curiosity grew, the search expanded to include long visits with other relatives for their recollections or to examine family bibles and related written records. Cemeteries were searched for the revealing names and dates carved into gravestones."

More about the family history

SOURWINE FAMILY CEMETERY

It seems several members of this family moved on to California, but it is likely a few descendents of this large family still live around Burlington, Iowa. If you are one of them and have more information for this page, please contact admin. 

Members of this family will be sending photos of more of these burials They will be posted as they arrive. Find current links below.

Charles and Paulina

Frank and Catherine

Susanna


West Burlington Cemetery: Transcriber "Becke Dawson" becke@qcom.net

This hill was once used by the town folk as a lookout point from which to spot paddle wheel steamers approaching Burlington from the south on the Mississippi River.

Concordia Township, Des Moines County, Iowa. Take the gravel road to the ISU Electric Power House about 1/2 mile off of old Highway 61. 
CEMETERY TRANSCRIPTIONS Range in time 1866 to 1936, taken in 1974 



SOURWINE, EDWARD SR.
Our Father, b. March 16, 1862 d. June 28, 1931


SOURWINE, VALENTINE
b. April 1, 1833 d. Aug 20, 1897 (stone lying on ground)
 

SOURWINE, VALENTINE
Son of V. & L. b. Nov 25, 1866 d. October 31, 1883 (stone is broken and lying on ground)
 

KREKEL, JACOB
Geborn October 24, 1825, Gest Nov 13, 1902 - Mutter - WILHELMINE Geb - FABIAN geb Mar 25 1831 gest Mar 2 1891
 

FABIAN, HENRIETTA
b. in Anweiler, Bavaria March 5, 1803 d. Jan 20, 1886
 

KREKEL, FABIAN
Son of J. & W. b. January 20, 1864 d. August 19, 1873 (stone is broken)
 

*** 10/21/08 Added from documentation on a stone nearby:

BROOKHISER, apparently children

Charles 1886-1895, Pauline 1896-1897                  

BROOKHISER, FRANCE
b. December 11, 1826 d. November 13, 1882 
 

BROOKHISER, CATHERINE
His Wife, b. August 2, 1828 d. January 2, 1915     
 

BROOKHISER, SUSANNA
Our Sister, b. Apr 16, 1866 d. June 30, 1900
 

BROOKHISER, FRANKIE
Son of F. & D. b. July 25, 1869 d. October 16, 1878

(stone is broken and lying on ground)
 

KREKEL, CHRISTINA
1857 - 1892 (stone is home-made and on ground)
 

ROGERS, LOUISE
b. July 20, 1891 d. August 26, 1917 (has a bronze stone)
 

SOURWINE, ALBERT
b. November 2, 1874 d. August 31, 1889 (stone is lying on ground)
 

SOURWINE, ELIZABETH 
Wife of V., b. December 22, 1840 d. April 17, 1928 (stone is on ground)
 

SOURWINE, 
Daughter of Edw and M. 1914 (the only date on stone)
 

SOURWINE, JOHN P. ('P' is for Phillip)
August 26, 1864 - November 22, 1936 "He has left us a noble pattern".
 

KREKEL, LOUIS F.
1860-1909 (a home-made stone - cement on ground)
 

KREKEL, JOHN
1869-1911 (a home-made stone - cement on ground)
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