Happy Birthday, Fridolin Wild

Depiction of Aibling (Wikimedia Commons)

Dear Reader: Do you think you are related to the individuals listed in this post? Please drop me a note! I love hearing from cousins and others researching my family!

My great-great grandfather Fridolin Wild was born on 6 Mar 1844 in Aibling, Germany. He arrived in the United States in 1868, via Buenos Aires, and lived in San Antonio, Texas, until he died in 1919.

Fridolin held various positions in sales throughout his life. He was a traveling salesman and returned to Germany briefly in 1889 according to a passport application and ship passenger list. The 1910 census appears to show that he was a partner in the wholesale liquor business. I hope it wasn’t Prohibition that did him in.

Fridolin married Lina Hoyer in 21 Sep 1872. Her parents were from Germany as well.

His grave can be viewed on FindaGrave.

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8 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Fridolin Wild

  1. Neat! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

  2. Now this explains why google alerts constantly notify me that I died ;), //fw.

    • baysideresearch says:

      Oh, gosh — that’s funny! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Maybe we’re related! :)

      • ‘Wild’ is a not too rare surname in Bavaria (where I come from, my father being from Munich) and middle Germany (if I remember correctly mainly spread across to hot spots). I don’t know much about my fathers parents – Rudolf and Bettina Wild. Too my knowledge they did not pick my name for family history reasons.

      • Thanks for writing! Do you know if your name has any meaning in the German language?

  3. Aunt Joan says:

    So…I’m unpacking STILL, and just came across a beer stein with “F. Wild” engraved on the side…Fridolin’s stein ist mein. Danke!

  4. [...] Hoyer and Sophia Heimel, both German immigrants who raised her in San Antonio, Texas. She married Fridolin Wild and together they raised seven children, including my great-grandfather Herman Wild [...]

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