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Another upload of data has occurred.  Taking some time to explore some branches on the spouse and cousin sides.  Looks like my wife’s has a cousin that was a signer of the Declaration of Independence (Stephen Hopkins) and on my aunt’s side, related to Lizzie Borden (look it up of you do not know what she can do with an axe).

As always, any information is really needed (dates and places).  This can be especially true to have the full name of spouses.  It can be hard to determine which William (pick a last name) is which without dates and spouses.  It can get even more difficult when they have more then one child with the same first name (a practice that I am glad has stopped around the 1800”s).


Frederick Johan Tegen (1863-1906)

FritzTegenFrederick Johan Tegen was born around Hamburg, Germany in May 1863 and died in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in July 1906 at the age of 43.  Not much is known of how he died at such a young age.  He had three children, Martha, Erna and Albert.  Albert was four years old at the time of his death.  His nickname was “Fritz”.  He immigrated to the United States at the age of 27 around 1890.  In 1905, his occupation was Engineer. His wife Marie Dummer, married August Meyer after Fritz died and she had one additional child with August.  August was a carpenter and helped raise Fritz’s children.

Fritz was one of three sons. By the time he immigrated to the United States, both of his parents had passed.  His father, Johann Friedrich Tegen (of Oering, Germany), at the age of 48.

Frederick Johan Tegen can be found in the database here.


Chris Tegen (Manitowoc Architect)

Christ H. Tegen, architect and superintendent of Manitowoc, who has designed many of the largest and most beautiful buildings in the city, is a native of Germany, and was born in 1856, a son of P. and Mary (Finner) Tegen, who spent their lives in the old country, where Mr. Tegen was engaged in the glass business.

Christ H. Tegen received a college education in his native country, attended the polytechnic school at Hamburg, Germany, and the Holtzmann Polytechnic Institute, and in 1883 came to the United States, settling in Manitowoc for two years and then going to Milwaukee for six years, after which he returned to Manitowoc, where he has since followed his profession. Among the buildings designed by Mr. Tegen may be mentioned the insane asylum, the Holy Family Hospital, the Manitowoc Court House, the Rhinelander Court House and the Luling schoolhouse the Williams and Dempsey blocks and many other business structures, and numerous residences.

In 1878 he was married to Miss Ida Ohlen, who was born in Hamburg, Germany, and they have three children: Robert R., one of the leading architects of Portland, Oregon, and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign; Paula, who serves as stenographer and assistant to her father and Martha, who married J. J. Healy, district attorney of Manitowoc county.

Mr. Tegen is a prominent member of the Elks.


From “History of Manitowoc County Wisconsin”, Dr. L. Falge, 1911-1912, v.2, p. 488-492.

Chris can be found in database here.


Peter Tegen

peter_tegenPeter Tegen was the Women’s Track and Cross-country coach at the University of Wisconsin at Madison since 1974. He has helped to win numerous coaching awards, and championships for the University of Wisconsin during his time there. One of his more notable athletes is Suzy Favor-Hamilton who competed in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympics.

A native of the Dresden area in Germany, Tegen came to West Germany after WW II, received his undergraduate degree from the Deutsche Sporthochschule and University of Koln in 1965, and has graduate degrees in English and Sports Sciences from the University of Freiburg in 1973. Tegen has taught English and coached gymnastics and track in Germany, Africa and Latin America before coming to the University of Wisconsin in 1973. Tegen was the head coach of the Peruvian National team in 1971 and 1972. He also served as the head coach of the U.S women’s cross country team that finished sixth at the 1997 World Championships, the highest US team finish since 1985.

We are always on the look for news worthy information on any Tegen.