The Milwaukee Engelhardts


This web site is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and sharing the lives of the descendants and relatives of John Philip Engelhardt, a native of Bavaria who emigrated to the US and was an early pioneer of Milwaukee Wisconsin, moving there in 1844.  His life story is very interesting and is documented in the Engelhardt section of the family pages.

Among the descendants and relatives of John Engelhardt are a mayor of Milwaukee, a bona fide Civil War hero, one of America’s premier female photo journalists and other people of note.  Some of their stories are known, and are shared on this web site.  There are, no doubt, others whose stories still need to be shared.  It is my ardent hope that family members, genealogists and others will contribute to the scholarship and storytelling about this great family.

-- Brad Goodwin (, great-great-grandson of John Engelhardt


Left: John Philip Engelhardt, born in Bavaria in 1815 was the first Engelhardt to settle in Milwaukee.

Middle: Frank Zaumeyer, Jr. flanked by his children Norma and Bertram ca 1911.  His beautiful wife Christine had just died of tuberculosis and Bertram would be dead within months. 

The home on William F. Engelhardt, Sr. on Grand Avenue in Milwaukee. It still stands today and looks unchanged.

Right: Marie Wallber Schmidt, about 1900. One of her brothers, Emil, would become the mayor of Milwaukee; another brother, Albert, was a noted Civil War hero.

The Milwaukee Engelhardts

How to use this site

Follow the Family Tree link at the top of the page.  Once there, click on any family and you will be taken to that family’s page, which will include photos, stories and genealogical details.  You will also be able to post your comments, upload your pictures, suggest corrections and ask questions.