Was his daughter's married name Martha Gastler b. about 1885? If so, I may be able to go back a bit farther. If not, who were his wife and children?
The ship's list that you referenced was
SS Dresden arrival 28 Jul 1891 in Baltimore
Ferdinand Holtz 40, farmer
Marie ? 17
Mariechen? 11 months
Yes! Children are as follows-
Martha M. Ghastler (maiden name Holtz)
Anna Carlbloom (maiden name Holtz)
Carl Fredrich Otto Holtz
I have his wife as Louise Holtz (maiden name Gras or Grass). I got this from a family tree my aunt had.
That might be a different person on that ship record then!?
Welcome to History Hub,
I found this on familysearch.org...it is a free website, you just need to register to search
Ferdinand Julius Albert Holtz
Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg and Posen, Church Book Duplicates, 1794-1874
Has his parents as Carl and Louise and his birth in
Zehdenick, Zehdenick, Templin, Brandenburg, Germany
I have tried searching on familysearch.org and didn't find anything! This seems like an accurate document but I am unsure. Thank you for taking a look into this!
This is the ID for him I have created on family search- 9NTG-HN7 it is linked to all of the other entries I have put in. Sounds like you are familiar with the site so I won't explain to much more on that lol.
Unfortunately Ferdinand Julius Albert Holtz died at the age of 7 month 6 days.
Although there is a Ferdinand & Louise Holtz in Monroe county NY, it is not your family. Your family lived in Chaska, Carver Co, Minnesota. On 19 Jun 1891 they have a child, named Louisa born in Chaska. So you know they arrived before that date. She must have died prior to the 1895 Minnesota state census, which only lists Ferdinand, Louisa, and their 3 children born in Germany. Ferdinand's wife Louisa dies in 1896 and is buried in the same cemetery as Ferdinand, who dies in 1934. Ferdinand appears in Minnesota either living alone or with his daughter in the 1900, 1910, 1920 (twice), and 1930 censuses.
According his daughter's marriage and death record her mother's maiden name was Grass or Geas.
Carl Friedrich Otto Holtz's (1881-1960) death certificate lists his mother's maiden name as Gras. [Note that German's are not called by their first given name, but rather by one of their middle names. Often when they came to the US they flipped their names, putting there called name first.]
In the 1920 Census when Ferdinand is living with his daughter Martha and her family, it states that both were born in Brandenburg Germany, but not the specific town or village within Brandenburg.
I have since found quite a bit of information on Ferdinand. I figured out his fathers name. Any idea where to get information in Germany?
Found Ferdinand Holtz on findagrave.com
You can get a copy of his obituary from the Carver County Historical Society..there is a fee
Ferd Holtz family on the passenger list of ship Ethiopia 1883, his age was transcribed as 31 but list shows 37.