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George Michael Winkler (1832-1889)
by Kathy (Lutzke) Mihalenko, April, 2012.

Note: Although his given name at birth was George, all of his records, except for his marriage, have him only identified by his middle name of Michael.

Five generations have passed and all the stories have gone to the graves of those who knew Michael Winkler and his dedicated service to America. Like many brave men of his time Michael fought in the Civil War.

George Michael Winkler was born in 1832 in Bavaria, Germany. There is no record what sailing ship he departed on, if he came by himself or with family, nor do we know where his feet first touched the ground of American soil, but we do know Michael immigrated in 1852, enroute to Bay City.

Michael married Caroline Steininger on 20 Sep 1855 by Rev. C. Volz from Bethel German Lutheran Church. During the next several years, Michael became a naturalized citizen before the Circuit Court in Bay City, was employed at the Sawmill, built a home on 4th and Jackson and had four children with Caroline. They were well known in community activities and attended the church were they married.

In alliance to this country, Michael enlisted as a Corporal on 01 Sep 1864 for Three years, assigned to the 29th Regiment of Michigan Infantry. On 03 Sep 1864 he mustered in at Saginaw, Michigan and was attached to Company B. After faithful service to his country, he was honorably discharged and mustered out on 06 Sep 1865.

Michael settled back into normal life, returned to his job at the Saw Mill and had two more children. Michael and his wife were members of various organizations and community activities. He was a prominent member of the Arbeiter Society and the U.S. Grant Post 67, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.).

Michael departed this world on 13 Mar 1889, but his memory lives on thru 5th, 6th and 7th generations. We are forever grateful for his honorable service to this country.

Picture (1900) of Winkler family contributed by Dan Gudschinsky and Kathy (Lutzke) Mihalenko.


(Left to right) Maria Caroline Gudschinsky, Elizabeth Richardson, John Winkler,
Christina Lutzke and George Winkler, Caroline sitting.

Children: Maria Carolina (Gudschinsky) (11 Oct 1856-10 Jun 1900), Christina (Anna Christina) (Lutzke) (07 Jul 1858-26 Apr 1923), John G. (09 Mar 1860-29 Oct 1934), George F. (27 Dec 1861-20 May 1946), Elizabeth Mary (Lizzie) (Richardson) (25 Jun 1866-07 Mar 1939), Charles (27 Jun 1868-12 Sep 1889). All except for Charles are buried at Green Ridge Cemetery, Bay City, Mich.

Additional Notes.

    1826 - Birth Records.

  • Carolina Steininger was born Jun. 23, 1826, at Ortenburg, Bavaria, Germany (Burgenland).

    1852 - Passport information.

  • Michael immigrated from Germany to USA in Sep., 1852.

    1854 - Immigration Records

  • Carolina immigrated from Germany to USA in 1854.

    1855 - Michigan Marriages: Lower Saginaw (Bay City), Saginaw, Mich.

  • George Michael Winkler, son of (parents unknown) married Carolina Steininger, (parents unknown), mother's maiden name was Westpinter.

    1860 - Naturalization Record.

  • Michael was naturalized as a citizen of the USA before Circuit Court of Bay County, Mich., on March 15, 1860.

    1864 - Civil War Records.

  • Michael enlisted on Sep. 1, 1864, in Hampton Twp., Bay Co., Mich. Served with Company B., Michigan 29th Infantry Regiment. Mustered out Sep. 6, 1865, at Murfreesboro, Tenn.

    1881-2 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Winkler, Miss Carrie tailoress, bds Michael Winkler.
  • Winkler, George F foreman book bindery Tribune Co., bds 707 4th.
  • Winkler, John G. - laborer, bds Michael Winkler.
  • Winkler, Miss Lizzie book binder Tribune Co., bds 707 4th.
  • Winkler, Michael sawyer, res 700 4th.

    1893 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Winkler, Caroline (wid Michael), bds 715 4th ave.
  • Winkler, George F. - bookbinder, bds Jefferson n e cor 7th.
  • Winkler, John G painter, bds 715 4th ave.

    1915 - Michigan Death Records: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Carolina Winkler died April 18, 1915, burial at Green Ridge Cemetery, Bay City, Mich.

Notes & Related Pages

Michael Winkler


Caroline (Steininger) Winkler

Related Pages:
Local Civil War History
People Referenced
Steininger, Caroline (wife)
Volz, C. Rev.
Winkler, Charles
Winkler, Christina (dau)
Winkler, Elizabeth (dau)
Winkler, George (son)
Winkler, John (son)
Winkler, Maria C. (dau)
Winkler, Michael (subject)
Westpinter, (m-inlaw)
Subjects Referenced
29th MI Inf.
Bavaria, Germany6
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Bethel German Lutheran Ch.
Civil War
Grand Army of Repub.
Green Ridge Cemetery
Lumber saw mill
Murfreesboro, TN
Ortenburg, Germany
Saginaw, MI
Tribune Company
US Grant Post 67

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