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Christoph Dölker (1830-1899) is my great great grandfather! (grandfather of my grandfather) on my fathers side of the family. A composer and school teacher, who wrote "spiritual's" (Geistliche Lieder).The book we found, named "Dölker" is a collection of his compositions and the 7th edition in 1881. This song is inspired by a text from Fr. Hiller 1699-1769. His Brother George, also a musician, immigrated to the US in the mid 1840's. I found his record in the census in Albany NY including his ad for his Music Conservatory where he advertised piano and voice lessons. (see attachment)
Up till 4-5 years ago our entire family had no clue that we had one of our "members" immigrate to the US. We were all flabbergasted to say the least. For the full story please watch this very short clip on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WKLXTSmgSI