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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Determination and Perseverance

Keith Thomas & Dorothy Lillian Koeller Roesch wedding picture July 18, 1934. 

Keith was a well-known farmer and had an outstanding purebred Holstein herd.  He was the first president of the Lancaster, Wisconsin Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.  At the age of 35, he was stricken with polio and spent some time in an iron lung; however, he continued to farm in spite of any disabilities.  

When he got polio the doctors said he would never walk again.  But he said he would walk and he worked until he could. At one time he even walked with a cane. Nothing was ever to hard for him to overcome. 

Besides hunting, milking cows and putting in crops he had a large garden he tended. He loved to go in the garden and sit on the ground and weed it while eating radish and onions.  He was known for his determination and ability to overcome all obstacles.

An avid sportsman, he loved to hunt and trap and was a lifetime member of the National Trappers Association. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Madness Monday - My Irish Green Eyes

I was always told that I was English, Irish, Scottish, and German.  It was easy to find the English side of my family because it was everywhere I looked.  Most of my tree is English.  The German, maternal side of my family I have documented so completely I have written a book, "Forever Laced".

The Scottish in me comes from my great grandfather, Emond Sterling, again on my maternal side.  I have followed this line all the way back to Scotland and the Stirling Castle of Keir that was situated high on a mountain overlooking water and the land.  Go back far enough and the name was once Strivelyn.  The origin comes from Ster meaning Mountain and lin meaning water.

My paternal Irish line has been a difficult line to find. I didn't even know where to begin to find out who they were.  Did they live in Fall River, New Bedford, or elsewhere? Were they born in Ireland or here in America?  Perhaps I need to go back even further in history.  I even suspected a connection with Lizzie Borden, oh my.  Whew, couldn't connect any dots there thank goodness.  I have all the black clouds and weeds I want thank you very much.

Well, just yesterday I finally discovered without a shadow of doubt the parents of my 2nd great grandmother, Ellen Sullivan, known as Nellie.  Her parents were Dennis (b 1816) and Hannah (b1820) Sullivan born in Ireland according to the census records.  Ellen actually named her son Dennis after her father.  I wonder if at one time the name was O'Sullivan.

I still don't know where in Ireland they were from, or when they came to America. Do you know how many Dennis Sullivan's there are with a wife by the name of Hannah?  How am I ever going to go further.  It is driving me mad I tell you.

Read the follow-up:  Sullivan and O'Brian - I Wear The Green

Monday, February 20, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - A Love Gone Wrong

 Florence and Jack from stories I was told were very much in love. They eloped. Florence’s parents, Elsie and Emond Sterling, were not happy about their daughter’s union. Why we no not. So they kidnapped Florence and took her away from Jack. Jack tried to contact Florence to no avail. Jack wrote many beautiful love letters to her that her parents intervened. She didn’t see these for a long a time.
The Lost Art of Communication

Judgement by W. H. Eldredge Clerk of said State of New York, County of Cattaraugus.

The Annulment papers dated January 4th 1924 before the Honorable Charles H. Brown, reads as follows: Now on motion of John H. Ryan, counsel for the plaintiff, it is ordered, an judged and decreed, that the marriage between the said plaintiff, Florence Greenblat, and the defendant, Joseph Greenblat, also known as Jack Greene, be and the same hereby is dissolved and annulled, by reason of the consent of the said plaintiff Florence Greenblat having been obtained by fraud on the part of the defendant, and the parties are and each of them is freed from the obligations thereof. This Judgment is interlocutory but shall and become the final judgment here, granting the relief decreed three months after the filing and entry of this decision and judgment as of course, unless the court shall in the meantime for sufficient cause otherwise order. Jack never appeared at court I was told. I can’t help but wonder if Jack really was served papers to appear? ) W. H. Eldredge, clerk of said county, and of the courts thereof, do hereby certify that I have compared the foregoing copy of Judgment with the original filed and entered in this office Jan 7 1924 and now remaining herein, and that said copy is a true transcript therefrom and of the whole of said original. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said county, at Little Valley, this 7th days of January 1923. (W. H. Eldredge was a relative of Florence’s mother. After all, Eldredge was her mother’s maiden name. The true story of why this happened we will never know.)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Surname Saturday - Houston

John Carroll Houston I (1756 - 1838)
my 4th great grandfather
Son of John Carroll
Son of John Carroll
Daughter of John Carroll
Son of Ada Louise
Daughter of William Philip
daughter of Elsie Louise Roesch
John Carroll Houston I
Talbot Island, Florida
John Carroll Houston I
DAR Presentation
Revolutionary Patriot

John Carroll Houston II was the first child of John Carroll Houston 'I' and Mary Harvey.  He was born ca. 1788 in Beufort, S.C. On May 2,1811 he married Elizabeth Susannah Christopher, born 1797 on Big Talbot Idland, Duval County, Florida.  They were married by the Reverend Miguel Crosby of the Cathedral of St. Augustine, Florida.  Witnesses were Fernando de la Mayo Ardono and Antonia Seony (Scony).  John was about 23 and Elizabeth about 14 years of age.  They lived in Beaufort Carolina, possibly on his fathers plantation in St. Lukes Parish.  In 1814 they appeared as Nominal Residents of Big Talbot Island in the Spanish Census of that date.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Spicer Christopher and his wife Mary Greenwood.  Spicer was the son of John Christopher and Martha Watson. Mary was the daughter of William Greenwood of Virginig and Isabel Bryan of Georgia.

John Carroll Houston II
John Carroll Houston III was an Indian scout during the Third Seminole War.  It was in the late 1850's when this pioneer arrived in Eau Gallie, Florida with a company of soldiers on an Indian hunt when the territory was just a wilderness.  He fell in love the the area and decided this was where he wanted to build his home and live. 
When the Second Seminole War ended in 1842, Congress passed the Arms Occupation Act.  It gave settlers the opportunity to earn title to 160 acres by building a house, living on the land for five years and cultivating five acres.  Further, that they would have to take up arms to protect themselves from the Indians that remained in Florida. 

Houston returned to Enterprise, Florida and obtained a soldier's land grant for 160 acres.  He returned to Eau Gallie, built his home with the aid of the 10 slaves his father had given him, and with his oldest sons, it took nearly a year to build the first hickory log cabin for his family and quarters for his slaves.  Finally, on October 5, 1860, this pioneer returned to Enterprise for his family.  It took three weeks to drive the covered wagons hauled by oxen and the herd of cattle and horses. Houston, after homesteading for two years, was deeded an additional 80 acres of land by Abraham Lincoln for his services as an Indian Scout. 
John Carroll Houston III

Friday, February 17, 2012

Funeral Card Friday - Empty Saddle

25 Jul 2011  Telegraph Herald Website
LANCASTER, Wis. -- Robert C. "Bob" Roesch, 92, of Lancaster, died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the Lancaster Care Center.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Martin Funeral Home, Lancaster, with Pastor Mark Hoehne officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

He was born on July 14, 1919, in Potosi Township, son of Arthur and Mary (McLaughlin) Roesch. Bob attended Elmdale rural school and served as its board clerk until its closing.

He farmed his entire life on the Roesch family farm in Waterloo Township. Bob was united in marriage to Lennice M. Davies on May 26, 1942, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa.

He was a member of the West Grant Saddle Club and took great pride in his horses and driving team. He was a proud member of the NFO, and a salesman for Madison Silo and Starline Farm Equipment.

Bob especially enjoyed and looked forward to all family gatherings.

Surviving are his loving wife of 69 years, Lennice, of Lancaster; children, Judy (Richard Taylor) Kleinfeldt, of Madison, and Jack (Linda) Roesch, Janis (Chuck) Yoose, Gary (Gale) Roesch, Dennis (Jane) Roesch and Alan Roesch, all of Lancaster; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marcella (Joe) Case.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Society Saturday - Little Ladies Tea Party

Who knew that one day my great grandfather's house, William Roesch, would be used for such a sweet event. 

Birthday Tea Parties  

 Garden Tea Birthday Party
for Little Ladies at the Roesch House

Tea Setting for little ladies on garden patio;
Hats & Gloves
Tables, Chairs, Table Linens
Tea Cups & Saucers, Tea Pots, Dessert Plates

You Provide: Food & beverage, games & party favors

The charming Roesch House Parlor is a cozy setting for any small gathering. Warm wood floors and traditional moldings provide historical character to the parlor.

Please call for reservations for 15-20 guests minimum

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Those Places Thursday - School Days

Christina Jehle, my 3rd great aunt, came to America in 1844 with her husband Johannes Kreitler.  They settled in Newark, New Jersey where Johannes, became known as John, owner of "Kreitler's Twine and Rope Manufacturing Company.  I know that out of 12 children, at least one of his sons worked at his father's firm.Many German families were settling in Newark.  What they found attractive were the 14 German-English schools in the area for their children to attend. 

The families may have had varying religious or political views, but they all had strong convictions about preserving the German language for their children.  Even the less fortunate class were willing to make any sacrifice to grant their offspring an education in their mother tongue.  During this period, over 3700 children were receiving German speaking instruction.

German-English Schools, Newark, New Jersey

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - 1943


1943, Banana River Naval Air Station, Cocoa Beach, Florida
My dad was first stationed here.  He is standing front row center,
just to the left of the Beachmaster
Base now known as Patrick Airforce Base


Air view of the base sitting between
Cocoa Beach and the Banana River

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mystery Monday - Wherefore Art Thou Forrest

Forrest Smith, born in Massachusetts in 1902, the youngest of five children went missing.  He is my great uncle, brother to my grandfather, Malcolm. 

"Where Are You"
When Forrest and his wife, Marie, wanted to return home due to financial problems he was told, "You can come but your wife, (marriage about 1926 I think) can not."  There is some confusion as to just who told him this.  Forrest left and was never seen nor heard from again. 

If rumors are true, I suspect it may have been his mother Laura that made this comment for she was discribed as a difficult woman.  Even her husband left her and disappeard, but not til his later years and grandchildren were in the picture.

 But, then again there was Forrest's sister-in-law, Agnes, who betrayed her mother-in-law, Laura, who gained possession of her house through lies of devotion. Agnes then sent Laura to a nursing home where she died. When Agnes's husband died, she stole her sister-in law's husband.  Laura's granddaughter remembers seeing them sneaking a kiss on the stairs. Oh my!

I have not discovered for sure where they were married or when.  I don't know if they had children or not.  I do believe that Marie, maiden name unknown, was from New York.  I wonder if Forrest was in the military and that is how they met, but again, I have not found a draft card.   I did find Forrest and Marie (hopefully mine) living in Jersey City, New Jersey in the 1930 census.   He was 29 and she was 27, no children were listed.  It told me that Forrest was a service man working for Fridigidaire. 

I am so looking forward to the 1940 census.  It can't get here fast enough.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Surname Saturday - Wilbore, Wilbor, Wilbur

Samuel Wilbore signed the Portsmouth Compact

Samuel Wilbore and wife Ann, came to America arriving in Salem, Massachusetts in mid-July 1629. He was a merchant, had a ship, probably sold cloth and lumber and was in the wool business.

He and 6 men under him guarded the gate at Roxbury. He sold his home on what is now Washington St. to Samuel Sherman. In 1634, he and William Blackstene bought "Boston Commons" and gave it to the town. Made "Freeman" 4 March 1633/4 and with John Porter and Philly Sherman bought Aquidneck Island, (Rhode Island).

Samuel was banished from Boston 30 August 1637, and disarmed 20 November 1637 and went to Portsmouth, R.I. because he was a follower of my 10th great grandmother, Anne Hutchinson.  And, because of that he was exiled from the state of Massachusetts along with Anne.  Anne was a Puritan preacher of a dissident church discussion group.

Samuel Wildbore was one of the founders of the iron industry at Taunton, Mass., building with his associates a furnace at what is now Raynham, the first built in New England. He became wealthy for his day, but his standing in the community could not preserve him from religious persecutions, and
for embracing the "dangerous doctrines" of Cotton and Wheelwright he was banished from Massachusetts with seventeen others.

Although he owned a house in Boston, and one in Taunton, he abandoned both, and on the advice of Roger Williams he, with seventeen fellow exiles, purchased from the Indians the Island of Aquidneck, he moving there with his family in 1638, these eighteen persons forming a colony under a solemn compact, March 7, 1638. Rhode Island had become a haven for persecuted religious sects.

These people, called Antinomians, believed that the moral laws as taught by the Church of England were of no value and that the only law that should be followed was that of the Gospel. Quakers, who eventually merged with the Antinomians, established a meeting house on Aquidneck in 1657.
Samuel became was of the signers of Portsmouth Compact.  You can see his name on the plaque.

Samuel Wilbore (1597 - 1656)
My 9th great grandfather
Son of Samuel
Son of Shadrach
Son of Shadrach
Son of Meshach
Son of Josiah
Son of Peter
Son of Joseph B
Daughter of Joseph P
Daughter of Mary Catherine
Son of Mary Ann
Daughter of Robert
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