At about the same time as some members of the Gesellschaft were arriving in Perry County, a boy was being born in Germany who will be part of today’s story. August Edward Rodewald was born on April 9, 1839. He was the son of Peter and Regina (Klemp) Rodewald. Although I do not know exactly … More Early Ends in the Rodewald Clan
Another common East Perry County name is Weber. And like several other common names, such as Schmidt or Mueller, there are several clans of Weber’s. Today’s story comes from the group of Weber’s that are called “The Ridge Weber’s”. I guess you could argue that the marriage record from Ossig, Germany shown below marks the … More Adopted on The Ridge
A birthday will lead us to a family story that is full of sickness. It will give me an opportunity to discuss a particular disease that once caused much death in America….tuberculosis (TB). January 16, 1885 was the birthday of Elizabeth Boxdorfer. She was the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Rauh) Boxdorfer. She was baptized … More Devastated by Disease
Today’s post starts with the birthday of Emma Louisa Hoehn. Almost immediately upon looking at her life story, I became confused. One of my first puzzles was this: Did Emma marry William Gottlieb Boxdorfer or did she marry Gottlieb William Boxdorfer? This situation had my head swimming for a while, but I think I have … More William Gottlieb or Gottlieb William?
There are 15 pages in our German Family Tree that come from today’s birthday boy. His name was Gottlieb Boxdorfer. Gottlieb was born on February 7, 1820 in Weidnitz, a small village in Bavaria, a region of Germany. This is a map showing the location of Weidnitz. It also indicates the city of Dresden, where … More Burgeoning Boxdorfers
I have written about one of today’s characters before. Twice, in fact. I wrote a story about his parents……Watching So Many Children Die, and I wrote a story about one of his sons……..Finding a Job and a Wife in the Big City. Today would be the 139th anniversary of his marriage, so I chose to … More Sandler the Smithy
Every day that I write one of these blog posts, I learn something new. It is one of the really enjoyable things about doing this. After writing over 500 of these articles, I also can now make some generalizations about what I have discovered. Today’s story is an illustration of a story that has a … More Finding a Job and a Wife in the Big City