Baltimore Boxdorfer

A marriage took place in Perry County on this date 150 years ago.  The Perry County marriage record for this wedding is shown here. As you can see, it was Henry Boxdorfer who married Elisabeth Rauh on that day.  The pastor who is listed, Rev.  F.C. Besel, was serving Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg at … More Baltimore Boxdorfer

Adopted on The Ridge

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

Devastated by Disease

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

Burgeoning Boxdorfers

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

Sandler the Smithy

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