Martin or Martha

The starting point for today’s story is a wedding that took place on this day in 1894. This may not seem significant, but today is the first day of a new church liturgical year. It is also the beginning of the season of Advent. Things have changed over the years, but the liturgical color for … More Martin or Martha

Widowed in Winter – Joined during June in Jacob

There are four main characters in today’s tale. These four first made up two pairs, but when death came to their doorsteps, the two that remained became a pair. All four had their origins in the Hanover area of Germany. We have to travel across the Mississippi River to Jackson County, Illinois to find this … More Widowed in Winter – Joined during June in Jacob

Angels’ Children

The Christmas season is the time of year when we hear of angels most often. That’s one of the reasons that I could not resist today’s story. You will read about a couple in which both the bride and groom were the children of angels. Of course, you must understand that in German, the word … More Angels’ Children

Brought by an Angel

I trust that if I get anything wrong in this post, our research partner who is the authority on the Miesner family, Lori Adams, will set me straight.  I start this story in the middle.  Here is a passenger list from the ship, Braunschweig, which arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, in June of 1892. There are … More Brought by an Angel