Brewer’s Daughter; Coal Miner’s Wife; Baker; Laundress

Today’s birthday girl can be described using so many names, as indicated in the title of this post.  That list is not even complete, as you will later read.  This girl’s family could trace their ancestry back to the Gesellschaft in 1839, but by the time of her birth, her parents were living across the … More Brewer’s Daughter; Coal Miner’s Wife; Baker; Laundress

Old Town and Low Town

I am going to share a story today with plenty of plot twists.  I hope I can keep it all straight.  It all starts with the birthday of Pauline Holt on November 28, 1873.  She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Wilhelmina (Mueller) Holt.  … More Old Town and Low Town

Selfsame Seibels

Martin Seible married Clara Arbeiter on May 1, 1921 at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois.  Otto Seibel married Bertha Ziegler on May 20, 1922 in Murphysboro, Illinois.  What makes these two marriages special is the fact that Martin and Otto Seibel were identical twins. Martin and Otto were born on November 3, 1897 in … More Selfsame Seibels

Family Photos

Heinrich Arbeiter was born on March 8, 1858 in Ittlingen, Germany.  He arrived in America in 1872, and he was living in Red Bud, Illinois in 1880 with a Rowold. In that same year, Henry married Caroline Rowold who was born in Horse Prairie, Illinois, a small community just outside Red Bud.  It was also … More Family Photos

Enjoying a Red Seal

I confess.  When I see a reference to a brewery in someone’s family history, my research radar becomes very active.  Today is one of those days.  It starts with a baby girl being born on February 3rd in 1868 in Uniontown and ends with her husband working in a brewery across the river in Illinois.  … More Enjoying a Red Seal