Saturday, April 29, 2017

Surname Saturday: Etta Emily Bourrett

Etta Emily Bourrett was born to William Lewis Bourrett and Martha Patience Benton, born on 16 jun 1883 in Union, McCook, South Dakota, USA. She died 29 Apr 1957 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA.

She was the wife of my 2nd Great Uncle Ralph Cavit Robertson son of Alexander Cowen Robertson and Elizabeth Jane Cavit He was born as a twin on 9 May 1880 in Iowa City IA and died 5 Feb 1951 in Sioux City, IA.

Etta as a baby with her Mother Martha Patience Benton-Bourrett

I was able to have several conversations with uncle Clarence over the years between 1963, when I went by train to Sioux City, and about 1982, when I took a road trip there with my family, from Oklahoma, where we lived. Ralph and all his kids were musically inclined: Elsie sang, Viola played the piano in church, Ralph played the violin, Charlie played the piano, and Clarence played the banjo or the guitar, as the occasion required. Charlie, or 'Chick', had a beautiful flowing piano style, even when he played ragtime. Grandpa Ralph learned to play the fiddle as the result of a terrible accident. When he was about ten years old, he fell into a pit as he was running - it was a burn pit, in which trash was burned regularly, and he burned the soles of his feet so badly that he was kept in bed for several months hoping his feet would heal, and regrow the skin on the bottom. Clarence told me that the skin on the bottom of his father's feet was always transparent as glass. After some weeks, someone took pity on the boy and put a fiddle in bed with him to play with. By the time he was healed, he could play it. Although he was a plasterer and concrete worker by trade, his lifetime profession was fiddler. Told to Gwen Kubberness by Ken Robertson.

Ralph Robertson with his fiddle 1945

They had possibly five children:

1. William E Richardson b. abt 1889 in SD is list on the census as a son maybe misspelled last name not sure but worth more research.

2. Charles Arthur Robertson b. 29 Apr 1901 Sioux City, IA d. 1 Dec 1977 Sioux City, IA.
Mamie Ellen Fouts
Married Mamie Ellen Fouts she was the daughter of Dallas Bert Fouts and Eva M Knapp. Born 21 Sep 1905 in South Dakota died 10 Feb 1997 in Sioux City IA. They has 2 children Kenneth Arthur and Gale M Robertson. Mamie married a 2nd time after Charles death to a Hjalmar O Borgen they had no children.

Charles Arthur Robertson

3. Elsie Emily Robertson born 8 Aug 1903 in Sioux City, IA. Died 28 Feb 1999 in Spokane WA. She married Herman Emmett Rider on 15 Jan 1921 Woodbury County IA. They had three children.
Bonnie J, Wayne A. and Emmett Ernest Rider.

Elsie Emily Robertson & Herman Emmett Rider

4. Clarence Robertson born 4 Apr 1908 in Lawton IA and died 9 Dec 1993 in Sioux City, IA. He married Eleanor Martha Sterling who was born 19 Oct 1908 in River, NE and died 4 Jan 1986 in Sioux City IA. They had a son. Paul Allen Robertson born 12 May 1931 and died 26 Sep 2002.

Paul Allen Robertson
5. Viola Martha Robertson born 1914, died 1986

If any other family members can help fill in the blanks or missing links I would greatly appreciate the help.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Anna Elisabetha Kissinger

Anna Elisabetha Kissinger was born on 20 Dec 1738 in Rheinland, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation. She died 28 Apr 1794 in Rheinland, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation.

She married Johann Philipp Held date unknown at this time. He was born in 1730 in 

Rheinland, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation and died 1 Oct 1783 in Rheinland, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation. Anna was his 2nd wife. His first wife was Anna Christina Best they had 1 child Johann Ernst Held.

Anna & Johann had 9 children

1. Anna b. 1 Sep 1754 in Rheinland, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation
2. Catharina Gertrud Held b. 9 Mar 176 in Rheinland, She died 12 Apr 1772 in Rheinland
3. Maria Elisabetha Held b. 27 Jul 1763 also in Rheinland
4. Johann Philipp Held b. 7 an 1765 in Rheinland died 22 May 1769 in Rheinland
5. Johannes Held b. 8 Feb 1768 in Rheinland
6. Anna Margaretha Held b. 25 Jul 1771 in Rheinland d. 19 Dec 1777 in Rheinland
7. Johan Georg Held b. 16 Nov 1773 Rheinland, d. 3 Apr 1776 Rheinland
8. Anna Christina Held b. 22 Jun 1776 in Rheinland d. 18 Nov 1840 in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
9. Maria Eva Held b. 25 Jun 1779 in Rheinland, d. 12 Jun 1766 in Rheinland 

Holy Roman Empire
. The Holy Roman Empire (Latin: Sacrum Imperium Romanum, German: Heiliges Römisches Reich) was a multi-ethnic complex of territories in central Europe that developed during the Early Middle Ages and continued until its dissolution in 1806.

Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. The Holy Roman Empire (HRE; German: Heiliges Römisches Reich (HRR), Latin: Imperium Romanum Sacrum (IRS), Italian: Sacro Romano Impero (SRI)) was a German empire that existed from 962 to 1806 in Central Europe. It was ruled by the Holy Roman Emperor.

Holy Roman Empire of German Nation was very large

Some history.

Although her line ends with her so far in my research, Johann Philipp Held's line date back to his grandfather Johann Balthazar Held 1679-1759.

My first ancestor in this line to come to America was John Ernst Held b. 12 Jul 1776 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation and died 1844 in Mequon, Washington, Wisconsin.

I have found when doing genealogy you really need to study the history of the countries your ancestor came from. It helps to know when they had wars and famine. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Harriet Susan Champe

Harriet Susan Champe was born Jan 1852 in Nicholas County, W.V. To Charles Lewis Champe &  Cynthia Bell.

Her father was a farmer and in 1850 his property was valued at $600 which was a large sum in those days. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year between 1850 and 2017. $600 in the year 1850 is worth $17,994.24 in 2017.

She married 2 Mar 1895  in Nicholas County, W.V.
To   Albert H Propst   he was born Jun 1845   and died in 1920 in    McKendree, Fayette,  W.V.

Harriet died   27 Apr 1922 in Jenky Fayette, W.V. and is buried   in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church  Cemetery   in Mount Lookout, W.V. 

I haven't found very much information other than census records. There aren't even any grave photos except for Harriet's mother. Which is posted below.

Photo Added by: SAC on Find-A-grave
Most of the family are buried in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery in Mount Lookout, Nicholas, West Virginia.

Harriet Susan Champe is related to me by wife of 2nd cousin 4x removed.

The strange thing about this line is the Propst, Bennett, Stickler, Legg and a few more are also in other parts of my genealogy.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mary (Maria) Rockweiler

Mary  (Maria) Rockweiler was born in Baden, West Germany to Hillard and Franziska Hafner Rockweiler. She immigrated to America with her parents at the age of four. They settled in Cazenovia, Wisconsin. She met and married Athanas Jehle there on February 6, 1866. Three weeks after their wedding they moved to Iowa, settling in Lone Tree. She had lived here the rest of her life. She is the mother of seven children who all survive her. They are Annie Schaapveld of Lone Tree; Catherine Sievers of Humboldt, Kansas; Julia Schaapveld of Hooker, Oklahoma; Frank, Leo, Michael, and Ben Jehle all of Lone Tree. She is also mourned by 24 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; two sisters Catherine Eckart of Subiaco, Arkansas and Anna Deitelhoff; and two brothers Frank Rockweiler of Cazenovia, Wisconsin and John Rockweiler of Cazenovia, Wisconsin. 

Mary Rockweiler Jehle

 Photo by Phyllis Hazen/Stoneseeker

Lone Tree Cemetery
Lone Tree
Johnson County
Iowa, USA
Plot: North Section, Row 19

Athanas Jehle

Mary Rockweiler & Athanas Jehle
Had the following children:
1. Anna b. 11 Nov 1866 d. 4 May 1946 married William m Schaapveld
2. Julia b. 1868 in Johnson Co. Ia died 1951 married Bernardus Schaapveld
3. Catherine b. 1871 d. 1940
4. Frank b 28 Nov 1873 in Lone Tree, Johnson, Iowa d. 13 May 1962 in Lone Tree, IA He was a farm hand.
5. Leo b. 1 Apr 1876 in Lone Tree, IA, d. 7 Feb 1952 in West Liberty, IA. He was a farmer. He was married to Christian Meyer.
6. Michael b. 3 Sep 1878 Lee Tree, Ia d. 11 Sep 1956 in Iowa City, IA He was a farm laborer
7. Bernardt Otto b. 23 Jul 1883 in Lone Tree IA d. 28 Aug 1947. He owned a Pool Hall.

She loved to read and loved flowers. Her home was adorn with flowers no matter the season.

For you Mary

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hannah Odessa Shelford

Hannah Odessa Shelford was born to Levi Little Shelford & Ellen Catherine Black on 15 Dec 1883 in California. She died 24 Apr 1952 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, CA.

She married Charles Fielding Jackson date unknown

They had 2 children:

Elenore Odessa Jackson b. 1912 d. 2005
Levi Charles Jackson b. 1915 CA

Interesting story about Hannah's grandfather John Shelford going to California during the "Gold Rush" is attached below.

From Cloverdale Then and Now: Being a History of Cloverdale, California, Its Environs, and Families, 1982, page 176:

"John Shelford III came to America from England in 1837 at the age of 16 and married Susan Smith in 1843. He followed the shoemaking trade in New York until spring 1885 when he sailed with his wife and four children around Cape Horn. They landed in San Francisco on July 25.

After seeking gold at Downieville and running a mercantile business and hotel at Woolsey Flat, Nevada County, he came to Sonoma County in 1859. He first settled in Petaluma before moving to Cloverdale in 1863 and purchasing part of the Rancho Casalamayomi. The children born in New York were Peter Laundrus, Silas Ruff, Levi Little and Erastus Matheson. Martha Letia and Cornelia Ann were born in Cloverdale. Upon John's death in 1877 his sons inherited his property, and Erastus and Levi continued farming their acreage."
Mined gold here 1890s Downieville, CA

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Susan Campbell Who Were You?

Susan Campbell was born to Rev. Archibald Campbell & Mary Gragg on 1 Oct 1791 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

She married Jacob Smith on 17 Dec 187 in Greenbrier County, WV 

According to family historian Aubrey O. Smith, Jacob, and first wife Suzanna "lived on Muddy Creek (near Alderson, Greenbrier/Monroe counties, W.Va.) until about 1818, when they moved to the north of Laurel Creek at the present location of Quinnimont (Fayette County, W.Va.) Jacob built a two story log house where the present C&O depot now stands, he being the first white settler in that vicinity…" (Smith-Riffe Collection, DVD 5, Sh-St, Page 455. Undated, typewritten text.)

Susan & Jacob had 12 children

1. Campbell Smith. Born 25 Dec 1808. 
2. William T. Smith. Born 28 Dec 1809. 
3. John Smith. Born 01 Mar 1811. 
4. Polly Smith Plumley. Born 26 July 1813. 
5. Virginia Jane Smith Holton. Born March 1815. 
6. Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith Cooper. Born 15 Aug 1816. 
7. Washington Smith. Born 19 Apr 1817 
8. Ruth Smith Kincaid. Born 22 Sep 1818. 
9. Canada Smith. Born 14 Jan 1820. 
10. Lewis Smith. Born 30 May 1821. 
11. Joseph Smith. Born 25 Oct 1822.
12. Nancy Smith. Born 25 Apr 1824. 

Suzanna Campbell Smith died giving birth to her 12th child in 1824. 

There is a difference of opinion on her first name. On 25 Aug 1917, J.M. Kirk of Sandstone, Summers County, W.Va., wrote a letter to Ervin D. Smith, grandson of Suzanna and Jacob. He referred to "Suzanna, who married Jacob Smith." (Smith-Riffe Collection, DVD 5, Sh-St, Page 493-494.) In 1936, grandson Charles Wesley Smith, the son of Washington Smith, said her name was Elizabeth. ("My Father, Washington Smith of Virginia and Missouri" by Charles Wesley Smith, 1936. A copy of the family history was shared by Steve Cooper.) Aubrey O. Smith called her Susan. 

Jacob remarried in 1825 and had 13 additional children with second wife Jane Kincaid. A Kincaid history lists Jane's full name as Hulda Jane Kincaid, daughter of Samuel Kincaid and Huldah Osborne, born in 1806. ("Kincaid-Claypool Descendants: Mountain Tom Kincaid's Second Family" by William Harold Kincaid, Kincaid Publishing, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1991, Page 14.) Children of Jane and Jacob:

13. Samuel Smith Sr. Born 17 Dec 1825.
14. George Washington Smith Sr. Born 12 Dec 1826. 
15. Susan Smith Martin. Born 11 June 1828. 
16. Harmon Smith. Born 03 Nov 1829.
17. Andrew Smith. Born 03 Apr 1831. 
18. Hulda Smith Berry. Born 17 July 1832. 
19. Thomas Smith. Born 12 Feb 1834. 
20. Ann "Annie" Smith Plumley. Born 28 Nov 1836.
21. Charles Smith. Born 05 Sep 1838. 
22. James Smith. Born 07 Jan 1840. 
23. Davis J. Smith. Born 14 Mar 1841. 
24. Jacob Smith Jr. Born 03 Jan 1843. 
25. Clarkson Smith. Born 13 Sep 1845.

After Jane's death in 1858, Jacob married Judah Clayborn. There were no children from his third marriage. Jacob Sr. died in 1874.

Suzanna, two of her children, and Jane were buried in the same family cemetery. I can only offer the following descriptions regarding their final resting place:

In 1936, Charles Wesley Smith, grandson of Jacob and Suzanna, wrote: "She was buried on the farm on a ‘bench' several yards above the tiny bottom field; her grave is lost but is thought to have been beneath a small Quinnimont residence." ("My Father, Washington Smith of Virginia and Missouri.")

In 1975, Aubrey O. Smith, great grandson of Jacob and Jane, wrote: "They then lived at present Quinnimont about 16 miles east of Beckley, she (Susan) being buried on an eminence immediately above and about two hundred yards from their home." (Smith-Riffe Collection, DVD 5, Sh-St, Page 412-413, letter from Aubrey O. Smith to Mrs. Wm. R. Wetzell of Escondido, CA., 08 Nov 1975.)

Jane Kincaid-Smith had "died at Fitzpatrick, near MacArthur in 1857 and was buried at Quinnimont in Smith Cemetery alongside Jacob's first wife, Susan and two of their children," according to a 1974 news article. Jacob, who died in 1874, was originally buried "on a knoll overlooking his farm at Fitzpatrick." ("Remains Of War Of 1812 Veteran Placed in VFW Cemetery in City.")

Jacob was "buried on an eminence back of his home perhaps due to the extremely bad weather and bad roads, if any, to the family plot at Quinnimont and on the other hand due to the fact that this was the near the home base of his (current) wife's people may have been an influencing element." (Letter from Aubrey O. Smith to Mrs. Wm. R. Wetzell, 08 Nov 1975.)

Charles Wesley Smith describes Jacob's gravesite: "…in 1853, Jacob bought 700 acres on Piney and Fat Creeks, not far from Beckley. Did he live on it? I know not. He sold it two years later and bought the same Piney Creek the 150 acres ‘Round Bottom' farm, where he lived until his death in 1874 at the age of 86. His grave is on this farm on a densely wooded mountain spur, a lone grave almost hidden in thick undergrowth. It is several hundred feet above the bottom land he farmed at the verge of which was the home site. With Cousin Jackson (Smith, son of James), sister, daughter, and grandson I climbed to that leaf-enclosed grave, July 7, 1931." ("My Father, Washington Smith of Virginia and Missouri.")

Regarding the reburial of Jacob's remains, Aubrey wrote: "On 26 Oct. 1974 I moved his remains to the American Legion plot in Beckley, the US Government furnishing a tombstone as he was a soldier in the war of 1812. His original place of burial was isolated and had completely grown over with trees and brush. I hope you approve." (Letter from Aubrey O. Smith to Mrs. Wm. R. Wetzell, 08 Nov 1975). 

Below are 2 newspaper articles from 

Beckley Post-Herald (Beckley, West Virginia)

On Jacob Smith

In Memory Of Doris Hamann Birthday on this Day

Doris Hamann was born 28 Sep 1871 in Clinton County Iowa.
She died 23 Apr 1961. She married Detlef Friederich Wohlert in 1896 in Schleswig, Crawford, Iowa, USA.

Morgan Cemetery 
Crawford County
Iowa, USA 

He was born Dec 1859 in Germany and came to America in 1874 when he was just 15 years old. He came alone. On the ship USS Thuringia. He was a railway worker.

 USS Thuringia

They had four children:

Louise Harris Wohlert b. 21 Jun 1897
Carl William Wohlert b. 11 Oct 1900, d. 11 Dec 1985
Fritz Wohlert b. 1902, d. 26 Mar 1935
Lena Harrietta Wohlert b. 28 Aug 1905, d. 27 Feb 1983

Carl William Wohlert was married to Gladys Myrtle Couch 1 Jun 1940 in LeMars, Plymouth, Iowa. This is our family line.