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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Joseph and Theresa

Joseph Hauer's family in the 1880 census
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Born about 1839, Joseph Hauer immigrated to the U.S. from Holland. During the Civil War he served in the 10th Regiment of the U.S. Infantry and was discharged in 1863. He was granted citizenship in Detroit, Michigan, in 1867, by which time he and his wife Theresa had two children, Sophia and Felix. By 1875, they had four more children: Anthony, Mary, Josephina, and Katharine.

Theresa was the eighth child of Johann Peter Wolfschlaeger, a carpenter, and Maria Elisabeth Wigger. Theresa was born in Helden, Westfalen, Prussia in 1843 and immigrated in 1845 with her parents and siblings to Detroit, where her parents soon had two more children. In 1857, Theresa's father purchased 40 acres of land in Macomb County, west of Mound Road between Twelve and Thirteen Mile Roads. He did some farming there for about ten years, and then the family moved back to Detroit, where Johann Wolfschlaeger returned to carpentry and worked as a chairmaker.

During the early years of their marriage, Joseph and Theresa lived with the Wolfschlaegers at 305 Catherine. Joseph worked as a painter. They later moved to 191 Kentucky Street and then to 341 Brady, where they were living at the time of Joseph's death June 6, 1893, just two weeks before the marriage of his son Felix. Theresa continued to live there, taking in boarders, until her death around 1914.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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