Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Wolfschlaeger Family on the Ship Cotton Planter

The ship Cotton Planter looked something like this ship-rigged vessel.*

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The ship Cotton Planter arrived at the Port of New York from Antwerp, Belgium, on August 16, 1845. Aboard were my great-great-great grandparents, Johann and Maria Wolfschlaeger, and their family.

Little information was given in the ship's manifest. Johann Peter Wolfschlaeger would have been about 41 years of age at the time. His wife, Maria Wigger, was about 35. Ages of the children arriving with them were Lucas, 11; twins Anton and Maria Margaretha, 8; Hermann Joseph, one month short of 6 years; and my great-great grandmother Theresa, 22 months old.


*A "ship" is a vessel of at least three square rigged masts, each composed of a lower-mast, top-mast, and topgallant mast. Each is outfitted with a yard and a full complement of square sails. Click here for more information about ships from Norway-Heritage.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Rosmer's Pedigree

Rosmer, Kate, and Milton Kerr
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At the age of three, both Rosmer Kerr and the woman who would someday be his wife, Evelyn Hauer, lost their fathers. Rosmer's mother, Katherine Pettis, was also raised by her mother alone after her father Darius abandoned them.

Husband: Milton E. KERR
Born: About 15 Jul 1863 in Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania
Father: Andrew Jackson KERR
Mother: Esther Alice CARROLL
Died: 27 or 28 Sep 1895
Burial: Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Other Spouses: Bess K. ZAHNISER

Wife: Katharine E. PETTIS
Born: 02 Oct 1864 in Winona, Winona County, Minnesota
Father: Darius J. PETTIS
Mother: Kate EFFNER
Married: 1890
Died: 11 Jun 1937 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Burial: 14 Jun 1937 in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan


1 Name: Milton E. KERR
Born: 19 May 1891 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Married: 15 Aug 1914 in Lake County, Indiana
Spouse: Marie Clara LETTERER
Died: 3 Apr 1961 in Magnolia Springs, Alabama
Burial: 7 Apr 1961 in Maplewood Cemetery, Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana

2 Name: Rosmer Pettis KERR
Born: 30 Sep 1892 in Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Married: 12 Jun 1916 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Spouse: Evelyn Elvina HAUER
Died: 9 Feb 1969 in Port Huron, St Clair County, Michigan
Burial: 11 Feb 1969 in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Notes from The Sheldon Progress, 1910

January 14:
J.T. Reis, a Pleasant Prairie farmer and one of The Progress's good friends, was a pleasant caller at our sanctum on Monday of this week. Mr. Reis formerly lived in Indiana, about seventy-five miles south of the lake, but the many advantages offered in North Dakota induced him to come west about three years ago. He says they are having a hard winter back in his old home state, and a lot more snow than there is here, which is something unusual.
February 11:
Fred Krantz, who was a Fargo visitor, returned to Sheldon last Saturday.
March 4:
Pleasant Prairie: Maggie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Buss, is staying with her sister, Mrs. Nelson, in Minneapolis. She has joined a German catechism class there.

Pleasant Prairie: Mr. and Mrs. John T. Reis bought the Chickering Grand piano of Mrs. Hannum as a birthday present for their daughter, Mae. This is a substantial present, and one Miss Mae has a right to feel very proud of, as there are no superiors, and we doubt if there is an equal to this instrument in the county.
July 1:
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wall, Wed., June 29, a fine boy.
July 8:
Miss Myrtle Nohr is spending the week at the home of H. Krueger.
October 7:
Jacob Muth, one of the prominent substantial farmers out south of Buttzville, was a Sheldon visitor last Saturday morning and dropped in for a few minutes chat with The Progress man. Mr. Muth is going to retire from farming and take life a little bit easier and has rented his farm to Ed Buss. He will leave next week for Kidder--just over the line in South Dakota--where he has purchased a livery barn and is going to move his family there.
October 14:
Fred Krentz and Paul Froemke made a business trip to Lisbon Saturday.

The misses Anna and Lydia Buss drove to Lisbon Monday to do some shopping.
October 28:
Albert Buss got 122 bushels of nice potatoes from one acre on his farm and all other vegetables in like proportion. Albert is a successful farmer.
November 26:
Barney Buss is Anselm's new livery man.

John Krentz came down from Hettinger, this state, where he has been working the past year, to spend a few days with his brother Fred.
December 2:
F.D. Krentz left Friday evening for his old home in Reynolds, Indiana, to spend a few weeks visiting his father.
December 16:
Miss Myrtle Nohr is home again after several weeks visit with her aunt in Thief River Falls, Minn.
December 30:
Fred Krentz returned last Friday from Reynolds, Ind., where he has been visiting relatives and friends the past six weeks.

Monday, February 19, 2007

A New Family History Weblog

Cheryl Schulte, my third cousin on my mother's side, has created a new weblog where she will be sharing family history from her Schulte, Feucht, Wellhausen, Schluessler, Kijak, Rubis, Kolberg and Kramp lines. It's called Two Sides of the Ocean. Google's search engines haven't found it yet, so if you are interested in these lines, you should add her site to your Bookmarks or Favorites list, or subscribe using an RSS feed reader such as Google Reader or Bloglines.

What exactly is a third cousin, and how did I figure out that's what Cheryl and I are? It's easy to find out what your relationship is to anyone with whom you have an ancestor in common, by using a relationship chart. There are several different styles available on the internet, but they all work the same way. They are essentially a grid. You locate your relationship to the common ancestor on one axis, and your relative's relationship to the common ancestor on the other axis. Where they intersect on the grid tells you how the two of you are related to each other. Click here to give it a try.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Notes from The Sheldon Progress, 1909

Friday, February 19, 1909
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March 12:
Pleasant Prairie: Miss Mae Reis celebrated her tenth birthday anniversary on Saturday, March 6. All present had a very pleasant time.
July 9:
Andrew Carr, Fred Wall, and Ed Buss returned yesterday morning from a ten days' tip through Montana and Western Canada points. Among the places visited was [sic] Lethbridge and Watrous, Sask., and the Sweet Grass country of Montana.

Friday, February 02, 2007

A Buss Family Gathering

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By the best estimate of some great minds, these two photographs were taken in or about September 1939. To add them to your family slide show, click on an image to enlarge it, then right-click on the enlarged image and choose Save Image As from the pop-up menu.

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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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