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). Archives, Labels (tags), and other links appear at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

On Putting Some Pieces Together

Elizabeth Schulte, Rudolph Schulte, Felix Hauer, Juliane Feucht
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In the course of researching my family history, I'm always a little curious about how people met their spouses. Most of the stories are lost to time, but sometimes a bit of information turns up to serve as a possible clue to the puzzle. I found such a clue in yesterday's post at Two Sides of the Ocean, in the marriage record of Rudolph Schulte and his first wife, Juliane Feucht. My great-grandfather, Felix Hauer, served as witness to the marriage, along with Juliane's sister Margaret.

Wondering why Rudolph's brother Ted didn't serve as the witness, I looked up the family group record, and the reason was clear immediately. In 1891, when Rudolph married Juliane, Ted was only five years old.

Rudolph's sister Elizabeth was nineteen at the time, and still single. She would not be married to Felix Hauer until June 21, 1893. This makes me wonder: did Felix know Rudolph first, and meet his future wife as a result of that friendship?

While both grew up in Detroit, it's unlikely that Felix and Rudolph would have met at church. Felix was Catholic and attended St. Joseph's Church at 1828 Jay Street, and the Schulte family, although Catholic in Germany, attended Trinity Lutheran Church after they immigrated to Detroit. I don't know which schools either of them attended, but it's possible they met as students.

Perhaps they didn't meet until adulthood. One possible scenario is suggested by their listings in the 1890 directory of the City of Detroit. Felix was working as a bartender in a saloon at 1014 E. Jefferson. He was boarding at that address also. (The saloon was owned by Andrew Anton Wolfslayer, brother of Felix's mother.) Rudolph was working as a machinist at that time, and lived at 367 Alexandrine Ave. E. Maybe he was a customer at the saloon.

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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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