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.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Surname: Buss

The Buss surname is the heritage of my paternal grandma, Gertie (Margreta) Buss. Her grandfather was:
  • August Buss, born in October 1822 in Prussia. He and his wife, Wilhelmina Egert, brought their family to the U. S. in 1873. They lived first at Rollingstone, Winona County, Minnesota. About 1881, they moved on to Ransom County. August died there in March 1901 and was buried at the Anselm cemetery. August and Wilhelmina were my great-great-grandparents.
  • Ferdinand Buss, born 18 January 1853 in Prussia. He married Louise Hinz 11 April 1881 in Fargo, North Dakota. Louise already had one daughter, and together they had five more daughters and a son. Ferdinand died 12 November 1937 at Sheldon, North Dakota, and was buried there two days later. Ferdinand and Louise were my great-grandparents.
  • Margreta Tjode Hedwig Buss, the youngest of the seven Buss children. She was born 13 April 1896 in Shenford Township, Ransom County, North Dakota, and christened May 25th. She married John S. Krentz on 11 February 1914 at Moorhead, Minnesota. Together they had nine children, seven of whom grew to adulthood. She died 17 April 1979 in Lisbon, North Dakota, and was buried in the Anselm cemetery.
I hope I don't jinx my research by saying that I believe I've found the correct hometown of the Buss family, and am awaiting delivery of microfilm that will confirm it. I hope to post more about the Buss family in the near future!

Update: A search of the aforementioned microfilms did not turn up a single Buss. Bone dry, it was! :-(

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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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