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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Before My Time is about my four grandparents, their ancestors, and their descendants:
  • Johannn (John) Samuel Krentz was born 19 May 1891 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana. He left home and moved to North Dakota in his teens, eventually marrying and settling near Lisbon to farm and raise his family, which included my father. He died there 27 August 1978. John's parents came from Germany.
  • Margreta (Gertie) Tjode Hedwig Buss was born 13 April 1896 in Shenford Township, Ransom County, North Dakota. She married John on 11 February 1914 and had nine children with him, seven of whom grew to adulthood. My father was the middle child. Gertie's parents also came from Germany.
  • Rosmer Pettis Kerr was born 30 September 1892 in Mercer, Pennsylvania. His father died when he was three years old, and his mother, a teacher and an artist, did not remarry. After attending the business college at Valparaiso, Rosmer settled in Detroit, Michigan, where he married and raised his family, which included my mother. He died there 9 February 1969. Rosmer's ancestors were mostly from the United Kingdom (a few arrived on the Mayflower), but his grandmother Efner was either Dutch or German.
  • Evelyn Elvina Hauer was born 1 April 1894 in Detroit, Michigan. Her father died of tuberculosis when she was three. She herself had tuberculosis of the bone as a very young child which caused the deformity of her spine. Evelyn married Rosmer on 12 June 1916 and had three daughters with him, two of whom lived to adulthood. My mother was the last-born child. Evelyn's mother was German; her father was from Luxembourg.

 Before My Time has a companion blog:
  • My Ancestors in Books - a virtual library embedded with books, many of them left open to the very page I want to show you. For the sake of my readers who are on dial-up, I usually put them there rather than here.

Before My Time exists for the purpose of examining, preserving, and sharing what I've learned about my family history. Or, more accurately, what I'm learning. Discovery and interpretation of clues to the past is an ongoing process. Thus new information may be added in the form of a new post, or as an update or replacement to the content of an old post.

It's impossible for me to claim that everything herein is written in stone; therefore it is up to you, the reader, to use this information as a basis for your own research rather than depend upon it as if it were gospel. Please know that I strive to be correct but admit that I am imperfect. If you are able to shed any light upon subjects written about here, the Comments feature is enabled so you can add your thoughts.

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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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