I was recently given a copy of a photo of my 2nd great grandmother, Kathrine (Tuepper) Hau. I had only seen one picture of her and that was taken when she was elderly. This new photo was taken when she was a much younger woman.
Kathrine married my 2nd great grandfather, Wilhelm Hau, in 1869. Wilhelm passed away in 1884, at the age of 42. More about Wilhelm can be read in the previous post located here. Kathrine married John Butz in 1887.
I was lucky enough, last week, to come into contact with a cousin who found my tree on Ancestry.com. She and I are 3rd cousins and we both descend from Wilhelm Hau and Kathrine Tuepper.
I have known about Wilhelm for a long time. He was born in 1842 in Prussia. He became a wealthy land owner and had tenant farms. According to stories, he served in the Prussian army and had a crippled little finger. He played the violin and was a choir director. Because of political reasons, Wilhelm immigrated to the United States, probably in the mid-1860’s, and settled in Russell Twp., Sheboygan Co., WI. There, he farmed and was the choir master at St. Joe Catholic Church.
Wilhelm died in 1884, at the age of 42. I haven’t yet been able determine how he died. He and Kathrine had 9 children.
I’ve never known what Wilhelm looked like – until now! My new newly-found cousin has a picture of him and emailed it to me today. I can now put a face to my 3rd great grandfather.