Surname Saturday | ORMSBY/ORMSBEE

My Ormsby ancestry in America dates to the late 1630’s when Richard Ormsby came from England and settled in Maine. The family name was often times spelled Ormsbee. Richard made his way to Massachusetts.

His descendant, Isaac, was born in Rhode Island. He served in the Revolutionary War and was with General George Washington at the defeat of General Cornwallis at Yorktown. In 1796, he walked to Greenfield, NY to purchase land. After the purchase, he walked back to Barrington, RI, then returned, on foot, to Greenfield with his wife, Patience (Chase), and their four children. He and Patience are buried in the Ormsbee family burying ground on the site of the Ormsbee farm near Porters Corners near Greenfield.

One of their children was Russell Ormsbee. He was instrumental in documenting his family’s history. Early in life, he developed the habit of making family records and preserving them. He inspired his descendants to do the same. He was also quite a traveler for those days. His diary mentions trips to Vermont, Rhode Island, New York City, Boston and Michigan.

Another of Isaac and Patience’s children was Nancy. She married my third great grandfather John Earl Harris. They settled in Greenfield after their 1820 marriage, before leaving for Indiana in 1837. Later, they moved to Cato, Manitowoc Co., WI. Both Nancy and John Earl are buried in Cato Heights Cemetery in Cato.

Surname Sunday | HARVEY

Our Harvey family emigrated from England about 1860. George Harvey and his wife, Elizabeth Lowden, settled in Leoni Twp., Jackson Co., MI, on property located at the corner of present day Wooster and Seymore Roads. Their son, Herbert, who is my wife’s great grandfather, bought the Musbach farm on Harvey Rd., Jackson Co. The farm remained in the family until their son Wayne sold it in 1970.

Surname Sunday | SEYBOLD

My great grandmother’s surname on my dad’s maternal side is Seybold. Leonhard Seybold, my 2nd great grandfather, arrived with his brother and sister at Castle Garden from Germany on June 2, 1857, onboard the ship New Orleans. He settled on a farm in Brillion Township, Calumet Co., WI. His daughter, Katherine, married Orville Duloss Harris in 1876. More about the Harris family can be read here.

Surname Sunday | HAU

My mother’s surname is Hau. Wilhelm Hau came to America from Prussia, probably in the 1860’s. He settled in Sheboygan County, WI as a farmer. He married Kathrine Tuepper in 1869. They had nine children together. Wilhelm died in 1884 at the age of 41. One of their sons, John, is my great grandfather. He, together with his sons Raymond and Clarence, owned and operated Hau’s Lion Cafeteria in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI.