Mystery Monday | August 16, 2010

Like most people who are researching their family history, I have a lot of unanswered questions about many of my ancestors. Where did they live? What was their occupation? Why did they move to a certain area of the country? Who is in this picture? Where are they buried? The questions never end!

I’m starting a Monday’s Mystery post that will ask some of these questions about specific people. Maybe some of my readers will have information to help solve a few of these many mysteries.

Today’s mystery involves some photos of unknowns. The pictures were given to me by the Daniels family in Shawano, WI. They may have once belonged to my great aunt, Helen Weller, who lived in Clintonville, WI.

I’m particularly interested in the gentleman on the left in the above photo. He appears in both of these pictures. I’m guessing the the lady in the second picture is his wife, but I don’t know that for sure.

Today’s Tidbit | May 27, 1857 – Joseph and Sadie Voiland

On May 27, 1857, my 2nd great grandparents, Joseph Voiland and Felicitée Marie (Sadie) Romond, arrive in New York City from France.

Joseph, from Essert, and Sadie, from the nearby town of Urcerey, must have started on their journey to America almost immediately after their March 26th wedding. They arrived in New York just 2 months and one day after they were married. Since the ocean crossing took around 6 weeks and travel in France to a seaport was slow, they could not have wasted any time.

After arriving in New York, they traveled to Buffalo and remained there until passage through the Great Lakes could be obtained. They finally arrived in Little Wolf Twp., Waupaca Co., Wisconsin in December.

More about my Voiland/Weller family can be found here.

Streets and Signs

It’s neat to come across streets that were named in honor of my families’ ancestors. It’s adds to their stories and certainly indicates that they were well thought of in their communities! He are some pictures of the street signs I’ve found.

The first one is located in Plymouth, MA. Bradford Street is named after one of my most famous ancestors, Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony. He is my ninth great grandfather.

My wife’s maiden name is Harvey. Harvey Road, in Jackson Co., MI, is named after her great grandfather Herbert Harvey, who farmed there.

Another ancestral line of my wife’s is Notten. Her third great grandfather, Ehlert Notten, came to America from England and farmed in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI.

My 4th great grandfather, Isaac Ormsbee, settled in north of Greenfield, near Porter Corners, Saratoga Co., NY in 1796. The old family cemetery is along Ormsbee Rd.

Musbach Rd. in Washtenaw County, MI, is name after my wife’s Musbach family, who farmed nearby.

Hienrich Heinke, my 2nd great grandfather settled and farmed in Royalton Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

My wife’s 2nd great grandfather, Damien Heim, came from Germany and settled in Sylvan Twp., Washtenaw Co., MI

This last one wasn’t exactly named after one of my family members (at least we haven’t proven it yet). Thibeau Voiland came to America from Cravanche, Belfort, France and settle in Erin Twp. (Roseville), Macomb Co., MI.

I also descend from Voilands who came from an area very close to Cravanche, but we haven’t been able to connect the two families! Maybe the addition of the sign here with help to prove or disprove the connection.

Surname Saturday | HEINKE

My 2nd great grandparents, Heinrich (Friedrick) Heinke, and his wife Eliese (Schroebke), along with their two daughters, landed in New York at Castle Garden on October 27, 1860.  The ship’s record indicates that they had been living in Bretwisch (West Pomerania) Prussia (later a part of East Germany) before going to Hamburg to board the ship, “Deutschland”.  They arrived in Eldorado Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI in the fall of 1860.  Three children, including my great grandmother Laura, were born to them while living there.  In 1879, they moved to the farm in Royalton Township, Waupaca Co.  Laura would have been 17 at the time. Four years later she married Frank Weller.

We have been unable to trace the Heinke line farther back than Heinrich. His father may have been name Karl, but that hasn’t been substantiated. Heinrich and Eliese are buried in Little Wolf Cemetery – Manawa, Waupaca Co.

Today’s Tidbit | January 18, 1858

On this day, in 1858, my great grandfather, Frank Weller, was born in Little Wolf Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. He was the oldest child of Joseph and Sadie Voiland. Frank cleared and established an 80 acre farm in the town of Royalton, in about 1879, more than three years before he married Laura Sophie Heinke.

They sold the farm in 1907 and moved to Clintonville with the intention of retiring. But soon after, he bought a large farm and dairy and operated it until the fall of 1916, when he purchased a hardware store. He operated Frank Weller Hardware Co. until his death in 1935. His son, Russell, continued to operate the store until 1972.

c. 1880

c. 1934

Today’s Tidbit | December 3, 1857

On this day, in 1857, Charles Francois Xavier Voiland, his wife Adelaide, and their children Magdalena, Catherine, Julia, Philomene and Adele, arrived at Castle Garden in New York City. They came aboard the ship William Tell. Charles’ name has also appeared in family records as Jean Baptiste Voiland.  It appears that he used both names.

Voiland Passenger List - click to enlarge

Passport record from Belfort, France archives

They eventually made their way to Buffalo, NY. Charles and Adelaide are my 3rd great grandparents. More about my Voiland/Weller family can be read here.

Wayne Clare Harvey | Dec. 27, 1918 – Dec. 1, 2009

My wife’s grandfather passed away this morning. Grandpa Harvey would have celebrated his 91st birthday later this month. We are all blessed to have been a part of his long and active life.

He always greeted us with a big smile! I will miss the times we spent talking about the Harvey and Heim family histories. Our talks were always filled with stories that made those histories really come to life.

Helen and Wayne engaged - c. 1940

Helen and Wayne with their children - c. 1954

Wayne, Lynn and Richard - 1965

c. 1942

Wayne with his grandchildren, Kim, Jeff and Stephanie c. 1970

Helen and Wayne - 1972

In Rome - 1973

Kim's college graduation with Zella LeVan - 1986

With their great grandchildren, Lauren and Kristine - 1992

Wayne and Marlene - 2005

Celebrating 88th birthday with great grandchildren - 2006

Kim and Grandpa - 2007

Celebrating his 89th birthday - 2007

90th birthday celebration - 2008

Enjoying Kristine's graduation party with Cas Case and Kim - 2009

Working on our family history - 2009

Today’s Tidbit | October 27, 1860 – Heinrich and Eliese Heinke

On this day, 149 years ago, my 2nd great grandparents, Hienrich and Eliese (Schroebke) Heinke along with their 2 daughters, Caroline and Amelia, arrived at Castle Garden in New York City. The ship’s record indicates that they had been living in Bretwisch (West Pomerania) Prussia (later, part of East Germany) before traveling to Hamburg to board the ship, “Deutschland“. E. Wesselhöft was the ship’s master.

"Deutschland" passenger list showing Heinke family

"Deutschland" passenger list showing Heinke family (click to enlarge)

The Heinkes arrived in Eldorado Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI in the fall of 1860. Three more children, Laura, Elisabeth, and Reinhard were born to them while living there. In 1879, they settled on the farm in Royalton Township. The location of their farm can be seen on this 1890 plat map.

Heinke property in Royalton Twp., Waupaca Co., WI (click to enlarge)

Heinke property in Royalton Twp., Waupaca Co., WI (click to enlarge)

This Heinke Rd. sign marks the way to the former location of the Heinke farm.

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Sign for street leading into former sight of the Heinke farm in Royalton Twp.

In 1883, their daughter, Laura, married Frank Weller, who had a farm nearby.

Heinrich and Eliese Heinke are both buried in Little Wolf Cemetery, Manawa, Waupaca Co., WI

Tuesday Treasure | August 10, 2009

This red Rex Jet wagon was bought from my grandfather’s hardware store in the mid 1960′s. I remember that he would have the bikes and wagons displayed up on the loft at the back of the store.

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We spent many a day scooting along with one leg in the wagon and the other propelling it up and down driveways and sidewalks. It was a great sandbox or a small pool of water. We’d attached a rope to the handle and tow it with our bikes. It later years, it’s served us well as a dirt or sod transporter.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | August 9 – August 15, 2009

William Salisbury, Jr. – Born August 14, 1659 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He married Anna Cole on July 30th 1664 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony. William is my 7th great grandfather.

Joseph Benjamin, III – Born August 15, 1699 in Preston, New London, Connecticut Colony. He married Deborah Clark on April 3, 1722 in Preston. Joseph is my 6th great grandfather.

Richard Ormsby and Sarah Upham – Married August 9, 1640 in Saco, York Co., Province of Maine. They are my 8th great grandparents.

William Bradford, III and Alice Carpenter – Married August 14, 1623 in Plymouth Colony. William was the second governor of the Plymouth Colony almost continuously from 1621 until 1656. William and Alice are my 9th great grandparents.

Mary “Polly” Bromley – Died August 10, 1845. She married Asa Benjamin on January 4, 1787 in Worthington, Hampshire Co., MA. Mary is buried in the Hall Rd. Cemetery in Pierpont, Ashtabula Co., OH. She is my 4th great grandmother.

Wilhelm Hau – Died August 12, 1884 in St. Joe, Marshfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. He came to America from Prussia in the 1860′s and married Kathrine Tuepper on January 12, 1869 in Mt. Calvery, Fond du Lac Co. He is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Marshfield Twp. Wilhelm is my 2nd great grandfather.

Dorothy Louise Harris – Died August 13, 1972 in Clintonville, Waupaca Co., WI. She was born on July 17, 1900 in Appleton, Outagamie Co. Dorothy married Russell Bernard Weller in 1929. She is buried in St. Rose Cemetery in Clintonville. Dorothy is my grandmother.

Maria Katherine Michels – Died on August 14, 1923 in Johnsburg, Fond du Lac Co., WI. She was born in Germany and married Anton Fuhrmann on June 19, 1860 in Johnsburg. She is buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Johnsburg. Maria is my 2nd great grandmother.

Henry Lawrence Heim – Died on August 15, 1959 and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea, Washtenaw Co., MI. Henry married Vera Gage in 1916 in Jackson, Jackson Co., MI. He is my wife’s great grandfather.