Saturday, September 27, 2014

September Ancestor: Johann Heinrich (John Henry) Seggerman

Happy Fall! School is in session so it must be September. In fact just a few more days left of September so I better blog about my September ancestor, Johann Heinrich (John Henry) Seggerman.

Johann Heinrich Seggerman was born in Leer, Ostfriesland, Germany 29 July 1838. He came to America in 1857. He enlisted for the Civil War for the Union side in August 1862; he served in Company K of the 108th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was honorably discharged in 1865.
He married Mary Junker in December 1866 in Woodford county, Illinois. They were the parents of 9 children: Greetje "Grace" Seggerman, Laura Seggerman, Rena Seggerman, Sarah Ann Seggerman, Henry Seggerman, Harry Seggerman, Herman Seggerman, Richard "Dick" Seggerman, and Mary Seggerman. Grace the oldest passed away in Illinois in 1889.
The family moves from Woodford county, Illinois to Jefferson county, Nebraska in 1894 and lived on a farm 4 miles west of Fairbury. Six months later his wife becomes ill and passes away. (Note she passes away March 1894 according to her gravestone so possibly they moved in 1893.)
In 1895 or 1896 he is united in marriage to Mrs. Katharina (Eisenhouer) Taddiken in Jefferson county, Nebraska. She already has a son Philip (and maybe others). One child is born to John Henry and Katharina, and he or she dies in infancy in 1896.
John Henry works as a farmer according to the 1880 and 1900 census. He retires from farming in 1895 and lives in Gladstone for 5 years. Then he moves to Fairbury in December 1909 (or should this be 1900?)
In October 1909 he suffers a stroke of paralysis from which he does not recover. In February 1910 he has another stroke, and end of July suffers a third which seems to do him in. He passes away Sunday morning August 7, 1910 at 11 a.m. in Fairbury, Jefferson county, Nebraska.
The funeral service was conducted from his home Wednesday (August 10) by the pastor of the Baptist church. There was a public service conducted at Zion Lutheran Church of Gladstone. He is buried west of town at Pleasant Hill cemetery. His other 8 children are still alive at the time of his passing.

For documentation I have found him in the 1880, 1900 and 1910 US Federal censuses, I have a cemetery photo and an obituary, and I think I have a copy of his marriage license to his second wife.

His gravestone in Pleasant Hill Cemetery (not my best photo)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award: Thanks & Passing It On

Yesterday I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog award by Cheri Hudson Passey of Carolina Girl Genealogy
Thank you Cheri. I'm in some good company in that list.

So now the rules of the award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire or however many you can come up with
4. Contact those bloggers to let them know you nominated them.

7 Things about me:
1. My name is Beth, not Elizabeth
2. I am the mother of 2 kids, a boy age 6 1/2 and girl 2 1/2. I am under 50 and not a grandmother yet.
3. I was born in Nebraska and have always lived in the Husker state. GO BIG RED!!
4. I began researching my family about 12 years ago, when I was in my late 20's.
5. I now work part time as a receptionist in a dental office. I love the hours as I still get to do genealogy, and like my co-workers.
6. I like to relax by doing various genealogy tasks on the computer: adding photos to Findagrave or transcribing.
7. My parents were both teachers. I have a degree in education, my grandmother was a teacher. On my mom's side of the family at one time, we could probably open a school with all the teachers in our family.

Blogs I admire and nominate for the award:
1. Hack Genealogy Blog by Thomas MacEntee If it has to do with technology or social media, he is ALL over it
2. Ancestral Breezes Blog by Jen Baldwin She is also our host of #genchat two Friday evenings a month
3. 4 Your Family Story blog by Caroline Pointer  She always has tips about what genealogy things you NEED to know
4. Genealogy's Star by James Tanner
5. Rootdig by Michael John Neill
6. You Go Genealogy Girls Blog by Ruby Coleman & Cheri Hopkins
7. AnceStories by Miriam J. Robbins
8. Nutfield Genealogy by Heather Wilkinson Rojo
9. Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver  He does Saturday night genealogy fun
10. Long Lost Relatives by Susan Petersen

Okay I came up with 10. I am sure there are tons more and I think a couple of these have already been nominated, but I must admit I don't read as many as I should. Okay, hopefully people will see these and now I have to contact them.

Friday, August 22, 2014

August ancestor: Lena M. (Nelson) Jorgensen

August is almost over so I am blogging about my August ancestor. She has been one of my hardest to trace, but luckily I have found a few records about her.
Emeline "Lena" Maria Nelson was born in Denmark (probably in or near Thingstrup) on December 10, 1848. Her parents were Nels C. Jensen and Inger Katrina Euwalden (or something like that).
I do not know much about her early life in Denmark. She at least had a relationship with an Anders Brogoard Christensen and became with child. She had a daughter Inger Katrina Nelson, known as "Katie". Katie was born in 1873.
In 1884, Lena and her daughter Katie immigrated to the United States from Denmark. I do not know what they did for the next 10 years or where they lived. Without the 1890 census I haven't found them. Even with it, they would be hard to trace. I have searched state censuses and come up empty handed, just lots of Maria Nelsons which may or may not be right.
Somehow Katie meets my great-grandfather and they get married in 1897 in Kearney county, Nebraska.
Ten years later in 1907, Katie's mother Lena marries Katie's father-in-law Lars Jorgensen. So Katie's father-in-law becomes her stepfather. This marriage takes place in Kearney county, Nebraska.
I then can find Lena and Lars Jorgensen listed in the 1910 census living next door to Lars' son Rasmus and his wife Ricka and two doors away from their children Chris and Katie in Cheyenne county, Nebraska.
I then have Lena's death certificate that says she passed away 13 Jan 1914 in Minden, Kearney county, Nebraska. She is buried in the Jorgensen family plot in the Fredricksburg cemetery, but a photo request has not yielded a photo of her gravestone. I have implied from this that she is in an unmarked plot.
I have no photos of Lena, just a marriage and death certificates. Perhaps some perusing in the Cheyenne or Kearney county newspapers could yield more information on my great-great-grandmother. A trip west might be in order for that.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

July's Ancestor: Felix Regnier

Okay I'm a little behind in blogging about my ancestors. July was busy.

My featured ancestor for July is Felix Regnier (1840-1926).
Felix was born July 29, 1840 in Harmar, Washington County, Ohio to Dr. Felix Modeste Regnier and Elizabeth Barber. He had 2 brothers and one half brother, and one half sister who passed away before he was born. He grew up in Washington County, Ohio. His mother passed away in 1859 when he was about 19 years old. He attended school at Marietta College, in Washington County, Ohio in the early 1860's.

A quote from a document written by a Regnier family member "About the commencement of war, he (Felix) joined his brother Austin in the purchase of the steamer Lizzie Martin. They made a few trips between Pittsburgh and Louisville before they and their boat were pressed into government service where he remained until he became sick and their boat was worn out. He then sold the engines and returned to Harmar." After the close of the war, Felix moves to Monmouth, Illinois to farm and be engaged in the grain business. (Clearly this is in 1863 he moves to Monmouth, rather in 1865 which is usually regarded as the "close of the war".)

On December 22, 1863 he married Sallie Sickmon in Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois. They continue living in Warren county, Illinois through 1870 and 1880 raising their children, as indicated by the censuses. Felix is listed as a farmer in these censuses, living quite close to his in-laws in 1870.
Felix and Sallie had 11 children. Ten of their children live into adulthood, the oldest 5 are girls and the youngest 5 boys. In order of birth, their ten children are Elizabeth "Libby", Carrie, Iva "Ivy", Fannie R., Sarah, and George Felix, William L, Roy, John B. and Louis. Carrie and Ivy never marry or have children.

On 2 September 1887, Felix's wife, Sallie passes away. Her funeral was held on the 4th at the Christian church, and she is buried at the Monmouth Cemetery. She seemed to pass away quite suddenly at the age of 44 years old.
In December 1891, his father Felix M. Regnier (Sr.) passes away when he is hit by a train while walking along the train tracks. The elder Dr. Felix is nearly blind and partly deaf at this time, and just had his 91st birthday. This accident is well covered in the news.
Then in 1897, Felix has a run-in with another man. Simon Frandsen was working for Felix, and was quite enamored of his daughter, although she did not care for him. On September 13, Regnier was driving to town and met Frandsen. Frandsen shot at him. Felix went home and got his shot gun and took his son Roy with him. Felix was going to report this to the sheriff, but again he met Frandsen who shot at him. Felix shot back and killed Frandsen. The jury did not convict Regnier.

By 1900, Felix has moved to Baca county, Colorado with his daughter Carrie, and his sons William, John B. and Louis. Roy Regnier and family are also living in that county by 1903. He stays there through 1920 per the censuses.
On July 1, 1926 Felix Regnier passes away at  Clayton, Union county, New Mexico. He is just short of having his 86th birthday. His body is taken to Denver, Colorado for cremation and his ashes are interred in the family lot at Monmouth, Illinois, beside his wife.

I feel like I've written a book on this man. I do know quite a bit about this man and his life and family. I am thankful for my great-grandfather Roy who wrote some of it down as well as others, and that it got passed down to me so I could get copies. Along with the federal censuses, I have information from the Regnier book partly written by Felix in 1888 (although not certain if that is Sr. or Jr.), and from the Regniers in North America book, photos, Felix and Sallie's marriage license, Felix's death certificate, Sallie's death certificate and photos of their gravestones and a few newspaper articles.

Felix Regnier Jr. (don't know when this was taken)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

One Week Left! Conferences to Attend!

Only ONE week left to register at the early bird rate for the Midwest Family History Expos in Kearney coming September 12-13, 2014. I will be speaking on and on the US GenWeb. Other noted speakers include Ruby Coleman from North Platte, and flying in James Tanner and Arlene Eakle. Please go to the following web site for more information and to register NOW!

Also I am happy to announce the Nebraska State Genealogical Society annual conference will be in Grand Island April 24-25, 2015. We will be having George Morgan as our featured speaker. He is a nationally known speaker and author. He will be speaking on some great topics, including the agricultural census and newspapers. We also plan to have a genealogy program panel. If you plan to attend and are well versed in a genealogy program please contact me. Please plan now to attend. Stay tuned to our web site:

I hope to see you at one of these genealogy events in Nebraska.

And remember Who Do You Think You Are? started up again last night, so tune in to TLC Wednesday nights and join us on Twitter using the hashtag #WDYTYA to talk about the show! Sometimes the celebrity joins in the tweet; last night it was great to have producers Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucantinsky joining us.

Stay tuned for more!


Friday, July 4, 2014

June's Ancestor: Charles William Hanks

Okay, I'm going to get June's ancestor done in the nick of time as today is June 30. Today I am blogging about my ancestor, Charles William Hanks from my father's side.
Charles William Hanks was born in Germany June 10, 1851. His parents were Fred Hanks and Augusta Wilhelmina "Minnie" Groft. His father seemed to pass away in Germany while he was quite young, about 9 years old. So his mother remarried to Frederich Wilhelm Johann "John" Eichberg.
Charles then immigrated to the United States with his mother, stepfather and about seven siblings about 1867. Some of those might be half siblings or step siblings as they are all listed with the last name Eichberg even though I think some were her children with Fred.
Charles (sometimes called Carl or C.W.) married Martha Fields November 1872 (or 1871) in Wisconsin, probably in Dodge county. I just ordered their marriage license, so crossing my fingers there is one.
They had 5 children: Mable Clara born in 1873, Edith Adel born 1875, Albert C. born 1876, Jessie born 1879, and Maude J. born 1883. The first 4 children were born in Wisconsin and Maude was born in Nebraska.
They are living in Madison county, Nebraska in the 1880 census, and look to be in the same place in the 1900 census, but then in the 1910 census either they moved or the counties changed boundaries. In 1910 they are in Antelope county, Nebraska.
Charles William Hanks then passes away May 12, 1915 in Tilden, Antelope county, Nebraska. He is buried in the Tilden cemetery which was named as an IOOF cemetery. I have his death certificate and a gravestone photo.

Charles W. Hanks & Martha Fields wedding photo as found in the Tilden Centennial Journey book. 

I believe I also have his obituary, but I need to find it. Many years ago, I took a trip to Tilden, Nebraska and looked up information at the library. This photo was one thing I found. 
So here I am finishing this post on July 4th. I am thankful for independence this day and every day. I am thankful and proud of my ancestors for what they endured. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

May's Ancestor: Stientje Peters (Freise) Junker

Well I know June is nearly over, so I need to blog on my June ancestor. Then yesterday I checked, and lo and behold, I hadn't blogged on my May ancestor. Oops, May and June have been busy months.

My May ancestor is Stientje Peters (Freise) Junker.
I have that she was born October 28, 1817 in Ihrenefeld, Germany. I do not have a birth or baptism record for her. So I have this information by calculation of her date of death off her gravestone.
I do not know who her parents are, but I have a guess her mother's maiden name may have been Peters. As many children were named after their mother's maiden name, and I have found her middle name as Peters which seems odd for a woman. I don't know anything else about her early life in Germany.

She married Hidde Harms Junker on August 24, 1839 in Ihrhove, Germany. I do not have a marriage record either. She and Hidde were the parents of many children. I have noted the following children but I think I could be missing a few: Sara H. born in 1841, Harm H. born in 1842, Peter born in 1846, Mary born in 1852, Henry H. born in 1855, Anna born in 1858 and Margaretha Ella born in 1860.
I think they immigrated to America around 1862 from Germany. I have found one immigration record that might be their family.

I may have found them in the 1870 census, and definitely found them in 1880 living in Iowa. By 1880, they are in their mid 60's and their children are grown. I'm not sure when they moved to Jefferson county, Nebraska but they and many of their children resided in Jefferson county, Nebraska at the time of their passing. Stientje and Hidde are listed in the 1885 Nebraska state census, so they must have moved to Jefferson county, Nebraska some time between 1880 and 1885. From 1885 until her passing in 1899, she resided in Jefferson county, Nebraska.

Stientje passes away November 1, 1899 in Jefferson county, Nebraska. She is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, northwest of Fairbury, Nebraska. She was a few days over the age of 80 at her passing. Her gravestone seems to have her at 82 years and 4 days at her passing, so I may have her date of birth slightly off. I looked for her obituary, but I don't think I found it. I do have a gravestone photo, and I have found another photo of them, which came from another descendant. Thanks to L. Bohlke for the following photo:

And of course, if you are related, please feel free to contact me. I descend from their daughter Mary, but I know they had about 100 descendants at the time of Hidde's passing.