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 Findagrave.com 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!
https://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/viewevent/index/72


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: http://nesgs.org/

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!

Beth

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. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What to Do When the Genealogy Sites are Down

Oh what to do? Findagrave and Ancestry have been down off and on yesterday and today, as well as a few other of Ancestry's sites. So here are a few suggestions of what you can do while you wait:

Non-genealogy related:
1. Clean your house
2. Do laundry
3. Update your finances
4. Watch a favorite movie
5. Do some online shopping

Genealogy-related:
1. Catch up on reading blogs
2. Write your own blog post
3. Read a genealogy book or magazine
4. Organize your genealogy, go through what you already have on someone and list what you need to find
5. Watch a webinar
6. Back up your data
7. Scan your photos
8. Plan your next family reunion
9. Make a photo book on Shutterfly or other photo site
10. Stop complaining and posting about it every hour on Facebook!

Thanks. Have a good day! I recommend Thomas MacEntee's geneabloggers site to stay up to date:
http://geneabloggers.com/ancestrycom-distributed-denial-service-attack-neutralized/

PS: That last one is meant to be a joke so don't be offended.

Oh and I forgot to include go to a cemetery, courthouse or library. But as my child is napping during my prime genealogy time, those aren't usually options for me.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Polk county Nebraska Veterans Honor Roll

Here is the rest of the story: More of the list of veterans from Polk county Nebraska
Osceola Cemetery, Imanuel, Lindale and Laclede and Shelby (Graceland cemetery)
Also check http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nepolk/

Transcribed by Beth Sparrow

The Polk County News, Thrusday, May 22, 2008 page 16

Memorial Day, May 26, 2008

Roll Call of Deceased Polk County Veterans of the U. S. Armed Forces

Osceola Legion Post #91

Civil War
J. H. Anderson
John E. Baker
J. P. Beal
Theodore Beebe
L. A. Beltser
H. W. Bixby
Theodore Blake
B. F. Brown
M. J. Brown
H. L. Bond
John T. Byers
B. C. Campbell
J. F. Campbell
W. H. Carson
A. J. Combs
Wm. J. Conklyn
Theodore Cowan
S. W. Crabill
William Crisp
R. O. D. Cummings
Charlotte Cummings (Army Nurse)
V. P. Davis
W. B. Daymude
J. W. Detweiler
J. D. Ennis
Joshus Finecy
David Foy
G. W. Gregg
A. L. Gushee
John Hartman
E. W. Heffelbower
Chas. Heinemeyer
B. B. Hills
J. D. Housersheldt
Henry Hilderbrand
Henry Hughes
Jacob Jones
J. H. Jones
James M. Joy
Soloman H. Joy
L. Kelley
W. H. Kennard
Milon Kinney
G. H. Kinyon
Thomas Klassey
S. Leatherbury
G. E. Lybarer
B. F. Martin
John H. Mickey
Samuel L. Miller
H. M. Mills
J. B. Mitchell
William McBeth
John Peterson
L. M. Pratt
I. D. Reed
J. G. Rhodes
Fredrich Schmoker
H. P. Shore
E. Smelser
James Stewart
Christopher Timm
Frederick Timm
L. S. VanHoosen
William VanHoosen
E. Vincent
William Welch
S. O. Whaley
A. M. White
J. W. Wilson

Spanish American War
Chas. E. Beltzer
Easton Hartel
E. J. Howland
Austin Jeffrey
William Lewis
Frank D. Mills
Bert Smith

Mexican Border Service
Elmus Coleman Brown
Wilbur Jackson
Arthur VanHoosen

World War I
Hubert F. Alt
C. Guy Anderson
Martin R. Anderson
Guy F. Ball
Frank C. Banks
Goldy Birchfield
John Paul Bittner
L. Fred Branting
Earl Brazee
Harry Brazee
Hilbert Buchta
J. W. Buchta
Ellis D. Buffington
Phil Campbell
W. Alvin Campbell
Arvid Carlson
Julius Cerny Sr.
Russell Clark
Kenneth Cornish
John A. Craven
Ralph E. DeLand
Emannel V. F. Ornander
Nanno Gerdes
Roy Gilbert
Arvid Gustafson
John Harbour
Homer H. Hastings
Julius P. Herrmann
Floyd M. Hartson
Wilbur I. Hotchkiss
Glen H. Jacobsen
Dr. Charles Jeffrey
Verner Johansen
T. J. Jones
Dr. Leo Karrer
W. R. Kepner
Elton Koehler
George Loft
Russell Mace
John Malek
Vance Marquis
Leonard J. Matheson
Clinton O. McBeth
Lester McCormick
Delmar McFadden
Leon M. Merrick
John Mickey
Frederick Mills
Olaf H. Nelson
Otto B. Nelson
William H. Norton
William W. Norton
W. L. Ogden
Otto Olson
Wilbur Olson
Dr. C. R. Peterson
Tom Reece
LeRoy Rhodes
Gilbert L. Roslund
Ben Schmoker
Edward A. Schnasse
Fred W. Schuman
Glenn Schelmadine
Dewey Sigler
Sidney Lynn Snider
John Staroscik
Wallace D. Stoner
Albert L. Timm
Claude Timm
Logan VanHoosen
Roy VanHoosen
Sheridan VanHoosen
Benj. Windham
William Wolfe

Ben T. Zedicher

World War II
Carl O. Anderson
C. Edgar Anderson
C. Lester Anderson
Clarence Clyde Anderson
Calmer Boden
Ray Bennett
Lloyd Boden
Howard Boden
Ivan K. Bond
Sheldon Bond
Bentley Brown
Ellis D. Buffington
Don R. Byers
Eugene Carman
Alvin J. Cerny
Milo E. Cochran
Vernon Cole
W. Keith Cox
John A. Craven
Larry P. Davis
Ralph E. Deland
Harold H. Denery
Victor N. Doremus
Dale D. Dunn
Gerald Engel
Henry Erdmann
Simeon E. Everitt
Earl Fansler
Norman Fintel
Robert R. Fischer
Glenn C. Fonda
Arthur L. Gabriel
Henry A. Galus
Milton Garbart
Rolland Gissler
William A. Grossnicklaus
Carl G. Gustafson
Ervin J. Gustafson
Robel V. Gustafson
John Hahn
Lowell Hanson
John Harbour
Raymond Hastings
C. Wilbur Haxton
Donald Hayes
Robert Heindryckx
Owen G. Horst
D. C. Hunter
Morris Ienn
Glen J. Jacobsen
Eugene Johansen
Vernon D. Johnson
Edgar Klein
Albin Koziel
Allan L. Kresha
Eugene Kuchera
Wilbert G. LeSuer
William "Jack" Mason Jr.
Leonard J. Matheson
Howard Jay McDonald
Harlan McKeag
Robert McMeekin Jr.
Arthur McVeigh
Robert D. Miller
Robert L. Mills
Webster Mills Jr.
Kenneth R. Monson
Rubert M. Moore
Harold E. Nelson
William H. Norton
Phil Nyberg
Stanley T. Olson
Harold Osantowski
Joseph Ricci
Alva K. Richards
Ivan Eugene Richards
Orville D. Rodene
Dwane Sanderson
T. Duane Schmoker
Everette W. Smith
Mairon Snider
Mike Snodgrass
Lester Soll
Eugene V. Sterup
Mervin R. Stromberg
Harold D. Thayer
Max Thelen
John Thompson Jr.
Carl Timm
Murl Timm
Jack H. Tindall
Fred Topil
Donald Udey
William L. Umstead
Francis Urban
Raymond Wagner
Raymond O. Walgreen
Harold G. Wieseman
Robert E. Wieseman
Oscar Wieser
David Winslow
Lawrence Winslow
Harold Wurst
Richard A. Wyman
Bill Zedicher

Buried at Sea or on Foreign Soil World War II
Bruce L. Anthony
Edgar Backlund
John Benjamin Carlson
Theron A. Dreier
James W. Johnston
Leonard T. Lisko
John J. Liskovec
Richard Matheson
Donald Prell
Conrad Robak
Verner C. Timm

Korean Conflict
Joseph Alt
Vernon Boden
Warren Campbell
Leonard L. Coffin
Dr. Clarence Davis
Leroy Graham
George J. Inness II
Donald Jensen
Leonard Loeffler
Thomas H. Mace
Richard Matusek
Bobby Lee Mickey
Richard Miller
Robert W. Need
Russell M. Reese
Harold Schomaker
John W. Scott
Kenneth Scott
George G. Shepard
Robert Sigler
Sidney M. Sigler
Wayne L. Stallings
Logan VanHoosen
Stanley VanHoosen
Maurice Watts Jr.
Edward E. Watts
Burdette Williams
Donald A. Yungdahl

Vietnam
Myron H. Carlson
Ernest H. Gleim (lost at sea)
Gary Gustafson
David Hill (Granada)
Richard Iwan
Larry Larson
Donald Rose
Michael W. Wieseman

Immanuel Cemetery

Carl Blase
Ervin Blase
Henry Dittmer
Donald Driewer
Walter O. Hopp
Ernest Joseph
Julius Kerker
William Meyer
Willard Richardson
Arild Swanson
Maria Ziegelbein

Laclede Cemetery

Edwin Drewel
Archie W. Johnson
Bessie L. Johnson
Harold Lindburg
John Malek
Edward L. McHenry
Wm. H. Miller

Lindale Cemetery

William Erickson
Elmer Hanquist
Larry Jones
Martin Jones
Laymon Lampshire
Philip Meline
Enoch Peterson
John Richardson
LeVar Sandell
Joseph Spires

Shelby - Frank McMillen Post #296

Civil War
Kellogg C. Bartlett
S. L. Burlingame
Edward Burrill
G. W. Chase
H. A. Cowles
B. F. L. Currie
Celestin Delaet
John T. Dunning
John Fox
Frantz Haerrig
William Hanshew
William Leonard
Jonathan Miller
Joseph Nelsen
Isiah Paisley
B. F. Pointer
Jacob Schmid
Sebastian Schmid
John T. Tarbel
H. M. Vanderbilt
Peter Weiser

Spanish American War
John Bahr
John Brownlee
Edward Petts
Fred J. Strain

World War I
Oswald Alt
Herman Bahm
H. H. Beebe
Emmett Beebe
Henry Beebe
Fred Bernt
Otto Bernt
John J. Birkel
Benjamin H. Blevins
Lynn Brigham
Charles Dexter
Charles Dunning
Frank Eberly
Frank Gabel
William Glatter
Nickie Gondringer
Edward Green
Hjallmar Gustafson
Thomas Hamilton
Fred Henggeler
Ralph Houdersheldt
David Humiston
John Jaax
Fador Kerneen
Wallace E. Kinney
Otto Kumph
Vernie Kuntzelman
Justus H. LaMunyon
Alvie Lewis
John Lucas
Gertrude Madson
Owen McClung
James McMeekin
Jesse McMillen
Frank J. McMillen
Fred Miller
Thomas Morrow
Louis Mueller
Louis Nicolas Sr.
Floyd Pettys
Arthur Scott
Paul Smith
Bryan Stamm
Victor Sterup
Herman Thelen
Frank Vanek
Walter West
Walter White
John Willard

World War II
LaVern Abbott
Roland Abbott
Donald Aden
Sherman Adkins
Francis Alt
Clarence Armagost
Robert Armagost
Robert Bahr
Neal Bahr
Roland Beebe
Louis Benda
Carl Benda
Don Benda
Kenneth M. Bernt
Robert W. Bland
Norman Blevins
Harold Blevins
Phillip Brazee
Chet Buchholz
Weston Burgess
William Burritt
Dale Carter
Edward J. Clough
Wayne Coffin
Donald Cohagan
Perry L. Davis
Dale Davis
Emil Debates
Allan Derrick
Paul Dobias
Arthur Dolner
Carl Dornan
Dale Ernst
William Funkhouser
Clarence Funkhouser
Ronald Globes
Glen Gondringer
Raymond Hamilton
Glen Hegi
Willard Heimer
Marian Hess
Fred Hopwood
Robert D. Ingalls
Tom Jauch
Milford Johansen
George Kindler
Sylvester Kobza
Bernard Korger
Leo Kosch
Harold Kosch
Albert Krumbach
Francis Krumbach
William Kubicek
Marlin Kumpf
Willard Kumpf
Willard Larson
Leonard Leffler
Melvin Linda
August Lockard
Francis Lux
Raymond Marrow
Grant Marsden
Wayne McClung
Francis McGimpsey
Nean McKeag
Dale McMeekin
Keith McMeekin
Marian McMeekin
Marie MaMeekin
Phillip Micek
Paul Mecek
William Morgan
Robert Neihart
Louis Nicolas Jr.
Eldon Oades
Theadore Pandorf
Willard Perry
C. W. Pierce
Tony Pokorney
Donald Prell
Paul Reisdorff
Leo Richter
Edward Richter
John Rongish
Edward Schaf
Julius Schlesinger
Ernie Schnieder
John Scholz
Fredrick Scow
Joe Seberger
Carl Seberger
Ray Sedlak
Max Simonsen
Lloyd Dean Smith
John Smith Jr.
Edward Sobieszy
Wendell Spalding
Robert Sterup
Elmer Stewart
Olen Suddarth
Gordon Sundberg
Glen Thomazin
Carl Thompson
George Tiaden
James Treadway
Rexford Trout
Robert Voss
Walter Wagner
Dick Waite
Rose West
Ray Whitmore
Willis Wills
Roy Wyman

Korean War
Billie Albers
Jack Alt
Joe H. Alt
Donald Alt
Maurice Alt
Gregor Andreason
Delmar Augustine
Ross Braithwait
Tom Brigham
Weston E. Burgess
Bernard Cemper
Leonard Coffin
Donald Funkhouser
David Lee Funkhouser
Jerome A. Gabriel
Richard Glatter
Adam Grindel
Mervin Hiemer
Stanley Hoffer
Jerome Korger
Eugene Kosch
Raymond Kresha
Robert Logan
Wayne W. Logan
Robert Lux
Van T. Perry
Robert Peterson
Arthur Ransom
Dale Rosenberry
Richard Suddarth
Richard Vrbka
Ben Wagner

Vietnam
Gregg Abbott
John Baker
Gary Hernbloom
Mick Kuhnel
Lavern Kuhnel
Robert Poppe
Dennis Schneider
Charles Severt
Gary Svoboda
Allen Thingstad
Louis Willson

Panama-Persian Gulf
Russell Cermak
Billy Siffring

Operation Joint Guardian
Blake Kelly