Sunday, November 2, 2014

October Ancestor: Jesse Fields

Okay yes October is over (yesterday if I get this done today) but I'm running slightly behind.
Time to blog about my October ancestor: Jesse Fields
Jesse comes from my paternal side of my tree.
He was born in England about December 16, 1828, the son of Isaac Fields and Jemima Porter. Some records have him born around 1830. I don't know much about his early life. Thanks to a distant cousin, I have a copy of his marriage license. Jesse married Caroline Sealey in England on February 16, 1852 at the Parish church in the parish of Lympsham in the county of Somerset. He is listed as a bachelor, and she a "spinster". His occupation is a miner and his father is listed as Isaac Fields who was a laborer. Emmanuel Field and Jemima Field are listed as witnesses. Jemima is his mother, not sure who Emmanuel is but I would guess a brother.
She was already the mother of one child, and I have presumed he was the father. However this could be wrong. It would be good to see a birth certificate from England, if one exists, or a baptism record. Perhaps this is why she is called a "spinster".
In June 1852 they immigrate to the United States from Bristol, England to New York. Their ship is called the Queen of the Ocean. They are in New York at least for a couple years as their next daughter is born there in December 1853.
Then by 1855 they move to Wisconsin. They are in Wisconsin for many years, at least until 1870 and maybe a few years more. Generally they are in the Beaver Dam area in Dodge county, 1870 census finds them in the town of Fountain Prairie which is in Columbia county, the next county to the east. Fountain Prairie is listed to have post office at Fall River, Wisconsin so it must be near there. While in Wisconsin on March 27, 1865 Jesse enlists for the Civil War as a private in Company A in the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry. He mustered out on July 29th of that same year.
By 1880, they have moved to Madison county, Wisconsin near the town of Tilden. Jesse and his wife live in the Tilden area, mostly on the Madison county side until their death.
In all, I have found 8 daughters were born to this union. Of course the first may not be his, as mentioned above. No sons were born. The daughters are Angeline "Annie", Martha E., Sarah J., Emeline, Mary A., Bertha Matilda, Hattie, and Clara.
Jesse's daughter Martha married Charles Hanks in Wisconsin in 1872. Emeline Fields married Walter Elley at her father (Jesse's) home on 25 December 1884 in Madison county, Nebraska. A few other daughters also got married in Madison county. I have a land deed describing land that Jesse bought in the fall of 1884 from the United States.
A few of Jesse's descendants live in the Tilden/Norfolk area for many years, up until this decade. I remember meeting one of them who was from Norfolk with my parents a few years ago.
Jesse Fields passes away on January 31, 1918 at the age of 89 in Tilden, Nebraska. He is buried in the IOOF Tilden city cemetery in Madison county, Nebraska. He has a military gravestone.
copyright Beth (Jorgensen) Sparrow

For records I have on Jesse, I have a copy of his marriage certificate, two land deeds, US Federal census from 1860 to 1910, death certificate and gravestone photo, and I found him on the passenger list for his immigration. So the part I am mostly missing is his early life in England. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Husband's DNA

Happy October to all of you! I can't believe it's 80 in the house and we have the windows open to cool it down. had a DNA sale and my husband agreed to spit in the tube so I ordered one for him and the results came back a day or two ago. This weekend was busy with a genealogy society board meeting and a day of conference.

So did his DNA turn out as expected? And how does it compare to mine?

Here is his DNA:

47% Scandinavian
19% Great Britain
14% Italy/Greece
11% Ireland
5% Iberian Peninsula
3% Europe West
<1% Europe East

Is this what we expected? Well no.
The Scandinavian?? Where did that come from? And 47%?? Way too much. We have found Patterson and Thompson surnames on his mother's side and yes they are fairly close relatives to him, but I supposedly traced the Thompsons back to Scotland. So maybe that's not right??
Great Britain: Yes that seems right and probably about the right amount. The Sparrow surname is British (English).
Italy/Greece: Nope haven't found any of that in his lines.
Ireland: Yes this makes sense as certainly his McCash surname is probably Irish.
Iberian Peninsula: Nope haven't found any of this yet either.
And where is his German?? He should be quite a bit German, as I have traced one of his great-grandmothers' ancestry all back to Germany. Surely that's more than 1%!
So this was worth it and interesting to see what comes up. I do have some more work to do, but some of my husband's line have been in the United States for quite some time.
And yes, he is totally European (Caucasian/white). No Native American or African American for us.

And look how this compares to mine:
48% Scandinavian
22% Ireland
17% Europe West
5% Great Britain
6% Europe East
1% Iberian Peninsula
<1% Italy/Greece

Look at that! I'm totally European (Caucasian/white) too! And our top one is the same with almost exact percentage. So it will be interesting to see if the web site matches us up as cousins, which we are but you have to go back to colonial New England, at least 12 generations. So it's nothing for me to be concerned about.

DNA certainly is interesting to see where we've been. I have more work to do on my husband's side to trace some of his lines back to their originating country.

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!