Happy Birthday Catherine Leifheite

Catherine Leifheite (1796-1872)

Catherine Leifheite was born on 29 Dec 1796 in Rensselaer, New York. Thus far, her parents and details of her youth are not known. We know her maiden name because it was included on her son George’s death certificate. The information was provided by George’s widow, Jane. It makes sense that Catherine’s maiden name was Leifheite since that was the middle name given to son, George. But, the information provide for the death certificate wasn’t completely accurate. It stated that his parents were born in Germany. But, as you will see later, census records consistently indicate that … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Guttorm Hillson Wenaas

Guttorm Hillson Wenaas (1828-1913)

Guttorm Hillson Wenaas was born on 17 Dec 1828 in Nes i Hallingdal, Buskerud, Norway as the third child of Hallstein Nilson Haugveie and Ingerid Torleivsdtr Imré. He had eight siblings, namely: Jorgan, Guttorm, Nels, Jørønd, Jorand, Kari, Kari, and Ingeri. Guttorm was baptized on 18 Jan 1829 in Nes i Hallingdal, Buskerud, Norway.

What was his real name? He was sometimes known as Guttorm Hallsteinson Venaas. He was sometimes called Guttorm Hilson. He was sometimes called Guttorm Hillson. Names of our Norwegian ancestors can get confusing. Back in Norway, they used a naming system by … Continue reading

Happy Birthday George Lyon

George Lyon (1662-1694)

George Lyon was born on 16 Dec 1662 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the first child of George Lyon and Hannah Tolman. He had four siblings, namely: Thomas, Henry, Hannah, and Edward.

When he was young, he moved with is parents to Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

When he was 25, he married Thankful Badcock, daughter of Robert Badcock … Continue reading

Going back 75 years to 13 December 1942

Most days of most lives are “ordinary.” But, our ordinary is likely very different than the ordinary of our ancestors. Though, in some ways things are probably similar. I’m using a random number generator to decide how many years to go back in time.  The intent is to see which ancestors were living, where they lived, the basics of what was going on in their lives, and what was going on in the world around them.

13 December 2017 – Wednesday

Here in 2017, we are counting down the days to Christmas. In Southern Minnesota, we only have a dusting of … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Georg Adam Stadler

Georg Adam Stadler (1804-1864)

Georg Adam Stadler was born on 08 Dec 1804 in Mörtelstein, Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and baptized a day later in the Lutheran Church. He was the second child of Johann Georg Kaspar Stadler and Anna Barbara Gerhard. He had three siblings, namely: Johann Philipp, Philipp Heinrich, and Catharina Rosina.

When he was 29, he married Katharina Barbara Muench, daughter of Johann Georg Muench and Margaretha Baier, on 29 Dec 1833 in Mörtelstein, Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Georg Adam Stadler and Katharina Barbara Muench had the following children:

  • Johann Adam Stadler was born on 25 Jul 1834 in … Continue reading