Happy Birthday Jacob B Meyer

Jacob B. Meyer (1836-1887)

Jacob B. Meyer was born on 22 Feb 1836 in Hettingen, Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (his obituary says “near Trier, in the Renish province”) as the second child of Bernard Meyer and Gertrud Hart. He had four siblings, namely: Elisabetha, Margaretha, Theodore, and Leonard. He was baptized in the Catholic Church as “Jacobus Mayer” on 22 Feb 1836 in Katholisch, Metterich, Rheinland, Prussia (now Metterich, Bitburg-Prum, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany).

Jacob Meyer is a fairly common name and it is believed that he immigrated to America alone, so his immigration has not been found. For example, there were Jacob Meyers of … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Frederick Wilhelm Aschbrenner

Frederick Wilhelm Aschbrenner (1839-1935)

Frederick Wilhelm Aschbrenner was born on 14 Feb 1839 in Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia as the second child of Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner and Wilhelmina Mathwich. He had five siblings, namely: Gustav Edward, Adolph Friedrich Wilhelm, Herman August Ernest, Mathilda Alvine, and Albertina A. Aschbrenner. Hansfelde is now called Gieczynek, Wielkopolskie, Poland.

In Prussia, Frederick began apprenticing as a tailor. But, August Kopplin, a relative who had immigrated to America, encouraged others to come. Frederick’s parents sold their farm for less than it was worth and brought their family to American in 1856, when Frederick was a teenager. The … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Halvor Stemson

Halvor Stemson (1835-1927)

Halvor Stemson was born on 14 Feb 1835 in Nes i Hallingdal, Buskerud, Norway (Stolsdokken) as the fourth child of Stengrim Halvorsen and Kristi Knudsdr. He had ten siblings, namely: Barbo, Anne, Margit, Barbro, Guri, Aasa, Kari, Knut, Thora, and Magrethe. Halvor Stemson was baptized on 22 Mar 1835 in Gol, Buskerud, Norway (Gol Parish). He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on 30 Jun 1850 in Gol, Buskerud, Norway. His last name was sometimes listed at Stemgrimson or Stenson or variations thereof.

Halvor first married Ingeborg Myraset in Gol, Buskerud, Norway. They had a couple children who … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Frank Palmer Miller

Frank Palmer Miller (1874-1925)

Frank Palmer Miller was born on 12 Feb 1874 in Big Rock, Kane, Illinois as the second child of George Leifheite Miller and Jane Elizabeth Cornell. He had three siblings, namely: Calvin Andrew, Elvira Jane, and James Edward.

Frank grew up in Kane County, Illinois and graduated from Sugar Grove High School on 3 Jun 1892. As part of the graduation exercises, he presented an oration titled, “He who cannot Paint must Grind the Colors.”

When he was 23, Frank married Mary Leona Stolp, daughter of Ludwig Stolp and Catherine Elisabeth Orth, on 29 … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Carl F Fehlhaber

Carl F. Fehlhaber (1845-1922)

Carl F. Fehlhaber was born on 11 Feb 1845 in Posen, Prussia, Germany as the fifth child of Carl Friedrich Fehlhaber and Ernestine-Caroline Neuman. He had five siblings, namely: August, Ottelie Emilie, Herman, William F., and Augusta.

Carl’s youth was spent in Prossekel, Kreis Filehne, which was then in the Posen part of Prussia. The area is now a part of Poland. The town of Prossekel is now called Przesieki.

When he was 11-years old, his parents moved the family from their native town of Prosekel, across the Atlantic ocean, to America. They sailed from Bremen on … Continue reading

Girls Gone Wild 1917 Style

Girls Gone Wild 1917 Style

Nearly every week, a mystery is solved or some interesting twig (or nut) appears somewhere on the family tree. Here is a little news of recent findings.

I came across the following Wausau Daily Record-Herald article from 27 Apr 1917. Driving, shooting, carrying on? It sounds like Alice (Fehlhaber) Aschbrenner and the ladies had a fun day… “they are not near as helpless as some women are classed to be.

There is so much to love about this article.

It is interesting to know that Fred Aschbrenner had a new car in 1917. … Continue reading

William Riley Estes

William Riley Estes (1833-1880)

William Riley Estes was born in 1833 (or so) in Callaway, Missouri, USA as the first child of John Estes and Jane. He had four siblings, namely: James A., Moses Patrick, Thomas H. B., and Mary Elizabeth.

Sadly, sometime in his late teens, William’s mother passed away. His father remarried to Cynthia Ann Martin on 30 Jan 1853.

When he was 22, William Riley Estes married Margaret A. O’Donnell, daughter of Thomas C. O’Donnell and Martha Canterbury, on 26 Aug 1855 in Callaway, Missouri.


William Riley Estes and Margaret A. O’Donnell had the following children:

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