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 Joanna Friedericke Streich

Joanna Friedericke Streich (1824-1906)

Joanna Friedericke Streich was born on 08 Nov 1824 in Dobberphul, Pommern, Prussia. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church on 21 Nov 1824 in Dobberphul, Pommern, Prussia. She was the fourth child of Johann Friederick Streich and Maria Elizabeth Luise Liesener. She had three siblings, namely: Dorothea Sophia, Maria Louisa, and Gottfried.

When she was 23, Joanna married Gottfried Friederick Draeger, son of Michael Friederick Dräger and Christina Bohn, on 13 Nov 1848 in Evangelical Church, Dobberphul, Pommern, Prussia. She was known as Friedericke and he was known as Friederick.

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Going back 102 years to 18 October 1915

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. So, this is the first of a series of what will become regular blog posts in which we will go back in time to explore what our ancestors may have been doing on a certain date. This idea was inspired by Roberta Estes’ blog post, On This Day – What Were Your Ancestors Doing? – 52 Ancestors #170. She picked a day and went back 100 years. I’m putting a slightly … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Emilie Friedericke Luise Draeger

Emilie Friedericke Luise Draeger (1850-1910)

Emilie Friedericke Luise Draeger was born on 12 Oct 1850 in Dobberphul, Pommern, Prussia as the second child of Gottfried Friederick Draeger and Joanna Friedericke Streich. She had six siblings, namely: Carl August Ferdinand, Carl Friedrich, August Wilhelm, Charles Frederick, Wilhelmina, and Mathilda Louisa Frederika. Her older brother, Carl August Ferdinand, and next brother, Carl Friedrich, both died as infants in Prussia.

Emilie’s hometown of Dobberphul is the northwestern part of modern-day Poland. When the Draeger family lived there, it was in Prussia, but the town is now called Pyrzyce and is in Poland … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Gottfried Friederick Draeger

Gottfried Friederick Draeger (1821-1899)

Gottfried Friederick Draeger was born on 12 Jan 1821 in Dobberphul, Pommern, Prussia as the third child of Michael Friederick Dräger and Christina Bohn. He was baptized at Dobberphul on 21 Jan 1821. He had five siblings, namely: Gottfried (who died young), Hanna Louisa, Dorothea Louisa, Christian, and Friederike.

He was called Friederick.

When he was 27, he married Joanna Friedericke Streich, daughter of Johann Friederick Streich and Maria Elizabeth Luise Liesener, on 13 Nov 1848 in Evangelical Church, Dobberphul, Pommern, Prussia. She was known as Friedericke.

Friederick and Friedericke started their family in Dobberphul. … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner

Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner (1810-1885)

Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner was born on 19 Oct 1810 in Posen, Prussia, Germany as the child of Friedrich August Aschbrenner.

When he was about 26, he married Wilhelmina Mathwich, daughter of Anna Marie and Daniel Mathwich, about 1837 in Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia.

Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner and Wilhelmina Mathwich had the following children:

  • Gustav Edward Aschbrenner was born on 21 Sep 1837 in Hansfelde, Posen, Prussia.  He married Johanna Fenhaus on 27 Jun 1866 in Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin. He married Emilie Friedricke Caroline Graveen on 19 Sep 1867 in Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin. He married Johanne Caroline Wilhelmine … Continue reading
  • Happy Birthday Ernestine-Caroline Neuman

    Ernestine-Caroline Neuman (1811-1873)

    Ernestine-Caroline Neuman was born on 23 Sep 1811 in Posen, Prussia, Germany. The names of her parents are not yet known.

    When she was about 21 years-old, she married Carl Friedrich Fehlhaber, son of Fehlhaber and Mary, in Posen, Prussia, Germany.

    Carl Friedrich Fehlhaber and Ernestine-Caroline Neuman had the following children:

  • August Fehlhaber was born on 05 Sep 1833 in Germany. He died on 02 Apr 1922 in Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin (Town of Berlin/Town of Berlin/Town of Berlin). He married Emelie Plish on 03 Aug 1862 in Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin (Town of Berlin/Town of Berlin).
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  • Happy Birthday Alice Rosalie Fehlhaber

    Alice Rosalie Fehlhaber (1880-1970)

    Alice Rosalie Fehlhaber was born on 10 Sep 1880 in the Town of Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin as the fifth child of Carl F. Fehlhaber and Emilie Friedericke Luise Draeger. She had six siblings, namely: Mathilde A. Emilie, Emma Wilhelmine Maria, Carl Fredrich Henre, Maria Pauline Louise, Laura, and Robert Edward O. Her parents were immigrants to Wisconsin from Germany. Alice grew up on a farm in near the Town of Berlin in Marathon County, Wisconsin.

    When she was 22, Alice married Frederick A Helmut Aschbrenner, son of Frederick Wilhelm Aschbrenner and Bertha Auguste Henriette … Continue reading

    Happy Birthday Frederick A Helmut Aschbrenner

    Frederick A Helmut Aschbrenner (1874-1968)

    Frederick A Helmut Aschbrenner was born on 03 Aug 1874 in the Town of Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin as the third child of Frederick Wilhelm Aschbrenner and Bertha Auguste Henriette Kluender. He had eleven siblings, namely: Heinrich Frederick Franz, Carl Albert Emil, Otto Emil Valentine, Martha Anna Mathilda, Edward Albert Reinhart, Bertha Hulda Marie, Henry Herman Heinrich, Laura Amalia Henrietta, Frank George Wilhelm Bernard, Samuel Conrad George, and Hulda Amanda Alvina. Known as Fred, he grew up on the family farm and attended school through seventh grade.

    When he was 28, Fred married Alice Rosalie … Continue reading

    Ancestors of Selma Cornelia Aschbrenner

    Outline Ancestor Report for Selma Cornelia Aschbrenner

    1 Selma Cornelia Aschbrenner (1904 – 1983)

    —2 Frederick A Helmut Aschbrenner (1874 – 1968)

    ——3 Frederick Wilhelm Aschbrenner (1839 – 1935)

    ———4 Friedrich Samuel Aschbrenner (1810 – 1885)

    ————5 Friedrich August Aschbrenner (about 1785 – )

    ———4 Wilhelmina Mathwich (1817 – 1899)

    ————5 Daniel Mathwich

    ————5 Anna Marie

    ——3 Bertha Auguste Henriette Kluender (1848 – 1936)

    ———4 Heinrich Klünder (1810 – before 1878)

    ———4 Louise Prechel (1817 – 1903)

    ———4 J. Ludwig Zamzow (1824 – 1907)

    ————5 Johann Zamzow

    ————5 Christine Schroder

    ———4 Ottelie Emilie Fehlhaber (1836 – 1916)

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