Saturday, March 28, 2015

1882 was a Tough Year for Edward Haught

At the bottom right of the chart above is my husband, Larry C. Jamison, You can see that his paternal grandmother was Rhea Haught, the daughter of Lafayette F. and Priscilla Yost Haught. This post is about Lafayette Haught's uncle and aunt, Edward and Catherine Haught. 

I subscribe to "The John Haught Family" site on Tribal Pages and this morning received an email with family birthday reminders that are found on this site. I usually delete the email due to time constraints but since today's Saturday, I took time to go to the site and look around again. I found information for which I need to submit corrections, but also found information that I'm able to add to my database. There are a lot of supporting documents available on the site.
This chart above shows that Edward Haught and his wife Catherine Haught are first cousins, both grandchildren of Jacob Henry and Mary Magdalena Cannon Haught. 
Edward and Catherine's family is shown in this group sheet above. As I was reading about the family on The John Haught Family site this morning, I learned these heart-breaking facts:
5 Feb 1882, daughter Bertha was born
14 Mar 1882, mother Catherine died at age 35 of Scarlet Fever
1 Apr 1882, 7 year old daughter Martha died of Scarlet Fever, just 17 days after her mother's death
5 Aug 1882, 6 month old baby daughter Bertha died of unknown causes

So in less than 5 months, Edward Haught lost his wife and 2 daughters. He was suddenly a single father to: 
Harriett, age 12
Phebe, age 10
Prudence, age 8
Jacob, age 3 
and Peter "Kinsey", age 2

I see in the 1900 census at Bettelle, Monongalia West Virginia, four of his adult children are still living at home: Harriett, single at age 30 (she died 9 years later), Phebe, single at age 28, Jake, single at 21, and Kinsey, single at age 20. Also living in the household were Edward's mother Nancy, widowed and age 76, and the single 20 year old Rena Simpson, a boarder, along with 4 year old Alice Simpson, boarder. 

Elder Allan F. Packer of the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tells us "Family History is about the Hearts before the Charts". This quick research today drives home that point. The charts show us names, dates, and places, but the documents reveal the details of the lives, the trials, the illnesses and the heartache that our ancestors suffered and endured. Edward Haught endured life as a widow for more than 50 years after he lost his wife, infant daughter Bertha, and 7 year old daughter Martha. When Edward died at age 86, he had also survived daughter Harriett, who died in 1908 at age 39, daughter Phebe, who died at age 41 in 1913, and son Jacob, who died in 1930 at age 51. 

When we look closely at the facts, our hearts are drawn to this family as we realize their heartaches from the losses they suffered.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I'm anxious to learn more about my distant cousin, Laura Ingalls Wilder

As a Christmas present I received an Amazon gift card. It was good timing because I'd just learned of this new book edited by Pamela Smith Hill. At Amazon we read: "Hidden away since the 1930s, Laura Ingalls Wilder's never-before- published autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life." 

When I was a third grade student in the class of Mrs. Jean Nossaman at E. E. Morrison School in Great Bend, KS it was the Fall of 1955 and I was just seven years old. Our teacher read to us each day. We were lucky that she read several Laura Ingalls Wilder's books. I was just the right age to engage my imagination and live those adventures as I heard them. I thought at the time that those tales had been written "back in the old days". I didn't realize until years later that "Little House on the Prairie" had just been published in 1935. That was relatively recent, as I look back now. 

I'm so glad I have those memories. It will be fun to recall those times in my childhood as I venture through my new book and learn more of Laura's life in her own words. 

This chart shows my cousin connection to Laura. I wish I could share this with my mother. I doubt that she knew Laura Ingalls Wilder was her cousin. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Take a minute to follow that lead

In recent days I've read that Google may abandon their Google+ product in the near future. I have a G+ account, but seldom visit the site due to time constraints. I've followed some recent comments on Facebook (which admittedly contributes to my time constraints) about Google's practice of "storing" our personal photos. I learned a few years ago that all the photo albums I had created on the Google "Picasa" site were automatically transferred to Google+. As the discussion on the topic arose again this week on Facebook, I decided to mark my albums at Google+ "Private". That action included the album named "Grace and Glory". 

To my horror, I noticed yesterday that all the photos in this blog....ALL...were missing. Gone! I fretted over this development for 24 hours. As I was trying to recall what might have happened to cause this, I went back to the most recent photo I had posted on the blog. It was still visible in my photo folder and was named "Picasa". Only by a stroke of luck was it named that. I had created a collage for the photo in the photo editing program "Picasa" so when I uploaded it to my hard drive it kept that name. And then when I read the name, I remembered my ancient Picasa albums and remembered that I had changed the privacy setting on them too, just a few days ago. And since my Picasa photos are automatically transferred into Google+, I realized that by changing the privacy setting to "Private" I removed them from visibility in my blog! With one click they were back and I was relieved! the point of this story. I had considered deleting my G+ account, but hadn't done it yet. I'm learning that I just need to quit changing things! This morning I saw this post in the DearMyrtle Community at Google+. 
Debbie Mieszala had posted about free digital collections about Illinois and DearMyrtle had shared her post from "The Advancing Genealogist" on Google+. 

In my RootsMagic database I have this family group, colored red because they are my direct ancestors on my mother's father's line. 

I went to the site Debbie had posted and I searched for digital collections in McHenry County, Illinois. I found this paragraph about Henry McMillan: 

Henry McMillan, one of the native sons of McHenry County, and a successful farmer of Nunda Township, was born on the old McMillan farm, in Nunda Township, just east of the one he now owns, March 21, 1882. His father, Andrew T. McMillan, was also born in Nunda Town ship, a son of Samuel McMillan. Samuel McMillan was born in the state of New York, where he was married to Jane Ann Wilson, and in 1836 they came to Illinois, settling in Nunda Township, and entering 160 acres of land. There they both died. Andrew T. McMillan was reared in Nunda Township, where he was married to Marian A. Wicker, a native of Vermont, a daughter of Benjamin Wicker. They had the following children: Emma, Charles and Benny, deceased; Henry, Frank Ray; and Earl. Andrew T. Mc Millan was a farmer and owned eighty acres of land, on which Henry McMillan now lives, and sixty-eight acres across the road which was the homestead. He was a Republican, but not active in politics. His death occurred when he was sixty-eight years old. Henry McMillan attended the district schools and learned to be a practical farmer under his father's instruction. On July 2, 1903, Mr. McMillan was married to Bessie C. Hoffman, who died May 29, 1916, leaving her family desolate, for hers was a noble, Christian character, and she was beloved by them and the whole neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs. McMillan had the following children: Eva and Neva, twins; Mark; Glenn; Vera and Nellie, all of whom are at home. Mr. McMillan belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, and his wife belonged to the Royal Neighbors.

This chart shows my relationship to Henry McMillan. I'm his first cousin, twice removed. 

So here's my point. Since I had NOT closed my Google+ account this week as I had considered, and since I have my account set to be notified of posts to the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community in my Gmail, I saw the recent posting of Debbie Mieszala that DearMyrt shared. I was able to learn of a great new resource for my McHenry County, Illinois ancestors and I found new information on my cousin Henry McMillan. I find old obituaries quite interesting in the way they're written too. "Henry McMillan learned to be a practical farmer under his father's instruction." We don't find that kind of description about our relatives in documents that only tell us dates and places!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Adding photos of those who immigrated

It helps me to understanding relationships if I can see something graphically. So I created a chart that illustrates the people in my previous post and have just added a few more photos to it.
I also learned a couple immigration dates that I added, which tell a story. You can see in the chart on the left side that Georg Jacob and Maria E. Koleber Maier immigrated to America from the Volga region of Russia on 22 Aug 1876. 

Jacob's sister Maria E. Maier Dietz and her husband George Daniel Dietz immigrated through New York on 14 Jul 1904. Six days earlier their daughter Catherine E. Dietz and her husband John George Koleber immigrated through Ellis Island, 8 Jul 1904. Catherine and George Koleber's daughter Amalia "Mollie" came with her parents through Ellis Island as a 20 month old. She married John Margheim, whose parents immigrated through Castle Garden in Dec 1886. 

I try to imagine the communications between these families with news of their move from Kratzke, Saratov, Russia, departing from the port of Liverpool and arriving in America, discussing work opportunities, housing possibilities etc. Family members really had to depend on each other for assistance. How I wish I'd discussed this with my grandmother when I had the chance!

Identifying more of my Grandma Margheim's Photo Collection

 When my dad began his final residence in a Care Center in 2012, it was my responsibility to clean out his house and dispose of its contents. To my great surprise I discovered a large box in the back of his office closet that was full of black and white photos from the early 1900s. Included in that box were the pictures on this post. Some were identified, but most were not. I assumed that the family was close to my grandmother's family simply because of the large number of photos Grandma Mollie Margheim had of these people. With help from the data on the Family Tree at FamilySearch I've been able to identify most of them. Pictured in the family portrait above (and as a couple below) are George Jacob Maier (1849-1932), his wife Maria Elisabeth Koleber (1850-1920), and six of their children. 

With the help of this chart, I was finally able to see the relationship of this Maier family to my own family and understand why my Grandma had so many family portraits. There are two close family connections. My grandmother was Amalia Koleber (Mrs John Margheim). Her mother was Catherina "Katy" Elisabeth Dietz (Mrs. John George Koleber). And Katy's uncle is the gentleman in the family portrait at top, George Jacob Maier. But notice George Jacob Maier was married to Maria Elisabeth Koleber. She's an aunt to John George Koleber. So when my great grandparents looked at the family portrait above, George was looking at his aunt's family and Katy was looking at her uncle's family! Now it all makes sense! I'm so blessed to have these wonderful family photos and to finally know who they represent and their relationship to me.
George Jacob Maier, Jr., Amelia Nuss Maier, and daughter Amelia. 
Jacob and Amelia wedding portrait
Jacob and Amelia Maier
Jacob Maier and two of his sisters
Louisa Maier
Louisa Maier and husband John Bender wedding portrait

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Taking another look at my Margheim Great Grandparents

Mary Katherine Winter 1859-1921
George Jacob Margheim (1856-1912)

My paternal great grandparents are Mary Katherine (Winter) and George Jacob "Jake" Margheim. Each was born in Saratov, Russia and immigrated to America in December, 1886. They settled in Russell County, Kansas and farmed to support their growing family.

This is the family unit that I have in my RootsMagic database.
My grandfather is the youngest, John Ludwig Margheim 1900-1978. He's pictured in the middle of the front row in this family portrait. 
The last few days I've been attaching records to the family on the Family Tree at That's made me take another look at entries for the family in Censuses. And I noticed information I'd overlooked 15 years ago when I started my research. 

In this 1900 Census from Fairfield Twp, Russell, Kansas it shows at the top right that Katie had 10 children, 9 of whom were living at that time. I just learned last year through Find-A-Grave that a son Heinrich was born 6 Aug 1891 and died 8 Jun 1892. So that would have been their 10th child, in addition to those listed above. 
This is the entry in the 1905 Census from Union Twp, Barton, Kansas where they farmed. Eva was married and Henry had died, so there are 8 children listed. I included the family of Peter "Oaks", should be Ochs, because it shows their two year old daughter Lydia, who on 9 Nov 1919 married the 9 year old neighbor George Margheim, as shown in this census. 
Now looking at this 1910 census from Union twp, Barton, Kansas we see that Jacob's wife is listed by her first name of Mary, instead of her middle name Katherine, as previously listed. I noticed a Samuel listed as a 17 year old. I don't believe there was a son named Samuel and he's the same age that Alexander should be. I'm wondering if the Census Enumerator heard the name wrong and wrote down what he thought he heard. I also noticed, for the first time today, that Mary Katherine indicates that she's had 12 children, with 9 living. I first thought she's had two more children who have not survived between 1900 and 1910. But since she was born in 1859 that's not likely. Maybe in the 1910 census I'm reading 10 children born and it actually says 12 children born. That looks like a "0" to me, instead of a "2".  

Jacob died 15 Oct 1912. It was 5 March 1921 when Mary Katherine died, from complications following a hysterectomy. I will need to pursue my research on those possible other two children. The research is never wrapped up nice and neat. I thought I knew my Grandpa John Margheim's family, but realize more and more that we never really know all we need to about our grandparents. I'll be looking for Church records, after I find out which church!