Monday, January 27, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Mary (Kurten) Thielen

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My great-great-grandmother Mary A. (Kurten) Thielen was born 26 Jul 1869 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her parents were John H. Kurten and Theresa M. (Becker) Kurten. The Kurten family were early settlers of both Racine, Wisconsin and Appleton, arriving in Racine in 1847, shortly before the city was founded in 1848, and moving to Appleton in the 1860s. Some of the family, including Mary, later returned to Racine, where Mary's nephews Russell Matthew Kurten and Louis John Kurten founded the Kurten Medical Clinic.

Before she was married, Mary worked as a sewing machine operator, and later as a shoe vamper (the front part of a shoe is called a vamp) at J. Miller & Co. while living at 910 Kewaunee Street in Racine. On 21 Oct 1890, Mary married Peter H. Thielen at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Racine. The couple lived for a time at 1502 Milwaukee Avenue (now known as Martin Luther King Drive) before settling down at 814 Jackson Street. Mary and Peter had eleven children: John Hubert Thielen, Henry Thielen, Peter Thielen, Mathias John "Matt" Thielen, Anna (Thielen) Campbell, Marie E. Thielen, Michael William Thielen, Viola Elizabeth (Thielen) Atkinson, Charles Patrick "Chuck" Thielen, Eugene Henry Thielen, and Jerome Joseph "Jerry" Thielen.

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This photo of the Thielen and O'Connor families was taken at Mary's house on Jackson Street. Mary is the woman at the far left in the front row.

Mary died on 22 Mar 1941 at St. Mary's Hospital in Racine, and her funeral was held at the same church where her wedding took place fifty years earlier. Mary was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery on Kinzie Avenue in the Kurten family plot, alongside her husband, grandson, parents, and siblings.

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The south half of the Kurten family plot, with Mary's headstone second from the right.
Mary's Find A Grave memorial is #95324955.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Howard "Alto" Gauslin

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Howard Alto Gauslin is remembered just as "Alto" by his family. My great-uncle, he was born to Peter Herbert Gauslin and Lydia Jane "Jennie" (Moore) Gauslin on 03 Apr 1923 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. I don't know very much about Alto because he died of diptheria when he was only eight years old on 03 Sep 1931, also in Rhinelander.

Alto was buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Rhinelander. His grave was unmarked for many years before a wooden cross was placed there by his cousin Robert Anthony "Bob" Moore. Bob also marked Alto's mother Jennie's grave at the same time. After some time, Bob replaced the crosses with different wooden markers, as seen above.

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Alto with his mother Jennie and sister June. Jennie is on the left, Alto in the middle, and June on the right.

Alto's Find A Grave memorial is #76645012.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Peter Thielen

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Peter H. Thielen was born on 05 Apr 1862 in Racine, Wisconsin. His parents were German immigrants Heinrich "Henry" Thielen and Gertrude (Thelen) Thielen (my guess is that Peter's middle name was Henry). Peter was my great-great-grandfather.

He worked all of his life as a bricklayer and mason in Racine, living for most of his adult life at 814 Jackson Street. On 21 Oct 1890, Peter married Mary A. Kurten in Racine. They had eleven children: John Hubert Thielen, Henry Thielen, Peter Thielen, Mathias John "Matt" Thielen, Anna (Thielen) Campbell, Marie E. Thielen, Michael William Thielen, Viola Elizabeth (Thielen) Atkinson, Charles Patrick "Chuck" Thielen, Eugene Henry Thielen, and Jerome Joseph "Jerry" Thielen.

Peter died of prostate cancer on 15 Oct 1935 at the State Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, which is now known as the Mendota Mental Health Institute. I don't know how he ended up there, but the hospital records are at the State Historical Society, and I'm going to investigate whether it's possible to access them.

Peter was buried in Old Holy Cross Cemetery on Kinzie Avenue in Racine, in the Kurten family plot of his in-laws, beside his wife and infant grandson.

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The south half of the Kurten family plot, with Peter's headstone third from the right.
Peter's Find A Grave memorial is #95324686.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Caroline (Jensen) & Christian Gotsche

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Caroline Mary (Jensen) Gotsche (1867-1926) and her husband Christian Ferdinand Gotsche (1865-1925), my great-great-grandparents.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Edith (Gauslin) Moore

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Edith Anora (Gauslin) Moore was both my great-great-aunt and my step-great-great-grandmother. She was born 14 Jan 1880 in Stephenson, Michigan, to John Henry and Mary Jane (Montgomery) Gauslin. Her headstone says she was born in 1881, but she appears on the 1880 census, so that has to be wrong. On 02 Jul 1888 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, she married Jeffrey Nault. They had four children: Aldea Evelyn (Nault) Rogers, Wilfred Jeffrey Nault, Joseph Howard Nault, and George H. Nault. Jeffrey Nault died around 1911.

Edith worked as a cook and washerwoman in the lumber camps of northern Wisconsin, which is where she met her second husband, Ferdel S. "Fred" Moore. She and Fred were married 10 Aug 1913 in Escanaba, Michigan. They had no children together, but Fred had a daughter from one of his previous marriages, Lydia Jane "Jennie" (Moore) Gauslin. Fred and Edith also adopted Edith's grandson, Robert Anthony Moore, after the death of Edith's daughter Aldea in 1927.

In 1916 or 1917, Edith's brother Peter Herbert Gauslin married her stepdaughter Jennie, which made Edith her brother's stepmother-in-law (confusing, I know). After Peter and Jennie both died in 1934, Edith and Fred raised their daughter, my grandmother. Edith and Fred had settled in Rhinelander, Wisconsin sometime in the 1920s and Edith lived there until her death on 20 May 1965. Edith was buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Rhinelander. A marker on her grave shows that she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Edith's Ladies Auxiliary VFW marker.
Edith's Find A Grave memorial is #95040743.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

Ninety-five years ago today, the Allies signed an armistice with Germany which officially ended the First World War. Around the world, the date is celebrated each year. In some countries it's called Armistice Day, in others Remembrance Day. In the United States, the holiday has been expanded to commemorate not only those who were killed in World War I, but all veterans, living or dead.

As of today, I have about 220 people in my ever-growing family tree who served in the United States military - far too many to list here. So below you will find a list of all of my known direct ancestors, along with siblings and siblings-in-law of direct ancestors, who served in the U.S. military. I'm going to take some time today to remember them and all the other veterans in my family, and I hope you will too.

Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach in France.

living uncle (U.S. Army, 1960s)
living grandfather (U.S. Navy, WWII)
grandfather Henry William Daft (U.S. Army, WWII)
great-uncle Charles Michael Thielen (killed in action; U.S. Army Air Forces, WWII)
great-uncle John Ivan Gauslin (U.S. Army, 1950s)
great-uncle Arthur Christopherson (U.S. Navy, WWII)
great-uncle Earl Arthur Krahn (U.S. Army, WWII)
great-grandfather Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-uncle Raymond Campbell (WWI)
great-great-uncle Charles Edward O'Connor (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-uncle Daniel Michael Sullivan (WWI)
great-great-uncle Vernon H. Baker (U.S. Army Air Forces, WWII)
great-great-uncle Raymond James Smith (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-grandfather John Henry Gauslin (U.S. Army, Civil War)
great-great-great-uncle George Ambrose Gauslin (U.S. Army, Civil War)
great-great-great-uncle William Charles Bruce (U.S. Army, Spanish-American War)
great-great-great-grandfather August Thiede (U.S. Army, Civil War)
great-great-great-grandfather Franklin Bruce (U.S. Army, Civil War; U.S. Navy, 1866-1869)
great-great-great-great-uncle John Thielen (U.S. Army, Civil War)
great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Jonah Moore (U.S. Army, Revolutionary War)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Ferdel "Fred" Moore

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My great-great-grandfather Ferdel S. "Fred" Moore was born 05 Aug 1865 in Omro, Wisconsin, to Sylvanus and Mary Jane (Chase) Moore. Fred had many half-siblings, as both of his parents were married prior to marrying each other, but Fred only had one full sibling, a brother who I believe died young.

Fred worked in the lumber industry for most of his life, moving across northern Wisconsin. He lived in Omro, the town of Maine, Birnamwood, Tomahawk, Ellington, and Rhinelander, that I know of.

Fred was married three times. His first wife was Augusta (Thiede) Moore. They were married 07 Aug 1888 in Birnamwood, Wisconsin. Fred and Augusta had one child, my great-grandmother Lydia Jane "Jennie" (Moore) Gauslin, in 1895. Augusta died sometime between 1900 and 1905.

On 04 Jan 1905, Fred married his second wife, Nellie E. (Thompson) Moore. Nellie had one living daughter from a previous marriage, Olive I. (Freeman) Seraphin. Fred's daughter Jennie was about the same age as Olive, and they went to school together. Fred and Nellie's marriage didn't last, and they were divorced by 1910.

Fred's third wife was Edith Anora (Gauslin) Moore. They were married 10 Aug 1913 in Escanaba, Michigan, and remained together until Fred's death. Edith had previously been married as well and had four children with her first husband. After Edith's daughter Aldea died in 1927, Fred and Edith adopted Aldea's son, Robert Anthony Moore.

After Fred and Edith's marriage, Edith's brother Peter Herbert Gauslin married Fred's daughter Jennie. After Peter and Jennie's early deaths in 1934, Fred and Edith raised their daughter, my grandmother.

Fred died on 19 Jan 1946 and was buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

Fred's Find A Grave memorial is #95040816.
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