Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Blog updated

This is just a note to anyone reading to say that I have gone through all of my old blog posts to update them with new information that I've learned since the posts were first written. They are up-to-date as of the date of this post.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

75 Years Ago


Seventy-five years ago today, my grandfather's brother Charles Michael "Charlie" Thielen was a navigator in a bomber that flew missions over France in support of the D-Day landings. He wrote in a letter to his parents later that month: "In the Stars and Stripes for Wed June 7 you might be interested in column 1 page 1 the 2nd paragraph and in the 9th paragraph the last line."


The second paragraph in the Stars and Stripes' coverage of the D-Day bombing campaign reads:

"Between midnight and 8 AM yesterday alone, 10,000 tons of steel went cascading down on German targets on the coast of Normandy. In the same period more than 31,000 Allied airmen, not including airborne troops, dominated the sky over France."

The ninth paragraph, after discussing the first and second waves of the attack, ends with: "Another Nazi strongpoint was battered on the third mission."





























Uncle Charlie wrote in a letter home on June 12, 1944: "Sure hope those Germans decide that they really are licked, as they are, and this war doesn't last much longer[...] Suppose there are a lot of anxious parents back there in the States now that the troops are fighting on the ground now in the European continent."

Uncle Charlie was killed in action when his plane was shot down just over a month after D-Day on July 11, 1944. He is buried at Normandy American Cemetery on the cliffs above the D-Day landing zone. Today I'm thinking of Charlie and wishing I had the chance to know him.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Christoph Jammer, Johanna Brüche, and their children

Christoph Jammer and Johanna (Brüche) Jammer were my great-great-great-great-grandparents. Their daughter Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe was my great-great-great-grandmother, her daughter Augusta (Dombrowe) Stacke was my great-great-grandmother, and her daughter Lydia (Stacke) Revie was my great-grandmother.

Christoph Jammer
born ????
died ????

Johanna (Brüche) Jammer
born ????
died ????

Christoph Jammer and Johanna Brüche lived in Silesia, a region that at the time was part of the Kingdom of Prussia, but today is part of Poland. Most of their children died in infancy, and only two or three of them lived to the age of twenty.

Their nine children:
  1. Christiane Jammer (1840-1840)
  2. Johanna Jammer (1841-1843)
  3. Gottlieb Jammer (1843-1852)
  4. Friedrich Wilhem Jammer (1846-????)
  5. Anna Rosina Jammer (1846-1847)
  6. Anna Rosina (Jammer) Gräber (1848-????)
  7. Karl Ferdinand Jammer (1851-1853)
  8. Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe Brenner (1857-1938)
  9. Karl Ferdinand Jammer (1860-1880)
1. Christiane Jammer
born January 14, 1840 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died March 7, 1840 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)

Christiane was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz, Prussia (modern-day Gądkowice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland) on January 19, 1840. She died before reaching the age of two months.

2. Johanna Jammer
born March 26, 1841 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died January 22, 1843 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)

Johanna was baptized on April 4, 1841, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz. She died before her second birthday.

3. Gottlieb Jammer
born February 11, 1843 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died October 7, 1852 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)

Gottlieb was baptized on February 19, 1843, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz and died when he was nine years old.

4. Friedrich Wilhelm Jammer
born January 12, 1846 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland)
died ????

Friedrich was the twin brother of Anna. He was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz on January 18, 1846.

5. Anna Rosina Jammer
born January 12, 1846 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died April 9, 1847 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)

Anna was the twin sister of Friedrich. She was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz on January 18, 1846. Anna died when she was one year old.

6. Anna Rosina (Jammer) Gräber
born July 17, 1848 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died ????

Named after her deceased older sister, Rosina was called by her middle name. She was baptized on July 23, 1848, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz. At the same church, Rosina married Gustav Gräber, a man nearly thirty years older than her, on May 20, 1872.

7. Karl Ferdinand Jammer
born January 15, 1851 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died May 11, 1853 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)

Karl was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz on January 19, 1851. He died when he was two years old.

8. Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe Brenner
born February 3, 1857 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died January 4, 1938 in Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin

Caroline's birth name was Johanna Christiane Karoline Jammer, but she later dropped the first two names and Americanized the last two. She was baptized on February 15, 1857, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.

Caroline married Emil Dombrowe on April 20, 1881 and they had six children together before immigrating to the United States. Emil arrived in New York City, New York County, New York, on September 30, 1891, along with his future son-in-law Carl Frederick Stacke. Caroline and the six children followed, arriving in Baltimore, Maryland on May 19, 1892. After settling on a farm in Pine Valley, Clark County, Wisconsin, outside of Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin, they had two more children. Their children were Augusta, Frederick, Augusta, Louise, Otto, Paul, Rudolph, Oscar, and Edith. The family briefly moved to Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, before moving to Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin, and then in 1912 to Abbotsford. Emil suffered a “stroke of paralysis” several years before his death, and died at their home in Abbotsford on November 26, 1934.

On July 25, 1932, Caroline married Christian Brenner, who was also widowed, in the Lutheran parsonage in Dorchester, Clark County, Wisconsin. Christian previously lived in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana and had six children with his first wife. This marriage doesn't seem to have lasted, because when Caroline died of “old age complications” in her home less than six years later, there was no mention of her second husband in either of her published obituaries. Christian moved back to Lafayette and died there on March 24, 1947. Christian was buried with his first wife at the Asbury Cemetery in Shelby, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Caroline and Emil are buried at Abbotsford Cemetery.

9. Karl Ferdinand Jammer
born May 11, 1860 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died April 12, 1880 in Kollande, Prussia (modern-day Kolęda, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)

Ferdinand was born seven years to the day after the death of his namesake older brother. He was baptized the day after his birth at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz and was called by his middle name. Ferdinand was murdered, and his body was found in a forest a month before his twentieth birthday.

Friedrich Stache, Johanna Karoline Bergander, and their children

Friedrich Stache and Johanna (Bergander) Stache were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their son Carl Stacke was my great-great-grandfather, and his great-granddaughter Lydia (Stacke) Revie was Mary's birth mother.

Friedrich Stache
born 1822
died ????

Johanna Karoline (Bergander) Stache
born 1831
died ????

Friedrich Stache's first wife was Johanna Brüche. Johanna was born on February 9, 1827, and she had five children with Friedrich before her death on March 17, 1867, in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland). Friedrich married Johanna Bergander two months later, on May 12, 1867, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz, Prussia (modern-day Gądkowice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland). Friedrich and his second wife had two children. The national borders in Silesia, the region where they lived, changed over the years. A part of the Kingdom of Prussia until the formation of the German Empire in 1871, Silesia became a part of Poland after World War II.

The five children of Friedrich and Johanna (Brüche) Stache:
  1. unnamed infant daughter (1852-1852)
  2. Karoline Stache (1854-????)
  3. Wilhelm Stache (1857-????)
  4. Christiane Johanna Stache (1858-????)
  5. Rosina Stache (1862-????)
The two children of Friedrich and Johanna (Bergander) Stache:
  1. Carl Frederick Stacke (1868-1930)
  2. Auguste Stache (1870-????)
1. unnamed infant daughter
born October 17, 1852 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died October 17, 1852 in Brelawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)

This child was either stillborn or died on the day of her birth.

2. Karoline Stache
born April 29, 1854 in Gontkowitz, Prussia (modern-day Gądkowice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died ????

Karoline was baptized on May 5, 1854, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.

3. Wilhelm Stache
born November 1, 1857 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died ????

Wilhelm was baptized on November 8, 1857, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.

4. Christiane Johanna Stache
born December 21, 1858 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died ????

Christiane was baptized on January 2, 1859, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.

5. Rosina Stache
born September 5, 1862 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died ????

Rosina was baptized on September 14, 1862, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.

1. Carl Frederick Stacke
born August 16, 1868 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died December 13, 1930 in Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin

Carl was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz, Prussia (modern-day Gądkowice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland) on August 23, 1868. Carl and his future father-in-law Emil Dombrowe immigrated to the United States together, arriving in New York City, New York County, New York, on September 30, 1891. On January 10, 1897, Carl married Augusta Martha Dombrowe, who was also born in his hometown, at First Saint John's Lutheran Church in Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin. They lived and farmed in Pine Valley, Clark County, Wisconsin, until about 1909, when they moved to rural Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin, where they had a dairy farm and raised their eleven children: Martha, Lydia, Herman, Emma, Adolph, Louise, William, Frieda, Walter, Adeline, and Ethel. During this time, the spelling of the family name was Americanized from Stache to Stacke.

Carl developed stomach cancer in 1930, and died at a hospital in Marshfield. In 1940, Augusta was living with her son Adolph and his family in Colby. She later moved to Curtiss, Clark County, Wisconsin, and Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin, before moving to the Memorial Nursing Home in Neillsville on April 6, 1966, living there until her death on April 30, 1976. Carl and Augusta are buried in the Colby Memorial Cemetery in Colby.

2. Auguste Stache
born August 23, 1870 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died ????

Auguste was baptized on September 4, 1870 at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Frank Xavier Revie, Fredericka Louise Thiel, and their children

Frank Revie and Louise (Thiel) Revie were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their son Charles Revie was my great-great-grandfather, and his son Frank Revie was my great-grandfather.

Frank Xavier Revie
born March 28, 1815 in Saint-Sulpice, L'Assomption Regional County Municipality, Lanaudière Region, Quebec, Canada
died 1874 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Fredericka Louise “Louise” (Thiel) Revie
born February 4, 1838 in Gollnowshagen, Prussia (modern-day Białuń, Gmina Goleniów, Goleniów County, Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died March 20, 1915 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Frank Revie was born as François Xavier Rivet to Charles Rivet and Marie Angélique (Bertrand) Rivet. He was baptized at the Catholic church in Saint-Sulpice, Quebec the day after his birth. Frank immigrated from Canada to Marathon County, Wisconsin, at some point before 1852, when he declared his intention to become an American citizen. Two of his brothers, Joseph and Nicolas, also made their declarations at the same time. After arrived in Wisconsin, Frank Americanized his name from François to Frank and Rivet to Revie.


Louise Thiel was born to Karl Frederick Thiel and Charlotte Sophia (Waidt) Thiel in Prussia and immigrated to Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin with her parents around 1853. Frank and Louise married on January 17, 1858 in the town of Berlin and had seven children. They later moved to the town of Maine, Marathon County, Wisconsin, and Louise lived in Wausau and the town of Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin, after Frank's death. Both are buried at Saint Peter's Cemetery in the town of Wausau with their son Charles, his wife, and his son.



Their seven children:
  1. Frank F. Revie (1859-1917)
  2. Charles Revie (1861-1926)
  3. Mathilda Ernestina Louisa (Revie) Kline (1863-1935)
  4. George Revie (1865-1937)
  5. Louise (Revie) Taplin (1867-1948)
  6. Mary Elizabeth Revie (1869-1942)
  7. Anna (Revie) Moon (1872-1936)


1. Frank F. Revie
born November 18, 1859 in Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died June 23, 1917 in Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Washington

Frank grew up with his family in the Wausau area. He married Chloe Jane “Jennie” Hobart on November 6, 1884 in Marathon County, Wisconsin. They had three children: William, Charles, and Frank. Frank and Jennie moved to Everett, Snohomish County, Washington between 1887 and 1897. Frank worked as a log scaler and as a farmer. He died in 1917 and Jennie died on December 21, 1927 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. Frank is buried with his son William at Union Cemetery in Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County, Washington. Jennie is buried at Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam.

2. Charles Revie
born June 15, 1861 in Maine, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died January 1, 1926 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Charles was baptized at the German Methodist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine, Wisconsin. He lived and farmed in the Wausau area for his entire life, also working as a logger for a time. Charles married Henrietta E. Bertha Seymour on October 13, 1894 at Trinity Lutheran Church in the town of Easton, Marathon County, Wisconsin. They had fourteen children: Lloyd, Aaron, Frank, Vesta, Eva, Hattie, Roger, Constance, George, Xenia, Edward, Ned, Cedric, and June. Charles and Hattie lived together in the town of Texas until Charles' death, after which Hattie continued to run the family farm with her children. Sometime before 1960, Hattie moved to her son Aaron's home on Lindermann Avenue in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin. She died in Racine County, Wisconsin, on March 25, 1963. Charles and Hattie are buried at Saint Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Wausau, along with their son Edward and Charles' parents.


3. Mathilda Ernestina Louisa (Revie) Kline
born 14 April 1863 in Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died April 5, 1935

Mathilda was baptized at the German Methodist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine and grew up in the Wausau area. She also lived for a time with her maternal uncle August Thiel in Ulster, Floyd County, Iowa. She married John Kline on March 29, 1893 in Marathon County. They adopted one daughter, Margie. Mathilda and John farmed in Rib Mountain, Marathon County, Wisconsin. John died on November 8, 1923 and Mathilda died in 1935. Both are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau, along with their daughter and her husband.

4. George Revie
born October 25, 1865 in Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died November 21, 1937 in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington

George was baptized in the town of Maine at the German Methodist Episcopal Church on November 13, 1865. After growing up in the Wausau area, where he worked as a day laborer, George moved to Clear Lake, Skagit County, Washington. He married Bessie B. (Brown) Frank on June 14, 1911 in Orting, Pierce County, Washington. They did not have children, but Bessie had three children from her first marriage. George and Bessie lived on a farm in Marshall, Spokane County, Washington. George died in 1937, and Bessie died on June 20, 1938 in Spokane. Bessie is buried at Riverside Memorial Park in Spokane.

5. Louise (Revie) Taplin
born December 5, 1867 in Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died February 8, 1948 in Townsend, Broadwater County, Montana

Louise was baptized on December 18, 1867 in the German Methodist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine and grew up in the Wausau area. She married Albertus “Bert” Taplin on July 23, 1886 in Marathon County and had two children, Charles and Charlotte. Bert was from Wautoma, Waushara County, Wisconsin, and after several years living in Wausau, the couple moved there. Bert worked as a farmer and teamster. He died on October 18, 1943. After his death, Louise moved to Townsend, Montana to live with her daughter, where she died in 1948. They are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.

6. Mary Elizabeth Revie
born June 25, 1869 in Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died June 12, 1942 in Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County, Washington

Mary was baptized, like her siblings, at the German Methodist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine, and grew up in the Wausau area. At some point, she moved to Washington. By 1940, she was living at the Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley. She died there and her ashes are buried in the cemetery on the hospital grounds.

7. Anna (Revie) Moon
born July 16, 1872 in Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died February 13, 1936 in Orland, Glenn County, California

Anna was baptized at the German Methoist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine and grew up with her siblings and mother on their farm outside of Wausau. She married George Francis Moon on June 26, 1894 in Marathon County. They lived in Spencer, Marathon County, Wisconsin, for several years before moving to California, where they lived in Saint Helena, Napa County, California; Wyo, Glenn County, California; and Orland. George worked as a farmer and a clerk at a sanitarium. Anna and George had six children: Ethan, Arlie, George, Vivian, Myrna, and Cornelia. After Anna's death, George remarried to Mary Arminta “Minta” (Carpenter) Gates on August 8, 1937 in Orland. George died on December 27, 1948 in Woodland, Yolo County, California and Minta died April 16, 1965 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. Anna and George are buried at Orland Masonic Cemetery in Orland, while Minta is buried at Saint Helena Public Cemetery in Saint Helena.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Jens Poulsen, Sidse Larsdatter, and their children

Jens Poulsen and Sidse (Larsdatter) Poulsen were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their daughter Caroline (Jensen) Gotsche was my great-great-grandmother, and her son Elmer Gotsche was my great-grandfather.

Jens Poulsen
born May 7, 1825 in Nordrup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died September 1, 1903 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Sidse (Larsdatter) Poulsen
born October 28, 1828 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died June 5, 1894 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin


Jens Poulsen was born to Poul Nielsen and Mariane Henriette Lund in the small town of Nordrup on the island of Zealand in Denmark. He was baptized at his home the day after he was born and again on June 12, 1825, in the church at Nordrup.


Sidse Larsdatter was born in the nearby town of Sorterup to Lars Hansen and Sidse (Hansdatter) Hansen, baptized on December 14, 1828, and confirmed in 1843. The last names of this family followed the traditional Danish naming system: children were given the first name of the father plus the ending -sen (son) or -datter (daughter) as a last name. Jens and Sidse's children were given the last name Jensen at birth, and most of them ended the tradition, passing down the surname Jensen to their descendants.


Jens and Sidse were married on April 15, 1856 in Sorterup and continued to live in the area until they decided to leave their home in Denmark and immigrate to the United States. Besides the five children born to the couple, they adopted one child, Sophie Nielsen, and served as foster parents for a girl named Trine Christensen. Jens, Sidse, their children, and two of their future children-in-law arrived in New York City, New York County, New York, aboard the ship Geisler on May 16, 1882. They traveled to Racine, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Jens and Sidse are buried with their daughter Mariane and her family at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

Their seven children:
  1. Mariane (Jensen) Nelson (1857-1952)
  2. Nels Jensen (1858-1924)
  3. Maren Sofie “Sophie” (Poulsen) Jensen (1865-1936)
  4. Caroline Mary (Jensen) Gotsche (1867-1926)
  5. Trine Marie (Christensen) Hansen (1868-1908)
  6. Laura Kathrine Margrethe (Jensen) Thompson (1870-1934)
  7. Sophie Ann (Nielsen) Matson (1879-1952)
Mariane Nelson
1. Mariane (Jensen) Nelson
born January 10, 1857 in Herslev, Kalundborg Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died November 17, 1952 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Mariane was baptized on April 10, 1857, and grew up in Denmark, where she met her husband, Jens Christian “James” Nelson. In Denmark, she worked as a weaver, while Jens was a servant. Jens traveled with Mariane and her family when they immigrated to Racine in 1882, and they married there on December 8, 1883 at Emmaus Lutheran Church. Mariane and Jens had six children: William, Louis, Carl, Edward, Leland, and Cecelia. Jens died in Racine on January 11, 1894, and Mariane continued to live on Herrick Avenue in Racine until her death in 1952. Mariane and Jens are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine with Mariane's parents.

2. Nels Jensen
born April 11, 1858 in Herslev, Kalundborg Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died January 2, 1924 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Nels was baptized on May 24, 1858, and grew up in Denmark, where he worked as a house carpenter. He met his wife, Rasmine Frederikke “Rikke” Andersen, in Denmark and she traveled with Nels' family when they moved to Racine. Nels and Rikke married on September 29, 1883 in Racine at Emmaus Lutheran Church. They had five children: George, Alma, Arthur, Sadie, and Helen. Nels worked as a boat builder and carpenter in Racine and Lake Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin, and also lived for a time in Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan. Rikke worked as a domestic for Judge John Winslow in Racine. Nels died in 1924, and Rikke died on September 1, 1956 in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California. Both are buried at Graceland Cemetery in Racine, along with two of their children.

3. Maren Sofie “Sophie” (Poulsen) Jensen
born October 13, 1865 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died December 20, 1936 in Bath, Freeborn County, Minnesota

Born as Maren Sofie Jensen and baptized December 10, 1885, Sophie chose to use the name Sophie Poulsen - her middle name and her father's last name - after she immigrated to the United States in 1880 or 1881, before the rest of her family. Sophie settled in the area near Clarks Grove, Freeborn County, Minnesota, where she married Anton Thomas “A. T.” Jensen, who was also a Danish immigrant, on March 1, 1889. Sophie and A. T. farmed in the town of Bath, and had six children: Louis, Jennie, Henrietta, Mary, Euphemia, and Emyline. Sophie died in 1936, and A. T. died on March 19, 1941 in Clarks Grove. They are buried at the Clarks Grove Baptist Cemetery.

4. Caroline Mary (Jensen) Gotsche
born January 5, 1867 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died July 5, 1926 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Caroline was baptized on June 16, 1867, and confirmed on April 24, 1881. By age 13, she was living apart from her parents, although in the same town, and working as a servant. She arrived in the United States with her family in 1882. Caroline married Danish immigrant Christian Gotsche on April 12, 1890 in Racine. Christian worked as a blacksmith and they had seven children. They lived on 12th Street until 1917 or 1918, when they moved to Quincy Avenue. At the time of Christian's naturalization in 1914, he was described as five feet and four inches tall, weighing 143 pounds, with gray hair and gray eyes. Although both were baptized as Lutherans, they attended First Baptist Church in Racine. Caroline and Christian had seven children: Elmer, Harvey, Martha, Irving, Florence, an unnamed infant son, and Paul. After Christian's death on May 19, 1925 in Racine, Caroline lived with her son Elmer until her death a year later. Christian and Caroline were buried next to four of their children at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

5. Trine Marie (Christensen) Hansen
born August 27, 1868 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died July 25, 1908 in Slagelse, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark

Trine was the daughter of Christian Pedersen and Mette Marie Christensen, who were not married. She was baptized on September 20, 1868 and confirmed on October 1, 1882 in Sorterup. Her parents were not able to care for her when she was young and she lived with Jens and Sidse Poulsen as their foster child for a short amount of time. Trine later moved to the larger town of Slagelse, where she married Hans Christian Hansen on March 7, 1891. Hans was a laborer at the Danish Distillers factory in Slagelse. They had three children: Dagmar, Helene, and Svend. Trine died when she was only 39 years old, and she was buried at Saint Michael's Churchyard in Slagelse. Her husband Hans later remarried to a woman named Anna Christine Hansine Jensen.

6. Laura Kathrine Margrethe (Jensen) Thompson
born April 8, 1870 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died October 29, 1934 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Laura was baptized on July 1, 1870 and immigrated to Racine with the rest of her family in 1882. She married Jacob Peter Thompson, who was also a Danish immigrant, on March 30, 1905 in Racine. They adopted one son, Carl, and lived in various areas in and around Racine, where Jacob usually worked as a farmer. Jacob was fatally injured by a runaway team of horses, and died the next day on February 2, 1922. He was working as a teamster for the Racine cemetery commission at the time, and his widow was given a large settlement by the city. Laura and Jacob are both buried at Graceland Cemetery in Racine.

7. Sophie Ann (Nielsen) Matson
born January 24, 1879 in Nordrup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died May 18, 1952 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Sophie was born with the name Ane Sophie Nielsen to Kristian Nielsen and Ane Kirstine Kristensen. Her birth parents were unmarried, and Sophie was adopted by Jens and Sidse Poulsen. Sophie came to Racine with her family in 1882, and she married Mat Boeslund Matson there on November 20, 1897. Mat worked as a city light inspector, though he was nearly blind. He was known as “the blind lamplighter” and both a poem and a city park were named after him. The Matson family later ran a grocery store on Racine's north side at the corner of Douglas Avenue and North Street and were well-known in the neighborhood. Sophie and Mat had twelve children: Edna, Laura, Rudolph, Jeanette, Alvin, Mabel, Bernice, Alvin, Edward, Mat Jr., Raymond, and LaVerne. Mat died in Racine on March 12, 1951 and Sophie died the next year. Both are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine with many of their children.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Michael Blake, Johanna Jordan, and their children

Michael Blake and Hannah (Jordan) Blake were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their son John Blake was my great-great-grandfather, and his daughter Elizabeth (Blake) Gotsche was my great-grandmother.

Michael Blake
born 1799 in County Clare, Ireland
died November 1, 1877 in Ossian, Winneshiek County, Iowa

Johanna “Hannah” (Jordan) Blake
born 1814 in County Clare, Ireland
died ????

Michael Blake and Johanna Jordan were both born on the Loop Head peninsula in County Clare, Ireland, where they were married and their first six children were born. Between 1856 and 1859, the Blake family immigrated from Ireland to Clinton, Huron County, Ontario, where their youngest child was born. Michael and Johanna then immigrated to Ossian, Iowa, sometime between 1861 and 1870. Michael died there in 1877 and Johanna died at an unknown time before 1880. Both are buried at Saint Francis de Sales Cemetery in Ossian.

Their seven children:
  1. Ellen (Blake) McNamara (1836-1910)
  2. Timothy Henry Blake (1840-1924)
  3. Catherine E. (Blake) Moran (1845-1917)
  4. John Edward Blake (1847-1909)
  5. Michael Blake (1853-1935)
  6. Mary Theresa (Blake) Ormsby (1856-1939)
  7. James Blake (1859-1908)
1. Ellen (Blake) McNamara
born June 17, 1836 in County Clare, Ireland
died November 21, 1910 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Ellen was born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada when she was in her twenties. She immigrated to Iowa in about 1869 and married Michael McNamara, also an Irish immigrant, in 1869 or 1870. Ellen and Michael lived in Clermont, Fayette County, Iowa and Rockwell, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Michael was a laborer at a quarry. They did not have children, but they helped to raise several of Ellen's nieces and nephews. Ellen died in 1910 and Michael died on March 20, 1914. Both are buried at Saint Francis de Sales Cemetery in Ossian, next to Ellen's parents.

2. Timothy Henry Blake
born August 15, 1840 in County Clare, Ireland
died April 26, 1924 in Sherman, Newaygo County, Michigan

Timothy immigrated along with his family from Ireland to Canada. He lived in Tuckersmith, Huron County, Ontario for a time before moving to Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan in about 1862, where he worked as a sawyer and farmer. He later moved to neighboring Newaygo County, Michigan. Timothy married Catherine McClery on April 5, 1869, in Teeswater, Bruce County, Ontario. They had three children: Johanna, Mary, and Michael, before Catherine's death on January 18, 1875 in Muskegon. Timothy then married Johanna Elizabeth O'Connor on April 4, 1882 in Clermont, Iowa. Timothy and Johanna also had three children: Margaret, an unnamed infant daughter, and Timothy. Timothy died in 1924 and Johanna died on June 24, 1938 in Muskegon. They are both buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont, Newaygo County, Michigan.

3. Catherine E. (Blake) Moran
born December 1845 in County Clare, Ireland
died March 26, 1917 in Dougherty, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

Catherine was born in Ireland and immigrated to Clinton, Ontario with the rest of her family. She married Thomas Moran on February 1, 1864 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Goderich, Huron County, Ontario. They moved to Bloomfield, Winneshiek County, Iowa between 1865 and 1868, and then to Geneseo, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Thomas was a farmer. Catherine and Thomas had eight children: James, Mary, Anna, Catherine, Lillian, Thomas, Irene, and William. Thomas died on February 12, 1913 at their home in Dougherty and Catherine died in 1917 at her daughter Anna's home. Catherine and Thomas are buried at Saint Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Dougherty.

4. John Edward Blake
born October 29, 1847 in County Clare, Ireland
died November 18, 1909 in Ashland, Ashland County, Wisconsin

John was born on the Loop Head peninsula in County Clare and immigrated to Ontario with his family. On October 22, 1867, John married Mary Ann Lavin at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Goderich. Shortly after their wedding, John and Mary moved to Laketon, Muskegon County, Michigan. John worked in a lumber mill, and continued to do so for the rest of his life. John and Mary had nine children in Muskegon between 1868 and 1885: Hannah, John, Catherine, Thomas, Michael, Ellen, Mary, Martha, and Elizabeth. In 1890, John and Mary moved to Ashland with six of their children. Mary died on August 18, 1894, in Ashland, and John died in 1909 at the home of his daughter Mayme. Both attended Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Ashland, and are buried in the church cemetery.

5. Michael Blake
born September 28, 1853 in County Clare, Ireland
died April 7, 1935 in Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

Michael immigrated with his family from Ireland to Canada, and then to Iowa, where he worked as a carpenter. On January 14, 1886, Michael married Johanna Mary Kelly in Rockwell, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. They lived in Rockwell and Mason City and had four children: Edward, Clement, Jerome, and Francis. Johanna died on August 30, 1924 at their home in Mason City, and Michael died there in 1935. They are both buried at Elmwood-Saint Joseph Cemetery in Mason City.

6. Mary Theresa (Blake) Ormsby
born August 15, 1856 in County Clare, Ireland
died December 1, 1939 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Mary immigrated from Ireland to Canada when she was very young. She moved to Ossian, Iowa with her parents before 1870, and worked there as a domestic servant. She married farmer John Francis Ormsby on December 31, 1878 at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. They moved to a farm in Dougherty and had eight children: Loretto, Lorena, Mary, Martha, Robert, George, John, and George. Mary and John moved to Chicago, where John died on February 18, 1921. Mary died in 1939, and they are both buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Cook County, Illinois.

7. James Blake
born March 15, 1859 in Canada
died November 28, 1908 in Washburn, Bayfield County, Wisconsin

James was the only one of his siblings to be born after the Blake family left Ireland. He grew up in Canada and Iowa before moving to Muskegon, where he married Sarah Anne Quigley on November 26, 1883. James and Sarah had one son, Thomas, and they adopted James' nephew, also named Thomas. They lived in Washburn, Bayfield County, Wisconsin. James died in 1908. In about 1920, Sarah remarried to Michael “Mike” Aspel. Sarah died on February 11, 1931 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan and is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.