Thursday, June 6, 2019

75 Years Ago


Seventy-five years ago today, my grandfather's brother 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 ????

Not much information is available on Christoph and Johanna. They lived in an area of Prussia that today is part of Poland. Most of their nine 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, Poland)
died March 7, 1840 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)

Christiane was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz (modern-day Gądkowice) on Jan. 19, 1840. She died before reaching the age of two months.

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

Johanna was baptized on Apr. 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, Poland)
died October 7, 1852 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)

Gottlieb was baptized on Feb. 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 Jan. 18, 1846.

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

Anna was the twin sister of Friedrich. She was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz on Jan. 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, 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, Poland)
died May 11, 1853 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)

Karl was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz on Jan. 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, Poland)
died January 4, 1938 in Abbotsford, Wisconsin

Caroline was born with the name Johanna Christiane Karoline Jammer. Later in life she was known as Caroline, and the spelling of her last name was Americanized. She was baptized on Feb. 15, 1857, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz. Caroline married Emil Dombrowe on Apr. 20, 1881 and they had six children together before moving to the United States. Emil arrived in New York City on Sept. 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, Wisconsin, outside of Neillsville, they had two more children. The family briefly moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin before moving to Colby, Wisconsin, and then in 1912 they moved to Abbotsford. Emil died at their home there on Nov. 26, 1924.

On July 25, 1932, Caroline married Christian Brenner, who was also widowed, in the Lutheran parsonage in Dorchester, Wisconsin. Christian previously lived in Lafayette, 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, Indiana. Caroline and Emil are buried at Abbotsford Cemetery.

9. Karl Ferdinand Jammer
born May 11, 1860 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)
died April 12, 1880 in Kollande, Prussia (modern-day Kolęda, 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 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 daughter Lydia (Stacke) Revie was my great-grandmother.

Friedrich Stache
born 1822
died ????

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

Friedrich and Johanna were presumably born in the same region of Prussia (now Poland) where their children were born. Their parents and background are unknown.

Friedrich's first wife was Johanna (Brüche) Stache. Johanna was born on Feb. 9, 1827, and she had five children with Friedrich before her death on Mar. 17, 1867, in Breslawitz (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland). Friedrich married Johanna Bergander two months later, on May 12, 1867, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz (modern Gądkowice). They had two children.

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, Poland)
died October 17, 1852 in Brelawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, 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, 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, Poland)
died ????

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carl was born with the name Carl Friedrich Stache, which was Americanized later in his life. Like all of his siblings, he was baptized into the Lutheran faith in the town of Gontkowitz. Carl and his future father-in-law Emil Dombrowe emigrated to the United States together, arriving in New York City on Sept. 30, 1891. Carl married Emil's daughter Augusta Martha Dombrowe on Jan. 10, 1897, at First Saint John's Lutheran Church in Neillsville, Wisconsin. They lived at farmed in Pine Valley, Wisconsin, until about 1909, when they moved to rural Colby, Wisconsin, where they had a dairy farm and raised their eleven children.


Carl developed stomach cancer in 1930, and died at a hospital in Marshfield. Augusta died on Apr. 30, 1976, in Neillsville. 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, Poland)
died ????

Auguste was baptized on Sept. 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.

François Xavier Frank (Rivet) Revie
born March 28, 1815 in Saint-Sulpice, Lower Canada (modern-day Saint-Sulpice, Quebec, Canada)
died 1874 in Wausau, Wisconsin

Fredericka Louise “Louise” (Thiel) Revie
born February 8, 1838 in Gollnowshagen, Prussia (modern-day Białuń, Poland)
died March 20, 1915 in Wausau, Wisconsin

Frank Xavier Revie Saint Peter's Cemetery Wausau Wisconsin
Frank Revie's grave
Frank Revie was born as François Xavier Rivet on March 28, 1815, in Saint-Sulpice, Lower Canada, to Charles Rivet and Marie Angelique (Bertrand) Rivet. He was baptized at the Catholic church in Saint-Sulpice the day after his birth. Frank moved from Canada to Marathon County, Wisconsin, before 1852, when he declared his intention to become an American citizen.

Louise Thiel was born to Karl Frederick Thiel and Charlotte Sophia (Waidt) Thiel in Prussia and moved to Berlin, Wisconsin with her parents around 1850. Frank and Louise married Jan. 17, 1858 in the town of Berlin and had seven children. They later moved to the town of Maine, and Louise moved to Wausau and the town of Texas after Frank's death. Both are buried at St. Peter's Cemetery in the town of Wausau with their son Charles, his wife, and son.



Fredericka Louise Thiel Revie Saint Peter's Cemetery Wausau Wisconsin
Louise (Thiel) Revie's grave

Their seven children:
  1. Frank F. Revie (1859-1917)
  2. Charles Revie (1861-1926)
  3. Matilda Ernestina Louise (Revie) Kline (1864-1935)
  4. George Revie (1865-1937)
  5. Louise (Revie) Taplin (1867-????)
  6. Mary Elizabeth Revie (1869-1942)
  7. Anna (Revie) Moon (1872-1936)

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

Frank grew up with his family in the Wausau area. He married Chloe Jane “Jennie” Hobart on Nov. 6, 1884 in Marathon County, Wisconsin. They had three children: William, Charles, and Frank. Frank and Jennie moved to Everett, Washington between 1887 and 1897. Frank worked as a log scaler and as a farmer. He died in 1917 and Jennie died on Dec. 21, 1927 in Portland, Oregon.

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

Charles lived and farmed in the Wausau area for his entire life, also working as a logger for a time. Charles married Henrietta E. Bertha “Hattie” Seymour on Oct. 13, 1894 in the town of Easton. They had fourteen children and 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 Lindermann Avenue in Racine to live with her son Aaron. Charles and Hattie are buried at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Wausau, along with their son Edward and Charles' parents.

3. Matilda Ernestina Louise (Revie) Kline
born October 1864 in Wisconsin
died April 5, 1935

Matilda grew up in the Wausau area and also lived with a maternal uncle in Ulster, Iowa. She married John Kline on March 29, 1893 in Marathon County, Wisconsin. They adopted one daughter, Margie. Matilda and John farmed in Rib Mountain, Wisconsin. John died on Nov. 8, 1923 and Matilda died in 1935. Both are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau, along with their daughter and her husband.

4. George Revie
born 25 Oct 1865 in Wausau, Wisconsin
died November 21, 1937 in Spokane, Washington

After growing up in the Wausau area, where he worked as a day laborer, George moved to Clear Lake, Washington. He married Bessie B. (Brown) Frank on June 14, 1911 in Orting, Washington. They did not have children, but Bessie had three children from her first marriage. George and Bessie lived on a farm in Marshall, 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, Wisconsin
died February 8, 1948 in Townsend, Montana

Louise was baptized on Dec. 18, 1867 in the German Methodist Episcopal Church and grew up in the Wausau area. She married Albertus “Bert” Taplin on July 23, 1886 in Marathon County, Wisconsin, and had two children, Charles and Charlotte. Bert was from Wautoma, Wisconsin, and after several years living in Wausau, the couple moved to Wautoma. Bert worked as a farmer and teamster. He died on Oct. 18, 1943, and Louise died in 1948. They are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.

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

Mary was born 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 1872 in Wausau, Wisconsin
died February 13, 1936 in Orland, California

Anna 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, Wisconsin. They lived in Spencer, Wisconsin for several years before moving to California, where they lived in St. Helena, Wyo, and Orland. George worked as a farmer, as well as a stint as a clerk at a sanitarium. Anna and George had six children: Ethan Allen, Arlie, George Cecil, Vivian, Myrna, and Cornelia. After Anna's death, George remarried to Mary Arminta “Minta” (Carpenter) Gates. George died on Dec. 27, 1948 in Woodland, California and Minta died Apr. 16, 1965 in Santa Rosa, California. Anna and George are buried at Orland Masonic Cemetery in Orland, while Minta is buried at St. Helena Public Cemetery in St. 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, Denmark
died September 1, 1903 in Racine, Wisconsin

Sidse (Larsdatter) Poulsen
born October 28, 1828 in Sorterup, Denmark
died June 5, 1894 in Racine, Wisconsin

Jens Poulsen was born to Poul Nielsen and Mariane Henriette (Lund) Nielsen in the small town of Nordrup on the island of Zealand in Denmark. Sidse Larsdatter was born in the nearby town of Sorterup to Lars Hansen and Sidse (Hansdatter) Hansen. Their last names followed the traditional Danish naming system: the first name of the father plus -sen (son) or -datter (daughter). Jens and Sidse were married on Apr. 15, 1856 in Sorterup and continued to live there until they decided to leave their home in Denmark and move to the United States. Besides the five children born to the couple, they adopted one child, Ane Sophie Nielsen, and served as foster parents for a girl named Trine Marie Christensen. Jens, Sidse, their children, and two of their future children-in-law arrived in New York City on May 16, 1882. They traveled to Racine, Wisconsin, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Jens and Sidse are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

Their six 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. Laura Kathrine Margrethe (Jensen) Thompson (1870-????)
  6. Ane Sophie “Sophie” (Nielsen) Matson (1879-1952)

Mariane Jensen Nelson Racine Wisconsin
Mariane (Jensen) Nelson in 1943.
1. Mariane (Jensen) Nelson
born January 10, 1857 in Herslev, Denmark
died November 17, 1952 in Racine, Wisconsin

Mariane 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 moved to Racine in 1882, and they married there on Sept. 8, 1883. Mariane and Jens had six children: William, Louis, Carl, Edward, Leland, and Cecelia. Jens died in Racine on Jan. 11, 1894, and Mariane continued to live 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, Denmark
died January 2, 1924 in Racine, Wisconsin

Nels 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 Sept. 29, 1883 in Racine. They had five children: George, Alma, Arthur, Sadie, and Helen. Nels worked as a boat builder in Racine and Lake Geneva, and also lived for a time in Muskegon, Michigan. Rikke worked as a domestic for Judge John Winslow in Racine. Nels died in 1924, and Rikke died on Sept. 1, 1956 in Walnut Creek, 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, Denmark
died December 20, 1936 in Clarks Grove, Minnesota

Sophie - the name she chose to use in the United States - was born in Denmark and moved to the United States with the rest of her family. Sophie moved to Clarks Grove, Minnesota, where she married Anton Thomas Jensen on March 1, 1889. Before her marriage, she used Poulsen as her last name, unlike her siblings, who used Jensen. Sophie and Anton farmed in the town of Bath, Minnesota, and had six children: Louis, Jennie, Henrietta, Mary, Effie, and Emyline. Sophie died in 1936, and Anton 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, Denmark
died July 5, 1926 in Racine, Wisconsin

Caroline grew up in Denmark, where she worked as a servant. She arrived in Racine with her parents and siblings in 1882. She married Christian Gotsche, who was also a Danish immigrant, on Apr. 12, 1890 in Racine. Christian worked as a blacksmith and they had six children: Elmer, Martha, Irving, Florence, Paul, and an unnamed infant. 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. Christian died on May 19, 1925 in Racine and Caroline died the next year. Christian and Caroline were buried next to four of their children at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

5. Laura Kathrine Margrethe (Jensen) Thompsen
born April 8, 1870 in Sorterup, Denmark
died ???? in Racine, Wisconsin

Laura came to Racine with the rest of her family. She married Jacob Thompsen and they lived on a farm on Four Mile Road. Unfortunately, I haven't found any other information about her.

6. Ane Sophie “Sophie” (Nielsen) Matson
born January 24, 1879 in Nordrup, Denmark
died May 18, 1952 in Racine, Wisconsin

Ane Sophie Nielsen was born 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 in 1882, and she married Mat Boeslund Matson there on Nov. 20, 1897. Mat worked as a 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 ran a grocery store on Racine's north side at the corner of Douglas Avenue and North Street. 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.

Ane Sophie Nielsen Jensen Mat Borlund Matson Mound Cemetery Racine Wisconsin
Matson family graves at Mound Cemetery.

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, Iowa

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

Michael Blake and Johanna Jordan were both born in County Clare, Ireland, where they were married and their first six children were born. They lived on the Loop Head peninsula. Between 1856 and 1859, the Blake family moved from Ireland to Clinton, Ontario, Canada, where their youngest child was born. Michael and Johanna moved to Ossian, Iowa, sometime between 1861 and 1870. Michael died there in 1877 and Johanna died before 1880. Both are buried at St. 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 Hennepin County, Minnesota

Ellen was born in Ireland and moved to Canada when she was in her 20's. She moved to the United States in about 1869 and married Michael McNamara, also an Irish immigrant, in 1869 or 1870. Ellen and Michael lived in Claremont and Rockwell, 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 St. 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, Michigan

Timothy moved along with his family from Ireland to Canada. He lived in Tuckersmith, Ontario for a time before moving to Muskegon, Michigan in about 1862. He later moved to neighboring Newaygo County, where he worked as a sawyer and farmer. Timothy married Catherine McClery on Apr. 5, 1869, in Teeswater, Ontario, Canada. They had three children: Johanna, Mary, and Michael, before Catherine's death on Jan. 18, 1875 in Muskegon. Timothy then married Johanna Elizabeth O'Connor on Apr. 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, Michigan.

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

Catherine was born in Ireland and moved to Clinton, Ontario, where she married Thomas Moran on Feb. 1, 1864 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Goderich, Ontario. They moved to Bloomfield, Winneshiek County, Iowa between 1865 and 1868, and then to Geneseo, Iowa. Thomas was a farmer. Catherine and Thomas had nine children: James, Mary, Catherine, Anna, Henry, Lillian, Thomas, Irene, and William. Thomas died on Feb. 12, 1913 at their home in Dougherty, Iowa, and Catherine died in 1917 at her daughter's home. Catherine and Thomas are buried at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Dougherty.

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

John was born on the Loop Head peninsula and moved to Clinton, Ontario with his family. He married Mary Ann Lavin on Oct. 22, 1867 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Goderich, Ontario. Shortly after their marriage, John and Mary moved to Muskegon, 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, Wisconsin with six of their children. Mary died on Aug. 18, 1894 in Ashland, and John died in 1909 at the home of his daughter Mayme. Both attended St. 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, Iowa

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

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

Mary moved 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 John Francis Ormsby on Dec. 31, 1878 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. They moved to a farm in Dougherty, Iowa and had seven children: Loretto, Mary, Martha, Robert, George, John, and George. Mary and John moved to Chicago, where John died on Feb. 18, 1921. Mary followed in 1939, and they are both buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

7. James Blake
born March 15, 1859 in Canada
died November 28, 1908 in Washburn, 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, Michigan, where he married Sarah A. Quigley on Nov. 26, 1883. James and Sarah had one son, Thomas, before moving to Washburn, Wisconsin. James died in 1908. In about 1920, Sarah remarried to Michael “Mike” Aspel. Sarah died on Feb. 11, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan and is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Christian Gotsche, Caroline Jensen, and their children

Christian Gotsche and Caroline (Jensen) Gotsche were my great-great-grandparents. Their son Elmer Gotsche was my great-grandfather.

Christian Gotsche Caroline Jensen Racine Wisconsin
Caroline and Christian Gotsche.
Christian Ferdinand Gotsche
born August 4, 1865 in Tersløse, Denmark
died May 19, 1925 in Racine, Wisconsin

Caroline Mary (Jensen) Gotsche
born January 5, 1867 in Sorterup, Denmark
died July 5, 1926 in Racine, Wisconsin

Christian Gotsche was the son of Ferdinand Gøtsche and Ellen Larsen. His parents were not married, and his mother later married a man named Kristen Kristoffersen. Christian arrived in the United States on June 3, 1885. His future wife Caroline Jensen, daughter of Jens Poulsen and Sidse (Larsdatter) Poulsen, had arrived with her parents and siblings on May 16, 1882. Both of them settled in Racine, and they married on Apr. 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. Christian and Caroline were buried next to four of their children at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

Their seven children:
  1. Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche (1891-1941)
  2. Harvey Gotsche (1894-1895)
  3. Martha Margaret (Gotsche) Smith (1896-1969)
  4. Irving James Gotsche (1900-1936)
  5. Florence Gotsche (1902-1903)
  6. unnamed infant Gotsche (????-1908)
  7. Paul Gotsche (????-1910)
Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche Racine Wisconsin
Elmer Gotsche in uniform.
1. Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche
born November 10, 1891 in Racine, Wisconsin
died Sept. 25, 1941 in Racine, Wisconsin

Elmer grew up in the family home on 12th Street. He worked as a telegraph operator for Western Union for several years before going to dental school at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He joined the U.S. Army dental corps on Aug. 25, 1917 and was stationed at Camp Funston in Kansas until his discharge on Jan. 6, 1919, after the end of World War I. During this time, he was described as tall, with a slender build, blue eyes, and light hair. While at Marquette, Elmer met nurse Elizabeth B. Blake and they were married on May 11, 1921 in Ashland, Wisconsin, after originally scheduling their wedding for the previous day in Madison, Wisconsin. Elmer and Elizabeth returned to Racine, where Elmer was a practicing dentist for many years, and had one daughter. After Elmer's death due to a heart attack, Elizabeth returned to work as a registered nurse. She died in Racine on February 13, 1953. Elmer is buried next to his parents, brothers Irving and Paul, and his unnamed infant sibling at Mound Cemetery in Racine. Elizabeth is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Caledonia, next to her infant granddaughter and son-in-law's parents.


2. Harvey Gotsche
born February 1894
died 19 Mar 1895 in Racine, Wisconsin

Harvey was thirteen months old when he died at the Gotsche family home on 12th Street in Racine.

3. Martha Margaret (Gotsche) Smith
born April 29, 1896 in Racine, Wisconsin
died July 8, 1969 in Racine, Wisconsin

Martha grew up in Racine and worked as a stenographer before her marriage to Raymond James “Ray” Smith in about 1921. Ray worked as a sales clerk for Massey-Harris Company in Racine. Martha and Ray had one daughter. Ray was described in 1942 as five feet and eight and a half inches tall, weighing 138 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion. Martha died in 1969, and Ray died on Aug. 27, 1977 in Racine. Both are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine, though in a different section than Martha's parents and siblings.

Raymond James Smith Martha Margaret Gotsche Racine Wisconsin
Raymond and Martha's graves.

4. Irving James Gotsche
born March 25, 1900 in Racine, Wisconsin
died July 14, 1936 in Racine, Wisconsin

Irving worked as pattern maker for Wisconsin Pattern Works in Racine. He married Ethel Elsie Davis in Dubuque, Iowa on July 2, 1927 and they had two children. In 1918, Irving was described as tall, with a medium build, blue eyes, and light hair. Irving died in 1936 and is buried next to his parents and siblings at Mound Cemetery in Racine. Ethel worked as a teacher at Janes Elementary School in Racine. She died at Lakeshore Manor in Racine on July 16, 2003, at the age of 102. She never remarried, outliving her husband by exactly 67 years and two days. Ethel is buried in a mausoleum at West Lawn Memorial in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.

5. Florence Gotsche
born Sept. 23, 1902 in Racine, Wisconsin
died January 9, 1903 in Racine, Wisconsin

Florence was born and died at the family home on 12th Street in Racine. Her cause of death was listed as spina bifida. She is buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine, though the cemetery does not have an exact location recorded.

6. unnamed infant Gotsche
born ????
died April 1908

This unnamed child was buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine on Apr. 30, 1908, in the same grave where siblings Paul and Elmer were later buried.

7. Paul Gotsche
born ????
died 1910

Paul was buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine on June 3, 1910, in the same grave as Elmer and his unnamed infant sibling.

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The Gotsche family graves at Mound Cemetery.