Saturday, April 30, 2011

Off Topic but a great story

If you recall, I mentioned that Mark found an audio clip with a recording from his family's hometown in Gooderstone, Norfolk.

I forwarded the link to several 2nd cousins that Max has made contact with as I thought they would enjoy listening to it as well.  Yesterday, I received the following reply:

I listened to the recording and you are not going to believe this, but my Dad introduced the man who made that recording to Jeffrey Shingfield for that interview. My Dad knew him!!  My Mum and Dad also invited him to stay at our Pub (The Swan), Gooderstone whilst he recorded it! We lived in the Swan for 16 years and I was 6 when that was recorded, we moved in, in 1956. Mum tells me that the man who made that interview came from Philadelphia and that he was going round the country recording different accents.Isn't that weird!!! Jefferey Shingfield was a farm worker and in 1938 approx.he mainly milked cows on a farm in Oxborough.He started his married life in an old railway carraige in Clark's Lane, Gooderstone, near the Church! Mum can remember him living in a bungalow in Gooderstone in 1953 because she bought a mangle (to wring water out of washing!!) off of his wife. It was a real Norfolk accent and yes Mark's ancestors would have spoken like that, probably with a more broader accent. Some really old Norfolk people are very hard to understand. How on earth did Mark come accross that clip? And do you think it's weird that my Dad knew Jeffrey Shingfield!! I do.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Family Picture Friday: The Comptons

I recently have made contact with Ezra Riley's grand daughter, Kathleen Compton.  She is the daughter of Jean Riley Emerson Heimlich.  She shared the following pictures with me:

Ezra Riley, Jean Heimlich, Kathleen Compton, Ethan Compton

The children of Kathleen Compton
Ethan, Caroline, Alex and Lindsay

Ethan, Caroline, Alex and Lindsay Compton
April 2008

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today is the Wedding Anniversary of Louise and Otto

Louise Brueggeman and Otto Krausman were married in Akron on this day in 1920.  She was 30 years old. 

These notes are from her grandson, David Glawe:

The date of Otto’s birth is not certain.  Most of my early years I was told that Otto was 5 years younger than Louise putting his birth year as 1894.  His brother later told my mom that he was actually 7 years younger which puts it at 1896.  I always believed that Otto was 51 at his death but if the 1896 birth year is correct it would have made him only 49.  I know that Louise never told her age, partially because she wanted to hide the age difference.   Louise was 30 years old when they got married, which at the time would have been considered old.   She and Otto had 5 children in the next 12 years, one of which, (Howard) died at 18 months.  Only when she turn 70 did Louise begin to claim her age.  At 71 they discovered her bladder cancer and she lived until she was 82.
Louise and Otto knew each other before the US entered WWI and were serious about each other.  Louise wanted to get married before Otto went over seas but Otto refused.  He even refused to get officially engaged.  His reasoning was that he loved Louise and he was not afraid to leave her a widow as much as he did not want to have her burdened with a cripple. 
Selma's diary often mentions their courtship.  Selma alway referred to him in the diary as OK.  She also mentions his brother, Max.    
This is Selma's entry for April 2, 1918:
OK left for Camp Sherman, Chillicothe Ohio,  In the morning Linda went over with the machine (editor note:  Selma always referred to the family car as the machine) after his folks and when I was going to work I met Louise and Mama and Otto's sister in front of the Armory, but I did not see O.K. and I was late to wait for him.  Louise said he would be back in a few minutes.
May 28, 1918
In the evening the entertainment committee met at Max's house, Louise went with us.  Shortly after we arrived at his house, Louise read a letter written to them which read that Otto had left for France,  Louise cried and she got me to cry also, never before had I such a funny feeling for == did not want to cry, I tried to comfort her but did not help any, and Harold sat there and did not say a word.  Max had met Arti and then they came in and I was glad for that, I guess they didn't know what had happened but they knew something was radical wrong.

Happy Birthday Juanita Bischoff Slater

Today is the birthday of Juanita Rose Bischoff.  She is the youngest child of Emma Brueggeman and Walter Bischoff.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Are you getting ready to watch the Royal Wedding?

With the Royal Wedding coming up on Friday, I thought I'd share a recipe I found for Scones, perfect to have for breakfast while watching (if you are going to get up at 4:00 AM).  This recipe is from Colin Cowie's mother (party planner to the stars). 

Cheese Scones
Yield: 12-14 scones
12 ounces self-rising flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons mustard powder
dash of salt
4 ounces mature Cheddar cheese, grated
1 egg
1/2 pint milk
1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
2. Into a medium bowl, sift the flour. Stir in the baking powder, mustard powder, and salt. Stir in the Cheddar cheese.
3. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg and milk. Mix with the flour mixture and knead for 1 minute until soft.
4. On a floured working surface, pat out the scone mixture into a thickness of 1". Stamp out 2-inch rounds or triangles and place them on a baking sheet.
5. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Do not open the oven while baking.
6. Serve warm with butter, jam, or Devonshire cream
He made this on Nate Berkus show today and I love how these are so tall due to the self-rising flour and baking powder.

Happy Birthday Dorothy Frazier Riley

Today is the 83rd Birthday of John and Paul Riley's mother, Dorothy.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

On a " Long" Roll

I spent a long time today working on Etta Long's entry on  She died in 1948, having spent her married life in Rochester, IL.   

 I am kind of confused by the 1910 Census.  She was listed as being born in Germany and came to the US in 1880, at age 1.  Her husband is listed on this census as having his own farm.  The same information is on the 1920 Census and it also lists her naturalization year as 1889.   The 1900 Census lists her as having been born in Illinois as does the 1930 census. I cannot check the 1890 Census because it was destroyed in a fire.  She is NOT listed with the Long family in 1880 which isn't what you'd expect since she was born in 1879.  I find no baptismal record for her either.

So I am kind of confused....she likely is not the biological child of Charles and Louise Long given she was not baptized at Trinity Lutheran as with all the other children.  Were they trying to hide in the early census that she was not born in the US?  In the censuses after she was married, lists her being born in Germany except in 1930.  Very strange....

I'm not really sure where to go with this. Ann Hilliard (has worked on the Long Family Tree) has her listed by name but no other information.  It is hard to know who brought her to the US, was her name different.  I am thinking the best bet is to try to find a living Heissinger family member to see if they know the story.  I made good progress today filling in the info on her children and grandchildren.  I'll see if I can find one of them and let you know if I find anything out.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Selma's Baptismal Sponsors

If you remember, I wondered who Selma's baptismal sponsors were.  

I have worked on who Etta Long was.  As it turns out, Etta was the youngest child of Charles and Louise Long.  She was born in 1879.  She married Fred Heissinger on Christmas Day in 1900.  
She and Fred lived in Rochester, IL (in the same county as Springfield) and had five children.  At the time of Selma's baptism, Etta would have been 19 years old.

Nancy Riley sent me this email:

Uncle Dave says that Eleanora Fladt was a church member contemporary to Grandma Selma's parents.  Eleanora Fladt married Adam Koerner.  Eleanora Fladt went by Nora.  When Uncle Dave came down to OSU in 1949 he was invited to their house for lunch.  Hope that helps.   Aunt Nan

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy 21st Birthday Max

Today is the 21st birthday of my youngest son, Maxwell King.

One of our family traditions was to tell each boy their "being born" story on his birthday.  I imagine once you are 21, it is probably time to stop telling the story.  The short version is that we got to the hospital about 11 PM and he was born about an hour later.  We had the nurses and doctors moving fast.  They didn't believe I was so close and made me walk a long way to the labor and delivery department.

Max weighed 10 pounds, 7 ounces and was about 24 inches long.  A big baby, but not the biggest of the Riley Grandchildren.  Judy had one over 11 pounds.  Part of Max's story is that he peed all over the floor on the way to the scale and he was always sure he would have weighed more if that didn't happen.

Happy Birthday Dear Max.  We are certainly proud of the man you are becoming.

Some Easter Pictures to Share

Sid Riley and grandson, Mark Riley
Gage Street, Akron Ohio
Lynne Riley and Polly and Patti Ingram
(maternal cousins)

Lynne, Ray and Judy Riley
Easter 1961

Judy and Lynne Riley
Easter 1967
Winchester VA
Lynne Riley, Debbie Riley, Judy Riley and Liz Riley
204 Sheridan Ave
Winchester, VA

Selma's Diary Easter Sunday 1918

From Selma's diary:

It is an ideal Easter Sunday.  A day which I would have loved to come out with an entire outfit of new clothes, but nothing doing.

As I was getting ready I realized that just six years ago today on a Palm Sunday, March 31, 1912. I was then indeed a very happy girl getting ready for one of the great periods which has already occurred during my life and that is the day of my confirmation.  My thoughts continued along that day.  Linda and I were both in the same class and marched up the aisles together which Papa thought was splendid that we were able to do that because we were usually always found together. To Rev. Burhenn's surprise I was not at all nervous that day, but on the contrary very calm and cool, tried to speak my words in a clear distinct tone, and it seemed to me as if the Lord was with me.  Our song was "Jesus be our Guide", and ever since has been one of my favored songs, and have always been chanting the words silently and hope Jesus shall always be with me.  Linda and I were the only ones that did not miss a question.  We were put through a very rigid examination and to this day I remember almost every question which I was asked.

Although I was very young, only 12 years old, I think I fully realized the seriousness in which the day meant to me, and from then I was considered a member of the Lutheran Church, which I hope I shall, if it is the Lord's will always remain a true member of that church, and that he shall give me the strength to withstand all the world's wicked pleasures and always be safe in his fold.

"The gate is straight, so the way called is narrow,
Where they who enter tread on thorns and sorrow,
And oft 'twill seem so lonely and forsaken,
That men may ask, Why have we undertaken
To walk this way?
Remember, then, amid your doubts and strife,
The Saviour's words, It leadeth into life.

Just before going down stairs to breakfast, I glanced at the picture which was the class, my confirmation class,  It seemed almost impossible to me that at I was the smallest in the class, and now I believe I would tower above all the girl's shoulders.
Selma in her Confirmation dress
Zanesville 1912

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Following up on Church Records in Springfield

Trinity Lutheran Church has a great user-friendly database on Baptisms.  When researching Emma's birth, I did a search under "sponsors" using the last name "Lange".  I found the Charles Henry Long (aka Karl Heinrich Lange) was a sponsor to many children.

It appears that he may have had a SISTER in Springfield:

Karl Heinrich Schuette was born to Bernhard and Henriette (Lange)
08/10/1862Schuette, Karl Heinrich 1862 BernhardHenrietteLange Theo. HuschmannKarl Lange and Heinrich LangeBernhard was a bricklayer.Trinity Lutheran Church Baptisms 1838 to 1879 
Charles was a sponsor along with Heinrich Lange, possibly a brother.

Carl Ludwig Schuette was born to the same couple.
186402/14/1864Schuette, Carl Ludwig12/07/18631863 LeonhardHenrietteLange William BartlingCarl Lange and Louise Lange
Charles and his wife Louise were the sponsors.  It's interesting one son was Karl and the second son was Carl. 

I searched for Heinrich Lange as a father and he isn't listed.  That may mean a couple of things, he didn't have children, or he wasn't a member of this church, or he didn't live in Springfield.

Henriette and Bernard went on to have other children but don't see their baptismal records.  In the 1895 city directory, she is listed as the Widow of Bernard living at 323 W Cook along with Miss Annie Schuette (teacher) and Miss Elizabeth Schuette (Carpet weaver).  Her son, Henry C.  (I assume this is Karl Heinrich) Schuette was a driver for John Bessmer Co but lived at 106 W. Cook. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

On this day in 1927...

Rev. Martin Brueggeman died on April 22, 1927 in Memphis.  He had a Heart Attack the day after Easter.

The Reverend Brueggemann's obituary by E. H. Demetrio reads as follows: "Our dear brother, the Rev. Martin J.
Brueggemann, was born at Cleveland, O., February 3, 1870. There he attended the school of Trinity
Congregation. After his confirmation by the former Pastor J. H. Niemann (President of the Middle District) he
entered Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Ind., and graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., with the
class of 1893. His first charge was Manila, O., where he was ordained and installed. Then he accepted a call to
Fort Dodge, Iowa. Twenty years ago he was called to, and accepted, the pastorate of Trinity Lutheran Church of
Memphis, Tenn., and here he labored with signal blessing and faithfulness. He was elected Visitor of the
Arkansas and West Tennessee Conference District and served in this capacity for eight years.
On April 10, while attending a board meeting of the church council, he became ill, and upon being taken home,
continued to grow worse. In spite of every attention given him by his family and the attending physicians, he did
not rally. He was then taken to the hospital and there quietly fell asleep on Friday, April 22. From 3:00 P.M.
Saturday afternoon until the time of the burial his body lay in state in his church. The funeral took place on the
afternoon of Sunday, April 24. Rev. R. Kretzschmar, of Saint Louis, President of the Western District, preached
the funeral sermon.. The other Lutheran churches of the city had suspended services, and practically all the
members of the Lutheran churches of Memphis attended the burial of their leader. The Rev. H. Dueker officiated
at the altar, and the Rev. E. H. Demetrio officiated at the grave.
Pastor Brueggemann is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie Walker Brueggemann, and three sons: The Rev.
Victor Brugge of Gordonville, Mo., Otis Brueggemann, of Cleveland, Miss., and Arnold Brueggemann of
A conscientious and faithful laborer has been called out of our midst and has entered, as we confidently hope, into
the rest in store for the people of God."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

On this day in 1867

Emma Louise Frieda Lisette Long (Lange)  was born on this day in 1867.  She was the second child of Charles and Louise Long (Lange).  She was born in Springfield IL.  

She was baptized by Rev. William Bartling at Trinity Lutheran Church on June 2, 1867.  Her parents are listed in the record as Karl and Louise Lange.  Her baptismal sponsors were Albert H. Klein and Margaretha Klein.  The Kleins were members of the Church and in earlier records, you can find the baptismal records of their four children (1853-1858).

The original record is found on page 60 in the Baptismal Record Book 1838-1879.  I discovered some interesting things when researching this posting about Charles Henry Long and his family.  I'll cover it soon...a teaser...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Selma ELEANORA Brueggemann

There has been some recent debate over Selma's middle name.  My family thought it was Eleanor as she discussed it many times with my mother, Nori (Elinore).    This week, Uncles Tom and Dave went to Hillards to visit St. James Church.  Dave reports that she was born in the parish house across the street from the church.

They found her baptismal record and found her name was Selma Eleanora.  She was baptized by her father three days after her birth.  Two of her sponsors were named Eleanora.  Their relationship to the family is lost to history.  The third sponsor was Etta Long.  I haven't pieced together exactly who Etta Long is.  I assume that she is related to Selma's mother, Emma Long.  Does anyone know if Etta was sometime short for Elizabeth?  Emma had a sister, Elizabeth, that I really don't know anything about.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Anniversary of Thomas Roberts Riley's Death

On this day in 1942 (69 years ago)  Thomas R. Riley died at the age of 83.  There has been some confusion about his age.  Several censuses list his birth year as 1861 but his Official Record of Birth clearly states he birth year as 1858.

This photo is of the family in attendance at his funeral.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Listen to a Native of Manchester Recorded 1918

Some of you may not know that my husband, Mark, is an Anthropologist with a Linguistic specialization.  He found this website that has many old recordings of accents from England.  He found one from the small town of Gooderstone Norfolk where his grandfather was from.

I searched for Manchester where the Riley family was from.  This recording was made in 1918 at German POW camp.  Here are the notes about the recording:

Speaker's note: Aged 34 from Manchester, England. Born 23 September 1883 in Manchester. Lived in Manchester until the war, in POW camp since the age of 20. Educated at a public school in Manchester. Both parents from Manchester. Can read and write in English. Religion: protestant. Occupation: fisherman. Item note: Joseph reads the Parable of the Prodigal Son (taken from Luke chapter XV, verse 11-32).

Manchester Accent.

Click on this link and once you are at the page, you can click on the PLAY this recording using your usual media player.  Remember, this is very OLD recording and isn't very clear.  If you have trouble hearing it, make sure your speakers are all the way up.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Special: Ernst August Brueggeman's Next Call

Ernst August left Ireton Iowa for Grand Haven Michigan.  He was installed at another St John's Lutheran Church.  His installation date was January 26, 1891.  His first son was born there (Edwin) and left this church on September 3, 1893. According to the attached record, he was released for health reasons.

In the mid-to-late 19th century, Grand Haven developed into a logging, lumber mill and shipping area, as well as a shipbuilding center.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thomas Roberts

After maybe finding the connection to Jane Roberts brother, Edward, I decided to pick up the Roberts trail again.  I am certain that her father was Thomas Roberts as he is listed on her marriage license.  His profession was listed on her marriage license as a Cooper.

In the 1841 Census, he is listed as a Porter (someone who transports goods by foot).  The registration district was Market Street, New Street in Manchester.  When he died in 1865, he died in the same district.  He is listed on this census as not have been born in the same county as he was now living.

In the 1851 Census, he is listed as a Cooper, living in 9 New Street.

On the Marriage License of Jane and Ezra, he is listed as a Cooper, living at 22 New Street

In the 1861 Census, he changed professions and was listed as a Shopkeeper at 97 Abbotts Street.

He died in 1865 at age 61.  I'll order his death certificate so we can find out more information.
This isn't Thomas Roberts, just a 19th century cooper)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Family Picture Friday: David Reinhardt and Sons

Karl, David & Fred Reinhardt
David sent me this picture some time ago and I realized that I hadn't posted it.  Karl was born 1959 and passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 2, 2007.  Fred is the older brother, born in 1957. David's children carried on the family tradition of German names:  Karl Leonhardt and Frederick Martin.  Karl worked in the Air Conditioning field.  Fred worked in Federal Civil Service for over 20 years before entering Seminary.  David spent his career in Accounting before his retirement.

Missed my first day blogging

I missed my first day since I started this blog.  I didn't post on Thursday as I bought a new laptop and my old one was at Best Buy having all the files transfered so I was without a back to regular postings

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rudolf Brueggemann WWI Draft Registration

Rudolf Brueggemann, son of Louis Brueggemann (still with two "n"s)  registered on June 5 and is shown to have been serving beginning August 26, 1918.  He was discharged on Christmas Eve.

Headquarters Detachment 472 Engineers to Discharge Private Honorable discharge 24 Dec 1918. National Army LB 1

His registration card lists his profession as a Map Draftsman with Chas. W Root..  I am sure this skill was sought after in the Army.  He was list as tall and slender.  This particular registration card does not list next of kin.  His record of service doesn't say where he was stationed other than Headquarters Detachment.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Anniversary of Ezra James Riley's Birth

Ezra James Riley, the son of Tom and Lizzie, was born on this day in 1896.  He was born in Leachburg, Pennsylvania.  The family must have left for England shortly after his birth as his brother Sid, was born in England around 18 months later. 

Bertha and Ez Riley
1976 at their 50th Anniversary

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Anniversary Mary Jane and Paul Lacke

They were married on this day in 1953 so this is their 58th Anniversary.  This is a picture from that day, with her mother, Jessie, on the left and her father, Thomas Percy Riley, on the right.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Special: Lutheran Confirmation

As young people are getting ready for their confirmations this spring, I wanted to share this story from David Glawe.  I told my Dad about this story and I know he's shared it with friends.  What a different time..

Otto’s story and the changing of attitudes.  For Lutheran’s Confirmation has always been a time of celebration.  It has also been a time of transition.  In one way it is seen as the time when the child takes responsibility for their own baptismal vows.  It is a time of becoming an adult.  Supposedly,  When Otto was confirmed his parents’ confirmation gift was a carton of cigarettes.  They the told him that he had to buy his own from then on. 
Confirmation in our part of the family was a time of transition.  It was the time when you graduated from the children's table to the adult table at family celebrations such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. It was also the time when you could have one drink before dinner and a glass of wine with dinner. 
Thank you David for putting a smile on many a face...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Housekeeping and Navigating the Blog

Some of you may not be familiar with blogs and blogging and I want to cover a few things for new readers.

1.  Can Subscribe to the Feed
On the right column of the blog, you will see this:

Subscribe via email

Enter your email address:

Enter your email address and hit subscribe.  You will then get a confirmation email that you need to respond to.  You will then get a single email every day I make a blog posting.  You will receive it during the night.  For example, you will wake up Tuesday to Monday's blog post in your In-Box.

2.  Making Pictures Bigger
For most pictures, if you click on the picture, it will open it up bigger than it is on the blog post.  Sometimes, if you click on it again, it will make it even bigger.  It all depends on how big my original is.

3.  Saving Pictures to Your Computer
If you want to save a picture or document that you want to keep, right click on the picture, then click "Save Image As".  Be sure to remember when it saves on your computer.  You can also change the name of the picture when you save it.

4.  Looking at Older Posts
If you are at blog (vs the feed email), you can scroll all the way down to the end of the page and there is a link that says "OLDER POSTS".  It will take you to the next page of posts.  You can also look on the right hand column that says "BLOG ARCHIVE".  You can see the list of the current month's posts.  Click on older month to see the list of previous posts there.

5.  Labels
At the bottom of every post, there is a label link.  If you click on a particular name, it will pull up any blog posts that have the same name.  For example, it says Sid Riley, if you click on Sid Riley it will then open all posts with the same label.  I try to be careful about using the same labels but I am sure I have made a mistake or two.

6.  Sharing a Particular Post
Again, if you are reading the blog (vs the feed email), this is at the bottom of every post

If you click on the "M", you will be able to email this posting to someone.
I don't think anyone would want to Twitter or Facebook any of these posts but that option is available too.

7.  Just Who are the People in the Header.
I realized that some of you won't know who the people that are pictured in the blog header.
Starting in the top right corner and going clockwise:
Clamor Brueggemann
Emma Long Brueggeman
Sidney Thomas Arthur Riley
Thomas Roberts Riley
Charles Long and Louise Nagel Long
Ernst August Brueggeman
Elizabeth Ann Maybury Riley
Selma  Brueggeman
Ezra Riley

Friday, April 8, 2011

Family Picture Friday: Jean Riley Emerson and children

As I mentioned last week, I like to include pictures when I have made contact with a family member.  This week's picture is of Jean Riley Emerson (daughter of Ezra Riley) with her sons, Jim and Tom and her daughters, Kathleen and Peg.  This picture had been sent to Sue Riley.  I have recently been in contact with Kathleen who now lives in Texas.  Her mother sent her all her family pictures.  Kathleen has her home on the market and her photos are packed away awaiting a move.  Once she gets settled, she said that she'd share with us.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Yea, a contact from the Roberts Family

I know I sound like a broken record, but the internet has again amazed me.  I noticed yesterday that someone was saving a ton of my older Riley pictures and information.  I contacted the Ancestry member to find the connection and received this response:

Hi Lynne, I'm from the Roberts Side. Jane Roberts 1833-1863 is my GGG Aunt being the brother of Edward 1831-1889 who is my GG Grandfather. Until a few weeks ago I didn't have any siblings for him until I found your tree with Thomas and Mary being Janes's parents. The 1841 England census places my Edward with the siblings listed in your tree. He is not listed on the 1951 Census with the family so had possibly left home. Thomas was definitely Edwards father as this is listed on his death certificate but mother unknown. I am sure I am correct in claiming the rest of the Roberts family and further relations. This would make us very distant cousins of some sort. My wife and I live in the small town of Stanthorpe just three hours from Ipswich Queensland Australia where Edward and his three sons arrived in about 1865.
Regards Murray

We now have the first contact with Ezra's wife's (Jane Roberts) family.  I told him that the name Roberts still is important in our family with three living Thomas Roberts Rileys.  I also told him that I have this picture that was labeled "Uncle Edward and Aunt Miriam".  I am hoping he can confirm that it is "his" Edward Roberts.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ezra Riley 1871 Wales

I was searching the internet today for more information on Ezra Riley.  I knew he lived in Pontnewynydd Wales in 1871 and was listed on that census as the Manager of Pontnewynydd Iron Works and the employer of "437 men and boys".  As I discussed a couple of weeks ago, he had been living in North Woolwich and was working for Henley.  I wondered why he moved to Wales and today I think I found the answer:

 at Pontnewynydd John Lawrence and William Morgan of
Llanfoist in 1837 set up more furnaces; in 1845 these were bought by William Williams of Beaufort who had formerly kept the Company's shop for Crawshay Bailey but now owner of the Golynos works at Abersychan and living at Snatchwood House. He manufactured bars and rails but failed when the Mon. and Glamorgan Bank collapsed in 1851 and W. T. Henley, a London speculator, bought them for conversion into wire mills. Henley is said to have rolled the Atlantic Cable there, but they were soon closed down and remained idle for many years. 

So it looks like he moved there to roll cable for W.T. Henley!  On the Census, he is listed as living at Snatchwood House that is mentioned above.  I don't know how long the family was in Wales but by 1891, they are in Birmingham.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Military Service Of Otto Krausman

Even though Otto Krausman isn't a Brueggeman, many of his descendants  are and read this blog.  I had been told that Otto had been gassed while in Europe, a fact that his grandson David Glawe confirmed:

While overseas Otto was sent to the hospital three times, twice because of mustard gas attacks, the second worse than the first, but both of them considered minor.  The third time because he was hit by machinegun fire.  Fortunately, the bullet hit him in his very solid infantry belt buckle and it only left him with a very large bruise in the abdominal area.   All three were considered minor and he was only off the front lines for a few days each time.  Otto’s war experiences, especially his talking with the German soldiers across the lines gave him a distaste for Germany and he refused to teach his children how to speak German, although for privacy sake he sometimes did speak it in the house to Louise. 
Otto died of stomach cancer in 1946.  Although he had been a smoker since he was 14, I believe that the root of his cancer was not the smoking as much as the gas attacks and bullet bruise.

From the book "Ohio Soldiers in World War I", Otto's Service Records:

Co A 323 Machine Gun Battalion to 29 July 1918; Co C 3 Machine Gun Battalion to Discharge Private, first class 22 Nov 1918. St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; Defensive Sector. American Expeditionary Forces 12 June 1918 to 5 Sept 1919. Honorable discharge 25 Sept.
passing through Saint Baussant in advance upon StMihiel Front
He sure had a lot of trouble given that he was in the service for such a short time.
Here is his registration card.  It has a contradictory birth year.  I have records that his birth year was 1894 and 1896.  This record indicates 1895.  

Monday, April 4, 2011

Kailin Paul Riley: Happy Birthday

Today is the 11th Birthday of Kailin Paul Riley.  He is the 2nd of 7 sons (yes, 7 boys!) of Paul and Keomany Riley.  He is the grandson of David and Nancy Riley.  Paul carried on the tradition of Rileys having all boys.  Sid and Selma had six sons and no daughters.  Ron and Bonnie Riley had four sons, no daughters.

When I was double checking his birthday in the family tree on, a "leaf" (just like the TV ad) popped up for him.  It led me to a record of KALVIN PAUL RILEY who was born in England on the same day.  The funny thing is the Kalvin was born in Wolverhampton, the birthplace of KAILIN's great grandfather, Sid.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Special: EAB's 2nd Call

Rev. EAB was installed St. Johns in Ireton, Iowa on July 1, 1888, one month after his marriage to Emma Long.  
It is still a small town with 2009 population of 580.  There are TWO Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches.  The two was "platted" in 1882, only 6 years before EAB was installed. From

Wikipedia: The town was founded in 1882 as a 12 block lay out. The location was picked around the water stop of a railroad. It was a part of a larger series of settlements of Englishmen in Northwest Iowa that included Alton, Le Mars, and Hospers. It was incorporated in 1890. The town served the local farmers with general stores, horseshoe makers, and equipment sales as well as a place to sell grain that could be transported by the railroads. Even though the rail road has been removed, several seed stores, a farm co-op, and many other agriculture related businesses remain.

The town was named after Henry Ireton, who served under Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. He was also Cromwell's son-in-law.

The original inhabitants of Ireton were mostly English and Irish. Later when the larger Dutch settlements of Sioux Center and Orange City were founded, the population has had an increasingly larger Dutch population.

Many of the first residents of Ireton were veterans or sons of veterans of the American Civil War. There is an old military road/path that traveled near the town that served to move troops and equipment down from Minneapolis to Sioux City to the Missouri River and the western most portions of the Civil War. There were several soldiers that died on that path and were placed in a cemetery near a hill by that road. The Ireton cemetery was placed around those graves and now includes a bronze statue of a union soldier looking South in remembrance of its veterans.

I would have thought that it would have had a German population but it looks like the town was mostly English, Irish and later some Dutch.

EAB and Emma's daughter, Louise, was born in Ireton.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Forgotten Resources...

David Reinhardt and I exchanged emails the week about the wedding of Ernst and Emma.  He mentioned that he had a book that was put together in 1998 for the reunion.  In the book was a copy of their wedding invitation.  I mentioned it to Ray and he had never heard of it.

Does anyone have this forgotten treasure and would be willing to loan it to me?  It sounds like it would be a great resource to share.

What other forgotten resources might be out there?  Any diaries?  Copies of any wills?  Recipe files?  Military records (WWII records are particularly important since the official ones burned in a fire)? Real Estate records? Birth certificates? Store receipts or spending ledgers? Baptismal and Confirmation certificates?  All of these might have some interesting information that can add to our understanding of the life and times of our family.

I imagine lots of this kind of information is shared at the Annual (?) Brueggeman reunion.  Here is a newspaper article about the 1953 Reunion, the 30th Annual:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Family Picture Friday: Grace & Sue

Once I have made contact with a "new" family member, I like to include a picture of one of their relatives.  I have recently made contact with Marsha Veltri, daughter of Elizabeth Kate Bostwick, granddaughter of Grace Amelia Riley Bostwick Carr.  This blog and our tree on enabled Marsha to see pictures of her great grandparents (Tom and Lizzie Riley) for the first time.
This is what this is all about, sharing with the current generations and maybe giving them the interest in learning more and sharing what they know.   Maybe she could see a glimmer of herself, her cousins or even her own kids in the photos.  

Here is a picture of Theda Hill and Grace, taken in Florida, January 1949.