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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Church Record Sunday: Confirmation of Kari Boe

Immanuel Lutheran Parish (Synod), 5 m. N.E. of Watson, Minnesota. Ministerial Records, 1869-1908. Confirmations, 28 October 1888. U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

On 28 October 1888. my great-grandfather's sister Kari Boe was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Parish, 5 miles northeast of Watson, Chippewa County, Minnesota.

In addition to the date of confirmation, the record gives the names of her parents (Jorgen Boe and Aaste Halvorsdatter), her place of birth (Rock Dell [Olmsted, Minnesota]), her date of birth (5 April 1874), and her date of baptism (5 August 1874).

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wedding of John Schneider and Paulina Gersbacher

My great-grandparents John Schneider and Paulina Gersbacher were married 114 years ago today. When I was taking the National Institute for Genealogical Studies class Research: Social History, one of the assignments was to write an account of an event in the life of my ancestors, and to try to find out what the weather was like on the day of the event. I wrote about the wedding of John Schneider and Paulina Gersbacher.

 July 23, 1902

John Schneider and Paulina Gersbacher were united in marriage today at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. The church, which is the largest Roman Catholic church in the area, is made of Grafton limestone and has a spire that is more than 200 feet high. The stained glass windows provided a lovely backdrop for the wedding mass.

The weather was fair but humid. Thankfully the waters of the Mississippi River, which had been approaching flood stage, had receded by four inches. The bride and groom are natives of Germany, as is typical of the congregation of Sts. Peter and Paul, and of a large portion this ethnic neighborhood, which is home to many European immigrants.

"Floods Threaten Missouri and Mississippi Valleys - Heavy Rains Continue in Tributary Territory." St. Louis Republic, 20 July 1902, page 1. Chronicling America.
"No Danger from High Water." St. Louis Republic, 23 July 1902, page 5. Chronicling America.
United States Department of the Interior. National Park Service. National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form. Soulard Neighborhood Historic District.
Wayman, Norbury L. History of St. Louis Neighborhoods: Soulard: Churches.
"The Weather." St. Louis Republic, 23 July 1902, page 14. Chronicling America.
"The Weather." St. Louis Republic, 24 July 1902, page 12. Chronicling America.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friend of Friends Friday: Runaway Slaves of Gaius Kibbe, Belleview, Tennessee

Nashville Republican, 4 July 1835, page 1

$100 REWARD.
RUNAWAY from Belleview Mouth of Blue Water, about the 1st of March last two negro men, JOHN and JESSY. John is twenty three or twenty-four years of age; five feet 10 or 11 inches high; complexion yellowish, when spoken to, is rather bold. Jesse is between forty and fifty years old; about six feet high, complexion very black; his forehead is very small, slopes back, and is bald. He speaks slowly, but very correctly. These Negroes were purchased of a Mr Farr formerly of Missouri. If they are not still lurking in the neighborhood, they are probably attempting to get to Illinois.
I will give $25 each for their apprehension within this State, so that I can get them, or $50 for each if apprehended out of this State, and secured in any jail to enable me to get them again. Any information as to these Runaways, may be sent to Messrs. J. R. & S. S. Henry, Belleview, or to me at Mobile, Ala.
                                                                      GAIUS KIBBE
    Belleview, June 23––3t cp                   Print. fee $3 00

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sub-Committee of Vigilance for the Neighborhood of Locust Creek, Louisa County, Virginia

Richmond Enquirer, v. 372 no. 28, 14 August 1840, page 3

At a meeting of a part of the sub-Committee of Vigilance for the neighborhood of Locust Creek, Louisa County, held at Locust Creek Tavern, on the 6th inst., Capt. Albert G. Bowles was called to the Chair, and Dr. Archibald Anderson requested to act as Secretary
––it was
    1. Resolved, That our confidence in the intelligence, honesty and patriotism of Martin Van Buren, President of the U.S., is still undiminished, and that every effort which is fair and honorable shall be made by us to secure his re-election.
    2. Resolved, That the manner in which the Honorable Richard M. Johnson has discharged the duties of Vice President of the U.S., recommends him to the support of the voters of the county of Louisa.
   3. Resolved, That the following names be added to the sub-Committee of Vigilance for the neighborhood: Thomas A. Hope, Lindsay Richardson, Robert Armstrong, George W. Gregory, Wm. J. Crowder, Garland Tate, Thompson Tate, George Strong, John R. Cheek, John Swift, Joseph Harris, John T. Smith, John Sims, David Sharp, David Sims, Elder James M. Bagby, John Longdon, Thomas Duke, Hardin Duke, Hardin L. Duke, Thomas C. Anderson, Andrew B. Armstrong, Robert Foster, C. W. Gentry, Robert Duncan, Dr. Wm. Meridith, James Johnson, Edmond Wash, Wm. Wilsher, David Armstrong, (F,) Wm. Gammon, Wm. W. Pulliam, Wm. Cockran, Wilson Laine, R. K. Bowles, William Crutchfield, William C. Lindsay, Jesse T. Bowles, John Moss, John A. Harris, Daniel Perkins, Robert Perkins, Robert S. Halsall, Rev. William J. Winston, Col. Thomas Loyal, John Shelton, Edmond Swift, John S. Smith, Matthew Loyd, Thomas Loyd, sr., Thomas Loyd, jr., Elkanah Brooks, John Atkisson, Samuel Hollins, John S. Woodson, Capt. Garland Anderson, Matthew Farrar, Garland Farrar, Dr. Wm. S. Fowler, James Brooks, Dudley Gibson, Robert Duggins, Simeon Foster, Robert Corker, William Foster, John Johnson, Thomas Saunders, Thomas Bourn, Jas. Duke, John Tate, James Hall, Wm. Lafaun, Wm. C. Thomas, John C. Hawkins, Chas. L. Cocke, John Grubbs, William Corker, John W. Jackson, Andrew Jackson, Jesse Prophet, Jas. E. Hardaman, Samuel Trenham, John Austin, Granville Timberlake, Chapman Gordon, Wm. Saunders, Thomas F. Armstrong, Hezagad Cosby, Wm. Adams, James Adams, Z. W. Perkins, Micajah Parrish, and James Sims.
  4. Resolved, That these proceedings be signed by the Chairman and Secretary, and a copy transmitted to the Editor of the Enquirer with a request that they be published in the Enquirer and Crisis.
                                                          ALBERT G. BOWLES, Chm'n.

In 1840, my 5th-great-grandfather Chapman Gordon became a member of the sub-Committee of Vigilance for the neighborhood of Locust Creek, Louisa County. The  sub-Committee of Vigilance was working to get President Martin Van Buren re-elected in the election of 1840.

Following the Panic of 1837, the United States experienced a depression. The Whigs blamed Van Buren, and called him "Martin Van Ruin". The men of Locust Creek disagreed; they saw Van Buren as intelligent, honest, and patriotic. They may also have supported Van Buren because, although he was personally opposed to slavery, he had promised to oppose its abolition in states where it existed. Unfortunately, Chapman Gordon owned slaves.

This resolution has given me more information about Chapman Gordon: his political views; his neighborhood in Louisa County, Virginia; the names of his associates in the community; and the name of the local tavern.

Source: Martin Van Buren

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday's Child: Frank Shargo

Pennsylvania Department of Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Death certificate no. 33712, Frank Shargo, 1938. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

My aunt's younger brother, Frank Shargo, was born in 1938. He was the son of Karl Shargo and Olga Goldstein. He was only thirty-nine days old when he died on 9 April 1938 at the Philadelphia Hospital for Contagious Diseases, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born premature and had contracted mumps.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Franco-Prussian War

Franco-Prussian War map of 1870. Cambridge Modern History Atlas. Edited by A. W. Ward, G. W. Prothero, and Stanley Leathes. London: Cambridge University Press, 1912. Public domain. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

The Franco-Prussian War began on 19 July 1870, when France declared war on Prussia. The German states united against France and raised an army of about 400,000 men.

The French won a skirmish in Saarbrucken on 2 August 1870. The first major battle took place at Wissembourg on 4 August 1870. The Germans were victorious. They also won battles at Spicheren on August 5-6, 1870 and at Wörth on 6 August 1870. On 16 August 1870, the Germans again defeated the French at Mars-la-Tour.

The largest battle of the war took place at Gravelotte on 18 August 1870. The German army lost more than 20,000 troops, and the French army lost more than 12,000 troops.

The French were defeated at the Battle of Sedan on 1 September 1870, and Napoleon III surrendered to the Germans the next day. The Siege of Paris began on 19 September 1870. The Armistice of Versailles ended the fighting on 28 January 1871, and the war ended when the Treaty of Frankfurt was signed on 10 May 1871.

My 2nd-great-grandfather's brother Joseph Gerspacher died in Rastatt, Baden on 3 August 1870. The cause of death was Kriegsfolgen (consequences of war). Rastatt was a main supply base for east of the Rhine River during the Franco-Prussian War.

CFB Baden Soellingen Remembered: Crossroad
Faller, Helmut. Familiengeschichte der Gemeinde Görwihl. Bad Säckingen : H. Faller, 2000.
Franco-Prussian War
The Franco Prussian War

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mappy Monday: Johnson's Minnesota and Dakota, 1862

Johnson's Minnesota and Dakota. Johnson, A. J., Johnson's New Illustrated (Steel Plate) Family Atlas with Descriptions, Geographical, Statistical, and Historical. A. J. Johnson & Ward, 1862. Public domain. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

This map shows Minnesota and the Dakota Territory in 1862. Just a few years later, in 1866 and 1867, my Boe and Halvorson-Otterholt ancestors left Norway and settled in Dodge County, Minnesota.