Sunday, January 25, 2015

Today in my Family History: Week 4

January 19, 2015~ Monday

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~William Martin Kime (1819-1871)
My 3rd Great Grandfather
He was BORN on January 19, 1819
He would be 196!!

~Mary Virgila "Virgie" Trick (1919-2007)
My 2nd Cousin, 2x Removed
She was BORN on January 19, 1919
She would be 96.

January 20, 2015~ Tuesday

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Frances Gertrude Heider (1901-1993)
My 1st Cousin, 3x Removed
She was BORN on January 20, 1901.
She would be 114!!!

January 21, 2015~ Wednesday

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Rita Irene Jeckering (1928-2015)
My Grand Aunt
Rita died today, January 21, 2015- she was 86 years old.

~John Henry Henderson (1871-1949)
My 2nd great grandfather
He DIED on January 21, 1949.
He would be 144!!!

~Carmlita Therese Trick (1928-1992)
My 2nd Cousin, 2x Removed
She was BORN on January 21, 1928.
She would have been 87.

~Cecilia Christine Brinkman (1902-1990)
My 1st Cousin, 3x Removed
She was BORN on January 21, 1902.
She would have been 113!!!

January 22, 2015- Thursday 

Nothing Today :(

January 23, 2015- Friday

A Very Happy Birthday to: 

~My Soon-To-Be Sister-in-Law-- a "Living Miller"-- 29 Years old

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Pauline Ellert (abt 1853-1937)
(Maiden name is unknown)
My 3rd Great Grandmother
She DIED on January 23, 1937.
She would have been 162!!!

~Marcia Jeanne Jeckering (1942-1985)
My 1st Cousin, 2x Removed
She DIED on January 23, 1985.
She would have been 72.

January 24, 2015- Saturday

Nothing Today :(

January 25, 2015~ Sunday

A Very Happy Birthday to: 

~My Youngest niece- Aubree-- 1 Year old Today!

Surname Saturday (On Sunday): Bacon

So, I've been sick all weekend and am finally feeling better again to write-- so this blog post is a day late-- better late than never, I suppose! :) 

My 10th Great Grand uncle was Moses Mildenhall (1666-1738). He came to America with my 10th great grandfather- John Mendenhall (1659-1743) and other siblings, but Moses didn't like the land or people in America- felt like America was barbaric and too rugged for him, so after a year, he went back to England. There, he met and married Elizabeth Bacon (1673-1737) and they had 9 children.

Today's Surname: 


When I discovered that Moses had married a woman with the surname Bacon, I actually laughed because I had never heard of this name before-(except for the delicious breakfast side dish of course!)-- never as a name!  The only other thing I know about Elizabeth Bacon was that her father was John Bacon. 

So, how popular is the name Bacon in the U.S.??

The name Bacon is English and French with Germanic origin. It comes from the name Bac(c)o, Bahho- which means "to fight". The Normans form was Bacus. 

~U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s for Bacon: 598 results

Name                                                      Birth Year                    Arrival Year                  Arrival Place

Daniel Bacon                                                                                                                    Massachusetts 
Elijah Bacon                                                                                                                      America
Geo Bacon                                           abt 1592                       1635                             America
Daniel Bacon                                       abt 1605                       1635                             Virginia 
Edward Bacon                                     abt 1610                       1635                            Barbados 

~All U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 results for Bacon: 348 results

Name                                        Birth Date                  Place                   District and Date of Action

Alfred W. Bacon                    05 Jun 1888               Russia                  Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, 06 Feb 1919

Beatrice Bacon                                                                                      California

Edwin John Bacon                                                                                California

Elizabeth Bacon                                                                                    California

Frederick Thomas Bacon                                                                    New York

Surprisingly, there was a HUGE amount of "Bacon"s in the Find a grave index... 24,603 records! So, just for fun, I typed in Elizabeth Bacon, in respect towards my 10th great grand aunt who never came to America...

For Elizabeth Bacon, there are 306 results! The results were in Missouri, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and many more!

It makes me wonder if any of Elizabeth's family- siblings or nieces/nephews with the surname Bacon came to America.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Week 37: Gerhard Jeckering (1673-1735)

Gerhard Jeckering- my 7th great grandfather

Born: 1673 in Drievorden, Germany
Died: 1735 in Drievorden, Germany
          Age: 62

Parents & Siblings: Unknown 

Occupation: Farmer


Wife #1: Gesina Hanfelder (b. 1675)
Children of Gesina and Gerhard: 

1. Johann Jeckering (1699-1727)-28
2. Susanna Jeckering (1701-?)-?
3. Susanna Jeckering (1703-1761)- 57
4. Gesina Jeckering (1706-?)- ?

Wife #2: Susanna Hemelt (1691-1765), Married 1710
Parents: Johann Hernelt & Gebbula Rolfs
Children of Susanna and Gerhard: 

1. Euphemia Jeckering (1711-1764)-53
2. Adelheid Jeckering (1713-1716)-3
3. Johann Jeckering (1715-1719)-4
4. Adelheid Jeckering (1716-?)-?
5. Bernhard Jeckering (1719-?)-?
6. Johann Jeckering (1719-1727)- 8
7. Susanna Jeckering (1724-1795)- 71
8. Johann Jeckering (1727-?)- ?
9. Gerhard Jeckering (1730-1788)- 58
           (Gerhard was my 6th great grandfather)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday's Portrait: Mendenhall Sisters

Today's Portrait: 

Bonnie Maree Mendenhall (1908-1913) (Left) &
Flora Adaline Mendenhall (1911-2005) (Right)

This is an interesting picture that I found on Bonnie and Flora were are my 5th cousins, 4x removed. 

I'm curious about this picture because I'm sure Bonnie died not long after this photo was taken! She only lived to be 4 years old (pictured on the left). I can imagine this is the same year that Bonnie had to have died. 

The picture looks like the sisters are sitting on a rock wall by the ocean- they lived in Los Angeles, so that could be pier behind them to the left! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday's Census- Seaver, 1930

Seaver is my grandmother's maiden name. 

The Seaver Family, 1930 

02 April 1930

Address: Unknown, Jefferson, Tipton, Indiana
             Home is owned.

Members of Household:

Jackson, James----------Head----41---Farmer- General Farm

"         ", Rose C.-------Wife----37---None

"         ", Charles D.----Son------13---None

Seavers, Frank B.-------Father-in-law--73--None

~Frank was my 2nd Great Grandfather

18 April 1930

Address: Unknown, Cicero, Tipton, Indiana
            Home is owned- valued at 1000

Members in Household:

Henderson, John H.---Head---58--- Carpenter- building construction

"            ", Anna J.--Wife----55---None

"            ", Eugene---Son----15---None

Seaver, Anita M.-----Gr. Dau-7----None

"      ", Helen Ruth---Gr. Dau-6----None

~Helen was my grandmother. Her and her sister Anita were living with their maternal grandparents- John and Anna Henderson. I don't know why they were living with them. 

28 April 1930

Address: Perryton St., Reynolds, Rock Island, Illinois
            Home is owned, valued at $1400

Members in Household:

Harness, William M.---Head------85--None

Dunker, Laura-------Servant----58--Housekeeper- Private Family

Seaver, Otto---------Boarder---29--Laborer- Odd Jobs

"      ", Grace--------Boarder---28--None

~While Helen and Anita were living with their grandparents, their father- Otto was remarried, living in Illinois with his new wife, her mother and the man who her mother worked for. 

I couldn't find Helen and Anita's mother- Ruby Mae in the 1930 Census. I know she eventually married a man with the last name French. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mappy Monday- Midland, Michigan

    My great grandfather was Earl Dwight Mendenhall (1894-1972). On his WWI draft registeration card, it shows that he was living in Midland, Michigan on June 05, 1917 at the age of 23. 

Midland, Michigan 

I found Midland's website- they call Midland "The City of Modern Explorers"- not sure exactly why, but it's an interesting name! 

By looking at the pictures on Google, Midland is a BEAUTIFUL town! I would love to visit, not only because one of my ancestors were there, but because I've never been to Michigan, (just another check off the bucket list!)

Before the 1850's, Midland was an Indian village- the Chippewa Indiana Wikkiups. Settlers started to form which included Indian hunters, fisherman, farmers and loggers. The city of Midland was incorporated in 1887. 

The first industry to come to Midland was in 1890 when a man named Herbert Henry Dow founded Dow Chemical Company- which is still in the works- now named Dow Chemical-- there is also Dow Corning Corporation- two Fortune 500 Companies.

When visiting Midland, what should you do?

There are a lot of historical homes- mid-20th century architecture

Biking and Skating

Dow Diamond Stadium near downtown Midland- Minor league Baseball