Monday, June 2, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 4

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 4

Gerhard J. Jeckering (1829-1898)- My 3rd Great Grandfather

Birth:           02 Feb 1829           Hesepe, Germany

Death: 16 Apr 1898 Dayton, Ohio, USA

          Age: 69

Parents:       Johann Jeckering (1799-?) &
                              Euphemia Margaretha Ketteler (1798-1860)


Gerhard and his wife Maria Elisabeth arrived in America on 24 Oct 1867 aboard the ship called The Atlantic. When they settled in Dayton, Ohio, they went by George and Elizabeth.


Gerhard married before immigrated to America. 

Maria Elisabeth Kluneman
28 Aug 1830    Germany 
02 Nov 1912     Dayton, Ohio, USA

Her parents were Melchoir Kleinman and Katharina Strohmayer (speculated).

Gerhard and Elizabeth had 7 children:

John F.                             22 Aug 1855- 05 Mar 1941
Mary                               1857- 07 Feb 1892
Mary Wilhelmina          25 Mar 1860- 22 Mar 1913
Elizabeth                        26 Sep 1861- 03 Mar 1957
Clara M.                          22 Sep 1863- 30 Jan 1957
 Joseph Herman                 12 Mar 1870- 09 Feb 1931
Rose Margaret                 04 Apr 1874- 12 Oct 1936


Gerhard and Elizabeth had an astonishing 48 grandchildren! Out of 48, 12 of them didn't make it into adulthood.


1880 (age 51) – 1011 E. Third Street, Dayton Ohio


In Germany, Gerhard was a carpenter. After moving to America, he continued his occupation until he opened Jeckering Groceries: Flour & Feed store. The store was located on the ground floor, below the apartment where he and his family lived. The whole family was involved in the business and when Gerhard retired, his children took over the business. It closed before 1900.

Gerhard lived until the age of 69. He died on 16 Apr 1898 in Dayton. The cause of his death is unknown. During his funeral, an elderly woman collapsed dead from a heart attack.

Gerhard and his wife Elizabeth are buried in Calvary Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio- Sec 1, lot 298, Space 8 & 9.

Here is a picture of Elizabeth Ca. 1900s- the baby in the picture is unknown, but probably a grand or great grandchild. 

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