When searching through Findagrave.com, searching "Jeckering"- my maiden name, I came upon a name that I didn't have in my tree-
John Jeckering (1919-1934)
Buried in Saint Rose Cemetery in Cadott, Chippewa, Wisconsin
So, of course, I had to research him! :)
I started out with researching his name on Ancestry.com searching engine and looking into census records but there was some confusion with the date of birth-- here's what I found in two census records:
1920 U.S. Census: 19 Jan 1920
La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Mormon Coolie Rd.- St. Michael's Orphanage
John Jackering- age 6, born 1914 Wisconsin
1930 U.S. Census: 03 Apr 1930
Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin
College Ave- Wisconsin Industrial School for Boys
John Jeckering- age 16, born 1914 Wisconsin
You can read more about this school Here.
I kind of came to a dead end with the Census records, which makes sense because John died in 1934. So, I went to Ancestry.com's Member trees and I found SO many people who had John as the son of Gerhard Bernard Jackering (1845-1922) and Anna F. Houdick (1870-1933), which would make John my 4th cousin, 4x removed!
I don't know why John was in an orphanage and then later a school for troubled boys, but I can only imagine he had some type of disability.
John married Dorothy Elaine Comerford (1916-1990) before 1932 and they had a son- James John (1932-1989). John died in May 1934 and Dorothy remarried only two months later on 18 Jul 1934 to Perry Curtis Farmer (1903-1985). John's son- James John took his step-father's name- Farmer- James John Farmer.
James John Farmer (1932-1989) married Joan Elizabeth Schubert (1930-2012) in September, 1954 and they had 8 children.
Just by finding out who this John Jeckering was, I found out that I had:
~Another 4th cousin, 4x removed
~A 5th cousin, 3x removed
~8 6th cousins, 2x removed