In Memorium

On this Memorial Day, we as a nation, should pause to remember those who sacrificed so much. For those who gave their lives, we can only repay them by continuing to keep our liberty as the priceless gift and treasure it is. For those who survived the wars over the years, our thanks, our honoring their struggles, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

In my family, my father who served in the Army in World War II, in North Africa and Italy, my mother’s brother who served also in the Army in World War II in Europe, my spouse’s father who served in the Marines in the Aleutians, my cousins who served in the Army in Korea, my very dear friends who served in Vietnam, my step-son who served during the Iraq war in Israel, and my step-son-in-law who served in Iraq, as well as all those who in the ancestry have served in the preceding wars, from World War II back to the Revolution. I honor you all, there are no words adequate to thank you for defending this country, for helping to keep our freedom and liberty.

May we never forget the courage, strength, honor and loyalty. From a grateful citizen of the United States of America.

I.O.U.V.F.W.

Said far better than I could . . .

Mad Man Knitting

I’ve written a similar post to this in the past, but it deserves repeating.

As we begin a solid moment of barbecues, the beginning of summer and the clambering of vacationing tourists, I like to think upon the purpose of Memorial Day.

I often refer to the fallen soldiers on this weekend, because people really do forget while tossing hot dogs on a grill and enjoying a three day weekend, why this day was set purposely aside….

…..but I was thinking of someone else. I know quite well the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day (and believe it or not, meany people do not).

This year I wanted to consider a different aspect of service that veterans of foreign conflicts were unwillingly subjected to: the bringing home of fellow soldiers that perished in this desperate desire of ours for freedom.

These are the men and women that brought home…

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Do Our Family Treasures Have a Secret Life?

Something to think about. Even objects have history and connections to people.

Moore Genealogy

Objects

We all have them. Those items we gather as we move through our life. They may have been handed down to you by your parents, grandparents or passed down from many generations. It could even be a silly souvenir that you purchased on that great family vacation a few years ago. If you still do not know what I mean, these are the things you would grab as you leave because of a fire. You know the things that have no monetary value, but are priceless because selling them would be like selling a part of yourself. Do the people in your family know their story? Do they have a secret life so that their story is not known? Their story is your story, your family’s story and needs to be told.

I have just finished reading “The Secret Life of Objects” written by Dawn Raffel. The author would choose…

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Hunting the Ketzeback Line: Part 1 – The Direct Line

Christoph Ketzeback (Katzbach, Catchepaw, Catchepaugh, etc.) was born about 1700, probably in Germany, no information about death or burial. Sometime between 1725 and 1727 he married Alida (last name unknown) who was born about 1702 probably in Germany, no information about death or burial. Christoph and Alida were the parents of Henrich and perhaps other children about whom no information has been found to date. [There is no solid evidence for these people, only various on-line family trees, which while helpful and definitely clues they are included for that reason.]

Henrich Ketzeback (Katzbach, Catchepaw, Catchepaugh, etc.) was born about 1737 in Germany and died in November 1815 in Sorel, Montérégie, Quebec, Canada. He was a Palatine German, came to America at the behest of the English and moved to Canada, with his family, as a Loyalist at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. On Friday, 12 October 1759 in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York, he married Eva DeFoe (Defoe, DeVoe, Devoe) who was born 14 April 1740 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York. She was the daughter of Abraham DeFoe and Anna Maria Catharina Reiffenberger. Henrich and Eva were the parents of at least seven children, Christoffer Catchepaw, Abraham Ketzeback, Marie Catharina Ketzeback, Aletteke Ketzeback, Johannes Ketzeback, unnamed daughter Ketzeback and Heinrick Ketzeback.

Johannes Ketzeback (Katzbach, Catchepaw, Catchepaugh, etc.) was born Tuesday, 30 April 1771 in , , New York and died Saturday, 14 May 1853 in Bromont, Shefford, Quebec, Canada at 82 years, 0 months, 14 days of age. In about 1798 in , , , Canada he married Rachel Griggs who was born after 1770 and died in , , Quebec, Canada. Johannes and Rachel were the parents of at least one child, Henry Ketzeback and maybe Abraham Ketzeback. In about 1802 he married Elizabeth Hammond who was born after 1774 in , , Massachusetts. Johannes and Elizabeth were the parents of three or four children, maybe Abraham Ketzeback, Benjamin Ketzeback, William Ketzeback and James Ketzeback.

Henry Ketzeback was born Saturday, 18 April 1801 in Shefford, Shefford, Quebec, Canada and died Tuesday, 20 September 1881 in Alton, Waseca, Minnesota at 80 years 5 months, 2 days of age and was buried in Alma City Cemetery, Janesville, Waseca, Minnesota (Find A Grave Memorial No. 31280730). In about 1828 he married Mary Burnham who was born Saturday, 04 October 1806 in Shefford, Shefford, Quebec, Canada and died Thursday, 11 September 1862 in Janesville, Waseca, Minnesota at 55 years, 11 months, 7 days of age and was buried in Alma City Cemetery, Janesville, Waseca, Minnesota (Find A Grave Memorial No. 31280747). She was the daughter of John Burnham and Martha (last name unknown). Henry and Mary were the parents of at least three children, George M. Ketzeback, John Franklin Ketzeback and William Henry Ketzeback.

John Franklin Ketzeback was born Sunday, 18 August 1833 in Shefford, Shefford, Quebec, Canada and died Monday, 09 March 1914 in Janesville, Waseca, Minnesota at 80 years, 6 months, 19 days of age and was buried in Janesville Cemetery, Janesville, Waseca, Minnesota (Find A Grave Memorial No. 117807481). On Monday, 26 September 1864 in Granby, Montérégie, Quebec, Canada he married Margaret Comb Griggs who was born Monday, 27 July 1846 in Shefford, Shefford, Quebec, Canada and died Wednesday, 19 February 1930 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois at 83 years, 6 months, 23 days of age. She was the dauther of Abram Griggs and Maggie (last name unknown). John Franklin and Margaret Comb were the parents of seven children, Emily C. Ketzeback, Henry Delbert Ketzeback, John F. Ketzeback, William Alfred Ketzeback, Sorman A. Kezeback, Margaret Mae Ketzeback and Edward Bert Ketzeback.

Margaret Mae Ketzeback was born Friday, 11 January 1889 in , , Minnesota and died in January 1978 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois at 88-89 years of age. On Saturday, 10 April 1909 she married John Henry Carl Ernst who was born Wednesday, 12 August 1891 in Clarion, Wright, Iowa to Charles Ernst and Jennie Carl. The marriage ended in divorce about 1911-1912. Margaret Mae and John Henry Carl were the parents of Margaret Pearl Ernst who was born Tuesday, 08 August 1911 in Boone, Boone, Iowa and died in January 1978 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. See above post Hunting the Ernst Line: Part 1 – The Direct Line.

On Thursday, 31 May 1917 probably in Chicago, Cook, Illinois she married Roy LeSourd Bennage, he was born Monday, 15 May 1882 in Marionville, Lawrence, Missouri and died Wednesday, 01 September 1965 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois at 83 years, 3 months, 17 days of age, the marriage was without issue.) He was the son of Franklin Pierce Bennage and Viola Belle Slade. Hewas from an interesting line, however I will not be posting on this line. He was Margaret Pearl’s step-father, as far as I have been able to find he did not adopt her, even though she is listed with his surname in the 1920 U.S. Census.

 

The number of Ketzeback descendants is huge, with the variants in spelling have made following some of them challenging. The collateral lines are actively being researched, and any information about any of the Ketzeback lines would be welcome.

More about the German Palatines here and here.

Hunting the Ernst Line: Part 7 – The Collateral Lines

Lewis Ernst (1821-1874) [See above post Hunting the Ernst Line: Part 1 – The Direct Line] had at least one brother as stated in the obituary for Benjamin Fridley.
Mrs. Fridley’s brothers, John and Phillip Earnst, and sister, Mrs. Ed. Meinser, from Sioux City, Iowa, and her uncle and aunt, Jacob Earnst and wife, from O’Neill, Neb., attended the funeral, which was held at Mt. Vernon…” – from Find A Grave (Memorial No. 67718821).
Jacob A. Ernst was born in 1826 in Baden, , , Germany and died after Tuesday, 23 June 1908 in O’Neill, Holt, Nebraska. In about 1854/1855 he married Mary E. or Mary Elizabeth/Elizabeth Kleahner who was born about 1828 in , , , Germany. Jacob A. and Mary E. were the parents of at least three children. Lewis Henry, George Adam and William M. Ernst.

Lewis Henry Ernst was born Monday, 18 June 1860 in Kenhuch, , Iowa (a place I have not been able to locate) and died Saturday, 11 August 1923 in Bloomington, McLean, Illinois at 63 years, 1 month, 24 days of age and was buried in Park Lawn Cemetery, Danvers, McLean, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 14078422). In about 1894 probably in , , Illinois he married Elizabeth Dehner who was born Wednesday, 20 September 1865 in Danvers, McLean, Illinois and died Monday, 13 June 1932 in Wapalla, DeWitt, Illinois at 66 years, 8 months, 24 days of age and was buried in Park Lawn Cemetery, Danvers, McLean, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 14078428). She was the daughter of Daniel Dehner and Katherine Schuster. Lewis Henry and Elizabeth were the parents of at least two children, Louis Daniel and Mary Catherine Ernst.
Louis Daniel Ernst was born Sunday, 07 July 1895 in , , Illinois or in Seward, , Nebraska (as stated on his World War I Draft Registration) and died Monday, 09 January 1967 in Danvers, McLean, Illinois at 71 years, 6 months, 2 days of age and was buried Park Lawn Cemetery, Danvers, McLean, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 14122606). He was a veteran of World War I. He is described on his World War I Draft Registration as of medium height, slender build, gray eyes, and light hair and was an automobile mechanic. On Wednesday, 11 June 1924 in , , he married Hannah Marie Alwes who was born Monday, 31 December 1894 in , Jackson, Indiana and died in 1958 in Danvers, McLean, Illinois at 63 years of age and was buried Park Lawn Cemetery, Danvers, McLean, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 14122626). She was the daughter of Herman Alwes and Minnie Flottman. There is no information about Louis Daniel and Hannah Marie having issue to date.
Mary Catherine Ernst was born Saturday, 18 June 1898 in , McLean, Illinois and died Sunday, 07 January 1996 in Clinton, DeWitt, Illinois at 97 years, 6 months, 20 days of age and was buried Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, DeWitt, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 97234793). In about 1919 in , , Illinois she married Charles A. Reum who was born in 1892 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died Monday, 19 March 1956 in Clinton, DeWitt, Illinois at 63-64 years of age and was buried Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, DeWitt, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 81908711). He was the son of Casper Friedrich Reum and Anna Louise Schleicher. Mary Catherine and Charles A. were the parents of three children, Lyle H. Reum and two sisters, possibly still living.

Lyle H. Reum was born Friday, 05 November 1920 in , , Illinois and died Saturday, 02 May 1998 in Bloomington, McLean, Illinois at 77 years, 5 months, 27 days of age and was buried East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum, Bloomington, McLean, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 27235335). After 1942 he married Beatrice V. (last name unknown) who was born Thursday, 06 September 1917 in , , Illinois and died Friday, 23 June 2006 in , Ford, Illinois at 88 years, 9 months, 17 days of age and was buried East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum, Bloomington, McLean, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 27235364). There is no information about Lyle H. and Beatrice V. having issue to date.

George Adam Ernst was born Wednesday, 10 December 1862 in , Butler, Ohio and died Wednesday, 17 December 1941 in Kimball, Kimball, Nebraska at 79 years, 0 months, 7 days of age and was buried in Kimball Cemetery, Kimball, Kimball, Nebraska (Find A Grave Memorial No. 107347047). In 1888 in , , Nebraska he married Anna Magdalene (last name unknown) who was born Saturday, 06 October 1866 in , , Illinois and died Monday, 09 July 1951 in Kimball, Kimball, Nebraska at 84 years, 9 months, 3 days of age and was buried in Kimball Cemetery, Kimball, Kimball, Nebraska (Find A Grave Memorial No. 107346676). George Adam and Anna Magdalene were the parents of four children, Ezra Jacob, Esther V., Mary E. and Ruth E. Ernst.
Ezra Jacob Ernst was born Tuesday, 25 April 1893 in , , Nebraska and died Wednesday, 17 December 1941 in Kimball, Kimball, Nebraska at 48 years, 7 months, 22 days of age and was buried in Kimball Cemetery, Kimball, Kimball, Nebraska (Find A Grave Memorial No. 107346926). In about 1924 in , , Nebraska he married Emma (last name unknown) who was born Thursday, 25 April 1895 in , , Nebraska and died Thursday, 02 February 1978 at 82 years, 9 months, 8 days of age and was buried in Kimball Cemetery, Kimball, Kimball, Nebraska (Find A Grave Memorial No. 107346805). Ezra Jacob and Emma were the parents of two children possibly still living.

Esther V. Ernst was born in 1895 in , , Nebraska.
Mary E. Ernst was born in 1898 in , , Nebraska.
Ruth E. Ernst was born in 1905 in , , Nebraska.

William M. Ernst was born Saturday, 30 January 1864 in , Butler, Ohio and died Thursday, 13 April 1939 in Bloomington, McLean, Illinois at 75 years, 2 months, 14 days of age and was buried in Mackinaw Township Cemetery, Mackinaw, Tazewell, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 77270500). He was a grain elevator manager. In about 1891 in , , Illinois he married Anna Steiner who was born in 1870 in , , Illinois and died in 1963 in , , Illinois at 92-94 years of age and was buried in Mackinaw Township Cemetery, Mackinaw, Tazewell, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 77270528). She was the daughter of Jacob Steiner and Marguerite or Margaret Sass. William M. and Anna were the parents of possibly two children, Frieda M. and Mary Leda Ernst.
Frieda M. Ernst was born Tuesday, 14 June 1892 in Danvers, McLean, Illinois and died Monday, 24 May 1948 in Bloomington, McLean, Illinois at 55 years, 11 months, 10 days of age and was buried in Mackinaw Township Cemetery, Mackinaw, Tazewell, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 77272069). On 10 January 1912 she married William Samuel Amsbary who was born Saturday, 10 May 1890 and died in 1960 at 69-70 years of age and was buried Mackinaw Township Cemetery, Mackinaw, Tazewell, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 15654714). He was the son of Calvin Bascom Amsbary and Anna H. Bolling Williamson. Frieda M. and William Samuel were the parents of a daughter, Alice Lucille Amsbary.
Alice Lucille Amsbary was born Wednesday, 03 November 1915 in Congerville, Woodford, Illinois and died Sunday, 16 April 2000 in Capitola, Santa Cruz, California at 84 years, 5 months, 13 days of age and was buried in Imhoff Cemetery, Carlock, McLean, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. 36461181). In about 1938 she married Shelby Edward Dosher who was born Wednesday, 30 October 1912 in , , Illinois and died Thursday, 10 July 1975 in , , Illinois at 62 years, 8 months, 10 days of age and was buried in Imhoff Cemetery, Carlock, McLean, Illinois (Find A Grave Memorial No. ). He was the son of Edward W. Dosher and Mary Michels. He was a truck driver. Alice Lucille and Shelby Edward were the parents of at least three children, two who died in infancy and one of whom is possibly still living.

There are several other Ernsts that I have found in Illinois, Ohio and Iowa. I suspect they are related but have not been able to connect them as yet. If anyone does have information about any of these people, it would be appreciated if you’d let me know.