Publishing My Family History

Generations Book Cover

For the past several years, I've been working on a family history book of my maternal grandparents, Stanley "Spud" Davis and Marian Bohnsack.  After my grandma died late last year, completing the book became a priority.  I knew it was something she'd appreciate and completing it is my way of honoring her and my grandfather's legacy. I'm self-publishing through Blurb.com and I used their software, BookSmart.  Read my review of BookSmart at my other blog.  I ordered a proof and should receive it in a couple of weeks.  I've already decided to tweak a couple of … [Read more...]

Death: Anna Marie Wulff

Anna Wulff

Anna Marie Wulff was the sister of my great-great grandmother Carolina "Lena" Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack. She was born on June 20, 1875, in Mecklenburg, Germany, to Henry John Wulff Sr  and Maria Sophia Schumacher. The family immigrated to the United states about 1883. Besides Lena, Anna's other sibling was Henry Jr.  Anna was the youngest of the three. Anna never married. Anna died on May 30, 1952, in Hazel Green, Grant County, Wisconsin. Interment made in Schapville, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, at Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery. Anna's obituary was … [Read more...]

Obituary: Leo H. Bohnsack

Leo Bohnsack

Leo Bohnsack was my great-grandfather.  He was born  on December 16, 1891, in Schapville, Thompson Twp, Illinois,  to Carl Herman Bohnsack and Carolina Sophia Wulff.  He was the oldest of three children.    He married Minnie Marie Deininger on February 16, 1916, in Galena, Illinois.  Leo and Minnie had four children: Vernon, Norman, Marian, and Jeannette. He died on July 28, 1957, in Galena.  He's buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois. His obituary was published in the Rockford Morning Star, July 30, 1957. Transcription of obituary: L.H. … [Read more...]

Updated Descendant Reports

Headstone: Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman

I updated reports for the descendants of Andreas "Anton" and Eva Barbara (Schick) DEININGER , Nicholas and Mary (Casper) BAUSMAN, Philip and  Julia (Stoft) BAUSMAN, Johann J.H. and Henrietta (Koch) BOHNSACK, Levi and Mary (Smith) LIGHTCAP, Frank and Fannie (Hainey) STRELESKY, and Johann Jacob Dietrich and Catherine Maria Magdalena (Bohnhoff) WULFF. These reports are based on my research.  Accuracy is important to me; if you see an error, please let me know. … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carolina Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack

Lena (Wulff) Bohnsack

Carolina Sophia "Lena" (Wulff) Bohnsack was my gg-grandmother.  She was born in Germany on November 15, 1867 to Henry and Marie (Schumacher) Wulff. She immigrated at 16, and married Carl Herman Bohnsack on January 13, 1891, in Schapville, Illinois.  Herman and Lena had three children: my great-grandfather Leo, Mabel and Mary. I discovered this obituary at Grandma Davis'. The citation is unknown. Transcription of Obituary: Mrs. Bohnsack Dies Aged 81 at Schapville Mrs. Lena Bohnsack, 81, long-time resident of Jo Daviess county, died Sept. 29 in her home … [Read more...]

Obituary: William Wulff

Obituary: William Wulff

Below is the obituary for William Wulff, son of Henry Jr and Mary (Bohnhoff) Wulff from the Freeport Journal-Standard, 17 Jul 1934. Transcription of obituary: William Wulff, Leonard, S.D. Elizabeth, Ill., July 17 - Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wulff, who reside a few miles north of this city received news Monday of the death of their son, William Wulff, aged 30, at his home in Leonard, S.D., earlier that day. Mr. Wulff had been in poor health for the past several years following a severe attack of influenza but his condition was thought to have been improving only a … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carl Herman Bohnsack

Carl Herman Bohnsack

Below is the obituary for Carl Herman Bohnsack, husband of Carolina Sophia "Lena" (Wulff), and my great-great grandfather. It was published in in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, 26 Feb 1940, page 14. Note:  In C. Herman's obituary and certificate of death, Joachim Bohnsack is listed as the name of C. Herman's father; however,  the name on his father's headstone is Johann J.H. Bohnsack.  Most likely, his full name was Johann Joachim Hermann (or Henry) Bohnsack.  C. Herman's father is NOT the Joachim Bohnsack buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena.  That is … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carolina Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack

Lena Wulff

Obviously, I"ve had a lot of luck finding obituaries about the Wulff family.   This time, I came across my great-great grandmother's, Carolina Sophia Wulff,  from the Freeport Journal-Standard, Sept 30, 1949, page 16. The portrait of Lena is a scan of a copy.  I do not have the original, have never seen the original, and do not remember how I received this image.  Probably through an ancestry.com contact. I'm not sure what's going on with the photo.  It sort of looks like the paper is curling. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Lena Bohnsack Elizabeth, Ill., … [Read more...]

Obituary: Mary Bohnhoff Wulff

While I was researching the Wulff's, I came across this obituary for Mrs. Henry (Mary) Wulff on page 4 of  the Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, May 19, 1958. Her relationship to me: wife of 2nd great grand uncle. Transcription of obituary: Stockton—Mrs. Henry (Mary) Wulff died Sunday about 5:15 p.m. from a heart attack suffered at the home of her son, Arthur of rural Stockton. The former Mary Bohnhoff was born Feb. 8, 1875, in Thompson Township, Jo Daviess County, the daughter of John and Henrietta Weich Bohnhoff. She married Henry Wulff Sept. 12, 1894, in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Henry John Wulff Sr

Mary Bohnhoff Wulff Obituary

I was researching Henry Wulff Sr, who is my 3rd great grandfather. He was born in Germany and died in Schapville, Illinois.  His wife was Maria Sophia Schumacher and they had three children, Carolina Sophia, Henry Jr., and Anna Marie. I found this obituary in the Freeport Journal-Standard. It was published January 3, 1929. Transcription of obituary: Elizabeth, Ill., Jan. 2 - Funeral services were conducted at Schapville, a few miles north of this city, on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock at the Schapville Lutheran church at the Schapville Lutheran church … [Read more...]

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