Letter from Rev. Hermann Emil Studier to Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier

Wilhelm and Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier

Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier was the twin sister of my 2nd great-grandfather, Carl Hermann "Herman" Bohnsack. Rev. Hermann Emil Studier was born in Germany in 1859, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1869. His older brother, Wilhelm, was Dorothea's husband. In 1939, Dorothea received a letter from her brother-in-law, Rev. Studier. While Dorothea and Rev. Studier were both born in Germany, the letter was written in English. In the letter, Rev. Studier talks about his various ailments and daily activities. What interested me the most, and why I'm sharing the letter, is he … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 4 of 4)

Rev. Herman Emil Studier and Maria Barbara Niedermeyer, 1881 wedding
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

Part four of the transcription from the draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier’s “The Story of My Life.” Transcription details Square brackets [ ] denote handwritten additions made in the draft. Draft of “The Story of My Life” by Rev. H.E. Studier is available. (PDF, 2.5MB) The Story of My Life (Part 4) by Rev. H.E. Studier In Germany it had always been the plan for me to become a minister. Father had probably spoken to Rev. Klindworth of me before I came to Galena, for when I arrived there it was always the same advice, “Become a minister!” The first summer I … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 3 of 4)

Rev. and Mrs. H.E. Studier
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

Part three of the transcription from the draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier’s “The Story of My Life.” Transcription details Square brackets [ ] denote handwritten additions made in the draft. Draft of “The Story of My Life” by Rev. H.E. Studier is available. (PDF, 2.5MB) The Story of My Life (Part 3) by Rev. H.E. Studier My mother’s maiden name was Auguste Henrietta Freier and she was born Nov. 27, 1819 in Zeden near Wriezen in the Neumark part of Brandenburg. Her father was a taylor and a teacher, clerk of the church, and was the choir master. My mother … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 2 of 4)

Rev. Herman Emil Studier and Maria Barbara Niedermeyer, 1881 wedding
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

Part two of the transcription from the draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier's "The Story of My Life." Transcription details Square brackets [ ] denote handwritten additions made in the draft. Draft of "The Story of My Life" by Rev. H.E. Studier is available. (PDF, 2.5MB) The Story of My Life (Part 2) by Rev. H.E. Studier In the year 1862 my parents bought a piece of ground inside of the city wall in the northeastern part of town at a place where Jaegerstrasse (Huntsmanstreet) makes a turn to the southeast, the larger part of the drilling-grounds of the … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 1 of 4)

Rev. and Mrs. H.E. Studier
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

While going through a box of materials about my maternal grandmother's extended family, I came across seven pages of a draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier's autobiography.  Rev. Studier was the brother-in-law of Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier, twin sister of Carl Herman Bohnsack, my grandmother's paternal grandfather. Over the next few posts, I'll share what Rev. Studier wrote.  I found it fascinating to read what his childhood was like in Germany, and what brought the family to America. Overview of Rev. Studier's life Rev. H.E. Studier was born 11 January 1859 in … [Read more...]

Biography: John Deininger

Headstone: John, Mary & Rosie Deininger

John Deininger was the brother of my great-great grandfather, William Deininger Jr. His biography appeared in Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois (1889, page 626-627. ----------------------------------------- JOHN DEININGER. A snug farm of seventy acres lying on section 28 in East Galena Township comprises the well-regulated homestead of the subject of this sketch. Upon it there are good improvements, comprising a neat and substantial residence, fruit and shade trees, a barn and various other outhouses required for the … [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...]

Biography: Nicholas Bausman Sr

Headstone: Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman

Nicholas Bausman Sr's of Guilford Township, Illinois, appeared in the "Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois" (1889), p. 444. Nicholas Sr. was my ggg-grandfather and was married to Mary Casper.  He died in 1907; he was buried on their land, near Scales Mound, Illinois. Enjoy his biography! Nicholas Bausman Sr. In the person of this highly esteemed German citizen of Guilford Township we have the perfect type of the industrious, honest, and economical farmer. He is one of the pioneers of this county, and by the opening up … [Read more...]

Family History: Jacob and Christina (Casper) Hess

Frank Hess

My mom has binders filled with interesting information.  I've gone through them several times, and still find things. How do I miss this stuff? My discovery of the family history of Jacob Sr and Christina (Casper) Hess is one of these interesting finds.  My mother received this from her parents; I'm not sure when they got it. The history was written by Elmer William Hess, as told to him by his father, Jacob Hess Jr.  Jacob Jr was the son of Jacob Sr and Christina. Christina (Casper) Hess was the sister of Mary Casper, wife of Nicholas Bausman Sr (my … [Read more...]

Death Announcement: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Notice: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Announcement for Rosina (Heffner) Deininger, which was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on December 30, 1918. She was my ggg-grandmother. Rosina married William Deininger Sr in 1853 in Pennsylvania. They had five children: Barbara, John, Mary, William Jr, and Amelia. (William Jr is my gg-grandfather.) Transcription of obituary: Death Calls Aged Woman Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger Dies at Home in East Galena Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger died this morning, Dec. 30th, at her home in East Galena after an illness due to advanced years. Mrs. Deiniger was born … [Read more...]

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

My ggg grandfather was Adam Frederick Ernest Sanders.  I was recently back in Galena Illinois and was able to find his obituary that was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on 9 Oct 1891.  I also went to the Galena courthouse, but there is no death certificate on file.  His wife Catherine (Fuch) is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, so he's probably buried there. Transcription of obituary: A.F.E. Sanders After a long illness with dropsy of the heart Mr. A. F. Sanders passed away this morning, at his home on Hill street. His demise had been expected, and all … [Read more...]

Obituary: Joachim Bohnsack

Headstone: Joachim Bohnsack

Joachim Bohnsack was the son of Johann J.H. Bohnsack and a brother of my g-g-grandfather, Carl Herman Bohnsack.  Joachim is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena Illinois. I found his headstone when I was doing my walking tour of Greenwood Cemetery.  I knew he was buried in Greenwood; I just didn't know where. I also think it's odd that he and his first wife, Marie (Peters), are buried in different cemeteries. Buried next to him is a Fredericka Bohnsack.  His second wife's name was Recha (Palmer).   Until I stumbled upon his headstone, I never heard of a … [Read more...]

William Deininger Sr Biography

Headstone Closeup: Willliam Deininger Sr

When I was visiting my grandmother in Galena, Illinois, one of the places we went was Greenwood Cemetery.  We always visit her parents and grandparents  in their eternal resting place.  Grandma had mentioned several years ago that there were Deiningers buried in the older section of  Greenwood, but she couldn't remember where. Well, after visiting the cemetery with my grandma and parents, I decided to return with my camera and see if I could stumble upon any lost family members, specifically William Deininger Sr.  Of course, you might be thinking, why not try to … [Read more...]

Obituary: Dorothea Marie (Bohnsack) Studier

Obituary: Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier

This obituary is for Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier from the Freeport Journal-Standard, Wednesday, 13 Sept 1944, page 1.  She was the sister of my g-g-grandfather, Carl Herman Bohnsack. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. William A. Studier Galena, Ill., Sept. 13.—Mrs. William A. Studier passed away Tuesday morning at 2:30 in Thompson township at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John Schultz, with whom she was visiting. She had been ill three days. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ollie Dittmar, in … [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: 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...]

Family History

I’ve been researching my family history for about 10 years, give or take.  About 5 years ago, I gave up using software that needed to be installed on a computer. Instead I use ancestry.com’s system.  It allows for me to collaborate with my mom about research and let other family members look at it.  If it was only on my computer, I would not have the collaborative opportunity.  Whether this is  a good or bad thing is open to debate. Anyway, one of the drawbacks to using a proprietary system like ancestry.com is that those who are not subscribers cannot access … [Read more...]

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