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Happy 105th Birthday, Gardner!

It was on 30 August 1914 in Toledo.Lucas County. Ohio, that my mother’s cousin, Charles Gardner Griste was born to Charles McKinley and Ethel Jeanette Koontz Griste.  To keep things simple and to keep with the German tradition of using … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Great Great Great Grandparents, an ocean apart!

Two of my great, great, great grandparents were born on 11 August.  One in Würtenburg; one in New York. Alexander Gaertner was born in 1785 in Klein Ingersheim, Würtemburg, to Johannes Gaertner and Christina Leibbrandt.  He married Christina Regina Bauer on … Continue reading

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Cousin Dorothy would have been 101 today!

Dorothy Jane Griste [my first cousin, once removed] was born on 7 August 1918 in Toledo, Lucas Co., Ohio, to Charles McKinley and Ethel Jeannette Koontz Griste.  Dorothy was the second child in birth order and the eldest daughter.  Her … Continue reading

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It’s the 99th Anniversary of Helen and Ward Quarles!

It was 21 July 1920 that Helen Louise Gardner married Ward O Quarles in Wardner, Idaho.  But who was this couple and why am I including them in my blog?  Well, Helen was my ½ first cousin, twice removed and … Continue reading

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Great Great Grandfather’s First of 4 Marriages – 159 years ago

My great great grandfather, Wilhelm Gotthardt Gaertner, who changed his name to William G. Gardner,  came to the United States in 1854 from Klein Ingersheim, Kingdom Of Württemberg at the age of 21.  He eventually settled in Canaan, Connecticut where … Continue reading

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170th Anniversary of GG Granduncle and Aunt Gaertner

It was on the 20th of May 1849, in the Evangelisch, Grosssingersheim, Neckarkreis, Wüerttemberg that Alexander Gaertner and Catharina Barbara Gaertner were wed.    Although the two have the same surname, I have found no familial connection. Uncle Alexander and … Continue reading

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Follow up on Grandpa Gardner

It appears Grandpa Gardner gave himself a belated birthday present in 1904.  On 11 March 1904, his divorce from his third wife, Mary McConnell was final.  They married on 26 March 1890 in Ligonier, Indiana, and it was apparently not … Continue reading

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