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Remembering Billy G.

My mother’s cousin, William Gardner Koontz, called Billy G., was born 94 years ago on 19 August 1925, to William Peter and Ethel Emma Chidester Koontz.  William Peter was my grandmother’s brother.  Billy G. was 6 years younger than my … 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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Happy 152nd Birthday, Uncle Stephen!

Stephen A. D. Wright [my great grand uncle] was born 10 August 1867 in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, to Allen Prince and Rebecca Caroline Griswald Wright.  Stephen was 9th in birth order of his parent’s brood of 11 children.   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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Happy 160th Birthday, Grandma Weaver!

Effie Clarissa Lee, my great grandmother, was born 3 August 1859, in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, to Charles Norton and Esther Jenks Lee. While on a long visit to her Aunt Minerva Jenks Bolton at Norfolk, Nebraska, she was united … Continue reading

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What were they thinking?????

Today, 9 July 2019, marks the 229th [1790] birthday of my 4 times great granduncle, Asahol Munn, son of Noah and Desire Hitchcock Munn.  Uncle Asahol was born in Gill, Massachusetts, the last of eight children. I have found no … 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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