Archives for Interesting Tidbits

Rev. David Elkins and Abraham Lincoln and Spencer County, Indiana

Rev. David Elkins was the brother of my 4th great grandfather (John H. Elkins) on my father's side of my family tree. David was born about 1779 in Montgomery County, Virginia, where most of my father's ancestors lived for generations. Around the year 1800, when he was about 21, David…
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Freyhofer

Quirky coincidences

Interesting but meaningless (or not???) coincidences discovered in the records on both sides of my family. Do you know of any interesting stories or coincidences? Please email me so I can add them here. The Vespers (on my mother's side) came to America on a ship called the Diana. The…
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Interesting Tidbits

[neat photo] Art Hirschhausen and his huntin’ buddies

I came across this photo on Ancestry attached to Arthur Hirschhausen 1893-1984. He was the son of Frederick Vesper's second wife's daughter by her first marriage, so Arthur is only a step cousin, but I just loved this photo of them proudly holding up their turkeys and rabbits from their…
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Interesting Tidbits

Birth Certificates

In September 1942, the American women’s magazine Good Housekeeping published an article “Why you need a birth certificate.”  “America has suddenly become aware of birth certificates,” it declared. Between 1940 and 1943, as the United States shifted into a wartime industrial economy, many native-born Americans faced difficulty proving that they…
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Hanning

Addie’s Duck

This incident happened at the home of Addie Hanning Weiler when she lived alone in Loveland, OH, after her husband, Rev. William Weiler had passed away. It was the custom of the Paul Weiler family to visit her regularly almost every week. This was to do her weekly grocery shopping…
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