June Birthdays

Happy June birthday to my daughter, my niece Cynthia, my grand-niece Kortney, my 2nd great-grandmother Bengta Jönsssdotter (23 Jun 1866 Västerstad, Malmöhus, Sweden), my 2nd cousin Elena, my 3rd cousin once-removed Susan, and my 4th cousin once-removed Carter. Birthdays among my (possibly German) Clarkes: My great-grandmother Ellen Gertrude Clarke was born in Springfield, Clark, Ohio 09…

John Berg 1827-1896

From the June 3, 1896 issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune; “John Berg, A Veteran Fireman, Dies. For the Last Half Century a Familiar Figure in and Around Chicago. John Berg, one of the first fireman in the City of Chicago, died yesterday at his home, No. 181 Henry street. He was 69 years old…

They Make My Heart Race

Are all ancestors created equal? Not so much, no. I don’t have any fancy-dancy ancestors. No one I know of (yet) signed the Declaration of Independence, was an Indian Princess, or held court from a throne wearing a diamond tiara. Most of the people from whom I descend were pretty ordinary people who led pretty…

Hester (Leffel) Clarke 1863-1912

From the Monday April 1, 1912 issue of The Springfield (Ohio) Daily News page 9, “CLARK – The body of Mrs. N. Clark*, who died in Dayton, and who was a sister of Mrs. C. L. Reese**, will arrive here at 8:17 o’clock Monday night over the Big Four*** and will be taken to the…

March Anniversaries

A half-dozen couples in my family tree were married in March: Elizabeth BEESE and Fredrick DOMKOWSKY were married 04 Mar 1903 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. My great-grandparents Esther Ingeborg CLARIN and Gustave Robert MANGELS were married 14 Mar 1907 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. They later divorced and each remarried. The three children they had together were given…

February Birthdays

Happy February birthday to my favorite grandson; my nephews Jon and Alan; my cousins Michelle, Kathleen, Fran and Maria; my aunt Jan; my 1st cousin once-removed Edith; my 2nd cousin Heidi; my 3rd cousin once-removed Linda Sue; and my 4th cousin Edward. February-born ancestors in my family tree include; • my grandfather George John WALTON born in…