#20 Sidney Franklin Mills {52 Ancestors}

My maternal great grandfather was named Sidney Franklin Mills.  He was born on March 21, 1879 in St. Stephen’s, Alabama.  His parents were Burrel Mills (1854-1906) and Amanda Smith (1854-1935). Sidney was one of six children born to Amanda and Burrel.  Their other children were: Lucy (1896-1954) Ada (1894-1958), Ida (1887-1969), Lillian (1882-1939), and William (1876-1935).  I have located Sidney Mills on the 1880 census, living with his parents in Washington Co, Alabama.  At the time Sidney is 1 year old and his brother William is 3.

I found him again on the 1900 census when he was 21 years old.  In addition to all the siblings mentioned above there are 4 other people living in his house.  The first are listed as Burrel’s daughter in law Laura and her child Ida, I think it’s safe to assume she is William’s wife.  The next two are boarders, Knox Mallett (fantastic name!), and Frank Hamilton.  At this time they are all living in Greene, MS.  Sidney is working as a either a booker or booper?-really hard to read, and his father is in timber.  This census record also tells us that Sidney’s mother, Amanda, was actually the mother of 7 children, however only 6 are still living.  My guess is a stillborn, or a child who died very young as I haven’t seen any record of this 7th child as far as a name goes.

The 1930 census shows them living in Piave, MS with 10 of their 11 children (6 of whom were born to his first wife Hallie).  Sidney’s oldest has already moved out at this point.

By the 1940 census, Sidney is living with his second wife Frances in Perry, Mississippi.  At this point, many of their children have moved out and there are just 4 daughters still living with them as well as one son in law.  This is the last census record for Sidney Mills as he died at the end of 1941.


Sidney Franklin Mills


Hallie Pauline Covington and Sidney Franklin Mills


On March 2, 1904 Sidney married Hallie Pauline Covington (who I wrote about here)

After she died in 1916, he married a woman named Frances Menerva Smith who was nearly 20 years younger than he was.  The two were married from 1878-1941, when he passed away.  Frances was born on March 30, 1898 and died on May 13, 1984 in New Augusta, MS.  Her parents were John Jordan Smith and Sarah Emaline Burge.

Frances and Sidney had 5 more children together: Mary (1924-1992), Mildred (1920-1998), as well as three more who are still living so I will keep their names unlisted. My grandmother Sadie (written about here) was a daughter of Sidney and his first wife Hallie, but she loved Frances very much and called her Miss Frances.


Miss Frances with her and Sidney’s daughter Mildred around 1920 shortly after Mildred’s birth

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I also found his 1918 WWI draft registration card on Familysearch.org.  I love finding little tidbits like this for several reasons.  I love seeing a relative’s signature, which you can see at the bottom of the first page, and I also like seeing characteristic details, like he was 5’9″, had blue eyes, and dark hair and that he was stout (!).  It helps make him seem more real than a serious looking face in a black and white photo.


Sidney was a turpentine man and therefore traveled around quite a bit with his job.  I love this old photo I have of him in this awesome horse drawn buggy.  The photo was sent to my grandmother many years ago by one of her cousins.  The letter stated that the photo was of “uncle Sid” (as it was her uncle, but my grandmother’s father) and Grandpa Mills.  However, I am pretty sure that the man on the right (as you look at the photo) was actually the Mills’ store clerk Burton Core.  Looking closely at the photo the second man doesn’t seem old enough to be Sidney’s father. I wish it was’t so damaged.  The photo here is actually after I did a TON of work on it with photoshop.  The original is horribly damaged 😦

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Sidney died on December 27, 1941 at the age of 62, in New Augusta, MS.

His scrapbook pages:
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#19 Ephraim Walters Jr. {52 Ancestors}

Ephraim Walters Jr. was my husband’s 4 times great grandfather on his mother’s side.  He was born on May 27, 1776 in Fayette Co, PA and died in the same city on 17 April 1865.  I wonder what he was really like in real life, because judging by his photo he looks like the grumpiest man alive!


Ephraim was the son of Ephraim Walters Sr. (1744-1835), he had a super interesting life- and his wife Mary Debolt (1747-1842).  Ephraim Jr was the 4th of 10 children.

According to the book Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and of Montgomery County, Ohio Pub: A. W. Bowen & Co. 1897:

“Ephraim Walters, also a native of Fayette county, was born in 1776, was reared a farmer, and, while still a young man, also engaged in trading, and as early as 1800 floated flour to New Orleans, La., on a keel-boat.  In 1803 he married Miss Elizabeth Ache, daughter of a Dunkard preacher, and thenceforward confined himself to agricultural pursuits, and died at the ripe old age of ninety-one years.”

In 1803, (when he was 27) he married Elizabeth Ache (1778-1848) who was 25 at the time.

The two had 7 children:
Hannah (1820-1904)-married David Hibbs (she is my husband’s maternal 3 times great grandmother)
Jefferson (1810-1898)
Ephraim III (1813-1903)
Charity (1805-1875)
as well as Michael, John, and Elizabeth (the last three died as infants)

I wish I knew more about who this man was.  I have found him on the 1850 census in Fayette Co. (working as a farmer) as well as on the 1860 census in the same place (retired and living with his son Ephraim)

Sometime between 1848 when his wife Elizabeth died and the 1850 census he remarried a woman named Harriet Tarr Hesth (who was about 23 years younger than him).

Ephraim died on April 17, 1865 in Fayette Co, PA.

I wish I knew more about who this man was, was he really as grumpy as his photo might indicate?  I found this second photo of him online and he looks just as irritated!  This photo was found at: http://www.garberiowa.com/walters-family-garber.html

And Finally here is a scrapbook page about him, I still need to do his write up page, but I have the photo one done at least!


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#18 Dorthea Elizabet Mueller {52 Ancestors}

Dorthea Elizabet Mueller is my husband’s 4 times great grandmother on his father’s side.  She was born in Hofgeismar, Germany on June 11, 1799.  Her parents were John Christopher Mueller (1757-1822) and Anna Franziska (1765-1818) and she was one of 7 children.

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I discussed Dorthea’s father, John Christopher Mueller in this post.  She came to America with her family on September 5, 1805, Dorthea was only 6 years old at the time.  The family settled in Clay Township in Lancaster County, PA.  In 1815, when Dorthea was 16 years old, her family moved to Madison Township of Fairfield County, OH.  Her older brothers and sisters had received a formal education back in Germany, however as schooling for girls in America was not as common in her time.  She may have never learned to read or write.

On September 14, 1819, Dorthea married Christian Roessler when she was 20 and he was 31.  Christian was born in Wurttemberg, Germany on January 10, 1788 to Andreas Roessler (1757-1818) and Regina Margaretha Haller (born 1764).

Dorthea and Christian were married in Lancaster, OH.  The two had 9 children:
Reuben (1822-1914
Edward (1849-1904) My husband’s 3 times great grandfather
Regina (1827-1905)
Christian (1830-1831)
August (1832-1833)
Andrew (1834-1906)
Philip (1837-1908)
Elizabeth (1839-1918)
Jophiak (1847-? –maybe a stillborn?)

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Christian was a wagon maker by trade when the two met.  In 1831 the family moved to a farm in Pleasant Township in Fairfeld County, OH where they began farming.  In 1849, when Dorthea was 50, the family moved to Shelby Co, Illinois and settled on a farm there as well.  In Shelby Co., Dorthea and Christian helped to organize the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Shelbyville.

Christian died September 4, 1861 and was the first person to be buried at the St. Paul’s Cemetery.  Dorothea died on June 30, 1871 in Shelby Co., IL and was also burried at St. Paul’s.

Here’s my scrapbook page for her:
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#17 Hallie Pauline Covington {52 Ancestors}

It’s been a busy few weeks as my daughter’s school year comes to a close and we are starting to spend a lot more time outside enjoying the beautiful weather!  So I will be playing catch up these next few posts as I’m a few weeks behind now on the 52 Acnestor’s challenge.


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This post will be about my maternal great grandmother Hallie Pauline Mills.  She was born in Bozimar, Alabama on August 16, 1883 to Edward Lee Covington (1857-1935) and Mary Louisa Oswalt (1862-1943).  I wrote about Edward Lee Covington’s mother Mary Ann in a previous post.  I also wrote about my grandmother Sadie (her daughter) in this post.


I have found record of 16 year old Hallie on the 1900 census in Jackson, MI living with her parents.  Originally Hallie was one of 4 children, but by 1900 only two were still alive.  Her sister Louise who was born in 1888.  I do know that Hallies’s brother, Francis, was killed when he was thrown from a horse, he was only 12 years old.


On March 2, 1904, at the age of 20, Hallie married Sidney Franklin Mills (1879-1941) who was 24 at the time of their marriage.  They were married in New Augusta, MS and then lived in Hintonville, MS.  They purchased a stove and bed on credit and borrowed dishes from family and friends.

He was a turpentine man so the family moved around a lot.  In the 1910’s, Hallie lived on the farm while Sidney was living and working elsewhere 15 miles away.  They called the farm “Camp 1” and Sidney was at “Camp 3” and many weekly letters were sent back and forth between the two.  She talked in her letters about how life on the farm was going and how she was feeling.  She described herself as a “hustler” and kept careful records of expenditures, had enormous scrapbooks of recipes and household hints, made the children’s clothing, and was the first in the community to have an “Edison talking machine!”


Hallie and Sidney had 6 children shown above (taken around 1917 or so)

back left to right:
Sadie (my grandmother), Edward (Buddy), Helen

Frank (Sidney Franklin Jr.), Gladys, Hallie


This photo shows Hallie, Miss Arroyo (the school teacher), Edward, Hallie, Frank Burton Core the school clerk, Gladys, Hellen, Sadie

In 1916 on July 30 Hallie Pauline passed away.  Just months after the photo above was taken and only a few weeks before her 34th birthday.  At the time of her death her children ranged in ages from 2-11 years old.  My grandmother was only 6 and a half when her mother died.  She died of an infection (possibly after an operation in a hospital) before penicillin was discovered.  At the time of her death they owned a 160 acre farm, country store, grist mill and also had running water in their house, store, and barn.
One last photo of Hallie:


Sidney re-married at some point after Hallie’s death to a woman named Francis.  My grandmother dearly loved her step mother and called her miss Francis.  miss Frances and Sidney had 5 more children together.

Some scrapbook pages for Hallie Covington:



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#16 William Hibbs Jr. {52 Ancestors}

My husband’s maternal 7 times great grandfather was named William Hibbs Jr.  I wrote about his father (William Hibbs Sr.), who was beheaded, in an earlier post. William Hibbs Jr. was born on March 23, 1665 in Gloucestershire, England to William Hibbs Sr. and Joanne (1635- March 6, 1686-possibly beheaded like her husband).  When William Hibbs Jr. was only about 11 years old, his father had him taken on as a cabin boy aboard the ship The Kent, captained by Gregory Marlow.  Hibbs Sr. knew his life was in danger because of his Quaker religion and his vocal dislike of the king and wanted to protect his young son.  Why he didn’t also send the rest of his family to America, I do not understand, as his oldest son was also executed and possibly his wife Joanne as well. Passengers on the Kent were the founders of Chygoes Island, what is now called Burlington, New Jersey where a new Quaker colony was formed.  Their first meeting was held right on the beach underneath the sails from the ship.  William remained with this group of Quakers until 1680 when he moved to Byberry township near Philadelphia, this was right when William Penn was founding Philadelphia. On December 2, 1686 he married Hannah Howell (born in PA 1666-died August 30, 1737 in Philadelphia) who was the daughter of Thomas Howell (17 Feburary 1637 Gloucestershire, England – 27 December 1702 Byberry, PA).  The couple lived on a 100 acre farm in Byberry Township and raised 7 children: Joseph (1687-1762 my husband’s 6 times great grandfather), Jonathan, Sarah, Phoebe, Jacob, William III, Jeremiah, and Hannah. It sounds like William Hibbs Jr., was an important member of the community and was one of the men who helped to make Philadelphia a strong city. William Hibbs signed his will in 1708 by leaving his mark, which indicates that he was illiterate.  He died sometime between September 28, 1708 when he signed his will and March 5, 1709-10 when his will was probated.  photo williamhibbsjrwill.jpg   William’s wife remarried their neighbor Henry English in 1712, he died in 1724 and Hannah later died sometime between June 13 1737 (when she signed her will) and 30 August 1737 (when it was probated) It is also interesting to note that William Jr’s son Joseph (my husband’s 6 times great grandfather) had a daughter named Hannah who married a man named James Cooper on September 18, 1750.  The two had a child named William Cooper who was the father of James Fenimore Cooper, author of Last of the Mohicans!  Yay!  our first celebratory semi-related person (besides the possibility of those king and queen types scattered throughout our English side of the family (my mom’s maternal side).

his scrapbook page:
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#15 John Christopher Mueller {52 Ancestors}

John Christopher Mueller was my husband’s 5th great grandfather.  He was born July 15, 1761 in Werdenhausen, Germany.  He was a shoe maker by profession.  He married Anna Franziska Stratman (her full name was Anna Belinda Franziska Carolina Margaretta Dorthea Statman!  sometimes she is called Hanna) who was the daughter Christian Frederick Stratman (1730-?).  Anna was born February 14, 1765/or 67, her mother’s name is unknown.  They had 7 children who were all born in Hofgeismar, Germany  they were- Catherine (1792), Annah (1793), Johann Heinrich (1796), Johann Martin (1707), Dorothea Elizabeth (1799-my husband’s ancestor), Johann Conrad (1801), and Christopher Philip (1804).

Hymnal pages owned by the Stratman family showing Anna Franciska’s birthdate as well as her father Christian Frederick Stratman’s birthday on January 31, 1730 in Heessen, Germany.
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This second page shows on the the top left page the names and birth dates of John and his wife Anna (as well as some of their children-it’s really hard to read, but the second name from the top on the right side I believe is my husband’s 4 times great grandmother Dorthea Elizabeth who was born June 11, 1799.):
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John and his brothers were members of the Hussars for the Prince of Hesse-Kessel.  [His wife] Anna, and either her sisters or sisters of John and perhaps their older daughters, served as ladies in waiting in the court.  When Anna came to America she had sixteen silk dresses in her possession.  She and her older daughters were well educated and this opportunity was only given to royalty and a few select women in those days.  Their two oldest daughters taught private schools in Philadelphia after they came to America.

In 1804, John decided to leave Germany for America for the following reason (from a story about John Christopher Mueller found on ancestry-originally recounted by one of John and Anna’s grand daughters) :

“During the American Revolutionary War, the Hessian soldiers were sold to King George III of England.  The Grand Duke of Hesse, who had sold the services of the Hessian soldiers, was a tyrant.  John Christopher Mueller joined a conspiracy to overthrow the government of Hesse.  The conspirators were just ready to act, when they were betrayed.  And old man entered the room where they were and said, “Children, you are betrayed.  Burn all the papers in your possession.”  They had time to do this before the police arrived.  Those who were under suspicion were cross-examined many times, with the hope that they might betray themselves.  But none did.  From that time on, John was determined to leave the Dukedom.  He said his four sons should not serve a tyrant.  If he remained there, they would have to be soldiers.  But there was a law that no man could leave the Dukedom.  The penalty for leaving the country was ten years imprisonment.  So John had to make people believe he was going to see his brothers, who lived some distance away.  He was a wagon maker, and in getting one ready to travel in, he was asked why he was taking a wagon.  He told them his brother wanted him to bring it to him.  And so he prepared himself for flight, with a one-horse wagon.  There was but one man he could trust to not betray him to the police.  John had a friend in America who had written him letters at different times, and he resolved to go to that country.   In order not to excite suspicion he could take only a few of his possessions, what little would go in his wagon besides his wife and seven children.

“In the dead of night with the only man whom he could trust to help him, they started at midnight to cross the Hesse border.  John said his heart beat so fast and hard he feared it would burst.  But once outside the boundry they were safe.  They went to Amsterdam, where they had to stay three months before there was a vessel to take them away.  It cost $80 apiece to bring them over, and he had not enough money to pay it, so when they landed at New York, people would come to the ships and pay the passage of those who could not and then they would have to work until they had earned the amount paid for them.”

Ship list from the Verny which was captained by Elisha King.  This list shows John, his wife Anna, and their 7 children, including my husband’s 4 times great grandmother Dorthea Elizabeth.  They were given approval to leave for America on June 28, 1805 by the American Consulate and arrived in the US on September 5, 1805.
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The family arrived in Philadelphia on Sept 5, 1805.  They first settled in Chester Co., PA and then in 1817 they moved to Lancaster, OH and were among the first settlers to live there.  According to Portraits and Biographical Records of Shelby County Illinois John Christopher was a shoemaker, which is a different trade than the one remembered by his grand daughter in the above story.  He may have switched trades when he moved.

A fun story from his day book describes how John was a member of a local shooting club.  “It was made up of the best class of people.  About once a month they met to shoot.  Once a year they wore their green uniforms with silver buttons and marched thru the town, then ate in a restaurant.  Then they shot mark.  In 1796 the prize for the best shooting was won by Mueller, who was crowned with flowers by the Duke.”

In 1825, John died in Lancaster his wife having died the year before him.

A couple scrapbook pages for John Mueller and his family:
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#14 Mary Ann Harllee ~ My Favorite Ancestor {52 Ancestors}

This week I want to share with you my favorite ancestor.  I know it may seem weird to have a favorite dead ancestor, but I just love her.  Her name was Mary Ann Harllee and she was my 3rd great grandmother on my mom’s side.

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Mary Ann Harllee was born in Cheraw, South Carolina on August 23, 1829, her parents were Colonel David Stuart Harllee and Harriet Pope Barnes.

Fortunately the book Kinfolks has a wonderful write up about Mary Ann by her son Francis, who was the brother to my great, great grandfather Edward.

In 1847, she married Benjamin Hamilton Covington (1812-1866) he was 34 years old and she was just 18 years old.  I will write more about her husband in a future post.  After their marriage they lived in Rockingham, SC and had their first 4 children on their plantation there which was called Elmdale.  After the death of Mary Ann’s father and later her mother, Benjamin bought her parents’ plantation in Marlboro, SC I 1858, which was 1670 acres.  This area was very isolated and did not appeal to Mary Ann who preferred to be surrounded by people.  In 1862 they moved back to Rockingham where Benjamin built a beautiful Gothic style home that Mary Ann called Golden Spring.

As written by Francis Covington: “So you will note that there was a difference of over 17 years in their ages.  There were differences other than the matter of age between them.  That was the matter of temperament.  So great was that difference that one would wonder how they ever lived amicably together, if one did not remember and believe the old saying that opposites attract.

“My mother had a buoyant optimistic disposition, a lively imagination and was a brilliant conversationalist.  Oftentimes in my life I have met people who knew my mother when there were young speak of how crowds of young people would gather around her and be enthralled be her conversation and the wonderful stories with which she would entertain them.

“My father was a placid, equable temperament, never highly elated or deeply depressed.  He was a good business man, industrious and economical.  My mother seemed to be utterly without a business sense.  I know you children will exclaim, “That was the Harllee in her.”  It has been noticed that the Harllees, or those that had a preponderance of Harllee blood in their veins had a much greater talent for spending money than for accumulating it.

“While she was not a finished pianist, as her training on the piano was limited to her training at Floral College which she attended, yet she was a composer of music.  She composed a piece for each one of us children, at least for three or four of us, each of which she said represented our peculiar dispositions.  I remember one day she called us together at the piano and said, “Come here, children, I want to tell you a dream I had last night and play you a piece I heard in that dream.”  She told us that she dreamed she was walking on a winding road in a beautiful forest and at one of the turns in the pathway she saw a castle all lighted up (for it was night) and out of that castle there proceeded the strains of beautiful music.  She said she had never heard that piece of music, and that she listened awhile and woke up, and that the music made such an impression on her that she got up and went to the piano to reproduce it and that she believed that in the main she did so.  “And now,” she said, “I am going to play it for you.” Then she played a weird but beautiful piece which I had never her heard her play before, but which she played often afterwards.”

This is one of the reasons that Mary Ann is my favorite ancestor.  I see so much of myself in her and even notice a similarity between her husband and mine.  Although we are only 4 years apart in age.  I am a children’s librarian and therefor am often surrounded by children at my storytimes and programs. and while I am not quite the optimistic type I do have a pretty good imagination!  I also play piano, and while I don’t make up songs on the piano for my kids, I do make up and sing songs for them and about them, or change the words to favorite songs.  I also do not have great money sense and have to work really hard to save, whereas my husband has always naturally had the disposition to be more frugal, even as a very small child.  He is also of a very even temperament!


In 1876 at the age of 47, Mary Ann died at the house of a neighbor.  She had been ailing for sometime and when she was called away on business (even though she was very ill) she stopped at the neighbor’s house and there passed away.  Her husband Benjamin had passed away 10 years before.

My scrapbook page for her:
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#13 William Hibbs Sr. {52 Ancestors}

I’m skipping my dad’s side of the family tree this week, unfortunately his is the branch I have the least amount of information on, and I want to sit down and really have a chance to talk to him about some of the remaining people on his family tree that I have left to write about.

So this week I am back to my husband’s maternal side of the family, and I will write about William Hibbs Sr. , my husband’s 8 times great grandfather.  I was able to find information about William Sr. and Jr. in the following book: Sheppard-Marshal and Allied Families.

William Hibbs Sr. was born about 1629/30 in Dean Forest, Gloucester, England.  His parents are unknown.

In 1654 he married a woman named Joanne (unknown last name but she was also from the Dean Forest region) and the couple had the following children, Jane (born1654/55), Jonathan (1657-1697/98), Mary (born 1659), Sarah (1660-1702), Hannah (1662-1756), William (1664-1708- My husband’s 7 times great grandfather).  You can read about his son William Hibbs Jr. in this post.

The following information was from the “H.R. Hibbs unpublished manuscripts”

William Sr. joined the Quakers in England, shortly after they were established by a man named George Fox.  As a result of being a Quaker, as opposed to being a member of the Church of England, William Hibbs was fined for not attending church and imprisoned as well.  William Hibbs was either a farmer or minor and was rather well off financially. He and his family lived on the west side of the Severn River near Lydney, England and not far from the Welsh border.

In 1677, William Hibbs Sr. was aware of the danger his family was in and sent his youngest son William Hibbs Jr. (my father’s 7 times great grandfather) to America to keep him safe and also to help begin a new Quaker colony.  William Hibbs Jr. was only about 13 at this time.  William Hibbs Jr. traveled to America with a group of other Quakers on a ship called the Kent.

On March 6, 1686 William Hibbs Sr. was beheaded because of his religious beliefs at the behest of King James II.  His wife Joanne may have also been beheaded at this time.  William’s crime was as follows “He did not attend church services required by English law or pay the tithes as required and said ‘The King can go to the Devil.”

William Sr’s oldest son Jonathon was executed in 1698 for also being a Quaker.  He was either beheaded or drawn and quartered.


When William Hibbs Sr. sent his son William Jr. to America in 1677, Charles II was king of England.  In 1685 King James II took the throne and William sr. must have known his life was more in danger because he wrote his will the following January in 1686.  In February 1686, King James II sent his men to arrest William Sr, and on March 6, 1686 he was beheaded.

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#12 Mathias Galster {52 Ancestors}

A few weeks ago I wrote about my husband’s paternal 2 times great grandfather, Jacob Galster.  This week I would like to write about his father Reverend Mathias Galster.
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Mathias was born November 2, 1811 in Wurtenburg, Germany and came to the united states in 1829 at the age of 18 with his parents.  I have found Mathias on the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census records.  Mathias married Rosanna Haller who was also a native of Germany (born in 1806).  They were married in Tuscarawas County, Ohio and lived there until 1853, then moved to Huntington County, Indiana, and finally moved to Shelby County, IL in 1864.

I was so excited to find this photo of Galster recently added to Find a Grave.  It really just goes to show that you have to continue to look in places you have already looked and you might get lucky and find something new!

Mathias Galster as described in the Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois, published 1891:

“Mathias Galster…was a minister of the Evangelical Church for some forty years.  He was a zealous worker, and had a special tact and talent in organization, having organized four churches in Illinois, located respectively at Pana, Taylorsville, Oconee, and Rural Township; also several in Ohio and in Indiana.  He was born November 2, 1811, in the Kingdom of Wurtemburg, Germany, and came to America with his parents when eighteen years of age.  He was converted at the age of twenty-two years, and felt that his mission in life was to preach the Gospel to the edification and sanctification of his hearers.  The first services that he conducted were held in private houses.  In Ohio, he founded eight new churches, and at Huntington, Ind., four churches.

On coming into Rural Township, [Mathias Galster] purchased a half section of land, and here resided until his death, which occurred March 25, 1887.  His wife hade preceded him by several years, having died March 8, 1880.”

Mathias and Rosanna had five children who all survived to adulthood:
Christina (1838-?), John G. (1838-?), Matthias (1841-?), Jacob (1843-1921), Anna Maria (1845-1888), and William F. (1847-?).
Jacob was my husband’s two times great grandfather.

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the church in Dollville, IL, a church that Mathias founded in 1864

There was some more information about Mathias on Find a Grave, I am unfortunately not sure where this text comes from.
This text mentions that Mathias was instructed privately by an American preacher, and in 1848, Mathias Galster was ordained at Strassburg, Ohio. He first served in the St. Paul’s Congregation near Andrews, Indiana. From there he continued to found churches around Ohio, Illinois, and Ohio.

Here is his scrapbook page:
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#11 Maurice Murphy {52 Ancestors}

Since today is St. Patrick’s Day I thought I’d focus on my Irish side of the family.  While Maurice was born here in the States, both of his parents were born in Ireland.  Unfortunately, I have very little information about them.  I’m completely stuck with my Irish side, and am hoping to have a break through someday.  I keep trying!! 🙂

My mom’s grandfather was a man named Maurice Murphy, however his named was pronounced like ‘Morris’.  He was born in Bloomington, IL on November 16, 1875.  His parents were Thomas J. Murphy and Margaret Lawler.

Maurice’s father Thomas was born in Ireland, my mom heard that he came from County Wexford) on the 1880 census it shows him as being 50, which means he was born around 1830.  I do not know when he came to the US as unfortunately the 1880 census does not record this.  The census does say he worked in the rail road foundry.

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Margaret Lawler was born in about 1833 in Ireland according to the 1880 census.  I have a death record for Mary Lawler that I think belongs to my Mary Lawler.  It says she was born in Ireland and that she was 52 when she died, which would mean she was born in 1833, which matches the census.  She died of diabetes which she had had for 3 years, according to the death certificate and is buried at the Calvary cemetery.  She had lived in Illinois for 26 years, so maybe she came to America in 1859.  Whether or not she was married already to Thomas at that time I am not sure she would have been 26 when she came to Illinois.  Since she is listed as married and not widowed on her death certificate, this would indicate that Thomas is still alive at this time.  Whether or not he lived until the 1900 census I do not know, as I have not yet found any record of him.

Maurice was also a rail road worker and worked as a molder and was an apprentice in 1880 at the age of 17.  In 1900, Maurice was living with his brother Thomas along with Thomas’ wife Nora and their two children.  Thomas is listed as an iron molder and Maurice is a day laborer.  They are living on Emerald Ave in Cook County, IL.

In 1902, Maurice married Anna Barth and the two continued to reside in Illinois on West Fulton Street, still in Cook County, IL.  I wrote more about Anna Barth and their family in this post.  Maurice is listed as working in the foundry again.  Their family pops up in both the 1910 and 1920 census and they are on Fulton street for both census records but at different house addresses.  In 1910 they are living at the house number 2735 and in 1920 they are at number 2737. It does say in 1920 that Maurice rented so maybe they just moved next door for a better rental price?

After Anna’s death in 1933 Maurice would walk from his home in Chicago to the St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove where she was buried which was seven miles away.  He made this walk once a week!

Maurice died on May 6, 1957.

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Maurice with my mom’s little sister Kathy

And here are a couple scrapbook pages for Maurice:
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