Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Surprise Weber Photo Shared By Generous Cousins -- Wordless Wednesday Almost

     I’m grateful for my cousins who are generous in their sharing of photos of our Weber family.  At our reunion this summer I was given this beautiful wedding photo that turned out to have an extra bonus. 
     Several of us were sitting around the family history table soaking up photo albums owned by cousins Janet Weber Jenkins and Carole Ditlinger Greer.  Well, one of the photos kept falling out on the table, and then eventually on the ground.  Janet and Carole decided that I should have that photo.    The identification said “Lieland Wedding.”  We all knew the name referred to the wedding of Mary Stella Weber and John Lieland in 1921.  But the individuals weren’t listed on the photo.  So, of course, I gladly saved the photo in my box and returned home to do the research in my files.  Well, a pleasant surprise soon popped up.  I was reminded that my mother, Rosemary Weber, was the lovely little flower girl standing  on the right in the front row.  Lieland Wedding, John Lieland, May Weber, 1921
    The handsome group posing for this wedding that took place in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Indianapolis, on 6 Sept 1921, are:
    First row: Fern Grace Lieland, May Stella Weber, bride;
   Lillian Weber, sister of bride; Rosemary Weber, niece of bride.
   Back row: Herbert Weber, brother of bride; John Lieland, groom; Clarence Weber, brother of bride; Leonard Paetz, cousin of bride

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wordless Wednesday Almost -- Our Niehaus Group

     Last week I posted photos from the recent Niehaus Reunion of our family here in the Indianapolis area.  At that time I didn’t have the photo of the entire group assembled for that September 10 gathering.  So, I’m thinking…why not a Wordless Wednesday post for just that photo!?   Here’s the beautiful bunch of Niehaus descendants of Joseph and Gertrude Niehaus:         2017 Niehaus Reunion Group Photo, September 10, Pioneer Park, Mooresville, IN
       The representatives ranged from a few months old to a lovely 93 years of age.  I won’t try to name everyone right now.  But, the youngest at less than one year, Cuyler Brenchley, is about fourth from the right in the second row.  He’s being held by his great grandfather, Bo Buis.  The eldest family member attending at 93 is Peg Stull, who’s seated in the front row on the left.  Seated on the ground next to her are three of her great grandsons and her granddaughter, Connie Walters, is on her left.  My count of this  particular Niehaus clan is 65 and a few more were present earlier for a yummy meal and lots of friendly chatter.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Niehaus Reunion, Then and Now

Niehaus Reunion, About 1955, Probably at Longacre Park in Indianapolis.
     This past Sunday, September 10, was our annual Niehaus Reunion day.  A favorite cousin (second cousin actually), Gib Hickman, remarked to me that we surely must hold some kind of record for continuous family reunions.  I would agree.  By all the records I am aware of this is the 78th Niehaus Family Reunion.  I believe these events stand as a salute to the foundation provided by the 11 brothers and sisters who were children of Joseph and Gertrude Niehaus who made the journey from Germany to Indianapolis in 1886. 
     I hope that the tradition continues down through many more generations.  We don’t organize too many games or take counts of the attendees (maybe we should).  But we have all kinds of friendly conversation and good food and a family heritage quilt raffle that's outstanding. There’s always a nice mix of reminiscing about those who used to be with us and sharing updates on our latest moves or the kids activities.  Of course you also will hear some Colts or other NFL chatter in the mix.  And, of course, we all  stuff ourselves with the pot luck ingredients that include more fried chicken, special casseroles and salads and delicious desserts than any family can stand. 
      And now....I really want to make note of something special that happened to me at this reunion.  My cousin, Dianna Pugh, sorted through her family album recently and turned up a Niehaus Reunion photo from approximately 1955. She decided to bring a copy to me.  I’m so happy to have this.   Pictured above sharing some treasured family time are the five Niehaus brothers and sisters alive at the time of the 1955 family reunion.  They are seated facing the camera, left to right: Lena Niehaus Kleinsmith, Annie Niehaus Donahue, Minnie Niehaus Kirn, Joe Niehaus and John Niehaus (my grandfather).  I would guess this is taken at Longacre Park on the south side of Indianapolis.  I'd be interested to know what others in the family can say about the photo.
     This is a rare photo in my collection and I appreciate Dianna thinking of me, especially to take the time to bring a copy for me.  I know these sisters and brothers would be happy to know that 62 years later we’re carrying on their family tradition.
      Below are photos of a few of the John Niehaus (man on right in above photo) descendants celebrating their family heritage in 2017.  First photo below: Evelyn Ellis Simmerman is in the middle of some of the fun members of her clan.  Evelyn’s one of John Niehaus’s granddaughters.  She’s flanked by (left to right) Brenda Henigan, her daughter; Kim Mannix, her daughter-in-law; Kevin Mannix, her son and a granddaughter whose name I’m sorry to report I’ve forgotten at this time.  She’a a good sport and a friendly great great granddaughter of John's. (I promise I'll remember your name in the middle of the night!)

Evelyn Ellis Simmerman's Family, 2017 Niehaus Reunion

     Below are members of my own family representing us well at the reunion.  Here’s my husband, Jerry Hurley, my sister, Marti (Niehaus) Fleetwood, John Niehaus’s granddaughter and my daughter, Krissy Underwood, John’s great granddaughter.  What a great photographer took this one.

Nancy Niehaus Hurley"s Family: Jerry Hurley, Marti Fleetwood, Krissy Underwood, 2017 Niehaus Reunion
     Thanks from me to everyone of my relatives who made a point to be a part of the 2017 Niehaus Reunion.  You'll find lots of fun photos, including the beautiful heritage quilt created by Marti, if you click here:  Niehaus Reunion Page

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     Copyright © 2017, Nancy Niehaus Hurley

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Saving Memories of the 2017 Weber Kuhn Family Reunion in Indy

        On August 26, 2017, members of our Weber Kuhn Family saved a day to enjoy each other’s company once again.  We gathered at the Sarah Bolton Park in Beech Grove, Indiana,  to say hi and catch up on the happenings in our lives.
It was an outstanding afternoon of conversation, good food and laughter.  I’m posting a few of the photos here and there’s a link below to the reunion page where more great memories are residing.
     We were all very pleased that a member of our Weber clan attended for the first time this year, Carole Ditlinger Greer.  Her mother, Edith Weber Ditlinger, was a sister of Harry Lawrence Weber and grew up with their ten other siblings on Alabama Street in Indianapolis.
     Carole was kind enough to bring many old family photos to share. Below I’m posting a photo of Carole (on right) with Janet (Weber) Jenkins (cousins).  Below also  is a photo of Carole’s mother, Edith, as a young girl that was among the beautiful selection of family photos that Carole shared.  We all enjoyed getting to know her better and hope she’ll choose to keep attending the reunion.   The history table was even more popular this year as a result of the extra photos that Janet and Carole shared with us all.   Take a look at the cousins soaking up images and stories of their ancestors in the albums.
Janet Weber Jenkins and Carole Ditlinger Greer at 2017 Weber Kuhn Reunion. Great fun getting acquainted.         Edith Marie Weber, born 25 March 1896, Indianapolis, IN
History Table 2017

     Another example of the good times we have at our family reunions is visiting with Aunt Peg and Aunt Ruth.  They are so upbeat and always keep us inspired.  Below they are enjoying a dessert on this beautiful summer afternoon in Indy. 
     Quilting is a strong tradition in this Weber family.  Peg’s sister Dolly assisted her daughter-in-law, Pat Holzer,  in learning to quilt.  In the next photo below Pat is displaying one of her creations she brought to the reunion to share.  She will be passing along as well the quilting treasures that Dolly left in safekeeping with Pat to be given to her grandchildren as they marry.  How beautiful to know that these cherished pieces and the skill of quilting will continue down the generations.  
Peg Weber Stull, Ruth Weber --  visiting at the Weber Kuhn Reunion, Aug 26, 2017.

   Pat Holzer's Quilt

     The family heritage quilt sewn with love by Marti Fleetwood from quilt squares created at last year’s reunion was a classic.  Below is a photo of  the prize being held by this year’s winners, Dick and Janet Jenkins.  Marti is on the right.  And one small sample of the quilt squares is below.   Great job lady!
2017 Weber Kuhn Heritage Quilt, Dick and Janet Jenkins winners - with Marti Fleetwood, the quilter.


    I have more great moments to show you from this family gathering but they won’t all fit on this one blog page.  They are posted on the Weber Kuhn Reunion page. (Link is below)  But I want to include one more important featured photo here.  That’s the whole gang assembled for the annual group photo.  A few had to leave before taking this one, but most everyone that could make it for this August get-together showed their beautiful faces here.  I’m so grateful for this lovely family.
2017 Weber Kuhn Reunion Photo

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wordless Wednesday (Almost) -- Family Reunion Flash Back

  We’re coming up on our 2017 Weber Kuhn Reunion, and a part of the enjoyment is taking a look back at past events, remembering the fun and watching the kids grow each year.  For Wordless Wednesday, I thought I’d post a few of the 2012 reunion photos to refresh those memories.
Christina Holzer and her son, Lukas  --
Another beautiful youngster added to the clan. Just as cute as they come.

Peg Stull and Ruth Weber  --  Loving and fun ladies that we enjoy so much. 

Angie Perkins, Marti Fleetwood, Breann Perkins -- 
Celebrating with this trio of mother, daughter, granddaughter is special.

Anne and Danny Graham & Laura and Tom Weber  --
It’s a pleasure spending time with this friendly brother-sister- spouse crew.
     There are so many nice people that make the unique memories each year.  But for Wordless Wednesday, I believe these folks represent the overall scenario just great!  Looking forward to another good day on August 26, 2017 at the Sarah Bolton Park, Beech Grove, Indiana.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

More Kraut Family Research Discoveries: Elizabeth Kraut Marriage in Baltimore, Maryland

One of my goals in the family hunt for a long period of time was to find when and where our Keen/Kraut great great grandparents married. It turns out that Lawrence Keen and Elizabeth Kraut were hiding in plain sight in Baltimore, Maryland. For several years we've known that Lawrence landed with his father and two sisters in Baltimore in 1840. But as far as his marriage connection with Elizabeth there was this major gap. Their married life together in my family history began St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Baltimore, MD. Thanks to for the image.with the first child's baptism in Zanesville, Ohio in 1848.
But I kept on searching. Whenever a new set of records came to my attention that might shed some light I looked for clues to the Keen Kraut family. It seemed that consistently the records I could uncover in Ohio and Maryland didn't produce pay dirt...Until I stumbled across a new database posted online at containing images of the baptisms and marriages in St. James and St. Alphonsus Catholic Churches in Baltimore, MD. The baptism records included the early 1840s and the marriages began in 1845. Based on the knowledge of the children's baptisms in Catholic Churches and the Keen family's arrival in Baltimore, I was very excited.
I searched those scribbles in the baptisms at St. James Church to find any family names that could connect. Since Lawrence’s name upon arrival in this country was consistently spelled Lorenz Kihn, and sometimes Kien, I had to be sure to keep my eyes open for the alternate names.  The discoveries of Kihn family names as parents and sponsors was encouraging, to say the least.  I have several records from this baptism search that very likely will fit into this family at some point. I know now that St. James was the Keen family’s parish.  However, only the baptisms for St. James have been filmed and posted online, so far.  So I wasn’t able to check this church for the Keen/Kihn/Kraut marriage. 
But, I mentioned that there was another church on the list of published records, St. Alphonsus.  And I did not find any Kraut baptisms in the St. James parish.  So, I was still hopeful about this additional resource.  Maybe Elizabeth Kraut’s family lived in the neighboring parish and belonged to St. Alphonsus. 
Research on the Catholic churches in Baltimore in that time frame told me that the members included many German immigrant families.  So, of course, I combed through those church marriages. I slowly and carefully read the script to be sure not to miss a Latin and/or German spelling. After almost giving up on the list of marriages, there it was. The entry is difficult to decipher but once you put together the details, the facts fit perfectly with the information that’s confirmed about Elizabeth Kraut and Lawrence Keen (Lorenz Kihn).  The actual church record book is below this transcription:
Place: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Baltimore, Maryland
Date of marriage: 20 June 1847
Groom: Lorenz Kihn, Age 24, Birthplace: Michelbach, Bavaria
Bride: Elizabeth Kraut, Age 23, Birthplace: Somborn, Bavaria
Sponsors: Anton Kunkel and John Franz
Kihn, Kraut,  Marriage, Baltimore, Maryland, 20 June, 1847,  (1)Kihn, Kraut,  Marriage, 20 June 1847,  St. Aphonsus Catholic Church, Baltimore, MD., page 2
     Now we know that Lawrence and Elizabeth did meet in Baltimore, Maryland. He was 24 and she was 23 when they married in St. Alphonsus Catholic Church on 20 June 1847. They were married about eleven months before their son John was baptized in Zanesville, Ohio, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Their story is progressing well.  I know….this information makes you wonder why they left for Ohio. But, some things we just can't know!
     Of course, there are always more pieces we hope to find to complete the family story. For instance, where are Elizabeth Kraut's parents?! The sleuthing continues...I do have a couple of clues and will, hopefully, have much more to report here soon.
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Corresponding family stories you may want to read:
The Elusive Elizabeth Kraut
Who is Cousin C. A. Kraut?
The Dreaded Tax Time: John and Chris Kraut, 1863-1864

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 Weber Kuhn Reunion Announcement -- Do You Remember Any Others Way Back When?



          Our Weber Kuhn Reunion is fast taking on a special event status.  This is the seventh year in a row for our current round of reunions.   A few of us remember when we were much younger and our parents organized all of us at a park but we’re not sure how many of those occurred. I do have a photo of my cousin Barb Weber and I that’s marked 1962 Weber Reunion.  So I can attest to one gathering 55 years ago.  OMG!  Do you remember this Barb or Janet?  Anyone else have other photos?1962 Weber Reunion

  It’s fun to anticipate having a summer  afternoon to reconnect, reminisce, share a meal and laughs.  Above is the invitation that outlines where, when and how for the 2017 gathering.  Each year we have some kind of rather casual competition.  Whether it be taking wild guesses at the number of candy in a jar or competing to see who can answer the most unusual questions about each other.  A few years ago we played the “Name The Relatives in These Photos” game.  The conversations about who various ones might be were interesting.  So, I’m putting together a new selection of photos and we’ll see how many can identify them.  I thought I’d give a head start to anyone who reads this blog by posting the photos here.  There could even be some advance teamwork.  The grand prize will be announced later.  But you’ll want to start preparing by discussing these snapshots in time with all your family.



     The reunion of this family includes anyone descended from Harry Adam and Mary Anna (Keen) Weber family or Charles and Mary Anna (Risch) Kuhn of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Join us on August 26 at Sarah Bolton Park in Beech Grove, Indiana.   Everyone’s welcome!


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