Monday, May 25, 2015
Who was Clara Kuhn? She was a grandaunt of mine and a "grand" aunt to her nieces and nephews. The children of Harry and Tillie (Kuhn) Weber have fond memories of Aunt Clara. She touched their lives considerably. I've chosen to remember her on this Memorial Day, 2015. Tomorrow is the 121st anniversary of her birth.
Clara Elizabeth Kuhn was born on 26 May 1894 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the eighth child of Charles A. and Mary Anna (Risch) Kuhn. She was the only one of Charles and Mary's six children who lived to adulthood that didn't marry. Clara was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, working as a forelady for Eli Lilly company for at least 33 years. Her grandparents were Martin and Katherine (Birkenstock) Kuhn and Mathias, Jr. and Julianna (Leppert) Risch, all immigrants from Germany to Indiana. She died on 28 August 1947 at the age of 53. For about the last 20 years of her life she lived with her widowed sister, Julia (Kuhn) Hinz, at 1514 South Talbott Street, near the church where their father's family held a membership since its establishment in 1875, Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Clara Kuhn's nieces, daughters of Tillie (Kuhn) Weber, spoke to me of Aunt Clara. Following are a few of those memories from Gin, Peg and Rose. First I'm including excerpts from the interviews I was fortunate to have with Gin and Peg about the family's history:
During our interview I asked Aunt Gin “Do you have any particular memories of any of your aunts or uncles?” She replied, “Yes, of my Aunt Clara, our maiden aunt. She lived with her sister’s family on Talbott Street near Sacred Heart. She worked her whole life at Lilly’s and never married. She gave us things we didn’t get otherwise. She was the one who would take us downtown and do other things with us.”
And my piece of history from Aunt Peg goes this way: "Peg recalls Aunt Clara taking her and cousin Pauline Hinz downtown to Blocks for knitting lessons. They rode the streetcar downtown for these events since that was the way most people commuted. Not too many had cars in the 1920s and 30s. Aunt Clara was somewhat of a caretaker for the Weber children; I would surmise……perhaps gave moral support and some teaching in life skills. Peg says: 'She wanted to learn to knit. And she liked to take us along. So we got to have lessons too.' "
I also remember that my mother, Rose Weber Niehaus, enjoyed her Aunt Clara. The photo at above is from Mom's scrapbook. It includes a nephew, niece and sister, clowning with Clara. They all seem to be enjoying some ice cream and a few laughs during an outing to Owen Park (Spencer County, Indiana) in September, 1936. I'm going to make a guess that another nephew and the son of Tillie, Bob Weber, took this photo. Bob would many times have been with these folks taking the snapshots. From left to right in the group is Dick Sauer, nephew of Clara; Rose Weber, niece of Clara; Clara Kuhn and Tillie (Kuhn) Weber, Clara's sister and Rose's mother.
It's clear to me that Clara Kuhn left good memories with her family and friends. To take her family history two more generations, I'm including a relationship chart on the right for her great grandniece, Nikki Marcum, daughter of my sister, Linda. I've enjoyed making memories with this niece, too. Nikki has a birthday this week, May 28, so I'd like to say:
Happy Birthday Nicole Denise!!
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You can find more on the Kuhns at this link: Family Lines - Kuhn.
Or, Click here for another photo story about Clara and her sisters.
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Saturday, May 23, 2015
The NGS conference overlapped with the annual celebration of Lewis & Clarks Expedition up the Missouri River in 1804. St. Charles is a lovely historic town and I enjoyed the brief time I had to explore there.
Here at Indiana Ties I plan to share some of the techniques, websites and skills that I picked up during the conference. I'm sure those new pieces of knowledge will continue to come forward in the next few weeks. In fact, a few are prominent in my mind already. For now, it occurred to me that I could share a few of these kernels of knowledge. Here are Five Family History Pointers I Gathered at NGS:
1. From Warren Bittner's program, "Pity the Poor Phul: Proving Immigrant Identities" -- He reminded us that a name you think is unusual may be very common in Europe. We have to be sure to learn as much as possible in U.S. records so we don’t misidentify someone in Europe as our ancestor. Be sure to investigate all of the family members so that you know you are following the right person. Don't be anxious to leave the country until you have found every record that completes the picture after they immigrated.
2. Also from the above Warren Bittner program: When using church records in Europe, he explained that confirmation and first communion records are often your best clue for people who were “from” a town, but not born there. Meaning, if they are listed in the first communion and/or confirmation records of the church records that you are searching, but you don't find them in the baptisms, that might indicate they weren't born there. You should continue searching for the birth in a neighboring town's church. It's possible the family moved. The birthplace may be lurking down the road.
3. From Anne Staley's program, " The Everyday Life of Your Ancestors" -- Anne covered the how's and whys of creating timelines to put your family members into context. What was going on in their lives? She shared a long list of websites to help find research assistance and historical input. For instance, under the category of Home life, Weather and the Farmer's Almanac, a website I've explored a little is Spiesonline.net. There are links to sources from Bankruptcy Records to the Freedom of Information Act to a list of Telephone Directory Search Tools and Voter Registration Records. The link for Genealogy Resources led me to Refdesk.com, a source new to me. If nothing else, there are fun links there. It will be a place I'll save, along with many others that Anne included.
4. From Tom Jones' program, "Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestor's European Origin" -- Tom reminded us that ethnic newspapers are better than English language ones for finding our ancestors because they could relate more closely to the people. Even though we may have a few challenges translating them, they contained the details about those particular ethnic people in the neighborhoods where they were living after immigrating to the U. S. The local German newspaper could contain personal information about a family member that would help to find their origin in Europe.
5. From Lisa Louise Cooke's program, "Tech Tools that Catapult the Newspaper Research Process into the 21st Century" -- Lisa revealed a totally cool website called Stanford Newspaper Data Visualization. All I can say is go there! The historical map covering U. S. newspapers, including foreign language papers, is a super resource for finding publications from 1690 to 2011. And the visual is fantastic. You can play with the map and find lots of great tools.
To keep our libraries and computers up to date, the 2100 registrants could roam in the large exhibit hall during breaks. After all, we just have to see what new software, services and other cool stuff's calling our names. And, of course, I had to make a few purchases to add to my library. Or maybe I'll create hangings for our walls in the new genea room.
Hope these family history pointers are helpful and entertaining. Thanks for visiting Indiana Ties.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Thanks to Alan Cleaver at Freestock on Flickr.com for the celebratory balloon photo.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Family photos seem to generate added curiosity as the years go by. This photo of the Kuhn sisters is an example. I have several versions of this one that I've created after I scanned the original. But the one I'm posting shows it just as it looks in person, no cropping or editing. I borrowed this from Aunt Peg (Margaret Weber Stull, daughter of Tillie Kuhn, the girl on the right). It's taken about 1900 and includes four of the daughters of Charles and Mary (Risch) Kuhn of 1050 High Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. The girls are, left to right, Lillian, Clara (in front), Anna and Otillia.
About those curiosities I mentioned, do you wonder how many other copies of this photo were distributed to descendants of the other three girls? Do we know what the occasion for the photo was, if any? There's a faint photographer studio name on the front. It looks like Loebman or Lichmann. That's something for researching when I have time to get another look at the original, I guess. I don't know of any stories passed down that would provide answers. Maybe someone else with another copy has some details.
Estimating from the birth dates that we know for all four Kuhn children, Tillie is about nine years old at the time she went with her sisters to have this portrait made. 13 years later she marries Harry L. Weber and the family story continues from there.
This is a keepsake of Peg's and she'll take good care of it. As many people do, she's written the names of the girls on the photo. The family won't have to question which young lady is which as more time passes. And including this special photo in our Weber Scrapbook is yet another record of the lives of these ladies and their family connection. Do you have curiosities or information to add? You're welcome to leave a comment below.
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Saturday, May 9, 2015
There are many ways I could introduce Nancy's Finding Aids. But my choice is to feature two of my favorite websites that provide a great deal of assistance and are both treasure troves of fun, each in its own way.
Geneabloggers is Thomas MacEntee's popular online group (at the link below). This resource brings family history bloggers and readers a plethora of blogging ideas and events. The Geneabloggers, of which I am a member, is a fantastic resource for networking.
Genealogy Gems is Lisa Louise Cooke's website (at the link below). Lisa provides podcasts that share researching tips, interviews family history experts and educates on ways to locate ancestors. There is a portion of the site that's paid, the premium area (I am a subscriber and love it!), but she is very generous with the free assistance and materials. For instance, to read from her library of shared information on the website go to the Select Content by Topic button and you'll find lots to keep you occupied.
I could say much more about each one of these two family research aids because the websites are overflowing with benefits. But I'll let everyone explore.
And don't forget to click on my new link above at Nancy's Finding Aids.
Favorite Genealogy Sharing Blogs:
Geneabloggers, Thomas MacEntee: http://www.geneabloggers.com
Genealogy Gems, Lisa Louise Cooke: http://lisalouisecooke.com
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Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
I wish I had diaries or memoirs from at least one of my great grandparents! It would sure be nice to know their thoughts about the events in their lives. But until that diary's discovered, I am finding intriguing details in court documents and other pieces of the family history. It seems to me that sometimes there are personality traits or hints to their circumstances, if you do a little more analyzing of what's there. The will of Amelia Weber is one example. See if you agree when you read the transcription below.
First, just a few words about Amelia. I wrote just the other day about her two children who died of diphtheria in 1876, Amelia Marie and Herman Joseph. Amelia was a widow for 40 years and lived the last 15-20 years of her life with her son, Harry Adam's family, on South Alabama Street in Indianapolis. You'll see below that Harry is the executor of her will.
Following are her Probate Records:
-- Amelia Weber Will recorded in the Probate Court of Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana, 16 March 1912.
-- Affidavit of death, Proof of Will and Certificate of death filed in Marion County Indiana Probate Court on 15 Sept 1913.
-- Final disposition of will on 23 Jan 1915., Marion County, Indianapolis IN, Docket 43, Estate #12158.
Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Amelia Weber
I, Amelia Weber, of the City of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, being now of sound and disposing mind and memory and desirous of making a disposition of my estate to take effect after my death, do now make, publish, declare and ordain the following as and for my last will and testament.
It is my will and I hereby direct that all my just debts be paid as speedily as possible after my death, including the payment of the expenses of my last sickness, funeral and cost of administration upon my estate,
It is my will and I hereby direct that all the rest and residue of my estate, remaining after the payment of the matters in item I hereof, be used in payment of the expenses of saying masses for the repose of the soul of my deceased husband, Adam Weber, and for the repose of my own soul.
I hereby appoint my son, Harry A. Weber, as executor hereof and hereby revoke all other wills heretofore made by me.
In Witness Whereof, I, Amelia Weber, the testatrix have hereunto set my hand and do declare the foregoing as and for my last will and testament this 10th day of March 1912.
(Signed) Amelia Weber
We, the undersigned, hereby certify that the foregoing instrument was this 16th day of March 1912, signed by Amelia Weber and was by her declared to be her last will and testament in our presence and we at her request, in her presence and in the presence of each other have signed the same as witnesses.
(Signed) Anna M. Cheseldine
(Signed) Jacob Buennagel
Affidavit of Death
State of Indiana, Marion County,
Harry A. Weber, being duly sworn, on oath says that Amelia Weber departed this life on or about the 26th day of Aug 1913, and at the time of her death was a resident of said County and State.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 15 day of Sept A. D. 1913
(Signed) Harry A. Weber
John Rauch, Clerk
Proof of Will
Before the Clerk of the Probate Court of the County of Marion, in the State of Indiana, personally came Jacob Buennagel subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing, who being by me first duly sworn, upon oath deposes and says that Amelia Weber testatrix names in the instrument of writing purporting to be her LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, did sign, seal, publish and declare the same to be her last will and testament, on the day of the date thereof, that she said testatrix was at the same time of full age of twenty-one years, and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and that she was under no coercion, compulsion or restraint, and that she was competent to devise her property. And that she said testatrix so signed, sealed, published and declared the same to be her last will and testament, in manner and form as aforesaid, in the presence of affiant, and of Anna W. Cheseldine, the other subscribing witness..thereto, and, that each attested the same, and subscribed their names as witnesses thereto, in the presence and at the request of said testatrix and in the presence of each other.
(Signed) Jacob Buennagel
15 day of Sept 1913
Document note in margin:
Probated in open court this 15 Day of Sept 1913
Frank B. Ross, Judge of the Probate Court of Marion County, Indiana
General Entry, Claim and Allowance Docket, Docket 43, Probate Court of Marion County, Indianapolis
No. of Estate 12158
Name: Amelia Weber
Executor: Harry A. Weber
Attorneys: Means & Buenting
Bond: Jacob Buennagel, C. W. Means, $200
Date of estate: 9/15/13
Date of death: Aug. 25, 1913
Reports for the court are filed
Sept 15, 1913 - Open the Will - $2.50
- Bonds & Letters 3.50
Oct 9, 1913 - Indianapolis News 2.50
23 Jan 1915 - Proof of post,
Final report, Estate Closed
The need for Amelia's will isn't clear. She lived in the home of the only remaining member of her immediate family, her son Harry. She, undoubtedly, had no assets to speak of at the time she passed away. Her Civil War widow's pension files make that clear. She had lived on that pension since 1890, having no other means of supporting herself. Perhaps the official documentation was involved with the government pension. Or maybe she was a lady who just kept everything in order in her life. It seems obvious that her Catholic faith was important to her as she included "saying masses for the repose of the soul of my deceased husband, Adam Weber, and for the repose of my own soul." Do you see any other hints or have thoughts about Amelia based on the will? After all is said, Amelia weathered many storms throughout her life and it seems she left with everything under control.
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Links to the above two Will documents at my Scribd account:
Other stories that involve Amelia (Micol) Weber: