DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 3, Addendum 7 Kate Rabbit has finally annulled Jane Kelly’s hold on us! All we wanted from Jane was a working description of her husband, who had demised so early. After all, he could be our biological great grandfather. Recall, Jane had caught our eye in 1891 at Renton … Continue reading Kate Rabbit Spills On Jane’s John
DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 2, Addendum 6 Who was Kate Rabbit? Darned if we know! Well, she married Joseph Baxter M. Osborn on 14 SEP 1885 in Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey.1A That a Kate Rabbit was mentioned in Montclair, could actually help solve our puzzle! Their marital record says she was born … Continue reading WHO WAS KATE RABBIT?
Here we celebrate the wedding of our beloved Granddad, Matt Hemmingsen, to Caroline Dybedal, his first wife. They were married March 17, 1905 in the Moland Lutheran Church, Mason, Bayfield County, WI. He was 28, and she, 22.1 2 Caroline was born in Norway in September of 1883 and emigrated to the Mason area, actually … Continue reading Granddad and Caroline Dybedal: Wedding Photos 1905 … her story
Once in the new land of opportunity, many ancestral parents could barely afford their family an elementary level education, yet saw a child attain distinction. Great grandfather, Ole Hemmingson (1851-1903), headed a family like that.1, 2 He produced two such children. Same father, different mothers. Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) was told “your mother has died, so … Continue reading Hemmingson: One Entrepreneur and One Radical Socialist
One character often dominates a family history. To preserve the worthy tales of all, we stripped out the colorful aspects of such a member to present the family of Alette Hemmingson. That is, we give you what the standard documents tell, and withhold a broader narrative. A separate post will follow soon, to disclose the sibling, … Continue reading Hemmingson: TB Was Not On The Draft Card. Was Disaster?
In our last post, we lamented the heartbreaking emigration from Norway to Wisconsin of Mathias Olson, and his sister, Henriette. It was late 1887. She was about to celebrate her 13th birthday and he was months beyond eleven. We have no account of first sight of a father not seen in six years, or of … Continue reading If Only November Had Been August: What Came Next
Emigrations were game changers, but some were more impactful than others. Our grandfather’s collision with America is a recent revision to his ancestry. He was Mathias Hemmingsen. RECAP: Dad wrote that his grandfather, Ole Hemmingson, pictured in the thumbnail below, … Continue reading Dear Granddad: If Only November Had Been August
Yum-yum CROW! We here, must admit to publishing two doses of bad data. They have been corrected on their respective posts “Our Anecdotal Jewishness” and “Alexander Ancestry: The Great Wall of Margaret” We can be acutely aware of an underlying hazard that might lead to reading an item incorrectly and go on to perceive it … Continue reading Ancestry Errata – Drat the Rats
Dad did a family history with intent to cover his, and our mother’s ancestry.1 He wrote mostly of his memories, but hired professional genealogists to document what came before. They outright failed his father-in-law on our Scots side, understandably, for the reason that made him subject of “Double Genealogy: The Adoption Witness”.2 They equally failed … Continue reading Our Anecdotal Jewishness
Here are four generations behind Margaret Naysmith Hemmingsen, born Alexander (1891-1979). She was our Granny, and her own stories appear in our "Memories" section. This chapter will close on her mother, whose joys were stabbed by misery. She nonetheless, conducted a memorable well-led life. This embraces 1760's Ireland and Scotland to 1911's Canada. Granny’s generation … Continue reading Alexander Ancestry; the Great Wall of Margaret