Category Archives: 1850 – 1900

Christian Juergen Alpers

Christian Juergen Alpers completed a course of study to become a Lutheran pastor in Hermansburg, Germany and then, in 1875, immigrated to an area southwest of New Prague, Minnesota where about fifteen German Lutheran families had settled in the mid 1850’s. The school was one of several institutions sponsored by German mission societies, and the graduates were sent to locations ... Read More »

Morris Edmond Kraus

My grandfather, Morris Edmond Kraus, emigrated to America in 1881, presumably to escape conscription into the army of the Kaiser. His home was a village, Barendorf, that is near the town, Schonberg, in Saxony. He came to Ohio to live with an uncle, John Pentzel, who had arrived about 10 years earlier. Through relatives Morris obtained a job in a ... Read More »

Millie Lueck MacInnis: Salvation Army Captain

“You are all arrested, come along,” declared Officer Pete Walsh of the Butte, Montana police force. In the midst of a heavy snowstorm, Captain Millie Lick (Lueck) and her six fellow Salvation Army soldiers were taken down to the city’s barracks on charges that their marching and singing in the streets was disturbing the peace. As it turned out, the complaint ... Read More »

Percy Morgan

Percy Tredegar Morgan was born in London in 1862 into a distinguished family of Welsh origins. At age 21, after learning bookkeeping, auditing, and other skills, he left England for the United States to work for mining companies in Nevada, Denver and Montana. His experiences and legacy of just the first 15 years of his life in America are amazing. ... Read More »

Hugh Crawford

My grandfather’s father, Hugh Crawford, came to the US from Ireland with his older brother, during the years of massive Irish immigration due to the potato famine. As young men of 16 and 18, they purchased a farm in Ohio with their portion of their family farm. Soon, their parents and younger siblings joined them, selling their farm in Northern ... Read More »

Samuel and Elizabeth Cavanaugh

The Story of Samuel and Elizabeth Cavanaugh (Also Kavanagh: In Ireland they spelled their name with a K when they came to America they changed it to C.) Elizabeth (Liz) Keegan, daughter of John Keegan and Mary Ann Coleman Keegan was born in Dublin, Ireland on 6/7/1860. Samuel (Sam) Cavanaugh, son of Patrick Cavanaugh and Sarah Reed, was born on ... Read More »

Rebecca Cohen and Blanche Meisel

My great-grandmother, Rebecca Cohen, came to the U.S. in 1899, with her 6-month old daughter, Blanche, in her arms. She was fleeing the Cossack-led pogroms in the Russian Pale of Settlement, the only place the autocracy let Jews have permanent residency. We don’t know exactly where her shtetl was–somewhere in what’s now Belarus, near Minsk. My great-grandmother started a farm ... Read More »

Frederick and Amelia Becker

Frederick Christian (Fred) Becker was born in Germany on 8/30/1865 and came to this country as a small boy. His family started their new life in Cincinnati, Ohio, in an area known as “over the Rhine.” When Fred was about 12, he broke his arm running along a railroad track. His arm was never set properly and from then on ... Read More »

Diversity Increases With Each Generation

According to family lore, the first North American immigrants in our family were on my maternal grandmother’s side. A family of a mother, a father, and five kids were awaiting passage in England for the Colonies when the father, playing a game on the village green, broke his neck and died. Mother and children came anyway—to Maine in 1700. The ... Read More »

Matilda Spilger

The Germans: Spilger Family (Grandfather is 2nd from right and Grandmother is 5th from left) The German family is more current as my grandmother, Matilda Spilger, emigrated from Stuttgart, Germany sometime in the 1880’s. She was married but I never met my grandfather Spilger as he died before I was born. He was born in Hessen Darmstadt, Germany. I do ... Read More »

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