Month: July 2011

Spotlight Sunday – Christopher Kessler

Name:  Christopher Kessler

Birthday:  March 13, 1821

Parents:  Nikolaus & Petronilla (?) Kessler

Relationship: Married to Anna Mary Aschmann, brother of Susanna Hoeninghausen.

Children:  John, Joseph, Mathias, William, Mary, Edmund, Clemens, Clara & Reverend John.

Hometown:  Germany

Last Known Residence:  Detroit, Michigan

Church:  St. Joseph’s Church, Detroit, Michigan

Immigration:  about 1846, became a United States citizen

Education:  Able to read & write

Occupation:  Carpenter

Death:  February 28, 1902 of heart disease & dropsy

Cemetery:  Mt. Elliott Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan

Relationship to Me:  3rd great-grandfather



Sympathy Saturday – Joseph Hoeninghausen

Joseph Hoeninghausen died September 22, 1899 in Indian River, Cheboygan, Michigan, and he was the widow of Susanna Kessler who died years earlier in 1881.  The informant does not know his birthdate or his mother’s name… just his father’s name and that he was born in Germany.  Joseph and Susanna were married in Germany around 1846 and made their way to the United States in 1852.   The family shows up in the 1860 census in Detroit, Michigan and it appears that Joseph held a couple different jobs as a general laborer and as a collector.  Their son, Theodore, fought in the Civil War.

Tombstone Tuesday – Franz Schulte

He was born Johann Franz Joseph Schulte in 1805 to Franz Schulte & Elisabeth Wilmes and was the oldest of 7 children.  He married Elisabeth Förth in 1830 and is the father of 9 children, of whom only 5 survived.  His sister, Elisabeth Lenneman, immigrated to the United States with her family in 1846, and they resided in Westphalia, Clinton, Michigan.  Franz followed behind with his family a year later in 1847, and they resided in Detroit, Michigan.  He died in 1869 of consumption which is what is known today as tuberculosis.  He is buried in Mt. Elliott Cemetery in the “old section.”  His grave his a flat stone that has sunk about 3 inches.  The rain has faded away what the inscription on the stones says.  I took the photograph almost 10 years ago, and at that time knew little about rubbings and water, etc.  I hope to get back soon and photograph the stone again so there is a record before it completely disappears. (clicking the picture makes it larger)


Spotlight Sunday – Dorothea Dettloff

Name:  Dorothea Dettloff

Birthday:  August 25, 1845

Parents:  Anton Dettloff & Constantia Klein

Relationship:  Married to Frank Hincka, mother of 4 children

Hometown:  Putzig, West Prussia, Germany

Current Residence:  Posen, Presque Isle, Michigan

Education:  unable to read or write

Occupation:  farmer’s wife, mother

Death:  December 12, 1898

Cemetery:  St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery in Posen, Michigan

Relationship to me:  She is my 2nd Great-Grandmother

Sympathy Saturday – Josephine (Kuttni) Ostrowski

She was born in Putzig, Prussia, and on her baptism register her parents are recorded Lorenz Kuttni & Marianna Meyer.  She was the oldest of 7 children, and married Anton Ostrowski when she was 33 years old.  She immigrated with him and their children about 1868, and the family shows up on the Detroit 1870 census.  She was the mother of 4 children, and she is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  Her son John married Elisabeth Lachowski in 1885.

Tombstone Tuesday – Albert Raass

Albert Raass is buried in Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  Albert died of consumption (tuberculosis) in 1873 at the young age of 17 years old.  He is the youngest child and the only child of Joseph & Anna Raass to have been born in America (the rest of the family was born in Austria.)  His family was devastated at his death, and each of his siblings named their next male child “Albert” in memory of him.

The first Albert to be born 8 months later was Albert Schulte to Wilhelmina Raass and August Schulte.  The next Albert to be born in December of 1874 was Albert Rischert to Magdelana Raass & Charles Rischert.  And the last Albert to be born was to Elisabeth Degenfelder & Henry Raass in 1875.  His memorial is posted at Find-A-Grave.

Spotlight Sunday – Joshua Garlick

Name:  Joshua Garlick

Birthday:  March 27, 1799

Parents:  Joshua Garlick & Hannah Stafford

Relationship: Married to Mary Downes, father of 9 children.

Children:  Hannah, Mary, Robert, Wright, Eliza, Eliza (Sinyard), Thomas, Sarah & Ann.

Hometown:  Glossop, Derbyshire, England

Current Residence:  Lockport, Illinois

Church:  Saint Mary’s-Independent, Glossop, England

Immigration:  July 5, 1842 aboard the Monmouth from Liverpool

Education:  Unable to read or write

Occupation:  Farmer

Death:  Between 1850 & 1860

Cemetery:  A cemetery somewhere in Lockport, Illinois

Relationship to me:  4th great-grandfather