Archive for August, 2011

Sympathy Saturday – Anton Hallman


Anton Hallman was born in Prussia in 1834.  He married Henrietta Elizabeth Kreft in 1870, and they had 3 children.  Anton sailed to America in 1873, and at some point Henrietta followed shortly behind with their 3 children.  She died in 1875 and is buried in an unmarked grave in the poor grounds of Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  Two months later Anton married Katherine Kwart, also of Prussia, and they were married in St. Albertus Church in Detroit, Michigan.  In 1880 he and his family showed up in Metz, Presque Isle, Michigan were he worked as a farmer and resided the rest of his life.  Anton and Katherine had 6 more children.  He is buried in the Old Metz Cemetery (aka St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery) in Metz, Presque Isle, Michigan.

Spotlight Sunday – John Franklin Sinyard


Name:  John Franklin Sinyard

Birthday:  about 1859

Parents:  John B. Sinyard & Eliza Garlick

Relationship:  Married to Mary Ann Bittles, father of 5 children.

Children:  Stewart, Margaret, John, Mary & Edward.

Hometown:  born in Michigan

Last Known Residence:  Lemont, Illinois

Education:  able to read and write

Occupation:  Quarry Laborer

Death:  after 1894.  He does not appear in the 1900 census with his family, though Mary is still listed as “married.”  In the 1910 census Mary is listed as a widow.

Cemetery:  Unknown

Relationship to Me:   2nd great-grandfather

Sympathy Saturday – John Bittles


John Bittles is my 3rd great-granduncle.  He immigrated from Ireland with his family and his brother’s family aboard the “City of Mobile” in July of 1857.  The family resided in Lemont, Illinois where he worked as a laborer.  He is buried in Brooks Cemetery in Goodings Grove, Illinois.

Tombstone Tuesday – Louise (Schroeder) Chesney


Louise (Schroeder) Chesney died 2 days after Christmas in 1882.  She died at the young age of 44 years leaving behind her 5 children and her husband, Frank Chesney.  She rests in Old St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Bay City, Bay, Michigan.

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