Archive for October, 2011

Sympathy Saturday – Edward Thomas


Edward Thomas died at age 44 of kidney cancer.  He leaves behind his children and his wife, Anna Kessler, daughter of William N. Kessler.  He rests in Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  (husband of 1st cousin 3x removed)

Sympathy Saturday – Sylvester Hayes


Sylvester Hayes died of tuberculosis at 53 years old.  He was an Irish immigrant, and married his wife in Ohio before ending up in Illinois.  His wife Mary died 2 months after him, supposedly of the same thing, and left 8 children orphaned.  The oldest son, William, took care of his younger siblings.  Sylvester rests in an unmarked resting spot in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Joliet, Illinois.

If you have information about any of these people or if you would like more information, please contact me!

Spotlight Sunday – Wilhelmina Raass Schulte-Birklebach


Name:  Wilhelmina Raass

Birthday:  December 1844

Parents:  Joseph Raass & Anna Conrad

Siblings:  Magdalena (Rischert), Henry & Albert

Relationship:  married 1) August Schulte 2) Henry Birklebach

Children:  August, Edward, Charles & Albert

Hometown:  Austria

Immigration:  by 1852

Last Known Residence:  Detroit, Michigan

Education:  able to read, write & speak English

Church:  Old St. Mary’s & St. Anthony, Detroit, Michigan

Death:  January 17, 1921

Cemetery:  Mt. Elliott Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan

Relationship to Me:  3rd great-grandmother

If you have information on this person, or if you would like more information, please contact me!

Sympathy Saturday – Sister Julia Chesney


Sister Mary Julia Chesney was born a twin in Bay County, Michigan in 1886 to Frank Chesney & Mary Bruier.  She joined convent before 1910 and worked as a teacher.  She died of diphtheria in her 33rd year and rests in St. Patrick’s Cemetery (Bay County, Michigan) in the Nun’s Circle.

Sympathy Saturday – Theodore J. Schulte


Theodore Schulte was the last child born to Frank Schulte & Elisabeth Förth in Deutmecke, Germany.  Four years later the family boarded Harvest and sailed for the United States.  The family settled in Detroit, Michigan and first appear on the census of 1850.  Theodore went to school and as a child, and worked as a store clerk.  He married Mary Hoffe in 1868 and became the father of 8 children.  He died of cystitis at the age of 60 and is buried in Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  (3rd great-granduncle)

If you have information about him or if you would like more information, please contact me!

Spotlight Sunday – Mary Kessler Schulte


Name:  Mary Katherine Kessler

Birthday:  May 1858, Wisconsin

Parents:  Christopher Kessler & Anna Maria Assmann

Siblings:  John, Joseph, Mathias, William, Edmund, Clemens, Clara, John

Relationship:  married to August Schulte, mother of 2 children

Children:  Edmund & Loretta

Hometown:  Detroit, Michigan

Last Known Residence:  Detroit, Michigan

Education:  educated, able to read & write

Church:  St. Joseph’s & Our Lady of Sorrows – Detroit, Michigan

Death:  September 12, 1938 of pneumonia, 80 years old

Cemetery:  Mt. Elliott Cemetery – Detroit, Michigan

Relationship to Me:  2nd great-grandmother

If you have information on this person, or if you would like more information, please contact me!

No “Sympathy Saturday” Today

We had a power failure last night, and it did not come back on until 11 o’clock this morning.  We’ve been busy making sure the appliances work, etc. so I have not been focused on today’s blog.  See you tomorrow!

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