When the lack of birth, marriage, and death records make it difficult to determine family connections, details in alternative records can provide insight and prove relationships.
The month of March is Women's History Month and so this month I am focusing on some of the lesser known female members of the family tree.
After a bit of a delay, we are finally on the way to getting our application approved!
Harriet Elizabeth "Libby" Sharp Ehle Libby Ehle is my husband's 2nd great grandmother. She is buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her Find A Grave memorial can be viewed here. Harriet Elizabeth “Libby” Ehle was born in Rutland, Jefferson County, New York on 15 August 1850. She was the third of four daughters born to … Continue reading Find A Grave Friday
Will of Jacob Sowles excerpt from the will of Jacob Sowle As of this writing, I have not heard from the Wisconsin chapter of the Mayflower Society regarding our application. I have recently reached out to the National Society and am awaiting their reply. In the meantime, I have begun compiling some documents that link … Continue reading Mayflower Update
Gramma Holmes This is a puzzling picture from the Ehle side of the tree. My husband's grandmother labeled this picture as "Gramma Holmes, the mother of Jane Holmes Smith." Gramma said she was called "Smith Holmes Smith" - as in she was married twice. The problem is that Jane Holmes Smith isn't Jane HOLMES Smith, … Continue reading Mystery Monday
Smith Family in Milwaukee's Garden Cemetery Forest Home Cemetery map and guidebook Genealogy is an interesting journey. I think some of the most interesting parts of my journey have been when trying to pick up where previous generations have left off. In this case, I was picking up the trail left by my husband's grandmother, … Continue reading Forest Home Cemetery
Doily Collection This collection was made primarily by my husband's grandmother Gertrude Evelyn Ehle Witzel and her mother Gertrude Ethelyn Smith Ehle from the early 1900s to about the 1950s. A few were from my great grandmother Viola Pauline Widmann Weigel in the years after her marriage in 1933. We wanted to find a way … Continue reading Thursday Treasures
Ehle Family Tree Ehle Family Tree 1930 My husband's family line goes back into colonial New England on a few lines related to the Ehle family. His grandmother, Gertrude Evelyn Ehle, was born in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area in 1912. Her father was Charles Frederic Ehle. The Ehle family was proud of their heritage of … Continue reading Thursday Treasures
Haviland China Our family was lucky enough to inherit the wedding china of my husband's great grandparents, Charles Frederick Ehle and Gertrude Ethelyn Smith. Charles and Gertrude were married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 21 December 1904. The china is from Theodore Haviland, Limoges and is marked as made for Gimbel Brothers in Milwaukee. The pattern … Continue reading Thursday Treasures