Tombstone Tuesday: John Laurent

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I'm starting to run out of tombstone photos. I'll need to start posting those from my wife's family tree pretty soon. This one is from my family tree and is that of Jean-Baptiste (John) LAURENT, 3rd-great-grandfather. He was born about 1825 is Belgium, according to census records. He married my … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: As Irish As I Could Find

William Thompson

Well, it's St. Patrick's Day and I am without a true Irish headstone. I have a lot of Irish ancestors, but not a lot of headstone photos for them. Most of them passed away in mysterious, far away lands (like Canada.) This headstone of my 4th-great-grandfather will have to do for today. From my … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Ignatius Szulta

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Today's headstone is that of my 3rd great-grandfather, Ignatius SZULTA. If you think his name is unique, you should see his wife's name, Nepomuncema SYLDAKT. Talk about a mouthful. My polish isn't very good, but I'm pretty sure his surname is pronounced like "Schulta." I don't even know where to … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Peter Thielke

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Peter THIELKE was my 3rd-great-grandfather on my mother's side. Peter came to America with his wife Marie (maiden name unknown) sometime between 1854 and 1856. I figured this since their son Charles "Fritz" was born in 1854 in Germany and their son Herman was born in Wisconsin in 1856. Their second … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Olivine Laurent

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This week's tombstone is that of my 3rd great-grandmother, Olivine Marie (St. Louis) Laurent. Olivine was born in Yamachiche, St. Maurice, Quebec, Canada in 1835 to Ephraim and Marie (Manseau) St. Louis. She married my 3rd great-grandfather, Jean-Baptiste Laurent in 1857 and then immigrated to … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Lonely Cross

I run across these types of grave markers a lot in the southeastern Wisconsin area. Most of them are almost impossible to read after the wear and tear of the weather. This particular one is hard to read even without the spooky lighting that my camera captured. I've rarely seem markers like this that … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Johann Thielke

Johann Thielke

The headstone this week is from my great-great grandfather, Johann THIELKE. Johann was born on 26 Oct 1843 in Württemberg, Germany. He married my great-great grandmother, Wilomene "Minnie" RATHKE on 21 June 1891 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That marriage date makes him 47 when he married Minnie and she … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Augusta Last

Augusta (Luedtke) Last

Headstone of Augusta Johanna Wilkelumire (Luedtke) Last. She wins for having the longest name of my ancestors and for living the longest. Augusta died just shy of two weeks past her 100th birthday. I posted about an article in the local paper mentioning her 100th birthday. The headstone is … [Read more...]