Jacob Lentz’s Signatures: Cursive and Genetic – 52 Ancestors #216

What is a signature anyway? A signature is defined as a mark or something that personally identifies an individual. A form of undeniable self-identification. Of course, that’s exactly why I seek my ancestors’ signatures, both their handwriting and their genetic … Continue reading

Dorothea Catharina Wolflin (1755-?), Despair in the Abyss of the High Sea – 52 Ancestors #215

In 1816, most German women who were 61 years old would have been playing with grandchildren in the sunshine. Not Dorothea. Of course, nothing had ever been “normal” in Dorothea’s life, not the entire time she had lived in Beutelsbach, on … Continue reading

Dorothea Catharina Wolflin (1755 – after 1817), Peasant Life in Beutelsbach – 52 Ancestors #214

Dorothea Catharina Wolflin’s life started out normal enough – just like any other baby in the German village of Beutelsbach, Germany in 1755. The daughter of Johann Ludwig Wolfin or Wolflin and Dorothea Heubach, Dorothea Catharina was born on August … Continue reading

John Whitney Ferverda: Morse Code, Telegraphs and Trains – 52 Ancestors #213

My Grandfather, John Whitney Ferverda (1882-1962) worked for the railroad for several years. In fact, it was the railroad that was responsible for John meeting my grandmother, Edith Barbara Lore. Born in 1882 and trained as a teacher, John Ferverda … Continue reading

William Sterling Estes and the Backwards Tombstone, 52 Ancestors #209

You know, I was already feeling bad enough that I hadn’t been back to visit my father’s grave, but then…well…this. My father’s life, it seems, was never straightforward and was always twisted around, backwards, and confusing. Dad hasn’t changed one … Continue reading

Heinsmann (Heinrich) Muller (<1635 – <1684) of Schwarzenmatt, Switzerland – 52 Ancestors #208

The 1684 Miesau, Germany marriage record of Johann Michael Muller, widower, to Irene Liesabetha Heitz identified him as, “Michael Müller, legitimate son of the deceased Heinsmann Müller, resident of Schwartz Matt in the Bern area.” Of course, Bern is in … Continue reading

Robert Vernon Estes (1931-1951), Nightmare: Prisoner of War – 52 Ancestors #207

Photo courtesy GraveHunter. Robert Vernon Estes was born on March 27, 1931 to Lucille Latta and Joseph Harry “Dode” Estes, my father’s brother and best friend. Robert’s nickname was Bobby. He enrolled in the Army during the Korean conflict and … Continue reading