Noentje Lena (Grass) Ufkes was born in 1848 in Backemoor, Ostfriesland, Germany, and died in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1902. She married Johann Ufkes in Hancock County in 1874. Here’s a few things I learned from researching Noentje:
- Handwritten places of birth from family bibles can be woefully incorrect. One purportedly listed her birthplace as “Raikernohs.”
- You may not have all the pictures of someone even if the family has been extensively researched. There have been three genealogies published of Noentje’s descendants and this picture (discovered in 2016) is not in any of them.
- Sometimes people have siblings that they never meet. Noentje’s father married his last wife in Germany after Noentje emigrated to the United States. The mother and children immigrated after Noentje’s father died but did not settle near where Noentje did.
My ancestor table can be viewed on my site. Noentje Lena is my great-great-grandmother.