Ancestral Clues and Connections: Mimke Lubben Habben (1823-1877)

Mimke Lubben Habben was born in 1823 in Velde, Ostfriesland, Germany and died in 1877 in Hancock County, Illinois. He married Antje Janssen Jaspers in Ostfriesland. Some things I’ve learned about research from Mimke:

  • their family may stay behind. Mimke and his wife and children immigrated to the United States in the 1860s. None of his siblings or first cousins immigrated with him.
  • pictures may eventually turn up. I had researched Mimke for over thirty years before a photograph of him was discovered.
  • people do things for reasons. Mimke willed his wife estate in his real estate in 1877, which was to be shared equally after his death. He did not give her any portion of it outright. Based on his wife’s attempt via a will to leave all the real estate to only one child, Mimke may have had a reason for leaving his wife the property the way he did.

My ancestor table can be viewed on my site. Mimke is my 3rd great-grandfather.


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