It’s 1900: Where are Your Ancestors?

On 1 January 1900, I had the following ancestors alive:


  • Charles Neill
  • Fannie Rampley
  • George Trautvetter
  • Ida (Sargent) Trautvetter
  • Frederich Ufkes
  • Trientje Janssen
  • Mimka Habben
  • Tjode Goldenstein


  • Samuel Neill
  • Nancy (Newman) Rampley
  • John Michael Trautvetter
  • Ira Sargent
  • Johann Ufkes
  • Noentje (Grass) Ufkes
  • Jans Jansen
  • Fredericka (Sartorius) Janssen
  • John Mimka Habben
  • Anke (Fecht) Habben
  • Focke Goldenstein
  • Anna (Dirks) Goldenstein


  • Barbara (Siefert) Bieger Fennan Haase Haase
  • Hinrich Sartorius
  • Trientje (Behrens) Sartorius
  • Antje (Jaspers) Habben Fecht
  • Hinrich Fecht
  • Bernard Dirks
  • Heipke (Mueller) Dirks

They weren’t living in that many places and fortunately I have them all located in the 1900 census. They are living in seven townships in Hancock and Adams Counties in Illinois. The Hancock County townships are fairly clustered, and it’s very probable that the St. Albans and Walker families knew of each other as did the Prairie and Bear Creek families. Only one set of my great-grandparents were married by 1900 (the Trautvetters). The rest would marry by early 1916.

1900 locations and number of direct line ancestors who were residents:

  • St. Albans Township, Hancock County, Illinois–2 (Neill)
  • Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois–5 (Rampley, Trautvetter)
  • Bear Creek Towship, Hancock County, Illinois–8 (Ufkes, Janssen, Goldenstein)
  • Prairie Township, Hancock County, Illinois–6 (Habben, Fecht)
  • Warsaw Township, Hancock County, Illinois–2 (Haase, Sargent)
  • Honey Creek Township, Adams County, Illinois-2 (Dirks)
  • Northeast Township, Adams County, Illinois–2 (Sartorius)

This was an interesting little exercise, but I’m not going to bother to map them. The best way to map them would be to plat their precise locations. All would have owned at least a small piece of real estate where they lived except for Ira Sargent. It’s not until 1880 that I have a direct line ancestor living somewhere other than Adams or Hancock Counties.
The other item of note personally is the fact that only one of my 3rd great-great-grandparents living in 1900 is on my paternal side-Barbara (Siefert) Bieger. All the others are ancestors of my mother.
Where are your people in 1900?


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