ancestral clues and lessons

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Hinrich Sartorius

Hinrich Sartorius was born Ostfriesland, Germany, in 1837 and died in Adams County, Illinois, in 1912. He married Trientje Behrens in Golden, Adams County, Illinois, in the 1860s. Some things about research that I’ve learned from Hinrich: your beneficiaries can alter your will. Hinrich’s will gave one farm to one set of children and another […]


Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Maria (Bruns) Fecht

Maria (Bruns) Fecht was born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, and died probably in Hancock County, Illinois, before the fall of 1877. She married Hinrich Jacobs Fecht in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany. Some things I’ve learned about research from Maria: people sometimes marry their in-laws. Maria married Hinrich Jacobs Fecht after his first wife Trientje Bruns died. Trientje […]

Ancestral Clues and Connections: Hinrich Jacobs Fecht (1823-1912)

Hinrich Jacobs Fecht was born in 1823 in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, and died in 1912 in Elvaston, Hancock County, Illinois. He married Marie Bruns in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, and later married Antje (Jaspers) Habben in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1877. What I’ve learned about research from Hinrich: last names can be dropped. Hinrich is enumerated in […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Probably Margaret (maybe Stephens), probably born Canada around 1825,

There are qualifiers with this probable ancestor of mine: Margaret.  She is enumerated in the 1850 census with Benjamin Butler in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan, as the oldest female in the household. She is twenty-five years of age and shown as having been born in Canada and it is assumed she is Benjamin’s […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Benjamin Butler (abt 1819-1880s)

Benjamin Butler was born about 1819 probably in New York State. He died in the 1880s in Vernon County, Missouri. He was married twice and the mother of his “first batch” of children was named Margaret.  I descend from a child of that “first batch” of children. Some things I’ve learned about research from Benjamin: […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Mary (Dingman) Sargent Landon

Mary (Dingman) Sargent Landon was born in Canada (probably Ontario) in the 1810s and died in the early 1850s probably in Iowa. She married Clark Sargent in Ontario, Canada, and later married Asa Landon in Winnebago County, Illinois. Some things I have learned from Mary’s life: don’t move away from all your family. It makes […]

Ancestral Clues and Connections: Clark Sargent

Clark Sargent was born in Vermont in 1805 and probably died in Winnebago County, Illinois, in the late 1840s. Some things I’ve learned about research from Clark: your children’s pension files may shed light on you. A great deal was learned about Clark’s life in the Civil War pension file of his daughter. copiers will copy. […]

Ancestral Clues and Connections Barbara (Siefert) Bieger Haase

Barbara (Siefert) was born in Germany in 1825 and died in Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois, in 1903. She was married in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1849 to Peter Bieger. Some things I have learned about research from Barbara: have a backup plan. Despite marrying again and leaving Warsaw, Barbara never sold the town lot and house […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Peter Bieger (about 1820-1855)

Peter Bieger was born in Germany about 1820 and died in 1855 in Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois. He married Barbara Siefert in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Some things I have learned about research and life from Peter: family traditions can be outright lies. Peter’s descendants said he drowned in the Mississippi River. He died of an […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Sophia Elizabeth (Derle) Trautvetter (1808-1877)

Sophia Elizabeth (Derle) Trautvetter was born in 1808 in Helmershausen, Thuringen, Germany, and died in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1877. She married John George Trautvetter in the 1840s in Helmershausen. Some things I learned about research from Sophia: sometimes people cannot be found–Sophia cannot be located in the 1870 census even though it is known […]