Antje was born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, in 1823 and died in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1900. She married Mimke Lubben Habben in Ostfriesland and later married Hinrich Fecht in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1877.  Some things I have learned from Antje:

  • wills get denied. The Hancock County, Illinois, judge over probate affairs refused to probate Antje’s will for unspecified reasons.
  • many of your children may have no descendants. Antje had over ten children. Five of them lived to have children of their own, but only three have any descendants living today.
  • ethnicity and social ties matter. Antje married a fellow native of Wiesens within six months after her husband’s death. Five years later her son married her second husband’s daughter. And some time after that, her granddaughter married her second husband’s youngest son.

My ancestor table can be viewed on my site. Antje is my 3rd great-grandmother.




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