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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dream of an Idea for Farnhamville, Churdan in Northern Iowa

Gee, I just got a Dream of an Idea. I have to admit, It is a result of a little sleeplessness last night.
It would take a little more ambition , skill, mula, than I have right now. But
still it is a good one. Website
Now my photos and scenes could come from Farnhamville, just like at this site. You have to admit, it is a unique idea the way Mr Schenk and Mr. Meyer have put together this website, showing homes and very brief history of the inhabitants from that home including the original location of the spouse.

I could wander around the town Churdan, Farnhamville and pick up and photograph the old locations, tombstones, stores and sights of town. Maybe I could show the church and the school where my surnames have been and lived. I could tell about their families and who they married. It is a unique idea the way they did this, but I could do it.

Or I could just blog it. [Smile]

But I haven't found all the locations of each person, but I could. I haven't visited in the area extensively enough. I could one summer. I could talk to the people. I could go to the archives.

There are two centennial books out on the two villages of Churdan, and Farnhamville. I am sure they actually offer the same thing just not into Details of my surnames as much as I would want. detailing all the way past to the Nahrendorf, Bleckede Dahlenburg church areas.
Our relatives were spread out over the counties also. Into Paton, Jolly, Junction something, Webster county, and other villages of the main area of Calhoun and Greene county. [ I can't include Jackson county Iowa; and Galena Jo Daviess county, Illinois; Will county, Illinois, and Martin county, Minnesota.]

On this blog, I do mostly stick to the general areas and the surnames from the olden country. At least it is my intention more or less to cover the colonists from Uelzen, Oldendorf, Nahrendorf, Neetzedorf, Ostheide, Goehrde, Dannenberg, and Bleckede.
And throw in a few bonus areas and names to boot.

Everyones blogs are different, unique interesting. and often are slowly doing putting out the same data in different ways.

I shall continue to doing it my way, but I still admire the uniqueness of the website. I had to have a little fun as an excuse to share the Raetzlingen website.

I hope you make note of the locations of the villages and the surnames. Just maybe you will find something today. If you see something possible from Himbergen, I can look a name or two up for you, since I recently dug out my book on Himbergen, Uelzen family surnames. I am just missing the most important pages, that of the M's [smile]

just me jo

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Death Certificate of Frederick Meyer

I am sure if you click you can get a larger image. You can always go to family and see more.
Now I have to give a huge thanks to blogger Hummer to thank for this first copy of Fred's death certificate. I never would have looked for it there. It does pay to stay current with all the changes and the details that our old favorites have to offer. In this case it is the Latter day saints Morman family

Note : Fred's birth date was actually 1851 in Oldendorf bei Roethen and Nahrendorf. [Dannenberg] You know his father was Juergen Friedrich Meyer born 1814, and his mother was Catharina Margarethea Luhmann, born at Eichdorf. Elbe Wendland in Niedersachen

Now hummer has started something! Your in for it now.
Already my mind is racing, would they have the other Meyer, would they have Elizabeth Seil Jaeschke. Are you as excited as I am.

Searching on my own, I found births for that county, I noticed at the right side you can click new search and search the name you want. I hope to find Fred's children.

For your own chance to learn more go here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Madness Railroad and Land problems, Meyer Mayer, and Fehring,

Evidently in the Highland township of Greene county Ia. a Fehring woman had issues with the law over property ownership of the land next to her consisting of forty acres. Probably our Mary Fehring. Swamp land is mentioned and so is Mayer and Meyer. It stated that Meyer was leased land from Fehring which may be the land under the name Fehring and Garrison. It's probable that our Frederick Meyer had issues over the land. We do know by a newspaper article written about Fred Schroeder [ who would become his neighbor] went through swamp area to reach the area in which Fred Meyer lived at Churdan, Greene county Iowa. Until I have proof, I can only assume this is our Fred. The trouble seems to have run many years. As of yet, I am not sure of the outcome. At least we know there were publications written about it. Journals and newspapers. Bear with me as I try to relocate those books and journal publications and put them into links.

Since I hardly understand the language of the courts and law, this post is one in progress and of timely editing. So bear with me, please. There is a reason that I am publishing it so soon.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Genealogy Meyer familie- What Ever Could This Mean?

~Platte Maps from Highland township, in Greene county Iowa~

This above is the 1860- 1918 Platt map of Highland Township. It should say page 28 at the left side at the top. From Atlas of Greene county, Iowa.

Page 14 with my marked in gray area so you can see the location of Mary Fehring and Friederich Meyer.

-This above is the 1909 platt map of Highland Township given as page 33 and it is image page 18.
Note that this map on said page 14 was furnished, with 1896 landownership search [page 14 at the right top]. Notice at the right bottom a lake called Goose Lake for future reference at a later date.

This is good news for a possible clue to Mary Fehring.
I have been working on Mary Fehring in my off moments of time. I put it aside, and then resume. Naturally I pick it up again when information like this of the landownership category at indicates a Mary Fehring owned land next to Friederich Meyer.
The maps I am mentioning are those of his location at Highland township, Greene county, Iowa.

Mary Fehring -a landowner at Highland, Churdan, Greene county Iowa about 1896. also a little corner area of the Fehring name to investigate. Again, on the next map 1909 image 18 # 33. But not the last one in 1917 page 28 but image #26.

According to the Meyer book, Mary Meyer married a Fehring. Could she be the right one.
I have looked at the plat maps before, how could I overlook that? Believe me when I say, I am looking Jackson county over now too!

Note: I wonder if the name The Shady Oaks is the name of Fred's place. I had not known that, did you?

I haven't worked with land deeds and land information at all. My thoughts are:
-How do I get more information on the owner of that land.?
-Where do I go for this?, or local township heritage center at Greene county at Iowa?

That is the same name I search as I look for Friederik Meyer's sister Mary supposedly obtained licence at Jo Daviess. Is that my Friederich next to her?
When I learn more on the Meyer genealogy of Fehring, I will get back to you. You know I will. [wink]

~~ Have a Happy Fathers day.

Sources : Land ownership: Source Citation: Collection Number: G&M_81, Roll Number: 81. Source Information: U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Various publishers of County Land Ownership Atlases. Microfilmed by the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

There is more here at their link for more :

Note : I wanted to look under trees and for some reason Ancestry no longer puts that as an option under search. Why not I ask.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

My Maternal Sides

In addition to my summer life, which I will try to enjoy, I will keep at blogging and digging.
I am going to be working on my maternal sides of the family as well as indulge with some postings here too. You know I have already been doing quite a bit here with my paternal maternal Seil family lately. And in the past have dealt with the Luhman family. I also have the Heins /Heinz here. As well as Husby, Maves, Hein, Schwane at http://the rootsof

Marked with an x those not covered
xMeyer - Peters > Barcum > Royer> Rusbuld
Meyer - Seil > Korn> [Himbergen Uelzen] Culeman>
Hofmann [ Hildesheim]
Meyer - Heins > Winkelmann>Koch [ Bergen Celle] >
Meyer - Luhmann > Reinecke [Nahrendorf]>Steckelberg
Meyer - Behrens [ Neetzendorf Dahlenburg] Schultze > Rappaul, Ulrich
Meyer - Unknown [Radenbeck, Thomasburg]

Since I met up with my mothers family member this week and I am still very excited about it, I have decided to give the Peters family their own blog with a lot of Feminine touches. Unless I make some changes in this temporary state it will be called A Different Perspective - Something the women evidently had and it carried further along the line.

The women probably came from different areas. French Canada and Lorraine, France. These woman looked and talked different. It is still in the planning stages. I shall of course give you a notice when it's time to spring out!

I 'd like to write about my recent visit with my relative from Moms side soon. So watch for it.

just me jo

Friday, June 4, 2010

More on Parr family of Shropshire

The Morris Clan website contains much about the Parrs.

Here you see he brings in a bit on Old Thomas Parr, I am not sure if he claims any relationship. Healso mentions the Sir Thomas Parr family which sports the name Maud Green. [The name Green has me captured, especially if any descendants went to Iowa.]

F134. Thomas PARR. (Old Parr). Called the most famous of Britain's old men. Born in February or March 1483 in Glyn by Winnington, Shropshire, England; son of John PARR [F135]. Winningon is a small hamlet in the parish of Alberbury, thirteen miles west of Shrewsbury. He went into the service at age 17. His father died in 1518. He then took over the family land. He married for the first time at age 80, to Jane TAYLOR. He bore a child (a boy) of Katharine MILTON in 1588 at age 105, for which he was placed in the stocks. His wife Jane Taylor died in 1595.In 1605, at age 122, he married Jane Floyd, or Flood, widow of Anthony ADDA. In 1635 the Earl of Arundel took him to London. He died at the age of 152 on 14 November 1635 in London, England. He was buried in Westminster Abby. CHILDREN: (son) PARR, died within 10 weeks; Jane PARR, lived only 3 weeks.
F135. John PARR. A Yeoman farmer of Glyn by Winnington, Shropshire, England. He died in 1518. CHILDREN: Thomas PARR [F134].

I am sure his information is exact. I saw this genealogist at the family tree maker message board as well.

One of the oldest living man's tombstone

After his death of 15 November 1635 it reads as follows:

K.HEN.7. K.HEN.8. K.EDW.6. Q.MA. Q.ELIZ.

Thomas Parr an ordinary laborer in pastoral life of agriculture. Parr was born in 1483, at Winnington, Shropshire or Parr was said to have been born in 1483 near Shrewsbury [ county town in Shropshire] or Wollaston [ county village in Shropshire [ near the Welsh border] is semi documented as being the oldest living man. Though there are others with good luck ands something else in their favor, who lived nearly that long.

I heard about him on one of the late night tv commercials about colon cleansing. I had to browse to learn more. My first thoughts as I was reading was from practice of finding out about forebears and descendants to see if there were others in the family who were lucky to live just as long. I also discovered more than one source for information on him. And Of course I am not nearly done.
Secondly, I wondered if it was the region, were there others in this region who lived so long. So far the articles have not stated that others in this region were gifted in this way as well. It would be interesting to hear of any genealogists studying this area reports on the longevity of their relatives!! ?/

And of course the subject matter always switches from his life to his life style. We wonder what he did to live so long. Oddities, secrets, etc. Food, Exercise.
Evidently he lived the simple life, until
he made a trip to London to visit King Charles of England. He was treated to a two-week-long party, indulging in alcohol and all manner of food, whereupon he died.
You and I are probably thinking about Genetics. What was handed him from the start that he had to work with. Ad how was he raised. His father was a farm laborer as well. He learned his way of life from his father John.

Back then an 'autopsy' was done on him to see what could be learned. I myself think it could not be up to modern day standards.He was suppose to have been very healty for his age of over one hundred and fifty years old.

He either died from this life change that was thrown at him by the king, A change in life style including a change in diet, probably more leisure. He said his long life was from a vegetarian diet and 'moral temperance'.[Another source says he lived on
green cheese, onions, bread and buttermilk. He didn't smoke and rarely drank.] Another source hints it was because he didn't marry until he was eighty. [ Now I am pulling your leg]
As usual you have to take peoples word with a grain of salt.[ smile]

Many of you are wondering about documentation. One source claims he is documented.

His fame was supported to public around 1635 by the king Charles I. I can see why Charles1, a believer in devine right would take such an interest in Thomas Parr's life.
"He was a sickly child and not expected to live, so when his father inherited the throne of England in 1603, Charles was left in the care of nurses when the Royal family left for London. Ironically, in 1612, Charles was still alive when his elder brother died and Charles became heir to the thrones of England and Scotland. In 1635 His interest was gained with the intention of gaining his life's secret by the the Thomas Howard the 21 st earl of Arundel an estate owner in Shropshire. This probably wasn't the best news for Thomas Parr. The city living led to his demise.
He was famous and popular and has had his portrait painted by Rueben and Van Dyke [ popular with King Charles1] .I for one want to see it. A photograph of him here.And Image here.

I shall edit as I learn more. Sorry I am not as thorough as I could be.
His father was John and he was born at parish of Alberbury of Winnington.

So far I have his first wife at his age of eighty because of his life in the army. She Jane Taylor and she bore him a son and a daughter who died in infancy. " A
t the age of 100, he was obliged to perform public penance for adultery, after fathering an illegitimate child by a farm girl, Katherine Milton"
It says here that he married her.
-Married second time at 122 years
After ten years and his first wife's death he married Jane Lloyd with no children.

Unnamed author at this address []Gives good reasons for long life/ diet, etc. this author also points out one thing I wanted to know about a descendant. Thomas Parr's grandson, Robert Parr,
"born at Kniver in 1663 and died in 1787, at age 124 years old. Not quite as long as Old Parr but still better than anyone else has been able to do in all the centuries since!"

Autopsy or inspection [ Post - Mortem ] of his body done by good physician and researcher William Harvey.

Note a dispute of claims here:

William Harvey, (1578-1657), who discovered the circulation of the blood, performed a post mortem on Parr's body. The results were published in the book De ortu et natura sanguinis by John Betts as an attachment. According to P. Lüth the results of the autopsy suggest that Thomas Parr was probably under 70 years of age.

It is possible that Parr's records were confused with those of his grandfather. Parr did not claim to remember specific events from the 15th cent

There is a lot online can be read about him. He has been noted far down in history. I am not sure how I ever missed the references to him over the years!.

Note : Disputes of information of marriages and heirs here.

Probably this is the most excellent and truthful document about his tree and life you can find.
I love the picture of his cottage at that link. I wish I could pursue this tree more, but I lack time to do so. At the family forum of family tree maker I noticed a few who claimed to have info as descendants. I have wondered if they had it mixed up with sir Thomas Parr. I am sorry, but I did not bother to contact those with claims due to one with a email, which had a name of a suspicious nature.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Highland township with Churdan Cemetery List of Stone holders Is the link to a cemetery of Highland township where many of my ancestors are buried.

There are an amazing amount of cemeteries by the name Highland Cemetery! Perhaps the mispelling was for a reason.

It should read Highland for the township which is the area of the Cemetery.
It contains names of Gollwitzer, Meyer, Kanning, West, Wilson, Schroeder, and others.

Churdan was settled by many a Irishman, of Scottish descent, Englishman,Norwegians, Swedes, and Germans. There is a little book out about Churdan centennial celebration.

I will tell you more about the area of Churdan you can be sure of that. However, I wish to send you to few more links as time goes on.

I think it's time I spend a little more time on these areas of Iowa.

And of course Find A Grave link

Reading Cemetery of Ancestors Near Farnhamville

Reading Cemetery in Reading Township of Calhoun county, Iowa.

Photo courtesy of Kuhlman, Matthews

I will edit and submit a few more photos from this cemetery as time permits. It is good work of the genealogists of the area that the names of grave holders are online.

I may have mentioned in the past that I have a few Cemetery listings from the Church of Christ or Church of the early St Peter Lutheran in Farnhamville area..

For a list of Cemeteries see here
Reading township -
Histopolis Additional information on Reading Cemetery, Reading Township, Calhoun County, Iowa, United States and other places is available on


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