Family Genealogy
Friday, March 28, 2008

The picture shows a birthday card sent by my g-grandmother (Elsie Weinhart Meader) to her grandaughter (my mother). My mother believes it was sent in 1944. The date received would be have been towards the end of January. My mother was living and working in Des Moines, Iowa at the time and g-grandmother Meader was living in Albert-Lea, Minnesota. G-grandmother Meader mentions that she was lonely because her husband was visiting relatives in Indiana and that her arthritis was making writing difficult.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ruth Ann Young Parker was the sister to my ggg-grandfather John S. Young. She married Moses Parker in Tipton, Indiana in the mid-1850's. They traveled with John and his wife Mary to Polk County, Iowa in 1861. I believed they adopted two children from one of the 'orphan trains' while in Iowa prior to October 1864. Their names were Emma and George Ayers. I believe they were sent west after spending time in the Five Point House of Industry (also an orphanage) in New York City. Emma married Francis Roadruck who was a relation to they Young family and they moved along with Emma's brother George to Kansas in the early 1870's. The picture shows a paragraph about Moses from a book about Civil War dead from the Polk County, Iowa region. It mentions children which would be the adopted brother and sister.
Sunday, March 16, 2008

In the 1850's my g-grandfather Erick Gunhus and his first wife Helen Hanson Glomme were living in Richland County, Minnesota. There was an Indian village close to their homestead. The story goes that one day when Helen was occupied with milking, an Indiana squaw snatched her daughter Julie who at the time was only a baby from the farm yard. Helen's oldest son Hans, who was about the age of five, realized the danger and called to his mother who saw what was happening. She grabbed an ax and took off after them. After a brief chase the squaw dropped the baby unharmed. The picture is of Hans as an adult.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My gggg-grandmother Elizabeth Young sent two sons to fight in the Civil War. They were James C. Young, a married man, and John L. who was about twenty years of age at the time. They along with at least twelve other men from the Boxleytown area in Adam's township in Hamilton County, Indiana volunteered and enlisted on August 11, 1862 into company A of the One Hundred and First Regiment Indiana Volunteers. Of these fourteen men six died. Four died in battle and two died of disease. James was the first to die, which was in battle, and John was the second which was from disease. Both died in Tennessee.
Monday, March 03, 2008

My gg-grandfather, Lorenzo Dow Weinhart, had three brothers. Lorenzo after traveling about for twenty years settled in Ankeny, Iowa (Polk County), where he had a poultry farm and was mayor of the town twice. His oldest brother Charles A. joined the cavalry about 1870, went out west to the New Mexico/Arizona territory where he was killed in by an Indian raiding party in 1871. Another brother George Washington became a railroad agent working in various places. He died in Pacific county, Washington in 1904. A third brother Theodore Parker stayed in the Dallas County, Iowa area and then moved to Ankeny, Polk County, Iowa. He was tall, over 6 feet 7 inches and very mechanically inclined. I know of two patents he received. One for something to do with boiler furnaces and another for a dolly for moving washing machines. He died in Ankeny, Iowa in 1942. The picture is of George Washington Weinhart.
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