Family Genealogy
Thursday, May 22, 2008

The church in the picture is the Viker Church. This is the church where my gg-grandparents Lars Gulbrandson Haselhaugen and his wife Ragnhild were baptized and where they were also married. They continued going there until 1862 when the Hval Church was built. It is also the church where my g-grandmother, Lars and Ragnhild's daughter Bertha, was baptized. It is located in the Adal region of Buskerud, Norway.
Friday, May 16, 2008

Erick Gunhus, one of my g-grandfather from Norway, was married twice. He lived in Rice County, Minnesota. His first child by his first wife Helen was Hans who was born in Norway in 1852. When Helen died Astrid Asledatter Lien became Erick's housekeeper. In 1866 Erick and Astrid married. Astrid had a sister named Bergit who was also born in 1852. A year after Erick and Astrid married Hans and Bergit married. The picture shows Astrid and Bergit's other sisters and brother. Notice that two sisters have the same first name of Gunhild.
Thursday, May 15, 2008

Theodore Parker (aka TP) Weinhart, the younger brother of my gg-grandfather Lorenzo, according to the census was employed as a machinist. He probably picked up his skills from his step-father Sylvanus Knight who was also a machinist. During his lifetime TP was awarded at least three patents. One was for a dolly for moving washing machines, a second for sometype of improvement on boilers, and a third also for some type of improvement in stovepipes. There is a family story that he built a part (or maybe made a major improvement) for nation-wide company's washing machine but the company stoled his plans. He was quite tall. I have seen accounts giving his height as being between six and half feet to seven foot. Also it appears that he married his brother's (George Washington Weinhart) widow in 1913 after divorcing his wife but then they were divorced sometime before 1920. The drawing shows one of his patents.
Thursday, May 08, 2008

The closest any of my known ancestors that lived in the 'Wild West' of outlaws and Indians is Charles A. Weinhart. He is the oldest brother of my gg-grandfather Lorenzo Weinhart. On July 22, 1870 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was sent from Iowa to Fort Bayard, New Mexico where he became part of the 8th Cavalry, Company I. On April 28, 1971 he was killed in an Indian (probably Apache) raid while his troop was patrolling around Silver City. Silver City was booming at this time because silver had just been discovered in the area. The map shows the location of Silver City. It is found in the lower left corner of the map.
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