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Descendents of Mary Munson and Jacob Gentholz

Hey, my Freeman Munson (Woodington) cousins, please check out another cousin’s blog Me. Here. Right. Now. This particular article has a good summation of the descendents of Mary Munson and Jacob Gentholz.

Celebrating Cecil Bridges, WWI Veteran

On this Veterans Day, 11 Nov 2016, I honor Cecil Randell Bridges who served in WWI. Cecil married my second great-aunt, Alma Anna Martha Adermann, on 3 July 1936. Cecil registered for the World War I draft on 15 June 1917, citing a need to provide for his mother (Annabell) as reason for an exemption. In spite of that he served from 5 September 1918, through the end of World War I (Nov 11, 1918), and until 3 August 1921.





Toward the end of World War II, the United States had an “Old Man’s Draft.” Cecil registered again, honoring his responsibility to his country.



Later in life, when he and Alma had moved to Phoenix, Arizona, he was active in the Arizona Veterans of World War I. In an article (my thanks to Kevin Hackett once again) in the Yuma Sun of Yuma, Arizona, May 19, 1965, Cecil was elected commander of the state organization.


At his death on 10 October 1988, Cecil was buried three days later in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, completing his connection to the US Army. May his name be honored today and all days.


Leonard Yocum Obituary

lyocumpicLeonard Yocum was the husband of my second great-aunt, Vivian “Sophie” Helene Anna Adermann. She was tenth of Ferdinand and Mary (Heiden) Adermann’s twelve children. Leonard and “Sophie” married on Christmas Eve of 1924 in Altamont, Effingham County, Illinois and had two children. Their son, Harley Eugene, was born 20 August 1925 and their daughter, Maxine Leigh, 12 April, 1927. Between the birth of their two children, the couple moved from Illinois to Detroit, where Maxine was born.

Of special note, Leonard and Vivian were Kevin Hackett’s grandparents; his mother was Maxine (Yocum) Hackett. Kevin is my cousin and Adermann family genealogy buddy.

Here is the obituary for Leonard Yocum from The Hillsdale Daily News, 14 April 1981.



Obituary for Paul William (Krumreich) Kennedy, 1956

Paul William Krumreich was born in Effingham County, Illinois on 15 June 1895. He married my second great-aunt, Maria Sophia Lenora “Mary” Adermann on 20 April, 1916 in Springfield, IL Their son, Kenneth Stanley, was born on 28 August, 1917 and their daughter, Vera Marie, on 10 March 1921. Maria died the day after Vera’s birth.

Paul changed his last name from Krumreich to Kennedy (at least for common usage–I have not yet found legal documentation of the change). Likewise, their son Kenneth, also changed his last name to Kennedy. Daughter Vera maintained the Krumreich maiden name but changed her name to Cavenaile upon her marriage to Alexander Cavenaile.

Here is the obituary for Paul William Krumreich Kennedy from the Marshall Evening Chronicle (Marshall, Michigan) of 16 August, 1956. Thanks you Kevin Hackett for sharing this obituary.




Martin Boerner, Sr. and His Apple Press

I have written previously about my great-grandfather, Martin Boerner, Sr of Gaulsheim, Germany and Niagara, Wisconsin, USA. I did not get to meet him, but my father spoke of him with love and admiration. When Dad was a lad, his Grandpa Boerner lived with them and they spent considerable time together.

The other day, my sister and I pulled out Great-Grandpa Boerner’s apple press from the early 1900s. Our family ended up with the press and have used it repeatedly over  the decades. Great-Grandpa taught Dad how to make fermented apple jack–an art Dad appreciated over the years–but I have to admit, I’m partial to simple juice. Here is Martin Boerner’s apple press still in use, over a century later.


The handle on the left is turned as apples are put into the top metal piece. The grinder cuts them up and spits them out into the waiting barrel below.

With a small conversion of the machine, it becomes a juicer. The top piece which directs the apples into the chopper is removed, a metal handle inserted top of the presser, the burlap bag is laid up over the chopped apples, and the heavy wood presser in my hand in the picture on the left is put on top of the burlap bag covering the apples. Turning the presser downward squeezes the juice through the bottom of the wooden bucket and into the waiting 5-gallon container below.

Then the juice is strained through a milking strain before bottling for the freezer. Ta-da!


Harry Woodington, Marine Deserter. George Woodington, West Coast Farmer

My cousin, well, fourth cousin, Lori Hahn, is the author of the family history blog, Me. Here. Right Now. Today she posted two excellent Woodington stories. Please check them out–they’re fascinating!

The first is about one of the Harry Woodingtons. I’m afraid we have yet another deserter in the Munson/Woodington family. Harry suffered some difficult treatment for gonorrhea in a military hospital and didn’t go back to finish the treatments after having been given a leave. It’s a fascinating read!

The second post is about one of Moses Woodington‘s brothers, George, who ventured to California presumably in the  1870s. He was one of the early settlers in what is now Orange County and worked in the developing agricultural business in California. I hope you will take time to explore Lori’s work.

Lori Hahn’s “Me. Here. Right Now.”

Hey, Munson family genealogists, check out another Munson family website.

I love it when I find another cousin! Lori Hahn and I share 3rd great-grandparents, Amos and Mary Ann (Kearney) Munson and, of course, all our ancestors prior to Amos and Mary Ann.

Lori descends from their daughter,  Mary Ann Munson’s line (1837 – 1888) and Mary Ann’s husband, William Custer Smith (1831 – 1895). Daughter Mary Ann shared her mother’s name so I will distinguish them as Mary Ann Munson (daughter) and Mary Ann (Kearney) Munson (mother). I descend from Mary Ann Munson’s younger sister, Henrietta Munson, and her husband, Moses Woodington.

The Amos and Mary Ann (Kearney) Munson family moved to southwestern Wisconsin from Ohio between 1849 and 1850. Their youngest son, Charles, was born in Ohio in 1849; the 1850 US Census has the family living in Grant County, Wisconsin. Grant County is also where daughter Mary Ann and William C. Smith married in 1853. Oh, and my second great-grandparents, Henrietta and Moses, married in Grant County in 1859. They stuck around, though. Mary Ann (Munson) Smith and William C Smith headed to Iowa after a while.

Anyway, there are more stories for the telling! Please check out Lori’ site. It is called Me. Here. Right Now.


Obituaries for Alma and Cecil Bridges

Alma Anna Martha Adermann, the youngest daughter of Ferdinand and Mary (Heiden) Adermann was born 13 June 1906. I don’t know if she was born in Altamont or Mound, but by 1910, she lived with her family in Mound, Effingham County, Illinois. She married Cecil Randall Bridges 3 July 1936 in Kankakee, IL.

Cecil Randall Bridges was born 13 August, 1895 in Naples, Scott County, Illinois. His parents were George T. and Annabell Bridges. He first married Helen B. Pope but they were divorced by the 1930 U.S. Census. The couple lived in Detroit, MI before moving to Phoenix, Arizona in the 1940s.

My thanks to Kevin Hackett , cousin and genealogy buddy, for finding these obits.




An 18th-Century Marriage

On February 27, 1780, my 6x great-grandparents married in Rowan, North Carolina.* John McNary, was born in 1755,** the second child of Hugh McNary and Janet Logan in Basking Ridge, Morris County, in the Colony of New Jersey, USA. By the time his mother died, the family had moved to Rowen County, North Carolina. John was twelve years old at the time.

His bride, Ann Hillis, the daughter of Samuel and Ann (Luckey) Hillis, had been born in 1763, in Salisbury, Rowan County, in the North Carolina Colony.

John fought in the Revolutionary War,  and then on 24 Nov 1798 was granted 200 acres in Christian County, Kentucky.*** Over the course of years, he was given 100-acre land grants three more times in 1803, 1815, and 1821.*** The couple had six children, three boys and three girls. According to the 1810 and 1820 US Census, the family also had three slaves living with them in Kentucky. By 1830, there was one “free white person-male-70 – 79”, one “free white person-female-60-69” and six slaves.****

John died at the age of  9 December 1830, at the age of 75. Ann lived almost 15 years more and passed away on 26 August, 1845 at the age of 88. Even though she lived a long life, she had the misfortune of grieving the death of  her husband and four of her six children. Their daughter, Ann (my 5x great-grandmother), died in 1820 at the age of 33. Two sons, Samuel and Alexander, died in 1830; another daughter, Elizabeth, lived until she was 67, but still preceded her mother in death.

According to Find a Grave, John and Ann were buried in McNary Cemetery in Muhlenburg County, Kentucky.


*Data Source: County Court Records – FHL # 0317002 and 0500949 – 0500957.
** Web: Kentucky, Find A Grave Index, 1776-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. accessed 18 January 2013.
***Kentucky Land Grants, 1782 – 1924.
PublisherOnline publication – Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1997.Original data – Jillson, Willard Rouse. The Kentucky Land Grants. Louisville, KY, USA: Filson Club Publications, 1925.Original data: Jillson, Willard Rouse. The Kentucky Land Grants. Vo
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Tenant Farming

My 3x great-grandmother, Mary Heiden Adermann, had a nephew named John Heiden. (That makes him my 1st cousin, 3x removed.) John lived from 2 August 1884 to 14 May 1956. On April 27, 1942 he registered for the Old Man’s Draft when he was 57 years old. His occupation is listed as “Tenant Farmer” for Mrs. John Richards of Lincoln, IL. Carl Aderman, my great grandfather had also been a tenant farmer in Illinois as a young married man with four children, but didn’t like working so hard just to give such a high portion of it away to the landlord for whom he worked. Carl moved on to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to pioneer that territory and make a new farm; I wonder how likely it was John Heiden was able to move out of tenant farming–if not by age 57.

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Tenant farming still occurs today, but in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was quite common. Tenant farmers had a contract with the landlord to live in a house on the landlord’s property and to work a certain number of acres of the landlord’s farm. The tenet farmers could repay the landlord either in cash or by giving them a percentage of the crops they raised, depending on the terms of the contract.

It seems the contracts could vary, but there were some standard conventions in the tenant farming business. More valuable land was rented for more money per acre; new land in need of preparing for planting cost less to rent. Some crops could be shared by as much as 50:50 with the landlord; some would be a 33:66, landowner: tenant farmer ratio.

Tenant farmers typically brought in their own animals and oftentimes, farm implements. This is how they were distinguished from sharecroppers who usually did not bring anything of their own into the farming relationship and were able to pay by sharing with the landlord a high percentage of the crops they raised.

Finding historical information about tenant farming is fairly difficult, but Donald L. Winters has a great article about tenant farming at the turn of the century in Iowa in Agricultural History. You can read it online at



Grandma Aderman’s Wild Rice Hotdish

Anna Boerner Aderman

I was talking with a coworker today about how much we treasure the recipes we have from our mothers and grandmothers. It got me thinking about some of the winter “comfort foods” I enjoyed growing up. One of my favorites was Grandma Aderman’s Wild Rice Hotdish. Wild Rice is common food in northern WI and a grain which always reminds me of home. We often used ground venison when we made ours rather than ground beef or chicken. Here is a picture of Grandma, Anna Aderman, and the recipe from her old church cookbook. (A special thanks to my almost-88-year-old mother for taking the picture on her iPhone and sharing it with me via iPhoto Sharing!)



Family Christmas Traditions

Thank you to my Guest Blogger, Cousin, and Genealogy Buddy, Kevin Hackett for this article. (By the way, his most excellent family history website is at It is a great place to get accurate, well-documented Aderman family history.) Kevin writes:

As we near Christmas, not only do we start to think about the meaning of the holiday, but also our families. As we gather together during this holiday season, not only do we talk about what the various family members are doing and what the kids are up to, but we also have our family traditions that were passed along by our forebears.

Do you have a favorite dish or desert that your parents or grandparents used to make that you have preserved the recipe and continue to make today? Do you have a tradition or special prayer you still use? If not, maybe this is the time to resurrect that old family tradition you remember from your early life.

By carrying on these traditions, we honor those family members who have passed on before us and we bring them a little closer to us during this special time. You could be surprised how it warms your heart along the way.



John Master Bates

My great-grandmother, Floy Bates Aderman, carried with her quite a heritage. She descended from both the Blue family and the Bates family, both of which have had extensive historical research done on them. Both families were also early pioneers in the New World and helped establish this nation from its colonial/plantation beginnings.

Lydd, Kent, England

Lydd, Kent, England

The ancestor I am celebrating today is John Master Bates, born in 1299 in Lydd, Kent, England. John is my 20th great-grandfather. Information from that long ago is sparse, of course. The hints I have found so far suggest his wife’s name was  Matilda and, in 1330, they gave birth to their son, Master John Bates (my 19th great-grandfather). I have an unusually late death date for John Master Bates–in 1394, making him 95 years old at the time of his death. I continue to search for ancient records, hoping to verify this.



Remembering Martha Scott

Martha ScottToday is the anniversary of the death of one of my maternal second great-grandmothers, Martha Scott. Martha was the eighth of twelve children born to Samuel Scott and Abigail Mills. She was born on 13 September 1819 in St. Claire, Butler County, Ohio after her parents had moved there from Lycoming, Pennsylvania. Martha’s mother, Abigail, died in Ohio on 15 July, 1843 when Martha was just 23 years old. Soon after that, Martha moved with her father to Cassville in Grant County, Wisconsin. They were in Cassville on 26 November, 1844 when Samuel Scott died. Just a few weeks later, on 5 December, 1844, Martha married Henry Fralick in Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin. The couple bore ten children, eight of whom survived to adulthood. Two sons, Jeremiah and Jerome, died in childhood. Martha died on 2 July, 1880, at the age of 60. Their farm had a Cassville address,  and was owned and operated by her husband Henry. Their youngest child was about 18 years old at the time.

Ezekiel Bates

On this day, 2 July 1844, one of my paternal 5th great-grandfathers, Ezekiel Bates, passed away. Born on 30 Aug 1778, he was several weeks shy of his 66th birthday when he died. The family lived in the town of Cohasset in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. The Bates family had been living in Massachusetts since Ezekiel’s third great-grandfather, Clement Bates, had immigrated to Plymouth Colony (modern-day Massachusetts) from Lydd, Kent, England in 1635.

Ezekiel was the eighth of ten children born to Abner and Elizabeth (Vinal) Bates. His birth was in the midst of the American Revolutionary War, in which his father fought.

Presumably, before 1798, Ezekiel married Tabitha Dwight. The couple had two known children, Elizabeth Marietta (1798 – 1884) and Josiah Bates (1802 – 1879). Tabitha preceded her husband in death in 1837; Ezekiel passed away in Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts at the age of 66 and was buried in the Pittsfield Cemetery.

Ezekiel Bates' gravestone in the Pittsfield Cemetery.

Ezekiel Bates’ gravestone in the Pittsfield Cemetery.



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