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  •  My German great-grandfather (2+ / 0-)
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    was born in Odessa, Russia.  He and his brothers and sisters (and the brothers-in-law) came to this country to avoid being conscripted into the army.

    My great-grandmother was his first wife.  She died shortly after giving birth when she was (I think) 36.  One family story that makes me proud is that her father founded the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

    The widower my great-grandfather shortly became a scandal and a hissing to the neighbors - though he did marry two (and possibly three) of the subsequent women.  He also won the custody battle over the baby that was born just before my great-grandmother died.  My Aunt Gladys ended up being sent to relatives in New Orleans, rather than being raised by the local relatives who didn't think a white baby could survive the climate in New Orleans.  Family history in the early 1900s was quite interesting.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 12:07:54 PM PDT

    •  That's the same name of the Lutheran Church (0+ / 0-)

      that my family attended for generations in Iowa. What a coincidence. And aren't family histories interesting! I haven't run into any real black sheep in my family history, but certainly lots of "interesting characters". Now my grandmother on my father's side, she was a real corker!

      Liberals think the glass is half-full. Conservatives think the glass is theirs.

      by dewtx on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 12:28:32 PM PDT

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      •  I have an ancestor who, according to family (2+ / 0-)
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        tradition, was a Hessian who "changed sides" during the Revolution. I did some research on the "Hessian mercenaries" of the American Revolution a few years ago, and found that since most were drafted (more precisely "press-ganged") from ne'er-do-wells and ex-convicts, the Hessians decided to just strand them in the new world at the end of the war.

        The latter story may be true, but the side-switching version is preferred because it gives more credit to my ancestor.

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        by Kimball Cross on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 01:07:58 PM PDT

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        •  I may have one of those Hessian (2+ / 0-)
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          deserters in my tree who eventually joined the American side ... I obtained an excerpt from this work, and transcripts of the German parish records of a man with the same age and a slightly different spelling of the name of the ancestor in question, who suddenly just shows up in American records a couple of years after the war started:

          http://www.worldcat.org/...

          "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

          by klompendanser on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 01:26:39 PM PDT

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