Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Housekeeping: Gone to Oz!

You may not see any more posts this year (2006) because I will be on vacation until Jan. 7, 2007. I will be in Australia (aka Oz) with my family, hunting down those elusive ancestors ~ maybe the ones I can't find moved there? Just kidding. I have no known family there, but I will be taking a much-needed break.

Have a great Holiday Season and a Happy New Years! I will continue to post after I get back (give me a few days to recover from jet lag!)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Who's Who -- Albert and Margaret Platts' Family

Margaret D. Platts married Charles Scheel, as mentioned in a previous post: Who's Who -- the family of Charles Scheel (b. 1898). I still haven't found their marriage certificate, but I'm looking!

This post details her parents and siblings. Her parents were:
Albert John Platts (1873-1956)
and Margaret [last name unknown] (1877-1963).
Note: Her mother's maiden name is possible Carlin, but I haven't verified this yet.

Albert and Margaret had the following children:

Sarah Platts (1897-1982)
Albert Platts (1900-??)
Margaret D. Platts (1902-1968) -- our Margaret!
Elizabeth Platts (1906-??)
Ethel Platts (1908-??)
Mary Platts (1910-??)
Anna Platts (1912-??)
Clarence Platts (1915-??)
William Platts (1919 -??)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Who's Who -- The family of Charles Scheel (b. abt 1829)

Charles Scheel (b. abt 1829) immigrated to the United States from Germany and settled in Buffalo about 1850. So far we've had easy families for our who's who - one husband married to one wife the entire time, they had x number of kids, here's the list.

However for THIS Charles Scheel, things are not so neat and clean!

First, he married Phillipina (last name unknown) in Buffalo, NY, and I can confirm by using the 1860 US census that they had the following children:

Phillipina (b. Aug 1855 - ??)
Charles (b. 1858 - ??)
Susan (b. 1860 - ??)*
*this child doesn't appear on any other census or documentation; I can only assume that she died as a young child.

However, by the 1870 US census, Phillipina has died. Of course I'm assuming this since divorce was rare and the children would have typically lived with their mother back in the mid 1800s. So when she drops off the census and is replaced by another woman as Charles' wife, I can only assume she passed away. I am still looking for a death certificate or other information about her.

Instead, in 1870, Charles is married to Elizabeth Klein. Besides Phillipina Jr. and Charles Jr., they are listed as having the following children living with them:

Henry (b. 1861 - ??)
Elizabeth (b. 1864 - ??)
Frederick (b. 1866 - ??)
William (b. 1869 - ??)

I'm not sure which women (Phillipina or Elizabeth) is the mother of these children. There is not really a good gap between the births that would indicate where the split occurs. However, from subsequent censuses, I know that Elizabeth Klein is the mother of:

Caroline M. (b. 1871 --??)
Edward Christian (b. 15 Dec 1874 - 3 Aug 1937)
Albert (b. 1878 - ??)

I will be posting more about this family, and the censuses they are found on, later.

Housekeeping: Nomenclature to tell people apart

About this time in the Scheel genealogy, there starts to be a lot of similar names. For example, Charles Scheel could be:
(a) the name of Margaret Platt's husband, and Edward Scheel's son;
(b) the name of Edward Scheel's brother; AND
(c) the name of Edward Scheel's father.

All of these would be correct -- and all would be different people! Because adding a middle name doesn't make it any easier to keep track of them, and because many of their middle names are not know to me, I will be designating them by listing their birth years after their name. In the case where I don't know exactly what year they were born, I will put abt for About before the year. Therefore:

Charles Scheel (b. 1898) = Margaret Platt's husband and son of Edward Scheel (b. 1874)
Charles Scheel (b. 1858) = brother of Edward Scheel (b. 1874)*
Charles Scheel (b. abt 1829) = father of Edward Scheel (b. 1874)*
*I'll be posting more about this family shortly.

This works great for the men, but the women in the family pose their own problem. Because of American traditions of taking the husband's name, these women were known by one name for part of their lives and another for the rest of it. So not only will they be listed with their birth years, but also by first-maiden-married name sequence. So:

Margaret Platts Scheel (b. 1902) is the wife of Charles Scheel (b. 1898); and
Margaret Scheel Doyle (b. abt. 1912) is his sister.

This should hopefully make it easier to see which line married into the Scheel line, and who belongs to those lines (I hope).

Monday, December 04, 2006

Who's Who -- the family of Edward Scheel (b. 1874)

In the previous blog, we looked at the marriage of Edward Christian Scheel (15 Dec 1874 - 3 Aug 1937) and Mary Culver (22 Jan 1874 - 16 Apr 1939).

In keeping with the Who's Who, they had the following children:

Charles Edward Scheel (17 Nov 1898 - 2 Oct 1954)
Walter Francis Scheel (2 Jul 1907 - 26 Jun 1967)
Margaret Elizabeth Scheel (b. 1912)

Charles is mentioned in the previous Who's Who, and his WWI registration is also posted.