52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Success

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Success Karl Emil Edwin Alexander Lorenz Hermann Rogalla von Bieberstein  was born on March 12, 1823, in Brieg, a town in the province of Silesia in Prussia (present-day Poland). He was the son of Royal Prussian Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Rogalla von Bieberstein and Auguste Lorenz. Bieberstein studied law, finance, and …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Small

Ferdinand Hagedorn was the third child of Carl and Marie Louise Hagedorn. He was born on September 23, 1833 in Hannover, Germany. Ferdinand sailed on the Neptune to America, along with his older sister and brother in law Anna Marie and Victor Witte, and their children Marie Lissette and baby Helene. They left Bremen, Germany …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: William and Marie

William Henry Brandt was born October 4, 1853 in Shelby, Texas, to Henry Brandt and Bertha Brandt (née Giesecke). William had an older brother named Rudolph, a younger brother named Edward, and three younger sisters, Marie, Pauline, and Elise.   His father was a farmer  from Hessen and his mother was from Hannover. The 1860 …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Music

The Glasschrank Piano Jeanette can recall the time in 1943 when she, Delores, and Bernhardt were outside their house in Port Arthur watching some furniture being delivered. She saw some chairs unloaded, then a table, and then something that would change her life. “Hey! We got a piano! Look, we got a piano!” she shouted …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Family Legend

This story first appeared in our June 2018 newsletter and is one of my favorites. Have you heard about the legendary Blue Rock, located on the Jaeger homestead? In 1955, Henry Jaeger’s eldest sons were growing up and moving to Houston to seek employment opportunities and Lillie was pregnant with Lanis. Henry was growing increasingly …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Valentine

On this Valentine's Day, I'd like to talk about the love my grandparents shared for each other. Popo and Granny loved one another very much. They worked through  difficult times early on, including frequent moves and financial insecurity, and eventually became one of those sweet older couples that so many younger couples hope to be. …

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