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George “Eugene” Heald, 1844-1930. The 4th great grandfather of my grandson.

I have spent quite a bit of time trying to find ancestry documents on the 4th great grandfather of my grandson.  His name was George Eugene Heald, but he used his middle name “Eugene.”

Eugene was born on August 27, 1844, in Antwerp, Jefferson County, New York. His father, Nathan, was 29 and his mother, Adelia (Hoard) Heald, was 25 at the time of his birth.

Eugene was 21 years old when he married Agnes Hitt (the 4th great grandmother of my grandson). They had seven children together. It was their first born, Frances “Fannie” Adelia Heald, who would continue on my grandson’s direct ancestry.

The picture below is of Eugene’s 1st wife, Agnes Hitt Heald.

Agnes Hitt Heald portrait

Agnes Hitt Heald seated

Later, Eugene would marry again to Angeline “Angie” Berriault. There were no children as a result of the 2nd marriage.

In a 1928 news article, Eugene is an elderly man and reflects and describes himself, “I am a regular down east Yankee.” He was describing the place of his birth and his origins. This wonderful news article from 20 August 1928, Green Bay Press-Gazette, gave me much of my information about Eugene. Here we find out that his father was part of the gold rush to California in 1848.”  This made Eugene’s father absent for some time during Eugene’s early childhood. After his family moved to Missouri for a period of 4 years, they finally moved to Clay Banks, Wisconsin.

part 1 Eugene Heald reunion 20 August 1928 Green Bay Press

part 2 Eugene Heald reunion 20 August 1928 Green Bay Press

part 3 Eugene Heald reunion 20 August 1928 Green Bay Press

 

One way to piece together part of Eugene’s life is to study the U.S. Census records.  In 1870 (age 25), he is living with his wife Agnes in New York and is employed as a teamster. The only children listed on this census record are Fannie (my grandson’s 3rd great grandmother) and Hattie. Sadly, Hattie died young.  See news article:

Hattie Heald death

In the 1870 census, Eugene is living in Clay Banks, Door County, Wisconsin.  In the 1880 census, Eugene describes his occupation as  a farmer. By the time of the 1900 census, he is married to his 2nd wife, Angeline. His first wife Agnes had died the year earlier in 1899.

Eugene was a soldier in the Civil War, but I have not found military records at this point.

News clipping below is from 20 May 1926 – Green Bay Press Gazette.

20 May 1926 Eugene Heald from Green Bay Press Gazette

He died on August 10, 1930, in Algoma, Wisconsin, at the age of 85, and was buried in Door, Wisconsin.  The tombstone marker lists his name, his first wife Agnes, their young child Hattie who died when she was only 2 years old, and also listed is his second wife.

Heald family tombstone

Here is the order of descendency from Eugene to my son-in-law (the 3rd great grandson of Eugene Heald).

George “Eugene” HEALD (1844 – 1930)
3rd great-grandfather of son-in-law
Frances “Fannie” Adelia Heald (1867 – 1937)
daughter of George “Eugene” HEALD
Zebina Eugene Shaw (1888 – 1939)
son of Frances “Fannie” Adelia Heald
Joyce Lucille Shaw (1922 – 1990)
daughter of Zebina Eugene Shaw
Eugene Norbert Wiesner (1944 – 2012)
son of Joyce Lucille Shaw
Andrew Jacob Wiesner (1974 – )
son of Eugene Norbert Wiesner
G Eugene Heald Obit
G Eugene Heald Obit part 2
G Eugene Heald Obit part 3

Jacob Wiesner 1842-1936

In a news article from 16 April 1936, we learn that Jacob Wiesner had 19 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.  So, now I ponder how many great great grandchildren can also claim a direct ancestry link to Jacob Wiesner, Sr. ? I don’t know the answer to that exact question, but I do know that my son-in-law is one of Jacob’s great great grandsons. What do you know about Jacob?  Are you also a direct ancestor?  Please write and let me know!  Any family photos, documents, links, or stories would be welcomed.

Jacob’s story started in 1842.  He was born in Bavaria and arrived in the US at approx. age 2.  The fact that he had a foreign birth must not have been a popular story for this family and therefore in later accounts (including a 1936 news article) there is a claim Jacob was born in New Jersey.  I don’t think so.  Most of the  U.S. census records point to a different story and a birth in Bavaria.  Why would this fact be “re-written”? That is an open ended question!

According to census records, I believe that Jacob Wiesner was born on June 28, 1842, in Bavaria. At the time of Jacob’s birth, his father, Michael “May”, was 25 and his mother, Margaretha Stehren, was 24.

Jacob’s father Michael “May” is laid to rest in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin. https://billiongraves.com/grave/Michael-Wiesner/15388483?referrer=myheritage#/

I believe that Jacob would have been the oldest of six children.

What can I discern about his childhood? There is so very little information on his family that might help to answer that question.  The 1850 census shows the Michael Wiesner family living in Milwaukee. Jacob would have been 8 years old at the time of this census and he is not checked off as attending school.  I don’t know if this is because he did not attend a school or because the census taker simply did not check this off.

An 1860 census states that Jacob (now 18 years old) is a farm laborer and that leads me to believe that he might have been working his father’s farm. That is only my hunch. This same 1860 census shows that the family now lived in West Bend, Washington County, Wisconsin.  Clearly, the family had moved during the 10 years time from the time of the previous census when they had been in Milwaukee.

In the 1870 census for Michael Wiesner (Jacob’s father), Michael was then age 53. Jacob is not listed in this census record as he no longer lived at his father’s home.  Michael lists his occupation as farmer. Jacob’s siblings George and Catharina were still at home and recorded to be in school. The value of Michael’s real estate was 3,000 (higher than most in the area they lived).  Michael still resided in West Bend, WI.

It is finally from the 1900 census that I am able to tell when Michael immigrated to the United States.  There he lists his date of immigration as 1844 and we know that his son and the study of this blog, Jacob Wiesner, was born in 1842.  Thus, I conclude that Jacob was born in Bavaria and brought to the states at a very early age.

I chanced upon some newspaper articles that help tell a story about Jacob and contain the only photographs that I have found of him.  From an article in 1936 we learn that as a youth, Jacob ran away from home to join forces with the Union army in the Civil War.  His parents found him and brought him back home, but he would later re-enlist and served (mostly with the 48th Wisconsin) until the end of the war.  ” With Sheridan he helped hold Missouri in line with the Union cause”  He was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth.

Jacob Wiesner buried 1936

Jacob Wiesner photo

Jacob Wiesner from 11 Jul 1932 with photo Green Bay

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Jacob and Wilheimme “Minnie” had 8 children.  I have accounts for only 5 of those children.  In Wilheimme’s obituary it says, “five of eight children survive their mother.”  This causes me to think that there may have been child or infant deaths of  the 3 children that I cannot account for in my research. So, to review the relationships to our family, Jacob and Wilheimme were direct ancestors and great great grandparents of my son-in-law.  It was their child Jacob “Jake” Wiesner, Jr. who would be the great grandfather of my son-in-law.  Yes, Jacob was a very popular family name!

 

death of Wilheimme Wiesner door county advocate 04-16-1920

The children of Jacob and Wilheimee “Minnie” Wiesner were:

CHILD 1  (Our direct ancestor)Jacob “Jake” Wiesner, Jr. 1879-1953 married Emma Wilhelmine Caroline Bork

Jacob Wiesner, Jr with Joyce and Dorothy

Jacob Wiesner, Jr. death 195328 May 1940 Emma Bork death

CHILD 2 Christine Wiesner 1873-? (no other information available)

CHILD 3 Johanna Wiesner 1876-1957 married John Sperber

Mrs. Sperber death from Green Bay Gazette 2 May 1957

CHILD 4 William Wiesner 1880- ?  Married Mary Petersilka

CHILD 5 Minnie Wiesner 1884-1948 married Fred Sperber (she married a brother of her sister Johanna’s husband)

Minnie Wiesner

Jacob was 77 years old at the time of his wife’s death.  He lived until age 93 and became one of the oldest living Civil War veterans of his time.

In the 1910 census we find Jacob and wife Minnie living with son William (a farmer) and William’s family in Door County, Nasewaupee, WI.  Jacob was 67 years old at this time and now lists his birth place in the census as New York (in other words, he changed the story).  Perhaps, in the sense of an immigrant, this was a type of “birthplace” for him.  Jacob does say that the birthplace of his parents was Germany.

In the 1920 census Minnie and Jacob are in their 70’s and now reside in a rented home.  Once again, Jacob lists his birthplace as New York while Minnie lists hers as Germany.  At this time, Jacob lists his occupation as “retired.”

In the 1930 census, Jacob is a widower and lives with his daughter Johanna “Hanna” and her husband John Sperber in Door County, WI.  Finding this census was confusing as all other written news accounts say that from the time of Minnie’s death in 1920, Jacob Sr. had lived with his son Jacob “Jake” Jr. Another question to explore…

It does appear that Jacob died at the home of his son Jacob, Jr. with a legacy of being one of the first pioneer farmers and a Civil War veteran of the Union Army.  Also, a direct ancestor of our family line.

It has been a pleasure to explore Jacob’s life.  I hope that this story will reach out to others who share Jacob as their direct ancestor!

Jacob Wiesner death Racine Journal April 16 1953

 

Lyle Schmiling

When Lyle Schmiling was born on March 1, 1938, in Wisconsin, his father, Elbert, was 26 and his mother, Olive, was 22.  He had one brother (Lee Schmiling) and one sister (Joann Emma Schmiling Wiesner).

He married Beverly Maedke on October 4, 1958. They have four children. Their daughters are Jill Rae Schmiling born in 1959, Shelly Jo born in 1962, and Terri Lynn born in 1965.  His son, Steven was born in 1969.

Lyle passed away unexpectedly on June 21, 2016.  His obituary may be found at http://www.schinderle.com/obituaries/Lyle-Schmiling/#!/Obituary

 

 

 

Joyce Lucille Shaw Wiesner

When Joyce Lucille Shaw was born on June 25, 1922, her father, Zebina “Eugene” Shaw, was 34 and her mother, Martha Rockwell, was 32.  Both of Joyce’s parents had been born in Wisconsin, but they went on to  have all of their children in Ohio.

Joyce’s mother, Martha, was one of 16 children!  Joyce’s father, Z. Eugene, was one of 7 children!  So, Joyce had MANY aunts,uncles, and cousins!

In the 1930 census, Joyce is 7 years old.  Z. Eugene (Joyce’s father) lists his occupation as an engineer working for the city.  This census also shows Joyce had an older brother, Robert (born in 1916) and an older sister, Colleen (born in 1920.)  In this census, the family address is 415 Water Street, Bucyrus, Ohio. (In 1930, Beth, the youngest child of Martha and Eugene had not yet been born.)  Joyce’s sister Beth was 10 years her junior and was not born until August 17, 1932.

Joyce was only 17 years old when her father Eugene died.

Joyce married Norbert “Nick” Donald Wiesner on June 25, 1943 when she was 20 years old. She had three children by the time she was 25.  All of Joyce and Nick’s children were born in Wisconsin. Joyce and Nick’s  son  was EJ’s direct ancestor and EJ’s Grandfather, Eugene “Gene” Norbert Wiesner.  Gene  Wiesner was born  on 26 March 1944 in Wisconsin.  Joyce and Nick also had 2 daughters, Emogene  and Sandra Ann.

Joyce died on June 28, 1990, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, at the age of 68.  Her husband, Nick, remained a widower until his death at the age of 78 in 1999.

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Norbert, Joyce and Eugene Wiesner

Joyce, Norbert “Nick” and Eugene “Gene” Wiesner

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Elbert Emil Schmiling- EJ’s great Grandfather

When Elbert Emil Schmiling was born on January 29, 1912, in Algoma, Wisconsin, his father, Carl Schmiling, was 36 and his mother, Alma Runke, was 30.

He married Olive Viste on August 22, 1936. They had three children during their marriage.

His wife Olive passed away on January 1, 2002, in Algoma, Wisconsin, at the age of 86. They had been married 65 years. He died just a little more than a month later, on February 5, 2002, in his hometown, at the age of 90, and was buried there.

The following is written my Joann Schmiling Wiesner:

“My father, Elbert Schmiling, for a very short time, managed a hardware store in Forestville. Primarily he was a teacher in Rio Creek and middle school principal in Kewaunee, and he could be called a ‘gentleman farmer’ as he lived on 40 acres and harvested some crops, sometimes raised pigs, chickens and sheep. He often rented pasture to other farmers who needed pastureland for their heifers.And when the young cows broke through the fence, Dad was never home; therefore, my Mom, brothers and I chased them back to the pasture….just an aside!!

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Alma Runke Schmiling 1881-1962

Over the course of 21 years, Alma Runke and her husband Carl Schmiling, had 10 children.  Alma and Carl were direct ancestors of my son-in-law and were his Great Grandparents.  The photo of Carl below is from a family collection of my son-in-law.

Carl Schmiling

Alma was born in Wisconsin in 1881 to Heinrich “Henry” Runke, Sr. (sometimes spelled Ruhnke) who was of Prussian birth and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Bruemmer.  Alma’s father is recorded as being a pioneer in the raising of alfalfa crops and helped to develop agriculture in Northeast Wisconsin.

Henry and Wilhelmina Minnie Bruemmer

Alma’s birth and death dates are available from several sources including this “Find a Grave” website link: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92203025&ref=acom   She was born on 20 July 1881 and died at the age of 81 on 13 December 1962. She is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin.

Alma was only 18 years old at the time of her marriage to 24 year old Carl Schmiling on 20 February 1900.  They were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Their first child, Beatrice Schmiling, was born only 7 months after the marriage when Alma was a mere 19 years old. In the 1900 census (the year of the marriage and Beatrice’s birth) Carl and Alma were living with Carl’s parents and family.  In this census, Alma is listed as daughter-in-law to the head of the household, Albert Schmiling.  At that same time, 4 of Carl’s siblings were also a part of the household. Carl was employed as a farm laborer on his parent’s farm.

Alma had three sons and seven daughters with her husband, Carl Schmiling between 1900 and 1922. Yes, a span of 22 years from the oldest to the youngest of the children.

By the time of the 1910 census, Alma was 28 years old and Carl was 34 and they now lived in their own household (Although, I do not know at what point during those 10 years that the move to their own household had occurred).  Now, they had their own home to live in and in the 10 years of marriage they already had 5 children.

It was interesting to me that even though Alma’s marriage to Carl Schmiling would eventually end in divorce, they are still laid to rest together under a single headstone at Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. Alma was 45 years old at the time of the divorce in 1926.

divorce granted

The next photograph shows a later property dispute in 9 Nov. 1939:

Alma and Carl Schmiling court hearing from 9 Nov. 1939 Green Bay Press.JPG

As a young girl, Alma was one of 16 children in the Runke family!  I have been able to do hours of research into the lives of each of her siblings and have collected various family photographs and life stories.  https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/10440983/person/6964013470/facts

In the 1920 and 1930 census the name Schmiling has now become Schmeling without explanation. I do not know the reason for this spelling change, but it is interesting to note that Carl’s obituary states his name as Carl Schmeling.  In the 1940 census (after the divorce) Alma is now living with son Gordon and also lists her name as Alma Schmeling.

death of Carl Schmiling 18 Jan 1969 Green Bay Press

One of the “finds” I made on Ancestry was this message board https://www.ancestrylibrary.com/boards/surnames.ruhnke/44.1.1.2.1.2.1.2/mb.ashx It describes Alma’s father’s relationship to his daughters, “The Ruhnke daughters were quite outspoken. They resented that their father only sent sons to college, and they bristled under his very strict discipline.”  Make sure to visit the message thread!

The photographs below are from the family collections of my son-in-law.

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Milton W. Wiesner 1917-2007 (E.J.’s great great uncle)

Milton was the older brother of E.J.’s direct ancestor Norbert “Nick” Wiesner.  This means that Milton Wiesner was the great great uncle of E.J. Wiesner.  The featured image above shows from left to right: Milt Wiesner, his sister Ella Wiesner, and his brother Nick Wiesner.

The 1920’s census shows that Milton’s father had been born in Wisconsin, while his mother had been born in Germany.

Milton was one of the youngest of 7 children.  His oldest sister, Ella Wiesner, was 14 years his senior having been born in 1903!  The twins, Clarence and Florence were born in 1906. Sister Anita had been born in 1910 and sister Adeline was born in 1912.  Milton then arrived in 1917 and E.J.’s direct ancestor Nick was born in 1920.

Milton’s Obit:

Milton W. Wiesner, 90, of Bellingham, Wash., formerly of Elroy, died on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at his residence. He was born on May 27, 1917, in Door County, to Jacob and Emma (Bork) Wiesner. Milt served in the United States Navy from 1942 – 1945 serving on the USS LST 197 as a Lieutenant. (http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/16/160197.htm) On April 8, 1943, Milton was united in marriage to Dorothy Ogilvie in New York City at the Riverside Church. Milt has lived in numerous destinations before settling in Elroy in 1975 where he was President of Midor, Ltd, Ridge Road Farms, Elroy Community Dairy, member of the Elroy United Methodist Church and the Elroy Rotary Club and very supportive of numerous civic projects. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters, Cheryl (Ronald) Wright of Bellingham, Wash., Susan (Steven) Schweikhardt of Ridgefield, Wash., and Pamela (Larry) Olbrich of Vancouver, Wash; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the Elroy United Methodist Church with Reverend Steve Ward officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at the Elroy City Cemetery. The Picha Funeral Home, Elroy is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elroy United Methodist Church. Picha Funeral Home – Elroy, WI, http://www.pichafuneralhomes.com

Midor Ltd.: This is taken from Midor.net on 8/26/2013

Midor was established in 1976 by Milt and Dorothy Wiesner. Midor began as a brokerage firm for milk commodities used in the feed industry. A significant part of Midor’s customers were veal growers which led to Midor becoming a manufacturer of milk replacers for the veal industry. In 1993 the veal milk replacer and liquid veal feed business was sold to Alto Dairy Cooperative Today Midor is currently owned by Debra Parrish, and Judy Green. Midor has grown into a blending facility with two bagging lines, warehouses, bulk loading capacity, and an in house laboratory. Our products are shipped from coast to coast and our exports are growing each year. The customers we serve are some of the largest feed and pet food manufacturers in the world. Our ingredients or blends are sold to companies that make food for dogs, cats, pigs, cattle, fish, horses, sheep, and calves. Midor also adds value to products that are in distressed. We do this by sorting, grading, and grinding. We may be able to improve the texture, flowablity, and grade of distressed products. We are rapidly growing in our custom blending services. Repackaging in bags, tote, or bulk.

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Milton Wiesner 3 Dec 1951 Post Crescent Appeton, WI