Who are They? Part Two

While sorting through pictures, I have discovered more photos without names and dates.

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This photo was taken in Detroit, Michigan.  As a child, I remember my grandmother talking to a cousin about twin girls, and I think they were talking about the La Duke side of the family. Continue reading “Who are They? Part Two”

Who are They?

Recently, I received a box of family pictures.  Still, some are a bit of a mystery because no information is provided about the people in the pictures.  I have reached out to a few people I though might be able to help, but only one photo was identified.  As I continue to upload the photos, I will post them here.  Hopefully someone will recognize the individual(s) in these photos, or maybe, someone will have some suggestions on what I could do to help locate the missing bits of information.  Put on your detective caps people!  And thanks in advance…Annie Continue reading “Who are They?”

New Beginnings: Hamtramck, Michigan

My 3x great grandfather August Frederick Strassburg was born in Prussia on October 15, 1822 to Johann George Wilhelm Strasburg and Juliana Sabina Bauer. Although I could not locate records of his baptism, his younger sister and brother were baptized at Rettgenstaedt in Hannover, present day Germany. This was the same parish where August married his wife, Maria Eva Mudth, in 1852. Continue reading “New Beginnings: Hamtramck, Michigan”

The Road to Freedom ~ Abolitionists: Levi and Catharine Coffin

Throughout their lives, Levi and Catharine Coffin helped thousands of slaves find their way to freedom. This Quaker couple opened their homes and their hearts while defying government mandates and relying on the truths of a heavenly Father to guide them while helping those in need. Continue reading “The Road to Freedom ~ Abolitionists: Levi and Catharine Coffin”

Spinning Yarns

Mama would often tell stories about family. One person she would often talk about was her great grandfather, William (Wilhelm) Strassburg. William was born in Prussia on January 9, 1861 to August Fredrick Strassburg and Mary Eva Mudth.

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According to the tales, William told his grand daughter, he came to this country when he was just a small boy. He told my mom that he snuck on board a ship and traveled alone. According to mama, he had a broken arm that did not heal correctly; he told her that he received this injury in World War I while fighting for his new country that he loved so very much. Continue reading “Spinning Yarns”

And to Think, it all Started with a Mouse!

11At one time or another, just about everyone in this country has been touched by a magical Disney moment. Walter Elias Disney started with a dream and turned it into a wondrous reality. Although he had some harsh setbacks, he never gave up on fulfilling these ideals, and today, his name is a household word, not only in this country but also around the world. Continue reading “And to Think, it all Started with a Mouse!”

Denial

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So my great grandfather W.F. Bryant hit a nerve. Since I heard his stories about how he abandoned his family, and left his wife and child, I must confess his family stories did not interest me. I held this man in quiet contempt and tried to ignore his existence. Still, as I researched and discovered hidden gems about my great-grandmother, Annie, I could not skirt around this man, for his life began to unfold before me. Continue reading “Denial”