family history, History

Week 13: Sisters


Finally got to my post for week 13 of 52 for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks genealogy blogging challenge is done. This week I am taking a look at the “sisters” in my tree.

Zillmer Sisters

My great-grandma Ella (Zillmer) Frederick had a number of sisters. I am not sure of the relationship she had with them, but I do have photos of her with them. I am hoping to connect with some family members from the Zillmer side to build that portion of my tree and learn more details about this family.

Frederick Sisters

My great-great-grandaunts Marie and Johanne Frederick were born nearly twenty years apart. I would love to know the relationship they had if any. Marie, the eldest sister, emigrated from Kratzig, Pomerania, Prussia, around 1881. She and her husband, Karl Bergmann, settled their family near Ashippun, Wisconsin. This was a few miles down the road from where my great-great-grandfather settled in 1869. Johanne remained in Prussia. She and her husband, Heinrich Hackbarth, lived in Treptow an der Rega, Prussia.

Hoeft/Fischer Half-Sisters

Richard and Mathilda (Fischer) Kaul with their grandchildren. (My Grandma Millie is covering her face).

Soooooo…..Grandma Mildred “Millie” (Hoeft) Frederick was a love child between my great-grandma, Viola Kaul, and her brother-in-law, Raymond Fischer Sr. It’s a weird story that gets even weirder when I discovered some old photos where everyone is at family get-togethers. Either it was really hush-hush or they really didn’t care. Viola ended up marrying George Hoeft in 1929, and he adopted Grandma. My biological great-grandfather had twelve kids with his wife, Grace Kaul. I’m told that Grandma used to say that she and one of her cousins were so close they were “like sisters.” Well, Grandma, you technically were.

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