I will start you with a few from my Father's side of the family. I have fewer of these relatives. But, I was very close to my Great Grandmother Mary Noel (Dad's Father's Mother). She was, well, rather cool, for an old Gal. I visited every week with my daughters when they were small as she adored watching them play and cradling them when they were tiny. Grandma Noel (As we called her), shared with me a few stories I found interesting and even some shocking stories.
|Alfred & Freelove Peters|
*Skeleton In the Closet Fact~ while Emily was on Ancestor.com for a family tree assignment, we discovered that Alfred & Freelove lived in New York when they married. Freelove was born in Europe and her race was recorded as "Negro". Prior to deciding on settling in Rushville Indiana, they had her records changed to "Caucasian". Most likely because, even though she was light skinned, they felt it was in their best interest to be considered white. Mind you this was in the 1800's
|Mary Noel & son, Walter Meyer|
Next we have Grandma Noel and my Grandfather Walter Meyer. Grandma Noel, originally married a gentleman by the name of Meyer (oh my gosh...was it William?) whom fathered Walter. She later married my Grandfather Noel (whom I knew growing up). *Skeleton in the closet fact~ Grandma told me she "had" to marry as she was with child.. this was scandalous in 1914.. following in her footsteps Walter, "had" to marry Peggy, was she was with child (my Dad) in 1937. AND my Aunt Nancy (Dad's sister) also followed with marrying Art in 1958 because she "had" to get married as she was with child.*
Moving over to my Mom's side~
|Ellen Furlaind 1904|
|Fred Rahlmann & Jesse Goodman 1900|
This is Granny Rahlmann's mother, Ina Nodurft, at age 16. That would make the photograph taken around 1870's?
|Great Great Great Grandparents Nordurft 1924|
These are the parent of Ina and perhaps a sister? (Maybe a sister that never married? I don't really know. I do know that my Great Great Great Grandmother Nordurft was 82 and Great Great Great Grandfather Nordurft was 87 when this was taken.
|Great Great Great Grandparents Ball|
|Beulah Ball Rahlmann|