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Frances Miller, paternal grandmother — September 24, 2018

Frances Miller, paternal grandmother

On this date 155 years ago, my paternal grandmother was born in Bond County, Illinois. Census records indicate that both her parents were born in Germany; her father Adolph Miller (or Muller) in Lippe Detmold and her mother Frances (or Francisca) Knopf in Baden. Her family was enumerated in Okaw Township, Bond County, Illinois, in the 1870 census, and in Seminary Township, Fayette County, Illinois, in the federal census of 1880.

At age 18, she married Henry Leisher, a widower with two preteen sons, 27 October 1881, in Greenville, Bond County, Illinois. Ten children, 4 daughters and 6 sons, were born to this union. The family left Illinois for Kansas in the latter part of the 1880 decade, then moved to Oklahoma after Henry claimed a farm east of Okeene, Cimarron Township, Blaine County, Oklahoma, shortly after the opening of the Cheyenne-Arapaho lands for homestead in 1892.

She continued to reside in Cimarron Township until her death 12 April 1938. She is buried in Roselawn Cemetery, Okeene, Blaine County, Oklahoma.

Honoring my Grandparents — September 9, 2018

Honoring my Grandparents

 


Henry Leisher is my paternal grandfather. He was born Heinrich Leiser 17 November 1844 in Eglesbach, in the Offenbach district in what was then the Grand Duchy of Hesse. He came to the United States in 1855 with his family; they settled in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. He served in Civil War. After the war, he farmed in Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma. He died 29 November 1939 in Okeene, Blaine County, Oklahoma.

Frances Miller, my paternal grandmother, was born 24 September 1863 in Bond County, Illinois. She married Henry Leisher 27 October 1881 in Greenville, Bond County, Illinois. She died 12 April 1938 in Okeene, Blaine County, Oklahoma.

Scott Lee Irey is my maternal grandfather, He was born 17 November 1862 in Marion County, Ohio. Family stories indicate he led a colorful life, primarily as a cowboy, before he married my maternal grandmother 23 Dec 1904 in Arapahoe, Custer County, Oklahoma Territory, at age 42. He died 19 March 1934 in Waukomis, Garfield County, Oklahoma.

Cora Emeline Joseph, my maternal grandmother, was born 14 February 1874 in Hendricks County, Indiana. Her father died when she 3 years old. She  lived in Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas before moving to Oklahoma Territory. She taught school from age 16 to her marriage to Scott Irey. She died 11 July 1968 in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma.

My maternal grandmother is the only grandparent that I remember, as she lived with my parents until shortly before her death. Even though she and I spent considerable time together, I regret missing a golden opportunity to learn from her more about her ancestry. How I wish for a time machine that would take me back to the lifetimes of all four grandparents, providing the opportunity to hear from each of them, and to record, their experiences and knowledge of their ancestors’ lives.

Why “Migration from Europe to Oklahoma”? — September 7, 2018

Why “Migration from Europe to Oklahoma”?

Oklahoma as Migration Destination

Oklahoma is my birthplace; my parents were both born in Oklahoma Territory, before Oklahoma became a state. My paternal grandfather, Henry Leisher, homesteaded a farm in northeastern Blaine County, in 1892. Frances Leisher (born Miller) and the children moved from Kansas to Oklahoma between 1892 and 1895. The family is documented in the 1900 federal population schedule, Cimarron Township, Blaine County, Oklahoma Territory. My paternal grandparents, Scott Lee Irey and Cora Emeline Joseph, were married 23 December 1904 in Arapahoe, Custer County, Oklahoma Territory. All four grandparents died in Oklahoma and are buried there: the Leisher grandparents in Roselawn Cemetery, Okeene, Oklahoma; the Irey grandparents in Waukomis Cemetery, Waukomis, Oklahoma.

Europe as Migration Origin

Henry Leisher (born Heinrich Leiser) and his parents were all born in the Grand Duchy of Hessen. Adolph Miller, the father of Frances, was born in the Principality of Lippe; her mother, Frances Knosp, was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden. Immigration of my paternal line occurred in the mid 1800’s.

Immigration of my maternal lines occurred much earlier; most lines appear in the United States prior to 1800, with birth locations believed to be England, Scotland or Ireland.

DNA Estimate of Ethnicity

My ethnicity estimate from the recently-updated Ancestry DNA algorithm is:

  • England,Wales & Northwestern Europe                   50 %
  • Germanic Europe                                                           46 %
  • Ireland and Scotland                                                      4 %

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