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Researching my European ancestors

Welcome to My Blog — October 5, 2018

Welcome to My Blog

I will be blogging about my ancestors and the migration paths taken by my direct line ancestry to arrive in Oklahoma around 1900. My ancestry appears to be 100 % European.

I welcome your comments on any posts, to question, define and/or extend our shared ancestry or to note consistent or conflicting facts or relationships pertaining to those ancestors.

My objective, that I hope you share, is the development of a family history documenting facts, relationships and stories with a high level of confidence in their accuracy. Only through open and constructive communication among family members will we be able to achieve that objective.

I found the following poem on the first page of an unpublished genealogy compiled by my maternal aunt Reva (Irey) (Atterbery) Abbott. Perhaps the posts and your comments will give immortality to our shared ancestors..

All things to nothingness descend

Grow old and die and meet their end;

Man dies, iron rusts, wood goes decayed,

Towers fall, walls crumble, roses fade —

Nor long shall any name resound

Beyond the grave, unless’t be found

In some clerks book: it is the pen

Gives immortality to men.

Master Wace in the “Rhymed Chronicles of the Norman Dukes”

 

 

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.

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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