18 January 2011

Tombestone Tuesday--The Hagen side

As I mentioned last week, I was surprised to find the Walsworth family in Clark cemetery.  Many of the more recent ones are in Holton cemetery, in Muskegon county Michigan.  Also in the Holton cemetery are more of Hubby's family on his fathers side..
His paternal line came to Michigan from Germany by way of Baltimore in 1888, as near as I have found so far.
The original Michigan family is for the most part buried by this massive family marker in the Holton cemetery. Simple, but still with some embellishment, it is how I picture that early immigrant family.  Solid and plain, sturdy and here to stay.
The story I got from my husband was that there were three brothers (as always!)  I later found out there were fiour brothers and two sisters.  Mother Wilhelmine I do not know much about.  She died shortly after they arrived and would have only been in the 1890 census.  (Darn that fire!)  She even died to early be be recorded in the Michigan state census of 1894.   That is the census where I discovered the fourth brother, which lead to Hubby and his brother reminiscing and stating, oh year, there were a couple of aunts too.  Don't you love those family talks? 
The father of the band was Ludwig.  He did start the naturalization process.  I liked the part of the form where he stated he renounced allegiance to the King of Prussia, to whom he was formerly a subject.  Alas, he also died before another federal census, but he did appear in the state census.
The family stories did help, and were bolstered by research. 
 The two uncles that my hubby and his brother remembered are buried near the parents.  Both lived near where we live now.  Carl's obituary was featured in this blog over a year ago.  He helped build many barns in the area, many still standing.
Otto is the mystery brother that I don't know much about.  Hubby should have been able to know him, but he hasn't shared any story's about him yet.  Neither Carl or Otto had any children. 
Of the last two brothers, a little more is known.  Frank was the brother no one remembered until being told about him.  He was the youngest and in the background in the wedding picture below.  As an adult he married and moved to Wisconsin.  Family tales, once reminded of his existence, stated that he sold the big blue Harvestore silos, and that one of his nephews almost got one of the first ones from him. 
The remaining brother was Paul, my hubby's grandfather, here show with his wife Mamie at their wedding.  A farmer whose farm is only a couple miles from where we live today, "Gramps" lived a long life in his new land.  His five sons raised large families, many living nearby.
The stone for Paul and Mamie is also located in the same Muskegon county cemetery. Near his parents, brothers, and other family, near the land he loved. 
Rest In Peace.

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