|Volume 1, Issue 2||
July 1, 1998
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1846 - 1940John Irish’s grandfather moved from Vermont to New York where he married and started his family. The family, along with their eldest son, Allen A. Irish, then came to Hillsdale County, Michigan to be pioneer settlers. They bought and improved a farm in Wheatlend Township, then later bought a farm in Moscow Township.
Allen’s second son, John Newton Irish, was born on February 14, 1846. He grew up on the farm and received his early education in Hillsdale County. He was about seventeen when he enlisted in Company K of the Fourth Regiment of Michigan Infantry and was in the service until 1866, nearly a year after the close of the war. He was with his regiment in all its campaigns and battles, except twice when he was laid up in the hospital on account of wounds, and was most severely injured in the battle of Peebles Farm in Virginia. In the fall of 1865, he went with his regiment to Texas, making the journey by boat across the gulf from New Orleans to Indianola and then marching overland to San Antonio. When he received his honorable discharge, John Irish was blind in one eye, and that injury proved to be a handicap after the war.
In 1874, John married Sarah M. Kern, who was born in West Virginia. They had one son, William Bird Irish, who married Sybil Massie.
For a while John continued to farm in Hillsdale County, Michigan, then moved to Elkhart County, Indiana. After a year as a farmer there he was employed by the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway.
He lost sight in the other eye while working for the Wabash Railroad in Elkhart, Indiana and finally Retired.
John and Sarah were members of the Lutheran Church and John was a member of Shiloh Post, Grand Army of the Republic.
John was commonly known as Captain John Irish and was a highly respected resident of Elkhart. A plaque was erected in his honor, near the entrance of Island Park in Elkhart. He was the last surviving Civil War veteran in the community. He was also the last surviving member of the Shiloh Field Post of the Grand Army of the Republic.
John died of pneumonia at his home in Elkhart in 1940.
Pursuing your family history is fun. You will laugh at your ancestors and probably at yourself. But you will also learn to appreciate your heritage from a scientific viewpoint. This will lead you inevitably to a deeper understanding of the people and the world in which you live. You will find in your ancestral line the lowly along with the well born. Each may inspire or motivate you.
The knowledge you gain will be not only of the family itself, but of the settings and events in which the family has lived. The impact of major and minor events in recorded history will be perceived in the lives of the ancestors you learn about. You will gain an appreciation of those individuals’ interplay with past events and you will want to know more about the persons and events in a more direct way. You will find both early and current maps interesting and rewarding because of the migrations of your people. The hunt may ultimately lead you halfway around the world on paper or in actuality, and yet almost paradoxically, back to yourself and a greater realization of your own place in the finely woven fabric of the history of mankind.
To be a successful family historian you don’t have to identify all of your forebears back to the beginning of time. Just doing the three or four generations that almost any of us can trace back to provides a world of enjoyment. You may trace them only as far as you want to. You can choose to seek out living relatives rather than long-gone ones. The idea is to learn more about your family and to have some fun doing it.
Many Americans are hungry to uncover the buried secrets of their heritage. Most of us live far from the homes that our ancestor—even our parents—established. Many of us don’t know much about our grandparents, let alone our great-grandparents. The freedom of mobility in our society takes its toll in that many of us feel rootless and yearn for a sense of family. As you begin to understand who your forebears are, you begin to understand who you are.
You encounter many silly beliefs about your family. At the same time, you meet a lot of wonderful people, not only in your family but among other people. You will have a renewed desire to write, to read, to travel, and to converse. We have talked to many relatives we didn’t know and to many that we have lost touch with. We love meeting relatives and getting to know who they are and how they are doing. I especially love to listen to the stories of the older relatives, what life was like before I was born and what the people were like that I will never meet.
There are two types of family trees. A direct
ancestor or descendent tree includes only the direct ancestors or descendents of yourself. A collateral tree includes all people belonging to the same ancestral stock, but not in a direct line of descent. Some people only collect names (try to get as many people in the tree as possible) and others are more interested in the history (try to find out as much as possible about the people in their tree.)
The family tree we are doing is a combination of all of these. We are trying to go as far back in our ancestry as possible, but have included all of the branches of the family going in all directions. We are trying to get the history and pictures of each person, but if we find names of people that are related we won’t hesitate to include them in the tree. Our tree at the moment is 19,050 strong and continually growing.
We use the Family Tree Maker program on the computer to keep track of all the information. This program allows you to track the standard information such as birth, marriage, and death. It also allows for other facts, causes of death, notes, multiple parents (like adoptions), and can handle intermarriages very well. You can scan in pictures and make a scrapbook for each person or marriage, and print pictures on the family sheets and trees. This program also allows you to print books about your family.
Different types of reports can tell you various information about your family. One such report is a relationship report. The degree of a relationship is a legal term. It refers to the number of “Steps” between two individuals who are blood relatives. There are two types of relationships. Civil law is the total number of steps through the bloodline that separate two individuals. Canon law measures the maximum number of steps from the nearest common ancestor. Canon law is used in most of the United States. We have gone to the 22nd degree in Civil law and to the 12th degree in Canon law in our family tree. These are 9th cousins twice removed and 10th great-grandparents.
We have traced seven direct ancestors to their immigration to the United States. William Brinker from Holland, Eva Goldstein from Germany in 1892, John Irish from England in 1629, Lorentz Jonsson from Sweden in 1872, Andrew Keb from Germany in 1892, Selma Nelson from Sweden abt 1871, Ernst Scope from Germany in 1879, and Henrietta Wiegand from Prussia in 1880.
Surnames can tell you a lot about your ancestors. Some last names came from the type of work they did, such as Smith, Baker, Miner, Carpenter, Miller, Cook, Gardner, Mason, and Taylor. Nicknames were also
used such as Brown, Gray, Little, White, and Young. Others may have come from places where they lived, such as Wood, Hill, West, Morse, Pond, and Knapp. Or an animal from a sign on an inn near their home or that they liked to hunt, like Cox, Rowe, Martindale, and Hare. In Scandinavian countries the children were their fathers sons or daughters. From this we have Andersdotter and Andersson, Ericksdotter and Erickson, Gabrielsdotter and Gabrielsson, Jonsdotter and Jonsson, Olsdotter and Olsson, and Persdotter and Persson. All of the above mentioned names are in our family tree. The most common surnames in our tree (some have more than one spelling) are: on the Keb side - Keb, Scope, Wiegand, and Goldstein; on the Irish side - Irish, Johnson, Nelson, Anderson, and Erickson; and for non-direct relatives - Smith, Putnam, Wood, Clark, Brown, Nichols, and Potter.
Other information we have gathered, based on the information we have is: most common age at first marriage is 20 , at the birth of their first child is 21, birth of their last child is 31, and at death is before age one and at 76. The most common causes of death are heart problems, war, and drowning. Most common states to be born in are New York and Michigan and the most common places for people to immigrate from are Canada, Germany and Sweden. Most religions are Quaker and Methodist. Most common occupations were Farmer, Doctor, Preacher, and Teacher. There are 93 sets of twins and 3 sets of triplets.
We would like to hear about the people in your family and their stories. What your doing, what you like, hobbies, or anything you would like to share. Where have you, your parents, or grandparents lived. What was their life like back then?
If you would like a part of the family tree from us, just drop us a note. We can send you a packet with any part of the tree you request. If you have the Family Tree Maker program we can send you part of the tree on a 3” disk if you send a disk or include $1.00 to cover the cost of a disk. If you have a zip drive you can request the whole family tree by sending a zip disk or send $17.00 to cover the price of a zip disk. At the moment the family tree is about 23 MG large so we can not send the whole tree on a 3” disk.
So far we do not have a lot of pictures on the program due to the time it takes to scan them, however we are in the process. Please send us pictures of your relatives and family (with a note telling us who they are). All pictures will be returned to the sender if your return address is included. We would like as many pictures as possible.
Lucille Peak turned 75 years old this year. There was a Saturday afternoon picnic style party in her honor.
With lots of food, pop and good wishes. And let’s not forget the
beautiful birthday cake and gifts.
Sitting under the shade trees in the back yard were some of her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, kids, grandkids, and
great-grandkids. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.
|6th Grade Graduation|
William Warren graduated from the 6th grade on June 4th at Brandywine School in Niles, Michigan. The 6th grade choir and the 6th grade band played a few tunes each.
The highlight that everybody (parents too) enjoyed was a comedian. Craig Linquist was an opening act for Sinbad and had been on the Jay Leno show. He had also graduated from Brandywine School and
decided to perform at the 6th grade graduation. He did impressions of popular people such as Elvis and played games. Some of the games were singing the tune My Bonnie Went Over The Ocean and having to stand up every time they sang a word that started with a “B”. The song went faster and faster until they were hopping up and down.
Another game was to try to whistle a tune
after eating some crackers. This was not easy.
The best game was when he gave some girls some hairspray and sent them out of the room to make the biggest hairstyle they could. They picked a bald teacher to be the judge.
It turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.
Wash the goose, rinse, and dry thoroughly. Either salt the cavity or fill with stuffing. Prick the goose with a fork through fat layers, over back, around tail, and into body around wings and legs before cooking. This helps draw out fat. Do not brush with oil. Place, breast side up, on a rack in an uncovered roaster. Roast at 275° - 325° F oven for 20-25 minutes per pound. Test for doneness just as you would for chicken and turkey. Skin should also be crisp. If the goose is very fat, dip some of the fat from the pan during roasting. Serve with gravy made from drippings or with desired glaze.
Crumble the bread in a large bowl. Melt butter and sauté onion and pepper in it. Add to the crumbled bread. Stir in beaten eggs and add remaining ingredients. Bake in a well greased shallow pan in a 400° F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Stuffing may be put in the goose before cooking the goose.
|Do you know these people?
Photo A (on left) was taken by Ault in South Bend, Indiana, maybe a relative
of the Scopes. Photo B (on right) was taken at the Singer Company in South
Bend, Indiana. The gentleman in the bottom row center is Ernst Herman Scope.
Do you know who the gentleman at the center top is? Maybe his brother.
Please send us your answer with the photo number and issue number or date. If you have a photo you would like to appear here, send it to us and if requested it will be returned.
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