|Volume 5, Issue 3||
August 1, 2002
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ST. CLAIR RAINS was the son of Thomas and Margaret (Handley)
Rains, and was born in Ohio, December 12, 1822, and when quite small was
brought by his father, a farmer, to Carroll County, Ohio, where he
attended school and worked on the home farm until his father's death.
He then came to Salem township, and in 1841 bought 119 acres, and engaged in farming and stock-raising.
January 13, 1852, he married Cynthia Ann, a daughter of William L. and Cynthia Ann (Simpson) Shigley, and born April 15, 1833.
To this union were born nine children--Thomas A., Florence A., James A. , Clara A. , Thuesy A., Elizabeth A., William S., St. Clair, and Charles E. In the winter of 1870, while Mr. Rains was on the ice on the Monon River, he broke through, contracting a
severe cold, from which he died January 28, 1880, and was buried with
His son, Thomas A., who was born December 21, 1854, is
married to Nancy, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Prough) Hines, and lived on the old homestead on the banks of the Monon. He lead the life
of a hunter and trapper, and was considered one of the best shots in the
county. At one time he killed fifty-seven teal duck at one double shot.
He had two bright little girls, by a former marriage, named Cora and
Carrie, and his mother resided close by him on a portion of the old homestead.
Linda Detwiler and Clifford Keb went on a trip to Florida this summer to visit with relatives. Along with visiting with aunts and uncles they haven’t seen in a long time, they also visited with relatives that they have never met before. It was a wonderful trip and well worth the time.
Linda returned with some family pictures, past and present, and some family information written by Renata Keb Kolaskey. We appreciate the gifts and wish to thank everyone.
Now we are passing it on to those who are interested. The following in the way Renata wrote the information.
Uncles & Aunts in order of birth.
Michael Keb, Andreas (deceased 10/24/1917), Maria (twin to Margareta) married Obensberger, Margareta (twin to Maria) married Haedecke, Anna (still alive in 1948) married Manner, Donates (deceased) married Kern, Gustav born May 17, 1884 and still alive in 1948.
Gustav’s wife's name was Anna born 8/8/1891, still alive in
1948. Their children Ernest born 9/1/1907 died 1934, Elsa born 3/20/1910 died in 1934, Annie born 12/18/1916 married, Walter born 2/11/1922 still single.
Michael’s son Andreas our 1st cousin lived in Nurenburg, wife's name Anna—still alive in 1948.
2nd cousin Martha Keb—daughter of Andreas.
3rd cousin Margot—daughter of Anna
Kunigunde lived and died in Indianapolis. She was between Michael our uncle and Andreas our father.
This information added a lot to our family tree. However the church records of Andreas death says there were 4 sisters-in-law surviving. Does this mean there were two other brothers we still do not know their names? We still have to find out how Martha Keb’s husband, from Germany is descended from the family. Martha Keb was born in 1916. With the last name of Keb, we can assume she married a Keb. Therefore she can be descended from Michael, Gustav or one of the two sons we don’t know the name of yet.
We will be writing to her again and hopefully we can receive more information that can close the gap.
The questions that are foremost in my mind is why did Kunigunda and Andreas come to America.
Kunigunda arrived in 1884 at the age of 18 and married in January of 1885. Did she know her soon to be husband, Hermann Schaefer while in Germany? Did he come here to make a better life and then send for his love and marry her when she arrived? Sounds lovely, but is that how it happened.
Andreas arrived in 1892 at the age of 24, with a wife and two children. Was his sister telling him how wonderful life her can be? Why did they arrive and live half a state apart and not in the same area. Did he already know family friends in this area before he arrived?
These are questions that may never be answered but would be wonderful to know. If anyone has any clues, we would love to hear them.
Much of our family has been in St. Joseph County, Indiana for the last
century. The wonderful thing about that is the St. Joseph County Archives.
If you are doing family research in St. Joseph County there are a few
places to visit.
The St. Joseph County Library is always a start and can supply a lot of information in its local history department. Dates of birth, marriages, and deaths can be found in the WPA books and on microfilm, obituitaries can be found in the local newspapers, and Census records can be found here on microfilm.
Birth and death certificates can be found at the St. Joseph County Health Department. Land records can be found at the recorders office.
But the place you don’t want to miss is the St. Joseph County Archives. The archives contains a wealth of information. To house most of the records of St. Joseph County in one location for a safe environment and to make court research more efficient, St. Joseph County created the St. Joseph County Archives. They are open to the public, though you want to know what you are looking for. If you have
a lot you need, you will want
to call ahead of time so they can start pulling the information you need
to help you make the best use of your time.
Records you can find at the archives include:
Marriage licenses from 1830 to 1988.
Applications for mar-riage licenses from April 1905 to 1988.
Mishawaka marriage licenses from Sep-tember 1980 to August 1996.
For some records, confidentiality laws place limits on what can be disclosed.
Coroner reports from 1830 to 1993. Records for the last 75 years are confidential.
Inheritance tax records from 1830 to 1993. Records for the last 75 years are confidential.
Wills from 1830 to 1989.
Probate records from 1830 to 1998.
Guardianship records from 1830 to the present.
Adoption/paternity records are available before July 8, 1941, because of confidentiality laws.
Insanity/mental health records 1848 to present. Records for the last 75 years are confidential.
Licenses for medical practitioners (doctor, nurse, midwife, optometrist, etc.) from 1890 to 1984.
Three volumes of records regarding Civil War veterans and/or their families.
The South Bend airport, 1928—1936.
South Bend Police Department Timebook, May 1, 1893—Jan 31, 1900.
South Bend Police Department Roll Call Book, two volumes, Jan. 1, 1908—Dec. 31, 1915, and Jan. 1, 1917—April 30, 1922
Burial permits, 1910—1929 (used for bringing the deceased back to South Bend for burial.
Board of Health Disease Warning Placards, two volumes, June 22, 1926—Dec. 30, 1927.
To contact the Archives call 574-235-9091. They are located at 1140 S. Lafayette Blvd. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Write or e-mail us with a small article about your business (free advertising), hobbies, accomplishments, projects or anything else you would like to share. We will be glad to publish it in a newsletter so it can
be shared with other family members.
Maybe others in the family enjoy the same hobby and you can share ideas or information. Maybe someone in the family enjoys something you would like to try and could give you a little insight on what it is like, where to get supplies, or the pitfalls you may encounter and how to overcome them.
Family projects are always fun and others may want to try
something new with their family members. Or they may be able to contribute something to your project.
Don’t let decedents 100 years from now wonder who you were and what were you like. We always wish we knew what our ancestors were like, how they lived, and who they were. Your life may not seem very special by today's standards, but your descendents will want to get to know you through what you leave behind.
Four-cheese Fettuccini Alfredo
12 oz. Fettuccini pasta
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen peas
1 jar (16 oz) Alfredo sauce, preferably Classico
4 oz. Shredded fontina cheese, about 2 cups
4 oz. Camembert cheese, cut into chunks
4 oz. Shredded Swiss cheese, about 2 cups
1/4 tsp. Coarse-grind pepper
2 Tbs. Chopped fresh parsley, divided
1/2 cup shaved Asiago cheese, about 2 oz.
Cook pasta according to package directions, adding peas during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid; transfer pasta and peas to bowl. In skillet over medium heat combine Alfredo sauce with fontina, Camembert, Swiss and pepper; cook, whisking, until melted and smooth. Add sauce and 1 Tbs. Parsley to pasta mixture; toss to combine. If sauce is too thick gradually stir in reserved cooking liquid until desired consistency. Transfer to serving platter; top with Asiago and remaining parsley. Serves 6
|This picture, taken in 1905 is of Olive Waldborg Nelson. Born April 30, 1900 in Miller, Indiana and died April 12, 1984 in South Bend, Indiana. She was the daughter of Hans Waldemar Nelson and Selma Olivia Nelson, both of Sweden.|
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