Wednesday, July 6, 2016

More research only leads to more questions!

I found my Grandmother Nellie Hadd's death certificate which listed her as divorced. That was news to me and a shock to be honest. I searched for her divorce papers and found them. She was divorced in 1917 from George Hadd.

I then found a census for George, Edmund (who was also born in 1910 the same as my Mom), and Alie living with George in 1920.

Talk about confusing! Edmund had a "Lucinda" listed as his mother on the census. I also found a marriage license for George and Lucinda Herrington which listed an "Ordiway" as her Mother. Nellie's mother is an "Ordiway". I've not known my Grandmother as Lucinda but that's who married George Hadd. She was 16 and he was 18!

This just opened up a whole can of worms! I hope I can find the answers I'm looking for.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jacob Knorr Part 5 - Finding his roots

Christopher Knorr contacted me through Wikitree about Jacob - if he is the same Jacob. His
Grandmother was the historian in the family but she passed away recently and he is taking the reigns now.

According to Christopher:  Jacob was born as Jacob Andreas Knorr in 1798 in Grossgrabe, Mühlhausen, Sachsen, Prussia.

He married Wilhelmine Magdalena Nicolai.

Jacob had 7 children that he knows of: Anna, Georg, Andrew, Johann, Catharina, Amelia, and Christopher. They seem to have been born in that order, starting in 1830, and seperated by two years like clockwork.

Part of this fits - but there is still doubt. Here are some of the census and other info for him:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finding Jacob Knorr's Roots - Part 4

I thought I would list what I know for certain about Jacob Knorr and his family.

Tracking down his birth city:

1870 Census Lists Wilhelmina Knorr, Christopher Knorr from Westfalia.

Son Frederick was born in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

To Do Next - Follow Stephen and Connect with Michael Dwinnell

This post will disappear when I've done it! Genealogy is an ongoing process and I just need a note here! If you happen upon this blog, keep in mind that it's not complete.

The only reason I'm so far in my Mother's lineage is because of the connection to Royalty. In this day and age, I consider the connection to be a servant/employer relationship. In 1600's England, evidently it's not that way. Still, it's interesting.

The Knorr lineage is harder to follow because there hasn't been extensive work done before me. I'm looking for primary research leads rather than secondary. I want to follow paper! :)

If anyone has any anecdotes, heresay, gossip or secondary information I would be happy to listen. Many of those sources are reliable sources but I just want to document everything. Besides, those secondary sources are most interesting! :)

Dr. Michael Dwinnell - 1670 to 1770

Dr. Michael's parents were Michael and Mary Dwinnell in Topsfield, Essex County, MA. It was passed through generations that he had been married seven times though only five are proven. It is unknown how he came to be a physician but the first designation was found in 1724.

On March 1, 1691/2, he was on duty at the Ipswitch county jail to overlook Sarah Good accused of witchcraft.


The Historical Collections of the Topsfield Historical Society, By Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Mass, Volumes 16-18, The Physicians of Topsfield,  pp. 5-8.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lost Genealogy Research

Thank goodness I've listed bits of research here because my computer failed and with it went some of the research I had done. Bummer!

I'm going to list a few links on how to organize this sometimes mess of research. There is someone out there more knowledgeable than I am!

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - Organizing

Family Search - Organizing your Genealogy

Pinterest - Family Tree Magazine - Organize Your Genealogy

Four Tried and True Systems from The Family Curator

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Finding Jacob Knorr - Part 3

I'm so excited! I found the record of the whole family coming over from Germany. I also found a few more Knorr's that I didn't know about. They arrived on the 27th of November into New Orleans in 1848 on the Agnes. They left the port of Bremen. Can you imagine the difference in climate in New Orleans vs. Illinois in November? I wonder how long it took them to get to Illinois? Jacob was there by the 1850 census, I know that.

I went to the German Facebook page and Matthias helped me translate it:

looks like Großgrabe (you can also write Grossgrabe). There are two Grossgrabe in Germany: Weinbergen-Großgrabe, county Unstrut-Hainich, state Thuringia (Thüringen) and Großgrabe, Kamenz county, state Saxony.

Another person found more information:
According to, the Agnes left Breman on Sept 20, 1848 under Captain H. Kruse for New Orleans with 194 passengers. Sadly, the passenger list itself does not seem available on this site.

There are two separate families - Sebastian and Jacob. I want to find out what happened to Sebastian Knorr who is listed as a child of Jacob also. The older Sebastian is five years older than my Jacob and I'm thinking he's a brother.

It appears my Jacob's middle name was Andrew? All that's listed is Andr.

I read history of Germany around that time and I'll post details once I find the source again. Germany was going through a lot of changes during the mid 1800's and it possibly led to their immigration. I hope they found America was everything they hoped it would be.

If anyone could read the rest of the record, I would appreciate it. I think the city is listed but I'm not sure.