I haven’t done a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge in awhile, but I love a good game of roulette. This week, Randy Seaver has set the following challenge, Ancestor Name Roulette:
- What year was one of your great-grandfathers born? Divide this number by 50 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."
- Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel"). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?
- Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."
- Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment on this blog post.
- If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then spin the wheel again - pick a great-grandmother, a grandparent, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!
I went with my great-grandfather John Ward McMAHON (1902-1962) and came up with the number 38, which led me to Johann KREMER, my third great-grandfather.
Here's what I know about Johann KREMER. He was born 2 February 1824 in Consdorf, Echternach, Luxembourg, son of François / Franz KREMER (1798-1864) and Catharina MÜLLER (1800-1871). Johann married Catharina TERRES 11 January 1857 in Consdorf, Echternach, Luxembourg. Catharina, the daughter of Mathias TERRES and Maria SINNEN, was born 18 August 1825 in Rosport, Echternach, Luxembourg. At this time, I have no idea when or where Johann or Catharina died.
Johann had nine known siblings. At least two of those siblings left Luxembourg and settled in Aurora, Kane County, Illinois. Three of his siblings shared his given name; one died in infancy, but the other two lived into adulthood.
Johann and Catharina had at least six children. Only the fate of one daughter, Margaret, is known at this time. She is my second great-grandmother, who also immigrated to America and settled in Aurora like her uncles.
According to birth records for his children and Luxembourg censuses, Johann was a “charpentier” (carpenter).
Good thing Randy didn’t ask for more facts because this is about all I know!