Friday, August 7, 2009

BIRTHDAYS

I have gained a lot of information the past week. I found this piece of paper in one of my fathers many envelopes that he had squirreled away. I do not know which was worse; he for not throwing things away (I am so glad he didn’t) or me for not going thru them sooner. He died in 2004. I think going thru things and sending things to the final destination is some how mentally permanent.

This is a list of birthdays. MY THEORY is the list is off my grandfather Willi Schriddes’ family. I reach this conclusion by:

1) He had one sister named Lilly Clausen and she is listed on page two.

2) It is written in Old German Script and was older writing than my grandmothers, My grandmothers writing is on the bottom of page two.

3) The dates of the children’ birthdays end in the mid 1920’s, which is about the time my grandparents emigrated to the US.

Page One followed by Page Two

Willis Family Tree

Willis Family Tree 2

I had posted an inquiry to the PA Allegheny County Roots Web site and got several replies. A very kind woman Cari, from California so kindly offered to translate the old script.

Page one

Father…………………28 Sept 1862

Mother………………..8 April 1868

Emilie Beckmann…….24 Sept 1887

Fritz Beckmann………9 May 1881

Fritz Beckmann, jun…16 Jan 1907

Elsa Beckmann………..17 Aug. 1909

Rudolf Beckmann……..14 November 1915

Hugo Beckmann……….17 March 1920

Elsa Hi*ows*y………….15 Dec 1889

Ernst Hi*ows*Y………..18 Jan 1887

Kalli Hi*ows*y………….15 June 1916

Harry Hi*ows*y………..3 March 1921

Frieda Bordolo………….25 March 1892

Rudolf Bordolo………….24 March 1887

Rudolf Bordolo, jun…….3 Sept. 1919

Liese Lotte Bordolo………5 Oct. 1924

Mile silberne H…………….Sept 1929

Cari’s idea is that the Hi*ows*y could possible be Hilowsly…that one is a mystery. And the last name???? Is Mile meant to be Mlle, the French for Miss and silberne, the closest thing in German is silber for silver. Doesn’t make sense.

MY THEORY is the numbers on the right side were the ages of the individuals at the time the list was written.

Second page:

Lilly Clausen………..28 Jan 1886

Fritz Clausen……….21 April

Fritz Clausen jun…..28 April 1919

Heinz Clausen………9 Oct 1920

Rolf Clausen…………8 September 1922

Kate Schmolling…….26 September 1900

Willi Schmolling……..31 Dec 1899

Lein Schmolling (?)..6 June 1924.

Willi Schridde………..14 Feb 1898, my grandfather..

It still leaves a lot of questions, but except for my knowledge of Lilly I would be completely lost. But I am in the sense that the other four woman names were not the ones that my mother had told me.

Each answer begets twenty more questions.

Schridde Family c1917

The Schridde Family c. 1917

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