Daniel Bartels and Maria Korbach Bartels
The tombstone in the back says:
This is my great grandmother, she was alive during my life time because I remember my grandmother Anna Bartels Schridde going to Germany to see her. My grandmother would send pictures of the grandchildren to her mother. I guess somewhere in Germany people are looking at those and wondering who these children are…..
What I need to find out and can not do it is read the dates on the tombstone.
If anyone out there has any ideas on how to do that please leave me a comment.
The next thing after that will be do determine the location of the cemetery and find where her husband Daniel Matthias Bartels is buried. Is he in the same place as Maria?? Maria was born in Jena, Germany.
Maria as a young woman.
This is another item that my father had squirreled away in his file cabinets. This is the funeral card of his father and also my grandfather, Thomas Dowd. The amazing thing to me is that this card is eighty nine years old.
The story is that he had fallen down a flight of steps and then went to bed, the next morning he had died.
Right now I am sure it must have been a SUBDURAL HEMATOMA I feel somehow cheated that I had never met either of my grandfathers. I also think it was very difficult for my father to grow up without him.
I have to send for his death certificate, one of the many things that I continue to procrastinate about doing.
This is copy of my parents marriage certificate. They were married before my father got shipped off to England during World War II. They spent five days together before his deployment.
His job was aircraft repair. Before the war he was a laborer with the Union Rail Road. Thomas’s story is that he did not want to get shot and killed, his solution was to stay on base and and study the aircraft repair manual and take the test, which he passed.
It was strange as he repaired the planes because he knew that the majority of them would not return. I guess I should look up the statistics on how many made it back to England and what was the most bombing missions that one airplane had.
My mother lived with her mother in law, Gertrude O’Rourke Dowd until he returned.
The interesting thing to me about my grandmothers Citizenship Paper is that she applied for her citizenship after my grandfather had died. She seems to have remarried in the same year, was this a marriage of conveyance? Was she subject to deportation with my mother after Willi’s death?
I do remember her second husband, William Krah, was he a friend of the family or did he work with my grandfather? Anna was thirty seven at the time, she appears to be much older.
I also had never seen this records before my father died in 2004. Did he think that no one would be interested in this document. Anna died in 1969, from leukemia and her husband William Krah died a few years later from heart disease and prostate cancer. They never had children and my parents took care of him until he was to weak and sick and was admitted to a Nursing Home for a few months before his death.