Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - My Father's Mother's Paternal Line

I've done a few of Randy Seaver's "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" challenges over at Genea-Musings. This week's challenge is about your father's mother's paternal lines.

1) What was your father's mother's name?

My grandmother's maiden name was Hazel Lucille Peters. At the end of her life, she lived with my aunt & uncle who lived in the same town as I. She had almost white hair and, as a young child, I thought that was just her hair color. So, when I received a doll with white hair, I named her Hazel. She died when I was only 5 and I have just a few memories of her - one of them being of her eating pork skins.

A photo of my grandmother Hazel long before she had white hair
(Photo in possession of my family)
2) What is your father's mother's patrilineal line? That is, her father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?
Hazel Lucille Peters was born in 1910 in Comanche County, Oklahoma. Five years before her birth & five years after her family was living in Sumner County, Kansas. So, I wonder why they were in Oklahoma for those years.

Photo of Emil & brother, Will, with their tractor & J.I. Case steam engine threshing machine
(posted by Teri, aka "Twee3", on
Hazel's father, Emil Wilhelm Peters (1877-1955), was born in Sumner County, Kansas and stayed in that area except for the few years he lived in Comanche County, Oklahoma. He worked as a farmer & did threshing alongside his brother, William.

Charles Peters & his wife Fredericka (Werther) Peters
Photo from Webbe family album in possession of Scott Hawley of Westerville, Ohio
(used with permission)
Emil's father, Charles Peters (1847-1910), was also a farmer. He immigrated from Germany to Pickaway County, Ohio when he was about 11 years old. Shortly after he married in 1871 he moved to Sumner County, Kansas. Like his sons, Emil & Tony, and young granddaughter, Hazel, he was living near Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma in the early 1900's and died there in 1910.

1859 New York Passenger List for "Joach Peters", age 44, and family - traveled "Between decks"
(image from
Charles' father, Joachim Otto Peters (abt 1815-abt 1894), was also a farmer. He was born in Germany, possibly Gustrow in Mecklenberg, and immigrated with his wife, Henrietta (Bingher), and six children to the United States in the summer of 1859. He lived in Pickaway County, Ohio before migrating to Sumner County, Kansas in the early 1870's. I have not been able to locate any information about this family in Germany.

3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father's mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.

My grandmother had two brothers. One married later in life and didn't have any known children. The other had three sons, two of whom I remember from my childhood. I remember one had a grandson that was just a few years older than me. I'll have to ask some older family members to help me fill in this tree and trace these three brothers.

4) Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google Plus post.
Clipping from "The Wellington Daily News", 13 November 1902
So, here's my post! It took me a little over two hours to write it as I was doing research as I went along. While doing it, I uncovered some new records! Specifically, some newspaper clippings about Charles Peters and the farm he sold when he moved to Oklahoma. Apparently, the buyer didn't make his second payment and so the farm was to be sold at auction. This is something I want to follow up on!

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  1. Nice post, Dana. And great find in the newspaper.

  2. Very nice post, Dana -- you know quite a lot!

  3. Great post, it's always good to find new information! I had a lot of fun with this challenge as well.

  4. Good luck on researching your Y-DNA candidates. I hope you are successful!

  5. What a beautiful picture of Hazel! Looks like you found a lot! :) Great post! Thanks for Sharing!


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