Dave BERNHARDT's page:
NOTE: This page is still under construction...
My ancestral lines are:
- BERNHARDT: My grandfather, Paul Peter BERNHARDT was born in "Kleinfelda",
Germany on 29 Jun 1883, of parents John and Anna (WEISNER/WILSNER)
BERNHARDT. In Germany, he had a sister Berta who married SCHIRRMACHER
and had a daughter Else, who was a single adult as of 1943; Berta lived
near Barmen (Wupperthal), near Essen, at the time of Else's baptism.
Paul also had a brother Franz, who married and had a son and a daughter.
Paul emigrated to the USA in 1910 and settled at Castleton-on-Hudson, NY.
I still haven't located Paul or any of his family in German records...
The following photographs of his German family may be of interest
- BECKER: My great-great-something-grandfather Philip BECKER and his wife emigrated
in 1840 to the USA from Hambach, in "French Germany", with several
children (my older brother found the passenger list entry a few years ago).
They settled in a farm in Berne, NY (Albany County). I still haven't
found them back in France or Germany.
- WAYMAN: My great-great-grandmother's family of WAYMAN's is from
Middleburgh, Schoharie County, NY. They were farmers, and I've traced
them back as far as "modern" records permit, and they're still in that
area ca1860. Where their roots are from is anyone's guess... There is
family lore that a Cherokee family-line is linked in, somewhere, but
I haven't found it yet...
- SEYFARTH/SEIFFARTH: My great(3)-grandfather, Karl Augustus SEIFFARTH, was
born 15 Jun 1825 in Thal Bu:rgel, Weimar, Germany. He emigrated to the
USA ca1857, and by 1865 had purchased a modest home in Castleton-on-Hudson,
NY, where his descendents still live today. His wife, Wilhelmina SCHAUER,
emigrated from Germany seperately in 1856 (via NY City), traveling with
three young daughters. I've followed Wilhelmina's family back into the
records of Schkolen, Saxony, Germany, but still haven't found any German
records identifying Karl or his parents. My focus has been on identifying
Karl and Wilhelmina's descendents: they had six children -- one son who
died young, and five daughters who all married and whose descendents I've
been searching for.
- FABER (FAERBER): I've traced my great-great-grandfather, George
Michael FAERBER (1829-1904), to his birthplace in Doettingen,
Wurtemburg, Germany. He emigrated to the Philadelphia, PA, area
about 1849, where some of his descendents still reside. I've traced
several parts of the family history of George and his American wife,
Amelia Elizabeth LAYTON. In the USA, this German surname became
Anglicized to "FABER". His son, George Henry FABER, married one of
the SEIFFARTH daughters.
- SCHABO: This family is descended from Peter Joseph SCHABO, who
was probably born near Trier in Germany. By 1878 he'd married one
of the SEIFFARTH daughters and settled in Buffalo, NY, where some of
his descendents still live. He had a German-born "uncle",
John SCHABO (1831-1916), a baker who also lived in Buffalo, but I
haven't yet confirmed his true relationship. Nor have I found either
John or Peter's emigration records.
- BRAUENER: One of Peter SCHABO's daughters married George John
BRAEUNER, Jr., who was born in Sulzdorf (OA. Hall), Wurttemberg,
Germany. Their descendents still reside in the Buffalo area...
- WETTER: Another of Peter SCHABO's daughters married John WETTER,
a house painter and interior decorator. He was of un-traced
Swiss descent. Some of their descendents still live Buffalo,
NY and the surrounding area.
- ESSLER (ASSELIN): One of the SEIFFARTH daughters married "Jack ESSLER",
a Canadian emigrant from Quebec (whose Canuck name as Nazaire ASSELIN.
Few of his descendents still live in Athens, NY -- rather, they're
scattered among CT, NH, MA, and PA (to name a few). Among the major
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This is my "mystery photograph". Does anyone recognize the location?
The dark upright gravestone immediately to the right of the man's hips, behind
the fence and with the building as a backdrop, has "NICHOLS" and 1905 or 1906
on it, so the photo is early 1900's.
One person has suggested that this is a statue of Dicken's "Little Nell", that
is located in a cemetery in West Philadelphia.
Please, if you know where this might be located, please email me! Thank you! /dave