My aim on Sunday is to use only the one word, letting my photo speak for itself. But I think this photo of the reproduction of a photo of my great-great-grandfather who was born in Derburg, Bavaria, Germany in 1841 deserves a bit of explanation.

His family moved to the U.S. in 1851 or 1852 to farm in Indiana. In March of 1863, he enrolled in Co. F-8 regiment Indiana Volunteer Cavalry, which was with General Sherman during the march through the South. Maybe that’s where I get my love of horses. At the end of the war, he returned to farming, eventually moving to Nebraska. He and his wife had ten children. He lived to age 73 and his wife to 74.

One Word Sunday: heritage

  1. Sheree says:

    How lovely that you have ohotos of older relatives and know their story

  2. Sue says:

    Very good, Janet

  3. Ancestry + history = good thing. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Amazing that you have a photo from that time period Thanks for sharing a bit of your heritage.

  5. What a great image to go with your family’s history!

  6. Debbie Smyth says:

    A great choice for heritage, Janet. And what a fascinating family history. A small world!

  7. Old photos have style and this one a great meaning to you took. I have some of my parents old photos and they tell a story of a totally different lifestyle

  8. Hammad Rais says:

    This is quite amazing.

  9. Ally Bean says:

    I like this photo. It’s amazing to see someone from that long ago and know who he is. You’ve given me an idea for an upcoming blog post. 🤔

  10. Dan Antion says:

    Wow, fought in a war and had 10 children. I don’t know which sounds harder.

  11. I just found your blog. It is interesting. I love the story. Though we don’t get the whole story, but a part of it is good for us to learn who we are and how far we have come from.

    • And I just found all your comments in my spam folder. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, following, and commenting. Conversation is one of the best parts of blogging. I could probably find out more if I got into the ancestry search but as of now, I haven’t the time. But I’ve always loved this photo and the information that came with it.


  12. de Wets Wild says:

    What a remarkable piece of your personal history, Janet! From which of the 10 children do you descend?

  13. endean0 says:

    That is a great photograph, such an imposing looking gentleman

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